Scarborough Pet Wellness Services

scarborough pet wellness examination As people who have dedicated our lives to the care of animals–and pet owners ourselves–we at Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital truly understand how important our animal companions are to each and every one of our veterinary clients. Your pet is a special, unique and important member of your family. This is why our Scarborough veterinarians and staff endeavor to be at the forefront of providing comprehensive care specifically designed to meet the particular needs of your pet.

Preventative Pet Care

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. At Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital, our veterinarians and our medical staff recommend regular wellness examinations for the same reason that your personal physician or dentist recommends them: if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood that it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

Accessible Pet Wellness Care

We have extended pet wellness appointments, accept walk-ins, routinely arrange follow-up calls to clients to report on test results and check on a patient's progress after an illness or surgery. We also can communicate with our clients in a number of languages, which include English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Our pet wellness clinic wants to ensure that routine pet wellness is accessible to our clients as possible. In every sense, we are committed to making each client visit the best it can be.

Pet Wellness Exams

During your pet's wellness examination, our veterinarians perform a complete physical to assess your pet's overall health and to give you, the pet owner, an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity level? Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.

The Pet Wellness Exam Process

During each pet wellness exam our veterinarian will perform a "nose-to-tail" evaluation of your pet. We will examine his or her vision, hearing, heart and lung functions, test the joints and muscles, check for unusual lumps or growths on your pet's body, and more.

We will also create and provide you with a Pet Report Card, which lists health-related information about your pet such as ratings for general appearance as well as musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and neural system health. The Pet Report Card will list any concerns you might have about your pet during your visit, findings and plans for care, a recommended diet, list of preventative procedures performed or needed, and other advice to help you better care for your pet.

Wellness through the Life Stages

Maintaining the health of your pet is more than a once-a-year visit for a checkup. It includes understanding the needs of your pet as it transitions through its three major life stages– birth to one year, one to nine years, and then its senior years. At our Scarborough animal hospital, we follow a Health Maintenance Program designed to help you manage the health needs of your pet through these stages in order to promote optimal health. Our program consists of the following:

  • scarborough pet examinationBirth to One Year – The first year of a dog or cat's life requires special care in order to ensure that he or she grows and develops normally. This includes an initial wellness exam with appropriate vaccinations (even for pets that don't go outside), regular testing of stool samples, and a vitamin supplement for good nutritional health. For puppies we advise the start of medicines to prevent Heartworm, and arranging their first grooming session. Additionally, at six months of age we recommend spaying or neutering your pet.

  • One Year to Nine Years – These years represent your pet's youth and midlife. As such, it is important to keep up with yearly wellness exams with boosters for vaccines (you may also decide to provide Kennel Cough, Leptospirosis, and Lyme disease vaccinations), regular stool tests, Heartworm tests in the spring with medication throughout the summer months, flea prevention, full dental exams, and regular grooming.

  • Nine Plus Years – Dogs and cats in their senior years may be a bit less active, but they are very satisfying companions. They require additional veterinary care in order to keep them healthy and to detect early signs of treatable disease. This is all the more true since their metabolism slows and they are more susceptible to a variety of cancers. We still recommend yearly wellness exams, vaccination boosters, regular stool tests, grooming, Heartworm checks and medications, and dental exams. We also recommend a Geriatric exam tailored to your pet's age and condition, an individualized geriatric diet and vitamins, as well as routine screenings for growths and lumps on or just under the skin and unusual changes in your pet's habits.

Scarborough Pet Microchipping: Reliable Identification for Your Pet

A lost pet is a frightening situation with often devastating consequences. Studies have shown more than 10 million pets get lost each year and approximately 90% of those found would not have been returned to their owners without some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why the team at Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital considers microchip lost pet IDs a fundamental way to protect your pet and an important part of responsible pet ownership. Each microchip registers the animal with a unique identification number, which is filed in a database with your contact information. The contact information can be updated anytime, and it is important to remember to do so whenever your information changes. If your pet is lost, the microchip can be scanned by animal control officers, at shelters, and at veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and in many foreign countries as well.

Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital uses the 24PetWatch microchip system, which includes an extensive Lost Pet Recovery Service. For our clients who travel internationally with their pets, we offer the AVID (American Veterinary Identification Devices) system, which is recognized throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Pet Laboratory

scarborough pet wellness examsPerforming preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results–blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more–it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

At Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital we have a complete in-house veterinary laboratory. In most cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results that day.

Pet Pharmacy

In numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy.

Not only does our pharmacy mean you don't have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet's medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and results.