We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from first shots to a lifetime of preventive care. No matter what medical problem your pet may be facing, our skilled team of veterinarians and technicians work together to provide comprehensive, compassionate care.
We’re pleased to offer the following services. If you don’t see information on the issue your pet is showing, please contact us.
Even though pet is not crying, whining, or wincing does not mean that they are not in pain. If at anytime a pet experiences blunt force trauma (for example being hit by car, bit by another animal, or falling from high places) it is essential that they see a veterinarian immediately. Subtle but life-threatening conditions can occur that may not be obvious to the owner. Additionally, injuries like small puncture wounds may not be apparent until sometime later.
Emergency & Critical Care
If you believe your pet is having a life-threatening emergency or condition bringing him or her to a veterinarian for examination immediately is strongly recommended. Early detection and treatment is usually the cornerstone to the most successful diagnoses and prognoses. We do recommend that you call us prior to coming in so that we may prepare.
Internal Veterinary Medicine
If you happen to have a pregnant dog or cat then you should be familiar with proper gestation, whelping and husbandry. Prior to birthing we recommend having your pregnant dog or cat X-Rayed and imaged with an ultrasound so that we can count how many viable fetuses to expect.
General practitioners in veterinary medicine are trained to perform many types of surgeries. However, some surgeries are better left for specialists. We are fortunate to have a traveling board-eligible veterinary surgeon come to our clinic to perform more complicated surgeries such as cranial cruciate ligament (ACL) repair, luxating patella repair, cholecystectomy (Gall Bladder removal), and splenectomy (Spleen removal) just to name a few. Many times a traveling surgeon performing at a general practitioners office can be less expensive than standalone specialty clinics.
While your pet is staying with us we strive to make them feel completely at home. We offer multiple walks as well as scheduled exercise time in our outdoor play area for dogs, and an indoor play area for cats. Our goal is to give them the attention and love they deserve… including extra pets and kisses at no extra charge! We also offer private cat boarding in a separate area to ensure their stay is as stress free as possible. Family pets can be housed together in larger kennels/dog runs. All boarding wards are climate controlled. This means your pet is not exposed to summer heat or chilly winter nights.
If you come home to blood on the floor bring your pet in immediately. If you can find the source of the bleeding, we recommend immediate pressure to the site and take your pet to the veterinarian ASAP as bleeding can be a result of traumatic injury or toxins such as rat poison or prescription drugs. Any bleeding can be life-threatening.
Spays and Neuters
Our hospital routinely performs spays and neuters, the surgical sterilization of female and male dogs and cats. Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries of female dogs and cats and is called ovariohysterectomy. Neutering involves removal of the testicles of male dogs and cats and is called castration.
Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and both involve a surgical incision. Pain management medications are used routinely to insure your pet’s comfort.
These surgeries are performed most commonly at or around six months of age. However, many veterinarians recommend and perform this procedure at a younger age. Ask our staff about spaying or neutering your pet to help prevent unwanted sexual behavior and pregnancies and to decrease or eliminate the possibility of certain disease conditions later in life.
Diarrhea & Vomiting
Continuous vomiting and diarrhea can result in severe dehydration and decline. Most gastrointestinal cases like vomiting and diarrhea can be treated conservatively, but sometimes hospitalization is required. It is never normal for a pet to vomit or even have soft stool for longer than one day. It is also not normal for a pet to have intermittent vomiting and/or diarrhea/soft stool.
Geriatric Pet Care
Both cats and dogs are considered geriatric at seven years of age. With veterinary medical advancement comes longer lives for our pets. Geriatric medicine is a complicated discipline as geriatric pets typically have multiple problems. Most problems, however can be treated or at the very least alleviated. Make an appointment to discuss reasonable care for your older loved one.
Puppy & Kitten Care
Everybody loves puppies and kittens, right? Most new adoptees are healthy, but sadly some are not. We recommend every new furry member of your family have an initial office visit to discuss all types of preventative care and diagnostics including ideal times to spay and neuter.
As far as general practitioners go, Dr. Y has a strong background in ultrasound imaging. She has had the opportunity to learn from some of the most skilled radiologists at UC Davis Veterinary School and even prior to that she assisted a well known radiologist for three years. However, radiologists must complete an additional four years of schooling to specialize, and often we need to rely on these specialists for a more thorough diagnosis to properly treat your pet.
Dogs and cats have similar pain receptors as a human being’s, therefore, when they break a bone it is extraordinarily painful. That said, some pets will not limp or cry when they have a broken bone. Something as little as licking a limb can indicate a fracture, which is why we recommend X-Rays for any known trauma, lameness, or excessive licking.
Flea, Tick & Heartworm
Fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting infection and disease to pets through a bite. Many pets also suffer from severe allergic reaction to the bites of fleas and ticks. It is imperative that owners prevent these parasites by using one of the many commercially available products that protect pets from fleas and ticks. Our staff and veterinarians will help you choose the correct product based on your pets risk factors and health status.
Our hospital carries a wide variety of flea and tick control products. Our doctors and staff will help you determine which product(s) best suit your pet’s needs.
Ocular trauma, eye bulging, corneal stromal loss (“melting ulcer”), and anterior lens luxation are just a few examples of eye emergencies. These conditions are extraordinarily painful and require immediate medical intervention. Additionally, anytime a pet is pawing at their eye, rubbing their eye on inanimate objects, or has ocular discharge a physical exam is recommended.
End Of Life Care
Hospice care is an emerging field in veterinary medicine. Caring for a terminally ill pet takes patience and education. There are many safe medicines available for pain control. If you do decide that it is time for euthanasia and you would like your pet to remain at home for this treatment we do offer that service as well.
Beware of online pharmacies as many sell products from the black market or sources overseas. Their labels can be misleading or the product is simply not what they claim it is. For This reason we have partnered with Vet’s Choice, an online pharmacy that gives our clients a source to safely order medication online at competitive prices.
At Dr. Y’s Animal Hospital we are equipped with state of the art digital table and dental radiology. Xrays are the most common tool used to indentify fractures of bones and teeth, ingested foreign bodies, as well as asthma, heart disease, and even cancer just to name a few.
Recently, we have seen a reemergence of Polio and Measles among humans. Both had all but been eradicated until people stopped vaccinating. Fears of side effects and complacency have resulted in less people administering vaccinations and as a result we have seen these two diseases remerge as a threat. To prevent out pets from suffering the same fate we recommend educating yourself before deciding what vaccinations you do and do not give your pet. Side effects are rare, but we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss the risks versus the benefits of each vaccine for your loved one.
In order to provide your pet with the best and most affordable preventative care, we encourage you to sign him/her up on a wellness plan. We offer regional and age specific plans that gives a savings of up to 50% on yearly care.