Dogs and cats require at least one comprehensive veterinary health exam every year. Preventative health allows us to establish a baseline for your pet and to spot possible issues earlier in their development. If we do find any potential health problems, it is much easier (and more cost-effective!) to treat them as early as possible. This goes a long way in making sure your pet stays happy, healthy, and by your side for years to come!
During your dog or cat’s checkup, we will examine your pet’s different bodily systems to make sure everything is functioning properly. We will weigh your pet to make sure there haven’t been any unnoticed changes. We will examine your pet’s eyes, ears and nose for any signs of irritation, discharge, or other signs of illness. We will check your pet’s mouth and teeth for signs of tartar, redness, and other symptoms of oral diseases. We will listen to your pet’s lungs and heart for signs of problems, and will examine your dog or cat’s abdomen and joints.
Keeping your pet vaccinated is a crucial component of preventative health care. With vaccines, we have an easy way of immunizing your pet from dangerous health afflictions. Dogs and cats each have “core vaccinations” (which are always strongly recommended) and “non-core vaccinations” (which are recommended due to certain lifestyles and environmental risks). We will be able to advise you on which vaccinations your pet should have, and will help you schedule their regiment. Core vaccinations for dogs are rabies, adenovirus, parvovirus, Lepto, parainfluenza and distemper. Non-core vaccinations for dogs are canine influenza, bordatella, lyme disease and leptospirosis.
Core vaccinations for cats are rabies, feline herpesvirus, panluekopinia, and calicivirus. Non-core vaccinations for cats are feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, and bordatella.
Our hospital maintains an in-house diagnostics laboratory. This is valuable because it means that you don’t have to wait for your veterinary team to outsource testing, losing (possibly critical) time in the process. If the test your pet needs performed is fairly unique, we do maintain access to an out-of-house diagnostics lab.
There are several tests that we commonly run in order to diagnose or stage your pet’s health affliction. A Urinalysis will test for kidney disease or diabetes. Blood chemistry panels allow us to check the functioning of your dog or cat’s liver, kidney, pancreas and gallbladder. Complete blood counts can tell us whether or not your pet is dehydrated or anemic, or showing signs of cancer, autoimmune or tick borne diseases.
Your pet’s oral health care has a very large impact on their overall health. Not only can oral diseases cause serious pain and soreness for your pet, they can actually spread harmful bacteria to your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys.
We provide dogs and cats with complete oral examinations. Our veterinarians will design a dental treatment plan that will include teeth cleaning, scaling and polishing, digital dental X-rays, tooth extractions and minor oral surgeries.
We offer a wide range of dental products including specialized dental diets, dental chews and pet toothpaste and toothbrushes! This means that we will be a one stop shop for all your pet’s dental needs!
Our on-site digital X-ray suite aids us in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. X-rays allow us a clear window into the health of your pet’s internal organs, bones and joints. This is important, as the best way to treat an illness is to have a very accurate understanding of the particulars of the affliction and to treat it as early in the process as possible. Because our X-rays are modern and digital, the results can easily be emailed to you.
Access to modern veterinary pharmaceuticals is critical for every pet. We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements, shampoos and oral care products. We also carry products for parasite prevention and flea and tick control.
Millions of dogs and cats get lost every year. Pets who are microchipped are returned home at a much greater frequency than pets that aren’t microchipped. The procedure itself is very simple – we inject the microchip(which is about the size of a grain of rice) into the loose folds between your pet’s shoulder blades. On this microchip is your contact information. Virtually every veterinary clinic and animal shelter has a microchip scanner, meaning that if your pet is ever picked up, they will know exactly how to contact you. Unlike collars which are often lost when pets run away, a microchip is a permanent way to store your contact information in case your pet runs away.
It can be very stressful for pets (and pet owners!) when you have to be away from home for a night or possibly much longer. We believe you need someone you can trust to look after your pet in a safe, professional and compassionate way. This is why we offer our boarding service. Our clinic offers a very comfortable boarding experience for your pet.
The decision to euthanize is difficult even to imagine. But sometimes it is the noblest act of compassion that we can do for our beloved pets. Please know that this decision is always yours, and we will be there to educate you about your pet’s quality of life and prognosis of their condition. If you decide that euthanasia is the right decision for your pet, please know that we will make sure it is a private, compassionate and gentle goodbye for your companion.