Pet Wellness Services in Scarborough

scarborough pet wellness examsAt Birch-Dan Animal Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario, we strive to provide our clients’ pets with individualized veterinary care based on the importance of preventative medicine as the best means to ensure lifelong health. From your pet’s first visit, he or she will be evaluated in terms of daily routines, stage of life, and particular risk factors so that we can develop a unique understanding of your pet’s health needs.

Routine Veterinary Exams

In addition to our personalized approach to your Scarborough pet’s wellness care, Birch-Dan Animal Hospital highly recommends yearly veterinary wellness checkups, which are fundamental to any preventative care program. We also recommend proper dental care here and at home, appropriate vaccinations, microchip identification in case your pet becomes lost, and regular screenings for diseases that commonly afflict pets in their senior years.

We also strongly believe that client education and communication are vital aspects of good veterinary care. The work of caring for your pet does not begin and end at our doors. It is continuous and requires empowering you with the information you need to provide the best and most compassionate care for your beloved pet.

Scarborough Veterinary Medicine

However, despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may yet experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill, experience and extensive education of our Scarborough veterinarians allow us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices. This means fewer referrals to expensive specialists and allows our clients to receive care for their pets from people they know, in a comfortable and familiar setting.

In all, we strive to provide the highest level of Scarborough veterinary service to you and care to your pet in a warm, safe and inviting atmosphere. Please take a look at the services we offer and please feel free to give us a call at (416) 266-1377 to ask a question or make an appointment.

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Scarborough Veterinary Wellness Exams

scarborough veterinary wellnessAn ounce of prevention is most certainly worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping our pets healthy and limiting the lifetime cost of care.

As medical professionals, Birch-Dan Animal Hospital knows that the cornerstone of any preventative care program for your pet is a regular and thorough wellness exam. A nose-to-tail medical exam will allow your veterinarian to assess the health of your pet, notice potential signs of trouble at an early and easily treatable stage, and offer important information on the care of your specific type and breed of pet.

A pet wellness exam also provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the health and care of your pet.

In all, routine veterinary wellness exams are an important piece of your Scarborough pet’s preventative health care plan.

When you bring your pet to Birch-Dan Animal Hospital, your veterinarian will:


Score your pet’s weight and body: This is one of the most important parts of a physical exam, as it looks for major weight gain or loss which may indicate disease or potentially harmful weight problems.

Nutritional consultation and assessment: A nutritional consultation and assessment is done on each pet to help determine if your pet’s current food is a good fit. We determine the diet’s true quality and see if it meets each individual’s nutritional requirements. We can also put together a specialized program for your pet to help ensure it is getting the most out of mealtime.

Nose, ears, and eyes: Examining for discharge or any other abnormalities. Your veterinarian will look for signs of eye disease, chronic ear problems and anything else that may be making your pet uncomfortable.

The paws and nails: Your veterinarian will look for any cuts and will clip overgrown nails, which may cause future issues if left untended.

Condition of the fur and skin: This involves checking for rashes, wounds, cuts, lumps and growths, etc.

The heart: A stethoscope may discover various heart conditions, heart or lung disease.

Internal organs: Your veterinarian will palpate your pet’s tummy to feel for any enlargements on the major organs, and the intestines.

Rear end: Checking for any visible parasites, signs of diarrhea, anal gland problems, and any other abnormalities.

General condition of joints and bones: Your veterinarian will check your pet’s stride and flex/rotate joints in the hips, shoulders, neck, and legs. Stiffness or pain can indicate orthopedic issues such as arthritis.

Lab testing: We may run a blood screen to check your pets overall internal health. Lab testing costs extra, but is very affordable. Testing will vary with the age of your pet.

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