Additional

Services

Microchip Pet Identification

Imagine if your beloved pet gets lost. You’d want to give them the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case they get lost. A microchip – a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice – is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost pet without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If located, it will transmit an ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t go missing. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.

Small Dog Grooming

We offer a professional grooming service for all breeds of small dogs at our veterinary clinic. Certain breeds – especially those with long hair that can easily mat – may need assistance keeping clean. Animals that are older or have physical disabilities may also benefit from our grooming services. If your pet is having trouble taking care of regular grooming, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue. Be sure to mention this when you schedule an appointment directly with or grooming partner – Marilyn at Cabbagetown Diggity Dog Grooming.

Besides just making your pet look and smell good, grooming provides health benefits. Regular brushing helps remove dead hair, mats, and dirt and distributes natural oils throughout the fur, keeping the coat clean and healthy. Trimming hair around the face, ears, paw pads, and other areas can help prevent infections and irritation and keep debris from accumulating. Trimming nails can prevent joint pain, stiffness, and chiropractic problems.

Cabbagetown Pet Clinic offers grooming in partnership with Diggity Dog Grooming.   If you would like to make an appointment feel free to give Marilyn a call at 416-920-6814

Nail Trimming.

For your dog.

Long nails on your dog not only look unpleasant, but they can do harm to your dog over time. When nails are so long that they regularly touch the ground, they apply force back into the nail bed, causing pain for the dog and pressure on the toe joint. Over time, this can actually realign the joints of the foreleg and make the foot looked flattened and splayed.

This isn’t just an aesthetic issue, it’s a functional one. Compromising weight distribution and natural alignment can leave your dog more vulnerable to injury, and make walking or running difficult and painful. This is especially important in older dogs, whose posture can be dramatically improved by cutting back neglected nails.

For your cat.

A pedicure for your cat makes life more bearable for you and your cat. If you have a cat that constantly kneads you, a nail trim is always certainly welcome. Clipping the end of those sharp claws will make this affectionate gesture something you can enjoy, rather than dread. Clipping tips can also prevent painful, broken claws that can result when nails get caught in the carpet or upholstery.

Boarding – Felines ONLY.

Ease your concerns about leaving your cat behind while you’re away on holiday or business. We will accommodate any special needs your cat might have.

We provide all the necessary amenities, such as clean bedding and food/water bowls, but feel free to bring your own if it would make your cat more comfortable. You can also bring toys and other personal items that are washable. We will administer needed medication and follow your specified feeding regimen.

Veterinary technicians will check on your cat regularly, and our staff constantly monitor the boarding area. You have the added benefit of knowing that one of our team members will promptly begin treatment if your pet gets sick during his or her stay. We can also arrange for one of our veterinary team members to provide overnight monitoring for senior cats or those with certain health issues.

To keep all of our patients as healthy as possible, we require cats that board with us to have current rabies and distemper vaccinations, along with other species-specific vaccinations. We also require that most vaccinations be given at least 2 weeks before boarding.

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