Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Laser Therapy for Dogs

Pain, inflammation, and swelling can be treated with various different drugs or medications. As an alternative to giving drugs or medications, therapeutic lasers which use light at near-infrared wavelengths can reduce pain, swelling and inflammation without the use of drugs.

What is a therapeutic laser and what are its benefits?

Therapeutic lasers use light with wavelengths of 800-900 nm, this light cannot be seen with the eye. This light penetrates tissue up to a depth of 5 cm or 2 inches and directly acts on the cells of the body to allow them to function better. This improved function reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation.

Are lasers dangerous for dogs and are there any side effects?

Lasers are very safe when used properly. Lasers can be used on any swollen or painful area. Lasers cannot be used over tumours since they cause tumours to grow faster. Lasers cannot by used over glands (thyroid, adrenal, testicles etc.) since they alter the formation of hormones in these glands and finally lasers cannot be used on or around the eyes. Some dogs will feel a tingling sensation when the laser is used, but there is no pain associated with lasers.

What kind of lasers are used on pets?

Class III and Class IV lasers are used on pets. These operate at a wavelength of 800-900 nm which helps to heal tissue and does not cut tissue.

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety? Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital