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The Danger of Essential Oils

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 08:35 AM

christin-hume-505815-unsplash.jpgEssential oils are nothing new - they've been around for years, but more and more these days these essential oils are showing up in the news because of incidents regarding children. Children are at risk when it comes to ingesting essential oils, but so are pets!

If you use essential oils in your home, that's fine, but it's also important to keep your pets safe by following the rules below. These rules are primarily for essential oils.

Essential Oils Can Be Toxic

Aromatherapy for humans uses essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere to calm people, take away headaches, reduce stress, etc. Unfortunately, if your pet gets into contact with these essential oils they can also become really sick. Make sure that if you use these oils at home that you keep your animals away from them. Pets should not lick, smell or eat these oils and they definitely shouldn't come into contact with them in terms of getting the oils on their feet, in their eyes, or on their skin.

Essential Oils Can Be irritants

As you probably know animals, especially dogs, and cats have a heightened sense of smell, more so than humans. Because of this some scents may become overpowering to them and cause irritations to the inside of their nose or eyes. Beyond just being able to smell better than humans do, dogs and cats have a more sensitive respiratory system than we do as well, which is why essential oils are NOT recommended around pets.

Pet Aromatherapy vs Human

If you visit your local pet shop or favorite online store you might see these pet aromatherapy products for pets, the pet variations are greatly diluted which does make them safer for animals. It's still a good idea to talk to your veterinarian though before using any oils on your pet. And never ever use these oils on open wounds, scratched skin, irritated skin, broken skin, etc.

Never apply human aromatherapy oils to your animal as these compounds can quickly be absorbed into the skin and go into the bloodstream to cause possible issues to your dog's organs.

Liquid Potpourri

Potpourri has long been touted as the perfect way to make your home smell nice. And while this is true, it can also lead to serious problems for your pets, especially when it comes to liquid potpourri which is made from essential oils and cationic detergents. These ingredients can cause chemical burns on the face, mouth or in the eyes. Not to mention the pure heat that comes from a pot of liquid potpourri can cause burns - or even death.

Keep your animals away from liquid potpourri and away from the stove or oven while it’s on. If your pet does accidentally come into contact with liquid potpourri, essential oils or any other type of harmful liquid, bath them immediately using a hand-safe natural dishwashing agent and call the veterinarian just in case.

While humans might find benefits in using essential oils, they are simply not made for pets, especially if they are not meant for pets or they are not diluted properly. If there ever comes a time when you want to try aromatherapy for pets on your animal, always make sure that you talk to your veterinarian first before using it on the animal.

Your veterinarian is more experienced and has more knowledge on this and therefore can offer a heads up on any issues you might see if you use the product, symptoms to look out for, and what to do in case of an emergency regarding your pet and these caustic liquids.

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Oral Care For Your Furry Friend

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Dental_Care_banner.jpgIf you have a veterinarian and they have told you that your pet needed teeth cleaning, you might be wondering if this is actually necessary. I mean, they’re just animals, right? Wrong! Chances are like many other people that have pets, yours isn’t just some animal, its an extension of the family. This might be an animal that you spend time with every day, it might be a pet that you have had since it was a baby. You want them to not only be loved and taken care of but healthy, happy and alive for as long as possible too. This can only be done if you take care of their health from day 1. One of the best ways to go about that is to visit a veterinarian for dental care.

Dental Cleanings For Pets

Pets like cats and dogs will often need to get their teeth cleaned. It works the same way human cleanings work. The cleanings not only help and prevent conditions such as gum disease, periodontal disease, and other oral issues but it, in turn, helps keep your dog happy and healthy. Diseases like gum disease can actually hurt your pets internal organs and lead to more serious issues down the line.

Periodontal Diseases

Periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis revolve around plaque on the animals gum lining. If the plaque is not removed it can actually enter the pet's bloodstream and create all sorts of health issues from kidney diseases to heart and lung issues. Its important to remember how alike animals are to humans. Even humans can get sick from tooth decay and oral issues and its rare, but they can die from toxins going into the bloodstream. There’s no reason to doubt that pets aren’t equally as fragile.

Brushing At Home

Beyond just making sure your furry friend is taken to a veterinarian for tooth care and preventative care, you should also make sure you clean their teeth at home. You can use a regular dog toothbrush or a finger toothbrush – whatever works best for you and the animal. You should also only be using pet toothpaste. Fluoride which is an ingredient in many human kinds of toothpaste is poisonous for your pets.

