In your search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality veterinary care as well as great service. Our goal has been to assemble an exceptional veterinary team committed to providing your pet with the best medicine, and treatment plans, to ensure they live a happy and healthy life.
The old saying that an animal ages seven years to one human year is not exactly true. However, what is true is that our pets do age much quicker than we do. That is why we recommend annual examinations for all of our patients. Our doctors will perform a thorough evaluation of your pet's body systems, from his head to tail. They will perform a complete physical exam at least once a year, minimally. We do recommend that senior patients receive examinations every six months, if possible. It is easier for doctors to treat diseases and illnesses in the early stages, in order to provide your pet with the best possible outcome. Our pets can't tell us what is wrong, but they can show different signs of disease or illness. There are patients that appear perfectly healthy to their owner, but actually have an underlying medical condition that their owner is unaware of. That is why recommend that owners keep an accurate medical log of the procedures and vaccinations their pet receives at their vet. We recommend keeping a journal of your pet's daily regimens including elimination habits, any physical or behavior changes, along with diet and routine modifications. Bring this notebook when you visit the vet. These signs may indicate underlying health concerns, that may help in diagnosing your pet's illness .
When looking for a new veterinarian we advise that you find one who is empathetic, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet will undergo. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning. Just like you, your pet can lose his teeth due to decay and neglect, and an annual cleaning by your veterinarian maybe in order. Since there are general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young, or very ill pets, your veterinarian will likely suggest a few tests. These may include a chest X-ray and lab work of blood and urine, before your pet is anesthetized. During the procedure your pet might need IV fluids, and antibiotics may be necessary before and after.
There may be a reason that our doctors need to refer your pet to a board certified veterinary specialist . These veterinarians have received additional training and have completed advanced studies in specific areas of veterinary medicine. These include dermatology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, surgery and emergency care, to just name a few. Your pet may require a procedure or may need a specific treatment that can only be done by a board certified specialist.