General medicine deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in animals.
In an added effort to provide your pet with quality care, we offer pet dental services in our veterinary office. It is estimated that 80% of pets exhibit the beginning stages of periodontal disease by age 3, which is why dental exams and teeth cleanings are essential. Also, studies indicate that pets with good oral hygiene tend to live 2 to 4 years longer than pets with little or no dental care. While periodontal disease is entirely preventable, when left untreated it can lead to cardiac disease, kidney infection or a liver infection.
Reasons for regular dental check-ups:
- Avoid tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
- Help your pet avert unnecessary pain.
- Help your pet maintain healthy and functional teeth.
- Improve foul breath
- Prevent potential damage to the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys.
- Brushing your pet's teeth on a daily basis prevents tartar build-up.
- Dental products specifically designed for pets can help protect gums and lessen tartar.
- Dry pet food is better for teeth than canned food; it causes abrasion to tooth surfaces when chewed, helping remove tartar build-up. Specific dental food provides even better brushing of the teeth. Other treats such as raw-hide can also help remove built-up plaque.
- There are many pet toys that support dental health. Buying your pets these toys not only entertains them, but offers a dual purpose in helping clean teeth.
Most pet owners are unaware that scratching, licking, biting, and chewing are tell-tale signs of an underlying skin problem. While there are several different skin diseases that can affect pets, managing skin problems is possible. Skin disease or irritation can cause distress. To relieve that suffering, we offer dermatological testing and treatment that can help your pet live comfortably. In trying to diagnose and treat skin disorders, your role as a pet owner is essential. Discovering what causes flare-ups and irritation will primarily be your job. Pay attention to your pet's reaction after eating, playing outside, and interacting with other animals. During your appointment, the veterinarian will discuss your observations to determine a series of laboratory tests that will help diagnose or treat your pet's skin issues.
Common dermatological issues for pets:
- Auto-immune disorders
- Disease of the footpads
- Ear infections
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Hair loss
- Hormone disorders
- Parasitic, bacterial, or fungal infections
- Skin allergies caused by contact, environment, or food
- Skin cancer
- Skin scrapings
- Fungal and bacterial cultures
- Abnormal growth near or on the eye
- Behavioral changes, namely a sense of depression
- Bumping into objects or seemingly lost in a familiar setting
- Discoloration of the iris
- Hazy film over cornea
- Increase in discharge from eyes
- Pawing and rubbing eyes
- Red, swollen eyes
- Sensitivity to light or squinting
- Fluorescein Stain
- Intraocular Pressure Test
- Schirmer Tear Test
In an effort to provide your pet with superior medical care, we perform diagnostic imaging services. Medical imaging employs the use of machinery to give photographic representation of abnormalities or injuries. In performing diagnostic imaging, our veterinarian can provide safe, accurate diagnosis and promptly treat the problem. The clinic is equipped with a digital radiology system. We are able to shoot X-rays on site and get the result immediately. The shots are faster and of better quality. It is also possible to consult with specialists by sending the X-rays through the internet. Our dental radiography apparatus is also digital.
Reasons for diagnostic imaging
- Searching for masses
- Detect possible bladder stones
- Determine the presence and location bone fractures
- Evaluate the number of fetuses during a pregnancy
- Evaluate heart and lungs
- Locate foreign bodies
Our office is dedicated to provide compassionate care to your pets. In offering cardiology services, we can better evaluate and treat heart and lung diseases, working towards improving quality of life. Annual pet wellness exams enable our staff to detect early indicators of heart disease that could potentially save your pet's life - just one more reason why an annual check-up is important for your pet's well-being. Diagnostic imaging is initially used when a disease or condition is suspected. This non-invasive method of obtaining information allows our veterinarian to determine existence, severity, and location of a condition or disease. After diagnosis, our physicians will discuss with you the best plan of action for your pet.
Possible indications of heart disease:
- Inability or refusal to sleep at night.
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, or rapid breathing.
- Sudden changes in pet behavior and an inclination to isolate themselves.
- Sudden episodes of fainting, or unexplained collapses.
- Swelling in the abdomen.
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Tests
- Digital X-ray
If needed, some advanced procedures (EKG, cardiac ultrasound) may be needed to better asses the cardiac disease. We can arrange for an in-clinic appointment with a specialized veterinary cardiologist to avoid the unnecessary stress of travelling to an emergency care facility.
We have an on-site lab that allows us to quickly perform many diagnostic tests:
- Complete blood test
- Preoperative blood work
- Urine analysis
- Stool analysis
- Cytology (microscopic examination of the cells from the skin, ears, mass, ...)
Depending on the required test, we also have quick access to different external specialized laboratories for more specific analyzes.
Losing a pet is a delicate situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing pain management and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also make certain that the process of putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a humane manner. When being euthanized, pet owners are welcome to be in the room as their pet passes, and if they prefer, a pet can be sedated prior to administering euthanasia. The final injection is a chemical that mimics an overdose of anesthesia, allowing your pet to fall into an eternal sleep. While the decision to euthanize is heart-wrenching, it is important for a pet owner to consider the pet's suffering before their own. In circumstances where putting your pet to sleep offers them relief from physical anguish, ending misery can be the best decision you can make for your pet.