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Our main goal as veterinarians is to work with owners to help prevent diseases before they occur. Physical examinations, vaccinations, heartworm testing, and regular lab work are just a few of the ways that we try to identify and prevent illnesses.
Spay and Neuters
We perform our spays and neuters on Wednesday and Thursday every week. They are performed under general anesthesia in our onsite surgical suite. We recommend spaying or neutering your pet between 4-6 months of age if they are not going to be used for breeding.
Heartworm testing is an important part of the yearly examination. All dogs should remain on heartworm prevention year round even if they are indoor animals as mosquitos can come inside. Because no product is 100% effective, we test dogs yearly for heartworm disease.
Routine vaccinations are one of the best ways to protect the health of your pet. For your canine companions our routine vaccines include distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, and leptospirosis. For our feline patients we provide feline leukemia, panleukopenia, rabies, and upper-respiratory diseases. Our veterinarians will assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for your pet.
Well Animal Check Ups
A regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. We recommend a complete physical examination for your pet every year. An annual wellness exam is extremely important to assess all of your petís body systems and to discuss any questions or concerns with your veterinarian. Examinations involve education on a wide variety of issues relevant to your pet including nutrition, behavior, dental care, spaying and neutering, among others. We also discuss options for parasite control, specific care for senior pets, and annual vaccinations depending on your petís lifestyle. Examinations are also essential in spotting problems before they become serious health issues.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your animals health. Poor dental health can cause bad breath and chewing problems as well as lead to other conditions such as heart disease. Good dental care starts at home with regular brushing, oral rinses, and certain diets. Sometimes, however, at home prevention is not enough. We can provide thorough dental cleanings that include scaling teeth, irrigating mouth, and polishing teeth. We also look for problems by examining the teeth and gums and if needed may perform extractions or minor oral surgery. This is all done with your pet comfortably under general anesthesia.
Flea and Heartworm Medication
We recommend keeping your pet on heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention monthly all year round. Heartworms are spread by mosquitos and live in your petís lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. It is much easier and more cost effective to prevent heartworm disease than to treat it. Due to the life cycle of the flea, we also recommend keeping your pet on flea prevention. Once they are on your pet, they get into your house and can become a big problem. We will help to get your pet on regular heartworm prevention and flea control depending on your petís lifestyle.
In House Lab Testing
We have in-house blood machines which allow us to have routine blood work results within the hour. We also perform fecals to check for intestinal parasites that can cause diarrhea and other symptoms. We offer several in-house snap tests including those to check for heartworm and tick-borne diseases, FIV/FeLV, and parvovirus. We also have a close relationship with a lab where we send out more advanced testing. We usually have results in 1-2 business days, depending on the nature of the test performed.
Prescription Diets and Medications
We maintain an in-house pharmacy, which allows us to fill prescriptions for your pet quickly and conveniently. We also offer prescription diets from Hills and Royal Canin, and a selection of flea & tick products, shampoos and grooming aids. We do not recommend purchasing any medications from on-line pharmacies as we have not had success with their products.
In House Radiology
Our on-site, X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders. This offers us a simple way to evaluate bones, tissues, and organs. We can identify issues such as fractures, bladder stones, enlarged organs, arthritis, and other potential health-problems. We are often able to take and develop radiographs while you wait to provide you with immediate information.
Anesthesia and Surgical Services
We perform a variety of surgical procedures including spays, neuters, declaws, and soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Our surgical procedures take place in our dedicated sterile surgical suite. We use the utmost care in monitoring our patients under anesthesia. Vital signs including EKG, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the bloodstream, blood pressure, capillary refill time, and other values are monitored in every patient. We tailor the anesthetic protocol for the individual needs of every patient. We recommend that every pet have preanesthetic bloodwork to make anesthesia as safe as possible.
Microchip Pet Identification
Every year thousands of pets go missing and never find their way back home. Collars and tags are important, but can become lost or broken. A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. Once implanted, it can be scanned by any veterinarian and will be linked to your contact information. Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your petís return if the unthinkable happens.
We have the ability to perform an EKG which helps to evaluate the heart in cases of heart disease. We also use the EKG for monitoring every patient under anesthesia.
We understand how upsetting it can be when your pet has an emergency. We are available to take emergency appointments M-F 9-6 and Saturday 8-12. On evenings and weekends we refer our emergencies to Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center located at 2921 Douglas Rd in Toledo. The phone number is 419-473-0328.