Bay Town Pet Clinic
We are an affordable full service companion animal hospital. Our main goal and objective is to become your life-long committed partner in your beloved pet’s health care. Our services are designed to assist in early disease detection & treatment as your pets age, offering routine preventative care for the young healthy pets, as well as provide a complete medical and surgical services as needed during his or her lifetime. We specialize in dogs, cats and exotic animals. Like yourself, our pets are important members of our family. We always treat your pets as we would our own.
We carry an assortment of pet supplies, products, and offer various services including: low-cost vaccinations, spay and neuter, digital x-rays, dental, and much more!
Our animal-loving veterinarians and staff are always here to help you with all your pets’ needs. They are committed & dedicated in providing your pet with quality medical care in a considerate and compassionate manner. They want the best for you and your pet and will take the time to educate you about how you can be involved and care best for your animal companions. Our staff is committed to continuing education so they are aware of the alternatives and latest research in medicine and health care for animals. Call us soon to book an appointment!
What to Expect When You Arrive
We understand how you feel when your pet’s health is threatened in an emergency. Try to remain calm and be cautious when moving your pet, as animals in pain will often bite. Here’s what to do beforehand and what to expect when you arrive at the clinic.
- BRING PET RECORDS AND MEDICATIONS
Do understand that situation may be chaotic during an emergency. If possible, kindly bring your pet’s medical records, their medications, and also bring along the packaging to anything they may have accidentally ingested. By doing so, it will help tremendously in our ability to begin the right treatment.
- TREATMENT PROVIDED IN ORDER OF SEVERITY
Upon your arrival, a Customer Service Representative will greet you and a triage veterinary technician will assess your pet’s emergency prior to examination by our emergency veterinarian. If your pet requires immediate treatment the veterinary technician may ask your permission to bring your pet to the treatment area for immediate assessment. As in most emergency clinics our patients are seen in priority of medical urgency with the most life-threatening cases seen first.
- ESTIMATE AND FEES
We are equipped to handle a wide spectrum of emergencies with your pet. Our staff strives to make this very stressful time as easy as possible for you. Diagnostic and treatment options, along with an estimated cost will be be presented to you after consultation with the veterinarian. You are encouraged to ask questions and visit with your pet while in our hospital.. Payment is due at the start of treatment. We regret that we cannot accept checks as payment. Please bring your major credit card or cash.
Making pet adoption simple and affordable.
Pet Adoption Process
We partner with Okanagan Small Dog Rescue (OSDR) on pet adoption. They have an adoption process that we highly recommend with all potential adopters. Its purpose is to make the transition for a dog into a new home as smooth and as stress-free as possible.
Many of these little guys have come from very traumatic, frightening places and will require time to adjust to a new person and environment. Whether from a puppy mill or from a home where its former owner is no longer able to care for them, dogs are not as adaptable as one may think. Like us, they need time and patience to feel safe and comfortable again.
The first step in our adoption process, after you have seen one of our available dogs that you are interested in, is to complete an application for adoption and send it to us completed.
Once we receive the application, we will contact you to arrange for you to meet the dog. You may be asked to go to the foster home or to a local pet store. If you and the dog are compatible, we will have the dog visit your home.
The first visit will be kept short, if you and the dog are comfortable with each other, subsequent visits will be arranged. Starting with a few hours and ending with overnight visits. We will provide all the food, bedding, etc. that is needed for the visits.
This process can take up to two weeks. Once you are comfortable with the dog and it with you, the adoption can be finalized. The final decision in this adoption process is always with the dog!
When you adopt a dog you receive all the records we have on the dog. All dogs are neutered/spayed, tattooed, health checked, dental done, etc., before they are adopted out. They are also socialized to the very best of the foster home’s ability.
The process can be a slow one, as we are very careful that both dog and adopter are happy and secure in their decision. In the adoption process, our main concern is that if you are not able to keep the dog for any reason, the dog comes back to us.