Signs You Need To See A Veterinarian

The signs that might be present are pretty easy to notice. Again, animals really aren’t that much different from humans. They will definitely let you know when they are in pain or uncomfortable. But, some specific signs to look out for:

- Bloody Saliva
- Head Shyness – If they usually like getting their head or ears rubbed and suddenly they don’t want you to, this could be a sign they are in pain.
- Red or bloody gums, red or bloody chew toys, treats, bones, etc.
- Bad breath
- Crying, whining or any vocalization when they are eating, drinking or chewing on treats or toys.
- Sneezing. This might seem like a normal thing. Animals and humans sneeze all the time. But, if you notice a definite influx in sneezing or rapid sneezing it also could be a sign that they're having tooth issues or that advanced gum disease is underway.

Your pet should be getting frequent check-ups at the dentist. If you love your animal and you want your pet to be with you for years to come, the best place to start is their mouth. By visiting the dentist every few months you can significantly lower the chance of oral issues and in turn, allow your animal to live a long and happy life with you by their side.


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Convenient Cat Carriers and Cat Carrier tips

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 07:44 AM

cats.jpgLet's be honest, cats do not like being caged up. But, if you have a cat and you need to transport them from one place to another; your safest bet is going to be to place them in a cat carrier. If your little guy or girl is feisty or you have a hard time quieting them down and making them comfortable, here are a few tips for cat carriers. There is also a section on choosing the best carrier for your cat.

Choosing Your Carrier Wisely

Its important and should go without saying; when you are transporting your cat, he or she should always be in a real carrier. Not some made up design like a box or a pillowcase or a laundry basket not only can these hurt the cat, but they can also traumatize them. Acceptable carriers will come in 1 of 2 designs; soft and plush or a hard plastic material on the outside and a soft material on the inside for comfort.

Plastic carriers are good for people that are newer to cats, but make sure you get one that opens from the top and the front.

Softer carriers, usually made from a softer plastic or fabric are much less weight and easier to handle. But, these tend to open from the sides.

Get Them Used To It

One of the best ways to get a cat into a carrier and have them not be so scared is by allowing them to get used to it before you put them in it. Like any other living (even humans) we don't necessarily like being placed into situations we've never been into before. Because of this, you and your cat will benefit from leaving the carrier out in the open. Allow them to smell it, sit by it, lay by it, etc.

Treats Are Good!

If you have a particularly feisty cat, but you also have a cat that loves treats, why not use a positive to make a negative a little more attractive? You can place a few treats inside the carrier while the cat is in it or even place treats in it while you are having them get used to it. This will allow them to see that a carrier is nothing to get frightened or panicked about.

Use Scent For Comfort

Cats, like dogs, rely on scent. If a cat (or a dog) smells its Master in the carrier, they will feel less panicked and more relaxed. Think about sleeping with an old shirt for a few days and then placing it in the carrier for transport. Likewise, if they have another animal in the house that they know and love you can place one of their toys in the carrier. You can also utilize a pheromone spray such as Feliway to help them feel calm, spray about 30 minutes before travel to help with their trip, you can get this from your veterinarian.

General Tips

Like any animal, cats can have accidents if they get frightened because of this here are a few more transportation tips for carriers:

- Place a towel in the carrier just in case they have any accidents

- Pick the cat up from above and place him or her gingerly into the carrier. This keeps them feeling safe, but it also keeps you from getting scratched!

- Make sure you never unzip or unlock the carrier on a busy road.

- To get your cat used to the carrier, its a good idea to also drive on very short trips to and from point A and point B in the carrier, just to let them get used to it.

No matter what type of carrier you choose, just make sure it's easily accessible by you and the cat and that it’s comfortable.

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Questions to ask when considering pet insurance

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 08:53 AM

Choosing-A-Dog-Breeder.jpgIf you have a pet as a member of your family – you understand the importance of keeping them healthy. Sometimes a pet will become ill when you least expect it, and you may not be prepared for the amount of the cost of the medical care they need in order for them to recover.

Do you know that you can purchase health insurance for your pet? Like making any major decision, you need to make an informed decision. In order to understand the details of pet insurance - there are a few questions you will want to ask before you purchase.

What conditions will pet insurance cover?

Some pet insurance companies have some conditions that are not covered. Not all companies have the same limitations – but, below is a list of some of the conditions that may or may not be covered.

