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Immunization and Wellness Care
At Monroe Road Animal Hospital we support the practice of preventative medicine. As part of this philosophy we recommend annual lab work for all patients. This lab work provides an important baseline for organ system function in the event or illness.
To know that normal function in various organ systems exists can be very useful in the event of a problem or illness. This information allows us to determine with a better degree of accuracy how long a patient has been ill and which organ systems are involved.
As an example, a cat that presents with signs of kidney disease may have had sub clinical or silent disease for an extended period. Knowing when the organ systems were functioning appropriately is very important information. This assists the doctor in determining whether the disease is acute (rapid onset) or chronic (long term). This information is used to both determine a prognosis and recommend a treatment regime.
We believe that annual lab work is extremely important in companion animals because they often cannot communicate the subtle signs of their illness to the owners. Often, low grade nausea, or low appetite goes unnoticed by the owner until more overt signs such as weight loss occurs. Many times the disease or illness is well advanced by the time the pet is presented for evaluation and treatment by the veterinarian. Treatment options may be reduced or eliminated by this time.
Knowledge is a powerful and important tool in providing the very best health care for pets of all ages. Therefore, we offer and recommend annual lab screening in the form of a complete blood count and chemistry panel to our patients. Patients over the age of five years should also have the thyroid gland evaluated.
Information gathered from the annual health screen:
-Red blood cell count -Diabetes
-White blood cell count -Pancreatic function
-Platelet number -Electrolyte balance
-Kidney function -Thyroid function
-Liver function -Blood protein
At Monroe Road Animal Hospital, we provide health care for all facets of your pets life. Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness is an essential part of our commitment to you and your pet.
Monroe Road Animal Hospital works closely with several specialists in the area to provide our clients with referral systems when needed. We also partner with veterinarians who perform onsite specialties such as acupuncture and specialty surgical procedures.
Our in-house diagnostic lab allows us to run tests and access accurate results in a timely fashion, enabling us to begin treatment regimes immediately.
Monroe Road Animal Hospital utilizes state of the art, digital radiology equipment as an important diagnostic tool.
Digital radiology allows us to assess many conditions from fractures to abnormalities in the chest and abdomen, including foreign bodies and masses, allowing us to formulate the appropriate treatment plan for your pets needs.
Ultrasound has become a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. It is a painless and non evasive way to look at various organs and aid in diagnosing various conditions. The ultrasound machine works by sending sound waves into the body and listening for echos. The machine in turn uses these echos to create a picture of the inside of your pets body.
The veterinarian may recommend an ultrasound for your pet for multiple reasons. The information gathered from this procedures includes location, size, texture and blood supply of internal organs. Ultrasound is typically used in conjunction with other diagnostics such as blood tests and radiographs.
Your pets ultrasound exam can usually be performed without sedation, depending on the tolerance level of your pet. If sedation is required, you will be notified. For the procedure to take place, it is necessary to shave the area to be examined.
The information gathered from the ultrasound procedure is valuable in helping diagnose certain conditions and also aids in treatment planning.
What would happen if we never brushed our teeth…? Yuck, we would have a mouth full of dental disease. Red irritated and painful gums, abscesses in the mouth and the early stages of problems with our liver, kidneys and heart. Dental disease has very negative consequences for the health of our pets if it goes untreated and unchecked.
Obviously pets don’t pick up a toothbrush and start brushing their own teeth. We highly recommend dental home care begun at an early age. However in the absence of early dental care, it is not uncommon for veterinarians to see patients with extensive dental problems on routine exams
Often it is necessary to perform a complete dental cleaning and evaluation of the teeth and oral structures to get started on the road to dental health. After this initial cleaning, dental home care can be started to reduce the severity of dental disease in the future.
Dental home care is not intended to eliminate the need for further dental cleanings, however, good home care can greatly reduce the cost of future cleanings and even enhance the interval between cleanings. Most pets over the age of three years will need routine dental cleanings. Some breeds are predisposed to early and more severe dental problems. These include but are not limited to, toy breeds of dogs, dogs with short faces (pugs and bulldogs) and cats with shorter noses ( Persians).
Dental procedures in dogs and cats require general anesthesia. Prior to any anesthesia on your pet these procedures will need to be performed. They will be done on the day of the dental procedure.
Before the Procedure
1. Complete physical exam: includes but is not limited to: listening to the heart and lungs, as well as general health assessment.
2. Laboratory blood screen: More extensive lab work is needed for the geriatric patient, younger patients will have liver and kidney values assessed for normal function and a red blood cell count performed. Prior lab work can be used as an assessment of body organ function if it has been performed within the previous 4 weeks.
3. IV catheterization: This is our portal for both fluids and emergency drugs if needed and is required for the safety of the patient.
4. Antibiotics will be administered to counteract any bacteria dislodged in the cleaning process.
During the Dental Procedure
Our primary concern is the safety of your pet. Anesthesia is carefully monitored with both a pulse oximeter and a doppler blood pressure machine. Gas anesthesia is used to maintain your pet at an appropriate level of anesthesia. The patient is always under the watchful eye of either a veterinarian or veterinary technician. Warmth is provided during and after the procedure, and appropriate pain medication is given to ensure the comfort of all dental patients.
