Regular wellness exams allow our veterinarians to evaluate your pet's general health and to become aware of any health problems before they become serious
issues. Your veterinarian may also wish to perform diagnostic tests including bloodwork and/or radiographs to evaluate your pet's health.
Puppies and kittens receive an initial series of vaccinations during their first 16 weeks of life. After they have gone through their initial series, your veterinarian will recommend a vaccination protocol that best fits your pet's lifestyle. Vaccinating your pet is the best way to prevent certain diseases in your dog or cat.
We would recommend that your dog receive, Rabies, DHPP (distemper, hepatitus, parainfluenza, and parovirus) vaccination at a minimum. Depending on your dogs lifestyle or risk of exposure your veterinarian may also recommend vaccinating against Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, Kennel Cough, or Canine Influenza.
We would recommend that your cat be vaccinated for Rabies, DRC (feline panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus). We would also recommend that all kittens and new cats receive a Combo Test to check for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency virus. A combo test is a quick 15 minute test that can be done while you are in the office. Depending on your cats lifestyle your veterinarian may recommend your cat receive a Leukemia vaccination.
Good dental health means better overall health for your pet. Research shows
that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age
three. Further, dental disease doesn’t affect just the mouth, but can lead to
serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease. This makes it
very important to provide your pets with proper dental care from the start. Dental cleanings and using a preventive care product (Biotene Water Additive) are recommend for maintaining your pet(s) dental care.
We perform most routine surgeries necessary for general practice. We take great pride in our anesthetic safety, monitoring and post-operative pain relief management.
Digital radiography is filmless x-ray system that produces immediate results, reduces exposure to radiation and requires less table time for your pets versus the traditional film method. It is best used to view solid tissue, so is often employed when determining bone problems.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
Ask us about microchipping your pet today!
We understand how difficult it can be to find a safe and reputable boarding facility to leave your four legged family member while you are away. We provide private indoor kennels, regular feedings, and plenty of personal care for each animal that we have staying with us. Our kennel team will be giving your pet the dedicated care that we give our own pets. Call us to make a reservation at 607-656-4285.
We are pleased to offer an onsite groomer, Cyndi Hartman, Tuesday's and Thursday's at our office. To schedule a grooming appointment please call Cyndi at 607-656-5822 or 607-242-2945.
Therapeutic Laser Therapy:
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by phyical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970's. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the U.S.
What to Expect:
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to your pet. Most pets do not need to have their hair clipped.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for the greatest benefit. For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments varies in length, but most sites require two to eight minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
Class IV Laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. A sample treatment schedule is as follows:
Every other day for one week (3 total), twice the second week (2 total), once the third week (1 total) and boosters as needed.
Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.
Numerous studies show that Laser Therapy can help with: Osteoarthritis, Ligament Sprains, Post-Surgical Pain, Hip Dysplasia, Chronic Wounds, Joint Pain, Muscle Strains, and Neck and Back Pain.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take:
The typical treatment time is 3 to 8 minutes depending on the area being treated.
How long before the results are felt?
You pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.