Canines, felines, equines - there is no question that we in Southern Georgian Bay love our animals. Pet spas, groomers and boarding facilities abound. A walk through our downtowns, where many retailers offer a bowl of fresh water outside the door and a promise of pet treats inside, or a drive in the countryside with beautiful horses grazing in pristine pastures next to immaculate stables, reveal the extent to which we embrace our four-legged friends.
In return for their unconditional love and loyalty, our pets rely on us completely for affection, nourishment, regular exercise and, when required, proper medical care. Fortunately for animal-lovers, our region is abundant with highly skilled and caring veterinary professionals, many with their own unique specialties and techniques, and most willing to collaborate in sharing their wisdom with each other to provide the best possible care for our pets.
On The Bay spoke to several prominent veterinarians and other animal healthcare practitioners throughout the area to find out which health issues they most commonly experience with dogs, cats and horses, and to learn about the latest in diagnostic, treatment and surgical procedures for treating these problems.
Topping the list of the most common animal health problems reported were diseases of the skin, primarily in dogs, mostly due to a high incidence of environmental allergens and parasites this past year, but fortunately no longer an issue with the arrival of winter. Also on the list were lameness and mobility issues in dogs and horses, dental disease in dogs and cats, and kidney disease in cats.
Fortunately, our local animal healthcare community is well equipped to diagnose and treat these and other conditions, offering the latest in training, diagnostic tools, special skills and surgical techniques, including orthopedic surgery, ultrasound/endoscopy, acupuncture, preventive dental care, chiropractic and spinal manipulation, minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) surgery and complementary holistic therapies. We have access to top-notch care combined with a healthy dose of compassion, for our beloved pets.