Veterinary Medical Services
We're here for your pet and you
Our highly trained staff and modern facilities are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Rest assured your pet will receive a comprehensive examination by our doctors at every visit. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house and have a fully stocked pharmacy, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet immediately. In some cases, your pet may require further diagnostic tests and hospitalization to ensure the best care possible.
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Our in-house lab allows our doctors to look within your pet to gain a more complete picture of their health. These tests are an important tool in diagnosing, but also in establishing a baseline for your pet yearly.
- Chemistry Panels - Assess kidney and liver function
- CBC (Complete Blood Count) - Check for infection, dehydration, and anemia
- Snap Tests – Diagnosis of heartworm disease, pancreatitis, FIV and Feline Leukemia, and Parvo virus
- Urinalysis with Sedimentation – Diagnosis of urinary tract infections, urinary crystals/stones, and secondary indicator of kidney function
We also have a full-service outside lab that we utilize for more in-depth diagnostics such as thyroid testing, endocrine disease testing, and fecal analysis to check for intestinal parasites.
Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
During your pet’s comprehensive exam, the doctor will assess the teeth and gums to determine your pet’s dental needs, whether it be dental chews/treats or a dental cleaning. Dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia, with the latest surgical monitoring available. We perform dental radiographs with every procedure to investigate dental health below the gum line. This allows our doctors to be prophylactic in their approach and catch issues before they become visible.
In some cases, radiographs (x-rays) may be necessary to assist our doctors in making a diagnosis or ruling out causes of disease. X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, and colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate).
We are proud to offer digital radiology, which allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet while using less radiation than traditional x-rays. This also allows our doctors to easily share images with specialists in such cases.
If you’re concerned about or bothered by an aspect of your pet’s behavior, we can help. We work with local experts that can work with you and your pet to stop or change the behavior. Many aggressive, fearful, or inappropriate behaviors in dogs and cats can be modified through a combination of desensitization and counter-conditioning. These techniques can have dramatic results when applied properly. In some cases, medication can also help. Contact us for an appointment if you’d like to consult about your pet’s behavior.
Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure the doctor may use to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.
We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis. Interpretation of ultrasound images requires great skill on the part of the clinician.
Laser Therapy is a non-invasive method of therapy that uses a beam of light to reach target tissues without emitting heat. We use Laser Therapy to speed up the healing process post-operatively, for wound healing, and to treat arthritis by decreasing inflammation and pain. Our doctors may use Laser Therapy alone or in conjunction with other modes of therapy to give your pet the most comprehensive care.
Did you know that the ancient practice of acupuncture can also provide similar benefits for your pet? Acupuncture for pets is a safe procedure that is virtually distress free. Some indications a pet may benefit from animal acupuncture include: arthritis, paralysis or other deficits from neck and back disease, torn ligaments, post-operative pain and healing, seizures, chronic kidney disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. There are no known "side effects" from acupuncture. Most of the time, canine and feline patients are quite comfortable with treatment and express no distress. Many times, they simply lie down and take a nap. The frequency of treatments and number of sessions is largely dependent on the patient's specific condition, but we usually start at once or twice a week. Typically, it takes at least three to five sessions before owners start to notice improvement, but sometimes changes are obvious from day one. After the first 3 to 5 sessions, many patients continue treatment but less frequently. If you think your pet would benefit from acupuncture treatment, contact us for more information.