Annual Wellness Exams
We are passionate advocates of preventive medicine. Annual wellness exams allow for us to establish and measure against a baseline of health and behavior for your dog or cat. This is incredibly important, as by the time an illness presents with obvious symptoms, it is usually in its later stages, when it is most difficult to treat. During your pet's wellness exam, we will thoroughly examine each of their major biological systems to look for the subtle signs of illness. If we do catch something, it is far better that we catch it sooner rather than later. Routine wellness exams makes for happier pets with more years by your side.
Puppy/Kitten Wellness Exams
The first thing you should do when you adopt a puppy or a kitten is bring them in for a wellness exam! A puppy or kitten is a constant source of affection, companionship, and love. During this visit, we will set you up for success - today, next month, and years from now. We will teach you about the various health and lifestyle factors that your pet needs. We will educate you on vaccinations, parasite control, frequency of health exams, nutrition, behavior, and more. Because we are here to protect the love that you share with your pet.
Vaccines are an integral component of preventive medicine. They offer immunization against a range of serious health conditions in dogs and cats. During your visit, we will teach you about the core vaccinations (such as rabies), along with non core vaccines. We will take the time to learn about your pet's lifestyle and environment in order to recommend which vaccines are appropriate for your pet, and at what times.
Parasites (such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms) can range from causing a mild nuisance to deadly consequences. We will screen your pet for any common parasites in the Gaylord area, and will prepare a parasite control plan to make sure that your pet is free of them.
One in three pets will run away at some point in their lives. Microchipping your pet substantially increases the chances that a lost pet will return home to you. Collars often come off when pets run away. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is painlessly implanted next to your pet's shoulder-blade. It's a very similar procedure to a vaccination. The microchip will be updated to have your contact information on it. Nearly all shelters and veterinary clinics have microchip scanners, and the first thing a shelter or clinic will do when they find a lost pet is to scan for one. It's a safe and easy way to keep your pet safe.
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Many pet owners aren't aware of how large of a problem that periodontal disease is. In fact, the vast majority of dogs and cats over the age of three show signs of periodontal disease. This is a progressive health condition that is caused by the hardening of plaque into calculus. As this calculus (or "tartar") makes its way beneath your pet's gumline, as it inevitably does when the plaque isn't quickly brushed away, it begins a vicious cycle where bacteria erodes supporting tooth structures and spreads to the rest of the body's internal organs. This causes a baseline level of pain and discomfort for millions of pets, and increases the chances that a pet will get organ disease down the road. But not to worry, periodontal disease is no match for our team! This condition can be kept under control with routine dental cleanings. We perform digital dental radiographs on all of our dental procedures in order to be able to diagnose problems occurring below the gum line. And for advanced cases, we are able to perform oral surgery, such as extractions, to treat the disease's spread and damage.
Whether your pet needs a routine surgical procedure (such as a spay or neuter), or something more complex (such as a mass removal or soft tissue surgery), you want to know that your pet is in capable and loving hands. But more importantly, the team is incredibly talented and is totally focused on your pet's safety and prognosis. It can be stressful to know your pet needs surgery. Having this team with these tools behind you can make it a little less so.
We invest in state-of-the-art technology to improve your pet's medical care. One of the ways we do that is through our in house laboratory. This allows us to perform testing that can aid in the diagnostic and treatment process of your pet. And because our laboratory is in house, it significantly cuts down the wait time between the test and receiving the results, which improves patient care. We also utilize outside laboratories for more advanced diagnostics. We are able to perform tests such as:
- Complete blood counts
- Urine tests
- Virus screenings
- Pancreatitis testing
- Much more
The gold-standard in veterinary diagnostics is digital radiography. We are proud to offer this incredible technology to our community. With digital xrays, we are able to quickly and accurately get to the root of a health issue, or rule out other possible causes for a symptom. It is an important tool in delivering truly world-class patient care to your dog or cat.
Ultrasounds are a non-invasive procedure that allows us to evaluate the internal organs of your dog or cat. This is a very useful tool for early pregnancy diagnosis, obtaining samples for diagnostics, and for evaluation after trauma.