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Health Care for Dogs and Cats

We believe that education plays a major role in providing the best possible healthcare for your beloved pet. As an added service for our clients, we offer Pet Portals which provides a wealth of information and videos on many health care topics. The more educated you are, the better care you can provide for your pet allowing your pet to be with you for many years. Being informed also allows you to discuss health concerns you may have with our trained staff and veterinarians. We encourage you to sign up for Pet Portals and use this valuable educational resource to assist you in providing the best possible care for your pet. Best of all, Pet Portals is a free service to our clients and you can access it at your convenience.

We believe pets need the best health care available during the various stages of their lives and we offer a wide range of health care services for each stage.

CANINE HEALTH CARE SERVICES

  • Wellness and Preventative Care
    Annual comprehensive physical exams
    Vaccinations tailored to your dog's life style
    Heartworm testing and prevention
    Flea and tick prevention
    PennHip evaluation
    Nutritional counseling
    New Puppy Wellness Program

  • Medical Care
    Heartworm disease detection and prevention, parasite detection and de-worming, dental care, nutritional consultations, allergies, arthritis, diabetes, ear problems, glaucoma, heatstroke, obesity, urinary tract infections and more.

  • Surgical Services for spay and neuter, orthopedic surgery for fracture, cruciate, FHO's (femoral head osteotomy), patella repair, soft tissue surgery for tumor excisions/biopsy, intestinal, urinary, anal sac, and ears. We use a surgical laser as a better alternative to traditional scalpel surgery. The laser seals nerve endings and small blood vessels, reduces pain and blood loss and causes less swelling resulting in less risk of infection and a faster return to normal activities.
  • Other Services
    Micro-chipping to keep your dog safe. Compassionate euthanasia to help you say goodbye to your pet.

CANINE WELLNESS CARE

We all want our dogs to live long and healthy lives. The foundation for quality veterinary care is preventative care because it catches problems earlier and ensures longer and healthier lives for your dogs. Wellness care includes frequent "head to tail" physical examinations, protection from parasites, vaccination against diseases, and early discussions of any concerns with your veterinary professional. Whether your dog is a new puppy, an active adult, or geriatric, wellness and preventative care will help keep your dog healthier and happy.

New Puppy Wellness Care

Age 8 wks — 16 wks

1st physical examination — ears, eyes, teeth, body condition
Heart, lungs and abdomen
Check for external parasites
Examine bones and joints
Fecal test and de-wormer
Vaccinate for your dog's life style: Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Lyme disease Bordetella Heartworm and Flea Prevention
2nd physical examination and vaccines, fecal test, preventive
3rd physical examination and vaccines, preventative
Spay or neuter at 6 months

Our Puppy Wellness Program provides all of the above including minor illnesses up to and including spay or neuter.

Adult Dog Wellness Care

8mo — 6 years
Breed dependant

Annual physical examination

2 semi-annual fecal exams
Vaccinations
Leptospirosis — yearly
DAP — 3 yrs
Rabies — 3 yrs
Other vaccines as needed for Lyme & Bordetella

1 heartworm test

Dental Exam

Year round heartworm prevention

& internal parasite prevention

Seasonal Flea Prevention

Senior Dog Wellness Care

7 years and over
Breed dependant

2 semi-annual physical examinations
2 semi-annual fecal exams
Vaccinations
Leptospirosis — yearly
DAP — 3 yrs
Rabies — 3 yrs
Other vaccines as needed for Lyme & Bordetella
1 heartworm test
Dental Exam
Comprehensive Blood screening panel
Urinalysis
Glaucoma screen
Blood pressure screening
Year round heartworm prevention
Seasonal Flea Prevention
Additional as needed: Digital radiographs and/or ultrasound

Forms to Download: Please see forms to download for specific health care recommendations.

Dog Links
American Animal Hospital Association — www.healthypet.com
American Veterinarian Medical Association — www.avma.org/care4pets
Veterinary Partner — www.veterinarypartner.com
Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) — www.capcvet.org
OSU Extension site — www.extension.osu.edu
PennHip — www.pennhip.org
Grief support — www.cvm.uiuc.edu/CARE/
National Animal Poison Control — workingdogs.com/doc0002.htm
Heartworm Society — www.heartwormsociety.com
Care for Animals — www.avma.org
Purina Website — www.purina.com/dogs/index.aspx
Dog breeds American Kennel Club — www.akc.org/breeds/breeds_a.cfm
Pfizer Animal Health — www.protectyourpet.com
Pfizer Animal Health — www.pfizerah.com
Home Again Micro Chipping — www.homeagain.com/1_0.html
Bayer Advantage flea control — advantage.petparents.com
Frontline  Merial — frontline.us.merial.com/home/
Invisible Fence — www.invisiblefence.com

