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Annual Physical Examinations

A physical exam can say so much about your pet.  A once yearly comprehensive exam is crucial for the early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening problems.  Much like us humans, much can change in a year.

Once your pet reaches its 7th birthday, he/she is recognized as a senior pet.  Remember, our pets age much faster than us; one of their years is equal to 7 of ours.  Once Fido or Kitty reaches 7 he/she is 49 years old in human terms.  We will discuss such issues as diet change, pain management and may include recommendations for further diagnostics such as blood work or radiographs.  Many issues can be prevented or managed with early detection.


Fecal Exams

At each yearly visit, a fresh (within 24 hours, no need to refrigerate) stool sample should be brought for internal parasite analysis.  The most damaging internal parasites can only be seen via microscopic examination.  Symptoms my include diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, kidney failure, severe anemia and/or collapse.

Puppies and kittens are almost always born with internal parasites.  At each puppy visit, we recommend you bring a fresh sample as internal parasites can be deadly for the young.  Once puppies are worm free, starting them on heartworm preventative year round will help insure they stay worm free.


Tick Bourne Disease & Heartworm Check/Prevention

We use a state of the art elisa test and a small sample of your dogs blood to diagnose tick bourne diseases as well as heartworm disease.

We have seen a sharp increase in tick bourne diseases including lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis in dogs.  In 2013, there were 63,527 confirmed cases of lyme disease, in humans, in the state of Pennsylvania alone! Lyme can be detrimental to your dog causing severe lameness, joint disease and kidney failure.  Vaccinating for lyme disease is the easiest prevention.

We recommend yearly testing and use a state of the art elisa test kit and a small sample of your dogs blood to diagnose tick bourne diseases as well as heartworm disease.

Heartworm is also on the rise in Pennsylvania!  We have treated 15 cases of heartworm in the past year!  Although not as popular as lyme disease, heartworm, if left undetected can be deadly to your dog.  As the name indicates, heartworm is a very long worm (sometimes 18" long) that invades your dogs heart, not one but many worms Animal Health Literacy > Keep The Worms Out Of Your Pet’s Heart! The Facts About Heartworm Disease.  If left untreated, the worms increase in number and the dog dies of heart failure.  Placing your dog on heartworm prevention is the easiest and most cost effective way of preventing heartworms in your pet.

Any dog over 6 months of age or who has missed 2 consecutive doses of their heartworm preventative should be tested prior to being placed on preventative.  We recommend that the preventative be given year round as it also prevents hook worm and round worms.


Dental Care

Warning Signs of Dental Disease:

  •        Bad breath

  •        Excessive drooling

  •        Abscess

  •        Pain

  •        Red/swollen irritated gums

  •        Changes in eating habits

  •        Tartar build up on teeth

  •        In severe cases loss of teeth and weight loss

All Dental Cleanings will receive the following:

  • A physical examination

  • Pre-Anesthesia Blood Screen (optional)

  • IV Catheter

  • Injectable Sedation

  • Intubation

  • Injectable/Gas Anesthesia

  • Utilizing an Anesthetic Ventilator

  • Pulse Oximetry

  • Heart Rate & Respiration Monitoring

  • Scaling & Polishing Treatment

  • Extractions as Needed

  • Fluoride Treatment

  • Hospitalization & Anesthetic Recovery

  • Free Nail Trim and Ear Cleaning

  • Hand Prepared Mouth Map

  • Shows extractions

  • Missing teeth

  • Remaining teeth


Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks carry disease to both pets and humans and can cause severe irritation to your pet.

There are some excellent flea and tick preventatives on the market.  Our number one choice is Frontline as it kills both fleas and ticks.  Should you prefer an oral monthly preventative, many of our dog owners are now using Nexgard with great success against fleas.  Nexgard can not be used in cats.  We offer Comfortis for cats as an oral flea preventative.  Remember to treat ALL pets in your household.  We have seen some of the worst infestations in multi-cat homes where the cats do not go out of doors.  Remember, you bring fleas in and if you have dogs, they bring them in infesting your untreated cats.  Fleas are much easier to prevent then to eradicate!


Microchip Identification System

Microchipping is an inexpensive non-invasive way to permanently identify your dog or cat should he/she get lost or taken.  As an added bonus the microchip number can be registered with the state.  It can then be used as your pets permanent state license saving money, time and inconvenience.  The chip can be placed at any visit or implanted during a surgical procedure.

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Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am7:00pm
Tuesday8:00am7:00pm
Wednesday8:00am7:00pm
Thursday8:00am7:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am Closed Closed
7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 5:00pm Closed Closed

*Hours to see the doctor are by appointment only.

Testimonial

This place is beyond phenomenal. I have taken my cat here for years and we always received loving care that is sometimes desperately needed. Unfortunately my cat did pass last year, but they were here with us until the very end. If I ever get another furry companion I'll be sure to be back.

C.K.III
Columbia, PA

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