Our staff at our clinics is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion every time they walk in the door!
We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:
At our clinics, our dental services include routine teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions, and oral surgery, as well as digital dental radiology services. We assist you in maintaining your pet’s pearly whites between visits, for better health and long life.
Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning
Our veterinarians perform a thorough oral exam and professional teeth cleaning while your pet is under anesthesia, for patient comfort and safety. Your pet will have a complete physical exam prior to the procedure, and we may order digital dental X-rays or laboratory tests to be certain the patient is healthy.
Patients are monitored for vital signs during and after the procedure, until they are stable, alert, and recovered. Once the patient is asleep, we look for missing or extra teeth, inflammation, any abnormalities, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors. Once the exam is completed, we remove plaque and calculus from the teeth and under the gums. To smooth out any scratches in the enamel, we polish the teeth with special paste.
Home Dental Care for Pets
Our team will assist you in the basics of pet dental care at home: teeth brushing, appropriate foods and treats, and identifying signs of a developing dental problem. In addition, you may enjoy these additional videos and articles as resources for guidance and support.
These resources can help you get started with a home dental care routine:
- Dr. Sheldon Rubin, of the American Veterinary Medical Association, offers this video to teach a dog or cat to accept daily tooth brushing, describes healthy treats, and explains the risks of periodontal disease in pets.
- To begin a home dental care regime for your pet, read these tips about teeth brushing .
Our clinics provide high-quality veterinary surgery for dogs and cats.
Our fully appointed surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of procedures, from routine castrations and spays to more complicated surgeries such as mass removals, soft tissue surgery, and trauma repair.
Safe Pet Anesthesia
We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our senior pets or high-risk patients. Gas or inhalant anesthesia is used for most surgical procedures. With the most modern equipment, patient vital signs are monitored throughout anesthetic procedures, including ECG, blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen levels.
Pet Pain Relief
Pain medication is provided after surgery for all our surgical patients. Our in-house pharmacy provides pet owners with ample medications to take home and instructions for use. We apply added protocols to enhance comfort, including warming devices for that extra caring touch.
Veterinary Diagnostic & Imaging Services
We offer our surgical team access to comprehensive diagnostic and imaging services including:
- Modern veterinary radiography equipment, digital X-rays, and ultrasound technology—They provide high-quality images to aid in the diagnosis of diseases and conditions and offer a current snapshot of our surgical patients prior to their procedures.
- Veterinary diagnostic laboratory—Testing for pre-surgical patients and to assess progress post-surgery.
- Electrocardiography—We provide ECG services on-site as well as pre-surgical consultations with board-certified cardiology specialists, using the services of IDEXX Laboratory’s Cardiopet .
Spay & Neuter
We recommend spaying or neutering every pet. Typically, the procedure is performed at about 6 months of age and is safe for the animal.
Facts about Spay & Neuter Surgery
- Neutering your pet eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and other testicular diseases. Urine marking is greatly reduced, if not eliminated completely, especially if the animal is neutered before sexual maturity.
- A male animal’s urge to wander in search of a female in heat is the single leading cause of animals being killed by vehicles. Neutered pets do not have the hormones that fuel the urge to wander, so they are far less likely to be injured by automobiles. Similarly, they are not as likely to be injured in fights with other animals.
- Spaying an animal before her first heat cycle provides significant protection against mammary cancer. If the surgery is done after her first heat cycle, this protection is decreased.
- Spaying eliminates life-threatening uterine infections (pyometras), as well as uterine and ovarian cancer.
Advanced Digital X-rays
At our clinics in , we are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. Radiology is a technique and diagnostic tool that we use to look inside the body in an entirely non-invasive way. X-rays allow us to create images of all the body’s organs.
In other words, the use of radiology gives us a view of the internal organs in your pets’ body that we otherwise could not see. It is a valuable diagnostic tool that helps veterinarians detect and prevent illness.
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets’ life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets’ health, it’s also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
At our clinics, we are happy to offer microchipping. Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often.
But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval should he or she ever become lost. Microchipping is a standard procedure that implants a tiny chip underneath your pet’s fur. It is a painless and relatively fast procedure and is completely safe.
We offer solutions for a variety of behavioral issues that pet owners are faced with. Behavioral problems can be challenging and frustrating for both pets and pet owners, so it is our goal to work with you towards a solution.
There are many behaviors that can be negative or destructive, and many pet owners feel helpless in bringing peace to their home. We want you to know that we are here to help, and that undesirable behaviors can be corrected.
our clinics offer a high-quality veterinary diagnostic laboratory in our hospital, for rapid results with greater accuracy and oversight. Our laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing. In addition, we utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Laboratory Testing for Pets
The most common lab tests we run in house include:
- CBC (complete blood count)–This test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets for information necessary in diagnosing diseases such as anemia, infections, and leukemia.
- Chemistry panel–This test panel measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorous levels, measurements that help us determine how effectively the patient’s organs are functioning, including the kidneys, pancreas, and liver.
- Urinalysis–This test of the patient’s urine can detect the presence of substances such as protein, sugar, white blood cells, or blood; measures the concentration of urine as a symptom of a possible illness; and helps diagnose urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems, and more.
- Fecal Examination–In this test, your pet’s feces is examined under a microscope to detect diseases of the digestive system and the presence of intestinal parasites such as Giardia, hookworm, roundworms, tapeworm, and whipworm.
