“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Today our pets are fortunate to benefit from the many advancements in early disease detection. Bear Creek Animal Clinic offers a multitude of modern diagnostic tools to help all our pets live longer healthier lives. In-house blood machines, urinalysis, x-ray and ultrasound are some of the tools that help our doctors make an informed, precise diagnosis.
Annual Wellness Exams
Even if your pet seems to be healthy, annual wellness exams play an important role in the ongoing health of your pet. According to Canadian Animal Health Institute, in 2016 only 84% of dogs and 54% of cats saw a vet at least once a year. This trend has been consistent over the last 10 years.
Annual exams give your pets doctor a ton of information regarding the condition of his or her eyes, ears, mouth, joints, major organs, endocrine system, immune system, skin, nervous system and muscles. Based on your pet’s exam, your doctor can detect and correct potential health concerns.
Early Disease Detection
Did you know that you can request annual wellness blood screens at any visit? These affordable, but highly effective tests spot disease at its earliest stages when the diseases are easiest to treat. We all seem to know someone who waited until the problem was too advanced, when treatment is difficult or impossible.
Don’t let that happen to your pet. A comprehensive blood panel tests all of your pet’s major organ and endocrine systems. It’s an excellent way to stay one step ahead of disease processes before they become major issues and helps keep your pet living a happy, healthy life.
A urinalysis is used to detect and manage a wide range of disorders, such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, crystal formation and diabetes. A urinalysis involves checking the appearance, concentration and content of urine.
An x-ray is a quick painless procedure that takes images of the inside of a body, particularly bones. X-Ray images can be used to diagnose a wide variety of illnesses including but not limited to fractures, arthritis, dental disease, enlarged heart, swallowed objects, gastrointestinal disorders and tumors. With our digital x-ray system, we have the ability to send images to Board Certified Radiologists throughout North America at the touch of a button.
Ultrasound is painless procedure which allows us to create images of soft tissue structures, such as the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and other organs and parts of the body.
Did you know that Parvovirus is a potentially fatal canine disease that is common to our area? Distemper is also a fatal disease that, unfortunately, we still see. Kennel Cough is not fatal but it does take a long time to get over and is highly contagious. With proper immunization, the risk to your dog or cat can be drastically reduced. Talk to one of our team members who can tailor a vaccination schedule that fits your pets breed, age and risk level.
To best protect your pet, make sure all required vaccinatjions are up to date at least 2 weeks before leaving them at a boarding kennel while on vacation.
Parasites are a common concern for both animals and their families especially if you have children. Make sure to have one of our team members design a parasite prevention program that suits the lifestyle of both you and your pet. Remember that the target parasites often change depending on season and geography, so make sure to mention upcoming travel plans.
Acupuncture and Laser Therapy
Bear Creek Animal Clinic is pleased to be able to offer acupuncture and treatment with our therapeutic laser. Often, the two are used in conjunction with each other and are used to treat pain, stimulate cell repair and treat a number of disease processes. Dr. Lisa McClarty is I.V.A.S. certified and is making a big differences for her patients through acupuncture. Ask one of our team members how these treatments might benefit your pets.