Animals should be a life time commitment, but often they are not. This is where the Okanagan Small Dog Rescue fits into the community. We are happy that people have an option to bring their dogs to us.
Please understand that we need your support and donations. The dogs and all of us at OSDRS are in your debt as you take our society’s dogs into your heart with your kindness.
OSDR rescues and adopts locally. They are committed to the adoption process. They also adopt dogs keeping age of dog in relation to age of adopter in mind.. This must be an age appropriate match.
When you look at a dog’s face, what’s the first thing you’ll notice? For a lot of people, it would be those round, twinkling eyes.
Dogs, like a lot of living beings, use their eyes to see the world around them. The eyes play an important role as it allows dogs to have a better view of their surroundings. That’s why for many dog parents, taking care of their dog’s eyesight is a big deal.
Eye Care For Dogs
Dogs’ eyes are fascinating in plenty of ways. While they do not have 20/20 vision, nor can they see a wide spectrum of color, dogs can see up to 240 degrees wide and are capable of seeing better in the dark. That’s why it’s important for owners to maintain their dog’s eyesight.
Dogs can experience a wide range of illnesses when it comes to their eyes. Just like humans, dogs rely heavily on their eyes. That’s why it’s important to be aware of anything wrong when it comes to their sight.
Common Eye Illnesses Dogs Can Have
Dogs can suffer from a wide range of diseases related to their eyes. Most of these illnesses are easily manageable with medication. Here are some common canine eye illnesses.
The most common illness a dog can get is an infection in the eye. Viruses, bacteria, or foreign material can get into your dog’s eyes, leading to an infection. An eye infection can spread, and if left untreated, can lead to blindness.
Eye infection can take up different forms. One type of eye infection is conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye or red eye. This is the infection of the eye’s conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that thinly covers the dog’s eye,
Other eye infections include uveitis, the inflammation of the inner portion of the eye, and keratitis, the inflammation of the cornea.
This illness is seen more often with older dogs, so owners tend to not intervene and give their dogs proper treatment. However, cataract is not something to be taken lightly.
A cataract is when the normal lens of the eyes starts to get cloudy. This clouding of vision is typically common for old dogs, but the causes can also be hereditary, congenital, from other illnesses like diabetes and glaucoma, or eye trauma.
You will know when your dog might be developing cataracts when you see their eye color changing to an opaque, lighter color. A veterinarian will know if the dog has cataracts by a simple eye test.
Dogs, unlike humans, have a third eyelid, which is hidden from plain sight. This third eyelid is where the tear glands are located. Sometimes, these glands can pop out of place and appear like tiny cherries on your dog’s eyes.
Cherry eye occurs when the ligaments that hold the third eyelid and gland in place fail to do their job. Medically known as third eyelid prolapse, cherry eye can cause irritation to dogs and makes it hard for them to close their eyes. This condition is commonly seen in dogs that are 2 years and younger.
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) or Dry Eye
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, or simply known as dry eye, is a condition where the dog’s tear ducts can’t produce enough tears. Tears are important to lubricate the cornea and to protect the eyes from foreign objects. Without tears, the cornea and conjunctiva become inflamed.
Plenty of issues can cause dry eyes, including issues with the dog’s immune system, medication side-effects, and trauma to the eyes. Dry eyes can also be congenital to certain dogs. Dogs with dry eyes produce yellow-green discharge as well as painful ulcers.
As mentioned above, tears are important for lubricating the dog’s eyes. However, if the tear ducts are blocked, these tears will start to overflow. Epiphora is when a dog either produces too many tears or has a problem with its tear ducts.
A major sign of epiphora is tear stain on the dog’s face. These stains usually appear reddish-brown. Epiphora may or may not be harmful, depending on your dog’s breed.
Glaucoma is a serious illness that can lead to blindness in dogs. It is when fluid retention occurs within the eye and causes pressure. This pressure can lead to the retina and optic nerve damage.
