We require that all pets receive an examination before any services are performed. This requirement is a legal one that establishes a veterinary-client-patient relationship. After that, we recommend that all pets receiving any service be examined by one of our veterinarians yearly. It is important to stay current on vaccinations and to catch potential problems early, as certain problems could lead to serious illness if left untreated.
Radiology and Ultrasound
We use state-of-the-art digital radiology in the hospital. These images can be enlarged, highlighted, and enhanced using our software. This increases the diagnostic yield significantly, and can help us see things that could not be seen before using standard radiology. In addition to viewing these images, we can email them to a veterinarian specialist in radiology for consultation and recommendation, if needed.
We treat a variety of skin diseases in both dogs and cats. We use a variety of methods and approaches to treat allergies, skin infections, and skin manifestations of internal disease. We see a high volume of dermatological cases including those with ear complications.
Some conditions and emergencies require immediate answers. Our in house laboratory blood machine can give us information immediately regarding the condition of your pets and animals. We do some cytology (examining cells under a microscope) where we can take small amounts of tissue, pus, discharges (from ears or skin) and put them on a slide. After staining, we can often isolate an existing problem. While the in-house lab is convenient and quick, it is somewhat limited.
The administration of Anesthesia is much safer today than it once was, and the recovery is also quicker than before. Advances in the equipment and anesthetic drugs used in surgery have made most procedures quite safe, with a low rate of complication. However, occasional problems can arise if a veterinarian is not aware of a pre-existing condition which may not have been evident during a pre-surgical examination or diagnostic testing. We strongly recommend that every pet undergoing general anesthesia have baseline lab testing. This does not guarantee the absence of complications, but it will greatly reduce the risk of these complications.
We are always concerned the welfare of our patients and any pain they might experience after a procedure. Pain has been linked to poor wound healing, immune suppression, inappetence, and other problems. Each pet, just like each person, responds to pain uniquely- so we use a variety of approaches to control pain.
Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs. We now know that dental disease such as tarter build up and gingivitis causes extreme pain and discomfort along with internal organ problems. Studies indicate that cats and dogs with severe dental disease leak microscopic amounts of protein into their urine. This protein is toxic and over time can contribute to kidney failure. Tarter is comprised of food particles and bacterial colonies that can infect the blood stream, leading to blood infections and or heart problems. Much of the tarter and scale is underneath the gums and requires ultrasonic cleaning and polishing to decrease the gingivitis which occurs. Good dental prophy and polish requires general anesthesia. Extractions of diseased, broken, loose, or infected teeth are often necessary and cannot be adequately determined before anesthesia and initial cleaning. These extractions are critical for maintaining kidney and heart health.
We perform a variety of both elective and non-elective surgeries. Elective surgeries such as spaying and neutering are important not only to control the pet over population but also to improve the quality of life for our patients. We also do a variety of complex non-elective soft tissue and some orthopedic procedures (as needed) for our patients. Non-elective procedures include but are not limited to: Mass or tumor removal and fracture repairs.
Pharmacy, Pet Food, and Over the counter products
We carry a complete pharmacy for the convenience of our clients. We also carry a variety of prescription food, as well as a variety of shampoos and some supplements. You’ll also find many flea and heartworm products when you visit.
Although we do not provide after-hour emergency services, we do have an answering service that accepts calls after we are closed. The answering service then notifies our on-call doctor (up until 9pm). If you do not receive a call back from one of our doctors within 15 to 30 minutes, we recommend taking your pet to an after-hours emergency hospital.