At MONVET Veterinary Group Inc., disease prevention is our main concern. To ensure that your animal is as healthy as he can possibly be and to detect small changes in his physical condition on which we can often intervene before they become real problems, we recommend a visit to his veterinarian at least once a year.
For animals older than 7 years, check-ups should be done every 6 months and a bloodwork should be done also at the same time. This would allow us to verify the state of his internal organs and possibly identify certains diseases frequently observed in older animals.
We invite you to call us to get an appointment with a veterinarian. Our animal health technicians are also available to answer many questions you might have regarding you animal's wellbeing.
Two important ways that are at our disposal to prevent diseases in animals are by vaccinating and deworming them. This is all the more important because many of theses diseases are transmissible to humans !
Vaccination protects your animal against many viral and bacterial diseases. After an initial series of vaccines given at close intervals, boosters are administred on a regular basis throughout his life.
As for deworming, it consists of preventing and treating internal and external parasites such as intestinal worms, heartworm, fleas, ticks and skin and ear mites.
To set up a vaccination and deworming program adapted to your animal's lifestyle, we invite you to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians. That way, not only your pet will be well protected but you will be too !
Like humans, healthy eating habits, exercising every day and keeping a healthy body weight are very important to stay healthy. The same is true for animals.
As animal health professionnals, veterinarians are in a great position to advise owners of companion animals on the type of foods which are best suited to their animals' needs based on their age, their physical condition and their lifestyles.
He carries around a few extra pounds ! Don't worry about it ! Make an appointment with one of our animal health technicians. They can establish a personnalized weight loss program that takes into account not only the excess weight but also his body conformation.
For many years now, exotic animals have gained in popularity with our clientele. Consequently, to meet the particular needs of these species, veterinary care is available at Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. (member of MONVET Veterinary Group Inc.) for small mammals and birds.
Thanks to their marked interest for these types of animals and with the help of equipment adapted to the small size of their patients, Dr. Michel Cosimano DMV and Dr. Mejia-Alfaro DMV are able to examine them in a room specifically built for them and to attend to the medical needs required by their sensitive nature.
Generally, blood drawn from birds in the clinic are analyzed in an external laboratory. The screening of four diseases frequently observed in birds, that is Chlamydia, Polyomavirus, Pacheco disease and the beak and feather disease, is a routine test that can be executed.
Given that most birds don't show sexual dimorphism, DNA sexing is often the only way to determine the sex of birds. This test is also available in our hospital.
While we identify intestinal parasites in companion animals by observing a sample a stools under a microscope, a fecal culture is more appropriate in birds and is used to identify pathogenic microorganisms.
As for respiratory problems, samples taken from secretions in the upper respiratory system are taken and analyzed, once again, in an external laboratory.
As in rodents, beak malocclusion (not teeth malocclusion !) is a condition that is regularly seen in birds. Therefore, their beaks must be trimmed.
Many veterinary services identical to those offered to cats and dogs, such as vaccination and sterilization, are available at Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. (member of MONVET Veterinary Group Inc.) for small mammals.
Our equipment and material can be used for these animals even though they are small in stature. This is the case, for example, for digital radiology that can detect abnormalities in the abdomen, of the thorax, the skull, the legs and the tails of rabbits and ferrets.
Although it is extremely difficult to draw blood from very small species to analyse its components, it is easily feasible in species that are bigger such as rabbits and ferrets once again.
As is the case with domestic animals, it is necessary to provide dental care to small mammals. This is of particular importance in rodents which are a species predisposed to dental malocclusion and, consequently, excessive growth of teeth. Eventually, their teeth get to be too long which in turn impairs their ability to eat and can even hurt their mouths. These teeth need then to be trimmed. If they are premolars or molars, it has to be done under general anesthesia.
Although ferrets don't usually suffer from dental malocclusion, teethcleanings are useful and frequently done in these species to maintain a good dental hygiene.
We have a room reserved for the hospitalization of exotic animals. This quiet room, located apart from those where cats and dogs are kept, allows us to care for these sensitive animals in an environment that is favorable to recovery. An incubator is also available to increase the core temperature of unstable animals and for those who just came out of surgery. Finally, intraveinous catheters can be inserted in the veins of rabbits and ferrets to infuse fluids when they are dehydrated.