Our clinic and hospital provide
a wide range of preventive and surgical care
A yearly checkup is the best way to ensure your pet lives the longest, healthiest, and happiest life possible. It’s much easier to prevent health problems than to treat them. With regular checkups, we can spot problems at their earliest stages when issues can often be addressed simply and cost effectively. So, whether your dog frolics at the park with all the neighborhood pups, or the closest your cat gets to the great outdoors is a sunny windowsill, every pet needs to see their vet – at least once a year!
Our annual healthcare visits begin with the discussion of each patient’s detailed medical history. This enables our team to understand more about the lifestyle of your pet and also to gather important information about your pet’s baseline health. This knowledge is very important when choosing vaccinations for our individually tailored immunization plan. The nose-to-tail physical exams are the best means for your veterinarian to periodically assess your pet’s health as well as to notice any changes or detect signs of underlying illness or even injuries. They also provide a great opportunity for you to bring forth any questions or concerns you may have. Diagnostic testing, such as parasite and heartworm screening and comprehensive blood work for senior pets, will be discussed when indicated.
Your pet’s health is very important to us and we are committed to providing the best care possible at all times. Our relationship with local veterinary specialists assures you that even if there is a problem that needs more detailed attention, you will receive that special care promptly. If you have any questions about your pet’s health, please contact our team and we will be happy to help.
Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. Vaccines are critical in preventing canine distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, and other diseases in dogs; and feline leukemia, feline distemper, rabies, and upper respiratory infections in cats. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians will tailor a vaccine protocol that’s balanced to provide needed protection and specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle.
Parasite control begins with prevention! External parasites are more than an itchy nuisance – fleas and ticks carry diseases that jeopardize your pet’s health and longevity. In addition, many animals are allergic to the bites of these pests, causing severe and long-term inflammation and discomfort. Internal parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, and Giardia can cause gastrointestinal upset and can be spread to humans. We recommend protection from internal and external parasites through high-quality preventives to eliminate the need for expensive and inconvenient treatments of your pets and your home. At your wellness visits, our veterinarians are happy to discuss safe and effective products to prevent fleas, ticks, and internal parasites from affecting your pet.
Dental care is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health. Cleaner teeth and fresher breath are the easily apparent benefits of pet dental care, but it’s important to remember that an unhealthy mouth can lead to many serious physical health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. We offer basic oral exams at every wellness visit to identify problems such as missing or broken teeth, inflammation, tumors, and the buildup of tartar and plaque. We assist pet owners in developing a plan for more extensive dental care as needed, such as professional cleaning under general anesthesia.
A complete dental cleaning is a medical procedure under anesthesia, so precautions are the same as in preparation for surgery. During the procedure, your pet is given the safest anesthesia available. We monitor vital signs throughout until the patient is alert. While anesthetized, the patient’s teeth are ultrasonically scaled above and below the gum line. Then, the teeth are polished to remove scratches and rough spots, creating a smooth surface so plaque will not develop on the enamel quickly. Diagnostic tools such as digital X-rays may be used to confirm diseases below the gum line.
We are always happy to provide dental diets, toothpastes, toothbrushes, rinses, dental treats, and water additives to help you provide excellent oral preventive care from home.
Our educated staff is always willing to help you with recommendations for your pet’s nutritional needs. We carry a sophisticated line of diets designed to help with the treatment and care of your pet. Prescription diets may be recommended to ease patients through a variety of disease processes or with specific health issues. We carry Hill’s Prescription and Science Diets, Royal Canin, and Purina veterinary diets in addition to maintenance diets.
Thanks to advances in technology and veterinary medicine, pets are able to live longer than ever before. With this increased lifespan, however, comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including osteoarthritis, weight and mobility challenges, dental disease, cancer, behavioral changes, hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance, kidney, heart, and liver disease, and many others. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. Scheduling regular pet wellness visits is one of the most important steps to catch and delay the onset or progress of disease and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and osteoarthritis. We recommend that healthy senior dogs and cats visit us every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing. Our diagnostic skills and equipment, combined with your careful observations and reporting, result in successful diagnosis and treatment for many age-related concerns. We work closely with you to devise a health plan that is best for your senior pet.
Our highly skilled veterinary team is experienced in the most common veterinary surgical procedures. We perform spays and neuters, tumor removals, and abdominal surgeries, all under the safest possible anesthesia and with the utmost attention to patient monitoring. We strive to make our patients and their families as comfortable as possible, from your pre-surgical consultation to your pet’s dismissal and aftercare. We’re with you every step of the way, applying our commitment and expertise to ensure a safe procedure and a speedy recovery. If a surgical specialist is needed, we have a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon available to come to our hospital. We will be happy to discuss your pet’s surgical options with you if you have questions or concerns.
We are fully equipped with in-house laboratories and work closely with reference laboratories for more extensive testing. Many of our diagnostic tests will be returned quickly, whether they are sent out or completed in-house, enabling us to treat your pets rapidly and effectively.
We use digital radiology, giving us the ability to have imaging results in seconds with superior quality. We can send the images via email for a second opinion and a detailed report from board certified radiologists. These specialists are also available to perform Ultrasound and Echocardiograms in-house when needed.
Our in-house pharmacies are fully stocked with most of the medications that your pet will need for their care, providing a one-stop-shop. We provide the convenience of medication pick-up immediately after your visit, allowing your pet to begin their treatment right away. We are also able to work with other pharmacies, as needed, for pets who have special medical requirements.
Our doctors are dedicated to keeping their patients as comfortable as possible, especially in their later years in life. Pain management is much more important than many people realize because our pets often hide any sign of pain and discomfort. We are committed to looking for these signs of pain when treating pets for a variety of conditions, including dental conditions, post-surgical recovery, arthritis, injury healing, and more. We provide pain management before, during, and after surgery.
Our approach to pain management for our patients is rooted in our philosophy for compassionate care. We make it our priority to minimize or eliminate pain and discomfort in all of our patients. Pain management is vital to your pet’s recovery from an injury. Each patient receives an individualized pain treatment plan that is specifically tailored to his or her health status. We utilize a balanced, multi-modal pain management technique, a strategy that uses the synergistic effects of several pain medications together to achieve better control of pain. This significantly lowers side effects and results in better management and reduction of pain in your pet.
Hospice and Euthanasia
Our team is here for you and your pet throughout your pet’s entire life, from the time they take their baby steps through their golden years. We understand how deeply you love and cherish them, because we too are pet parents! End of Life decisions are among the most difficult ones you’ll ever have to make for your best friend, but you never need to feel alone in that process. We are committed to your pet’s lifetime health needs, from beginning to end.
We know that saying goodbye to a pet is very difficult. We provide End of Life care and euthanasia services and are always available to speak with you about these options. As a part of our dedication to compassionate care, we can also offer referrals to grief counseling services.