All of our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing
your companions with the best care possible. We strive to
give each pet an individualized plan for health care. Vaccinations,
heartworm prevention and general health screens may be tailored
to your standards, budget and your pet's age and lifestyle.
Young, growing dogs and cats and older ones too probably
benefit the most from frequent visits to the veterinarian.
Annual wellness exams or even semiannual health checks
are a great way to give your pet the best care, find problems
early, and deliver the most effective treatments. Although
vaccines are still important, regular exams are at least
as important in maintaining your pet's health. Wellness
testing is gaining in popularity with many clients. Very
much like we get on the human side, laboratory testing may
uncover something we otherwise would have not known about.
When all the tests are WNL (within normal limits) it gives
us a baseline for your pets records if anything should change
in the future.
Geriatics or the specialized care of aging pets is an important
part of our practice. More than half of the dentistry and
a majority of the internal medicine workups done at our
clinic are on dogs and cats over 10 years of age. Special
diets are available that may help with joint disease, senility,
kidney disease, etc.
We frequently have problems to solve that are behavioral
issues. From simple housebreaking or other elimination issues
in cats to aggression or destructive behavior in dogs. Many
other conditions such as anxiety, fear, or dementia and
senility are frequently evaluated and treated.
Anesthesia safety and monitoring continue
to improve and our protocols and monitoring reflect the
newest accepted techniques and equipment. We routinely monitor
animals undergoing anesthesia with pulse oximetry, ECG,
Blood pressure and respiratory monitoring. Our latest piece
of equipment can provide a historical printout of all these
Cryosurgery using specialized equipment and
liquid nitrogen is a recent addition to our abilities. This
technique is particularly useful for dogs with multiple
benign skin tumors, warts and some eyelid tumors.
We frequently work with area specialists in areas such
as cardiology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology,
neurology, oncology, orthopedics or surgical specialists.
Many conditions may be candidates for a referral to a board
certified specialist for evaluation and treatment. We will
offer these options when it is appropriate. Some of the
available specialty practices are listed here.
Ultrasound studies are a useful, non-invasive, imaging
procedure that may be scheduled at our facility. These studies
are performed by an experienced veterinarian who is Board
Certified in Internal Medicine.
We offer the ability to do extensive diagnostic testing,
surgical services, dentistry, radiology, as well as complete
inpatient hospital care.
Our pharmacy is stocked with all the products and pharmaceuticals
for your pets preventive care or therapeutic needs.
Controlling pain and suffering is very important. Pain can
impair healing and recovery in many ways. Pain in animals
is often difficult to assess as is instinctive for them
to hide it from others. Modern analgesic drugs can make
a big difference in your pet's recovery and overall quality
Alternative therapies utilizing herbal, accupuncture, chiropractic
manipulation, etc. are approaches that also may be offered
in selected cases. These are either performed by one of
our professional staff who are trained and experienced in
this or by a referral to a practitioner who offers this
as a specialty.
We are currently accepting new clients. You may download
a registration form on this
web-site if you wish.
the Mt Hope pet resort
We do provide boarding services for our registered clients.
Animals are housed indoors and dogs are exercised regularly
throughout the day. Large outdoor runs are utilized when
weather permits and walks in our large, park-like setting
are done regularly. All dogs are walked outside between
11:00 PM and 12:00 AM before "lights out" for the night.
We regularly fill up reservations on holidays. We put a
high priority on trying to board our patients who need extra
care and supervision such as diabetics or those needing
Check in for boarding must be done during regular clinic
hours. We are able to arrange pick ups outside of the regular
business hours. Saturday or Sunday afternoons at 4:30 PM,
Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM are typical arrangements that
may be made in advance.
We do provide some grooming services for our registered
clients pets. We currently do not have a professional groomer
for trims and can refer you to several local establishments
for those services. We are able to do baths, brush-outs,
dematting, or medically necessitated shave downs. We recommend
that you call and make a reservation for these services
and plan to drop your pet off in the morning. In most cases
you may pick up your pet in the early afternoon or we can
call when finished. For dogs our normal bath includes a
nail trim, emptying the anal sacs and cleaning the ears.
Special shampoos, treatments, or rinses are available for
the treatment of many dermatologic conditions.
Special arrangements for sedation for some types of grooming
should be discussed with the doctor prior to your appointment.