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Parvovirus Infection TreatmentVaccinations can save lives. They are a very important part of any health program for your pet. Vaccinations can start as early as 6 weeks of age in puppies and about 8 weeks in kittens. Initial Leukemia and feline aids testing is recommended prior to that in kittens. If you have never vaccinated your pet or don't know a new animals vaccination status it is always best to assume they haven't been vaccinated and give them their first shots followed 3-4 weeks later by their boosters. In puppies we frequently vaccinate them a few extra times as their mom's circulating immunity can interfere with their shots. In Farmington we have a VERY high prevalence of Distemper and Parvovirus. Since that is the case we need to follow vaccination guidelines and doctor recommendations as how to best avoid these horrible diseases. The doctors at animal haven will likely repeat these precautions at each visit to make sure your puppy is as safe as possible.
Behavioral CounselingDepending on the cause of your pet’s stress, your pet may benefit from working with an animal behaviorist – especially in severe cases. If behavior modification through counter conditioning or desensitization is not fully successful, your pet may need medication to help ease anxiety and make it easier to deal with new things, loud noises (e.g., thunderstorms), separation anxiety, or compulsive behaviors like excessive licking.
Nutritional CounselingSome horses seem to put on weigh no matter what you do. This could be a combination of metabolic problems that we can help test for and a lack of exercise. In order to avoid even more dangerous problems like laminitis, weight management programs are available. We have a horse scale for monitoring weight and a walker available to help with exercise. Have your horse examined and see what is recommended.
Comprehensive ExaminationOnce a year, you should take your pet in for a check-up. This will include a full physical exam, and may include teeth and gum cleaning if needed. Our doctors will check the health of your pet from head to tail, and you will be very happy you came to Animal Haven Clinic for service.
Dental CareJust like people, animals accumulate tarter on their teeth over time. Unlike us they can't prevent it without our help. If food, chew, bones and brushing alone aren't enough then a full dental cleaning can be done. If tarter is allowed to accumulate, bacteria can get into the blood stream and go to other parts of the body creating infection. The tartar itself can damage the tooth and erode the gum and create pain and inflammation. In severe cases the tooth may even need to be removed. Obvious wobbly teeth and those without obvious gum coverage will need to come out but often there are inapparent problems that only radiographs can detect. The National Association of Veterinary Dentist is currently recommending a full set of mouth radiographs prior to a cleaning to see what else may need to be done.
VaccinationDr. Quintana is available to go out and help, vaccinate, deworm, pregnancy check or do pelvic scores on large herds. He can also recommend appropriate vaccinations and help you set up your own herd management program.
Lab and X-Rays
Laboratory ServicesWe have the ability to run a Complete Blood Count (CBC), Chemistry Profile (CP), IgG, Urinalysis, Fecals, cytologies from fluids and tissues. All these tests can be used in pieces or together to create baseline databases for your pets or to help diagnose illness.
Dental Radiology4. Schedule regular dental cleanings with your veterinarian. Be sure your pet has his teeth cleaned at least once every year. Anesthesia is required to do a good job of evaluating the entire tooth, and dental x-rays are needed to evaluate the tooth roots and surrounding bone.
Small Animal VetIn 1950, in an equally small hamlet of La Plata, Maryland, M. Susan Moreland was born. "Sue always felt a special repoire with animals, felt close to them, enjoyed interacting with them and planned almost from the cradle to be a doctor so the "Sue" could help her very special "friends". A pre-kindergarten dream was realized in June 1976 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree was granted to M. Susan Moreland by the University of Georgia.
Large Animal VetDr. Jennifer Bracken was born and raised around Durango, Colorado. From a young age, she was surrounded by animals. There were dogs to play with, cats to warm her lap, horse to ride and chickens to peck food from around her toes. She received an under graduate degree in Biology at Fort Lewis College then a second Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at Colorado State University. She continued on to veterinary school at Colorado State and graduated in 2005. After sewing up sheep for three days at Animal Haven Clinic while on vacation, Dr. Bracken was offered a position there as a small & large animal veterinarian. She happily accepted. While working at Animal Haven Clinic, Dr. Bracken realized that there are other ways to help animals beyond the conventional. With that in mind she attended the International Acupuncture Society, Acupuncture Basic course in 2007 to widen her scope and treatment options. Since then, she and the other Doctors of Animals Haven have been integrating complementary medicine into their care of animals of all sizes. Doctor Bracken enjoys riding her horses in the four corners, camping, reading, and art. She also is allowed to live with Loki, Pita, and Smudge, her three cats, if she agrees to provide food and plenty of room to shed. Dr. Bracken is an avid traveler who has been to Europe, China, Thailand and most recently the Serengeti of Africa.
