Young, old or in between, we take care of your pet with wellness services, nutritional counseling and veterinary therapies. We are looking forward to meeting your companion animal. Call us to book an appointment and ask about our new client services.
Whenever Honey comes in to visit us here at the hospital, she brings her contagious energy and happiness with her. Honey is an 8-year-old female Yorkshire terrier. Honey's parents noticed a small lump on Honey's chest one day, and were a little bit concerned. They watched the lump carefully and when it did not go away, they scheduled an appointment with Dr. DeRose. Honey was never spayed, and as a result, was at a higher risk of developing mammary tumours (like breast tumours in women). At her appointment, Honey was scheduled for surgery within days – both for the tumour to be removed and sent away for pathology, but also to be spayed at the same time.
An unspayed (or intact) female's chance of developing mammary cancer rises with every heat cycle she goes through, making it important to have her spayed before her very first cycle, typically around 6 months of age.
Honey has been doing extremely well after her surgery and is on her way to making a full and complete recovery! If you have any more questions about spaying or neutering your pet, please don't hesitate to give us a call to discuss it.
Bruno is a handsome 13-year-old dachshund that has been a frequent visitor here at Cachet Village Animal Hospital. While Bruno's previous visits have been mainly focused on his skin allergies, Bruno's owner noticed some vomiting and felt that Bruno just wasn't acting like himself. After some diagnostic testing and an abdominal ultrasound, it was discovered that Bruno's gallbladder was very large and was at risk of rupturing; he was transferred to the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital for immediate surgery that evening. Bruno's gallbladder was removed and with the help of pain medication, antibiotics and a few days' stay in the ICU, Bruno made a complete recovery.
It was the quick response of Bruno's owner to the first signs of illness that further serious complications were avoided. And now Bruno is back to his regular, happy self.
November is Senior's Month here at Cachet Village Animal Hospital, so what better choice for our Pet of The Month than one of our most distinguished senior patients, Brandy. Brandy originally came to the Hospital for a consultation with Dr. DeRose to discuss our laser therapy services. Brandy was experiencing some discomfort in his hips and knees and had previously been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his hind end.
Brandy underwent a regime of six laser therapy sessions, in conjunction with a series of injections aimed at helping his joints heal themselves. Brandy has since had a huge improvement in his mobility and comes in only from time to time for maintenance injections of the drug to help his joints.
If your four-legged senior seems to be having some trouble going up or down stairs, getting up from lying down, or just seems to be uncomfortable when moving around, please call us discuss the possibility of osteoarthritis.
This is Hamish, a lovely middle-aged gentleman of 8 years. Ever since Hamish started coming to see us here at Cachet Village Animal Hospital, he has battled allergies. Hamish's mom and dad have a great handle on Hamish's allergies, and keep a close eye on symptoms so that they can get speedy medical intervention before symptoms can escalate and get out of hand.
You may not have ever given much thought to dogs and cats having allergies; it's actually quite common, especially at the spring and fall. These are very often the months where different environmental allergens are abundant, and we see an increase in licking or biting at feet, itchy skin and ear infections.
If you furry friend is experiencing any of the above symptoms, call us to discuss seasonal allergies.
Lux is a kindly, older gentleman that's been coming to Cachet Village Animal Hospital to see Dr. DeRose since our doors opened in 2009. Always bursting with kisses for all and more energy than pups half his age, Lux brings a smile to the face of all the staff here at the hospital; not to mention anyone who may be in the reception area when he comes bursting through the door!
A few years ago, in December of 2010, after coming in from a romp in his snow-filled backyard, Lux's mom and dad noticed that he was limping. In fact, he was barely putting any weight at all on the foot of one of his hind legs. After a trip to see us here at the hospital, having a full exam and some X-rays done, Lux was diagnosed with a torn cruciate ligament. The cruciate ligaments are the ligaments that essentially keep the leg functioning normally by keeping the knee stable. You may have heard of sports players having torn ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments), particularly football players.
A surgeon who specializes in orthopedic surgery was brought in to repair the damage that had been done and after some hard work with rehabilitation, Lux made a complete recovery. Just recently Lux was diagnosed with a torn ACL on the opposite leg and, again, a surgeon was called in to repair the leg. We know Lux will make another fabulous recovery this time, and all of our thoughts and energy are headed his way.
