At Beaches-Fallingbrook Veterinary Clinic, we are committed to bringing you and your fur baby comprehensive, quality care that is personalized to your needs.
Our staff and veterinarians are knowledgeable and always eager to help answer any questions you have regarding our procedures, pricing, and any services that are offered at our clinic.
Physical examinations are key to your pet’s overall health. We recommend an annual physical examination to assess your pet’s general condition and screen for any diseases or predispositions.
Our physical examinations involve an assessment of your pet’s respiratory and cardiac health, checking your pet’s eyes and ears for any infections or other conditions, lymph nodes and body condition, as well as any lumps or masses that may have been unnoticed.
This provides the foundation upon which any specific concerns are further assessed and addressed. All inquiries and further procedures rely on this basic assessment, and recommendations will be given based on the findings on physical examinations.
Vaccinations play an important role in keeping your dog or cat safe and protected against diseases. There are two types of vaccinations, labeled core and non-core. Core vaccinations are highly recommended for all dogs, regardless of lifestyle or breed, whereas non-core vaccinations are recommended based on lifestyle.
A full physical examination is performed prior to any vaccination, in line with OVC regulations.
vaccinations for dogs
There are two core vaccinations that are highly recommended: Rabies vaccination and DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza). Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all dogs in Ontario. DHPP – also known as DAPPv or DA2PP(v) – is a core vaccination as it protects dogs from four highly-contagious viral infections that all have serious consequences and no known cure.
Leptospirosis is another vaccination that is highly recommended in this area. It is a disease passed through raccoon urine, and given the large population of raccoons in the area, we include the L4 vaccination (for the four strains of Leptospirosis) with no extra charge as a core vaccine along with DHPP, as DHPPL4.
At our clinic, the first round of Rabies is a 1-year vaccine, and subsequent Rabies vaccinations are 3-year vaccines. DHPPL4 and other non-core vaccinations are annual.
There are a few other types of vaccinations that are recommended based on lifestyle. These include:
Bordetella / Kennel Cough vaccine
This vaccination is recommended for dogs who are highly social, and who will be in contact with many other dogs (for example, attending training classes, doggy day cares, or dog boarding houses). Kennel cough is a highly contagious viral infection, commonly by Bordetella bronchiseptica, that causes persistent, forceful coughs and sometimes sneezing, runny noses and/or eye discharge. It is comparable to a cold in humans. While this condition may sound severe, most times it is not serious and can resolve on its own after 4-6 weeks, or sooner with a regime of antibiotics.
This vaccination is recommended for dogs who are highly active outdoors, especially in woody areas, regions near water, and/or areas with tall grass – areas with high prevalence of ticks. This vaccine helps to prevent Lyme disease in dogs, a bacterial infection transferred by ticks that can cause a variety of subsequent symptoms. It is important to note that even with vaccination, flea and tick prevention is highly recommended.
vaccinations for cats
There are two core vaccinations that are highly recommended: Rabies vaccination and FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (herpes), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia). In Ontario, Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all cats, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor cats.
FVRCP is a combination vaccination that protects against three types of highly-contagious, potentially-fatal airborne viruses: Rhinotracheitis (herpes), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus) and Calicivirus are diseases affecting the upper respiratory tract, while Panleukopenia is also known as feline distemper.
It is very important that your cat receives the core vaccinations, as they are designed to protect them from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
At our clinic, the first round of Rabies is a 1-year vaccine, and subsequent Rabies vaccinations are 3-year vaccines. FVRCP and other non-core vaccinations are annual.
There are various non-core vaccinations for cats, which are recommended based on lifestyle or in specific cases. These vaccinations include vaccines that protect against diseases such as feline leukemia and feline AIDS. Please consult with your veterinarian about non-core vaccinations, as each recommendation is personalized to your cat’s needs.
PUPPY & kitten vaccination schedule
While kittens and puppies may have their first rounds of vaccinations prior to 8 weeks old, the two most important rounds are the two after 8 weeks of age. Apart from Rabies, there is another core vaccination; DHPPL4 (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis*) for dogs and FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia) for cats. To complete the DHPPL4/FVRCP vaccination, two vaccinations are required within 3-4 weeks of each other after 8 weeks of age; we recommend them at 8-9 weeks and the final round after 12 weeks of age. The Rabies vaccination is recommended to be given after 12 weeks of age, and is often paired with the last round of DHPPL4/FVRCP to match up their due dates the following year.
