Additional Services

Kitten Training

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Would you like your kitten to grow up to be social, friendly (even towards strangers) and to enjoy walks on a leash? Of course you would! Kittens need proper socialization from 3 to 12 weeks of age in order to help reduce fear and anxiety later in life. At Brock Street Animal Hospital’s kitten classes, you will learn to recognize when your cat is fearful, how to prevent unruly behavior and how to train behaviours that you want from your kitten. Your kitten will learn that:

  • New people, places, objects and animals are O.K.
  • It’s fun to be groomed, have their nails trimmed or teeth brushed
  • Their carrier is a safe and comfortable place
  • Good behavior, such as ‘sit’ and ‘come’, earns rewards

Please contact us for more information on our kitten behavior classes.

Physical Rehabilitation Services

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The goals of physical rehabilitation include prevention of dysfunction and the development, improvement, restoration or maintenance of various daily physical characteristics including,

  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Fitness
  • Stability
  • Relaxation
  • Coordination
  • Balance

Pets that benefit from physical rehabilitation are most often those with orthopedic or neurological impairments, such as arthritis or back pain. Many owners seek treatment for their pet after an injury such as a ligament tear or a broken bone. Our veterinarians will develop an individual plan for your pet involving passive and active exercises to help them heal.

Therapeutic Laser

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Therapeutic Laser is a non-invasive method of stimulating cells. It uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate tissues to increase their energy production. Laser therapy helps to accelerate wound healing, reduce inflammation and swelling and relieve pain through the stimulation of endorphins. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this service.

Veterinary Specialist Referrals

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Our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians provides many services at our clinic, ranging from routine 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.

Board-certified specialists, such as oncologists, ophthalmologists, and neurologists, 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 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.

Puppy Training

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Your puppy’s early months are an impressionable period in his or her life, and the right training can make all the difference in your lifelong relationship with your dog. The goal of our puppy classes is to teach basic manners, encourage good behaviour, prevent problems, and increase socialization, all while helping you establish a strong bond with your new canine companion. We will show you how to teach your dog what you expect of him or her through consistent, reward-based training.

The effort you put into your puppy early on will pay off down the road. Contact us to sign up for our puppy classes.

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).

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.We will 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.Please contact us for an appointment or for more information regarding our behaviour services.

Microchip Pet Identification

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Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We can also suggest a plan to have in place so if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.