Testing for Senior Pets
As the years go by, we perform laboratory testing on your pet to confirm the presence of illnesses, to rule out certain diseases, and to determine if a patient is well enough for certain treatments or surgery. We may order monitoring lab tests during the treatment of a disease or illness, to measure the effectiveness and speed of your pet’s response to a specific treatment.
For senior patients at their annual exam, we may perform additional tests such as parasite screenings or a test of thyroid function. Tests that evaluate healthy senior pets are designed to identify developing problems at the earliest stages, where treatment is most effective and less intrusive.
Laboratory Testing Prior to Surgery
When a pet is scheduled for surgery, we may order pre-surgical screening tests. These tests determine the risk of complications for the patient scheduled for general anesthesia. While this is most common in senior pets or those with a serious illness, screening tests of this type may be recommended for all ages and in seemingly healthy pets.
The professionals of our clinics are committed to managing or eliminating pain in every patient. This humane approach to veterinary care is more than kind—our pet patients heal faster and experience more mobility when pain is effectively addressed. Our compassionate pain protocols allow for pain to be anticipated and relieved even prior to a procedure or surgery, as well as during recuperation.
The Importance of Pet Pain Management
It was once believed that pain in animals aided the recovery process by keeping the patient quiet. It was also thought that companion animals didn’t experience much pain because they showed little or no symptoms. This was wrong on both counts. We now know that animals mask pain instinctively, presumably to hide their vulnerability in the wild. And veterinary science has demonstrated that patients who have their pain controlled heal faster and more completely.
Types of Pet Pain
There are three types of pain for our pet patients: acute, chronic, and imposed pain.
- Acute pain–Sudden onset pain resulting from an injury, inflammation, infection, or other disease.
- Chronic pain–Long-lasting pain that develops over a period of time may be age-related, such as arthritis, or illness-related, such as bone disease.
- Imposed pain–This pain is resulting from a surgery or other veterinary therapies necessary to treat or heal a larger problem.
Acute pain is treated as soon as the cause is discovered and is most often temporary. Chronic pain can be hard to detect, as the slower development of the condition or disease allows the patient to cultivate a tolerance for the growing discomfort. We can treat this type of pain once the source is diagnosed, and dosages are often adjusted through observation of the pet’s behavioral changes.
Imposed pain is incurred through such advances as veterinary surgery or physical therapy. This pain is anticipated and treated prior to the procedure or treatment, during the procedure, and afterwards for the most effective approach. Anesthesia and pain medications are relatively safe and effective when applied properly and approached with the best interest of the patient in mind. In surgical pain, we often perform diagnostic lab tests to determine the patient’s ability to withstand anesthesia.
Our pet pain management plans are customized to meet the needs of every patient and pet owner. Contact our clinics to find relief for your pet’s pain.
Our pharmacies are fully stocked and maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick preventives, worming medications, and heartworm preventives to meet the needs of your pet. We also offer prescription diets for dogs and cats.
Concerns about Fleas & Ticks
Your dog or cat can be exposed to fleas and ticks by contact with other pets or while simply walking outdoors. These pests survive by feeding off of their hosts, biting into the skin and hanging on as they ingest the animal’s blood. And fleas breed so rapidly, they can take over your home in only a few days.
While an infestation is disgusting and annoying to both pets and owners, a severe case can even jeopardize your pet’s life. Many carry serious diseases such as Lyme disease, tick-borne fever, and Rocky Mountain fever. The very least is the constant discomfort your pet feels at such an invasion to his or her body and health.
Prevention is the best way to ensure these nasty parasites do not threaten your pet, your family, or your home. Contact our clinic about ways to keep your pet safe from ticks and fleas.
Individualized Flea & Tick Control Programs
We develop custom parasite control programs for the specific needs of your pets and his or her particular environmental situation. We review with you the best way to control fleas in your house, in your yard, and on your pet, and help create a plan that is effective and affordable.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Getting a new puppy or kitten is very exciting. You have a lot to look forward to. The great companionship that a good pet can bring is very rewarding. However, puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and work. Here at our clinics, we are here to help you with your new addition.
First, you should always bring your new puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail examination to make sure that you have a healthy new animal. You also want to get him or her familiar with our veterinary hospital.
Our clinics offer diagnostic technology designed to address the needs of sick and injured pets, as well as routine diagnostic testing for healthy animals. Our hospitals are equipped to provide diagnostic services to meet your pet’s health care needs.
Veterinary Radiology Services
Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high-quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders. We also offer the extraordinary detail of digital X-rays, most useful in our pet dental care program.
Electrocardiography (ECG) Services
We provide ECG services on-site, as well as offer consultations with board-certified cardiology specialists. We use the services of IDEXX Laboratory’s Cardiopet for access to excellence in veterinary medicine. Cardiopet offers radiology, cardiology, and specialty services focused on taking swift and precise clinical action. Offering more than a detailed report, Cardiopet consultants have a deep understanding of this veterinary specialty and are top experts in the field.
From pre-operative assessments to in-depth cardiology evaluations, we’re ready for your pet with IDEXX Cardiopet.
An ultrasound transducer emits high-frequency sound waves into the body and records a sound pattern, creating either a still picture or a moving image on our monitor. This imaging technology is painless, non-invasive, and requires no chemicals or radiation, making it safe for developing fetuses. It is also convenient for online sharing with consulting specialists.
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.