Disease prevention by vaccination is the cornerstone of ongoing preventative health care. Upon having a comprehensive physical examination healthy pets should be vaccinated. Vaccines are essential for young puppies and kittens to help build their immunity against bacteria and virus’ that they are exposed to in the environment. We encourage you to discuss any aspect of your pet’s health during your visit or call us for information regarding any concerns you may have.
The control of internal (worms) and external parasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites) is an important health and comfort issue for your pet. Several parasites are transferable to humans and are especially dangerous for children. Talk to us about simple solutions to control and prevent parasites in/on your pet.
We perform a variety of laboratory tests on site. If more in depth evaluations are required samples are sent to a local veterinary laboratory. When results are available (usually the next day) you will be contacted and given the results. We will work with you to be sure you understand the importance of the test results so that a treatment strategy can be established.
Digital radiography has revolutionized veterinary radiology. Images are available immediately and can be modified to allow for more accurate interpretation. Radiography is necessary for the diagnosis of conditions like intestinal foreign bodies, bladder stones, certain malignancies, broken bones and many other things.
In situations where radiographs do not give us a diagnosis ultrasound services are available at our hospital. A Board Certified Radiologist performs and interprets all ultrasound images.
We offer a wide range of surgical services that include;
- Surgical Sterilization (spays and neuters)
- Soft Tissue Surgery (laceration repairs and lump removals)
- Intestinal Surgery (foreign body removal)
- Orthopedic Surgery (ACL repair and fracture repair)
- Reproductive Surgery (C – Sections)
To ensure that it is safe for your pet to have an anesthetic we may recommend a blood panel evaluation be performed prior to anesthesia. This will provide us with information on your pet’s internal organ function and help us determine an individual and safe anesthetic protocol for your pet.
You may be referred to a local Board Certified Surgeon if your pet needs more specialized care.
Tattoos & Microchips
An identification tattoo is placed in your pet’s RIGHT ear. The numbers and letters assigned to your pet are recognizable throughout the province of BC. This must be preformed while your pet is under anesthetic.
If you are travelling with your pet to other provinces and countries, then placing a microchip may be a more appropriate option. Microchips are injected just under the skin, between the shoulder blades and can be performed anytime without sedation. Microchip numbers are identified by a universal handheld scanner available at most veterinary hospitals or animal control agencies.
We recommend investing into one or both of these options to be sure you will be reunited with your pet if your pet gets separated from you.
If you’re planning a trip, the Maple Ridge Veterinary Hospital has boarding facilities to provide your pet with individual care while you’re away ( feeding prescription diets and administering required medications). You can feel comfortable that our professional staff is taking care of your pet and if any medical situation arises we will then contact you through the contact information you leave with us.
Dr. Paula Bedford is a member of the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada (AVAC) as well as the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture can be useful in the treatment of many conditions, most commonly musculoskeletal and neurological problems. The number and frequency of treatments depends on the severity and duration of the condition. Acupuncture treatments are well tolerated by most pets.