130 – 12011, 2nd Avenue Richmond, B.C. V7E 3L6 Canada
604-241-PETS (7387) littlepawsvet@yahoo.ca

Services Guide

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Complete Medical & Physical Exams

A complete physical examination ensures that your pet stays in good health and that any early trends that may lead to disease are identified and corrected before there is permanent damage. Your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth and teeth, lymph nodes, skin, joints, cardiovascular system, neurological system, and gastrointestinal system are assessed. If necessary, further testing such as blood and urine tests may be recommended to assess the function of your pet’s liver, kidneys, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, and hematological system (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets). Depending on the situation, there may be the need for radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, or surgery to aid in diagnosis of an illness. We recommend an exam every 6 months as a preventative health measure.

Wellness Check-Ups & Tests

Prevention is the best medicine and this is our focus at Little Paws Animal Clinic. Routine blood testing allows us to assess the function of your pet’s organs, such as the liver, kidney and pancreas. We encourage annual wellness blood testing for adult pets. Abnormalities that are detected earlier provide essential opportunity for earlier treatment of your pet.

New Puppy & Kitten Visits

The first year is a fun and busy one for both you and your new pet. Keeping them healthy early in life leads to good health later on in life. To make things a little easier, the following is a list of procedures our Veterinarian will be recommending for your new pet. 1) Heartworm Check & Prevention – Heartworm is a parasitic disease spread by mosquitoes. 2) Microchip – A safe & permanent way to identify your pet. 3) Pet Insurance – Ask us about a one month free pet insurance trial. 4) Vaccinations – Starting at 8 weeks of age your new pet will require vaccinations at 3 – 4 week intervals. After being weaned from their mother their protection from infectious diseases starts to decline. It is at this time that we begin to vaccinate. A thorough physical examination is performed at each visit to ensure that your puppy or kitten is healthy before administering the vaccines. 5) De-worming – Essential for all new pets. Most frequently, roundworms are present in puppies and kittens, as they can be transferred through their mother or through contaminated feces. Routinely de-worm puppies and kittens as worms and parasites are common and can be a health risk to both you and your pet. 6) Dietary Management – Feed a diet higher in calcium, vitamins, protein and energy. Specific diets plans will be recommended 7) Dental Care 8. Spay/Neuter – At 6 months of age we recommend this surgical procedure. Pre-anesthetic lab work is also recommended at this time to ensure vital organ function prior to anesthesia. 9) Dietary Management – Feed a diet higher in calcium, vitamins, protein and energy. Specific diets plans will be recommended.

New Bunny and Rabbit Visits

Our Veterinarian, Dr. Martinez is a rabbit lover. Bring your bunny in for a complete exam, test for parasites and nail trim. Our Veterinarian has training ideas and will even drill a few holes in a plastic little box for free. He will also take you on a tour of the garden for fresh free rabbit food. In addition, you will receive proper bunny diet information, handouts provided. With all these preventative measures taken, you can rest at ease that your bunny is healthy and happy.

Chinchilla, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Mice, Gerbils, Hamsters, Hedgehogs & Sugar Gliders Visits

 

Senior Pet Care

As your beloved pet gets older, it is important to be aware of changes in eating habits, bathroom habits, energy level, and mobility. We encourage twice yearly medical examinations and wellness blood testing for senior pets. Specific diets such as mobility support, mature or overweight diets may be recommended as well as helpful tricks to get your pet some low impact exercise.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an important component of preventative health care for your pet. It is much easier to try to prevent infectious diseases from occurring than to provide treatment for your pet if he or she becomes ill. Little Paws Animal Clinic offers educational guidelines on the grades of vaccinations pending your lifestyle and a list of recommended vaccines, keeping your vaccinations up to date, the risks of over-vaccinating and an alternative to vaccines. After a thorough medical history is obtained and a physical examination is performed, your pet’s recommended vaccines will be determined based on his or her lifestyle and potential exposure to preventable infections. In the following years, our Veterinarian will provide a customized vaccine schedule for your pet. We will also keep you informed about new developments for providing a long and healthy life for your pet.

