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Geisert Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and wellness center. We provide in-house surgeries, a full range of diagnostic laboratory services, and a complete pet pharmacy. At Geisert Animal Hospital, we pledge to make your pet care as affordable as we have made it convenient.

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Cesarean section (C-section) maybe required because of a narrow birth canal or an mal-positioning of the litter. We are proud to offer our patients these services.

Indications for a Cesarean section: 

  • Fetal distress.
  • Irregularity of a particular breed, namely size or shape of newborn.
  • Litter consists of a single offspring.
  • Litter is in awkward position and cesarean section might be necessary to save litter.
  • Mother is having difficulty with natural birthing, and C-section becomes necessary.
  • Mother’s pelvic shape or size.
  • Mothers that have previously had litters via cesarean will likely have future litters similarly.

The mother and her litter remain under our care for the next few days to ensure she does not reject her newborn(s) and must be coaxed to the process of nurturing her offspring.

The most common orthopedic problems are usually fracture of the limbs which usually result from accidents due to vehicles. The treatment may slightly differ depending on the type of fracture and may require surgical intervention such as pinning, plating or external fixation.

Orthopedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease are also undertaken.

Soft tissue surgery targets the needs of cats and dogs who have conditions related to cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems and disorders involving the ear, nose and throat.

Soft tissue surgery involves a wide range of services that tackle different areas of your pet’s body.

These surgeries include:

Stenotic Nares
Congenital defects
Prophylactic gastropexy
Entropion and ectropion repair
Total ear canal ablation (TECA)
Surgical oncology (tumor removal)
Intestinal foreign body removal
Urinary tract surgery and stone removal

There are definitely times when it is advantageous to surgically inseminate due to a history of losing successive pregnancies or due to problems with conception. We can check for cysts, tumors, blockages, adhesions, etc. and take biopsy and culture samples to help diagnose a fertility problem. It is usually done under  general anesthesia. The uterus is located and the semen is deposited directly into the uterus through a small catheter introduced with a fine needle.

We provide safe and effective tail docking services to help prevent tail damage and maintain hygiene, while supporting your dog’s compliance with specific breed standards.

Tail docking surgery for dogs is ideally performed when your puppy is between 3-5 days of age, and is generally performed at the breeder’s request. Our veterinary doctors work closely with breeders to determine appropriate length of tail, and ensure a safe and successful outcome for your pet. The surgical process is generally a low risk operation and short in duration.

Our veterinarians will closely monitor your puppy after their procedure to ensure their comfort and safety. Once your puppy is ready to return home, it will be important to closely manage home care to ensure a successful recovery. You will need to monitor the suture line daily, watching for redness, swelling, discharge or pain. This procedure usually coincides with dewclaw removal.

Our veterinary team is happy to support you and your pet before, during and after their tail docking surgery, and we welcome your questions and concerns. Ask us today how we can help keep you informed and provide you with necessary resources to prepare you and your pet for tail docking surgery.

We offer high quality, all breed, cosmetic ear cropping service. Our cosmetic ear cropping procedure uses high quality suture material, bandages, and e-collar, hospitalization during recovery, and recheck and suture removal appointment 2 weeks after surgery. Oral pain medication and antibiotics will be sent home with the client to ease pain and prevent infection.

Pet overpopulation is a big problem and in order to control it spaying or neutering pets is an effective way other tan adoption.
Spaying – Ovariohysterectomy Prevents signs of estrus (heat). Prevents blood stains on the carpet from the heat cycle. Decreases surplus of puppies and kittens.
Decreases the chance of developing breast tumors later in life Decreases the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life.MALES (Neutering – Castration) Decreases the desire to roam the neighborhood. Decreases aggression — become more loving pets (more affectionate). Decreases incidence of prostate cancer later in life. Prevents odor of Tom Cat urine. Prevents Tom Cat spraying and marking furniture and walls.SPAY/NEUTER FACTS Spaying does NOT cause a pet to get fat or lazy. This comes from overfeeding and poor exercise.
Personalities are NOT altered by spaying. Personalities do NOT fully develop until two years of age. Aggressiveness and viciousness are not the result of surgery. Personalities will ONLY get better! Surgical risk is very slight due to modern anesthesia and techniques, but there is ALWAYS some SMALL risk when an anesthetic is used. It is much easier on the pet to be spayed before going through a heat cycle, due to the smaller size of the reproductive tract. Best age to spay or neuter pets is 6-8 months of age. Surgery is performed painlessly while your pet is under general anesthesia. Post-surgical pain is minimal. Most pets go home the same day surgery is performed.