Glaucoma usually occurs on one eye, but if left untreated, it can move to the other. Some symptoms of glaucoma include pain and discomfort, cloudy cornea, squinting, tearing, pupils appearing to have different sizes, and vision problems. Glaucoma can either be genetic or acquired through infections, injuries, or trauma.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is an inherited condition where the cells of the retina progressively degrade until it leads to complete blindness. PRA occurs over a long time, so symptoms may not be spotted easily. The eye may appear healthy so a lot of dogs can go undiagnosed until it’s far too late.
PRA is, fortunately, not painful. However, there is no available treatment that can help reverse this illness.
Symptoms to Watch Out
There are plenty more illnesses that can be mentioned, but what’s important to know is that these illnesses usually look almost the same. That’s why a visit to the veterinarian is very important. A veterinarian has all the resources and knowledge to diagnose your dog appropriately.
Still, being aware of the symptoms of a potential eyesight issue can save you a lot of time from going to the vet. These symptoms can be a sign of an acute health problem or something underlying.
These symptoms include:
- Bloodshot or reddish eyes
- Discharge coming out from the eyes
- Tear stains
- Visible tears
- Discoloration of the cornea
- Growth of any lumps or bumps near the eyes
- Eyes always squinting or close
- Worrying changes in behavior (like lack of appetite or reclusiveness)
- Coordination problems
These are the few things owners can observe if something is wrong with their dog. If your dog is experiencing one or more of these things, a visit to the vet is highly advised.
Thankfully, for almost every eyesight illness that exists, there is a cure for them. Your vet will mostly prescribe you medicine and dog eye drops to help relieve the symptoms and to cure your dog of illnesses.
Common eye infections are easy to cure. Your vet might prescribe a specific eye wash for dogs that can get rid of the infection, discharges, and any gunk that is left by the infection. Certain illnesses that can leave tear stains on the dog’s face can also be washed off with dog tear stain remover. Dry eyes are also treated with eye drops that promote the production of tears.
Some illnesses, though, don’t have easy remedies like over-the-counter drops or topical medicines. For example, glaucoma requires more medication like Analgesics to reduce pain and discomfort. Vets will also prescribe different medicines to slow down the growth of glaucoma. In advanced cases, surgery is needed.
Cherry eye also needs surgery if eye drops don’t work. The first option for surgery is to replant the prolapse back into the eye. But if that does not work, the gland will instead be completely removed.
As for cataracts; cataracts require surgical procedures as well. But there is hope. There is a new dog cataracts eye drops that scientists are experimenting with.
Currently, cataract drops are not easily available to every dog owner, but it might mean a future where invasive surgeries are no longer needed to cure a dog’s cataracts.
Sadly, some illnesses just don’t have a cure at all. Illnesses like PRA don’t have any feasible cure and the dog has no choice but to live blind. But while an actual cure is not around, support and lifestyle management can always make life easier for a sick dog.
At the end of the day, the best treatment for any illness is prevention. Immediately spotting red flags in your dog’s behavior and appearance can greatly help reduce the risk of further complications in the future. Prevention also means taking good care of your dog by providing adequate care, food, water, shelter, and medical needs.
If anything out of the ordinary starts to happen to your dog, immediately bring them to the vet to get them checked up. Being on top of your dog’s health means that they can stay healthy for a long time. Regular checkups, being up to date with vaccines, and immediate medical attention is crucial if you want your canine pal to stay healthy for a long time.
The eyes are windows to the soul, so it’s important to protect and nurture your dog’s eyes to make life easier for them. Dogs’ eyes serve plenty of purposes, so they must be protected at all times.
Different diseases can affect a dog’s eyes. But thanks to modern medicine, most of these illnesses have a cure. In a case where sickness cannot be cured, lifestyle change will be beneficial for the dog’s longevity and comfort.
Good dog parents will always take care of their dogs, including their pups’ eyesight. Keep them healthy, and your dog will be seeing your gorgeous face for a very, very long time. Here are 9 Effective Tips for Raising Healthy Puppy Dogs.