Our state-of-the-art medical facility allows our professional staff to deal with a variety of medical conditions your pet may experience. Our medical services are aimed at diagnosing, treating, and preventing any disease or malady that may adversely affect your pet. This starts with a comprehensive medical assessment.
Complete Medical Evaluation and Assessment
A complete medical assessment begins with a thorough physical examination. The veterinarian will examine your pet's eyes, ears, skin, cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and musculoskeletal system for any abnormalities. The physical exam can be complemented or supplemented with appropriate laboratory tests to determine if your pet's organs are functioning properly. Urine tests, fecal exams and blood tests are commonly used. Depending on your pet's condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests such as radiography (X-rays), ultrasound, or EKGs (electrocardiograms).
A heart problem can affect your pet at any age although it is more often found in older pets.
Heart inefficiencies result in the heart not being able to pump blood around the body effectively.
Heart problems can lead to congestive heart failure. If an animal is suffering from congestive heart failure, it usually accumulates fluid in the lungs although it can result in fluid accumulation in the abdomen as well. Animals suffering from congestive heart failure often experience difficulty breathing and frequent coughing. Some causes of heart failure include: congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the valves of the heart), heartworm disease, and arrythmias (rhythm disturbances).
Many heart problems can be identified on physical examination. Additional tests are usually required to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease. Additional tests include EKGs (electrocardiograms), radiographs (X-rays) or ultrasound. All of which can be performed here at VMC.
Heart disease is a serious life threatening condition but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pets life. There are very effective medications that can improve your pet's condition if diagnosed quickly.
Ultrasonography,or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (X-rays). It allows the veterinarian to visualize structures inside the body and can be especially useful to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses on your pet's heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, ovaries, uterus, prostate and spleen. It can also be used to determine pregnancy and is routinely used to guide biopsy needles and to collect urine samples. Ultrasound is a painless procedure with no known side effects. It does not involve radiation.
Blood work is critically important to assess how well your pet's organs such as kidneys, liver, and pancreas are functioning. We perform in-house blood test allowing the veterinary staff to have accurate results quickly. Urine tests, fecal exams and other blood tests can also be performed at the hospital. Complete Blood Cell counts, CBCs, that monitor infection and anemia are performed using a Heska Hematrue machine.
Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about your pet's bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). X-rays are used by themselves or in combination with other diagnostic test to assist in diagnosing your pet's condition.
Sometimes it may be necessary to sedate a patient in order to take a clear, diagnostic x-ray image especially if your pet is in pain.
If your pet is ill or just doesn’t seem to be acting right, please call for an appointment. It only takes a phone call to find out if your pet should be seen immediately.
It is well recognized that oral disease is found in 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the time they are 3 years old. Some common signs of oral disease include bad breath, red and swollen gums, decreased appetite and facial swelling associated with the upper or lower jaw. Because it is one of the most frequent diseases veterinarians see, we have set up a sophisticated dental suite at Animal and Bird VMC. We can perform routine dental cleanings as well as bring in board certified specialist for the more involved procedures.
There are various reasons why you should pay attention to your pet's dental health. Accumulated bacteria and food debris can lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone resulting in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. Also, if left unchecked, the bacteria that causes periodontal disease can affect other organs in the body resulting in serious infections to the liver, heart and kidneys.
We can recommend preventative measures you can begin at home. A regular regimen of care for your pet's teeth and gums will help your pet maintain good oral hygiene and dramatically extend the life of your pet. Ask our staff about how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.
Dermatology refers to the study of the skin. Skin disease is a frequently observed problem in dogs and cats.
Skin problems in pets can be a diagnostic challenge because so many of them look a like. To reach the correct diagnosis and treatment plan your pet will need a through physical examination, by the veterinarian.
A complete medical history and a variety of diagnostic tests, such as blood work, urinalysis, skin scraping, biopsies, cultures, etc. Unfortunately, many skin problems such as allergies can not be cured, the good news is they can be managed so your pet's quality of life is greatly improved.
The cause of skin problems range from hormonal disorders to the common flea. You should make an appointment for your animal if you notice any excessive itchy behavior, loss of hair, and / or the presence of scabs or scale on the skin.
So, if you notice excessive scratching, hair loss, presence of scales or scaling skin, call for an appointment 951-371-7120.
Please keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Frightened animals have been known to run for an open door. You and your pet will be safer if everyone follows this rule.
Endocrinology is the study of hormones and there are several common endocrine disorders found in dogs and cats.
Hypothyroidism is often diagnosed in dogs. Hypothyroidism indicates that the animal has low levels of circulating thyroid hormone. Proper thyroid hormone levels are necessary for proper metabolism.
The opposite is true for cats. They are frequently diagnosed with high levels of circulating thyroid hormones.
Additional endocrine problems include Cushing's Disease and Addison's Disease. Diagnosing these require special tests.
There are many signs observable in pets with endocrine disease. These signs include (but are not limited to) the following: abnormal energy levels, abnormal behavior, abnormal drinking, urinating and eating behavior, excessive panting, skin disorders, and weight gain or loss.