Parasite Control

Little Paws Animal Clinic offers safe and simple products, treatment guidelines as well as specialized tests to determine whether your animal is infected with external or internal parasites. Your pet walks around barefoot every day, and consequently picks up parasites. Common internal parasites include tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, heartworms, giardia, and coccidia. Dogs and cats can also be infected with external parasites such as fleas, mange mites, ear mites, ticks, or a fungus known as ringworm. It is important to routinely check your pet for internal and external parasites to keep them healthy, but also because some of these parasites can be transmitted to humans. It is especially important if there are any children, elderly, or immuno-compromised (ex: pregnant, ill) individuals at home. If your pet is displaying any of the following signs you should be concerned: seem thin or losing weight, have dull hair and coat, have a change in appetite, appear pot bellied, have diarrhea, drag its behind on the ground or pass worms in feces or vomit. Whether you have an indoor or an outdoor pet, we recommend you protect them with year round broad- spectrum preventative medication and twice yearly fecal tests.

Microchip Pet Identification

A microchip is one of the best ways to permanently identify the ownership of your pet. The procedure is safe and painless. It involves placing a small electronic chip the size of a grain of rice, using a needle underneath the skin between the shoulder blades. This is most commonly done when your pet is spayed or neutered and under general anesthesia, but can also be done at any other time. Veterinary clinics, humane societies, and animal shelters have a scanner capable of reading the pets profile number stored within the microchip. That number is used to retrieve your information so that your pet may be returned to you immediately.

Nutrition & Diet Consultations

Just like us, our pets can have special nutritional requirements at different times in their lives. Growing puppies and kittens, very active dogs, and senior pets are a few examples of life stages that necessitate evaluation of the diet. There may also be breed-specific recommendations. If your pet has a medical condition, a veterinary-prescribed diet may be very important in keeping him or her healthy. As a common example, cats with kidney disease or failure benefit from a low protein diet. Specialty diets such as scientific or homemade diets may be recommended as well as quality natural vitamins and supplements. We also sell Medi-Cal, Purina & Hills Prescription Diets. Information brochures on all types of diets will be provided to take home.

Behavior Consultations

Little Paws Animal Clinic offers consultations to guide you towards resolving behaviour issues. Common behaviour problems include aggressive behaviour, separation anxiety, and inappropriate elimination in the household. The sooner you intervene, the better the chance of resolution as well as resolving or preventing possible health problems.
Therapies and supplements will be recommended and if necessary, referrals to excellent obedience training programs.

Dentistry

At Little Paws Animal Clinic we recommend regular professional dental cleaning as a component of preventative health care. Dental disease is the most common ailment affecting pet health and it usually goes unnoticed until advanced disease is present. The most common signs are: bad breath, difficulty eating or chewing, pawing at the face, crying and generalized depression. Just like us, our pets need their teeth and gums regularly cleaned for optimal dental health. Excessive tartar build-up and gingivitis can affect other internal organs, such as the heart or kidneys. We provide complete dental scaling, polishing and fluoride treatment as well as extractions & x-rays if needed. In addition, our Veterinarian provides a demonstration on the proper way to clean your pets teeth. Tasty flavoured beef and chicken toothpaste and finger brush kits are also available for sale as well as dental chew treats and prescription dental diets.

Holistic Dentistry -without anesthesia

Our amazing registered Canine Oral Hygiene Therapist performs dental cleaning without anesthesia or sedation. All the surfaces of the teeth are hand scaled inside, outside, front and back. The teeth are then polished with prophy paste. The dogs can be left with our hygiene therapist during the entire cleaning process which takes about 90 minutes for each dog. Currently bookings are available with our therapist on Thursdays at Little Paws Animal Clinic.

Anesthetic Procedures

Little Paws Animal Clinic uses isofluorane gas anaesthesia and has anaesthetic machines installed in the surgical, dental and treatment areas as surgery for your pet is performed under general anesthesia. Anesthetic procedures are performed with continuous monitoring of pulse rate, blood pressure and respiration to ensure your pet’s safety. We have also placed body warmers to keep your pets warm during their surgical procedures and post surgery. Prior to the surgery we place an intravenous catheter and administer intravenous fluids to help maintain adequate hydration and blood pressure which is very important to keep all the internal organs healthy. The intravenous catheter also serves as a route to administer medications such as antibiotics or pain control, as well as medications needed in the event of an emergency.

