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 dental care tend to live 2 to 4 years longer than pets with bad oral hygiene. While periodontal disease is entirely preventable, when left untreated it can lead to heart disease, kidney infection, liver infection, or stroke. 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 as little as one time a week can cut down on 50-60% of tartar build-up.
- Dental products specifically designed for pets, including CET toothpaste, can help protect gums and reduce tartar.
- Dry pet food is better for teeth than canned food; it causes abrasion to tooth surfaces when chewed, helping remove tartar build-up. Our clinic has Hill's t/d and Royal Canin Dental that are dental specific kibble that you can feed your pet as meals or treats.
- 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.
- Auto-immune disorders
- Ear infections
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Hair loss
- Hormone disorders
- Parasitic, bacterial, or fungal infections
- Skin allergies caused by contact, environment, or food
- Skin cancer
Our ophthalmology treatments focus on eye care and ocular disease prevention. Our annual pet vision exams evaluate current eye health, measuring tear production, eye pressure, and potential corneal scratches. If more serious animal eye issues are detected, such as glaucoma, cataracts, early vision loss, or dry eye problems, they will be addressed and treated. During the diagnosis period, all options and recommendations will be thoroughly discussed so we can build an effective and comfortable vision procedure for you and your pet.
Indications of pet eye problems:
- 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 or pupil
- Hazy film over pupil
- Increase in discharge from eyes
- Pawing and rubbing eyes
- Red, swollen eyes
- Sensitivity to light or squinting
In an effort to provide your pet with superior medical care, we offer diagnostic imaging services to supplement prognosis. Medical imaging employs the use of machinery to give photographic representation of abnormalities or injuries. In performing diagnostic imaging, our veterinarians can provide safe, accurate diagnosis and promptly treat the problem.
Reasons for diagnostic imaging are:
- Assess facial swelling and dental problems
- Detect possible bladder infections
- Determine the location of broken bones or bone fractures
- Evaluate the status of a pet's pregnancy
- Help identify if a pet has heart disease
- Locate foreign bodies that a pet might have swallowed
Our veterinary clinic is dedicated to providing pets with compassionate care. In offering cardiology services, we can better evaluate and treat heart and lung diseases, working towards improving quality of life. Our annual pet health exams enable our staff to detect early indicators of heart disease, which is 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 veterinarians 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:
- Coughing that lasts longer than three days
- 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
Losing a pet is a delicate situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our dedicated veterinarians are skilled in assessing pain management and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also insure that the process of putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a humane manner.
During the procedure, pet owners are welcome to be in the room as their pet passes, and if requested, 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. As it enters the bloodstream, the chemical targets the brain and heart, first preventing nerves from sensing pain, then gradually stopping the heart from beating.
While the decision to euthanize a pet 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, this can be the best decision you can make for your pet.
Common reasons for euthanasia:
- Illness that would cause suffering if the pet were kept alive
- Organ damage that cannot be repaired
- Terminal illness such as cancer
After putting your pet to sleep, you can opt to have your pet cremated with or without ash return or buried at the nearest pet funeral home. Because saying goodbye is difficult, we recommend having after care arranged prior to your visit for euthanasia. No matter your decision, we offer a safe and loving environment for you to make the best decision for you and your family.
If you have any questions about the process of euthanasia, or want to schedule an appointment to see if it would be beneficial for your pet's condition, contact our kind veterinary clinic at your convenience.