Areas of Practice
A wellness exam is an overall general health assessment that may include blood tests, urinalysis, and parasite screening. A wellness exam is recommended for our patients at least annually. We recommend wellness exams at least every 6 months for senior pets and pets with chronic health issues.
If your dog is suffering from a severe chronic illness or has recently had surgery, we may prescribe a prescription dog food specifically formulated to support your dog’s health during recovery. We carry a variety of manufacturers and address different illnesses. They are only available to clients through a prescription. Prescription dog foods are food scientifically formulated to meet the health needs of your dog. They are different from over the counter dog foods that are formulated to support certain health problems like arthritis, obesity, and food allergies.
Most pets need vaccines. Your pets may require a booster to keep them effective. The best way to stay on schedule with vaccinations for your dog or cat is to follow your veterinarians recommendations based on location and risk factors.
Rabies. This viral disease is contagious to all mammals, including humans, causing fever, headache, muscle spasms, paralysis, excess salivation and mental confusion. It cannot be treated and is 100% fatal in dogs.
Distemper. This disease is caused by an airborne virus that attacks the gastrointestinal, respiratory and nervous systems and can lead to severe medical problems, including permanent brain damage. There is no known cure for canine distemper.
Parvovirus. This disease is highly contagious, causing vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If not treated rapidly and aggressively, parvo can be fatal.
Adenovirus, type 1. This viral disease can cause upper respiratory tract infections and severe liver damage. It can be fatal.
Adenovirus, type 2. This disease is spread through coughing and sneezing, and is often the leading cause of what is commonly known as kennel cough.
Bordetella oral - bronchiseptica vaccine that helps provide protection by stimulating a mucosal immune response that helps to protect your dog from kennel cough.
Canine Bivale influenza - As an aid in the control of disease associated with Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 and H3N8 infection.
Rabies. This disease cannot be treated and is 100% fatal in cats.
Feline distemper. This viral disease causes lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is contagious and severe, sometimes fatal.
Feline herpesvirus. This viral disease can cause a highly contagious upper respiratory infection.
Calicivirus. This disease is a highly contagious upper respiratory condition that results in joint pain, fever, anorexia and oral ulcerations.
Feline Leukema – FeLV is one of the most important viruses infecting cats. FeLV tends to become a persistent infection and depresses the immune system of cats. FeLV is an important cause of anemia in cats and can cause cancers of several types. The virus is shed in saliva and nasal discharges from an infected cat; it can be spread to other cats through bite wounds or by prolonged direct contact.
There are some non-core immunizations that can be administered if deemed appropriate and prudent based upon your pet’s breed, age, medical history, environment, lifestyle, travel habits and more.
There are many factors we consider in order to determine when to administer immunizations to your pet. Generally speaking, puppies and kittens begin to receive core immunizations when they are eight weeks of age, at three or four-week intervals. These immunizations are normally complete when the puppy or kitten is sixteen weeks of age. Adult dogs and cats receive core immunizations once every year or once every three years, depending upon the immunization.
Healthy Pets Animal Hospital has a fully stocked in-house pharmacy. We maintain a large inventory of pet medications, including heart-worm and flea and tick prevention. When you purchase medications from us, you can rest assured that your pet’s medications were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under optimal conditions.
In-house Lab Facility
Here at Healthy Pets Animal Hospital, we are proud to be able to offer in-house diagnostic blood work on our patients. Blood work is necessary to keep your pet healthy. By performing routine blood work, we are able to monitor any changes to your pet’s kidneys, liver, blood cell counts, and much more. It is our goal to catch any problems early by doing regular blood work. When caught early, many problems are easier to diagnose and treat. It is hopeful that many pets will recover or, at least, have a better life with treatment. It is also helpful to have blood work to compare to, if your pet ever becomes ill. Whenever you pet is not feeling well, you should be prepared to run blood work. There are a lot of diseases that all present the exact same way. With in-house blood work, we are able to diagnose your pet’s illness fairly quickly. We use our in-house laboratory to run Comprehensive Diagnostic panels, CBC’s, thyroid tests, blood clotting factors, and much more.