Local anesthesia is commonly used in awake or sedated patients for small surgical or diagnostic procedures, such as biopsies, taking a small sample of tissue for analysis. It involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic drug under the skin to freeze the area that may be a source of pain with the procedure. In anesthetized patients, it can be used to endure more painful procedures such as the extraction of a tooth, and this helps with pain control during the procedure and upon recovery as well. Local anesthetics are short in duration, lasting approximately four to six hours and are generally used in conjunction with other methods of pain control.

Pre-anesthetic visit includes: a complete exam, decisions about a pre-anesthetic blood profile which can help detect abnormalities that could indicate that the anesthesia or surgery may be unsafe, warranting further investigation beforehand, microchips and post surgical pain control.

Surgery

Our facilities at Little Paws Animal Clinic utilize the highest standards of sterility and equipment to ensure your pet receives the best care possible. Surgeries are performed by Dr. Joseph Martinez, with over 25 years of experience your pet is in excellent hands. To prepare for surgery, we perform a complete physical examination to ensure that your pet has no underlying diseases that will affect the success of the anesthetic and the surgery. Pre-anesthetic blood tests are an integral part of this evaluation to provide detailed information that is not evident in a physical exam. To ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate an anesthetic, tests are run to confirm that your pet’s organs are functioning properly and to find hidden health risks that can put your pet at risk. Post-operative care include necessary take home medicine, supplements & diet, recovery instructions, progress report checks and a free re-check appointment in 7 – 10 days.

Spaying & Neutering

Spaying –
Ovariectomy: A medical procedure that involves the surgical removal of the ovaries only. This less invasive procedure is the preferred choice of Dr. Martinez.
Ovariohysterectomy: A medical procedure that involves the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.
Spaying your pet is preferably done before your pet’s first heat at about six months of age. The benefits of spaying your pet early far outweigh the risks. Spaying will prevent disease such as pyometra, an infection in the uterus and cancers of the breast & reproductive tract. There will be no heat cycles which frequently attract the attention of male dogs and no unwanted puppies.

Neutering is a medical procedure that involves surgically removing testicles, and is preferably done before your pet becomes mature at about six months of age. The benefits of neutering your pet early far outweigh the risks. Neutering your pet greatly decreases the chance of behavioural problems such as aggressiveness and roaming. Neutering also eliminates the risk of reproductive tract-associated diseases, such as testicular torsion or cancer. Contrary to popular belief, neutering does not reduce the risk of prostate cancer, but will reduce the risk of developing a common prostate disease known as benign prostatic hyperplasia.
We also recommend having pre-anesthetic lab work done at this time to ensure vital organ function prior to the anesthesia. For information on these topics and more, please contact the staff at Little Paws Animal Clinic.

Ultrasound

Little Paws Animal Clinic works closely with Ultrasound Specialists to ensure optimal results and personalized care. Ultrasound imaging allows us to look at the internal texture of different organs and tissues in order to determine whether there is some sort of disease or injury. An ultrasound examination can be done of the: 
heart, liver, gallbladder,pancreas, spleen, 
kidneys, intestines, 
bladder, 
uterus and ovaries, and muscles. We can also determine the nature of a disease or injury and whether treatment is having the desired effect.

Digital Radiography

We are fully equipped with a new Digital Dental X-Ray Machine and other Digital X-Ray facilities will soon be available on our premises. Clients can receive the x-ray results more quickly which is especially important in emergency cases and to assist in the diagnostics of your pet’s medical concerns. The benefits of digital versus traditional radiography include improved visual quality and it also provides enlargement capabilities and computer enhancements such as measurements and notations. The digital images are also easier to send to any specialist by way of CD or email. As well, the reduced radiation required makes it even safer for your pet and our staff. By eliminating the chemicals associated with processing traditional film, this technology is also safer for the environment.

