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  • Well Pet Checkups

    Pets age much faster than people and can be considered “seniors” at around 7 years of age. Just as our health care needs change as we age, your pet’s health care needs also change. As in humans, some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious. Sometimes medication dosages need to be adjusted, or medication may need to be changed. Routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic testing are important for senior pets because these tests allow us to evaluate how your pet’s health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age. Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your pet’s life, especially when they are seniors. Even if your senior pet is already being treated for a medical condition, treatment recommendations can change as a condition progresses.

  • We do not believe that we can use a cookie-cutter approach to vaccinating your pet and try to minimize the number of vaccines your pet will receive throughout of their life while at the same time, protecting them against diseases they may be exposed to. We will look at your pet’s lifestyle and develop a vaccine schedule specifically for them. Vaccines are quite sensitive and must be handled very carefully. For example, they are highly susceptible to damage from fluctuating temperatures. For this reason, we encourage owners to stick with vaccines from their veterinarians. We know that the vaccines we order are handled appropriately by our distributor and after they arrive at the hospital. Other stores may not even be aware that their vaccines are damaged or may not work at all. Not all vaccines are created equal. Some brands are less likely to cause an adverse reaction than others and this does affect cost. We use brands and formulations that are developed in ways that greatly decrease possible side effects and reactions.

  • The goals of dental care are to eliminate current pain, prevent future loss of teeth, reduce discomfort from new infections, and decrease secondary risks of heart, liver and kidney infections due to severe dental disease. Dental care is one of the biggest advances in better lives for our pets. The costs of pet dental care are associated with the time these procedures involve, the use of anesthesia and advanced equipment and training. Because our patients are asleep, we can remove diseased, painful teeth right away if necessary. We have invested in advanced equipment and training that allow us to provide a high level of care while minimizing anesthesia time. While all these steps add to cost, they also add up to the best care and healthier pets!

  • Our K laser is a class4 laser and provides a drug-free option for enhanced patient care. Clinical studies and real-world use over several decades have proven that laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, stimulates nerve regeneration, and cells involved in tissue repair.

    • therapy sessions are tolerated extremely well by pets and many fall asleep

    • owners may be present during therapy sessions

    • no known side effects

    • may decrease the need for medications and surgery

    • requires no sedation or clipping

    • quick to administer (approximately 3-6 minutes per site)

    • effective relief of pain, inflammation and swelling

    • reduces healing time of wound and surgery sites

    Uses for Laser Therapy:

    • osteoarthritis and tendinitis

    • degenerative joint and disc disease

    • dermatologic disorders (hot spots, acral lick granulomas, etc.)

    • anal gland sacculitis

    • acute and chronic otitis

    • periodontal disease (feline stomatitis)

    • post-operative healing (treat incision pain and reduce inflammation before your pet ever wakes up)

    • acute trauma (sprains, strains, stings)

  • Surgical Procedures offered at include, but are not limited to:

    • Spay

    • Neuter

    • Mass (Tumor) Removal Biopsy

    • Cystotomy

    • Gastropexy

    • Enucleation

    • Entropion

    • Abdominal Exploratory

  • Animal Chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Why? Nerves control everything that happens in your animals. Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body. The command centers of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord which are protected by the spine. The spine is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles, and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves that are branching off of the spinal cord and going to all of the muscles and organs. As this occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain and even organ dysfunction.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine is a type of holistic, natural health care system that dates back at least 2,000 years to the year 200 B.C. TCM stimulates the body’s healing mechanisms and takes into account all aspects of a patient’s life, rather than just several obvious signs or symptoms. TCM practitioners view the body as a complex network of interconnected parts (part of a larger concept known as Qi), rather than separate systems or organs. TCM includes the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

    Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is designed to help balance the body’s own energy to facilitate healing. Acupuncture points are along Meridians, or channels of the energy of the body, and often trace the paths of major nerves and vessels. These points have been well established in humans for centuries, and have been mapped in animals so that our pets can benefit from acupuncture as well. Acupuncture is generally safe in the hands of a trained veterinarian. Proper diagnosis of the problem is critical to the safety and efficacy of the treatment. Dr. Castle and Dr. Smith are both certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Acupuncture is used to treat several health issues including joint problems (hip dysplasia and arthritis), neurologic issues, behavioral disorders (obsessive-compulsive licking), cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy, allergies. gastrointestinal problems, reproductive disorders, immune system regulation, and urinary disorders. Also, Acupuncture is used for pain management and can help reduce or eliminate the need for costly medications which can have adverse side effects.

    The treatment plan is developed after the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist has evaluated your pet and established a diagnosis. Plans usually include weekly or bi-weekly acupuncture sessions for 4 to 8 weeks. Some positive response is usually seen within the first 4 treatments. Once a response is observed, treatments are spaced out to the longest interval that keeps the condition under control.

    We try to use acupuncture in addition to other therapies to obtain the maximum benefit for your pet. The approach will vary based on the pet’s medical condition. If your pet has a doctor other than your acupuncturist, it’s important to let both doctors know what treatments are used and any changes to the treatment plan.

    Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Herbal remedies have been a part of healing pets for centuries.

    Most of our traditional medications come from or are modifications of plants. The biggest difference between Chinese herbals and traditional medications is that supplements and herbals are often gentler and come with fewer side effects. On the flip side, their effects are more subtle and may take longer to perceive. However, this doesn’t make them any less valuable. When used correctly, they can greatly improve medical conditions and benefit overall health.

    That being said, herbals and supplements can be quite harmful if used improperly or for the wrong conditions. Because herbs can be dangerous on their own, it is strongly recommended to only use and purchase them under the guidance of a properly trained veterinarian. Ordering from a company or individual that is not careful about the content and origin of their herbs can potentially create serious problems.

    Our source for Chinese herbals uses TLC (thin layer chromatography) and HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography), special procedures which ensure potency and test for active constituents. Every batch of herbs is tested before, during and after processing.

    They obtain their herbs from a trusted source that not only verifies their authenticity but also ensures they are toxin-free and environmentally friendly. This is done through chromatography to guarantee accuracy and safety. All their raw material and herbal products comply with the new stringent Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). GMP certification means that the site and methods employed in the production of our herbs have been subject to a thorough quality control investigation and is certified to comply. Tests for moisture content, dissolution, heavy metals (lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium) and microbial content (including bacteria and fungi) are performed on every batch of the finished product.

  • Medical Thermal Imaging. Medical Thermal Imaging, also known as, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (D.I.T.T), or Thermography, is a non-invasive clinical imaging technique for detecting and monitoring several diseases and physical injuries by showing any thermal abnormalities present in the body. Since animals don’t always tell us what is hurting, our Digatherm helps us pinpoint the exact problem. We find it to be a great scanning tool as part of a yearly exam to identify problems that were unknown to the pet owner.

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