Comprehensive Physical Examination
During a comprehensive physical examination, our doctors assess the following on your pet: cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, urinary and reproductive systems, central nervous system, eyes, ears, skin, coat, mouth, teeth, gums, and weight. In addition to routine examinations, our doctors perform extended examinations as well as exotic pet examinations and treatment. We strongly recommend an examination every six months so that if your pet does have health problems, they can be detected and treated early. For more information on what happens during the physical exam watch video below, put together by the staff of Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital.
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We use only the best, well-tested vaccines and protocols for the protection of your pet. Regular vaccination of your pet is one of the easiest things you can do to help prevent disease.
This is an annual blood test that checds for the presence of Heartworms. We recommend that all dogs, cats, and ferrets receive Heartworm prevention year-round.
This exam is performed to detect specific internal parasites. Certain parasites can infect you and your family.
This test diagnoses urinary system disease, metabolic disease, and other disorders. Early kidney disease can be detected with this test prior to your pet having any clinical signs of disease. A change in diet is often all that is needed to stop or slow down several health problems.
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. It causes bio-stimulation of tissues to increase healing.
We offer Purina Veterinary Diets for our boarding pet, but we also have prescription diets for pets with cardiac, renal, allergic, nutritional, skin, and intestinal diseases.
These diets contain all natural preservatives. They also contain fatty acids which are important for healthy skin.
Check out our article on “Why should I feed my pet a premium food diet when I can buy much cheaper food elsewhere?”
We offer both cat and dog boarding along with our Pampered Pet Program. For our patients’ comfort, we have separate dog and cat facilities with natural lighting. Sick patients are never kept with our boarding pets. All the kennels are indoors and are air-conditioned and heated. Soothing music is on at all times. We tend to fill up quickly during Holiday periods, so please call us well in advance.
Before anesthesia and any surgical procedure, our doctors perform a complete physical examination on your pet.
In addition, we require a pre-surgical blood screening on all pets, just as your human doctor would do. It can detect many potential problems and increases the anesthetic safety for your pet. All potential problems noted in the physical examination or the bloodwork result in a phone call to you and are thoroughly discussed at that time.
Unlike us humans, pets must be unconscious for dental procedures. We use isoflurane gas which is one of the safest anesthetic gases in use today. We feel very comfortable using this on our elderly patients as well.
Acupuncture is one of a variety of therapies that your veterinarian may use to treat your pet. Simply stated, acupuncture (acus, needle; punctura, puncture) is the stimulation of specific points on the body that have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiologic conditions to achieve the desired effect. It is a means of helping the body heal itself. Acupuncture has been used successfully for nearly 4000 years on animals, as well as human beings. As a matter of fact, it is still the treatment of choice for one-quarter of the world’s population for many problems. It is now being utilized by an increasing number of veterinarians, alongside Western medicine, for various disease conditions. It is not a panacea or cure-all, but in certain disease conditions, it works well.
When we need to know the results now, we can do that with our In-House Lab. Bloodwork is a means of checking your pet’s internal functions in a non-invasive manner. It can alert us to hidden problems that your pet may have.
Different blood tests which are routinely performed:
- Occult – tests for heartworms
- FELV/FIV test for cats
- CBC (red & white blood cell count)
- Serum chemistries check internal organs such as the kidneys, liver, and pancreas. They also monitor intestinal tract and endocrine diseases.
- Diabetic monitoring
- T4 (thyroid test)
We perform pre-anesthetic testing and emergency work-ups in addition to routine, periodic bloodwork analysis. Pre-anesthetic blood work is required for all pets undergoing any anesthetic procedure.
We have many problem-specific blood tests that can be run in-house.
Radiograph (X-Ray) Unit
While blood work allows us to detect certain diseases, x-rays also allow us to diagnose diseases in a non-invasive manner. X-rays allow us to visualize internal organs including the heart and lungs, and the musculoskeletal system, in both routine and emergency situations. And since we use a digital x-ray machine for our radiographs, sending images out to a specialist for consultation couldn’t be easier.
This allows us to see the inside of the esophagus, stomach and intestines and to look for ulcers, parasites, foreign bodies, and even do biopsies to detect certain diseases such as Inflammatory bowel disease and Cancer. Biopsies involve removing small pieces of tissue to send to an outside lab for analysis. This procedure is minimally invasive and patients recuperate more rapidly with this procedure compared to exploratory surgery.
This is a specialized piece of equipment that allows us to take biopsies of internal organs (liver, kidneys, and pancreas) with only two small incisions in the abdomen. Pets must be anesthetized for this procedure. Because exposure time is short, pets recover much more quickly from this procedure as compared to general surgery.
This gives us a three-dimensional view of the internal organs in a non-invasive manner. It also allows our doctors to view the functioning of the heart, developing fetuses in a pregnant animal, and to locate bladder stones.
Whereas x-rays give us the size and shape of organs, ultrasound lets us examine the internal architecture of organs. Discrete lesions such as masses, nodules, cysts and abscesses are easily identified. They can be measured, counted and monitored for change. However, it is always recommended that an Ultrasound be performed in conjunction with radiographs to get a complete picture. Ultrasound-guided aspirates are instrumental in obtaining a diagnosis.
While our doctors are not Board certified in behavior problems, we can offer recommendations if your pet has behavioral problems such as aggression, separation anxiety or inappropriate elimination (defecation and urination) to name a few. Read more…