Every good preventive medicine program includes an annual visit (or a biannual visit for older patients). It is during these visits that important issues regarding your pet's quality of life can most often be addressed. These visits may include a complete physical examination, taking samples, discussions on nutrition and disease prevention, questions about behaviour or other issues, and important recommendations according to your pet's stage of life.

At Hôpital Vétérinaire Victoria, we believe that these visits are very important.

Pet Vaccinations, the First Line of Defense

Vaccinations are an effective and necessary step in ensuring that your pet is protected against diseases to which they are likely to be exposed, particularly if your pet goes outside.

Our protocols follow the recommendations of scientific medical associations and are adapted to your pet's individual needs and lifestyle.

A number of vaccinations are available for cats and dogs, but not all are required in every case.

So make sure that your pet's vaccinations are up to date and check with your veterinarian to see if they meet the requirements of your pet's lifestyle.

The Prevention of Infection and Parasitic Infestations

The prevention of both intestinal and external parasitic infestations is essential.

According to current recommendations, it is important to start early by deworming your pet every 2 weeks until the age of 3 months, then every month until the age of 6 months. For adult pets, deworming is part of a seasonal prevention program that targets gastrointestinal parasites. In addition, the prevention of external parasites such as fleas, mites and ticks is necessary given our climate. And don't forget about parasites transmitted by mosquitoes!

These preventive measures also help protect you and your family.

Geriatric Assessments

In addition to physical examinations, we recommend that older pets undergo a geriatric assessment. Age can vary depending on the species (cat or dog), breed and size of your pet. Large dogs age more quickly, while the opposite is true for smaller breeds. Geriatric assessments check your pet's blood, urine and blood pressure as well as other parameters as necessary in order to properly assess your pet's condition. These assessments help us respond quickly in the event of age-related diseases that often present with no visible symptoms. Unlike humans, pets cannot tell us what ails them. This is why it is important to schedule regular appointments to check on your pet's health in order to help them age gracefully. Let us help your pet live a long and happy life.

The Medical Reasons for Sterilization

We recommend that pets be spayed (females) or neutered (males) at six months of age. Although pets can be sterilized at any point in their lives, we strongly recommend that females, both feline and canine, be spayed before their first heat cycle as it is widely known that this reduces the risk of mammary tumours. Spaying during a heat cycle is not recommended due to increased risk of bleeding.

Males should be neutered prior to the onset of behavioural traits related to male hormones such as aggression, running away, marking territory, etc. This also reduces medical problems (prostate) that can appear later in life. Anaesthesia is always administered with great care and we strongly recommend a preoperative blood test. Pain management, both in hospital and at home, is also an important priority.