Our in-house pharmacy is well stocked and contains supplies that allow us to immunize and treat your pet. We utilize treatment plans from both western and naturopathic aspects of pet health care.We assess our patients during each consultation to determine if and when they will benefit from medications, supplements or vaccinations.
Occasionally, humans overindulge in food and so do our pets. Weight management & diet are important aspects of pet health that are often over looked. At Breadner Veterinary Services we offer complimentary Diet/Weight Counselling with one of our Registered Animal Health Technicians (RAHT) who can counsel you in achieving a safe and effective weight loss plan for your pet. A RAHT can advise you of your pet’s body score, how many calories in a day they should be receiving and work with you to design a weight management plan specific to your pet’s needs and your lifestyle. Giving you these tools, we are here to help you succeed in your pet’s weight loss. We follow your pet’s progress every step of the way, always inviting you to bring in your pet to be weighed at your convenience, no appointment needed!
Rocco’s Story – Spring of 2009
Rocco had 2 TPLO knee surgeries in the past 3 years. The problems in his knees resulted from several factors, one of which was his weight. Through a diet change, exercise, and a gradual weight loss plan, Rocco lost over 16 kg – which is over 35lbs!
If you are interested in learning more about weight loss for your pet and would like to sign up for a program or be featured on our website, please contact us today! Alternately, if your pet has succeeded in losing weight and becoming healthier and you’d like to add them to our weight loss Hall of Fame, we’d love to see your photos and hear their stories!
Call us to set up an appointment and help your pet get back on track with their weight.
The Holter Monitor is a diagnostic unit that measures your pet’s ECG over a 24 hour period for abnormal heart activity. This is of particular concern for dogs with risk for Cardiomyopathy or for any other cardiac arrhythmias.
Breadner Veterinary Services has a Holter Monitor available for this purpose. We advise our clients following a consultation and examination. We also accept referrals from other veterinary hospitals or requests from individuals.
Your pet is seen by our Registerd Animal Health Technologist for the application. Your pet’s fur is shaved in small areas over the chest. Following this, the tabs and Holter monitor are secured to the body with a final neoprene body wrap to hold everything in place. We provide an activity log to record what your pet does over the course of a 24 hour period. After 24 hours, we remove the holter monitor. The tape is then sent to a Cardiologist for interpretation.
If you have been referred by your veterinarian, the tape will be given to you for transfer and your veterinarian can arrange for interpretation of the ECG readings. This ensures the medical report is directed back to your veterinarian.
The majority of your pet’s health needs will be met at our practice; however, there are circumstances where a veterinary specialist may be required. Under these circumstances, we may direct you and your pet to a specialist who is a veterinarian with advanced knowledge in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. In some cases, specialized equipment is required to perform procedures that are not routinely performed by general veterinary practitioners. We are fortunate to have access to telemedicine, so your pet can have an anaesthesiologist specialist sitting alongside throughout their procedure.
When we do utilize the services of one of the area specialists, we will continue to provide great care from our support team following the procedures. Additional specialists are available intermittently in the Capital Regional District or regularly on the lower mainland of BC.
A short list of veterinary specialties include:
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 dramatically 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 tumors.
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 behavior (such as lumps or bumps, sores that don’t heal, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in eating habits).
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.
Microchips have become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet and you as the owner in the unfortunate case that your pet is lost. Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area. A needle is used to inject the chip. The injection is comparable to a regular vaccine injection.
If your pet becomes lost and is transported to a humane society, the humane society will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you. The scanner is similar to a scanner found in the grocery store.
We advise you to use this system of identification as well as a collar identification system on your pet.
Tattooing is a valuable and permanent way of identifying your pet. Tattoos are placed in the right ear and commonly done in cats, dogs, and rabbits. They are discrete but visible which allows for easy identification of your pet while not getting in the way of their wonderful good looks!
The College of Veterinarians of BC has developed a provincial wide way of tracing pets with tattoos back to their owners. If a pet is lost, stolen or injured on the road anyone in the community can contact their local SPCA or Veterinary Hospital and have them look up the pet’s tattoo number and contact their people. Many pets have been returned to their loving homes thanks to their identifying tattoo days, months and in some cases even years after they’ve gone missing!
Having a tattoo placed in your pet’s ear is done under anaesthetic so it’s simple, neat and most importantly pain free. The recommended time to tattoo your pet is while they are already undergoing an anesthetic such as during their spay or neuter, or dental assessment and cleaning.
We now carry the Red Dingo line of pet identification tags. They are stylish and durable. Check out our samples and order one today!
Tags are an additional method of helping your pet get back home. Please remember that these are NOT permanent identification of your pet, as collars can be lost or removed.