Different animals require different procedures. The best evaluation of the mouth is done when the pet is under anesthesia. During this time a dental probe is used to determine if there are pockets of decay around the teeth. Teeth that are abscessed cause severe pain and will need to be removed. Extractions are done by the veterinarian. Defects left after extractions will be sutured with absorbable suture. Once extractions are completed, a complete ultrasonic cleaning and dental exam is performed. Tartar and plaque are removed and the teeth are polished to a sparkling shine. The veterinarian will check carefully for any abnormalities in the oral cavity on the teeth, lips, and gums and report their findings to you
After the Procedure
After the dental procedure the patient is monitored carefully while waking up from anesthesia. Pain medication is used as needed to ensure comfort. Dental patients are generally discharged on the same day. Pain medication and antibiotics are common take home medications for dental patients and will be explained to you at the time of discharge.
When you pick up your pet they will probably still be slightly drowsy. A technician or veterinarian will explain what to expect and how to care for your pet at home.
No one likes the thought of their pet undergoing surgery but there are certain problems that require surgical intervention for recovery. Anesthesia, surgical monitoring, and surgical techniques are very advanced to insure your pet's safety. In fact, it parallels that routinely used in human surgery.
All Pets receive a presurgical physical examination to determine health status.
Presurgical screening is recommended to insure your pet's safety, and to diagnose any problems not readily apparent. These tests vary with the individual case and may include:
Blood counts to assess blood components
Blood Chemistry Profiles to assess organ functions
Any abnormalities diagnosed may need to be corrected before surgery begins. You will be called prior to surgery if we observe additional risk factors or concerns. Some pets are anemic or diabetic which increases the surgical risk, especially if these conditions are unknown. Your doctor would not think of performing surgery on you without prelaboratory surgical testing to insure safety. All surgery is performed with sterile instruments and gloves, just as in our human counterparts. Separate sterile packs are used for each and every animal. We use only approved surgical material.
Surgical vital sign monitoring is used routinely to insure the utmost safety. Most routine surgical patients are sent home the same day because we know your pet is much better satisfied in the home environment, and therefore heals better.
HOME PREPARATION FOR SURGERY:
No food after 10:00 p.m. the night before surgery
Free choice water should remain available
Be sure to tell us about any concerns regarding your pet before surgery.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
For years veterinarians have known that the pain threshold of animals is much higher than that of humans. This is evident when we see pets that walk back to their owners a few hours after surgery wagging their tails.
Studies show that pets do much better when given pain medications at the time of dismissal after surgery. This injection is in addition to the routine medications used during and immediately after surgery. This injection will provide the pet with an additional 18-24 hour period of pain relief after surgery.
Pain relief is shown to:
Minimize Immunity suppression (which can lead to post surgical infection)
Shorten Wound Healing Time
Hasten Return Of Appetite
Decrease Post Operative Nausea
Monroe Road Animal Hospital has a full in house pharmacy where we can fill your medications so that you can take them with you whenever you pick up your pet after an illness or procedure. You can also call ahead and we will have your refills ready for you to pick up with no waiting. Many of our in house medications are comparable in price to the corporate online phamacies. We are also happy to mail your items from our in house pharmacy, just like the big commercial online pharmacies.
In addition, we are pleased to offer our very own, online pharmacy through Vetsource. Our online pharmacy is fulfilled through the veterinary supply company that provides the bulk of our drugs, equipment and supplies for everyday use in the hospital.
As a small veterinary hospital, we are unable to keep all of the available brands of heartworm and flea preventatives in stock. However, you can purchase them through our online pharmacy. You can even set up your refills to automatically ship to you whenever they are due.
To access our online pharmacy, simply click on the Vetsource link wherever you see it on this website.
Growing older is a fact of life that we all must deal with. Proper diet, vitamins, regular exercise and routine medical checkups are a basic part of our lives, but what about our pets? Did you know that dogs at 6 years of age are considered 40 years old in human terms, and at 9 years their age is equivalent to a 52-year-old human? Statistically, we also know that large breeds of dogs live an average of nine to 10 years, where small breeds live an average of 12 to 13 years.
Geriatric medicine is as important to your pet as it is to you. By the time your pet reaches 6 years old, the aging process is already beginning but may not be noticeable to you. To help ensure a long and healthy life, we recommend the following steps in caring for your geriatric pet.
Have your pet spayed or neutered at an early age. Fifty to sixty percent of unspayed dogs develop mammary tumors by age 10, In addition, as they go through the change of life, uterine infections can occur which are extremely life threatening. Therefore, older unspayed females must be checked regularly for mammary tumors and unusual vaginal discharges. Uncastrated males can develop prostatic problems, as well as anal and testicular tumors. Owners of breeding animals should strongly consider spaying or neutering those animals that have finished their reproductive years.
Have routine medical checkups by your veterinarian.
Feed a geriatric diet specially formulated for the needs of an aging pet.
Keep teeth free from tartar! Regular dental prophylaxis is a must! Use toothpaste and brushes specially formulated for pets. One of the leading causes of kidney disease in the dog is infection spreading throughout the body from chronic periodontal disease!
Provide proper care of the skin and coat with routine shampooing.
Have your veterinarian perform complete geriatric health evaluation as your pet approaches 9 - 10 years of age.
This evaluation should consist of the following:
Thyroid hormone test
Blood test for liver and kidney function
Urinalysis with urine protein levels
EKG Screening & Glaucoma Screening
These tests are used not only to evaluate your pets health status now, but also to compare the changes that are occurring year to year. See your veterinarian today. He or she can help you set up a healthcare program for your geriatric pet. Early, detection and prevention are the keys to longevity.
Imunization and Wellness Care
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3736 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205