Choosing the right healthcare provider for your beloved family pet can be a challenge. Read our list of “behind the scenes” factors that we think separate Blue Cross Animal Hospital from the pack. If you still have questions, give us a call, or drop us an email, and let us help you decide that Blue Cross Animal Hospital is the right choice for your four-legged family members.
Our large staff of compassionate animal-crazy people provide loads of love and personal care for your pet when they are in hospital. We know that a trip to the vet can be unnerving for your pet, particularly if they are in discomfort, and we believe the best way to alleviate that anxiety is love and attention. We pat, stroke, cuddle and chat to each and every one of the pets entrusted to our care. We truly comfort your pet as if he or she were a member of our own family.
We are Accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. By passing and a set of 900 rigorous standards we join the approximately 15 percent of veterinary practices North America who hold themselves to the highest measure of excellence.
At 4pm every day, all Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Animal Care Attendants meet for a thorough case review of every in-hospital pet. Every cat or dog in the hospital is reviewed as to their health status, treatment, and prognosis. The most important thing about Medical Rounds is that it provides a time for the entire staff to bring input to a comprehensive discussion of any complex cases. On any given day, you are getting up to 60 years of combined veterinary experience taking care of your pet’s health issues!
We’ve all been there. You’re standing at a counter, and the receptionist makes you wait while they answer the phone. Or you call a business, only to get put on hold while someone finishes a face-to-face transaction. How annoying is it to feel like you’re not the priority? We’ve separated the phones from the front desk, and moved them out of our waiting area. When you call our hospital, you get prompt telephone service and the undivided attention of the Client Care team member who answers the telephone. When you are working with someone at our front desk, you have their complete focus, without the background noise or interruption of ringing phones. Of course, if you prefer, you can always communicate with us by email at [email protected]
If you have a sick pet and you are too busy to come in for an appointment, you can make use of our “Drop Off” program. From 8am-10am, you can bring your pet in to the hospital to be seen by a veterinarian later in the day. Learn more here.
To minimize stress in both species, we try as much as possible to keep dogs and cats apart throughout their visit to us. In the waiting area we have “Cat Parking” shelves. You can put your cat’s carrier on a mid-height cat shelf, where they can see you, but are up away from feet and curious or anxious dogs in the waiting area. If your cat is admitted to the hospital, they will reside in a ward housing only other cats. If your dog is admitted, they will reside in a ward with only other dogs. Each cage or kennel is provided with comfortable bedding, fresh water, and appropriate food. Dogs are taken outside four times a day and cats have their litter changed after every use.
We have continuing education for all staff to ensure that they are current in all aspects of veterinary care. Our veterinarians regularly attend conferences and workshops to keep up to date on medications, anesthetics, and techniques to provide the best in patient care. As well, we have in-house training sessions and monthly staff meetings for all of our Technician, Animal Care, and Client Care Teams.
Our skilled veterinary technicians that can teach you how to do things for your pet like brush their teeth, give needed medications such as insulin and fluid therapy. As well we offer free scheduled Client Classes on a number of pet health topics.
We like to touch base with you following your appointment and make sure that you had a great experience with us, and that your pet is responding to treatment with no complications. Of course you should call us if you have concerns before we contact you.
We are proud sponsors of Toronto Cat Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue, the Farley Foundation, and Pet Trust.
We can be located on various social media channels using the links at the top of this page. We have pages on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and now on YouTube. Make sure you connect with us on your favorite sites. As well we have a great e-mail newsletter to keep you informed about clinic news and pet health.
XRays and lab results instantly go into to your pet’s record across our internal network, for much faster diagnosis than is possible with traditional methods.
While not required by regulation, we believe in keeping all our advanced equipment in superior condition. At least once a year, our digital x-ray, anesthetic machines, autoclave, microscope, dental equipment, and therapeutic laser are professionally inspected, cleaned, repaired and calibrated as appropriate. Quality control is done weekly on our in-house lab.
Memberships in the The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, and The Veterinary Information Network allow us to pool our expertise with an extended network of veterinarians discussing both general medicine and specialized topics.