Small Animal Services
It is important that your pet get an exam every year so the doctor gets a baseline for your pet should he or she ever become ill. It also allows for the doctor to identify health problems and address them before they become more serious. The doctor will consult with you about important preventative measures for your pet that will help keep your pet healthy.
It is important that your pet have a fecal done on a routine basis to make sure they don’t have internal parasites. These parasites are not only a risk to your pet but some may also be a threat to you and your family. We offer many preventatives that help protect your pet from many of these parasites that your pet commonly comes in contact with. Ask your veterinarian which product would be the best for your pet.
We also carry many different flea and tick preventatives. It is important to keep your pet on these preventatives since these parasites can infect your pet with internal parasites and diseases as well as being a nuisance to your pet. Ask your veterinarian which product would be best for your pet.
Heartworm preventatives are also available at the clinic and these products also help prevent internal parasites and some also help prevent fleas. It is important to keep your pet on one of these products year round since heartworms can be a deadly disease.
Vaccines are a very important part of your pet’s medical needs. Not every animal is the same so the veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s specific needs and help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet.
We offer on site radiographs or x-rays for your pet should they ever need it. These help screen for broken bones as well as certain diseases. We also have the ability to send x-rays to board certified radiologist for further evaluation if needed.
We offer on site and send out lab work for your pet. On site lab work includes blood counts, general chemistries, electrolytes, canine and feline heart worm tests, thyroid tests, feline leukemia (FeLV) tests, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) tests, canine and feline pancreatitis tests, parvovirus tests, complete urinalysis and fecal parasite exams.
We also offer send out lab work if your pet requires a test that we don’t offer on site. These results are usually available within 24 hours.
Each patient receives pain management before the surgery and all patients receive fluids to help maintain your pet’s blood pressure. Most patients go home with pain medication while others get a pain injection that lasts several days. We ask that you pull your pet’s food at bedtime the night before their surgery, but they can still have water. Your pet will also have some exercise restriction and no bath for the first 10 days after surgery. Watch for any swelling or discharge from the surgery site.
- Routine ovariohysterectomy (spays) and castrations (neuters)
- Cryptorchid neuters (testicle didn’t descend properly)
- Growth removals
- Cystotomy (Bladder stone removal)
- Exploratory (Foreign body)
- Enucleations (removal of an eye)
- Spleenectomy (removal of the spleen)
- Laceration/wound repairs
- Nictitans gland prolapse repair (cherry eye)
- Entropion repair (inward rolling of the eyelid edges)
- Stenotic nares repair (pinched or narrow nostrils)
Quality dental care is one of the secrets to good overall health for your pet. Not only does it prevent bad breath and toothaches, but it also helps to prevent more serious illnesses, such as, heart disease and infection of the liver and kidneys, just to name a few! Dental disease is actually the most common health problem of dogs and cats. Many pets show no symptoms at all. Others may have bad breath, appear inactive or depressed, display poor grooming habits, salivate, lose their appetite (especially for crunchy food and treats), lose weight, have discharge from the eyes and/or nose or have facial swelling.
All dogs and cats will eventually need to have their teeth cleaned by a veterinary professional. By age 3, most pets will benefit from at least a yearly cleaning and oral health assessment under anesthesia. Because it is impossible to do a complete oral exam on a pet awake, no one can determine an exact treatment plan until this has been done.
Some pets are more prone to periodontal disease simply due to genetics. Persian, Himalayan, and Siamese cats are feline breeds that then to need more frequent cleanings. Small breed and “smushed face” dogs also need more frequent anesthetized dental cleanings. Some of those breeds include, Miniature Poodles, Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Dachsunds, Shih Tzus, Boston Terriers, and Miniature Schnauzers.
Pets that do not receive preventative dental care are at risk for not only more frequent anesthetized dental cleanings, but also lengthier and more invasive dental procedures and oral surgeries.
Your pet’s oral health will always be part of his or her annual exam. If the doctor suspects periodontal disease she will recommend an anesthetized comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment. She will also discuss appropriate pre-anesthetic blood work at that time.
While your pet is anesthetized, we will do the following:
- Full mouth x-rays to identify any problems below the gum line.
- Ultrasonic and manual scaling to rid the teeth of plaque, calculus, and other debris.
- Polish the teeth to smooth the surface.
- Probe each tooth to look for problems with the crown or at the gum line. If the doctor feels treatment is needed, it will normally be addressed at this time.
- Apply Sanos Dental Sealant to keep plaque from returning for up to 6 months. This is optional, but strongly recommended.
We offer several types of home care prevention that we would love to discuss with you! These options include, but are not limited to, Healthy Mouth Water Additive, T/D Dental Diet, and TDC Periodontal and Joint Capsules.
Please feel free to call or stop in with any questions or to set up an appointment.
In house hospitalization
This may be required if your pet ever needs intensive care, fluids, intravenous medications, and close supervision.
There are many different types of pet food available on the market but they are not all equal. We offer counseling on the correct food for your pet. We also offer a wide range of prescription pet foods as well should your pet require them.
We offer ECG in our clinic if your pet has a cardiac abnormality this can help us diagnose and properly treat his or her condition.
Microchips are small chips that are inserted under your pet’s skin just like a vaccine. They have a number specific to your pet should he or she ever get away from you and end up at a veterinary clinic or shelter, your pet will be scanned and the number will match up to your information so your pet can be returned to you.
We offer health certificates for pets when they are traveling. You will need these if you are traveling out of the country with your pet or if you are flying with your pet.