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At Holland Street Veterinary Service we offer both traditional and alternative forms of veterinary medicine for all life stages of companion animals including; dogs, cats, and exotics. We are a fully accredited and licensed veterinary hospital under the rules and regulations of the CVO (College of Veterinarians of Ontario). We have full surgical, radiological and laboratory services and are proud to offer alternatives to traditional medicine such as tailored immunization protocols and acupuncture. Should your pet require emergency care, please call the clinic at 905-775-4787 and we would be happy to assist you.

Acupuncture:

Often used in conjunction with herbs/conventional medicine where warranted. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions that are treated with acupuncture:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis/degenerative joint disease or vertebral disc pathology and hip dysplasia as well as for pain
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Skin problems, such as lick granuloma and allergies
  • Seizures
  • Immunologic disorders and blood disorders
  • Cancer patients
  • Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
  • Selected reproductive problems such as anestrus, infertility, retained placenta, mastitis, increasing milk production

For more information read our Pet Blog.

Dog getting acupunctureAlternative Medicine:

Techniques promoted in holistic medicine are minimally invasive, and incorporate patient well-being, lifestyle, and stress reduction. Holistic thinking is centered on love, empathy and respect. Use of blood tests, x-rays, and similar objective diagnostic techniques is minimized in favor of sensitivity to the animal.

Dental Services:

All patients undergoing dental cleaning and examinations have complete dental radiographs done to assess whether dental surgery is required. After a full medical history and examination, a proper dental examination is recommended. To perform a definitive dental examination, an anesthetic is required since examination in a conscious animal is limited. Initially, tongue, pharynx and gums are assessed for masses/ulcers and any abnormalities. Teeth are charted and missing or extra teeth are noted. Tooth appearance including developmental defects, discoloration, wear, cavities, fractures, periodontal pocket depth, position and mobility is noted as well as gum recession or deviation in normal jaw structure. Full mouth digital dental radiographs are then taken.

Even with a thorough examination, it can be difficult to determine which teeth need to be extracted. Loose teeth need to be removed. Dental radiographs allow us to visualize teeth above and below the gingiva. They are required to evaluate the degree of bone loss, and helps to identify extra teeth lying below the gumline. This allows us to make an informed decision as to which teeth are beyond salvaging and what complications can be expected. For more information read our Pet Blog.

Diet:

We carry the Royal Canin prescription diets (previously referred to as Medical) and Hill’s prescription diets.

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Digital Radiology: (Including Dental Radiographs)
Radiographs are helpful when evaluating bone and organs such as lung, heart, kidneys, liver, bladder and gastrointestinal tract. Contrast medium such as barium is sometimes administered to allow us to determine whether there are foreign bodies, masses or stones present. Depending on the nature of the radiographs, a sedative or anesthetic may be required to obtain high quality images, especially in nervous or agitated patients. Sometimes we recommend sending the images to a radiologist for their full report.

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Emergency Medical Procedures/Concerns:

Seizure, Respiratory Distress, Heat Stroke, Toxin Ingestion, Limping, Burn Injury and Smoke Inhalation, Pain, Diabetic Crisis, Shock, Gastrointestinal Disease (vomiting/diarrhea), Weakness, Paralysis/Paresis.

We are happy to assist if your pet is in need of emergency care during regular office hours. Click for more information on emergency after hours. When possible we ask that you give us a call to let us know that you are coming and brief us on the situation so that we can be prepared and best able to assist you and your pet upon your arrival. In cases where referral/specialist or overnight care is required, we will do our best to stabilize the patient and provide pain management and supportive care until they can be transferred for continued care.

Emergency Surgical Procedures:

Cesarian Section, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat), Unblocking Urinary Obstructions in Cats are some of the emergency surgeries we provide.

Grooming:

We do not do grooming as a general rule, however, we are able to offer “medical grooming” as needed – ie., clipping heavily matted or soiled pets and catering to those that require sedation (ie: Lion Cuts in cats).

Lab Services:

Our laboratory services include blood collection and analysis, urine collection and analysis, we are able to take cell samples of lumps/bumps and analyze them under a microscope. We are fortunate to have access to IDEXX laboratory which allows us to offer a wider range of services. We also have an in-house blood analyzer and CBC (complete blood count) machine.

  • Microscopic evaluation of fine needle aspirates (typically of skin masses/tumors), biologic products such as blood, urine and feces and of skin scrapings/swabs.
  • Blood and urine collection
  • Dermatology: FNAC, skin scrapings, fungal culture, examine skin for ectoparasites such as demodex or sarcoptes (mange), fleas/flea dirt, lice
  • Culture/sensitivity of various urine, stool analysis for blood, parasites (including roundworms, hookworms, coccidia, giardia)


Microchip Identification:

A microchip is a unique identifier about the size of a grain of rice implanted under the skin between the neck and shoulder blades. We recommend this be done at the time of surgery but can easily be implanted without general anesthesia. We would typically inject a small amount of local anesthetic prior to implanting the local as the needle through which it is delivered is quite large and can be uncomfortable otherwise. The chip is read by passive radio-frequency identification technology and when scanned with a microchip reader, will deliver a number linked to the owner.

After implanting the chip, a form listing the chip ID, owner contact information, pet name and description, shelter and/or veterinarian contact information, and an alternate emergency contact is filled out and submitted to a registry. Typically a tag is provided that is worn on the collar to identify the pet as one that has a microchip. When a micro-chipped pet is found, their owner (provided the information on the registration form is current and there has not been a transfer of ownership or move), the rightful owner is easily found.

For more information read our Pet Blog.

Surgeries:

Spay, Neuter, Dewclaw Removal, Lump Removal, Biopsies, Cystotomy (Bladder Stone Removal), Dental Cleaning (Scaling and Polish) and Extractions as required.

We are proud to announce that we are a declaw-free facility and we do not offer this surgery. For more information on declawing, please visit www.pawproject.org