ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS AND VACCINE RISK ASSESSMENT
Annual physical exams are an important part of your animal’s health and are specified to meet the needs of your pet according to their life stage and individual lifestyles. During a physical exam some of the aspects your veterinarian will review are:
- The heart & lungs to listen for any abnormalities or defects
- The eyes & ears to check for any changes or abnormalities such as ulcers, cataracts, or infection
- The abdomen to palpate the organs to check the size, check for pain, or any unusual lumps
- The teeth and gums to look for any signs of dental disease or gingivitis
- The skin and coat to check for any changes such as hair loss, dry skin, lumps, or change in pigment.
- The limbs and feet are checked for any limping, muscle changes, or signs of weakness/arthritis
- The urogenital area is checked for any discharge, bleeding, or physical changes
- The medical history and any current medication dosages will be assessed to ensure your pet is on the correct dose
- The everyday habits, housing and nutrition are also discussed
- A vaccine Risk Assessment is also performed at the same time as your pet’s physical exam and is used to determine the necessity of vaccination. Exposure to disease, immune issues, and previous vaccine history will be discussed and also your pet’s individual needs, and life stage are all determining factors in a vaccine risk assessment.
Along with routine exams, we also offer medical consultations to investigate and treat the various diseases and illnesses your pet may encounter throughout its lifetime.
Prior to any surgical procedure your pet will receive a physical exam and a pre-anesthesia blood screen.
During the surgical procedure your pet will receive an anesthetic specifically tailored to his/her needs, intra-operative IV fluid therapy, and constant monitoring by a trained technician. We strive to provide your pet with the very best of anesthetic care while constantly monitoring heart rate, oxygen levels and respiratory rate. Our operating theatre is equipped with up to date anesthetic equipment, heart monitors, fluid infusion pump, and also a circulating heating pad to maintain your pet’s body temperature.
We also provide post-operative monitoring and care by our trained staff members.
Our surgeries are performed Monday to Friday by appointment only, and as an emergency when needed.
Spaying and Neutering
An ovariohysterectomy (females) or orchidectomy (males) is a procedure that has many benefits to your pet. Not only does it help control the pet population, it will reduce unwanted sexual behaviors such as marking territory, roaming, and some types of aggression. It also helps to eliminate or decrease the risk of hormone related diseases such as certain types of cancer, and infections of the sexual organs.
We perform spays on female cats and dogs at the age of 5 ½ - 6 months of age, and neuters on male cats and dogs at the minimum age of 6 months.
Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery
Along with elective procedures (spays and neuters) we also offer some orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries after a consultation with the veterinarian. Such as femoral head and neck osteotomy, cruciate repair, and luxating patella repair.
Proper cleaning and care of your pet’s teeth is crucial to his/her well being and general health and preventive care at home is the best way to ensure your pet has a healthy mouth. Brushing your pet’s teeth and feeding a diet aimed at cleaning your pet’s teeth is recommended by our veterinarians and staff.
Ultrasonic scale and polish of your pet’s teeth is performed when necessary under an anesthetic and is used to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth, above and below the gum line.
MLS LASER THERAPY
We now offer MLS Laser Therapy as a treatment for pain and inflammation. With the use of light energy in a specific combination of wavelengths, MLS Laser Therapy is a painless treatment for your pet that lasts an average of 3 minutes per treatment. Some of the benefits of MLS Laser Therapy include: Relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis, Relief of acute pain, such as trauma or injury, and Postoperative pain relief and faster wound healing.
We are using MLS Laser Therapy postoperatively to help reduce pain and promote healing of the wound. Many therapies and teatments are available upon consultation with one of our veterinarians.
Our pets do not have a voice for themselves and will often times hide their pain or sickness for several days, sometimes weeks. A thorough physical exam is performed on your pet, and at the same time, further diagnostics may be needed to evaluate organ function to help us provide the best treatment possible for your pet.
In-house lab testing
Much of our diagnostics can be performed right in our clinic using state of the art lab equipment from Idexx Laboratories. Our equipment allows the veterinarian to receive blood work results within the same day to help them reach a faster diagnosis, thus starting your pet on any necessary treatment as soon as possible.
With our in house lab equipment we can draw a blood sample and check the organ functions, such as the kidneys, liver, and pancreas, and we can also have a closer look at the performance of the white and red blood cells. We can also check thyroid functions, run urine tests, and can test for Feline Leukemia/FIV in cats.
We perform in-house lab testing on all of our surgical procedures by running tests the morning of surgery, getting results within 1 hour. Pre-anesthetic blood testing is highly valuable, even for young animals, as it provides us with a complete picture of your pet’s health prior to using any anesthetic and can help us choose an anesthetic regime suitable to your pets needs. Pre-anesthetic blood testing is routinely performed on any animal receiving an anesthetic.
Radiology, or X-rays, are also performed in-house and provides our veterinarians with a picture of the muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. We have an up-to-date digital radiology system that provides us with a clear picture that can be viewed in clinic in a very timely manner.
Access to Specialists
Some diagnostic testing requires veterinarians with more specialized training. Our clinic may refer your pet to specific hospitals and colleges for more specific diagnostics and surgeries.
Microchips are a form of identification used to help reunite lost pets with their families. It is a small chip (the size of a grain of rice) that is inserted underneath the skin of your pet, between the shoulder blades. We use EIDAP microchips which has a worldwide data base.
We carry a broad range of Medi-Cal/Royal Canin products to suit any life stage or specific need of your pet. Some diseases in animals require a special diet and can be provided through our veterinary clinic.
We also offer nutritional planning and counseling to help take the best care of your pet.
If your pet requires a specific diet that is not routinely sold at our clinic we may be able to order it for you.
We now carry HEALTHWISE nutritional products in puppy and adult lifestages.
Our technicians can demonstrate to you how to properly trim your pet’s nails, and can also perform nail trims for your pet by appointment.
ANAL GLAND EXPRESSION
Anal gland expression can be performed by our technicians by appointment.
For information regarding our Euthanasia services please click here.
We have a state-of-the-art crematorium on-site. We offer common aftercare services as well as private cremation services. Your pet's urn is provided with the private cremation service.