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Medical Services: Dentistry, Radiology, Cardiology and More

Red Deer’s Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital is equipped to handle a wide range of medical conditions, including emergencies. By offering many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often provide immediate answers to you and start treating your pet quicker. In certain cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic testing. Feel free to browse the detailed descriptions of our medical services below, or give us a call to discuss your pet’s needs.


Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Gum (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.

Common Signs of Dental Disease Include:

  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums

  • Bad breath

  • Excessive drooling

  • Changes in eating or chewing habits

  • Pawing at the face

  • Loose teeth

  • Depression

Regardless of whether or not your cat or dog is showing any of these symptoms, we recommend you have one of our veterinarians evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Food debris and bacteria accumulates around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can cause irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if the infection in the mouth has spread.

At Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, we offer juvenile dental exams as well. Juvenile dental exams look at the development and placement of the teeth, potentially making recommendations to ensure a proper bite for the developing kitten or puppy.

Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.

Radiology (X-rays)

At our veterinary hospital in Red Deer, we routinely use X-rays to help identify problems, rule out other possible problems or create a list of potential problems. We also use X-rays during wellness exams.

X-rays can provide valuable information about a pet’s gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, and colon), bones, heart, respiratory tract (lungs), and genitourinary system (bladder and prostate). Radiology can be utilized on its own or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Our veterinarians are experienced at interpreting radiographs.

Our hospital offers digital radiology, which are X-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film. With this technology, we can provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet and it also uses less radiation than traditional X-rays.

To capture a sharp image, pets need to remain completely still while the X-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia.

If you have any questions about our radiology services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Dermatology (Skin)

Dermatological issues are very common for dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, infections, allergies, or parasites such as mites or fleas. Skin problems can be challenging to treat and should be addressed promptly.

Usually, a simple examination is all that is required to diagnose a dermatological problem. There are certain conditions that do require additional diagnostic procedures eo ensure an accurate diagnosis. Depending on the results of our physical examination and sympotoms, we may decide to run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsy.

If you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively, or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps, please give us a call right away to book an appointment with Dr. Tara Dixon.


Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a veterinarian to see inside a pet’s body and take biopsies without having to perform surgery. It’s commonly used to examine the inside of the nose, ears, colon, esophagus, bladder, stomach, and other internal organs. Endoscopy can also be utilized in assisting minimally invasive surgeries and is particularly valuable in retrieving swallowed items.

Performing this procedure requires the veterinarian to insert the endoscope (a long tube with a camera at one end) into the area to be examined. Incisions are sometimes required. However, incisions used for endoscopic procedures are much smaller than those used in traditional surgery, which means far less pain for your pet and a faster recovery time.

A pet does need to be placed under anesthesia for endoscopic treatments. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure their safety.


It’s important for your pet’s vision that our veterinarians detect and treat glaucoma and other problems with intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) as quickly as possible. At Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, we can test your dog or cat’s eyes for any excess pressure. This test is performed with a device called a tonometer. It’s not painful and does not require any sedation.

If not treated right away (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or, in some cases, blindness. If your pet has suffered an eye injury, you should have this test performed. Certain breeds are more prone to developing glaucoma, and so we recommend for those breeds to bring them in for regular measurements so we can monitor eye pressure and begin treatment before any problem becomes irreversible. If you are curious about whether or not your pet may be at a higher risk for glaucoma, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Call Us Immediately If You Notice Any of the Following Problems in Either or Both of Your Pet’s Eyes

  • Dilated (enlarged) pupils

  • Clouding of the cornea (the normally clear outer layer of the eye)

  • Red or bloodshot eyes

  • One eye protruding or appearing larger than the other

  • Squinting or tearing

Glaucoma can be painful and your pet may react by rubbing or pawing at the eyes or rubbing his or her head against the floor or furniture more than normal.


Ultrasonography, also known as ultrasound or sonography, is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and structures inside the body. Ultrasonography is also used to evaluate the animal’s kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, abscesses, and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.

At our animal hospital, we also use this technology in conjunction with radiography (X-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure an accurate diagnosis. The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then moves a small hand-held tool called a transducer methodically across the skin to record images.

The transducer emits ultrasonic waves that are directed into the body towards the structures to be examined. The ultrasonic sound waves create echoes of varying degrees, depending on how dense the tissue is and the amount of fluid present.

Ultrasound doesn’t involve any radiation, it has no known side effects, and doesn't typically require your pet to be sedated or anesthetized for a full view of the abdomen during the ultrasound. The area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain a clear image. Please note that we do not perform echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart) as we recommend a cardiologist for this interpretation.


It’s important to identify endocrine problems as early as possible for dogs and cats. These serious, potentially life-threatening conditions can be more manageable when caught early on, allowing us to begin proper treatment.

The endocrine system is comprised of tissues, mostly glands, which release hormones into the blood stream. These hormones regulate growth, metabolism, reproduction, development and are dispersed to different parts of the body. If there is a hormonal imbalance, which may be caused by conditions such as tumors or autoimmune disease, an endocrine disorder can develop. “Hypo” refers to a deficiency in a hormone while “hyper” refers to an excess of a hormone. Depending on the disease, treatment will vary.

Several Common Endocrine Disorders Found in Dogs and Cats Includes:

  • Diabetes mellitus is caused by a deficiency in or resistance to the hormone insulin

  • Hypothyroidism, which is often diagnosed in dogs, indicates that the animal has low levels of thyroid hormone

  • Hyperthyroidism, which frequently affects cats, indicates that the animal has high levels of thyroid hormones

  • Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism) and Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) can also affect both species, although Cushing’s disease is rare in cats

If your pet begins panting excessively, shows any changes in behavior, energy levels, appetite, weight, water consumption, urination, or develops any skin issues, contact us right away.

Medical Assessment

Providing an examination for your pet is essential for ensuring an accurate diagnosis. We begin our medical assessments by looking at your pet’s ears, eyes, and skin, checking for any cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, or skeletal abnormalities. We also perform blood and/or urine tests to check your pet’s liver, kidneys, pancreas, and endocrine system including thyroid and adrenal glands. We may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as radiography (X-rays), ultrasound, endoscopy (internal scoping), or biopsy, depending on your pet’s current health condition.

If you are concerned about the health of your pet, or your pet hasn’t been to the vet in a long time, please give us a call and we can schedule a medical assessment for you.

Rehabilitation Services

Dr. Dagmar Shouten is a certified rehabilitation therapist. Certified in 2008, she works with dogs who have soft tissue injuries. Dr. Tanya Dobrzanski, a chiropractor who is certified in animal chiropractic care, also comes every 4 weeks to treat our patients.

Cedarwood has therapeutic laser, electric stimulation (E stim), and a lot of what we do is help rehabilitate pets through strengthening exercises that can be performed at home.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electric muscle stimulation causes a contraction of muscles in an intact nervous system. This treatment is used to assist in strengthening muscles after nerve injury or even after orthopaedic injuries where muscle wasting has taken place.

Laser Therapy

Low-level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates cell regeneration and increases blood circulation. This treatment option is safe and painless for your pet. Conditions that can be treated with low-level laser therapy:

  • Arthritis

  • Tendonitis

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Promotes wound healing


This minimally invasive procedure allows us to see inside an animal’s body and take biopsies without surgical intervention

Surgical Services

We offer spaying, neutering, soft tissue, and orthopaedic surgery services at our veterinary hospital.


If you notice your pet has bare patches, lumps or bumps, or is scratching excessively, give us a call right away

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