Chronic Condition Treatment
Arthritis TreatmentIs your dog carrying a few extra pounds? If so, then he might be facing joint pain down the road. Veterinarians warn that obesity can put extra stress on the weight-bearing joints, causing osteoarthritis or other degenerative joint diseases. Excess weight also makes existing joint problems much worse. Schedule a wellness evaluation so your veterinarian can check your dog's weight and make any appropriate dietary or lifestyle recommendations.
Hip Dysplasia TreatmentTularemia is a potentially serious illness in people that occurs naturally in the United States. It is caused by a bacteria found in animals, especially rodents, rabbits and hares. Tularemia can also make dogs and cats sick and they can give the disease to people. Symptoms of tularemia in people usually develop 3 to 5 days after exposure but onset can vary from 1 to 14 days. Tularemia symptoms are similar to plague infection including sudden fever, chills, headaches, diarrhea, muscles aches and joint pain. Other symptoms of tularemia depend on how a person was exposed to the tularemia bacteria and can include pneumonia and chest pain, ulcers on the skin or mouth, swollen and painful lymph glands, swollen and painful eyes, and a sore throat.
Knee Problems TreatmentFortunately, many of these conditions can be treated successfully by your veterinarian. Mild disorders may respond well to anti-inflammatory medications or glucosamine. Your veterinarian may also recommend physical therapy to help your dog's joints. Surgery may help pets whose dysplasia, arthritis, or other degenerative condition has progressed to where it is painful or disabling. A luxating patella, for example, can be repaired by surgically reshaping the end of the femur and modifying the surrounding tissues.
Kidney Disease TreatmentTreating bad breath starts by identifying the cause and taking steps to correct the underlying problem. Other than dental disease, causes of bad breath are oral tumors, tonsillitis, or foreign material in the mouth or voice box area. Even systemic diseases like kidney disease and diabetes can cause a change in the odor of the breath.
Periodontal Disease TreatmentHowever, bad breath in dogs and cats is most commonly linked to the build up of bacteria in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene. In fact, bad breath is the most common warning sign of dental disease. Periodontal disease starts out as plaque. Plaque is a biofilm that contains bacteria which causes gingivitis. Over time, plaque hardens, forming a substance known as tartar. Plaque and tartar lead to swollen, inflamed gums, along with bad breath.
Wound and Fracture Care
Parasites Treatment and Control“I would encourage people in the mentioned counties and around the state to follow the same precautions they would to avoid plague,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Retta Ward, MPH. “Don’t handle sick or dead rodents, don’t allow pets to roam and hunt, get an appropriate tick and flea control product for pets, and take sick pets to a veterinarian. Since tularemia can be fatal in a small percentage of cases, it should be treated with antibiotics following an evaluation by a physician.”
Pain ManagementPain management may start with something as simple as weight loss. Often as pets age more than one modality will be needed to help with discomfort and pain. Usually weight is addressed first then neutraceticles for joint protection. As these things lose effectiveness other medications such as injectable joint protectants and finally anti-inflammatories and pain medications may be needed. Every animal is different, so they may do better on one medication over another. Often combinations will actually have a synergistic effect providing more comfort than any one medication alone.
Veterinary SurgeryAnimal Haven Clinic performs surgical spays and neuters on cats and dogs when they are 6 months of age or older. This allows some time for growth, time for their immune systems to develop more and its before they become sexually mature.
DeclawingDeclawing is essentially the removal of one of the bones in the digit so pain medication, anti-inflammatories and numbing blocks are a must. Laser technology also makes it faster, with less bleeding and more precise. The cats whom seem to have the least problems with this surgery is the younger kittens. While this surgery can be done its seems to have a little longer recovery period for cats over 1-2 years.
Spaying and NeuteringIn areas such as ours where there are already so many pets available and so many unwanted pets, Animal Haven Clinic recommends spaying and neutering to help control the number of unwanted pets as well.
General Pet Care
GroomingWard personnel are responsible for animal handling, bathing and grooming, cleaning, feeding, laundry, waste disposal, and running lab work.
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