Small Animal Services

Digital Radiology

We now offer digital x-rays. This is a form of x-ray imaging using digital sensors instead of traditional film. These advantages mean faster processing time, and less stress for your pet.

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CBC (Complete Blood Count)
This is a common test performed on pets to provide information about the health status of a patient. The CBC machine (Idexx ProCyte) reads the RBC (red blood cell count). An increase in the RBC may support dehydration and a decrease may indicate anemia. The WBC (white blood cell count) is also read, and an increase may be due to inflammation, stress, excitement and leukemia.

Chemistry Profile
This blood test allows our veterinarians to assess your pet’s overall health. This screen measures liver function, kidney function, pancreas function, blood glucose, total protein, and electrolytes.

Other in-house diagnostic bloodwork:
Total T4 (Thyroxine)
ProBNP (cardiac enzyme; Cats only)
Parvo Virus
CPL (Pancreatitis)

Snap 4Dx Test
This test can detect four infections in one simple blood test in less than 10 minutes. It detects Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Heartworm disease. Lyme disease is diagnosied in our office everyday. For more information, please call our office. Click here for a informational sheet.

Snap Feline Combo Test
This test can detect 2 infections in one blood test. It detects Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV).

Outside Lab:
We use IDEXX reference laboratory for all of our pathology, radiology, cardiology, and complex bloodwork.

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Cat declaw (Onychectomy)
Declawing is performed under general anesthesia and consists of surgical removal of the nail bed. The feet are usually bandaged, and the cat will be hospitalized for two days for monitoring. After the bandages are removed, tenderness may be evident for a few weeks. Special paper litter or shredded newspaper will be needed until paws are healed.

Castration (neutering) is the surgical removal of the testicles. Such surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities and render the pet sterile. Castration usually (but not always) reduces the pet’s tendency to roam, fight and marking territory. The general level of aggression may also be reduced. We neuter cats, dogs and rabbits.

Ovariohysterectomy (spaying) is the surgical removal of the ovaries and the uterus. Though it is routinely performed, spaying is a major abdominal surgery requiring general anesthesia and sterile operating technique. Prevention of pregnancy and heat periods are the main reasons for the surgery, but the procedure is often necessary in treating severe uterine infections, ovarian/uterine tumors and some skin disorders. We spay cats, dogs and rabbits.

Laparotomy (exploratory surgery)
Exploratory surgery is a procedure used to visualize and examine the structures inside of the abdominal cavity. The incision is made into the abdomen and it is used to determine the cause of the patient’s symptoms or to establish the extent of a disease.

Lump Removal
A lump removal is a surgical procedure to remove an abnormal growth. A lump or tumor can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are well circumscribed and are generally easy to remove completely. In contrast, cancers pose some of the most difficult problems in all of surgery. To diagnose cancer, some types of biopsy techniques are used:

  • Aspiration biopsy. A needle is inserted into the tumor and a sample is withdrawn.
  • Incisional biopsy. A portion of a tumor is removed.
  • Excisional biopsy. A whole lesion is removed along with surrounding normal tissue.

Retesting and periodical examinations are necessary to ensure that a tumor has not reformed after total removal.

Splenectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of the spleen. This procedure is usually performed for tumors of the spleen, or torsion. Depending on the severity, referral to a special surgeon may be needed.

Cystotomy is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made into the urinary bladder. This procedure is done to removal bladder and urethral stones.

Pyometra is a severe bacterial infection with accumulation of pus within the uterus. It often occurs in middle-aged or older females that never had puppies, younger dogs are sometimes affected. Pyometra results from hormonal influences that decrease the normal resistance to infection. As a result, bacteria enters the uterus when the cervix is open during the heat period and infection results. Signs or pyometra include loss of appetite, excessive thirst, depression, and vomiting. This disease may develop very slowly over several weeks.

Anterior (Cranial) Cruciate Ligament Rupture (ACL)
A ligament consists of tough, fibrous tissue connecting two bones. In the knee, rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament allows the femur (thigh bone) to slide back and forth over the tibia (shinbone). The rupture first causes pain, then abnormal wear and tear leading to arthritis. Surgical repair of the torn ligament is recommended. Radiographs and an ACL consult with Dr. Dave is required before surgery. Depending on the severity and the breed, referral to a special orthopedic surgeon may be needed.

A dental cleaning is a anesthetic procedure that involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean the teeth and below the gum line. Dental disease can lead to minor or major life threatening conditions, including heart and kidney disorders. Some dental disease may be visible and some may be hidden from view and require x-rays to discover them. Pets can often show dental pain by changing their eating habits or rubbing their mouths with their paws or on the carpet. They may drool, chatter, cry out or flinch when touched around the gums or mouth areas. Brushing of the teeth is the best preventative measure to be taken, ask our veterinarians about dental care.

Enucelation (eye removal)
Enucelation is the surgical removal of the eyeball. It is a last-resort treatment for very serious eye diseases or injuries, after all other alternatives have been carefully considered. Modern surgical techniques allow precise disfigurement and maximum comfort to the patient. After the eyeball is removed, the eyelids are sutured permanently closed.

Entropion Surgery
Entropion is a rolling inward of the eyelids. It may cause the eyelashes to rub against the sensitive front layer of the eyeball (cornea) and is often uncomfortable or painful. It also can cause serious eye damage. The entropion surgery will permanently avert or roll the affected lid(s) outward.