The surgical procedure to remove excessive nails from the front paws to prevent cats from scratching people or other pets and to prevent damage to woodwork, furnishings or carpets with claw sharpening and marking behaviors.  These are natural and acceptable behaviors outdoors but unacceptable and potentially costly when practiced indoors.  Declawing is best done at an early age, usually at the same time as neutering, when healing will be the fastest.

Wound Care:  The paws need no specific attention; your cat’s normal grooming activity will keep them clean.  The paws may be sensitive for 7-10 days (longer for older cats) during which time your cat may be less active, jump less, or occasionally hold a paw up. The sutures can remain visible for up to 6 weeks before disappearing.

Medication:  In general we dispense one or two liquid medications to help maintain post-operative comfort. An antibiotic, in pill or liquid form, will also be dispensed to help prevent infection. Alternatively, a long-acting injectable antibiotic can be administered. Although more expensive, this approach would decrease the amount of medication you need to administer.

Litter:  Regular sand or clay litter should not be used for the first week after surgery because dust or small pieces may get into the incisions and slow healing or cause infection.  An absorbent, dustless, pelleted litter replacement product called Yesterday’s News will be sent home for this period of time.

Multiple-Cat Homes:  Multiple cat households may experience some disruption in the normal interaction of their cats when the declawed cat returns home.  Recognition of the returning cat will be hindered by it having a foreign smell.  This may lead to some unfriendliness at first.  If necessary, consider keeping the convalescent cat isolated for a day or two.

Outdoor Activity:  Declawed cats should be regarded as strictly house pets.  Should you want to allow your cat outdoors, this is best done with the cat supervised, in a harness and on a leash.  The elimination of the front claws removes some of the defense and escape abilities that should be available to an outdoor cat.

Questions:  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Our talented veterinary team provides careful and effective dewclaw removal services in order to prevent injury in your dog or puppy. Your puppy’s dewclaws are the toes or digits located on the inner aspect of his or her paw and are not used for walking. Removing your dog’s dewclaws will prevent these weakly attached digits from getting tangled or caught in brush or long grass, which can lead to painful injuries with a high risk of infection.

Dewclaw removal surgery for dogs is a fairly simple procedure that is generally performed at 3-5 days of age (usually coinciding with tail docking procedure). Most puppies recover successfully and without incident from this low risk surgery and do not have to undergo general anesthesia. Should you choose dewclaw removal for your puppy at an older age, we will typically remove them at the same time of their spay or neuter procedure, and will provide full anesthesia for their comfort and safety.

Ask us today about our safe and effective dewclaw removal services, and let our team of highly trained doctors support your puppy’s health and comfort.

X-rays for pets are invaluable for examining bones, evaluating the chest and assessing the abdomen. We use the latest digital x-ray technology

Digital x-rays are best for your pet. This is because we need to take fewer x-rays to obtain a good quality image, meaning less stress and time in the clinic for your pet. You will also be able to receive a digital copy of your pet’s x-rays and we can forward these on for specialist assessment if required.

X-rays are not just for broken bones! We often perform x-rays to screen the heart and lungs for disease, while x-rays of the abdomen can diagnose ingestion of foreign objects and give us valuable information about the size and shape of abdominal organs.

In breeds which are prone to inherited problems such as hip or elbow dysplasia, we recommend x-rays before breeding to ensure these conditions are not passed on.

Depending on what area needs to be x-rayed, your pet may require sedation on the day of the x-rays. We can discuss this with you, when your pet is booked in, in case fasting is required prior to the test.

