Key to prevention of disease or illness, a comprehensive
physical examination is the first-and most important-step
you as an owner can take to ensure your pet's well-being
and long-term health.
The information taken by your Pet Clinic practitioner
at the initial examination becomes part of your
pet's permanent medical history. This data establishes
a baseline against which any subsequent changes
in clinical signs and symptoms can be assessed.
In addition, any deviations in your companion animal's
behavior-his or her main form of communication with
you-is important in the early detection of health
problems and the reduction of potential risk factors.
These factors can be critical if an emergency or
sudden illness arises.
Your Pet clinic veterinarian will pay special attention
to a host of important, health-related items, including:
the development of your animal's teeth and enamel;
abnormalities of the eyes; the absence of parasites
in the ears; the presence of hernias; laxity or
abnormality of the joints; normal heart and lung
sounds; and optimal conditions of the skin and nails.
To preserve the health status of your pet, it is
recommended that he or she receive yearly physical
examinations, the equivalent of a human being going
to the doctor about once every two years.
Required vaccinations for your pet are vital to
a pro-active, preventive and conscientious approach
to ensuring your pet's health status and quality
of life. The frequency of immunizations will depend
on a variety of factors: animal's age, vaccination
history and the duration of protection of the vaccine.
In addition, animal health care threats vary by
locale. An immunization schedule that is species-specific,
location-specific and consistent with your pet's
lifestyle will be recommended by your Pet Clinic
Typically, mature dogs will be protected against
distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza,
parvo virus, Corona and, of course, rabies.
Adult cats' immunizations include panleukopenia
(distemper), rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus,
chlamydia and feline leukemia.
Should a petclinic veterinarian recommend surgery
for your pet, a pre-surgical examination and blood
tests will be ordered to assess the animal's worthiness
to receive anesthesia and undergo the procedure.
In all surgeries, your medical team takes great
care in monitoring your pet's heartbeat, blood pressure,
oxygen level, fluid therapy and its post-operative
comfort and clinical care through recovery. We use
only the safest available anesthesia to provide
an extra margin of safety, especially for our older
or high-risk patients.
Our veterinarians use the latest surgical techniques
and equipment, including ultrasonography, radiography
and lasers. They have the expertise and experience
to perform various soft tissue, elective, orthopedic
and emergency procedures, some of which are listed
- Spay (females)
- Neuter (males)
- Laser De-claws
- Tumor Removal
- Anal Gland Removal
- Cherry Eye Repair
- Puppy Dewclaw Removal and Tail Docking
- Select Fracture Repair
Certain orthopedic procedures are referred
to a board certified veterinary surgeon.
Post-operative care includes appropriate pain management
and lots of TLC.
We understand that your pet is a family member
and that separation from him or her may be stressful.
Be assured that the entire Pet Clinic team involved
with your companion's medical treatment are committed
to sensitive, compassionate care of your pet until
Often overlooked as it relates to a pet's comprehensive
health status, animal dental care is needed to provide
quality of life and optimal well-being. If left
untreated, diseases of the mouth, gums or jaw are
not only painful to your companion, but may also
be contributing factors to more widespread systemic
disease processes. The American Veterinary Dental
Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats
show signs of oral disease by age 3.
The beginning and severity of periodontal disease
depends on age, breed, diet and at-home care, with
younger, small-breed dogs typically presenting with
infection earlier than large-breed dogs. Abnormal
signs and symptoms of dental abnormalities include:
pain, bad breath, excessive drooling, fractured
or loose teeth, swelling or bleeding of the gums,
tumors, sores or wounds.
Your Petclinic Veterinary team will be certain
that your companion animal receives proper dental
care from the start. The oral examination performed
by your Hillside doctor is the basis of the preliminary
treatment plan for your pet. A comprehensive, specific
plan can only be determined after your animal has
been placed under anesthesia and x-rays of the oral
cavity have been taken. General anesthesia is necessary
for pets undergoing dental treatment.
While it is understandable that pet owners may
be concerned about bad breath and unsightly tartar
accumulation, regular dental care is more than cosmetic:
Tartar and plaque, often invaded by bacteria, need
to be removed to counteract subsequent infection,
gingivitis or pyorrhea (infection of tissues surrounding
the teeth), with 60% of disease occurring below
the gum line.
Ultrasound de-scaling of tartar, Deep-gum cleaning,
Teeth polishing, Extractions etc are done at the
After your pet's treatment, you and your Hillside
team can discuss home dental care for your companion
animal in order to understand how to maintain a
disease-free oral cavity and to maximize his or
her comfort and quality of life.
Inadvertently, the back door is left open, and
your puppy is gone. Or your older dog wanders away
and is unable to make its way home because of diminishing
senses. Or your indoor/outdoor cat fails to return
at the usual time.
You call out, look high and low, phone Animal Control
and the local shelter, put up flyers... to no avail.
Rather than having your pet considered a 'stray'
with the potential of being 'put down', a Pet Clinic
doctor can implant a microchip under your pet's
As painless as a vaccination, a microchip contains
pertinent information that can be read by a special
scanner to quickly identify your pet as 'owned',
avoiding a mistaken euthanasia and reuniting the
two of you.