Comprehensive Pet Care in Ottawa: Exams, Vaccinations, Surgeries, and More
Whether you have a new puppy or a kitten or a beloved, older dog or cat, Algonquin Animal Hospital offers a full range of veterinary services in support of your pet’s health and well-being. Our Ottawa veterinarians and staff are pet owners and animal lovers themselves to provide exceptional care and unique insights. We treat all of our patients like extended members of our family. Whether they’re here for their annual examination and vaccinations or a surgery, you can rest assured your pets are always in loving, capable hands at our full-service animal hospital.
Similar to human checkups, the purpose of your pet’s annual wellness examination is to ensure that everything’s alright. We want to make sure that we catch any and all health or dental issues early so we can determine the appropriate course of treatment. During our thorough exam, we’ll gently provide an oral exam, a behavioural exam, and check for any signs of illness. Your pets are very important to us, and we never rush through an exam. We want them to live long, healthy lives!
Vaccinations are an important component of your pet’s health care because they help prevent diseases like rabies, parvovirus, feline leukemia, and many others that could shorten your pet’s lifespan. Getting your pet annually vaccinated also helps to reduce the spread of infectious diseases among the pet population. Because rabies is also a human health risk, the city of Ottawa requires an up-to-date rabies vaccine on all dogs and cats. While we understand that most pets don’t enjoy the vaccination process, we’ll always do our best to ensure their comfort.
We’re equipped to provide both elective and emergency surgeries at our animal hospital. Because we understand that nothing’s ever quite as scary as waiting for your pet to come out of a surgery, our staff takes the time to personally communicate with you throughout the entire procedure (from exam to surgery), providing you with status updates on your pet’s condition.
Our animal hospital is equipped with the latest digital dental radiology technology to provide thorough diagnoses, oral surgeries, scaling and polishing, and other dental prophylaxis. We also offer dental consultations that include the basics of brushing, nutrition, and preventive oral care for your pet to ensure proper dental care in-between check-ups.
Nutrition and Weight Loss Consultations
Similar to humans, overweight pets are more susceptible to developing serious health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, increased blood pressure, and damages to their organs, joints, bones, muscles, and ligaments. We provide nutrition and weight loss consultations to help you better manage your pet’s weight, as well as provide the best diet and pet supplies to help keep you both on track.
Our state-of-the-art laboratory provides complete diagnostics to help us accurately diagnose your pet’s condition. We can easily run a comprehensive, multi-organ profile on your pet in our clinic. We also offer in-house urinalysis testing, thorough fecal examinations, blood tests, and routine monitoring of any medications your pet requires. Because sick and senior pets may have multiple conditions affecting them, it can sometimes make diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Lab work helps determine underlying problems and provides a more complete picture of what’s going on with your pet’s health.
X-rays are among the most important diagnostic tools found at our animal hospital. Because your pets aren’t able to tell us what’s wrong, x-rays often assist our veterinarians in identifying many illnesses and injuries. Common issues that x-rays help identify include broken bones, enlarged organs, masses and tumors, stomach or intestinal obstructions, bladder stones, and so much more. Our in-house digital radiology is capable of supplying x-rays with clearer detail and less radiation exposure for your pets.
Losing a pet can be a traumatic experience for pet owners, especially when they have children. We offer microchipping using advanced technology from Petidco from Avid Canada to help you easily locate your pet no matter how far from home they’ve managed to wander. Microchipping involves implanting a tiny microchip (a form of electronic identification) under your pet’s skin (usually right between their shoulder blades or at the back of their neck) that can be detected using a microchip scanner. If your pet has a microchip, you’re far more likely to be reunited when they get lost.
Sometimes pets swallow things they shouldn’t, which can cause abdominal pains, vomiting, swelling, and/or loss of appetite. Our highly-trained veterinarians are equipped and qualified to provide endoscopy procedures on your pet for more accurate diagnoses. Endoscopy involves placing a tiny camera attached to a tube inside your pet to help determine issues and/or blockages affecting their stomach, intestines, colon, throat, and/or respiratory system. In addition, endoscopy can also help identify abnormal cellular growth that may be cancerous for early diagnosis and treatment.
Diet and Pet Supplies
Because nutrition and weight management are integral parts of your pet’s health care, we provide a wide range of special diet and nutritional foods for dogs and cats of all ages and activity levels. Speak with our trained nutrition consultants to help you make appropriate choices for your pet.
If you’re traveling and your cat can’t go along with you, we have a comfortable, spacious place for them to stay until you return. We have 10 cat boarding suites, complete with climbing towers for them to explore and ample space for them to run around in so that your cat won’t feel as anxious without you.
Euthanasia and Aftercare
Making a decision to end your beloved pet’s life is never an easy one, but sometimes it’s necessary when nothing else can be done to ease their pain and suffering. When it’s time for your pet to cross the rainbow bridge, we provide compassionate end-of-life services, including euthanasia and aftercare. Our animal hospital has also partnered with VRCS, a reputable pet cremation service that also provides the return of your pet’s remains.
Flea & Tick Prevention
As the weather gets warmer, fleas and ticks begin to wake up from their winter hibernation. When the outdoor temperature reaches 0 – 4 degrees C these pests start to become more active. In Ottawa, this means pets should be protected between mid-March and mid-November. A proactive approach is the best way to prevent your dog from contracting Lyme disease. We offer a variety of different Flea and Tick preventative medication for your pets. Please contact us for more information on the best approach for your family pet.
Our Treatment Plans Are Customized for Every Pet’s Needs
No two pets are ever quite alike. At Algonquin Animal Hospital, every treatment plan is customized specifically for your pet’s age, lifestyle, environment, and well-being. Let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns about our veterinary services in Ottawa and we’ll be more than happy to answer them. Please contact us today to schedule your pet’s next appointment with us. We look forward to seeing and pampering them while they’re here!