Cytology is the examination of bodily fluids (blood, urine, abdominal and thoracic fluid) and tissue samples under a microscope. Cytology provides us with valuable information as to the types of cells and pathogens (bacteria and fungi) involved your pets disease condition.

This quick in house analysis can provided valuable diagnostic information and is the first step in the work-up of many complex  diseases.  The samples are often taken by a needle and syringe (“Fine Needle Aspiration”) and then smeared onto a microscope slide.

Common diseases requiring cytological analysis include; investigation of skin masses (tumours, abscesses, cysts etc…), various organ dysfunction, bladder stones, infections of the skin, abdominal and thoracic cavities, mites/mange and many more.

Analysis of the numbers and structure of blood cells is important in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease and infection. Blood samples are usually taken by the veterinarian or a veterinary technician for analysis.

There are 3 common tests carried out using red blood cells: packed cell volume, hemoglobin concentration, and red blood cell count. All 3 are interrelated and help your veterinarian diagnose diseases. The packed cell volume is the proportion of the whole volume of blood occupied by the red blood cells. When the proportion of red blood cells is high, the condition is called polycythemia. Polycythemia is common when a pet has dehydration or diarrhea. A low packed cell volume may suggest anemia or bleeding. The hemoglobin concentration in the blood sample indicates the oxygen-carrying capacity of the red blood cells. The red blood cell count is the number of red blood cells in a unit volume of blood. The results of the tests on red blood cells can tell your veterinarian a lot about the way your pet’s body is functioning and suggest possible health problems.

There are 5 main types of white blood cells . Neutrophils are the most common type of white blood cell. They engulf (“eat”) infectious particles such as bacteria. They increase in number during inflammation, infection, and short-term stress. A related type of white blood cell is the eosinophil. The number of eosinophils goes up during allergic reactions and some tissue injuries. Their number also goes up in response to certain tumors and parasites. Basophils are the least common type of white blood cell. They are also related to neutrophils and eosinophils. An increase in the number of basophils is associated with inflammation. Monocytes are large cells that serve mainly as phagocytes and increase in number during chronic diseases. Lymphocytes are the white blood cells responsible for antibody production and cell-mediated immune responses. Large increases in the number of lymphocytes often indicates leukemia, a type of cancer.

Platelets are cell-like particles in the blood. Another name for platelets is thrombocytes. Platelets are much smaller than red or white blood cells. They perform a critical role in the clotting process to repair damaged blood vessels. Thus, injuries often prompt a large increase in number of platelets. Some autoimmune diseases, blood clotting disorders, and bone marrow problems cause a decrease in the number of platelets.

Canine parvovirus is commonly diagnosed by an evaluation of the animal’s clinical signs accompanied by clinical laboratory tests. It must be remembered that not all cases of bloody diarrhea and vomiting are caused by parvovirus.

Common clinical laboratory tests include the ELISA, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and complete blood count evaluation. Each test provides slightly different information, and sometimes more than one type of test may be combined for optimal diagnosis.

Viral antigen detection methods such as the IDEXX Snap test ELISA are generally quick and inexpensive, but may lack sensitivity as they are dependent on timing of sample collection. These are a good “first wave” test to have at the ready in every shelter.

A complete blood count or blood smear can be done in-house in many shelters, or sent out for a nominal fee. This can be done as a back-up to look for low white cell counts – a hallmark clinical sign of the disease. PCR can be used to detect nucleic acids. These assays are highly sensitive, specific and rapid, but can be difficult to interpret when vaccination is recent.

Finally necropsy and histopathology has value any time animals are dying.

Shelters should also be prepared to run bedside ELISA parvo tests, particularly when puppies experience small bowel diarrhea or diarrhea with concurrent systemic signs. The ELISA test is a useful screen for canine parvovirus as well as feline panleukopenia, both viruses which have significant population implication for shelters. This test utilizes a fecal swab to detect viral antigen, and can be run in 10 to 15 minutes. While no test is 100% sensitive or specific, positive results on a symptomatic animal are worth heeding. Negative results may occur even when animals are infected depending on timing of sampling, or excessive blood in stool, so an ill animal with negative test results may require further testing and care Results are most accurate with this test if it is administered the first few days after infection, or within five days after clinical signs appear. Immunologists disagree about the impact of vaccination on the tests. Some believe the vaccine antigen should not generate a positive result at all while others believe the weak positive is a true positive. However, a positive test accompanied by clinical signs, a low white blood cell count or history of exposure to parvovirus should be interpreted as positive regardless of vaccination.

