Prescription medications available for both sudden and chronic illnesses.
Our hospital offers many surgical services that include a variety of common and elective procedures.
We employ state-of-the art equipment to monitor your pet's heart, lungs, temperature, and oxygen saturation while they are under anesthesia. To ensure the best pain management, we provide pain medications before, during and after your pet's surgery. We will call you with an update once your pet has recovered from anesthesia. We understand that it can be very stressful when your pet is in surgery. Therefore, you are always welcome to call at anytime and request an update.
Important information for the day of your pet's surgery:
Rabies: 1-year and 3-year available
Canine Distemper Combo 1-year and 3-year available
Canine Kennel Cough (Bordetella)
Feline Distemper (FVRCP) 1-year and 3-year available
Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
Acupuncture with e-stim
Therapeutic Laser (LLLT)
Class 4 Companion Laser
CAH is pleased to offer several new services for pain control, healing, and wellness: Therapeutic Laser & Acupuncture.
Class IV Therapy: Therapy laser is the treatment of injury and infection with photon energy. The device send focused beams of infrared light into the body that stimulate healing in cells, reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and speed healing. It is FDA approved for use in humans where it has been used for years, particularly for sports injuries and chronic pain.
Accelerates tissue repair & wound healing
Reduces scar formation
Stimulates acupuncture and trigger points
Benefits from therapeutic laser:
Anal gland infections
Acute injuries-sprains, strains, fractures
Post-operative healing and pain relief
Any problem that maybe painful or benefit from faster healing
The vast majority of our pets are suffering from a disease. In fact, roughly 60% of dogs and cats are developing early dental disease by the age of two. By three years old, more than 85% of dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease. How does that affect our furry companions? Periodontal disease (disease of the gums, teeth, and supporting structures of the teeth) causes pain, possible tooth loss, and the bacteria involved can potentially travel to the kidneys, liver, and heart causing infections in these vital organs.
So how do you tell if your pet needs professional dental care? Contrary, to popular thought, a dog or cat often does not stop eating due to dental disease. While the vast majority of pets would benefit from our services, below is a list of some common sighs of severe dental disease:
Bad breath (called halitosis)
Chewing with or favoring one side of the mouth
Pawing at or rubbing face
A mass or growth in the mouth
Bleeding from the mouth
Loss of symmetry-face appears swollen or uneven
Draining tracts in front of the eye
Sudden change in behavior (aggressive or withdrawn)-especially true for cats
Discolored tooth or teeth
Broken tooth or teeth
Abnormal drainage from the nose
Reluctance to play with chew toys
The key to good oral hygiene is brushing your pet's teeth. We are taught as children to brush our teeth and floss once or twice a day. We do this to remove the buildup of plaque (Millions of bacteria) from the surface of our teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it hardens into calculus and irritates the gumine. Eventually, the bacteria colonizing the teeth, kill the teeth, destroy the associated tissues in the mouth, and can travel through the body to other organs causing potentially life-threatening infections. This is why we brush our teeth. And yet, the majority of pet owners do not brush their animal's teeth at all.
Dental Cleanings - how often does my dog or cat need to have a professional veterinary cleaning?
This depends on you and your particular pet. The degree of tartar and plaque build-up varies based on how often (if at all) the teeth are brushed, what type of diet is fed, what the chewing habits of the animal are, and individual genetic predispositions to dental disease. If your pet's breath smells bad and/or you see a yellow/brown coating on the surface of any of the teeth, it is time for a professional dental cleaning. This is not normal for your pet's teeth either.
Dental disease involves more than just the white surface of the tooth that we can see above the gum line. Even if you are able to remove the calculus, you are not treating the disease and infection below the gum line. In order to thoroughly and effectively treat periodontal disease, plaque and calculus must also be removed beneath the gum line and this requires anesthesia and special instrumentation.
Anesthesia is required to perform a dental cleaning. Anesthesia provides the immobilization necessary to provide a quality cleaning including beneath the gum line. It also allows us to perform otherwise painful procedures, like extractions. Finally, because the animal is anesthetized, we are able to protect the airway by placing a tube in the windpipe. This prevents dental debris and bacteria from entering the lungs.
We make every effort to provide safe anesthesia to our patients. We use a variety of anesthetic drugs and are able to tailor our protocol to meet the needs of each patient. While under anesthesia patients are monitored both visually and with similar instrumentation as human hospitals. Pre-anesthetic blood tests are also available to assess your pet's overall health and look for hidden illnesses that can increase the risk of anesthesia.
What is involved in a teeth cleaning at CAH?
General oral examination (while awake)
Complete oral exam and charting (while under anesthesia)
Gross calculus removal
Dental x-rays (Optional)
Therapy as necessary (i.e. extractions, oral mass removals, etc.)
Subgingival (below the gum line) scaling & root planning
OraVet application (Optional)
Dental radiographs have become a valuable tool in the detection and treatment of all types of periodontal disease. They allow us to see what is otherwise hidden under the gum line. If an animal breaks its leg, we take a radiograph to see the exact location and nature of the break and determine the best treatment plan. It is this same principle that applies to the dental patient. By taking a radiograph, we can get a more complete picture of any problem areas and decide on the best treatment plan.
Blood Tests (hematology & chemistry)
Diabetic Testing (including glucose curve)
Ear & Skin Cytology
Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS (FIV) Test
Specialty Testing (Biopsy, Endocrine Disorders, Cultures)
Blood work is one of the most common diagnostic tests that veterinarians perform. Just a small amount of blood can provide a window into an animal's overall health.
Blood Chemistry Panel
At CAH, our blood chemistry machine gives us information about the functioning of your pet's internal organs and metabolic status. We use this information to check for liver disease, kidney disease, and metabolic diseases like diabetes mellitus and hypo-or hyperthyroidism. All of this information is available in just 10 minutes.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Another diagnostic test we can run on your pet's blood is called a CBC (Complete Blood Count). A CBC tells the veterinarian about the number and condition of your pet's red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all areas of the body and when the number is very low, we say the animal is anemic. White blood cells protect the body from foreign organisms and can rise with infections and allergies. Platelets are very important in the clotting process. If the platelets are very low, the blood will not clot and it is very hard to stop bleeding.
Thorax, Abdomen, Skull, Extremities
Orthopedic Foundation Association Radiographs (OFA's)
Radiographs or "x-rays" are another useful diagnostic tool. They allow a veterinarian to see images of the bones and internal organs of you pet. There are many reasons why a veterinarian might recommend a radiograph. Some common examples include: assessing broken bones, looking for a foreign object your pet may have swallowed, and diagnosing pregnancy (and counting babies).