Vekar started coming to see Dr. DeRose shortly after Woodland Pet Hospital merged with us in 2012. He was showing some classic symptoms of a disease that is considered extremely rare in cats, and generally only seen in dogs: Cushing's disease.
Vekar's owners didn't hesitate to fully investigate his symptoms, including some specialized testing and an ultrasound. It was finally confirmed that Vekar was indeed dealing with Cushing's disease, on top of his already existing insulin-dependent diabetes and early-stage kidney disease. We are happy to announce that because of Vekar's owners' love and dedication, bringing him in religiously for monitoring tests, Vekar is doing well on his medications and is keeping everyone on their toes.
Vekar is one of our liveliest patients, making every visit to Cachet Village Animal Hospital an interesting one!
Young Dania was lucky enough to be adopted by her dad from a shelter in October of 2011; she was happy and full of seemingly endless energy at her new home. The following spring she came in for her annual heartworm blood test; the test results came back positive for heartworm infection. Dania had no signs of illness, and for most dogs, there are no signs or symptoms of illness until the disease has progressed to point where it is irreversible and almost inevitably fatal. Dania is currently undergoing treatment for her heartworm infection and we've got our fingers and toes crossed that the treatment is successful and that she will soon be heartworm free.
Dania's story is an important one for all dog moms and dads to keep in mind; every dog should be heartworm tested every year, and should be on prevention for the entire heartworm season (June to November) every year. Because heartworm is carried by mosquitoes, a dog that stays only in their own yard, or even dogs that stay inside at all times can be at risk. Imagine how many times you've been bitten by a mosquito while inside your own house or apartment. It only takes one bite from one infected mosquito to infect your dog. If you haven't yet scheduled your dog's heartworm test this year, or purchased your dog's preventative, please give Cachet Village Animal Hospital a call and we can help.
Hercules has been coming to see us since he was adopted by his dad at 8 weeks of age. A few weeks ago, Hercules' owners noticed that he was feeling under the weather; he had vomited a number of times that morning and was not interested in his breakfast, a first for Hercules!
A complete physical exam and some blood work done here in our hospital showed that Hercules was indeed dehydrated, and was suffering from pancreatitis, a painful digestive condition that, if left untreated, can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal. After some investigation, it was uncovered that Hercules had been indulging in some fatty human foods. These foods upset his digestive system so much that without speedy medical help, he could be in danger.
Hercules stayed with us, on IV fluids for 2 days, and received medications for his nausea and vomiting, as well as the pain caused by the pancreatitis itself. Once he was eating well again and was rehydrated, he was strong and healthy enough to go back home.
Once again, thanks to the quick actions of his owners, getting him to the hospital at the first sign of illness made a huge impact on the speed of his recovery.
Daisy has been coming to see us here at Cachet Village Animal Hospital for a few years now, and with the exception of some minor skin irritations, had always had a clean bill of health. Daisy had been in for her "spring tune-up" in May and all was well.
A few months later when she returned for a simple ear infection, Dr. DeRose discovered what could have been a potentially serious heart murmur. Within three days, chest radiographs and a cardiac ultrasound had been performed. The quick actions of everyone involved in this case helped Daisy get the appropriate medical attention she needed, and is continuing to do well today.
Mocha had an unfortunate accident a few months ago and fractured one of his front legs. His parents rushed him right to our animal clinic in Markham. Radiographs confirmed the break, and an orthopedic surgeon was called in to repair the fracture. Mocha was in incredibly good spirits and handled his ordeal without missing a beat. We’re happy to report that Mocha’s leg has healed beautifully, thanks to the quick action of his owners, and he’s enjoying this beautiful fall weather.
Gia is a very brave girl who has been through a lot in her life. She has overcome many ailments and her latest one involves her eyes. Gia lost her vision suddenly due to cataract formation and was then referred by Dr. DeRose to an eye specialist in Toronto.
A few weeks ago Gia had surgery on both her eyes to remove those cataracts and is starting to regain her vision. Gia is a very lucky to have such loving and caring owners. We are all very proud of her and wish her a speedy recovery.
Blue Boy came to our animal hospital in Markham because he was having trouble peeing. After X-rays and urinalysis, we discovered that Blue Boy had many small stones in his bladder. We then scheduled Blue Boy for a surgery to remove those stones – called a cystotomy – the very next day. Dr. DeRose used a CO2 laser to perform the surgery, which allowed for a speedy recovery. Blue Boy currently is doing very well at home and is eating a diet that will prevent these stones from developing in the future.