The kidneys main function is to filter the body’s waste products out of the blood and to maintain the body’s electrolyte and water balance. Urine is the product of the kidneys. It contains the waste your pet produces and the excess electrolytes your pet doesn’t need.
Urinalysis is a very economical, non-invasive test. No needles are needed to collect a sample and a tremendous amount of information is gained. In other words, you get a big bang for your buck.
Why should my pet have a urinalysis?

Information gained from analyzing your pet’s urine can reveal early kidney disease long before your pet will show signs of illness. The earlier kidney disease is detected, the more effective our treatments will be.
What do you look for on a urinalysis?

Different tests we run on urine samples are:
Specific gravity – this tells us how well the kidneys can concentrate waste products in urine.
Protein level – High levels of protein in the urine indicate inflammation or “leaky” kidneys.
pH, Bilirubin, and Glucose – Helps us to monitor other organ systems of your pet (liver function and diabetes).
Microscopic exam – We look for white blood cells, red blood cells, crystals, and other indicators of disease.
How do I collect a urine sample?

We want the first sample a pet will give us in the morning. It is the most concentrated in the morning. Collect the urine in a specific sample container. We need a clean container free of soap or other residues. Collect the sample on the same day you plan to bring in the sample to the clinic.
Keep urine refrigerated and out of sunlight until it can be brought to the clinic. The fresher the sample, the more accurate results we can get.
Most dogs will allow you to catch urine while going to the bathroom. With cats, you may need to use lab litter which will allow us to use liquid urine. Urine that has already clumped in litter will not be useable for our tests.
How often or when should a urine sample be analyzed?

Any pet that is having signs of abnormal urination such as painful urination or increased frequency or accidents in the house. Any pet older than 7 years should have a yearly urinalysis performed. A geriatric pet (over 11 years old) should have a urinalysis performed every 6 months.

Progesterone is a hormone which is involved with the reproductive system of the female. A progesterone test involves collecting a blood sample from the bitch and is usually a short appointment. We usually receive results from the test within 12 hours of collection.

Why we perform this testing

The first is that it identifies the fertile time for mating. At our clinic, progesterone testing is compulsory for an artificial insemination so we can identify the time of ovulation, increasing our chances of pregnancy. For natural matings we recommend progesterone testing to identify accurately the fertile time for a mating to occur
The second reason is for accurate prediction of a whelping date. Whelping dates can vary from 58 – 72 days after a natural mating, with the assistance of progesterone tests we can estimate the whelping date within 48 hrs either side of the date provided. When progesterone testing isn’t performed we rely heavily on the dam going into labour or daily progesterone testing in late pregnancy.

Skin diseases are one of the most common reasons pets are brought into veterinary hospitals. With practice, skin scrapings and cytologic analysis are easy to do and can maximize our ability to appropriately diagnose and treat skin problems in many of these patients.

Skin scraping and skin surface cytology are indicated to screen for infectious organisms in patients with hair loss, scaling, crusting, papules, pustules, or lichenification. These quick and easy in-house tests not only allow for the accurate diagnosis of the dermatitis and guide appropriate therapy, but also can generate revenue. Additionally, with the emerging problem of antibiotic-resistant bacterial skin infections, cytology to monitor response to antimicrobial therapy is important and can guide decisions about culture submission.

Biopsies are performed by your veterinarian to diagnose an abnormal growth. Depending on the location and size of the growth either the whole thing is sent out for evaluation or just a piece is sent. The biopsy is sent usually by mail (in a formalin solution to preserve it) to a veterinary diagnostic lab. A veterinary pathologist will then examine tissue from the growth and determine what it is, where it originates, whether it spreads and what the method of treatment should be. Sometimes the biopsy can be curative if the whole growth is removed during the biopsy and it is not the type of growth that spreads. In the case of some cancers though it is better to have a biopsy first in order for the surgeon to get a better idea of how much tissue around the growth needs to be taken in order to remove it completely.