In–House Laboratory Tests

For fast clinical services, numerous tests are run in our animal clinic including blood and urine analysis, fecal testing as well as tests for heartworm and leukemia.

Laboratory Tests

Little Paws Animal Clinic works closely with professional laboratories for more extensive testing. The overnight service ensures your pets quality results will arrive quickly.

Pharmacy

We have an in-house pharmacy at Little Paws Animal Clinic and are able to fill most of your prescriptions before you leave the clinic. We also compound medication for little pets in different tasty flavours.

Boarding

Our facilities offer affordable boarding areas for small animals. A warm and comfortable environment is created for your pet. Daily cage cleaning, a healthy & nutritious diet, daily exercise, and lots of love! For long term boarding, or boarding for larger animals we have excellent referrals for a home boarding experience.

House Calls

House calls are available by appointment or on an emergency basis if necessary.

Emergency Services

During our regular business hours, emergencies are given priority. If your pet needs emergency care after hours, please call a 24-hour emergency animal hospital.

Compassionate Home Euthanasia

This service is offered by our compassionate Veterinarian, Dr. Martinez in order to provide a comfortable and personal experience for your family and beloved pet. This service includes anesthesia prior to the euthanasia in order to ensure your pets physical comfort. This house appointment is 60 minutes.

Post-Mortem

At the request of our clients, our veterinarian is available to perform post-mortem examination of animals due to disease or health concerns.

Cremation Services

Little Paws Animal Clinic works closely with professional companies to ensure your pets remains are handled with care and respect. Affordable private & communal cremation services are available. Private cremation services include an urn, name engraving and death certificates.

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance companies provide health and accident insurance to cover your pet’s accidents and illness, as well as routine preventive care. Pre-existing conditions are not usually covered, so it is best to enroll your pets at an early age. Insurance companies also apply discounts for micro-chipped animals. Ask us for more information regarding coverage as well as how you can receive 30 days of coverage for free.

Health Records

If you’re planning to take your pet for a trip across the border you will need a certificate of health. After examining your pet, our Veterinarian will provide you with a statement of health and recommend vaccinations necessary for the region you are traveling to. Proper information on what you should know about traveling with your pet will be discussed and any questions you may have will be answered. Natural relaxants are also available at our clinic to help with pet nerves while traveling.

Stem Cell Therapy

Now available at Little Paws Animal Clinic! A new cutting edge regenerative cell therapy for the treatment of arthritic conditions and joint and ligament injuries. This minimally invasive treatment process is as follows. Our licensed stem cell therapist, veterinarian Dr. Martinez, will perform a complete physical examination. He will then collect fat tissue from the sedated animal patient and send it to the Avivagen Animal Health Laboratory. The laboratory processes the sample and ensures a high quality of the isolated regenerative cells. The cells are then directly returned to the clinic and our veterinarian will inject them back into the animal. These cells are capable of differentiating into a variety of tissue types including tendon, ligament, bone, cartilage, and muscle and have been scientifically proven to reduce pain and inflammation. If surgery or long-term pain medication has not helped to relieve your pets’ discomfort, come in to talk with us about this more natural approach that can also be combined with acupuncture therapy.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that involves placing fine needles in blocked areas along the meridian pathways of the body. The body’s vital life force energy travels through these meridian channels and by stimulated key points, a release can naturally occur. Acupuncture is most commonly used to relieve pain, improve circulation, release endorphins, loosen aching muscles, increase the flow of oxygen, relieve arthritic conditions in the joints, and promote general well-being in your pet. Diagnosis of your pets condition will be determined by a complete physical examination. The duration of each treatment varies according to the condition being treated. The doctor then selects specific points that are known to have a beneficial effect on the problem. Since each meridian line is governed by a major organ and all lines are interconnected, numerous physical, emotional and mental blockages can be released through a few simple needle insertions.

Information

Please contact us for information regarding any of our services. We are also happy to provide you with information brochures and handouts. Please come in for a free tour of the clinic, meet our veterinarian and staff!

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