Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pets’ health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pets’ dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.
The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings here at Millennium City Veterinary Hospital, including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home.
If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at (905) 420-9555 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s’ dental cleaning.
Here at Millennium City Veterinary Hospital, we are excited about digital radiology and what we can use it to do for our clients.
It is our goal to make sure we are offering our patients and their owners the very best care possible. To do this, all our staff members are dedicated to learning all they can about veterinary medicine and pet care. They are always learning, and this benefits our patients greatly.
We also are dedicated to improving our hospital. It is very important to make sure we have the very best equipment so we can diagnose and treat our patients quickly and efficiently. We want our patients to know and realize they are getting the very best veterinary care while in our office.
Because of this, we are proud to be able to offer digital radiology for our patients. Our machine allows us to get very high quality images of your pet’s inner workings. The images are also available quickly, usually within a few seconds of taking them.
Digital radiology also saves time because we are able to adjust the images if they are too dark or too light instead of having to retake films. This can save a lot of time and frustration, especially with the pets that would prefer not to have their radiographs done. This also saves anesthesia since some pets must be sedated for the films.
After blood work, we normally recommend radiographs for pets that are not feeling well. We can use the images to see inside of your pet’s bodies instead of having to open them up. Exploratory surgery and other invasive measures used to be the only way a veterinarian could diagnose pets, so we are thrilled to have digital radiology now.
Our unit produces amazing images. They are clear and very helpful when we are diagnosing pets. By offering digital radiographs, our hospital is up to date with the best and newest technologies available in veterinary medicine.
Be sure to contact us today at (905) 420-9555, if you have any questions about our digital x-ray unit.
Here at Millennium City Veterinary Hospital, we truly believe in the importance of flea and tick prevention for our patients.
When pets get fleas, they can be miserable. Fleas are very irritating. They cause your pets to bite, scratch, and dig at themselves. This behavior causes hair loss, raw skin, and even skin infections. However, these results do not stop pets from scratching. They are too itchy not to scratch! They just keep getting even more upset and irritated.
It can be even worse for pets that are allergic to fleabites. Even if they only have one or two fleas on them, they will be very itchy and miserable.
Fleas can also a problem for your home. You can’t imagine how many fleas are in your home. You probably don’t want to know. They will infest your home quickly and easily. Even if you see only one or two fleas, there will be a ton of immature and adult fleas in your home. It only takes one or two fleas to overpopulate a home.
Fleas like to live in dark and warm places. They are able to hide in your carpet, in your bedding, under your furniture, and in lots of other places.
If your home is full of fleas, getting rid of them will be difficult. You should start with sprays, bombs, and other things to treat your whole house. You also need to vacuum several times to try to get rid of the fleas. You must use really hot water to wash all of your bedding and anything else that your pets lay on to help to destroy the fleas.
We also have to worry about ticks in our area. These parasites live on blood. They suck blood out of our pets, the wildlife around us, and even us. Most dogs and cats do not get sick from a tick bite unless they happen to be allergic to them. When this happens, a pet may not be able to move around much until the tick is removed.
The bad thing about ticks is their ability to spread disease. Some common diseases we see include Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, and more. These diseases can be very harmful to your pets and your family.
We have a way to stop fleas and ticks. We offer different choices of preventatives against them. The preventatives need to be given every month and all year round to get the best results.
If you have any questions about flea and tick prevention, don’t hesitate to contact us here at (905) 420-9555.
Here at Millennium City Veterinary Hospital, we are happy to be able to offer dermatology services to our patients.
Dermatologic services revolve around your pet’s skin. Many pets struggle with skin conditions throughout their lives. These conditions can be quite hard to diagnose and treat. However, our veterinarians are here to help your pets get some relief!
In our office, we routinely see all types of skin conditions. Some of the most common ones include fleas and other parasites. Allergies and skin infections are also pretty common. However, our veterinarians can also treat less common skin conditions, such as autoimmune diseases and skin cancer, along with many others.
The most common complaint when owners bring their pets to the veterinarian for skin condition issues is itchiness. Their pets will scratch, lick, and bite themselves to try to get some relief. Many pets scratch until they lose hair. This often continues until their itching and licking turns into a full-blown infection.
There are many lucky pets that will only have to worry about skin issues once or twice in their entire lives. However, there are many pets that are constantly struggling with skin problems. They might seem to be itchy all of the time; many pets have allergies that bother them seasonally.
Many owners try to help their pets get some relief. They may try things at home for months and even years. Many owners get tired of bringing their pets in every time they start scratching. Many wait a few weeks or months until they decide to come in for an examination.
It is our goal to get your pets some relief as quickly as possible. However, we need to figure out what the problem is first. Here at Millennium City Veterinary Hospital, we offer many dermatologic procedures to get answers. We often do allergy and fungal testing. We also are able to do cultures and skin biopsies when necessary.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at (905) 420-9555 if your pets are having skin problems and need to be seen.
Your pets’ heart is a muscle that has to work all day, every day. There are many diseases and abnormalities that can cause the heart to not pump as well as it should, which means that heart diseases can affect your pet all day, every day, dramatically affecting your pet’s’ quality of life. We offer screening tests for heart murmurs, congenital abnormalities, and cardiac diseases that show up later in life, as well as specific cardiac tests such as echocardiograms and electrocardiograms.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, which allows your pets’ veterinarian to measure how thick the heart’s muscular walls are, how well the heart contracts, and how well the valves are working. Your pets’ veterinarian can also prescribe the appropriate medications after a successful diagnosis, to keep your pets’ heart as healthy as possible. Some symptoms of diseases of the heart may include exercise intolerance, lethargy, collapse, and difficulty breathing. It is important for your pet to see the veterinarian if your pet has any of these symptoms.
Whether your pet has been diagnosed with an endocrine disorder, or has symptoms you are concerned about, we can help.
Although your pets’ veterinarian may begin by recommending routine blood work, we also offer an array of specific and precise tests to determine if your pet is suffering from an endocrine disease such as Diabetes, Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s Disease, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, and more.
Talk to your veterinarian today if your pet has any of the following symptoms: increased thirst or urination, increased appetite, decreased energy, or hair loss that could be signs of an endocrine disorder.
Regular exams and checkups are a critical component of your pets’ health care. We advise all pet owners to bring their animals in for routine examinations.
Seeing your pets for regular checkups allows our veterinarians to establish a baseline in your pet’s’ body chemistry so that we can be aware of any potentially harmful changes.
If you would like to schedule an exam for your pet, please call us today at (905) 420-9555.