We recommend waiting to socialize your puppies and kittens until 28 days after receiving their core vaccinations.
*Leptospirosis is considered a core vaccine at our clinic due to the high prevalence of raccoons in the area. It is included at no extra charge when given with DHPP vaccinations.
Vaccination side effects
While vaccinations are generally very safe, there are occasional side effects that may be experienced by your dog or cat.
The usual spots for vaccination are on the sides of the chest area, for example the left or right front chest. After vaccination, those areas might be sore for 24-48 hour (so your fur baby may not want as many hugs as usual). Some pets may experience fever, slight lethargy, and lack of appetite for a day or two afterwards as well.
A small lump may develop at the site of injection, which should subside by itself in 6-8 weeks. If the lump persists beyond 8 weeks, please contact your local veterinarian.
Very rarely, your pet may develop an anaphylactic (allergic) reaction. If you notice a swollen/puffy face, eyes, vomiting diarrhea, hives, or sudden collapse, please notify a veterinarian for treatment. These symptoms would present themselves very suddenly and be obvious within 15 minutes to an hour after vaccination. Any vomiting or diarrhea the next day would not be related to the vaccination.
Our clinic features a comprehensive set of in-house laboratory analyzers for blood and urinalyses. We are able to complete CBC tests and Chemistry tests in-house, as well as 4DX tests (for heartworm, lyme, anaplasma and ehrlichia). This enables us to obtain real-time results and provide recommendations much quicker than sending the samples out to an external lab.
Other General Services
Other general services include anal gland expression, nail trimming (no grooming though, sorry!), ear flushing and many more. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you’d like to inquire about any of our services!
Spays & Neuters
If you are not breeding your dog or cat, spaying and neutering is recommended. Below is more information regarding each of these procedures, and the reasoning behind their recommendation.
Our veterinarians have performed spays and neuters for dogs of all breeds and ages, and treat each patient as their own pet.
A spay, or ovariohysterectomy, consists of the removal of a female dog or cat’s ovaries and uterus.
Some practices offer alternative types of spay such as ovariectomy (where only the ovaries are removed, i.e. laparascopic spays) or laser surgeries. Both procedures are safe and effective. Our clinic only offers traditional spaying.
Canine (dog) spays
Spaying your dog has many benefits and is recommended by veterinarians for the foundation of a healthier, longer life. Spayed dogs have significantly less risk of diseases involving reproductive organs, such as mammary gland tumours, mammary cancers, and pyometras.
Spaying procedures are recommended for puppies after 6 months of age before their first heat. This is because with each heat cycle, the risk of mammary (breast) cancer increases. The timing of a female dog’s first heat varies, with smaller breeds often experiencing it earlier than larger breeds. In medium-sized breeds, the average time for female dogs’ first heat is 8-9 months, so there is a window between 6-8 months that is usually recommended for dogs to undergo their spay procedure.
Dog with hernias can have them repaired during spay procedures.
Feline (cat) spays
Spaying cats plays a big role in population control, as queens can have up to three litters in a year. Unspayed cats also go into heat, which may present various behaviours that may be unwanted in the household setting as well. Spaying cats has health benefits such as decreased risks of pyometra (infection in the uterus) as well as mammary tumours and cancers.
Spays should be performed prior to a cat’s first heat, or estrous cycle, in order to maximize the health benefits. It is recommended that cats are spayed before 6 months of age, before they reach sexual maturity. Usually, female cats will undergo their first estrous cycle around 7 months of age.
Neutering, or castration, is the surgical removal of a dog or cat’s testes. It involves a small incision from which the testicles are removed and ligated. In the event of cryptorchidism (undescended testicles), the neutering procedure will also involve removing the undescended testicle, whether abdominal or inguinal.
Canine (dog) neuters
There are a variety of reasons why neutering your dog is recommended. Not only will it prevent unwanted puppies, there is a large body of evidence showing that neutering your dog decreases their risk of testicular cancer and diseases involving the prostate. Neutering your dog will also often reduce or eliminate undesirable behaviours around the house, such as marking, mounting, or aggression.
Neutering procedures can be done anytime after your puppy reaches 6 months of age, especially for smaller breeds. For medium to large breeds, neutering time can be postponed by a few months in order to allow more circulation of testosterone for muscle growth. We recommend neutering your dog at 8-10 months for medium breeds, and 10-12 months or later for larger breeds.