FELINE HEALTH CARE SERVICES

  • Wellness and Preventative Care
    Annual comprehensive physical exams
    Vaccinations tailored to your cat's life style
    Heartworm prevention
    Flea prevention
    Nutritional counseling
  • Medical Care
    Parasite detection and de-worming, dental care, heartworms in cats, feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus testing, diabetes.
  • Surgical Services
    Spay and neuter, declaw, soft tissue surgery for tumor excisions/biopsy, intestinal, urinary and ears.

FELINE WELLNESS CARE

We all want our cats to live long and healthy lives. The foundation for quality veterinary care is preventative care because it catches problems earlier and ensures longer and healthier lives for your cats. Wellness care includes frequent "head to tail" physical examinations, protection from parasites, vaccination against diseases, and early discussions of any concerns with your veterinary professional. Whether your cat is a new kitten, an active adult, or geriatric, wellness and preventative care will help keep your cat healthier and happy.

New Kitten Wellness Care

Age 6 wks — 16 wks

1st physical examination of ears, eyes, teeth & body condition, heart, lungs, abdomen
Check for parasites
Ensure kitten is eating properly.
Test for: Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Protect your kitten from parasites; ear mites, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and intestinal parasites
Vaccinate for your kitten's life style: Panleukopenia, Rabies, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency
2nd physical exam and vaccines; Panleukopenia, Rabies, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Parasite Prevention
3rd physical exam and vaccines, Panleukopenia, Rabies, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency
Parasite Prevention
4th physical exam — spay/neuter at 5-6 mo and declaw.
Our Kitten Wellness Program covers all of the above plus minor illnesses up to and including spay or neuter.

Adult Cat Wellness Care

8 months and up

Annual physical examination
2 semi-annual fecal exams
1 heartworm test

Vaccinations:
Rabies — every year
Feline leukemia yearly
FVRCP — every 3yrs

Dental Exam

Heartworm prevention

Seasonal Flea Prevention

Forms to Download: Please see forms to download for specific health care recommendations.

Cat Links American Animal Hospital Association — www.healthypet.com
American Veterinarian Medical Association — www.avma.org/care4pets
Veterinary Partner — www.veterinarypartner.com
Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) — www.capcvet.org
Heartworm Society — www.heartwormsociety.com
Care for Animals — www.avma.org
Feline Health Center — www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/
Cat Fancier Association and Breeds — www.cfa.org/index.html
Guide to Feline Diabetes — www.felinediabetes.com
Know Heart worms.org — www.knowheartworms.org
The Feline Heartworm Society — www.heartwormsociety.org
Grief Support — www.cvm.uiuc.edu/CARE/
Pfizer Animal Health — www.pfizerah.com
Pfizer Cats of the Revolution — www.catsoftherevolution.com
Purina Website — /www.purina.com/dogs/index.aspx
Bayer Advantage flea control — advantage.petparents.com
Frontline-Merial — frontline.us.merial.com/home/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DOGS AND CATS

What diet should I feed my pet?
Diet is extremely important to your pet's health and well-being. We offer a wide range of pet foods formulated to keep your pet healthy, such as special diets for diabetes, skin problems, kidney health, weight control, hairball control and urinary tract problems. We also offer foods specifically designed for both older and younger pets as well as a wide variety of vitamins and supplements. Our doctors and technicians will work with you to determine what is best for your pet's health. As a convenience for our clients, we also offer on-line ordering and shipment of some diets through our On Line Pharmacy service.

At what age should I have my cat or dog spayed or neutered?
We recommend spaying or neutering between 5 - 6 months of age.

When should my new puppy or kitten start receiving their vaccines?
They should receive their first series of vaccines between 6-8 weeks of age.

What Flea Products should I use on my dog or cat?
There are many effective and safe products available on the market for flea prevention. The best product for your pet is best determined by discussing your pet's lifestyle and risk of exposure with one of our trained staff members. As a convenience for our clients, we also offer on-line ordering and shipment of many flea products through our On Line Pharmacy service.

What is Flea Allergy Dermatitis?
Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is the most common skin allergy in dogs and cats. The condition is caused by the flea saliva irritating the animal's skin. In some cases, it can lead to excess hair loss and secondary infection. As a convenience for our clients, we also offer on-line ordering and shipment of many flea products through our On Line Pharmacy service.

