Wellness & Preventative Medicine
Because our pets age much faster than we do and often do not exhibit outwards signs of disease, we stress the importance of annual and semi-annual physical examinations and wellness screenings. This allows us to detect serious medical conditions in the early stages while they are still easily treatable, and prevents serious conditions from developing.
Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from many highly contagious and deadly diseases. Experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. If an unvaccinated pet develops one of these diseases, treatment can become very expensive and many of these diseases can be fatal despite treatment. Even though some formerly common diseases have now become uncommon, vaccination is still highly recommended because these serious disease agents continue to be present in the environment.
For dogs, core vaccines include distemper (dhpp) and rabies vaccinations. Optional vaccines for at-risk individuals include kennel cough (bordatella), k9 influenza (flu), leptospirosis, and lyme. For cats, core vaccines include distemper (fvrcp) and rabies. Optional vaccines include feline leukemia (felv) for outdoor cats.
Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats. With regular exams and dental check-ups you can help protect your pet from dental disease which can cause bad breath and chronic pain.
Dental patients are anesthetized and their teeth cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler and then polished. Patients have a full oral exam to identify any loose or diseased teeth or gums that need treatment. As an adjunct to teeth cleaning, we recommend a dental home care plan that is specifically designed to your pet's needs.
Laboratory & Diagnostic Testing
Laboratory testing plays an integral role in the early detection of changes in your pet's health. Diagnostic tests provide essential information by which our veterinarians can identify blood disorders, kidney and liver disease, diabetes, infection, cancer, thyroid disease and other hormonal problems.
We also send diagnostic samples to Idexx Laboratories for routine blood and urine testing, microbiology, cytology, pathology, serology and other specialized tests. We are able to consult with Idexx veterinary specialists in several different fields including pathology, internal medicine, cardiology and radiology.
Surgical procedures are performed routinely at our hospital using sterile technique and patient-specific anesthesia. A variety of injectable and gas anesthesia choices are used to make anesthesia as safe as possible for your pet. All surgical instruments and equipment are sterilized in an autoclave and used for a single procedure. Electronic monitors are used to measure vital signs throughout every procedure and IV fluids are carefully calibrated with an automatic pump. Surgical procedures performed include spays, neuters, tumor removals, and more.
We routinely consult with and refer to specialists in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, radiology, neurology, dermatology, opthalmology, and oncology to provide your pet the best care currently available.