We’re pleased to offer a variety of specialized services to keep your pets feeling great.
Diseases of the eye are perhaps more common among animals than in human medicine. Most commonly, pets with allergies suffer from eye symptoms; certain breeds with prominent eyes are prone to suffer eye traumas, corneal ulcers, and dry eyes; and cats suffer infectious diseases that affect the eyes (e.g., calicivirus, rhinotracheitis). Some breeds are predisposed to suffer autoimmune diseases of the eye (pannus); glaucoma affects both cats and dogs.
If your pet has trouble with his eyes, we have specialized testing and equipment available for tear production, intraocular pressure (inside the eye), staining of the cornea to detect ulcers, and evaluation of the retina. We also commonly refer more complicated cases to CullenWebb Animal Eye Specialists for further treatment.
Most diseases of the eyes can be treated with medication. Some require surgery, mainly to stimulate the healing of corneal ulcers, resolve red-eye, or to remove tumors from the eyelids.
Chemotherapy in veterinary medicine is much different than in human medicine.
Chemotherapy is an option for many animals faced with the devastating diagnosis of cancer. Chemotherapy is generally a palliative procedure, although some cancers are much more sensitive to the chemo and can achieve a cure.
In veterinary medicine, we are not giving the high toxic doses of drugs that are given in human medicine, attempting to destroy the cancers. In veterinary medicine, we give therapeutic doses of chemo to extend the animal’s life, and to give the animal a better quality of life, but we don’t necessarily expect to reach a cure.
Because of this, animals do not experience nausea frequently associated with chemotherapy – such as vomiting or diarrhea – nor do they experience hair loss. Animals generally handle chemotherapy very well and tend to have very few side effects, if any at all! Most chemotherapy drugs are given intravenously, but some are given orally.
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy may be worth your consideration – it can help to extend the time and quality of life for your pet, and therefore for you as well.
Disease of the skin commonly affects our pets. Perhaps the most obvious symptom of skin disease is itch but symptoms can include hair loss, discoloration, redness, crusting and scabbing of the skin. Because the skin covers the body from head to toe, symptoms can appear anywhere, including the ears!
There are many causes of skin disease in dogs and cats ranging from parasitic infections (fleas, mites) to hormone imbalances and auto-immune diseases. Perhaps the most common cause of symptoms of skin disease is allergy. In humans, our “allergic organ” is most commonly our upper respiratory system. Allergies in humans often cause sneezing, runny eyes and nose, itchy throat. In our pets, the skin is commonly the “allergic organ”. Allergies often cause inflammation of the skin resulting in itch. Our pets scratch and lick which traumatizes the skin, and can lead to infection – which adds to the itch.
If your pet suffers from skin disease, we can offer a diagnostic plan to help determine the cause of the symptoms your pet is experiencing. Based on your pet’s history, symptoms and the results of some basic diagnostic tests, a treatment plan can be tailored to your pet. Complicated cases can be referred to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist at the Atlantic Veterinary College.
We treat your pets as if they were our own.
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
In case of emergency:
We are a Member Hospital in the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic service. For emergencies occurring outside of business hours, please contact the Emergency Clinic directly by phoning (902) 468-0674. The Metro Area Emergency Clinic is open 24 hours. MAEC is located in Burnside Industrial Park at 201 #32 Brownlow Ave.
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