Feline (cat) neuters
Neutering cats have multiple benefits as well, both behaviourally and health-wise. Neutered male cats are known to be less aggressive and likely to roam outdoors, where various potential risks of fighting, disease, and mating may present itself. Cat fights are common sources of infectious diseases such as feline AIDS and feline Leukaemia, as they are transmitted through cat bites. Neutered male cats are also less likely to spray and mark their territory around the home, contributing to a cleaner home and less odour.
Feline neuters are usually performed after a cat is 6 months of age, although some practices may perform them as early as 4 months of age or sooner. This procedure is relatively simple and only involves a small incision site which usually does not require sutures.
Call or email us to inquire about our availability! Currently, we are booking spays and neuter surgeries on Mondays and Fridays.
Surgery appointments are typically full-day appointments. Drop-off is at 9:00am, and pick-up is usually after 5pm the same day. We will give you a call during the day as well to update you on your pet.
We recommend reaching out to us at least two weeks in advance to ensure that we have availability for you.
Pricing & Quotes
Pricing for surgeries are generally dependent on weight and age (the latter especially for spays). Call or email us for any pricing inquiries! Our pricing reflects the complete picture and includes preanesthetic bloodwork, anesthesia, as well as the surgery itself. Medication is extra and also depending on weight as well as the procedure. If you’d like a complete breakdown of the pricing, let us know – we are more than happy to send you a quote over email.
Pre-operative and Post-operative instructions
The night before:
Please do not feed your pet after midnight the night before (no breakfast). Water is okay at anytime!
After the surgery:
We recommend to feed your pet half their normal diet for the first two days, and restrict exercise and increased activity levels for at least 7 days. Dogs will be sent home with e-collars (cones) for at least 7-10 days. Sutures are usually dissolvable (unless otherwise indicated) and there is no need to bring your pet back for suture removal.
More detailed instructions will be given out and explained when you come to pick up your fur baby.
Dental surgeries are recommended depending on your dog or cat’s oral hygiene and health. Our clinic offers a full dental procedure, including full-mouth digital dental x-rays, dental cleaning, and any necessary or recommended extractions. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is recommended for dogs or cats over 2 years of age.
Please contact us for pricing inquiries.
Eye Consultations & Surgeries
Our clinic is highly experienced in ophthalmic cases, seeing as it is a passion/hobby topic for Dr. Matt. We have specialized equipment for ophthalmology consultations and provide full ophthalmology examinations in-clinic.
We offer procedures such as cherry eye surgery, enucleation (eye removal) surgery, diamond burr keratotomy, corneal debridement and cryotherapy.
Other Surgical Procedures
Our clinic also offers a wide range of other surgeries, such as laparotomies, aural (ear) hematoma surgeries, pyometra surgeries, lumpectomies, laceration repairs, and more.
If you have a specific inquiry regarding a surgical procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Radiology & Ultrasound
Our clinic offers a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine. Digital x-rays are faster, more efficient, and more comprehensive than traditional film x-rays. They are used to diagnose and assess a variety of conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal conditions affecting bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, to internal organ assessments such as the GI tract (i.e. for foreign body location), respiratory tract, and cardiac health.
We also offer in-house full digital dental x-rays for all our dental procedures, which provides us a complete picture of your dog or cat’s oral health. Dental x-rays allow us to see the integrity of each tooth, as well as any fractures, root decay, dental abscesses and more. With dental radiographs, we are able to diagnose and point out issues that would otherwise be unnoticed, and intervene at the early stages to help prevent dental concerns in the future.
Ultrasound is an invaluable tool that provides insight into the body in a non-invasive manner. We have just recently invested in a new ultrasound machine, and it has proven very useful for assess internal organ health, such as liver, kidneys, spleen, GI tract, and bladder health. With ultrasounds, urine collection can be performed directly through the bladder wall, taken via an ultrasound-guided needle (cystocentesis).
Ultrasounds are performed on-site by either our veterinarians, or in more advanced cases, an expert sonographer. Ultrasounds can diagnose bladder stones, cardiac conditions, and various other internal abnormalities that regular physical examinations cannot.
Ultrasound is also highly useful for performing gestation exams to evaluate pregnancy in a safe way. We usually perform quick ultrasounds prior to our spays to confirm the absence of pregnancy, especially for rescued animals.
Dr. Matt is highly interested in ultrasound practices and has in-depth experience with ultrasound imaging. While he loves unique ultrasound cases, he is always happy to perform wellness ultrasounds for our patients, especially senior patients.
