At Southgate Veterinary Hospital, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your pet, please contact us today.
SMALL ANIMAL CARE
We recommend yearly exams on all pets even if they are not due for vaccines. We recommend every 6-month exams on our senior pets (7+ years old). Our wellness examinations include a general analysis of your pet’s physical condition, including ears, eyes, heart, lungs, teeth, weight, and overall appearance. We only cater to canine and feline patients.
We offer puppy and kitten exams as well.
Our 1st puppy bundle includes an all-over exam, a broad spectrum deworming, the first round of vaccines (Bordetella and Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus), an intestinal parasite exam, and their first dose of Heartgard Plus and a flea/tick medication.
Our 1st kitten bundle includes an all-over exam, a broad spectrum deworming, the first Rhinotracheitis/Calici/Panleukopenia vaccine, an intestinal parasite exam, and (+/-) felv/fiv testing.
We offer visits with our licensed veterinary technicians so you can have your pet’s anal glands expressed or nails trimmed if they are too difficult to do at home. You can bring your pet in for suture/staple removal also if they had surgery performed here or elsewhere.
PET OWNER EDUCATION
We provide developmental information and advice on raising your puppy and kitten. Wellness plans are provided for senior pets.
We offer the most current prescription medications to better treat your companion pets.
We offer a full range of in-house laboratory testing including:
- Chemistry, electrolytes and T4 results in as little as 15 minutes
- Comprehensive hematology testing with a Complete Blood Count done in 2 minutes
- Coagulation panels to check for clotting disorders
- Complete Urinalysis with quick and accurate results
- Skin and ear cytology as well as fecal testing to check for parasites or infections
- Screening for common conditions and diseases such as Heartworm, Lyme, Feline Leukemia, pancreatitis, parvovirus and more.
Testing that is unable to be done in house is sent to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
Veterinary medicine has advanced quickly, and the range of treatment options is not only broader but safer than ever before. Even so, finding out your pet needs surgery can be frightening.
The safety and comfort of your pet are always of the utmost importance, and we are proud to say we belong to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Our veterinarians and staff are dedicated to delivering excellent care for your pet. AAHA helps us stay prepared and equipped to provide the level of care that your pet deserves. Our hospital is evaluated against a pool of standards that are continually updated to reflect the latest developments and improvements in all areas of veterinary medicine, including surgery.
Upon arrival for surgery, your pet will undergo a pre-surgical evaluation by their veterinarian and appointed veterinary technician. This team will follow the care of your pet through their stay. Appropriate laboratory and radiology information will be reviewed. With this information an anesthetic plan will be prepared and implemented with your pets’ specific needs in mind.
The use of monitoring equipment, such as pulse oximeter, ECG, blood pressure monitoring will be used throughout your pets’ procedure. This, along with constant monitoring by our veterinary technicians, will help ensure the safest anesthetic experience possible.
The following is a list of some, not all, of the surgical procedures we offer.
- Spay and Castrations
- Biopsies or mass removal
- Bladder surgery, such as stone removal
- Cruciate Ligament repair, such as lateral suture or TTA
- (TPLO is offered on-site with board certified surgeon Dr. Calvin Kobluk)
- Some fracture repairs
- Intestinal foreign body retrieval, such as removing that toy they ate
- Eyelid surgery (entropion, eyelid mass removal)
Sometimes conditions arise that require veterinarians with specialized training. When this is the case, we have access to board-certified surgeons and radiologists, as well as the ability to refer to other specialists to assist us in diagnosing and managing your companion’s medical condition.
Approximately 70-80% of all cats and dogs over the age of three have periodontal disease even though it is highly preventable and treatable. If you have noticed your pet has bad breath it can be a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria that over time can lead to plaque and tarter buildup on their teeth. The buildup can cause gingivitis, gum recession, and bone loss. Our pets’ teeth can affect the health of their entire bodies. The build up on the teeth can also contribute to heart, liver and kidney disease. Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Many dental problems can be managed through home care, regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
Here at Southgate Veterinary Hospital we are proud to provide our patients with state-of-the-art dental procedures. Our Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment or COHAT are done under general anesthesia. Once the pet is fully anesthetized full mouth dental x-rays are taken to asses the teeth for abscesses, bone loss, and any other abnormalities that lay under the gumline and can’t be seen by the naked eye. Once x-rays are complete the veterinary technician probes and checks each tooth. Technicians are checking for mobility, deep periodontal pockets, fractures, and abnormalities. Each pet ends up with their own dental chart which keeps records of extracted teeth, missing teeth, pocket depth, gum recession, and much more! Once x-rays and charting our done our skilled doctors assess the x-rays and do an oral exam. Doctors then decide if any treatment needs to be done. The procedure is finished with our technicians cleaning all teeth with an ultrasonic cleaner and polisher leaving the teeth clean and smooth. At discharge, our doctors go over what was exactly found in your pets’ mouth and the technician will then go over home care. Each pet leaves with a personalized brochure with before and after pictures of the teeth. X-rays are sometimes included to show the bone loss and disease that was affecting the teeth. The best part about the procedure is your pet leaves the clinic with fresh breath, clean mouth and a healthy smile.
Once your pet has fresh clean teeth multiple things can be done at home to keep them in pristine condition. Brushing is the number one recommended at-home care. Like us, brushing daily prevents the bacteria from building up and causing periodontal disease. Always use pet-friendly toothpaste when brushing, most toothpaste comes in pet-friendly flavors as well. Other products are also available for pets that don’t like their mouths touched. Products range from water and food additives, treats, gels, and much more! We recommend all products listed through the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Feel free to ask us for a list of their approved products. You can also find them online at http://www.vohc.org/. We carry several dental products, some you can find in our lobby. Don’t be afraid to ask your Veterinary or Veterinary Technician which product would be right for you and your pet!
RADIOLOGY AND ULTRASOUND
With the use of digital x-ray equipment we can have radiographs ready in a short amount of time. A full time radiologist is also available to consult with our doctors.
X-rays and ultrasounds can be used to help identify and diagnose:
- Broken bones, ACL injuries
- Foreign objects in the skin and intestines
- Internal injuries and bladder stones
- As well as many other pet ailments
We stock various prescription pet foods as well as nutritional supplements.
We offer emergency care during normal business hours, and will refer you to the nearest emergency clinic after hours.