With preventative care during your pet’s wellness exams, we will thoroughly check all the different major body systems and for signs of any problems. Just like in humans many problems are much easier to treat when we catch them early! We also recommend yearly blood work, fecal parasite testing, and heartworm testing. We believe in keeping your pet vaccinated for many infectious diseases that are risks to your pet, but we also tailor the vaccines to your pets’ life style – there’s not one vaccine schedule that fits all pets!
Soft Tissue Surgery
We perform a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries including but not limited to: neuter (even cryptorchid pets), spay, mass removals, foreign body removals, intestinal surgery, liver biopsies, bladder stone removal, tail amputations, laceration repair, C-sections, and umbilical hernia repairs. We use the safest anesthetic protocols available and they are tailored to your pet – one anesthetic protocol doesn’t work for every pet. If your pet has a heart, liver, or kidney problem, then the protocol must be adjusted to minimize complications. All pets are placed on intravenous fluids through an IV catheter and vital signs are closely monitored with advanced equipment.
Our doctors perform some orthopedic surgeries routinely but most of them are performed by our board certified Veterinary surgeon. Most orthopedic surgeries are very challenging and have a lot of complications if done incorrectly. Those complications are generally more difficult (and expensive) to fix than the original problem. This is why we recommend the more challenging orthopedic surgeries be performed by our boarded surgeon. Some examples are TPLO’s and fracture repairs.
Most pets need their first dental cleaning by 3 years of age – some even younger. We will evaluate your pets’ dental health during their annual examination. Just like in humans, dental disease as it advances, can start to have negative impacts on many other organs like your pets’ heart and kidneys. We take digital radiographs of all the teeth during the dental evaluation so we can fully evaluate the health of your pet's mouth and find painful dental disease earlier.
If we are concerned about the health of your pets’ heart, then we have a boarded Veterinary Cardiologist that is available on Tuesday and Thursday for consultations. This can help us determine the cause and severity of a pet’s heart murmur, and also help us further evaluate problems that you might not think are related to the heart but can be (coughing, collapsing, weakness, etc).
As our pets get older, they can start to develop a multitude of problems with digestive, urinary, breathing, and vascular systems. We are able to fully evaluate your pet to determine the overall health of their internal organs with multiple different diagnostic options, including blood work, radiographs, and ultrasound. As our pets age, we recommend annual or sometimes even semi-annual bloodwork to try to find these diseases early, when they are most easily treated.
Eye problems are very common with pets. Luckily most of the time, it’s a simple infection (like pink eye in humans). We are also able to evaluate your dog for many other eye diseases and problems. We are able to test your dog’s tear production, stain the eye to look for ulcers, and check eye pressures to rule out glaucoma.
We have a high-end ultrasound unit that is able to help us look into your pet’s body to evaluate for multiple potential problems (foreign bodies, intestinal/stomach masses, liver problems, urinary bladder stones, adrenal glands, kidney disease, splenic disease/tumors, etc).
We have a fully digital radiology suite that allows us to take the highest quality radiographs (X-rays) of your pet. This allows us to evaluate for many potential problems including fractures, causes of lameness, like a cranial cruciate ligament injury (ACL in a person), masses/tumors, coughing, foreign body ingestion causing vomiting, and many other diseases.
Does your pet bite, scratch, or shake its head excessively? Are you noticing hair loss or red skin? There are many possible causes for these signs including allergies (food or environmental) and external parasites (fleas, ticks, mange, lice, etc). We can evaluate your pet for these conditions and develop a treatment plan to help them feel better ASAP! We can also evaluate any lumps or bumps that may be present on your dog or cat to ensure they are not problematic tumors.
By activating the central nervous system, acupuncture stimulates release of the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins), hormones (cortisol) and neurotransmitters (serotonin). It also works to increase circulation, relieve pain and stimulate the body’s immune system. Conditions that respond to acupuncture include arthritis and other causes of bone or joint pain, neurologic problems such as intervertebral disc disease, lick granulomas, and inappetence. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible and many animals become relaxed during treatments. Special treats are also offered to help treatment time pass more quickly.