SERVICES

We take a great deal of pride in ensuring that we are there for our patients, no matter how minor or complicated the concern may be. We are fully staffed 7 days a week and provide a wide array of veterinary services. Our commitment is to provide your pet with the highest level of veterinary care and to be by your side in their time of need.

Veterinary Services

Comprehensive Physical Exams

As with your own health, the key to maintaining your pet’s health lies in preventive medicine. The most basic – and perhaps most important – of these is regular physical exams to identify risk factors and early signs of illness. An immunization program appropriate to your pet’s lifestyle and needs is another. Wellness assessment is based on regular, routine consultation, physical examination, and laboratory analysis. If any negative shift is detected remedial action can be instituted to offset the development of serious problems in the future. Providing an appropriate diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and at-home dental care will also help to prevent many common health problems.

Dental Care

Dental care is a little recognized, yet necessary part of caring for your pets. By the age of three, some 80 percent of all dogs and 70 percent of all cats show signs of dental disease, which can lead to the more serious problems of heart, lung, and kidney disease. Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated. No other procedure performed on small animals does more to help patients than periodic teeth cleaning and after care.

As plaque and tartar form on teeth and under gums, bacteria collect and multiply. This creates a state of poor dental hygiene that causes foul mouth odor and is cause for concern. Eventually gum disease will develop. More serious health problems, such as heart and kidney disease, may follow.

Proper nutrition is central to sound oral health. Along with good nutrition, an annual dental prophylaxis (ultrasonic cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatment) included in your pet’s regular healthcare program will help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent complications. For the comfort of your pet, this procedure requires anaesthesia and, for your pet’s safety, a pre-anaesthetic blood test is advised. HVH organizes a Pet Dental & Oral Care awareness campaign at the beginning of each year in January-February in order to spread awareness regarding the benefits of pet dental care. During this awareness campaign, our staff offers complimentary dental and oral evaluations for dogs and cats.

Parasite Control

One area of pet health that is frequently neglected is parasite control. Many common parasites go unseen by pet owners or are considered a minor or inconsequential problem. However, the impact that parasites have on an animal’s health can be considerable. Parasites stress the animal’s entire system and can make it vulnerable to other ailments. Recent advances in parasite control allow us to minimize, and in some cases even eliminate, our pet’s risk of common parasite infections.

Internal and external parasites can affect both animals and humans. The fact that many of your pet’s potential parasites can also affect humans (zoonosis) makes it doubly important to keep your pet parasite free. Some parasites can be avoided by diligent routine prevention programs.

Fecal parasite examinations can detect if your pet currently harbours intestinal parasites. If organisms, or their eggs, are detected upon this microscopic examination appropriate medications can be dispensed to treat the infection.

Fleas and ticks are a common problem in the Vancouver area. Through routine screening and the use of safe, effective preventive products parasites can be kept at bay! Poor hair coat, inflamed itchy skin, intermittent diarrhea, and poor physique can be markers for parasitism.

Puppy and Kitten Care

The best all-around source of information for pets and their care is your veterinarian. Consult your veterinarian about the proper diet for your new pet. Get off to the right start. Make your veterinarian a member of your pet care team. We realize that new dog and cat owners have many concerns and we would love to help you get to know your new friend’s needs best.

Additional important information on puppy care and kitten care is available on our website.

Senior Care

As your pet ages, nutritional needs and physical abilities change. Subtle, sometimes undetected, changes begin to occur. Your aging pet may become more susceptible to kidney disease, heart problems, and pancreatic disease, hormonal imbalances such as thyroid conditions, or diabetes, and even cancer. Dental disease may occur and predispose your pet to a host of other problems. Arthritic conditions cause pain and immobility and change the way your pet is able to interact in the family. Behaviour changes and unexpected bad habits such as house soiling can suddenly make your beloved friend a difficult housemate. Adult pets are examined at least once every twelve months; usually at vaccination time. As one pet year is equal to about seven human years we like to check older pets more frequently; at least once every six months. The good news is that early detection and treatment can often add years to your pet’s life. Current tests frequently detect disease before symptoms are even apparent.

Surgery

We are equipped with the latest in anaesthetic and monitoring equipment. We also call in veterinarians for specialty surgeries whenever needed.

More Services

Ask us about the above services or any other services offered at Hastings Veterinary Clinic:

  • Allergy serum testing
  • Allergy skin testing
  • Dentistry
  • Digital x-rays
  • Ear care
  • Emergency care
  • Eye care
  • Feline medicine
  • General surgery (including spay and neuter)
  • Health certificates
  • House calls
  • Laboratory diagnostics (including blood and urine testing)
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pharmacy
  • Prescription diets
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations