Wellness and Preventative Medicine
Our focus is to help prevent disease and illness in your family’s pets. Preventative medicine increases your pet’s chance of having a long and healthy life. The pillars of preventative medicine at Forest Hill Animal Clinic include:
annual physical examinations
tailored vaccination program based on your pet’s individual risks
individualized nutrition and weight loss programs
parasite control program designed with respect to your pet and family’s unique travel and health needs
biochemical blood screening for our senior pets to catch disease in its earliest stages.
Even with a comprehensive preventive medicine program, pets still get sick from time to time. For these occasions we offer:
an in house laboratory for blood work & microscopy
digital radiography for fast diagnosis of systemic illness
electrocardiogram to evaluate for cardiac arrhythmias
ultrasound for emergency evaluation of life threatening conditions
in house cytology for rapid diagnosis of common ear and skin conditions
hospitalization and intravenous fluids
Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinarians to visualize areas of the body which are not obvious on physical exam. Here at Forest Hill Animal Clinic we are fortunate to have access to a variety of imaging modalities that assist in diagnosing your pet’s ailment as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Imaging options available at Forest Hill Animal Clinic include:
state of the art digital radiographs which allow us to have your pet’s radiographs “virtually” reviewed by a board certified radiologist if needed
ocular ultrasounds performed by an experienced veterinarian with a special interest in ophthalmology
digital dental radiography
abdominal ultrasounds performed by a board certified internal medicine specialist available typically within 24 hours
CT scans can be performed, conveniently, next door at Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic.
ANESTHESIA AND SURGERY
Forest Hill Animal Clinic is fully equipped to perform anesthesia and surgery for a broad number of clinical conditions.
Each patient receives a personally tailored anesthetic and fluid therapy protocol based on age and pre-existing medical conditions.
All anesthetic procedures are monitored by a Registered Veterinary Technician. For each patient state of the art monitoring equipment is used, including: Pulse Oximetry, Cardell and Doppler blood pressure monitoring, and ECG (electrocardiogram).
A pain management program is developed for each patient based on their procedure and individual needs.
Your pet’s oral health care is essential to their overall well-being. Just like yourself, routine brushing and dental cleanings are essential to prevent and control gingivitis and tooth loss. All dental prophylactic procedures are performed under general anesthetic as per The College of Veterinarians of Ontario’s guidelines.
At Forest Hill Animal Clinic we offer:
- ultrasonic scaling and polishing
- digital dental radiographs
- surgical dental extractions
- post cleaning preventive home care dental program
Supportive Care Services
In addition to our basic services, we offer a variety of supportive care services to ensure your pet receives the extra special care they deserve.
Acupuncture is a non-medicinal way to help treat a variety of medical issues such as:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis and neurologic dysfunction
- Respiratory problems
- Skin problems
- Gastrointestinal problems.
Dr.Lisa Wong is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
At Forest Hill Animal Clinic we are fortunate to be located directly next door to Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic, a 24 hour emergency and referral hospital. Their convenient location allows easy access for our clients seeking:
- Procedures such as endoscopy, cruciate ligament repairs, chemotherapy and CT scans
- In-house consultations with board certified veterinary surgeons, internists and oncologist
- Veterinarian supervised hospitalization for patients that need ongoing love, care and treatment outside of our clinic hours.
Dr. Lonny Goldstein has over 45 years of experience and is an adjunct professor for the Ontario Veterinary College, Department of Clinical Studies.
Dr. Klys has over 20 years of experience and performs the majority of our ophthalmologic surgeries.
To our regular clients: Our ophthalmology services are offered to you on a routine basis should your pets require these services.
After your pet’s eyes have been assessed by one of our veterinarians, further diagnostic testing options or specific medical or surgical therapy are recommended. Some of the common procedures offered are:
- electrocautery and cryotherapy to treat for eyelash abnormalities
- ocular ultrasounds are performed to image the various chambers of the eye when corneal or lens changes prevent assessment and to scan for internal masses and tumours
- electroretinograms are performed to assess retinal function in the cases of vision loss or to assess a patient for cataract surgical candidacy
- a specialized operating microscope is used for many of our surgical procedures to help facilitate the small size and delicate nature of most ophthalmological procedures.
- emergency corneal repairs are typically done within the first few hours of admission in cases of deep or perforating corneal ulcers
- eyelid lacerations and corrections
- biopsy and removal of ocular masses
- correction of third eyelid gland prolapse, commonly known as Cherry eye
- cataract removal is performed using a phacoemulsification unit after a thorough vision assessment.