  • Pre-existing conditions (for instance – conditions diagnosed before the policy is activated)
  • Routine examinations
  • Routine tests or screens
  • Routine vaccines
  • Teeth cleaning

Before purchasing a policy - make sure you check with the pet insurance companies to see if they have any payment limitations.

Benefit limits

It is usual for insurance policies to have limits on the benefits they pay. For instance, there may be a limit as to how much a company will pay per condition per year. There may also be a limit of what they will pay if your pet is involved in an accident. The amount of the benefit limits will vary between companies.

What is included in many pet insurance policies

When asking prospective companies what they cover and what they do not - you will want to ask if they cover diagnostics such as x-rays, hospitalizations, surgery and medications. It is also important to know if these limitations are related to an accident or illness.

Preventative and wellness care for your pets

To keep your pet healthy and active – preventative and wellness care is something you don’t want to ignore or put off until their health fails. Many pet insurance companies will offer a wellness policy that will cover flea control medication, annual routine wellness checks and even annual vaccinations.

Proper dental care is one of the most important aspects of keeping your pet healthy. The health of their teeth and gums will affect their total health. Some pet insurance companies offer dental coverage at an extra cost. This may seem expensive – but many illnesses can be avoided simply by taking excellent care of their dental needs.

When shopping around for pet insurance

Our pets are beloved members of our families. For them to participate in family activities in the way that is fun and rewarding to everyone – they need to be healthy. Just as with their human counterparts, there are many illnesses and conditions that can take the joy from their lives and keep them from being the wonderful companions they were meant to be.

Pet insurance will help you keep your pet on the road to health without creating a financial burden if they should be in an accident or fall ill. Check out the options you have that will help your pet live a long and happy life.

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Litterbox Problems

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 07:02 AM

is-your-cat-sick-ftr-2.jpgIf they are being truthful, cat lovers will admit the only drawback of their furry family members is the infamous litter box. There aren’t many negatives when it comes to sharing your home with a kitty – but most feline owners will agree that they wish there was a better way to go about ridding their house of that nasty litter box.

Since we all know cats can be a bit independent – even when it comes to their elimination habits – there are litter box options. You just have to find the one that works best for you and your home. And most importantly, an option that your furry family member will accept.

Types of litter boxes

There are several types of litter boxes. There are boxes with covers, boxes with dual entrances – and even boxes with rakes. The one you choose may depend on how many cats you have. If you have several cats, you need to consider having more than one litter box ie one litter box per cat as well as an extra one.

Some kitties prefer to have their private time in a covered box. This type of box also helps to eliminate odors. However, you may find that your four-footed friend does not care about privacy and prefers the box to be open as well other cats in the home may use this as an opportunity to bully one or more of your cats.

In theory, litter boxes that are motorized may seem like a good idea, but in practice – they usually frighten the furry animals they are supposed to attract.

Types of litter

Whether you are a scooper or one who disposes of bags of litter, you have many types of litter to choose from. Which type to buy can be confusing. Since kitties can be picky – they may let you know if they don’t particularly like the type of litter you’ve brought home for them.

  • Clay
  • Clumping
  • Crystals
  • Dust-free
  • Non-clumping
  • Odor-free
  • Perfumed
  • Recycled paper

One of the best choices is a litter that is made from sustainable products, and low dust. This is the healthiest type for your pets and your home. Most cats prefer odorless cat litter – since their scent is what continues to draw them to their litter box.

Litter that is perfumed is best left sitting on the store shelf. The average cat has an aversion to odor control additives or perfumes. The best rule of thumb is to avoid this type of litter.

Keeping it clean

Unless there are health reasons, the main cause of a family kitty stopping the use of a litter box is cleanliness. The most important thing about a litter box is to keep it clean. Try to scoop on a daily basis and keep the box in pristine condition by washing the box regularly. Litter should be replaced frequently to avoid your pet from finding unwelcomed spots for his or her potty-time. The bottom line is – cats need a clean litter box.

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Cats are wonderful pets – and part of their health maintenance is to have a good, clean litter box. Keeping your kitty healthy and happy by taking care of their litter box will make them better pets – and keep your home smelling more pleasant as well.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 02:54 PM

Very few people that have pets just consider them to be animals. Most people that have pets consider them to be a part of the family! When a person has a pet; whether it be something common like a dog, cat, bird, or a more exotic animal, you can be pawsitively sure that if you get them something pet related they will be over the moon happy! Here are a few Christmas gift ideas for pet lovers.

