"Dogs laugh but they laugh with their tails."-Max Eastman
We welcome all distinctions of dogs: from different breed types ranging from small breeds (like Miniature Pinschers) to large breeds like (Bernese Mountain Dogs); purebred dogs and mixed breed dogs; short-haired dogs and long-haired dogs; working dogs (like therapy dogs, guide dogs, military dogs, and police dogs); athletic dogs (like agility dogs, field trial dogs, and racing dogs); disabled dogs (like old arthritic dogs or limb amputees); and breeding or pregnant dogs. We also see dogs of all different health statuses, from emergencies to chronic illnesses. We see dogs of all ages from neonates to geriatric animals. We see both genders, male and female alike. And, of course, we see all dogs who just want to come in to visit.
We try to offer concierge-like, personal care by developing intimate relationships with you and your pet. We practice collaborative care and want you to be a part of the decision-making process to ensure the continued good health of your dog. Since veterinarians are generalists, we fill the shoes of all specialties in medicine and surgery and will serve as your dog's pediatrician, internist, cardiologist, dermatologist, urologist, gastroenterologist, orthopedist, neurologist, emergency doctor, surgeon, etc. So, you will have access to all specialties under one roof. During your visits, we attempt to educate you about the genetic background of your dog since there are many breed predispositions to various canine diseases. We also review canine- specific behaviors to look for and/or discourage. We also review home pet care which might include information about nutrition, teeth brushing, and nail trimming/grooming to observing signs of specific diseases. We recommend that all dogs be seen at least yearly, depending on their age and health status. These visits are important not only for providing preventive care, but also to diagnose any problems early on. However, our veterinarians are available to answer any questions at any point in time.
Dog Wellness Exams
We encourage you to bring your dog(s) into the hospital for a friendly visit to acclimate him/her to the environment and to create a positive association with visiting the veterinarian. We advocate for preventive health and so promote regular visits during the year, the frequency of which depends on an animal's age, risk factors, and health status. Our veterinarians will conduct a thorough physical examination beginning with weighing your dog and taking its temperature. The exam will focus on different organ systems, such as checking for eye and skin diseases, examining the mouth for dental disease, ausculting the heart and lungs, monitoring the bones and joints for any changes, etc. Depending on your dog's health status, we may recommend other diagnostic testing such as bloodwork or radiographs. Our veterinarians will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about health, nutrition, behavior, breed disease predispositions, etc.
We feel that vaccinations are important in preventing infections which can cause serious, if not fatal, disease, so we recommend vaccinations based on the dog's age, health status, risk factors, etc. We do not "over-vaccinate" and will discuss with you any of your concerns and try to collaboratively make decisions based upon your, and your dog's, needs.
Potential Diseases and Disorders
Our veterinarians are versed in both internal medicine and veterinary surgery, and are familiar with all common canine diseases and disorders. From a simple spay to a more complex neurological disorder, we can address most canine ailments. You can never overestimate the significance of experience. Our seasoned veterinarians can diagnose and treat disease in a timely and cost- effective manner.
Canine Dental Care
Dental care in our pets is often an area that is overlooked and which can adversely affect your dog's health and quality of life. We recommend brushing your dog's teeth regularly and scheduling professional cleanings on a routine basis to maintain your dog's oral and overall health.