All Stage Life Medical Care
The medical needs of your pet change over time, just as our own do. Puppies and kittens should have first vaccines and booster series, neutering, and deworming with a fecal check to made sure which parasites if any are present and to therefore use the best dewormer for the job. Active adult pets may require occasional first aid for life’s cuts, scrapes, three-year vaccines, and should still get yearly exams to ensure they remain healthy and happy. Older and geriatric pets need lots of TLC, and often have different nutritional requirements, as well as recommended yearly blood panels to screen for problems before they become serious, and while they are easier to treat effectively.
In general, most diseases are much easier to treat, and can be more successfully managed or cured, when caught as early as possible. This is as true for pets as it is for humans. Preventing a disease from even occurring is even better. Good nutrition goes a long way toward keeping pets healthy. One thing that surprises many people is how important dental health is to general health. Dental disease can lead to bacterial infections that compromise heart and kidney function, as well as diabetes and cancer. Spaying or neutering your pet prevents several types of cancer. Vaccination is perhaps the most widely understood preventative practice, ensuring that vaccinated pets do not have to suffer from diseases that once were common, and commonly deadly.
We offer an array of vaccines, with protocols tailored to fit your pet’s lifestyle and medical needs; from puppy or kitten’s first shots, to adult yearly or three-year boosters and breed-specific reaction concerns, to rattlesnake, Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccines, and newly emergent diseases like Canine Influenza. Many of our vaccines are the new 1/2 cc ULTRA vaccines, which deliver the same protection in half the volume and a drastically reduced adjuvant, decreasing the likelihood of a vaccine reaction and making the experience more comfortable for your pet.
- The first-ever 0.5 mL canine vaccine line
- Offers a more comfortable injection with 50% less volume
- Made with PureFil™ Technology, designed to decrease vaccine reactions by reducing extraneous proteins and cellular debris
- Proven safe in a 675-dog field trial conducted in private practices
- Passes the identical potency tests as Duramune® Max to provide the same high level of efficacy that has made Duramune® a trusted brand for 30 years
- Combinations more closely aligned with AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines
We perform routine surgeries including spays, neuters, mass removals, major tooth extractions, abscess and wound repairs. Non-routine surgeries performed include torn cruciate knee ligament, abdominal exploratory surgery, enucleation, fracture repair, splenectomy, urolith removal, amputation, and bowel obstruction (foreign body) removal. When necessary, a surgical specialist will perform complex surgeries in our hospital. All patients undergoing general anesthesia have an IV catheter placed and are monitored via spO2, pulse and ECG, and are kept on a warming mat to prevent hypothermia. They are closely watched during recovery, and most patients are up and walking very quickly.
Abdominal & Cardiac Ultrasound
Having an in-house ultrasound means we can get detailed, diagnostic images of the heart, and structures in the abdomen faster, often on the same day as the initial appointment. Doppler allows us to see blood flow through various organs and vessels, like the liver or kidneys. Teleconferencing and Internet connectivity enable us to consult with experts in difficult or unusual cases.
Digital X-rays enable faster and clearer diagnostics; processing time is a few seconds, and the image can be adjusted for clarity, and magnified on the computer. These images can then be sent via email to consulting specialists.
Digital dental X-rays enable us to take fast, clear images of a patient’s teeth and jaws while they are under general anesthesia. These images are crucial in correctly diagnosing various periodontal diseases, root fractures and other mysteries under the gum line. This helps your veterinarian decide whether extractions or other procedures are needed or not.
We can perform many routine blood tests in-house, giving our veterinarians fast results for pre-anesthetic screens, blood cell counts, basic chemistries, urinalyses, and electrolytes. We also run antigen tests for canine heartworm, several tick-borne diseases, feline leukemia, FIV, and feline heartworm.