Current Topics

 

STREET DRUGS: Due to the alarming increase in incidents of accidental exposure to recreational drugs, we strongly recommend to our clients the use of either a basket muzzle or an Outfox field guard on their dogs if free roaming in public parks or areas. We advise particular caution when visiting the downtown core areas. Please refer to the following websites for more information: https://www.dog-muzzles-store.ca/

www.outfoxfordogs.com

  

XYLITOL: Please be aware of the ingredient Xylitol which is being put into many foodstuffs, including peanut butter. It is very toxic to dogs and even in very small amounts can be deadly. Check your labels! For more information see: www.preventivevet.com

 

 

FELINE HYPERTHYROIDISM

Hyperthyroidism is a common condition in middle aged to older cats in which there is an overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.  This is usually due to a benign growth called an adenoma, but the condition can occasionally be caused by a malignant growth called an adenocarcinoma. 

Signs

The most common signs include weight loss, increased appetite and thirst, and vomiting. Other changes can include hyperactivity and changes in coat quality.

Diagnosis

Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed by a blood test that examines thyroid hormone levels.

Treatment options

1.     Radioactive iodine therapy-The gold standard of treatment. Radioactive iodine concentrates in the thyroid gland and destroys overactive thyroid cells, while its effect on other tissues is minimal.  The treatment involves one injection under the skin, or drops in the back of the mouth. This takes place in Vancouver, at a facility called Northwest Nuclear Medicine for Animals. The total cost for the treatment, tax included, is $2178.75. Payment plans are available. Length of stay is minimum of 4 days, and transport by air can be arranged, including transport to/from the airport if you are not able to accompany your cat to Vancouver. Before your cat is referred, we need bloodwork, chest radiographs, and a urine sample to ensure your cat is healthy for hospitalization. After treatment, you will be given homecare instructions, and we will need to see your cat back 1 month and 3 months post treatment to check thyroid levels. The first time cure rate is 98%. Under 10% of cats will become hypothyroid after treatment.

2.     Daily medication-The medication is given by mouth and works by inhibiting the synthesis of thyroid hormones. It is very effective if given every day and at the correct dose. Further blood testing will be required after a few weeks on medication to ensure adequate control is being achieved. This blood test costs approximately $125. The rough cost of the pills is approximately $30-$40 dollars per month. There is also a medication that can be rubbed on your cats ear instead of the pills. The cost of this is approximately $60 per month.

3.     Surgical removal of the thyroid gland can be done, however it has the risk of damaging the nearby parathyroid glands, which play a role in maintaining blood calcium.

4.      Finally, iodine restricted food has been introduced, but remains controversial due to the potential health risks of a long-term iodine restricted diet.

 

CREMATION OPTIONS

When that difficult day arrives for your pet, we want to do everything we can to lessen the burden and help our clients say goodbye as comfortabably as possible.  One decision that must be made will be how to care for your pets remains after they are gone. 

You may choose to have your pet cremated in a regular communal cremation where you will not receive any ashes back, if this is desired.  If you prefer to get the ashes returned to you, we can arrange this through Glory Bound Pet Crematorium.  They offer a choice of urns and mementos that you can view on their website www.gloryboundpetcrematorium.com  

Occasionally people will do a home burial of their pets, however, this can present significant challenges.  If this is your choice, we will require a special release document to be signed by you.

If you have any questions about this process, please call our office to discuss.  

 

 

 

Location & Hours

Location & Hours

Anicare
2263 Mt.Newton Cross Road
Central Saanich, BC V8M 1T8
(250) 652-5505 (250) 652-5548 Fax

reception@anicare.ca

Hours
Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5:30pm
Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm

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After hour emergencies : 250-475-2495 Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital  vcacanada.com/centralvictoria/

or WAVES Vetererinary Emergency Hospital 778-432-4322 - www.wavesvet.com