Flea, Tick & Heartworm prevention
Flea & Tick Prevention
Seasonal flea and tick prevention is very important to prevent flea/tick infestation and subsequent diseases such as Lyme disease. The season for flea and tick prevention is whenever the temperature rises above 4 degrees Celcius, which usually ranges springtime (i.e. March or April) until late November or December.
Our clinic offers a range of flea and tick preventative products, such as Simparica and Simparica TRIO, Revolution, Bravecto, Nexgard, Advantage and Advantix. Different products have different characteristics (i.e. chewable vs topical form; monthly vs trimonthly administration; specific vs full-range protection; etc.) and we can help you identify which product suits your pet’s needs the most.
Heartworm Prevention & Treatment
Heartworm is an parasitic disease that is transferred via mosquitoes. Heartworm disease can be life-threatening and is complex to treat, involving a treatment plan that spans many months and various strict regimens.
The easiest way to prevent heartworm is to use a heartworm preventative medication, as well as screen for heartworm with a simple blood test yearly.
Heartworm season in Ontario is from June to December, and we highly recommend all dogs to be on heartworm prevention. Our clinic offers a variety of products (i.e. chewable or topical) you can choose from to suit your needs.
In the case of heartworm positive dogs, our clinic is experienced in treating these cases. We have successfully treated over 50 dogs this past year with heartworm using the three-injection protocol, and can discuss the treatment process with you in through detail.
Ophthalmic Consultations & Exams
The eye is a window to the internal health of a pet, and our clinic is proud to offer full ophthalmology examinations in-clinic to our patients.
We have the professional ophthalmology tools and equipment to perform comprehensive eye exams and procedures.
An ophthalmic examination includes:
- Schirmer Tear Test
- Intraocular Pressure check
- Fluorescein Stain
- Microscopic examination with a slit lamp
- Retinal examination with ophthalmoscope
We are able to diagnose dry eye, glaucoma, corneal ulcers, blindness, and other eye conditions, as well as provide a personalized treatment plan for your pet. We carry ophthalmic medications and can perform eye procedures such as keratotomy and diamond burr debridement, cryotherapy, enucleation, cherry eye surgeries and more.
Contact us for more details about our ophthalmic services.
In-Clinic Monitoring and Maintenance
We offer hospitalization and monitoring for patients who need that extra care and attention. While we do not have overnight monitoring, we have staff in the clinic from early morning until late at night to ensure that your fur baby has a comfortable stay.
We are able to provide IV fluids, necessary drugs and nutritional needs through parenteral or enteral administration. We have air-heated pads and mattresses to keep our patients warm, and in-house analyzers for regular monitoring of vital levels.
Pet STORE & pharmacy
Prescription Drugs & Over-The-Counter Items
Our clinic offers a comprehensive pharmacy that can provide your pet with medication that suits their needs. From common medications to compound prescriptions and controlled substances, our clinic is a one-stop shop.
We also carry over-the-counter items such as ear cleansers, eye lubricants, home flea treatments, and medicated shampoos.
We can also write prescriptions for specific medications that we don’t carry, or upon request.
Our clinic provides a wide range of selection for your pet’s dietary needs, as we recognize that a pet’s diet is an important contributor to their health. Our veterinarians can provide nutritional counselling based on your pet’s medical history, personalize for their development stage, medical condition or behaviour.
We carry top veterinary prescription brands such as Royal Canin, Hill’s Prescription Diets, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, and Rayne Clinical Nutrition LLC.
Diets we carry range from those specifically formulated for urinary care, kidney care, digestive care, weight loss, constipation, dental care, joint health and hypoallergenic diets, to diets for stressed animals, urgent care or recovery. We also have various treats and supplements, for joint health, dental care, or simply a tasty snack.
Don’t hesitate to ask us about your pet’s dietary recommendations upon your next visit!
Our Utmost Care
At Beaches-Fallingbrook Veterinary Clinic, we fully recognize that letting our pets go may be a very hard decision. That is why we are committed to bringing you the most comprehensive recommendations, for a fully informed decision. We always advocate for your fur baby’s quality of life above all, and are here to answer any questions you have involving end-of-life care.
A peaceful and compassionate environment will be provided at the clinic, and you will be able to spend quality time with your fur baby.
Ready to book your appointment? call us at 416-792-7421
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