Breed Poem Pillow

Pet-Pedigree-Pillow-front-and-back-Airedale-cropped-650.jpgThese cute pillows show the dog’s breed on the front of the pillow along with the breed’s name. On the back, their breed name is spelled out and each word represents a line of a poem. These are really neat, and if you can find someplace that makes custom pillows, you could even put their pets name on, instead of their breed type. Image source: http://blog.uncommongoods.com/2017/diagnosis-talent-dr-martin-gellers-pet-pedigree-poems/

Dishwasher Safe Bowls

Stoneware is one of the best materials for pet bowls because they can go right in the dishwasher and you can be sure that there are no harsh chemicals in the stoneware. There are some really neat ones with pictures of dogs on them - words like devour and drink, and also solid colors with no words and no images.

Ombre Rope Leashes

il_340x270.1166199695_qrcn.jpgThese leashes are not nylon - they are rope. They use a customizable ombre design - which is a gradual blending of one color hue to another. The leash could start out at salmon red and gradually go from rose to pink, to cream. They're really cool looking!. These come in every color under the sun, and different rope lengths. Image source: https://img1.etsystatic.com/148/0/10661810/il_340x270.1166199695_qrcn.jpg 

Humorous Door Mats

Thanks to websites like Etsy and Artfire, people all over the Internet are introducing items they can hand make for you. These doormats are usually pretty humorous and they come in different colors and sizes. "Make No Bones About It" with a picture of a dog holding a bone, and "We Like Big Mutts .. and we cannot lie" are just two of many options!

Breed ID Kit

When these first came out they were only meant for humans. Over the past few years though, more companies are coming out with Breed and DNA kits for animals This is a really fun gift if your friend or loved one wants to know the exact breed of their dog and the different personality traits, health concerns, and activity levels each breed has.

Custom Keychains

You simply tell the creator the dog’s name and what type of dog, and they use a material like metal or wood to cut the template out and attach a keyring to it. These also come in different sizes, and some creators will also add textures or words to the keychain.

Water-Resistant Dog Coat

Since it is a Christmas gift, you could also consider getting their pet a water-resistant doggy coat. It keeps the dog warm and dry, but it's also super stylish! These come in many different colors.

0122b38e2c615a33b91b9db22bcbe8d8--pet-gifts-dog-photos.jpgPersonalized Pet Mug

Another very cute idea is to find someone that makes custom mugs. The artist would then make a sketch of the pet and put it on the mug. Depending on the artist you use, they will have different styles of drawing the pet. Image source:https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/277323289528678560/?lp=true 

A Donation To A Local Shelter

A lot of shelters run on donations alone. Every pet they have they have to feed, house, give medical checkups, keep active, etc. This can become really expensive. If you really want to give your giftee a gift they will love, donate money to a local shelter in their name.

 

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Litterbox training tips

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Dec 05, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

two cats shutterstock.jpgOwning a cat can be a very rewarding and fun experience. But, if you've never owned a cat, you may be unsure how to train a cat to go in a litterbox - this can be a confusing time for you. If you want to make sure your cat uses the litterbox, here are a few tips to consider.

Low Sides

Chances are you will need 2 different types of litterboxes from the time you own a kitten until the time it grows to an adult cat. For kittens; make sure you get a box that is lower to the ground and has lower sides. Making it difficult for a kitten to be able to use a litterbox is one of the biggest mistakes people make.

Number Of Litterboxes

The rule of thumb is that if you have more than one cat, you need to add on a litterbox for every cat. So if you have 2 cats, you need 3 litterboxes, if you have 3 cats you need 4 and so on and so forth. Cats are extremely picky and when they have to go; they have to go! The last thing they want is a box that is stinky or worse - another cat just used.

Box Locations

Litterboxes can really be placed anywhere, but the place you choose should be somewhat quiet. Cats tend to be skittish and really curious so if you put a litterbox in a laundry room with a water heater that is really loud, they either won't use it or will take a very long time getting used to it. Accidents can happen because of this.

Show Them Where The Box Is

This sounds kind of funny, but cats are incredibly instinctual and very smart. When you bring your cat home for the first time, he or she will probably hide a lot. But if there is one specific place they tend to stand or sleep - put the box in this location. Don't worry though, you won't have to leave the litterbox here forever, eventually when your cat learns to use it and what it's for - you can move the litterbox and they will move with it.

