Additional Services

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Website Library

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Has your pet been diagnosed with a condition that you are unfamiliar with? Are you interested in learning more about how a particular drug works? Would you like more information or advice on behaviour, nutrition, or administering medications? We are always here to discuss these topics and more, but sometimes you may want to investigate or explore on your own, which is why we provide a collection of pet health information.

Considering the wide availability of information on the Internet, it can be difficult to differentiate between what’s trustworthy and what’s not. The Pet Health section of our website contains accurate and reliable information on a wide variety of topics. Feel free to search through our articles, educational programs, tips, and videos, and contact us with any questions you might have.

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Pharmacy

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For your convenience, Sunnyview Animal Care offers both an in-house pharmacy and an online service (for our clients only through their ‘Pet Portal’) so we can meet all your pet’s needs. We provide medications, flea & tick control products, and deworming/heartworm preventives—all at competitive prices. We’ll also pass along any discounts or rebates from drug manufacturers – unlike many other practices.

When you order from us, you’ll know that the products you’re purchasing have been stored properly and are approved for use in Canada. And if you have any questions, you can ask one of our highly trained team members.

Feel free to pick up your pet’s prescriptions at our clinic or order refills online.  We only ask that you give us 30 minutes notice whenever possible by phone, or overnight when using our ‘Pet Portal’ online prescription renewal service.

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CO2 Laser Therapy

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Is laser therapy new?

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders.  Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available and affordable for clinicians.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.

What can be treated with laser therapy?

If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment.  The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What’s involved with treating my pet?

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.

How does it work?

The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”.   This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell.  ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation.  Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate.  Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.

Are there any side effects?

There are no known side effects with this treatment.

What can I expect at home?

You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.

How should I support this treatment at home?

There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as you pet’s condition dictates and is outlined by your veterinarian.

What to expect during a Companion Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?

Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe.  The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear.  The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.

What will my pet feel?

As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.

Is there anything my pet should or shouldn’t do, or take, while on the treatment?

Just follow normal treatment protocols as outlined. You do not need to be overly cautious nor should  you overdo any activities. Just business as usual.

When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?

You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition.  Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.

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Pain Management and Control

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At Sunnyview Animal Care, we know that animals experience pain in much the same way as people do – they just accept it much better and, therefore it can be easily missed!  We use our knowledge of pain medication and pain relief strategies to prevent and manage pain in ALL pets, both before and after surgery and in the event of an injury or infection.  We refer to this as a ‘Pain Management Strategy’ or ‘Pain Management Protocol’ – and following AAHA / AAFP Pain Management Guidelines available here _ its just that important to you and US!

We can also ease pain caused by chronic disease, such as arthritis.  Sunnyview Animal Care also wants our clients to consider the benefits of Nutriceuticals such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM for the prevention or to alleviate the discomfort of Osteoarthritis early in the process, as pain medications just ‘mask the symptoms’.

Ask us about our pain management options and plans, which we will tailor to your pet’s medical condition and individual needs. There are times that a single pain medication or supplement may not be enough for your pet’s comfort.  Does your pet suffer from ‘side effects’ from their pain medication?  There are medication mixtures that allow us to reduce the overall doses of any & all medications involved, and still allow the use of a medication that might have caused your pet issues in the past but worked for their pain management!

Finally, Sunnyview’s Veterinarians are very experienced in the management of exotic pet discomfort as well!  If your ferret, rabbit, reptile, bird – we treat them all – and effectively for you & your pet!

 

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Veterinary Specialist Referrals – In Clinic And Elsewhere in the HRM!

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At Sunnyview Animal Care, our team of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians provide many services at our clinic, ranging from everyday to advanced procedures. Although we handle the majority of your pet’s medical and surgical needs in-house, we occasionally refer patients to veterinary specialists or specialty clinics when advanced training or equipment will be beneficial.

Sunnyview is fortunate to have great relationships with many other local and out-of-province Veterinary Specialty practitioners!

Board-certified specialists, such as oncologists, ophthalmologists, and orthopaedic surgeons are close by – and many are within the HRM/Halifax Regional Municipality.  All the specialists we refer to have extensive experience and training in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. Specialty clinics and university-affiliated referral centres have specialized equipment to perform procedures that are not routinely performed by general veterinary practitioners.

We even have the ability to schedule some specialists to visit us here at our practice for non-emergency Ultrasounds!  And with CardioPet we can obtain ‘Stat’ Electrocardiogram interpretations from board certified Cardiologists and, quickly but effectively manage your pet’s distress!

We make referral decisions because we want to ensure that our patients receive a high standard of care and the best possible outcome. Be assured that when we refer a patient to another hospital, we continue to stay involved with his or her care, consulting with the treating specialist and often providing any needed follow-up care and rehabilitation.

Please do not hesitate to ask for this service!

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Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment

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Like us, animals such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits can get cancer. Fortunately, however, some forms of cancer are curable. In addition, recent advancements in cancer treatment can extend the lives of many dogs and cats. Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery may be used to stop the spread of cancer and remove or destroy cancer cells and tumours.

You can help prevent some forms of cancer by having your pet spayed or neutered at an early age, but most cancers cannot be prevented. This is why early detection is one of our best weapons against this disease.

Regular veterinary visits can help us keep track of what is normal for your pet, as well as detect anything suspicious. However, because we typically only see your dog or cat once or twice a year, we also rely on your knowledge of your pet to catch any potential issues early. Contact us right away if you notice any changes in your pet’s physical appearance or behaviour (such as lumps or bumps, sores that don’t heal, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in eating habits).

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Grief Counseling

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Losing a pet can be extremely upsetting, sometimes even more so than you might expect. We have such a close bond with our pets, so letting go is never easy and is often filled with pain, sadness, depression—even anger. Our team understands these feelings, as many of us have also lost pets of our own. The emotions we go through are real and nothing to be ashamed of.

Whether your loss is recent or you’ve been grieving for weeks, we are here to help you through this sad transition. We can also help your children understand and cope with their feelings. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Behavioral Counseling

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If you’re concerned about or bothered by an aspect of your pet’s behaviour, we can help. Our experienced veterinarians can work with you and your pet to stop or change the behaviour. Many aggressive, fearful, or inappropriate behaviours in dogs and cats can be modified through a combination of desensitization and counter-conditioning. These techniques can have dramatic results when applied properly. In some cases, medication can also help. Contact us for an appointment if you’d like to consult with us – & in rare cases we use the Behaviour Consulting services of Dr. Gary Landsburg and his team at North Toronto Animal Clinic – see our links page for more information and to download an information questionnaire.

Pet Accessories

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With so many accessories available from pet stores, we know you have hundreds of options to choose from. However, not all of them are safe for pets. When you purchase accessories from through tour practice or our online webstore (www.myvetstore.ca/sunnyview) , you know they’ve been selected with your pet’s safety in mind. Plus, we can help guide you toward the right choices for your pet.

Stop by to check out the accessories and toys in our reception area, or feel free to browse our selection during your next visit. Maybe you’ll find your pet’s new favourite toy!