We offer a quick and easy snap test that is performed in our in-house lab to check that your cat is negative for FeLV and FIV. Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are found throughout the United States. Both viruses are highly contagious and transmitted from cat to cat. The viruses attack the immune system and are the leading causes of illness and death in cats.
A simple blood test is necessary to determine if your cat is free from these diseases. If free from FeLV, your pet can be vaccinated to help protect him/her from getting this disease. If free from FIV, your veterinarian can suggest health management measures, such as the FIV vaccine that can help decrease the risk of infection. Regardless if your cat is “indoor only” or appears healthy they should be tested to rule out the possibility of infection. All kittens should also be tested prior to introducing them to other cats in your home

Heartworms are parasites that live in the heart and lungs of dogs and, more rarely, cats. They are transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. When a mosquito bites a dog infected with heartworms, the microscopic immature heartworms (microfilaria) in the blood get sucked up by the mosquito, where they develop into larvae. When the infected mosquito bites another dog, these larvae get transferred to him or her. The larvae then travel throughout the dogs body and settle in the right side of the heart and adjacent major vessels. It takes about 6 months for the larvae to fully develop into adult worms. Accumulation of adult worms in the heart impairs circulation and can cause congestive heart failure in time. Heartworms are treatable, but the damage they do to the heart is permanent, thus early detection is very important.

Heartworm Testing & Prevention

There are basically two ways to detect heartworms in a dog: by looking for microfilaria in the blood under a microscope, or by doing a test which detects proteins on the surface of the worms. The test for proteins (Antigen Test) is more reliable, as you can have adult worms that have not yet produced offspring (microfilaria), and thus would not be detectable by looking at the blood under a microscope. Dogs that have not been on heartworm preventative for over a year and have been infected for over 6 months should test positive by either testing method.

Treatment for heartworm disease can be very dangerous for the dog. As adult heartworms die, pieces of the worms break off and can lodge in the vessels in the lungs and other organs, cutting off blood supplies to these areas. The prevention is still far better than treatment.

Heartworms are very easy to prevent. Heartworm preventative kill the larvae that are passed along when an infected mosquito bites your dog. All it takes is once-a-month pills, some of which are even chewable and taste like a treat. In Ontario, “Heartworm Season” is June to November. Dogs that have not been on a preventative year-round must be tested each spring before starting back on preventative, to make sure they have not been infected by particularly hearty mosquito over the winter. Giving a preventative to an infected dog can be dangerous. Used properly, heartworm preventative is very safe and easy to use. The product we use at our practice also prevents infection by several types of intestinal worms!

Does your pet have allergies? How do you know? Common signs include scratching, biting, and chewing the skin, excessive face rubbing, excessive grooming, hair loss, and chronic ear infections. Do any of these sound familiar? If so, your pet may be one of the tens of millions of animals that suffer from allergies. And yet, only a small fraction are actually diagnosed and treated.

Some pets experience seasonal allergies to things like grasses and trees, while others may be allergic to certain food ingredients or insects. There are a variety of treatment options including low allergen food trials, avoiding or controlling exposure to allergens, oral antihistamines and steroids, and immunotherapy. An appointment with your pet’s veterinarian will help determine which treatment option is best for your pet.

While control/avoidance, diet change, and/or oral medications are effective for a number of dogs and cats, there are some pets that just can’t find relief via these methods. In pets with severe symptoms or allergies that occur year round, immunotherapy may be recommended by your veterinarian. Immunotherapy involves taking a blood sample from your dog or cat and sending it to a laboratory that tests for a lengthy list of specific allergens. Once the results are in (usually in a few days) a formulation is created containing allergenic extracts specific to your pet’s needs. This formulation is then given to your pet via subcutaneous injections (below the skin) at certain intervals over a period of time.

