Animal Medical Centers’ approach to veterinary care is to focus on preventative medicine based on the specific life-stage of your pet. Each patient is assessed individually based on factors such as species, breed, age and environmental challenges. Each year when your pet comes in for an annual health exam he or she will receive a comprehensive physical exam from nose to tail and recommendations for any age appropriate diagnostics (blood work or parasite testing). Our role is to educate you on those procedures, medications and vaccinations that are beneficial for your pet.
We, the staff of Animal Medical Center, try to make both you and your pet feel as comfortable as possible. This may include treats or cheese for your pet. We try to make sure all questions are answered to our capability prior to any anesthesia procedures. Our qualified staff perform anesthesia procedures such as dental cleanings, spays and neuters, orthopedic procedures, mass removals and other procedures daily. Because of the general risk inherent to anesthesia especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, we will likely suggest a few exams including a chest radiograph and some diagnostic lab work prior to anesthesia.
Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning might be in order. Like you, your pet can lose his or her teeth due to decay and neglect.
It’s a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, but also of notes on things like your pet’s elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet’s behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Bring this notebook when you visit us. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help to make it easier to better diagnose any potential problems. Also, if you need to change veterinarian, it’s good to have this journal to provide a complete medical history.
If your pet must undergo a procedure or treatment that requires more expertise we may refer you to a specialist.