At the Animal Hospital of North Fergus, we believe that prevention is the best medicine. Our animal companions live shorter lives, and therefore age much faster than we do. Their natural history has provided them with ways of hiding their declining health as they age.
The Veterinarians and staff at our clinic will work with you and your pet to customize a plan that is right for you, from the first days or weeks of life, through adulthood and extending into their senior years.
At each regular visit, your pet will recieve a complete nose to tail examination, and any necessary vaccinations, dewormings, or routine diagnostic testing can be performed. We will also discuss topics such as nutrition, exercise, behaviour, as well anything that is important to your specific needs and lifestyle.
We encourage you to ask questions, and will strive to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident with any medical decisions that are made on behalf of your pet. We want to work with you to provide your beloved pet the longest, happiest, and healthiest life possible!
When you pet falls ill, it can be a very stressful and emotional time. At the Animal Hospital of North Fergus, we are trained and equipped to perform a full range of diagnostic testing. From fecal and urine analysis, to blood testing, cytology, and surgical biopsy, x-rays, and ultrasound, we can find information about the nature of disease and often specific insights into how to treat them.
We will always take the time to explain what tests may be necessary and why. Our Veterinarians encourage you to ask questions about any tests that are recommended. Results will always be discussed with you to ensure you are making the best decision possible for your pet. We want to work with you to help your pet stay healthy. We respect that many people have a budget, and we will help guide you through the various testing options . We do not pressure people to perform disgnostic testing they may not understand. Our overarching philosphy is to explain what we are looking to find out, and work together to make a plan we can all agree on.
If you require more advanced testing, we can arrange for prompt referral to any type of veterinary specialist you may need.
With over 25 years of combined experience in both general and emergency practice, Dr. Gary and Dr. Shannan are able to perform a wide range of surgeries. Spays and neuters, mass removal, wound repair, dental cleaning and extraction of diseased teeth, surgeries of the digestive tract and bladder as well as orthopedic procedures are just some of the types of surgery that can be performed at our hospital.
Each patient has an individual assessment prior to inducing anesthesia, and an anesthetic plan tailored to each patient's needs is developed. During all surgical procedures your pet will be carefully monitored by a technician. Heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, and temperature are continuously monitored so that any signs of a potential problem can be identified immediately, and measures can be taken to keep our patients safe.
Keeping our patients comfortable during and after surgery is of the utmost importance. We use a combination of different types of pain medications prior to, during, and after surgery. We have rewarming equipment for our cages and heated floors in our dog runs to ensure a cozy and rapid recovery. Most patients will go home with additional medication to control any potential pain, and ensure they remain comfortable during the healing process.
If your pet has been dignosed with an illness, injury, or an emergency during office hours, the Animal Hospital of North Fergus can provide the treatment necessary to help them heal.
Common conditions that will need treatment and sometimes hospitalization include kidney disease, pancreatitis, heart disease, infections, traumatic injuries, severe vomiting or diarrhea, disorders of the endocrine system, and many more.
We are able to provide supportive care with intravenous fluids and medications, oxygen, pain control, monitoring and tracking recovery. In addition, we are able to perform procedures for more critical patients such as placing feeding tubes, performing thoracocentesis and other emergency procedures, intraosseous catheters for neonates, and much more.
For our more stable patients, we look forward to working with you on developing a treatment plan for short and long term recovery. We are happy to discuss treatment options using a combination of medications, nutrition, and in some cases supplements and other nutraceuticals.