We believe that regular wellness exams are crucial to your pet's well-being. These exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their own unique bodies and tendencies.
Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pet's health, they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious and allow us to dispense approved medications. Your pet will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and this checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy.
Regular wellness exams also make your pet more familiar with our veterinary hospital, which makes future visits easier on them and you. Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we care for your pet.
Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important steps you can take to keep them healthy. The vaccines we administer have undergone elaborate medical research to ensure that they are safe and effective in preventing disease.
Our vaccination programs protect your vulnerable puppy or kitten from various infections and diseases, while annual boosters keep your pet protected throughout adulthood. Our team will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet’s risk factors. Proper administration, time intervals, and correct age are critical for proper protection.
We recommend your kitten or puppies parvo & distemper vaccination series be started at 8 weeks of age. A booster will be given at 12 weeks. The series will then be completed at 16 weeks (a total of 3 vaccines). Rabies vaccine can be given after 16 weeks of age, as well as respiratory vaccinations depending on your pets exposure risk.
To find the best vaccination protocol for your pet please call our office at (541) 895-5665.
When your pet is scheduled for a surgical procedure, they are admitted to the Clinic first thing in the morning. After admission to the hospital, an examination will be performed by the veterinarian to identify any physical problems your pet may have which would cause concern for anesthesia.
Preoperative blood work is strongly recommended (and required for older pets) to identify any metabolic concerns. If it has not been drawn prior to the day of surgery, it will be drawn after the physical exam. Next, we will administer pre-anesthetic medications, which will make your pet drowsy and help to prevent pain. Then, the veterinary technician will shave and clean a small area on the patient's front leg, and an intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein. Since blood pressure drops under anesthesia, we can support blood pressure and maintain hydration by giving intravenous fluids through this catheter. The IV catheter also allows for quick delivery of emergency drugs if needed.
After the IV catheter placement, your pet will be given an injectable anesthetic. Once your pet is asleep, an endotracheal (breathing) tube will be placed to administer an anesthetic / oxygen mix and to protect the airway. The same anesthetic gases that are used in human hospitals are used here as well.
Every pet is placed on a heating pad to help maintain core body temperature. State of the art surgical anesthesia monitors, which allow us to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and core body temperature, are connected to the patient and allow for optimized safety during anesthesia. One of our technicians will supervise your pet during the entire time anesthesia is being administered and will be responsible for continuous monitoring of vital signs. These monitoring parameters help us to adjust anesthesia as needed and detect any physiological changes before serious problems occur.
Once your pet is safely under anesthesia, we will begin surgical preparation. The hair will be shaved around the surgical area. This area will be gently scrubbed and washed to remove as much bacteria as possible and surgical prep applied.
While the technician prepares your pet for surgery, the veterinarian also prepares for the surgical procedure. The doctor scrubs the arms, from fingernails to elbows, before surgery. As in human medicine, the veterinarian prepares by dressing in a sterile gown, facemask, and surgical cap. After dressing and washing, the veterinarian will put on sterile gloves and proceed to the surgical suite. While some hospitals use surgical rooms as multi-purpose treatment areas, our surgical suite is a single purpose area of the hospital. This area is used only for surgical procedures, allowing us to minimize any contamination and maximize your pet's safety.
Once your pet is fully prepared and sterilely draped for surgery, the veterinarian will perform the surgical procedure. During this time a dedicated technician monitors your pet's vital signs closely. Once the veterinarian has completed the procedure, the anesthesia is turned off and your pet is given oxygen gas to aid in recovery. One of our technicians will monitor your pet closely during recovery. Once the patient is able to swallow, the endotracheal tube is removed and the patient is moved to their recovery suite. We have designed our treatment and recovery area in such a way that allows for continuous visualization of hospitalized patients. This allows for the best continual patient monitoring and safety.
Additional pain medication is given at the time of recovery and an oral version will be sent home with your pet to be administered starting the day after surgery.
Once the surgery is complete, the veterinary technician or doctor will call you with an update and discuss the discharge plan. At the time of discharge, the veterinary technician will discuss discharge instructions, review medications, coordinate any follow-up appointments, and answer any questions you may have.
We know the importance of keeping your older pet healthy and comfortable. Along with routine wellness exams, blood work, and advanced diagnostics we are able to make the best medical decisions for your aging pet.
We offer treatments and medications for osteoarthritis patients.
We also encourage you to check out the GREY MUZZLE app on your smartphone (available for iPhone/iPad and Android devices).
This app allows you to track your pet’s good, neutral, and bad days. Creating a visual chart that can help in making the best decisions for your pet.
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Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream.
In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet's health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet's dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.
As well as cleanings we offer dental radiographs. Dental Radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools available to veterinary dentistry. They allow the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined. When performing dental procedures, we highly recommend performing full mouth radiographs to allow for complete visualization of disease below the gum line.
Intra-oral radiographs are obtained using a digital sensor - placed inside the patient’s mouth - and provide superior quality for examination of individual teeth or sections of the jaws. Because veterinary patients will not be still when a sensor is placed in the mouth, taking dental radiographs requires the patient to be anesthetized or sedated.
The radiation risk to the patient from taking dental radiographs is minimal. Because we use the latest, state of the art, technology, we significantly decrease the radiation exposure to both the patient as well as our Team.
The most effective way to protect your pet from dental issues and disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings, including the area beneath the gums that you can't see or access at home.
If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at (541) 895-5665 today to learn more and schedule your pet's dental cleaning.
Shock wave therapy is a noninvasive, high-energy, pressure wave treatment. This treatment aids the body in relieving pain and improving the quality and speed of healing.
Rest assured, the term “shock wave” does not refer to electrical shock. It is, instead, a high-energy SOUND wave treatment. This high-energy, focused pressure wave causes a biological response in treated tissue, which stimulates cells and accelerates the healing process.
Shock wave can also be used to recruit stem cells, and positively regulate inflammatory proteins associated with osteoarthritis.
We offer the leading shock wave technology by PulseVet. Our shock wave system offers various tools and energy settings for treating a wide variety of medical conditions. The focused energy increases blood supply to the treated area, causing tissue regeneration in tendons, joints, and bone. The system can be modified to treat everything from a chronic wound to osteoarthritis.
If you have more questions or would like to see if shock wave treatment is right for your pet, please call our office at (541) 895-5665.
The hardest part of owning a pet, is often the “goodbye”. We are here to help make that difficult decision as peaceful and stress free as possible. Allowing you to be present during the process, with as much time as you need to prepare and spend with your pet. When you are visiting our clinic, please be respectful of when our candle is lit to be courteous of those saying goodbye to their loved ones.
We also offer cremation services through West Coast Pet Memorial Services.
If you are struggling with knowing when it is time to say goodbye to your loyal friend, know you are not alone.
We encourage you to download the GREY MUZZLE app on your smartphone. This app allows you to track your pets good, bad, and neutral days. West Coast also offers many services we are happy to share and help you explore when it comes down to tracking quality of life.
Having a visual of your pet’s behavior on a weekly and monthly basis can help you make the best decision for you and your beloved pet.
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