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Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm

Saturdays – 8am to 12pm

Sundays and Stat. Holidays – Closed

Tel: 905.304.PETS (7387)

Pet Wellness Exams

Regular wellness exams allow your veterinarian to evaluate your pet’s general health and become aware of any health problems before they become serious illnesses. Since your pet cannot vocalize his feelings, you must rely on regular physical examinations by a veterinarian and your at-home observations to assess your pet’s health. We may need to perform diagnostic tests, including blood tests and/or x-rays, to evaluate your pet’s health.

        Routine blood testing, fecal testing, urinalysis and other tests are recommended for all pets in their “senior years.” Your veterinarian may recommend routine blood testing and urinalysis for younger pets to establish baseline values, which can be used for comparison as pets age. During the warmer months of the year, heartworm testing is key to your pet’s health.

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How often does my pet need a wellness exam?

Every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to five to seven human years, so it is important that your pet receives a wellness exam at least every year, and more often when he enters his senior years. Many aspects of your pet’s health can change in a short amount of time, so make sure your pet does not miss even one exam!

        Similar to people, pets need to visit the veterinarian more often as they get older in order to prevent and treat illnesses that come with age. We recommend that healthy dogs and cats visit the veterinarian once a year for a complete exam and laboratory testing. Healthy senior dogs and cats should receive a wellness exam and lab testing every six months. Depending on your pet’s age and health, your veterinarian will suggest an appropriate physical examination schedule to help keep your pet in great shape.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are one of the most important preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet. Dogs can be immunized against distemper, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, Bordetella, rabies, and Lyme disease. Cats can be immunized against feline panleukopenia (distemper), rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, chlamydia, feline leukemia, and FIP.

        How frequently you should have your pet vaccinated against certain diseases depends on many factors, so talk to your veterinarian to understand what is recommended for your pet’s unique environment and lifestyle.

        Do not underestimate the importance of taking your pet to the veterinarian for regular wellness examinations. These regular examinations will help your pet live a longer and healthier life, so do your part to care for your furry friend!

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Spay and Neuter Surgery

One of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spaying (removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet) is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering (removing the testicles of your male dog or cat) will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.

       If you have made the decision to spay or neuter your pet, the first step is to book a pre-anesthetic bloodwork appointment with one of our technicians (assuming that you have seen a veterinarian recently and the vaccines are up to date). The results come back usually within 24 hours and a doctor will call to report the results. Once your veterinarian has given your pet the 'go ahead', you can book your surgery. Your pet will thank you!

Key reasons to spay or neuter your pet:

>  Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

>  Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.

>  Your spayed female won't go into heat.

>  Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.

>  Your neutered male will be much better behaved.

>  Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.

>  It is highly cost-effective.

>  Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.

>  Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.

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Dentistry & Dental Surgery

Dental care in cats and dogs is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet care. Approximately 80% of all dogs and cats have signs of periodontal disease by the time they are only two years old! Dental disease affects much more than fresh breath. It frequently leads to more serious health problems such as liver, kidney and heart disease. At Golf Links Veterinary Hospital, we will carefully examine your pet to see if there is need for a dental cleaning or if necessary, dental surgery. We want you pet to be as healthy as possible and good oral hygiene is paramount to making this happen.

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About the Anesthesia?  We use isoflurane inhalant (gas) anesthesia as the safest anesthesia available. 
We also have an intravenous catheter placed and we administer fluids during surgery to ensure a safe anaesthetic and a smooth recovery.

 

What will be done to my pet's teeth?  First any buildup is removed with high-speed dental equipment.  Next the teeth are evaluated for periodontal disease, such as pockets in the gum tissue or loose teeth. Then the teeth are polished. Finally, a fluoride treatment is applied to strengthen the tooth enamel.

 

What if gingivitis is present or pockets are found?  These conditions are often complicated by bacterial infection and an antibiotic will be prescribed. Deep pockets will require extractions. Your veterinarian will discuss all these details this with you.

 

What if there are diseased or loose teeth?  Some loose teeth may be extracted if there is no hope
of saving the tooth.

 

How much does it cost?  We will be happy to give you an estimate, which includes anesthesia, hospitalization, dental cleaning and polishing, fluoride treatment,  and any antibiotic medications, or pain relief medications that may be required.

 

What if I don’t have a dental done on my pet?  In addition to the bad smell (halitosis), tartar and gingivitis can lead to tooth abscesses, loose or missing teeth, unwillingness to eat, and generalized mouth pain if left unattended.  It can also lead to more systemic (body-wide) diseases, such as bacterial infections which are carried through the bloodstream to the heart, kidneys and other organs.  Remember that dogs “suffer in silence” with a painful mouth.  Think of how you feel with a toothache!

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pet forms

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We want to make your next visit as convenient as possible.

Please download and fill out the appropriate form before your visit, and bring it to your appointment.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 905.304.PETS (7387).  Our goal is to make your next appointment a good experience for both you and your pet.

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New Client & Patient/Pet Form

First time at our veterinary hospital?  We want to serve you and your pet to the best of our ability and having up-to-date information is vital. Please fill out this form and bring it along to your appointment.

(Download new client form - pdf format)

 

Patient Drop Off Form

Do you need to drop off your pet for an examination?

Please fill out this form and bring it along when you drop off your pet.

(Download drop-off admission form - pdf format)

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Golf Links Veterinary Hospital

27 Legend Court, Unit #1A, Ancaster, ON  L9K 1J3

Tel: 905.304.PETS (7387)    Fax: 905.304.5091

Email: reception@golflinksvet.ca

Our Hours:

Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm

Saturdays – 8am to 12pm

Sundays and Stat. Holidays – Closed

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