Dogs and cats should be examined by a licensed veterinarian every year*. Even if your pet isn’t showing signs of illness, he/she should be seen by a veterinarian for a checkup, dental cleaning, and vaccination updates. If yearly checkups sound like a lot, remember that one year in a human life is equivalent to nearly seven pet years! It’s worth a checkup to keep your pet in the best health and learn about anything you should be doing to keep your pet happy and healthy.
*If you have an older pet, we recommend bringing your pet every six months instead of the usual once a year checkup.
Vaccinations are a quick and simple way to minimize the chance of your pet contracting a contagious or fatal disease. It is important for pets under one year of age to receive a full series of boosters before they are six months old. This gives their immune system a good jump start in fighting off disease. As with young pets, it is also important to keep your older pets up-to-date on their yearly vaccinations.
Therapeutic Laser Therapy
Hot lasers in the medical world are used for surgical precision while cold lasers are used for healing precision. Our in-house laser produces these cold beams. The laser sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells and tissues. Benefits of the therapeutic laser include:
Rapid cell growth. Damaged cell repair themselves at a much slower rate than healthy ones. The laser will help speed the process.
Faster wound healing. The laser stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue.
Increased metabolic activity. Helps the body increase output of specific enzymes, greater oxygen to blood cells and more effective immune response.
Reduced fibrous tissue formation. The laser reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or following surgery.
Anti-inflammatory. The laser reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give improved mobility and comfort.
Increased heart function. The laser stimulates blood circulation, to allow the affected tissue to function at its best.
Stimulated nerve function. Slow recovery of nerve function in numb limbs. The laser will increase the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life.
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X-Rays and Lab Work
X-ray technology allows us to capture images of bones and internal organs. Digital x-ray provides exceptional detail and versatility. The vet has many uses for an x-ray: check for suspected injuries from a trauma, evaluate a broken bone, or locate a foreign object that a patient may have swallowed.
Radiographs are very safe and can usually be taken with your pet lying still on an X-ray table. However, if a patient is in pain or just doesn't like sitting still, sedation may be needed in order to correctly capture the necessary images.
The clinic's in-house laboratory allows us to perform many types of testing that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. These services include:
Test for viruses (Parvovirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
Fecal examinations (testing for the presence of hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and roundworms)
Complete blood counts
There are three major advantages of laser surgery when compared to traditional stainless steel surgical scalpels:
Decreased Post-Operative Pain is accomplished when the laser seals the nerve endings as it cuts. This reduces pain impulses from the surgery site in the immediate post-operative period.
Reduced Bleeding and Blood Loss is achieved through cauterization of blood vessels as the laser beam cuts through the tissues.
Lower Risk of Surgical Infection occurs due to the superheating of the tissues in the incision site, destroying any bacteria that are present at the time of surgery.
Our clinic primarily uses the laser for neuters and cat declaws.
Pets, just like people, need great dental care. Dental disease is the number one disease contracted by dogs and cats. It is estimated that around 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some kind of periodontal disease by the age of three. We offer dental services that include a complete dental exam, cleaning, polishing and dental extractions. The American Veterinary Dental Society suggests a pet have a dental cleaning every six months, the same recommendation given by your own dentist!
We are happy to consult you in depth about any questions you may have with your breeding canines. There is a lot of planning involved in having a healthy litter and we offer many tools to help with your success.
Vaginal Cytology and Progesterone Testing are available to determine best days to breed for optimal fertility. The cytology is done in house and the progesterone is sent to Express Labs for same day results.
Our team is experienced in artificial insemination for those dogs which are unable to reproduce naturally. We offer vaginal cytology to determine where your female is in her heat cycle. For more accurate results we can send off a progesterone blood test to the lab for same day results.
Radiographic diagnosis of pregnancy is first possible 42 to 50 days after first mating. It is usually recommended to wait until later in the pregnancy to obtain a puppy count with radiographs as it can be difficult to visualize all the puppies in early films. For the most accurate puppy numbers, radiographs should be taken at about day 55 post first breeding.
Cesarean Sections are sometimes necessary to safely delivery the puppies. Mothers are on an IV catheter and heart monitor during surgery. Our team is trained to revive puppies and get them prepared to send home with their mother.
First puppy exams include the following for each puppy at 8 weeks:
- Full Physical Exam (Heart/Lungs, Ears/Eyes/Teeth, etc)
- DA2PP/Corona Vaccination
-Health Record and second dose of dewormer to send with families.
-Optional: Microchip and Fecal Float for additional charge