Often isolated incidents that can usually be cured with straight forward treatments, including (but not limited to) vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, anal gland infections, UTI, skin conditions and ingested toxins.
Anal Gland Cleaning
The anal glands usually automatically express liquid every time a dog or cat has a bowel movement. It's quite natural. If a pet does have an anal gland problem, our technicians and/or vets can "express" the collected liquid from the gland and relieve the pressure.
(AI) is the deliberate introduction of sperm into a female's uterus or cervix for achieving a pregnancy through in vivo fertilization by means other than sexual intercourse.
Research shows that the number one underlying reason why pets are surrendered to shelters is because of a behavioral problems. Often, simple behavioral issues can spiral out of control to the point that owners become frustrated and feel powerless to improve the situation. Our staff offers advice and behavior modification tips to help owners solve such problems so pets and owner can establish a rewarding relationship. We may also recommend that you connect with a trainer or other outside source.
Blood transfusions have many uses and can be critical, life-saving procedures. Blood loss through injury e.g. road traffic accidents or other causes of bleeding, such as rodenticide (warfarin) poisoning can lead to death.
Unexpected work trip? Illness or family emergency? Put yourself at ease, Best Friends is trained and equipped to handle all pets from puppies to special need pets, as well as non-traditional pets such as: birds, pocket pets and reptiles.
Cancer Consultation & Treatments
Chemotherapy is a term given to a group of drugs that have the ability to kill cancer cells. The specific medication or combination will depend on the type of cancer your pet has, as well as his/her overall health. Our vets will monitor treatment to ensure that it is working well with minimal side effects as possible.
Persistent illnesses that are managed with medications and treatments to help maintain your pet's quality of life.
We offer two types of cremation options. The first is general cremation where your pet is cremated alongside other pets and no ashes are returned. The second is individual cremation where your pet is cremated by itself and the ashes are gathered and sent back for you to keep or take and scatter in their favorite spot.
Daycare is an excellent option as an alternative to staying home alone. Our dedicated staff provides regular outings, playtime and lots of TLC. We also offer socialization for those in need of extra attention. Our trained staff also monitors the safety and wellbeing of your pet.
Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. Approximately 80% of all dogs and cats have periodontal disease by the time they are two years of age. Dental disease affects much more than fresh breath. It frequently leads to more serious health problems such as liver, kidney and heart disease. That's why more veterinarians are not just treating dental disease, but are taking new steps to prevent it. A major step in this process is encouraging owners to participate in their pet's oral health at home. Here is a list of some of the dental services we provide:
* Basic Cleanings
* Full Mouth Radiographs
Dewclaw Removal (all ages)
The procedure is performed by a veterinarian in puppies no older than three days old, during an emergency when injury occurs, or when your pet is undergoing a spay or neuter procedure and going under general anesthesia.
**Please discuss with one of our veterinarians to ensure this is the correct choice/procedure for your pet**
* IV Fluid Therapy
* Pain Control
* Infection Treatments
*Treatment for poisoning or seizures
End of Life Care
Whether your pet is approaching his or her golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s important to calmly guide the end-of-life experience and minimize any discomfort or distress.
Euthanasia is a difficult subject and decision, but this process allows you to say goodbye to your pet(s) in a peaceful manner while preserving their dignity and quality of life to the very end.
Just as annual physical exams are recommended for humans, they are recommended pets as well. If your pet is older or has medical problems, he or she may need even more frequent examinations. A year is a long time in a pets life. Assuming our pets will live to their early teens, receiving a yearly exam means they will only have about thirteen exams in a lifetime.
Feline Declaw (front paws only)
Onychectomy is an amputation and should be regarded as a major surgery. The decision to declaw should be made by the owners in consultation with one or our veterinarians.
**Four paw declaws must consult with one of our veterinarians and is not a common practice**
* Basic Ophthalmic Procedures
* Mass Removal
* Spay/Neuter - terms to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female and the castration of the male. This renders the animal incapable of reproducing. Spaying females at an early age eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle and eliminates the risk of breast cancer as well as completely prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males can prevent undesirable sexual behaviors like urine marking, humping, male aggression and roaming as well as preventing testicular cancer, perineal tumors & prostate enlargement.
* Tumor Removal
* Urinary Bladder & Gastrointestinal Procedures
* Wound Care
Many states, as well as overseas locations require an up-to-date Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from a licensed, accredited veterinarian when traveling. Your pet must be examined by a veterinarian prior to a health certificate being issued.
**Make contact early with your Veterinarian Care Team to insure all necessary documents are completed within proper time frames**
Laboratory testing is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. We strive to offer the highest-quality medicine, we are happy to be able to include in-house diagnostic laboratory services as means of providing excellent care to our patients. Although many important diagnostic tests can only be performed by outside laboratories, other tests can be performed in-house. Having access to accurate in-house diagnostic tests results can help our veterinary care team serve your pets’ needs by expanding the testing options available to all our patients.
The use of specific wave lengths of light (red & near-infrared) to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. Laser energy improves healing time, reduces pain, increases circulation and decreases swelling.
Give your pet a lifetime ID number, as ISO-compliant microchip contains a unique and unalterable identification number that is recognized in most countries around the world. Peace of mind, unique, unalterable, tamper-proof, permanent, reliable are just a few ways to describe what micro-chipping can do for you.
Short nails are key to your dog’s rebalancing and are critical in geriatric dog's long term health.
Pets with certain medical conditions such as liver, kidney, bladder, heart disease, or obesity often require specific nutritional therapy to minimize symptoms of their disease. Other pets that may benefit from nutritional services include new kittens or puppies and, geriatric (senior) pets.
**Obesity is the number one nutritional problem facing pets today**
OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, they are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.
* ACL Repairs
* Cruciate Ligaments
* Fracture/Broken Repair
* Hip Surgery
* Joint Disorders
* Patella Luxation
Parasite Control - Although we live in a colder climate, talk to your veterinarian about year round prevention
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. One mosquito bite is all it takes to infect an unprotected dog with heartworms.
Internal Parasite live inside the host animal's gastrointestinal tract. Examples include roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and protozoa, such as, giardia and coccidian.
Any dog or cat which bites a person/animal may need to be quarantined for a period of time as determined by Animal Control. All pets that come into quarantine will receive an entrance exam, updated any/all necessary vaccines as well as an exit exam and an updated Rabies vaccine before returing home.
Regular wellness exams are one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends annual wellness exams and as your pet ages, they suggest an increase in frequency of visits.
Spay & Neuter
Provides many practical benefits as well as preventing animal overpopulation: your pet is more content and far less likely to roam, bite, scratch, fight, mark territory or develop uterine, mammary or testicular cancer. The latest medical findings indicate that your pet, male or female, will be healthier and live a longer life if he or she is spayed or neutered.
Tail Docking (Newborns)
Tail docking is the surgical removal of part of the dog's tail. This procedure is most often performed in healthy puppies between one and three days of age. A similar procedure may be performed in older pets, but this is considered a tail amputation, not a tail dock.
**Owners with older aged pets must have a consultation with one of our veterinarians to ensure this is the correct procedure for your pet(s)**
Ultrasound examination, also known as ultrasonography, is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows internal body structures to be seen by recording echoes or reflections of ultrasonic waves. Unlike x-rays, which may be potentially dangerous, ultrasound waves are considered to be safe.
Vaccinations are an important part of your dog or cat's health care routine. By vaccinating your pet, you help protect your family friend from contagious and potentially fatal diseases.