Identifying the signs of sickness in a dog can be challenging, even for the most vigilant pet owners. Since a sick dog is unable to verbally communicate what hurts, pet owners must pay close atten ...View Article
Dogs and cats can suffer from dental disease just as humans can. Cleaning helps prevent gum inflammation, tooth loss and oral pain. Failure to manage your pet's dental health may cause detrimental effects to other organs. Yearly dental cleanings can help prevent this. While under anesthesia, the patient's teeth are cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler, polished and treated with a protective tooth sealant. We are unable to take dental x-rays at the clinic.
We are pleased to be able to offer many of our surgical procedures using a CO2 laser. A CO2 laser produces a highly focused beam of light that can be used to cut or vaporize skin and soft tissue. The light beam can be highly controlled so that only a thin layer of tissue is removed, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Because of this, patients whose surgeries are performed with a laser have less pain, less bleeding and less swelling, than if those surgeries were performed with a traditional scalpel blade.
In-house laboratory tests include: standard blood chemistries, red and white blood cell counts, parvo virus, heartworm infection, giardia, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. In addition, special laboratory blood tests, specific diseases and conditions are sent out to a commercial laboratory, usually with overnight results. EKG readings are transmitted to a veterinary cardiologist for diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
We recommend puppy and kitten vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age and monthly until 4 months. On their initial visits, puppies and kittens are given a standard dewormer. At 4 months, we recommend a microscopic examination of a feces sample. Adult dogs and cats are vaccinated yearly. The need for other vaccinations and heartworm prevention can be discussed with the doctor.