Western veterinary medicine plays an important role in the
overall health of your pet. There is no doubt that advances
in Western medicine have saved lives - and will continue to
save lives. Below you will find information about some of the
more common Western vet services that we provide as part
of our integrative approach to pet care.
- Wellness Exams
From puppyhood and kittenhood through end-of-life, wellness exams are integral to your pet’s overall health and well-being. It is during these wellness exams that we examine your pet from nose to tail. We’ll check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, teeth, gums, skin, lymph nodes, abdominal area, and listen to the heart and lungs. It is during these wellness exams that we often discover issues that, if left untreated, could cause your pet to become ill. Keep in mind that dogs and cats don’t always show that they’re in pain or are experiencing unusual symptoms. An annual wellness exam is crucial.
- Illness Exams
Your pet can receive high quality care in the comfort of their own home. Some issues can be exacerbated by a stressful trip to the vet. Likewise, some symptoms can be masked by the rush of adrenaline. We’ve heard many pet owners report that their dogs suddenly stopped limping as soon as they walked in the door of a veterinary clinic. Pets are less likely to experience stress if evaluated in their own home. House call exams also help us to see your pet’s living environment, which surprisingly often helps us to diagnose the problem and better treat your pet.
We believe that there is a place in this world for vaccines. They have eradicated so many horrific diseases in a relatively short period of time. However , what is a good vaccine for one patient may not necessarily be a good vaccine for another patient. Likewise, there will be individual differences in family philosophy towards vaccinations. We understand these differences and will work with you not to change your mind about vaccines but to discuss the issues, studies and concerns, and allow you to make an educated decision. We believe strongly in not giving multiple vaccinations at one time but rather spreading them out over a period of time.
If you are unsure if your pet should have vaccinations, please contact us for an appointment . We can go over the risks/benefits of each vaccination and help you make the choice that is right for you.
- Blood Tests
Again, because your pet can’t tell us how they are feeling, we rely not only on examinations but also on other diagnostics, such as blood tests, to get the true picture of your pet’s health. We can detect kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes and many other treatable/manageable/sometimes curable conditions based on blood tests. Many of these diseases go undiagnosed - as pets usually exhibit no physical symptoms until it’s too late.
- Heartworm Screening
Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitos, and this disease is life threatening to your pet. We recommend year round heartworm prevention and yearly blood testing.
- FeLV/FIV Testing
We recommend FeLV/FIV testing for all kittens and regular testing for cats that spend any time outdoors. Knowing the status of these diseases is vital for maximizing his/her health for as long as possible, and also for preventing the spread of the disease.
- Nutritional Consultation
Nutrition for your pet is very important - and let’s face it - the food aisles at pet-stores can be overwhelming, particularly now when so many foods are popping up on recall lists. We are happy to help you choose the best diet for your pet - whether they are ill or well. We believe nutrition is so important that in many circumstances we’ll make a field trip to the store.
- Anesthetic Procedures / Surgery / Dentistry
If your pet requires sedation or anesthesia, you will be referred to a local veterinary hospital with which we have an affiliation and to veterinarians we trust and have worked with in the past.
We do our best to assist with pet emergencies, but this isn't always possible with our mobile practice. We'll listen to your concerns and answer your questions, but we might need to refer you to a hospital or animal clinic that is properly equipped and staffed in order provide your pet with emergency care.