We're pleased to offer the following services at Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital:
Preventive care is the foundation of our services. Keeping our family pets healthy and preventing illness allows for us to have a longer, happier relationship with our pets. Our preventive care strategies include complete physical exams, personalized vaccination protocols, wellness screenings, such as blood work, heartworm and tick testing and intestinal parasites exams, and individualized parasites prevention strategies.
If your pet should become sick, we are here to help you get your furry friend back to health. After determining what is ailing your pet, we will develop a treatment plan that best fits your pets need. Should your pet require hospitalization, we strive to make your pet's stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible, so that they may recover as quickly as possible.
Surgeries may be planned procedures, such as a sterilization procedure or mass removal, or may be an emergency, such as an intestinal blockage. Regardless of your pet's need for surgery, we strive to make the procedure as safe and painless as possible. All patients undergoing surgery receive a pre-surgical exam, preemptive pain medications, IV catheter and fluids, and monitoring with ECG, blood pressure, temperature, and blood oxygen level and are attended by a technician throughout the entire procedure.
Dental care is one of the most overlooked and under-estimated preventive care procedures in veterinary medicine. Dental disease can lead to chronic pain, difficulty eating, and other internal illnesses, such as heart, liver, and kidney disease. Regular dental cleaning can greatly improve a pet's quality of life. Many people are afraid to have their pet's teeth cleaned, due to the need for anesthesia, but here at Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital, we take great care to make sure that the anesthesia is as safe as possible. Each pet is an individual and has unique needs. To ensure that the pet is receiving the greatest care, each pets undergoing a dental cleaning has bloodwork, IV catheter and fluids, individualized anesthetic medications, monitoring with ECG, blood pressure, temperature, and blood oxygen levels, along with being monitored continuously throughout the procedure. Should we find that your pet requires more than a dental cleaning, we can provide extractions and periodontal gel treatments. Advanced dental procedures, such as root canals and caps are referred to a local veterinary dentist.
In order to provide the best care possible, we have invested in diagnostic equipment in our hospital. We have the ability to perform complete blood counts, chemistry panels, electrolyte panels, urinalysis, pancreatitis tests, heartworm and tick tests, intestinal parasite exams, and skin and ear diagnostic tests in our hospital, so that your can get the results as quickly as possible, so that we can address any needs that your pet may have, without a delay in care. Some advanced testing, such as thyroid testing, histopathology, cytology, and cultures are sent to an outside laboratory, so that the best results may be obtained.
Sometimes imaging is required to provide information about the health of your pet. Radiographs (x-rays) are the most common imaging performed, and with out digital radiology system, we are able to take detailed, clear x-rays and get the images very quickly, decreasing stress on your pet. We also have the ability to email the x-rays for consultation with radiologists or surgeons, should the need arise. We also have the ability to perform ultrasound in our hospital. Ultrasound helps to provide additional imaging, such as looking for changes inside the liver, urinary bladder, or kidneys. X-rays and ultrasound both provide information and neither is better than the other, but used together, helps to provide the most accurate information regarding the health of your pet.
Laser therapy is a wonder treatment modality that helps to accelerate the body's natural healing process through photo-bio-modulation (light therapy). Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation.
- Non-drug based pain relief
- Effective for difficult conditions
- Alternative to surgery, for certain conditions
- Helps accelerate healing times
- Easy, comfortable, non-invasive treatment
We are thrilled to be able to offer acupuncture and chiropractic services. Dr. Patton is certified in chiropractic and Dr. Huckabay is certified in acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Inserting needles will stimulate nerves which will increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins (one of the body's natural pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid). These chemical mediators can change the perception of pain and lead to release of other chemical mediators that influence organ function. This improved "chemical communication" stimulates healing.
Common Uses of Acupuncture
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, IVDD, traumatic nerve injury, lameness
- Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
- Skin problems, such as allergic dermatitis and lick granulomas
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Reproductive disorders
- Neurologic disorders, such as seizures, nerve paralysis, incontinence
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care focuses on abnormal movements of the spine and the effects these restrictions have on the nervous system and entire body. The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to maximize joint mobility and optimize nervous system function to allow unrestricted exchange of information between the brain (central nervous system) and all the body's muscles, joints, and organs.
Common Uses of Chiropractic Care
- Spinal Trauma
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Lick granuloma
- Existing osteoarthritis such as hip dysplasia, elbow arthritis, etc
- Sciatica neuralgia
- Recurrent ear infections
- Hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity
- Undefined lameness
- Sport dogs
- Geriatric patients
- Preventive treatment to maintain fitness and health
We offer many specialized services for any reproductive need that may arise in your breeding program. Dr. Hesser is board certified in small animal reproduction.
We have implemented a BAERCOMTM unit to serve our current client’s needs for pre-breeding screening and litter evaluation purposes.
Applications for BAER testing for your patients may be as follows:
- Routine testing of puppies and adults of breeds carrying hereditary deafness prior to breeding or purchase
- Evaluation of suspected congenital deafness in any breed
- Evaluation of suspected acquired (conductive) deafness due to injury, disease, aging, etc
- Breeds that require testing for CHIC certification include: Australian cattle dogs, Boston terriers, bull terriers, dalmatians, English setters, Havanese, Ibizan hounds, miniature bull terriers, Parson Russell terriers (jack russells), and Tibetan terriers,
- Breeds that recommend, but don’t require for CHIC include: Border collies, bulldogs (and predominant white bully type dogs), dachshunds, English cocker spaniels, great danes (harlequin), great pyrenees, old English sheepdogs, pointers, rat terriers, and whippets
- Individuals with limited pigmentation on the head or ears, such as merle colored dogs, double merle dogs, and pibald colored dogs
If bringing a litter to us for evaluation, we recommend screening at 6-8 weeks of age. This age will allow you to make decisions on the puppies’ futures, as well as allow for enough physical development for accurate testing.
Please let us know if you’d like to pursue BAER testing for one of your dogs or for your litter. You may contact us directly for information regarding appointments and scheduling. Please keep in mind that litter appointments take a large amount of time, so schedule early!
We are able to handle minor emergencies and will stabilize severe trauma patients. If required, severely traumatized patients may be referred to a specialty animal emergency center for advanced care. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such a snail bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
At Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital, we can care for many types of pets:
- Pocket Pets*
- Small Farm Animals*
*Limited care for these pets, please call 918-224-1900 for more information.