There are certain situations that may require a pet to be hospitalized. We know this can be a stressful time for you and your pet, so we want you to rest assured that your loved one is in good hands. The duration of hospitalization can vary depending on the condition of the pet, as well as the nature of their illness. Every patient is given loving attention by our compassionate, knowledgeable staff in the hopes of getting them healthy and back with you as soon as possible.
Veterinary pediatric care can begin as soon as a pet is born, and can continue until the pet has reached early adulthood and is well-established on the road to good health. Newborn kittens and puppies can benefit from a complete physical examination as early as possible. As your pet grows, they will need infectious and congenital disease screening as well as an individualized immunization program. These steps will help to eliminate the possibility of serious, life-threatening illnesses that, even if not fatal, could seriously diminish your pet’s quality or duration of life. Your veterinarian will also discuss with you a proper nutrition, training and exercise plan, so that your pet grows fit, strong and healthy.
Fleas are the most common external parasite to plague companion animals. They are wingless insects that feed on blood, can jump up to two feet high and are persistent in the environment. At Healthy Pets Animal Hospital our veterinarians can properly diagnose and recommend safe and effective flea control products that are carried in our in house pharmacy.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Every professional dental cleaning starts with a review of the patient’s general health and any previous dental history. For a thorough, safe dental cleaning in cats and dogs, anesthesia is essential, as this permits a comprehensive assessment of the tissues, allows dental radiographs to be made, followed by the cleaning (scaling and polishing procedure) itself above and below the gum-line. If the extent of the abnormality is limited to accumulation of plaque and dental tartar with gingivitis or only mild periodontitis (bone loss around the tooth), professional dental cleaning is indicated. Professional dental cleaning removes dental plaque and tartar that cause periodontal disease. The dental deposits are removed by power (ultrasonic) and hand dental scalers. Following scaling, the teeth are polished to remove residual plaque and to smooth the tooth surface. The mouth is rinsed to remove debris prior to a final inspection. A plaque-preventive material may be applied to the teeth.
One of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spaying-removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet-is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering-removing the testicles of your male dog or cat-will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.
At Healthy Pets Animal Hospital we offer a variety of surgeries. Sterilization surgery, Dental surgery, Surgical oncology, Ophthalmic surgery, Cystectomy, Wound repair, and Foreign body removal.
adiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring medical and surgical conditions in pets. X-rays examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian. We use modern digital radiographic equipment and is up-to-date on the latest radiographic procedures. If needed, we are able to send radiographic images to a board-certified veterinary radiologist or vet specialist for timely second opinions.
Preventative medicine is important when our pets and animals are young, but as they age, and become prone to certain disease processes, annual exams and blood work become even more important. Annual exams and simple blood work to check liver and kidney values, along with thyroid function have the potential to alert us to early changes that may give us important information about your animal’s health. We understand the changes your animals will have as they become older, and we also know the importance of keeping your animals healthy as they enter their golden years.
It’s a terrible feeling to know that your pet is lost and on their own, but it’s an avoidable one. Microchipping pets is the best way to ensure their safe return in the unfortunate event that they become lost. We know your pets are members of your family, and we want to make sure you stay together. We highly advise all pet owners to microchip their pets.
Just like humans, allergies can cause discomfort and irritation in dogs and cats. Allergies can make your pet miserable, but there are numerous treatments we can provide to help relieve your pet’s symptoms. Typical signs of pet allergies include:
Excessive scratching and face rubbing
Excessive licking of the feet, legs, and abdomen
Hair loss, especially locally
Biting and chewing at the skin
Recurring skin infections
Frequent ear infections
Chronic anal sac problems
Our veterinarians will help diagnose and treat skin and ear conditions in dogs and cats. Our veterinarians can diagnose and treat a variety of dermatological conditions such as:
Food and contact allergies
Allergic reactions to inhalants and fleas
Parasites (fleas and mites)
Autoimmune related skin diseases
Infectious diseases (bacterial and fungal)
Recurring ear infections