Health Exams & Vaccinations
On your first visit it is important to inform us about your pet’s lifestyle (e.g. indoor vs outdoor, contact with other animals, exposure to ticks and fleas, diet, exercise, etc.). This will allow us to tailor preventive health strategies to your pet’s unique lifestyle. Some routine care may not require an appointment with a veterinarian. We offer veterinary technician appointments for nail trims, anal gland expression and other routine treatments.
Preventive Health Care
Your pet is a member of your family. Their care should be as good as the care that you receive. An annual check-up should be more than a quick glance and a few shots. We will take a thorough history and conduct laboratory tests to determine your pet’s health risks. We will then come up with a treatment plan or provide counseling to prevent illness. Regular physical examinations and vaccinations are only part of this process. Fecal exams, blood tests, nutrition and body condition analysis are also fundamental components. We will teach you how to become an active participant in your pet’s health care. You may have as much or as little involvement as you desire. For example, we can teach you how to measure your diabetic pet’s blood glucose at home where it is most accurate. We can also develop alternative strategies that are easier for you.
We recommend that your pet be spayed or neutered when it’s around six months of age. Our fully equipped surgical suite will provide them with the most advanced surgical care for planned or emergency surgery. We always recommend pre-anesthetic blood work to determine if your pet has any pre-existing conditions that may be a risk during surgery or anesthesia. During anesthesia we will monitor its heart, breathing, body temperature and blood oxygen concentration. We will also provide the appropriate pain medication and antibiotics if necessary.
The surgical area will be shaved (the hair will grow back) and we will tell you afterwards if the stitches are dissolving or non-dissolving, in which case you’ll have to come back so we can remove them.
Dental care is as important for your pet as it is for you! We advise pet owners to start brushing their pet’s teeth daily from a very young age with a small soft brush and a special tooth paste made for animals. Dental disease can severely impact your pet’s quality of life. In addition to oral pain and tooth loss, dental disease can lead to life threatening illnesses. Bad breath and oral cavity disease may be signs of other illnesses. If your pet has dental disease we may recommend a professional cleaning and thorough examination of their mouth under anesthesia. Dental x-rays may be needed to detect problems below the gum line. Loose or diseased teeth may require surgical removal.
Diagnostics & Lab Work
If your pet is sick, we want to quickly determine what is wrong, so we can provide the right treatment as soon as possible. We have state-of-the-art diagnostics such as: in-house blood and urine analyses, digital x-rays, heartworm testing, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness testing; FIV (HIV in cats) and FELV (cat leukemia virus) testing for cats; Parvo testing for dogs; ear and skin diagnostic testing. We may also send samples to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory for testing.
Doctor Albert Lynch is a board certified specialty surgeon who underwent years of additional training so he can offer your pet the highest quality of surgery care. For his work in the area of fracture fixation and 3D printing Doctor Lynch has been a podium speaker at the annual American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He will work closely with you and with us to ensure that you are prepared for your pet’s surgery and that you receive support throughout the recovery process.
We have a full-service pharmacy for flea, tick, heartworm and other parasite preventative medications. We are fully stocked to distribute and refill all prescription medications.
A balanced diet is important for your pet. We can advise you on a healthy diet for your puppy, kitten or adult pet. We can also recommend a diet when your pet is sick.
Sometimes your pet doesn’t behave the way it should or you would expect. We are here to advise you on how to change undesirable behaviors. Behavioral medications should be a last resort. Sometimes a small change in your behavior may lead to a big change in your pet’s behavior!
We understand how busy you are and that you have little time to sit and wait in a veterinary hospital. As a convenience for our regular clients we offer drop-off appointments for pets with the appropriate vaccines. You can schedule to drop off your dog or cat on your way to work or errands and pick them up after they have been examined, received necessary diagnostics and scheduled vaccines.