Emergency animal hospitals in Ontario are increasingly becoming more accessible, with more hospitals now offering a range of services.

The latest update from the Ontario Association of Emergency Animal Hospitals and Vet Services (OAAHVTS) shows that the number of emergency animal surgeries in Ontario grew by nearly 12 per cent last year to nearly 1,000.

The number of surgeries has also increased, from nearly 1.3 million in 2015 to 1,848,000 in 2016.

OAAHVs, which operate hospitals and facilities across the province, offer a wide range of veterinary services, including dental, urology, orthopedics, orthodontics, neurosurgery, and dermatology.

The organization says its membership has grown by more than 600 per cent since the mid-1990s.

In addition to emergency animal surgery, OAAHS also offers the following services to the public: Inpatient rehabilitation and rehabilitation services: Orthodontic and/or dental rehabilitation services Orthopedic rehabilitation services Neurosurgery and other orthopedic and neuropsychiatric services Dermatology services Dentistry services Hospitalized services Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services In addition, OAHVs are also responsible for providing dental care, orthopaedic care, and dental implants.

OAHVTS’ 2018 Annual Report states that they “are committed to making emergency animal care accessible and accessible to all Ontario residents and their families, regardless of the type of emergency or their age.”

It also states that “while emergency animal services are the province’s largest and most comprehensive, OHAVTS is committed to expanding our services to more people with a variety of needs.”

The OAAHLVTS website also lists “the highest quality emergency animal facilities in the province,” which are: Memorial Hospital of Western Ontario