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104B - 390 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A6

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Harbourfront Animal Hospital

Your Pet Hospital Since 2011

Owner Resources

You love your pets, and so do we. We want to keep you informed and up-to-date on pet health.

Check out the information below and check back often as we add new information.

Top 10 Signs Your Pet May Be Sick

  • Bad breath and drooling
  • Excessive drinking or urinating
  • Appetite change associated with weight loss or gain
  • Change in activity level (lack of interest in doing things they once did)
  • Stiffness, difficulty getting up, or trouble claimbing stairs
  • Sleeping more than usual or other behaviour and attitude changes
  • Dry or itchy skin, sores, lumps or shaking of the head
  • Coughing, sneezing, excessive panting, or labored breathing
  • Frequent digestive upsets or change in bowel movements
  • Dry, red, or cloudy eyes

If you answered YES to one of the above questions book an appointment with your Dr. Debski.

  • Main Clinic Line: 416-597-9494
  • Mobile line: 416-597-9494
  • Veterinary Emergency Clinic: 416-920-2002

Potential Health risks

Teeth and mouth: gingivitis, periodontal disease, oral cancer. If left untreated they can cause oral pain and anorexia, tooth abscesses, tooth loss, systemic infection and cancer progression.

Nose and throat: inflamation/infection, bleeding, tumors. If left untreated progression of local infection, systemic infection, breathing difficulty, nosebleeds, cancer progression can occur.

Liver and gallbladder: inflammatory liver disease, reaction to certain drugs and toxic substances, cancer, stones of the gallbladder and bile ducts. Jaundice, liver failure, anemia, bleeding disorders, neurologic signs, cancer progression, death.

Kidneys: acute and chronic kidney diseases, kidney stones, kidney infection, cancer. Irreversible kidney damage, kidney failure, high blood pressure, blindness, anemia, death.

Heart and lungs: heart muscle disease, leaky heart valves, irregular heart rhythms, heartworm disease, bronchitis, pneumonia. Poor circulation, fluid buildup in lungs and/or belly, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, sudden death.

Glands/endocrine system: diabetes thyroid disease, adrenal disease. Catharacts, blindness, wasting , hair/coat changes, hair loss, excessive thirst/urination, skin infections, collapse, death.

Eyes and vision: Corneal ulcers, cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, deformation and/or infection of eyelids. Pain, progressive blindness, loss of eye.

Digestive/gastrointestinal system: Intestinal parasites, intestinal blockage, other intestinal infection, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, pancreatitis, cancer. Malnutrition (inability to absorb nutrients from food), wasting, chronic diarrhea, gas, abdominal pain, cancer progression, death.

Skin: Allergies, fleas, mites, ticks,lumps, skin infections, ear infections. Hair loss, foul odor, vector-borne infections, worsening infections, hearing loss, cancer progression, death.

Older Pets

Your pet's health changes with age, just as yours does. But, our pets actually age much faster than we do.

According to statistics, in 1960, the average dog lived to be only 6 years old. Today, the average dogs life span doubled, we see more and more dogs living to be 16, 17 years old. The most indoor cats live to be 15 or more years old too. To keep senior pets healthy, happy and pain free and maximize their life expectancy we recommend the variety of different senior services. Since dogs and cats age the same as human beings do and because they age more quickly than humans, the testing is needed at least once a year to detect a problem in its earliest stage possible. Early detection of any disease and problems means earlier treatments and could be life saving for your pet.

Pets need screening tests for common diseases for kidney disease, liver, heart disease, cancer and thyroid abnormalities as they are becoming increasingly common in aging dogs and cats.

Blood screening: Early detection of any disease such as: pancreas, liver, immune system function, stress, adrenal and thyroid problems.

ECGs: Can detect and abnormal heart rhythm when the dog is still in the early stages of the disease. Boxers, Doberman Pinschers and English Cocker Spaniels are prone to cardiomyopathy.

Annual urine testing: Screens for urinary tract infections, allows early detection of diabetes and kidney disease

Therapeutic ultrasound: To relieve the pain and inflammation of middle aged patients.

Fecal tests: To rule out intestinal parasites.

For more information and to book and appointment call Harbourfront Animal Hospital and talk to Dr. Debski or RVT Rebecca Langley.

Traveling with Pets

Traveling with Pets can be a complicated process. Harbourfront Animal Hospital would like to make this easier for you. We have extensive experience sending various pets around the globe.

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If you have specific questions Harbour Front Animal Hospital staff members can help. Please call 416-597-9494

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