Routine Primary Care
Just like we need physical checkups, so do our little furry children. Preventing disease or catching it in its early stages is far better for our pets, and less expensive, than treating it once it has had time to progress to a severe stage. Yearly exams will save you and your pet from unnecessary suffering and financial burdens. Assuming our pets will live into their early teens these exams can be vital, as a year is a long time in their lives. This routine includes:
- Parasite Control (fleas, mites, and heartworms)
- Dental Health (looking for gum inflammation, excess tartar, tooth abnormalities or breakage)
- Ears and Eyes (discharge, redness, itching, or other irregularities)
- Stomach, Intestines, and other Internal Organs (through stool, urine, and feeling the organs, looking for any abnormalities)
- Feet and Legs (limping, weakness, toenail problems, pads of their feet)
- Coat and skin (any hair loss, pigment changes, lumps, itchy spots, shedding, mats)
In dogs and cats gum disease is very common, and can be incredibly dangerous. Left untreated, it can lead to major problems like heart disease, liver problems, and kidney failure, and issues like irritated gums and tooth loss. Regular dental care is necessary for your pet’s health. The key to management of gum disease (for us humans as well!) is prevention.
The three main ways that you can help keep your pet healthy is through:
- Annual dental cleanings
- Twice-yearly dental exams and
- Regular home care (like teeth brushing and dental treats)
Many pets, starting around middle age, also require profession scaling in addition to the normal plaque control.
Our skilled veterinarian, Dr. Jaffe, and well trained technicians can help with many different types of surgery! The most common surgeries done are:
Spaying and neutering - Surgical sterilization will keep your pets from reproducing (resulting in fewer homeless animals,) helps calm them, and prevents cancer of the sexual organs. It also offers many health benefits to its recipients.
Dental surgery - We perform a deep cleaning during annual dental visits to help keep infections from occurring, and if found, problematic teeth may need to be extracted to save the health of the surrounding teeth, gum tissue and the jawbone. We also check for oral cancer, an aggressive form of cancer, that must be quickly and surgically removed.
Cancer surgery - We can remove tumors from stomach cancer, liver cancer, cancer of the nasal cavity or eyelid, and, the most common, skin cancer, among others, and can perform a biopsy to check for malignancy.
Injuries - Fights, bite wounds, encounters with automobiles, and other injuries may call for surgery, and open wounds may need to be closed with sutures to stop bleeding and prevent infection.
Internal surgery - Internal problems such as swallowed foreign objects, tumors, and bladder stones may call for emergency surgery.
Traveling can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, but you don't have to worry about your wether or not your pet is in a safe, clean, and comfortable environment! We offer a convenient solution. Our professional and amiable staff at Federal Animal Hospital would love to take care of your little furballs! If your pet have special needs, health issues, medication, or special diets we would be happy to make sure they get the best care! And with well trained kennel staff, technicians, and veterinarians, any medication and physical ailments will be well under our supervision.
Radiology, also known as x-rays, will be able to show us broken bones, bladder stones (shown on the right,) ingested foreign material, fluid accumulation, and other abnormalities.