In My Book: Pets
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 CounselingHyperthyroidism usually occurs in cats older than eight years of age. The older the cat, the more likely the disease. A tumor (97% of the time it is benign) causes too much thyroid hormone to be produced. No one knows why this tumor forms. The tumor itself doesn't cause a problem, the symptoms are due to the excess of hormones. Common symptoms are weight loss even though the cat is ravenous, chronic vomiting, soft stools, fast heart rate, and some develop a heart murmur.
Comprehensive ExaminationCats are wonderful pets, but they are very good at hiding their symptoms. It is important to have an annual exam and laboratory tests to catch these diseases early when it is easier to get them under control.
Dental CareFinally, give your pets access to safe chew toys. Chew toys not only help reduce your pet’s stress level and eliminate boredom, but these toys can help to reduce tartar buildup. Be sure to use a chew toy approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Chew toys that are too soft are a danger because pieces may be swallowed causing an obstruction. Chew toys that are too hard, such as nylon, bones, and antlers break teeth. Rope toys can cause threads to get caught between the teeth.
VaccinationMoving? New cell phone number? Update your contact information online! Need vaccination records? Print your pet's vaccination schedule
Lab and X-Rays
X-RayWe provide advanced diagnostic procedures through our own radiology department which is equipped with digital radiography, digital ultrasound, video scope, and electrocardiography
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.
Chronic Condition Treatment
Thyroid Disease TreatmentMultiple measurements are usually taken of the systolic pressure (the higher one taken for people). It is important to monitor for hypertension in cats with renal disease or hyperthyroidism as it may appear early or late in either disease. If it is found, oral medication will be used to correct the problem.
Heart Disease TreatmentWe offer an exhaustive geriatric wellness program consisting of biannual examinations, a full senior panel of lab work, abdominal ultrasound, blood pressure measurements, and EKG to rule out underlying pathologies and diseases before your pet's wellbeing suffers from their effects. When such conditions are diagnosed in the early stages, they often can be controlled or even reversed if treated in time, thus providing your pet a longer, happier life and ultimately saving you money on costly treatment.
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.
Parasites Treatment and ControlOften times topical products for fleas and ticks made for dogs are labeled NO CATS. This is not a labeling trick or a marketing ploy. Cats are very sensitive to many topical medications and exposure can result in muscle tremors and seizures which can lead to severe fevers and death without emergency care.
Skin Condition and Allergy TreatmentWhether it's a weight problem, food allergies, organ disease, or a sensitive stomach, our veterinarians provide nutritional counseling for your pet's dietary needs. A variety of veterinarian-approved nutritional products are available in our office.
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Spaying and Neutering
General Pet Care
BoardingSmith & Shedd Family Pet Hospital provides state-of-the-art diagnostic, preventative, and surgical veterinary care, as well as veterinarian supervised boarding and grooming, in a warm and friendly environment.
Senior Pet Care
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