You can also take extra care by placing them in the litterbox after naps, meals or after playing for the first week or so. This will also kick in that instinctual trait.

Keep The Box Clean

A plastic litterbox is one of the easiest materials for humans to have for a litterbox. They are easy to clean and should be cleaned once a week with soap and water. Daily, however, you should be scooping the litterbox. Again, cats are very picky so if you have a litterbox that is full, they probably wouldn't want to go in. Can you blame them?

Pay Attention To What Your Cat Is Telling You

If your little guy or girl is skittish around the box - pay attention to the noises in the room. Is there a noise he or she doesn't like? Watch them from afar when they get in their litterbox. Do they scratch at it and stay in or do they scratch at it and jump out with the look of disgust?

Paying attention to what your cat is telling you because chances are they are letting you know whether they are happy and content or not.

Beyond just the litterbox itself, consider what you are putting in it. Usually cats don't like the perfume smell of litter. They usually prefer a non-scented litter. Cats are very sensitive not only to sounds, but smells too.

If you still have more questions on litter box training your kitten's initial appointment (around 8 weeks of age) is a wonderful opportunity to talk to your veterinarian.  We've put together a helpful checklist to get you ready for your first or any veterinary visit, download it here.

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To our Valued Clients – with the recent higher incidence of leptospirosis we wish to share some information.

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Sat, Oct 28, 2017 @ 08:57 AM

 

shutterstock_1940629.jpgThe carriers are raccoons, skunks, rats and other wildlife who shed the bacteria in the environment via urine where it remains in moist soil and stagnant or slow moving water. The bacteria survives in warm, temperate conditions such as late summer and fall, and we have had the perfect storm this fall.

It is transmitted through contact with infected urine so when your dog is drinking from a puddle, wading pool, ditch or pond and/or sniffing in the moist soil or grasses, he or she is at risk.

There is also a risk to humans whose dog has been diagnosed so proper care and cleaning of your dog’s areas is essential and urine should be cleaned up while wearing gloves.  Clean the area that your dog urinates with a mix of bleach and water (1 to 10 ratio) and rinse with clear water afterwards and/or most household cleaners also work as the bacteria is very sensitive to disinfectants.  If you have small children, elderly or immune-compromised individuals in your home please restrict their access to these areas. 

Symptoms for dogs are but are not limited to: flu-like symptoms such as increased thirst and loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and frequent urination – more severe symptoms are jaundice, blood in urine or stool, dehydration and kidney failure.  Please seek immediate veterinary care should your dog be exhibiting signs.

For all others please ensure your pet is up to date on their vaccines – unfortunately the lepto vaccine covers only 4 of the 20 strains out there but it is indeed the best protection offered to reduce risk.

A heavy deep frost will eliminate the risk this year but it is important to have the vaccine yearly so you can protect your pet going forward.  For the time being it may also be wise to reduce exposure by not visiting public places such as the Halifax commons , Point Pleasant park or other areas that dogs are frequently walked as they do shed the bacteria if exposed but not either not showing signs as of yet or being treated.

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What does an RVT really do?

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 03:55 PM

When you take your pet to your trusted veterinary hospital or clinic – you may not realize 22467737_1534599219966132_3783171366806282032_o.jpgthat it takes a team of professionals working alongside the doctor. One group of professionals you will find in most every veterinary clinic or hospital is the Registered Veterinary Technician/Technologist. The team works together for your pet to receive the best possible medical care.

A valuable team member – Registered Veterinary Technician/Technologist

Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists is a field that has become very popular among animal lovers. There are many traits that you will find in most RVTs. The most obvious, of course – is that Registered Veterinary Technicians have a love for animals. They enjoy working with pets and their owners and want to help them to be as healthy as they can be so they can enjoy a long life. RVTs also have an interest in health science, preventative health and nutrition for animals.

RVT training and education

A Registered Veterinary Technician has become an essential member of the healthcare team caring for your pet’s health and well-being. Their education is extensive. Before they begin working in an animal hospital or clinic, they must be proficient in many health-related skills, procedures and treatment.