Casts and splints are orthopedic devices that are used to protect and support broken or injured bones and joints. They help to immobilize the injured limb to keep the bone in place until it fully heals. Casts differ from splints because they provide more support and protection for a limb that is injured or broken. They are made from materials like plaster or fiberglass that can be easily molded to the shape of the injured arm or leg.

Splints, also known as half-casts, provide less support than casts, but are faster and easier to use. They also can be tightened or loosened easily if the swelling in the arm or leg increases or decreases. Ready-made or off-the-shelf splints are available in many different sizes and shapes. In some cases, custom-designed splints must be used. Velcro straps make it easier for the patient or healthcare provider to put the splint on or take it off.

Casts and splints are used when a bone is broken. They can also be used following orthopedic surgery. Sometimes splints are used immediately following an injury due to swelling of the affected area. After the swelling goes down, then a full cast might be applied to the injured limb. A cast might have to be replaced during the healing process if the injured area becomes less swollen and the cast gets looser. In that case, the cast might be replaced with a splint to provide more freedom of movement.

Every day a beloved family pet is lost. Tragically, most never make it back home because their owners didn’t identify them. The MicroChip is the professional way to identify your pet and is proven safe and effective. A tiny MicroChip that contains a personal identification number distinguishes your pet as a special member of your family. The MicroChip is so tiny that it fits through a hypodermic needle. Just like a vaccination, it is injected under the skin of your pet where it remains safely for life. This inexpensive procedure can be done anytime and protects virtually any pet in your household.

Regular nail clipping, or trimming, should be part of the routine care of your pet.  It is essential for elderly and indoor pets, whereas outdoor pets may wear their nails down naturally. The requirement for nail trimming can vary depending on breed, age, level of exercise and the environment in which your pet is kept. Working and herding breeds of dogs are active and generally have compact feet with well arched toes that angle the toenails downwards towards the ground. If these dogs are active on hard surfaces such as gravel, rock and concrete, their nails may not need trimming until they slow down with age and exercise less, however you will still need to attend to their dew claws (the little claws on the inside of their front legs that don’t touch the ground) regularly. Other breeds may have nails that grow more forward than downward, and therefore no matter how much exercise they get on rough ground, it is unlikely they will wear down naturally. Some dogs may benefit from having the tips of their nails taken off once every week or two, however for most it will be longer than this, and you will have to decide what is right for your dog by inspecting its nails on a regular basis. Certainly if you notice a change in the sound of your dog’s nails on hard floors this is a pretty good indication that it is time for a trim.

Cats also require nail clipping, with the frequency depending on their lifestyle. Indoor-only cats will need more regular nail trims whereas outdoor cats may naturally wear their nails and require less frequent trimming.

If a pet’s nails are allowed to grow, they can split, break or bleed, causing soreness or infection in your pet’s feet and toes. Long nails can get caught and tear, or grow so long that they can curl backwards into a spiral shape that can make walking very painful for dogs (it’s like walking in shoes that are too small).Cats are able to retract their claws so this is less common for them, however,cats do still need to have their nails regularly clipped (especially if they don’t get much natural wear and tear). Uncut nails may curl so far that they pierce the paw pad, leading to infection and debilitating pain. Nails should be inspected and/or trimmed on at least a monthly basis. If not, the quick tends to grow out with the nail, making it nearly impossible to cut properly. It is very important not to cut the quick of a nail as this is rich in nerve endings and very painful for the pet. If you do accidentally cut into the quick, pressing the nail into a bar of soap will effectively stop the bleeding.

Many pet’s don’t like having their feet handled, especially if they haven’t been de-sensitised to paw handling from a young age. Others may have had a bad experience, or simply get frightened at the noise of the nail clippers.

You and your pet may be more comfortable with sedation on board for nail trims – many pets require this for their own safety and our staff’s safety. Sedation allows a close nail clip, with low stress levels and no reminders for your pet of a bad manicure experience!

Another popular option is Cautery of the nail, which involves a general anaesthetic. We clip the nail past the end of the blood vessel (quick) and seal the blood vessel using an electrocautery instrument. Many owners like this option because the quick (blood vessel) is much shorter, allowing for easier future nail trims, and the nails take a very long time to grow back, meaning less nail trims in between!