Preventative Healthcare and general medicine
At Tsawwassen Animal Hospital we strongly believe in preventative healthcare and a whole body wellness approach. From an early age we hope to work with you to help your pet enjoy optimal health!
Annual checkups for young adult pets allow the Doctor to get a medical history, provide a full physical exam and assess his/her lifestyle and health risks. Based on this, a wellness plan involving nutritional counseling, vaccinations, parasite control, and early disease intervention is created. Because in senior years our pets’ health can change quickly, we recommend an exam twice yearly.
Our hospital is fully equipped to offer general surgery services. These include elective surgeries like spays/neuters, and also also include many other procedures such as wound repair, abscess surgery, eye, ear procedures, thoracic, stomach, bowel, and bladder surgery, tumour removal, and C-Sections.
If a specialist surgeon is required for a certain procedure, we are fortunate to be able to refer to Dr Mark Smith, an experienced and highly regarded mobile surgeon who will perform the surgery at our hospital.
We are also happy to refer you and your pet to one of the excellent specialist centers in Greater Vancouver.
Regular dental cleaning is essential to the lifelong health and comfort of your furry loved one.
At Tsawwassen Animal Hospital we have dentistry trained and experienced Doctors and Veterinary Technicians who can discuss homecare and tartar prevention as well as dental cleaning or dental surgery with you.
For dental procedures requiring a specialist, we will refer you to West Coast Veterinary Dental Specialists in Burnaby.
We have a class 4 therapeutic laser to help your pet heal faster with less pain and inflammation.
We laser all types of conditions, from post surgical incisions to arthritis. Please call us and get more info!
Tsawwassen Animal Hospital has a state of the art digital xray system, which is safer for both our patients and our staff. We provide full radiology services on-site during all regular business hours, and can send our xrays to specialists for second opinions or referral services.
We are very lucky to have a board certified mobile radiologist who travels to our hospital once a month to provide in hospital ultrasounds for our patients.
Acupuncture is used in veterinary practice all over the world as an adjunct or alternative to western medicine treatments. It is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.
We are happy to be able to offer acupuncture treatments to our patients. Dr Jessica Robertson and Dr Marketa Sattran are fully trained and experienced in this field.
There are many ways acupuncture can help your pet, such as:
- Musculoskeletal disease (arthritis, back/neck problems)
- Acute and chronic pain
- Nerve injury
- Respiratory concerns (such as asthma)
- Gastrointestinal issues (nausea, diarrhea)
- Chronic skin diseases
Stem Cell therapy
Adult stem cells are found in most adult tissues. They are unspecialized cells with the ability to change to do specific jobs for healing and repairing tissues. Stem cells work to reduce pain and inflammation, resulting in improved quality of life. Our primary application at this time is for the treatment of arthritis of the hips, elbows, knees, and shoulders.
How is it done?
The Doctor surgically collects stem cell rich fat from an area in the abdomen. This tissue is sent to a stem cell lab where the stem cells are extracted and returned ready for use - these stem cells are injected into the affected joints.
We are very excited to be able to offer Stem Cell therapy to our patients. Please call us if you would like more information, and to find out if this would be best for your pet.
In the event that your pet requires more advanced and specialty care from a board certified veterinary specialist, we may refer your pet out to a specialty hospital such as Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialists, Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Center, or Canada West Veterinary Specialists and Critical Care Hospital, to name a few. At times, we do also have traveling board certified veterinarians that will come to our hospital to see you and your pet. These specialists include: Radiologist (ultrasounds), Ophthalmologist, Orthopedic and Specialty Surgeon, Endoscopist, and an Internal Medicine Specialist.
Laboratory testing of your pet’s blood, urine, or tissue samples plays an important role in helping us diagnose disease, provide baseline wellness information, and monitor longterm medications. We are fortunate to have an excellent lab in Langley, and we also send tests to other labs and universities across North America when needed.
Tsawwassen Animal Hospital has its own in-house lab which enables us to run a variety of tests, giving us timely results when we need them.
Senior pets are in a very special period of their lives. Our goal is to help your friend be as healthy and comfortable during their senior senior years as possible. We will listen to your concerns, examine your pet, and create a plan for their individual needs and support graceful aging.
We consider nutrition, preventative medicine, pain control, mobility support and individual concerns.
We honor your pets throughout their lives, and treat them with kindness during their last visits at our hospital. We bring that compassion to their end of life care and decisions with you.