Take a look at some of the services the Registered Veterinary Technician in your Veterinary office provides to your pet:

  • Administer and monitor anesthesia during surgical procedures
  • Administer medications, treatments and vaccinations as directed by the doctor
  • Animal research
  • Assist in surgery
  • Collect laboratory samples – blood, urine, tissue
  • Educate pet owners about healthy nutrition for their pets
  • Obtain and read x-rays
  • Prepare animals and the operating room for surgery
  • Provide emergency first aid

To become skillful in these and many more hospital and clinic tasks – an RVT is highly educated and trained. When they have completed the education component of their schooling, they must successfully complete the certification exam to receive their credentials. You can see why Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists are vital members of a veterinarian team.

Did you know October is RVT Month?

A week is simply not long enough to celebrate the many responsibilities that come with being a Registered Veterinary Technician or Technologist. They work beside veterinarians to make sure your pets receive the highest quality of healthcare – both emergent and preventative.

To honor and bring awareness to this interesting career – associations in each province can provide you with RVT Month Kits. The kits contain stickers, posters, buttons and other items to bring awareness to RVTs across the country.

Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists are dedicated to assisting your veterinarian to provide the medical and preventative care he or she needs to live a long and happy life as a beloved member of your family.

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Getting to know your vet team

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 @ 04:47 PM

22467737_1534599219966132_3783171366806282032_o.jpgWhen you take your pet for their regular checkups, chronic healthcare needs or for emergency services – it’s nice to understand who is taking care of and treating your pet. At our three hospitals, your cherished pet is taken care of by teams of professionals. It takes an experienced team to give your pet the best surgical, medical and continuity of healthcare. Besides our veterinarians – we have other trained professionals that round out our medical team.

It’s nice for you to get to know the trained professionals who will provide loving care for your pet.

Meet the Team

Don’t let the acronyms confuse you. They are easy to understand once you see what they stand for.

DVM. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is the medical professional who treats your pet. They have completed 7 – 8 years of in-depth training in animal sciences in order to have the knowledge and expertise they need to give your pet the best medical treatment possible after completing the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). They are also required to do multiple hours of continuing education each year to remain up to date on new and ever changing information within veterinary medicine.

CVMA. This acronym stands for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. This association helps to educate and bring awareness to animal welfare.

CVPM – Certified Veterinary Practice Manager – is a designation that requires a business degree and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in veterinary practice management through continual education and association within the profession of veterinary practice management and a set of standards that must be upheld by pledging to adhere to the VHMA professional Code of Ethics. We have the only practicing CVPM east of Montreal as our owner and administrator.

RVT. Working under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, an RVT is an important member of your pet’s healthcare team. Our RVTs – Registered veterinary technician/technologist – are highly trained professionals who have completed a 2 – 3 year program that is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. They have also successfully completed the Veterinary Technician National Exam as well are members of the NSVMA and EVTA with both requiring multiple hours of continuing education to maintain their designation.

Working along-side of our doctors, RVTs administer medications to your pets and perform diagnostic imaging tests to help our doctors diagnose and treat your pet, all within the in-house lab, dental suite, radiology department and surgery rooms. They provide anaesthetic monitoring and delivery during surgical procedures and triage pets in emergency situations. Our RVTs are compassionate pet-lovers who treat every patient as if it was their own pet.

OPN. The outpatient nurses in our practices are very important members of our team of professionals. They provide thoughtful and compassionate care to pet owners and their pets within the exam rooms weighing, taking a history of your pet and detailing the information in a medical record. They may either be a veterinary assistant or RVT assisting the veterinarian within the exam room.

CSR. Our CSR team members, or Client Service Representatives are the heart of our practice. They are the first people our pet owners come in contact with – both in the practice and over the phone. They provide customer service, care and communication to the owners of our pet patients. Our Customer Service Representatives are liaisons between the client, the medical team and doctor. These dedicated customer service team members keep our veterinary practices running smoothly, who as well within our practices have a veterinary assistant certificate and ongoing continuing education so they may provide the most up to date information to our clients.

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We take great pride in the many individuals that make up the medical teams at our three hospitals— Halifax Veterinary Hospital --6485 Quinpool Rd, Fairview Animal Hospital -- 7071 Bayers Rd, Spryfield Animal Hospital-- 320 Herring Cove Rd. They all have had the training and experience to make our hospitals the best in the area. Our hospitals are accredited members of the American Animal Hospital Association. We take care of your pets as if they were our own, and understand how important they are to you and your families. Our team of experts is dedicated to give you their best when it comes to treating your beloved pets.

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