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Cats and Ticks

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 04:02 PM

For a long time, ticks were just a small, localized problem. Very few regions suffered from significant tick populations. However, ticks are now more wildly spread, and they are causing problems for cat owners all over. Not only are they everywhere, the climate of many places mean that ticks are a problem year round. All it takes is four degrees above zero for ticks to be an active problem for you and your pets.

SN_2-1.jpgFleas and Ticks

Many pet owners have dealt with fleas in the past. They are small creatures that make your pet very uncomfortable and carry a host of different diseases. Fleas can live for a great deal of time, even when owners are actively treating the animal. As such, it is important that the treatment happens on two fronts. The animal itself must be treated and so must the area the animal resides in.

Ticks are a little bit different in their life cycle. Unfortunately, while ticks are unlikely to infest your house, it only takes one tick to cause major illnesses. The main concern with ticks is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a significant illness, which, when untreated, can cause a host of substantial symptoms. It is also very difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms vary greatly from case to case.

Prevention of Fleas and Ticks on Cats

Currently there are only a few products that are labeled for safe treatment against ticks in cats - They usually also deal with fleas very well. These preventative treatments are typically topical solutions that are applied to the back of your cat's neck. The duration of treatment options ranges from one to three months. Make sure you avoid products containing permethrin as they are very toxic to cats. Talk to your veterinarian to find the best flea and tick prevention for your kitty.

Staying Safe by Checking for Ticks

With the risk of Lyme disease being so extreme, taking extra steps to protect you, your family, and your pets is recommended. The ticks can sneak into your pet’s fur, leaving it plenty of time to latch onto anyone in your household. While preventative treatments provide protection for your pet, the tick can still infiltrate your home. To prevent this hidden threat, look through your pet’s fur every day.

Your cat is going to be at a lower risk than a dog who is regularly exploring the woods. However, they are still at risk no matter how little exposure they receive. If your cat is regularly out in the woods, more caution is required. 

Fleas are uncomfortable, infest your home, and can transmit a number of diseases. Ticks also transmit diseases between animals and humans. Of these diseases, Lyme disease is a significant concern. To protect your health, and the health of your pets, be sure to take the right preventative measures. A topical application gives your cat the protection they deserve from both ticks and fleas.

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Do you have a plan if your dog gets lost?

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

0717_ntnllostpetprevmonthacc_xw569_xh299.jpgYour pet is a family member and you want them to be safe at all times. When your pet gets loose, you don't want to waste a minute. If you don't already have a plan to put into action if your dog gets lost, take a few minutes to think through the following items.

Microchip

In order to be proactive about losing your dog, microchipping is a great idea. Wherever your dog is found, he can be scanned and that microchip will lead right back to you. If he's picked up at a shelter or clinic, they will call you and let you know your dog is safe and sound. All thanks to the microchip. Make sure the information regarding your address is up to date on that microchip for the best results.

Have Quality Pictures

If you need to make posters or put your dog's image out there in other manners, it is good to have good quality pictures from a lot of different angles. Sure, you take pictures of your dog on a regular basis, but pay attention to how you take them and put the quality pictures in a different folder so you have easy access if you ever need them.

Make the Collar a Must

Make sure your dog is never outside without his collar, complete with identification tags. It is best for him to wear it at all times, even inside your home and yard, because you never know when he might get out and take off. Having a collar on will give him a good chance at finding his way home. If anyone runs across him, they will know who to call and where he belongs.

Make Posters

If your dog gets out and you want to take action right away, make up some posters to distribute around the neighborhood. Make it simple and put "Lost Dog" on the top in large letters. Include a picture and brief description along with your name and phone number in large letters. You can put these up on poles around the neighborhood so if anyone sees your dog, they know where he goes.

Call By Name

As you look around the area yourself, walk around and call for your pet by name. Tell everyone searching your dog's name so they know what to say when they see a dog that looks like yours. If you are driving, drive slowly, roll the windows down, listen, and call your pet by name,

Put a Call Out on Social Media

In Nova Scotia, we have a great resource in Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network. With almost 30,000 followers, they are a great resource to share with.

Your friends and neighbors are constantly connected on social media. Put a call out as soon as your dog is missing and it's possible someone you know will have seen him. The connections on social media are endless and you never know who might find your dog and where.

Thinking through your options when your dog is safely in your house is a good way to prevent panic if he gets out and gets lost. You can follow a few simple steps and get him home much faster that way. The best thing to do in these situations is to simply keep at it. Don't give up! Your dog is out there somewhere and while he may make it home on his own, he has a lot better chance with your help.

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Bloat -- what you need to know

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

dog-owners.jpgWhen you buy a dog, it's a life-long commitment. You have to make sure they are fed properly, taken to the veterinarian many times during their lives, make sure they get walked, etc.

One of the topics we are going to discuss today is bloat or Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). This is an extremely serious situation and should be considered life-threatening. There are no natural or home remedies for bloat so if your dog is having symptoms related to this disease - which we will be going through below, you need to see your Veterinarian ASAP.

Dogs with bloat can die within several hours so time is of the essence. Even when a dog gets treatment there is still a chance that they may not survive.

