Veterinary Holistic Care offers dental cleanings with and without sedation.
Anesthesia is usually necessary to achieve the most complete dental cleaning and examination of your pet’s teeth possible. However, for many mild and moderate levels of dental disease, a non-anesthetic dental cleaning can give your pet a head start in long-term dental care, provide you with the education needed to maintain your pet’s teeth at home, and lessen the time needed under future anesthesia. The HOUNDSTOOTH Veterinary Dental Service visits our clinic approximately every 6 months to provide our clients with thorough dental education and instruction as well as a basic dental cleaning without anesthesia. Houndstooth performs gentle drug-free plaque and tartar removal with plenty of kindness.
Once a month, our doctors perform dental cleanings, treatment for advanced stages of periodontal disease, and minor dental procedures under minimal sedation/anesthesia. When it is time for your pet’s anesthetic dental, VHC uses special electroacupuncture techniques to lower the drug doses, reduce pain, and speed recovery safely.
We also provide dental surgery.
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Heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite that is carried by the mosquito. The adult heartworm is up to 14 inches long, prefers to live in the pulmonary arteries where it generates strong inflammation and often blood clots, and gives birth to baby worms called microfilariae.
Once your pet is infected, Heartworm treatment can be dangerous and costly. Thus, if your dog spends any time outdoors, heartworm testing and prevention should be considered. Prevention is safe and fairly inexpensive.
At Veterinary Holistic Care, we test your pet yearly to ensure they don’t have Heartworm. We then follow a schedule of prevention with heartworm prevention. Heartworm prevention is also able to prevent many gastrointestinal parasites. These parasites can be dangerous to people, especially young children. Because of this we will often recommend that heartworm prevention be given all year-round. In cases where we have concern that heartworm prevention is causing or masking an issue in your dog’s body, we offer low-cost fecal packages to continually screen for gastrointestinal parasites.
In addition to spaying and neutering, Veterinary Holistic Care offers a number of minor skin surgeries including: removals of benign and malignant tumors, abscesses, and warts skin; biopsies; and tooth extraction.
Prior to surgery, a pre-anesthesia blood screen will be performed to make sure your pet’s liver, kidneys, total protein, and glucose are within normal limits. If there is a history of heart disease in your pet’s family or breed, we may also do an electro-cardiogram screening at this time. If the exam and blood work look good, we will proceed with the surgery, but if something is amiss, we will discuss our findings with you.
At Veterinary Holistic Care, we administer the lowest possible dose of the safest possible anesthetics, keep your pet warm and comfortable, and administer a homeopathic or herbal medication after surgery to reduce pain and inflammation. Throughout the surgery, your pet will receive Reiki to ensure maximum possible comfort and to encourage proper healing.
The ovario-hysterectomy, also called a spay, and the orchidectomy, also called a neuter, is the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ, either all of it or a considerably large part of it.
Advantages: In addition to being a birth control method, neutering has health benefits. Hormone-associated diseases are prevented. Female cats and dogs are seven times more likely to develop mammary tumors if they are not spayed before their first heat cycle. A dangerous common uterine infection known as pyometra is also prevented. Uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer are also prevented.
The procedure may end or curb such behaviors as roaming in search of a mate and sexual mounting.
Disadvantages: Routine spaying and neutering does carry a low risk of anesthetic and surgical complications such as bleeding and infection. Neutered dogs and cats of both genders have an increased risk of obesity. Other associated risks include: Stump pyometra, urinary incontinence, prostate cancer, hormone-responsive alopecia, osteosarcoma, geriatric cognitive impairment, feline lower urinary tract disease, and urethral blockage from the presence of stones or a plug in the urethra.
Most animals lose their libido due to hormonal changes and females no longer experience heat cycles which can be a major nuisance factor, especially in female cats. Minor personality changes may occur in the animal.
Vaccinations and Titers
Virtually every puppy or kitten that enters a veterinary hospital receives an initial series of vaccinations that continue, in the form of “boosters”, for the duration of the pet’s life. Although vaccination is an important weapon in preventing infectious disease, immunization does have limitations and can cause negative reactions.
In our opinion, the practice of annual re-vaccination should be considered questionable unless it is required by law (e. g. certain states require rabies re-vaccinations). After initial immunizations, immunity to disease often persists for years or for the life of the animal. Only healthy animals should be vaccinated.
At Veterinary Holistic Care, after initial young animal immunizations we check titers for antibody levels instead of relying on annual re-vaccinations. Titers are blood tests that test for antibody immunity to specific diseases, offering an alternative to vaccination. If the animal is still protected, there is no need to revaccinate.
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