Professional physical examinations are the most important aspect of quality pet care. Because animals age faster than their owners, examinations are needed more frequently than once a year. We perform a comprehensive examination on each pet prior to performing any immunizations, procedures or treatments. Many diseases can be detected prior to the development of damaging clinical signs. Sometimes a small problem is an indication of a larger disorder or disease process. We also offer specialized examinations, such as ocular (eye) examinations, orthopedic (limping dog/ cat) examinations, internal parasite examinations, external parasite exams, neurological exams, and many others.
We feature an exclusive surgical suite where we perform all of our surgical procedures. Procedures that we perform include, but are not limited to: Spay, Neuter, declawing, dewclaw removal, tumor removal, biopsy, ocular surgery, caesarean sections, abdominal surgery, orthopedic surgery (see below), and many more.
We perform many examinations each year on animals that are lame or limping. Many times radiographs are necessary to evaluate the limbs, pelvis, and spine. Our orthopedic surgical services include: fracture repair (including intramedullary bone pinning), FHO (a surgical correction for hip dysplaisa), cruciate repair (like ACL repair), and wedge osteotomy (a correction of a knee problem affecting mainly smaller breed dogs).
We also offer OFA certification. The OFA program is designed to help detect and reduce the incidence of conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
Boarding and Grooming Services
We are closely affiliated and located adjacent to the Orrville Pet Spa and Resort. This premier boarding and grooming facility offers many services for our canine and feline friends. Call (330) 683-3335 or follow this link to obtain more information. (www.orrvillepetspa.com)
Diagnostic Laboratory Services
We offer a wide variety of lab services. We perform the majority of the services at the clinic, so results are available on the day that they are performed. Some tests must be performed at an outside laboratory. Outside lab results are usually available in 48-72 hours.
Many people think about vaccinations when they think about their wellness care. There are many components to a wellness program, but vaccinations do provide one of the best lines of defense against many diseases. We carefully select our vaccination lines from among many top vaccination providers. This allows us to offer the best vaccines, with the lowest risk to your pet. We also follow the latest in vaccination guidelines, which often coincide with those published by the American Animal Hospital Association.
Vaccinations that we recommend for dogs include:
Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
Radiology (including Contrast studies)
Radiographs (A.K.A.. X-rays) allow us to see the size and shape of many of the internal organs and bones, as well as to see many foreign bodies that your pet may have swallowed. We can administer barium and other contrast agents to help highlight various conditions. Through x-rays, we can diagnose organ enlargement, tumors, bladder or kidney stones, broken bones, arthritic conditions, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, as well as many other conditions that may be present.
Ultrasound technology can be used for so much more than just the diagnosis of pregnancy. We use ultrasound to highlight the internal structures. We are able to visualize the structure and makeup of the liver, kidney, bladder and other organs, and can detect some structures that are not visible on radiographs. Ultrasonography also compliments x-rays by allowing us to see the internal makeup of structures rather than simply size and shape. Ultrasound can be used to obtain a guided biopsy of tumors or a urinary sample directly from the bladder.
Dogs and Cats can acquire parasite infestations, both internally and externally. We utilize the most recent medications, treatments and preventatives that are available to manage these parasites.
External parasites include fleas, ticks, ear mites, sarcoptic mange and demodex mites. These can be prevented and controlled using various products and methods. I addition to concerns about the parasite themselves, several of these parasite are the cause (or carrier) of other diseases, such as Lyme Disease.
Senior Wellness Program
Once a pet reaches the age of seven (even earlier in some large breed dogs), they are entering their senior years. The health of your pet can change very rapidly during these senior years. Early disease detection is pertinent to quality of life. Frequent testing helps to detect disease as early as possible. Recommended tests include a complete blood count and blood health profile, urinalysis, fecal examinations, EKG, and glaucoma screening. Other tests are recommended depending on the evaluation of your pet.
Every body loves puppies! We strive to educate pet owners about their newest family members. We cover many topics such as housebreaking, vaccination schedules, dental care, flea and tick control, heartworm prevention, pet proofing of your home, and several ideas to ensure quality care of your pet. We have a puppy starter kit to send home following your first visit with your new pet.
Radiowave Surgery (Surpasses LASER)
Radiowave surgery is the newest surgical technology that is available. We feature the Ellman Radiofrequency unit. This technology is above and beyond the laser. Using high frequency radio waves, an incision is obtained that decreases blood loss, pain, and recovery time without burning or charring the tissue.
Pharmacy and Prescription Services
Medications are often necessary for the optimum care of your pet. We have an in-house pharmacy. In the pharmacy, we can tailor our treatment to the need of your specific pet. If your pet should need something that we do not have in our clinic, we can order that medication quickly, ship it to your house, or script it out at your preferred pharmacy.
Dental care is an extremely important aspect of overall pet care. Does your pet have bad breath? This may indicate dental disease. To perform a complete cleaning, we anesthetize each patient. This allows us to clean and polish each and every tooth. We offer tooth extractions for broken or severely diseased teeth.
Eye care is another critical component to the care of your pet. Changes to the appearance of the eye can be an indication of several systemic diseases. We are able to perform glaucoma screening using tonometry (eye pressure). We can also evaluate the eye and the surrounding ocular tissue using specialized medical equipment. Several additional tests can be performed to evaluate tear production and the integrity of the cornea (the clear covering of the eye).
Cold Laser Therapy
Our laser therapy unit adds a great, non-invasive therapy to our toolbox. This laser therapy unit uses various wavelengths of light that are generally in the "red" spectrum, to deliver energy to the affected tissue. This energy and light, is serves to stimulate blood flow to the tissue, resulting in better oxygenation of the affected tissue. In addition, it cause increase release of ATP, the energy source used at the cellular level to promote healing. Typically, cold laser therapy requires multiple treatments, with results often noticeable after the first treatment.
24-Hour Emergency Services
One of our doctors is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Please call (330) 682-2971 if you have an emergency. We are able to handle most emergencies at our hospital. If a pet requires 24-hour observation or major critical care measures, we have an established relationship with a local emergency care facility.
Microchip Identification Service
We sympathize with any family that has had a pet disappear. We can place a small microchip under the skin of your pet for identification purposes should your pet become lost. Using a scanner, each pet can be identified and then returned to their family, but only if a microchip is present.
Acupuncture is the use of small needles that are inserted into "trigger points," which are specific points targeted to simulate the desired healing effects. Acupuncture cases the release of cortisol and endorphins. These two substances help relieve pain, decrease inflammation, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and stimulate nerves. Many conditions respond to acupuncture therapy, including: Osteoarthritis, Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, seizures, strokes, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, nausea, and many other. The length and frequency of the treatments varies depending on the underlying condition, as well as the severity of clinical signs. We will discuss the treatment protocol and expected outcome during your initial consultation.
Cryotherapy is a service that we added in 2017. This technology uses liqud nitrogen, targeted through a small, handheld device. The liquid nitrogen serves to "freeze" the target tissue. This allows us to remove smaller lumps and bumps with little to no anesthesia.
Occasionally a pet may require the care of a specialist. Veterinary specialists are certified and trained in specific areas of medicine or surgery. We have a relationship with several referral institutions. These facilities offer specialized care in internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, surgery, dermatology, radiology, ultrasonography, cardiology, and oncology.