Wellness Exams: West Kootenay Animal Hospital believes that Regular Wellness Exams based on the life stage of your pet are the best way to keep your cherished family member healthy. As in people, early detection and treatment of disease can help improve your pets quality of life as well as increasing longevity. The veterinarian will discuss the frequency of wellness exams based on your pets age and any ongoing medical conditions
Vaccines: Vaccine recommendations for dogs and cats has changed dramatically in recent years. At West Kootenay Animal Hospital we believe in the need for vaccines but encourage responsible vaccination programs. Vaccine programs are based on current recommendations from industry experts and are based on the diseases common to our area as well as your pets individual lifestyle and risk factors.
Surgery: The doctors at West Kootenay Animal Hospital preform a variety of elective (spay and neuter), soft tissue, orthopedic, opthalmic and emergency surgery. Maintaining the highest standards of anesthesia safety and instrument sterility are a priority to ensure your pet recieves the best care possible. We are happy to offer surgical referrals for specialized procedures such as cataract surgery, TPLO cruciate procedures and joint arthrodesis to name a few.
Dentistry: Regular dental care is an important part of maintaining your pets overall health. Untreated dental disease is not only painful for your pet, it can contribute to other health problems such as bacterial endocarditis (infection of the heart valves) and pyelonephritis (kidney infection). At West Kootenay Animal Hospital we provide dental radiology, complete dental scaling and polishing and dental extractions. Advanced dental procedures such as root canals and crowns are referred to a board certified veterinary dentist.
Radiology: Both Dental and traditional radiology is available at West Kootenay Animal Hospital. Radiographs are taken and developed on site. On site radiology provides the doctors with immediate e information that is needed in emergency situations. Radiology referrals to board certified Veterinary Radiologists are also available.
In house Lab: Our in house lab provides fast, accurate results the same day allowing the doctors to make informed decisions quickly regarding the health and treatment plan for your pet. Complete blood cell counts, blood chemistry panels, electrolytes,Thyroxine or T4 levels, heartworm testing, lyme tests, parvo testing, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus testing, urinalysis, stool analysis, parasite detection, skin scrapings, ringworm cultures and guiardia testing are all available on site. Specialized blood tests, culture and sensitivity and histology (tissue samples and biopsies) are referred to specialized labs providing full laboratory services for our hospital.
Pharmacy: West Kootenay Animal Hospital has a fully stocked pharmacy for the convienience of our clients. We believe purchasing medications at your veterinarians office offers more personalized service and is also an important way to keep the doctors and staff updated about your pets current condition and health. Discussing your concerns and questions during prescription refills keeps us informed and able to make suggestions or changes in medications at the first sign of problems. We also work closely with several compounding pharmacies and local pharmacies to provide the most convienient form of medication in dosages that work for some of our smaller patients.
Hospital Care: Our new facility features three clean, bright and temperature controlled wards for the care of our hospitalized patients. Separate Dog and Cat wards reduce stress levels for our patients. A unique isolation ward ensures contagious diseases are contained and unable to spread through the hospital. Post surgical patients are monitored in highly visible recovery kennels where team members dedicated to their care and monitoring during recovery are immediately on hand.
Nutrition and Specialty Diets: West Kootenay Animal Hospital stocks a variety of high quality diets to meet the nutritional needs of your pet. Prescription diets designed for the treatment and support many medical conditions and problems are available. Talk to the doctors or staff regarding the best diet for your pets special needs. We also offer high quality nutritional supplements, dental health aids and treats for your pet.
Emergency Services: Unfortunately accidents do happen and not always durring office hours! In the event of a true emergency, West Kootenay Animal Hospital provides after hours services 7 days a week for their clients by calling (250) 364-1910. In order to provide this service we work closely with our collegues at Castlegar Vet Hospital and to share after hours calls on weekends and holidays. By calling the Hospitals main line and following the directions given you will be able to reach a veterinarian on call for advice. Please be advised an emergency fee is applied to after hours calls.
Referral Services: The doctors at West Kootenay Animal Hospital are happy to offer referrals for specialized procedures such as CT scans, MRI and Ultrasound. We also offer referrals to specialists in the fields of surgery, opthalmolgy, dermatology, oncology (cancer treatment), internal medicine, intensive and critical care and rehabilation medicine. The availablity of specialists and referral centers has increased dramatically in recent years and we utilize specialists in Vancouver, Calgary, Spokane and Washington State University.