How did my indoor pet get fleas?
Fleas are quite mobile. They can hitch a ride on the clothing of humans or other pets and gain access to the indoor environment. From there they can inhabit the indoor pets for blood meals and then populate the carpet with flea eggs.

Are fleas dangerous to my pet?
Fleas are a nuisance. An infestation can make your pet miserable not to mention the human members of the family. Fleas can contribute to blood loss anemia and can transmit tapeworms to your pet. They can transmit cat scratch disease, which can be transmitted from cats to humans. Some pets are sensitized to flea saliva; these animals can develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis.

What is Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV)?
Both Feline Leukemia (FELV) and Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV) are contagious viruses and cause illness and death in more cats than any other infectious agents. Kittens can be infected from their mothers. There is currently no cure for either infection, but if your cat is infected there are options for managing the disease to allow your cat to live a productive life.

Why do you recommend the surgical laser for feline declawing?
We offer declawing with a surgical laser as a better alternative to traditional scalpel surgery because the laser seals the nerve endings and small blood vessels as it cuts. This reduces pain and blood loss and causes less swelling. This results in less risk of infection and a faster return to normal activities.

My dog has been sprayed by a skunk. What can I use to wash my dog that will help reduce the odor?
We offer a special shampoo called Skunk Off. There is also a home remedy that you can try:
Skunk odor Home Remedy
1 qt of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp liquid soap Mix just prior to bathing. Do not bottle the mixture and save. Soak pet well and leave on 5-10 minutes. Rinse well. Repeat as necessary.

How does micro-chipping work in case my dog is lost or stolen?
Micro-chipping provides a valuable service in helping to identify your dog or in helping your lost dog find its way home. We use Home Again micro-chipping which utilizes a national database to reunite you with your dog should it end up in a shelter, APL or veterinary hospital. We have a universal reader to read any type of micro-chip.

Why is dental care for my pet so important?
Dental care for your pet's teeth is an important part of their overall health. Tartar build-up and plaque can cause serious damage in addition to foul smelling breath and result in periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a common disease seen in cats and dogs and results in painful gums, loss of gum tissue, infection and loose or painful teeth. The tartar and plaque on the teeth harbor large amounts of bacteria that can travel directly to the bloodstream through inflamed gum tissue. The bacteria may then cause diminished organ function in the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, and can contribute to other health problems and a shorter life span.

Before Cleaning, tartar build up:
After cleaning and polishing:

Regular oral check ups and dental cleanings can help your pet stay healthy throughout its life. Preventing dental problems is paramount to your pet's long term overall health and it is more cost effective to prevent problems than to wait until there are serious issues that require surgery or extraction.

We offer a Dental Discount in January and February to encourage prevention of dental problems. If you are unsure if you pet has problems with their teeth, one of our technicians would be happy to discuss our dental products or give a courtesy dental exam. Our goal is to help you keep your pet's teeth in good health.

What does Dental Cleaning involve?
Dental prophy (or cleaning) is considered a surgery and your pet will undergo general anesthesia. Although there may be some risks to anesthesia, we use the safest anesthetics available and closely monitor your pet during the procedure. Prior to anesthesia we recommend bloodwork to evaluate your pet's health so that we can tailor our anesthesia and procedures just for them. This bloodwork also helps in determining if there are any indicators that your pet may not be the best candidate for anesthesia, therefore preventing possible complications.
Dental prophy involves many different processes which include; ultrasonic scaling to remove the tartar and plaque from the teeth; fine polishing to smooth the surface of the teeth; Fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel, and using a dental probe in the areas surrounding each tooth to detect for cavities, pockets of infection, or gum recession. If indicated we may need to take radiographs of the teeth and possibly do a periodontal treatment or extraction. Lastly we apply a sealant to prevent plaque build-up along with go-home products to help you keep your pet's teeth clean.

Before: Periodontal disease:
After: teeth extraction and cleaning:

Once your pet has had a dental prophy, you can help prevent the recurrence or progression of periodontal disease at home. The best option is brushing your pet's teeth daily and applying a sealant weekly. Other products are available that can be helpful when brushing is not possible such as dental chews or a special dental diet.

Why are dental x-rays important?
Dental radiographs or intraoral X-rays allow us to assess and diagnose the health of the root and enamel to detect hidden problems that even the best oral exam cannot detect. This includes cavities, fractures, abscesses (infection), or bone changes such as with cancer. Radiographs are a crucial part of a complete and thorough evaluation of your pet's mouth. Dental care for your pet is just as important as your own dental care.

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