With bloat, for a number of different reasons, your dog's stomach can fill up with air and put extra pressure on the other organs in the dog's body. It can also cause the stomach to rotate onto itself and pinch off the blood supply. Once this happens the blood supply is cut off and the stomach begins to die.

The pressure makes it difficult for the dog to breath and it can also compress larger veins in the abdomen which can prevent blood from returning to the heart.

Breeds That GDV Is More Common In

As with a lot of other health issues and diseases, GDV is more common in some breeds than it is in others.

Great Danes have a 4.1 risk ratio
German Shepherds have a 4.1
Golden Retrievers have a 1.2
Mini Poodles have a 0.3
etc.

GDV tends to be much more common in larger dogs than smaller dogs, hence the numbers above.

It's a good idea to not only talk to your veterinarian about GDV but also talk to them about your specific breed.

Dogs also over the age of 7, who are male, who are fed less than 1 times a day are also more at risk to get GDV than dogs who are not.

Signs Of Bloat In Dogs

Some of the symptoms you'll want to look for in your dog include:

- Swollen or Protruding Belly
- Non-Productive Vomiting
- Retching
- Abdominal Pain
- Rapid Shallow Breathing

Prevention Of Bloat In Dogs

While getting care for your dog after the fact can keep GDV from coming back later on in the dog's life, most vets agree that having a surgery called gastropexy, while they are young, is the best way to keep dog bloat away entirely. A gastropexy can be done on both male and female dogs and it can be done at the same time as they are being spayed or neutered.

In gastropexy, the dog's stomach will be sutured and attached to the abdominal wall or the diaphragm and this is what will keep the dog's stomach from flipping over on itself.

For most dog lovers and owners, that stat alone is worth getting the gastropexy.

Other Preventative Measures:

- Owners should be aware that they have a dog breed who is more susceptible to GDV.

- Dogs who are more susceptible should be fed 2-3 times a day, rather than 1 time a day.

- Water should always be available, however, it should be limited after the dog is done eating.

- While exercise is great for any dog, dogs that have a higher chance of getting GDV should not exercise vigorously, be too excited or stressed out 1-2 hours before and 1-2 hours after a meal.

According to studies, dogs that have the gastropexy have a small 4.3% chance of getting GDV in the future versus the 54.5% who can get it in the future who have NOT gotten gastropexy.

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Common Anal Gland Issues

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

3038662-poster-p-1-the-most-statistically-sound-dogs-charted.jpgWhen you own an animal, few topics raise eyebrows as much as the term anal glands, but actually, this is a very important topic!

Anal glands are small pouches that are located between an animals internal and external sphincter muscles. These glands empty through narrow and short ducts inside the anus of the animal. These sacs are lined with modified sebaceous oil and sweat glands - the substance that is secreted from the area can be an oily almost brownish fluid that has a pretty strong odor to it.

Usually when an animal defecates the liquid inside the sac will be expelled, but if this process does not happen on a daily or weekly basis, the material inside will thicken and make it harder for the animal to pass it. If this situation keeps happening over time, the anal gland can become impacted, inflamed, or even infected. If it becomes bad enough, it can even cause a rupture through the skin via an abscess.

While some Veterinarian say that the reason for anal glands is to help create a territorial marker, others state that the anal sac oils actually help lubricate hard stool, which makes passage easier and more comfortable for the animal.

While this problem is less common in cats, it still is an issue. In dogs this issue becomes even more prevalent - around 12% of dogs will face the issue with their anal glands at least one time in their life.

Dogs who are overweight also experience this issue more than dogs who are not. Some breeds or certain dogs may be born with narrow anal ducts.

Age and Breed Considerations

Anal gland issues are more common in dogs, yes, but they are even more common in smaller breeds of dogs including toy poodles, teacup terriers, bichon frise's, cocker spaniels, beagles and even Chihuahuas. When it comes to anal glad issues and sexes - both female and male dogs can be affected.

Why Their Diet Matters

While a diet change won't resolve all of the issues your dog might be having right off the bat, it's still a good place to start. Make sure that your dog has a diet that is rich in fiber which will help prevent issues in the future.

Expressing The Glands By Hand

While you can express the glands by hand, most vets will tell you that this should NOT be done to a normal dog with no history of issues with their anal glands. Instead, if you are worried if your dog has anal gland problems or you find that they are experiencing issues when defecating; it's a good idea to talk to your veterinarian to see if there is a true issue or not. If the anal glands need to be expressed, your veterinarian can do this process for you or even teach you how to do it for your own dogs.

Recognizing A True Problem

Some of the more common symptoms, become very obvious almost right away because these "acts" may not be something your dog did before and suddenly does now. The symptoms or signs of something possibly being wrong include; scooting their bottom across the floor, trying to lick the anal region or displaying discomfort in the area of the glands.

Impaction and infection are two of the most common worries when it comes to issues with anal glands, but if you ignore the problem as time goes on, this can eventually turn into an even bigger problem such as cancer. If you find that your animal is suffering from issues with their anal glands, see your veterinarian immediately.

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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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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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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.

Halifax Veterinary Hospital

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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