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Our facility is designed with the clients comfort and patients care foremost in mind. This allows us to offer the best in patient care over a wide range of services.
At Spring Oaks Animal Care Center we treat every pet as an individual and tailor the preventative care program specifically for your pet’s needs. The preventative program includes:
The most important part of preventative care is regular physical examinations with one of our doctors. At each visit, the doctor will examine your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, teeth and gums. He/she will feel your pet’s lymph nodes, listen to the heart for abnormal sounds or rhythm, and listen to the lungs. The Doctor will palpate your pet’s abdomen for masses and discomfort and check the skin for any growths, external parasites, or skin conditions. If your pet is exhibiting any lameness or signs of discomfort a complete orthopedic and neurological exam may be performed. The number of examinations the doctor recommends for your pet per year may vary based on age and health conditions noted. Any time you have a concern about your pet’s health we recommend a complete physical exam.
Another important part of the preventative care program is immunization of your pets for infectious diseases. At Spring Oaks Animal Care Center we believe in customizing your pet’s vaccination program to address the diseases your pet may have exposure to based on his/her lifestyle. For vaccination to be effective we want to first make sure your pet is healthy so we always start with a comprehensive physical before administering any vaccines. Most low cost vaccine clinics do not do this. Spring Oaks takes advantage of the latest technology in vaccine manufacturing by utilizing recombinant distemper vaccines for dogs and recombinant rabies vaccines for cats. If you have any questions or concerns regarding vaccination, our Doctors will be happy to discuss this with you during your visit.
We also believe regular screening of your pets for parasites and vector borne diseases is an important part of the preventative care program. An annual intestinal parasite exam checks for Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, Tapeworms, Coccidia, and Giardia. These parasites can negatively impact your pet’s health and some can be transmitted to humans. We encourage you to bring in a fresh sample of your pet’s feces at the time of examination or anytime you have a concern. For dogs, it is very important to be regularly screened for heartworm disease. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes and are a big problem in our area. In addition to regular heartworm testing, Spring Oaks is proud to offer routine screening for tick borne diseases for dogs. Screening for intestinal parasites, heartworm disease, tick borne disease and for cats screening for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus can be performed during your visit and generally takes less than 10 minutes to get results.
Spring Oaks is happy to provide nutritional consultations as well. We carry a variety of diets made specially for your pets needs by Royal Canine, Science Diet Hills, and Orijen. These diets are not just designed to meet your pet’s nutritional needs but contain ingredients to help prevent the most common disorders of dogs (Gastro-intestinal problems, Overweight tendencies, Osteoarthritis, Skin disease, and Urinary problems). Please consult with one of our staff members to decide which variety is best for your dog. We also carry Royal Canin feline diets specifically designed to provide optimal nutrition and prevent obesity, urinary problems, and dental disease in neutered and spayed cats.
Obesity is becoming more common in our pet population. Experts estimate 25% of dogs and cats are overweight. Obesity can contribute to joint disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and reduce life expectancy. At Spring Oaks we recommend the Hills Metabolic Weight Management Program for our chubby friends. Our Doctors and staff can help evaluate the weight loss goal for your pet and recommend the type of food and amount to feed to meet that goal.
At Spring Oaks, we offer the Save a Life animal retrieval program. A microchip is a permanent way of identifying your pet. We implant the microchip under the skin and register your information with Save a Life so that your dog or cat can be traced back to you. Save a Life allows your pet to have its own microchip number which can be entered into the Google search bar if your pet is every lost allowing the person who finds your pet to be able to instantly get in contact with you. We have a universal scanner that can detect and read many types of microchips and we are happy to scan any found pet at no charge. Most shelters and veterinary hospitals have scanners so if your lost pet is brought to one of those facilities you can be reunited.
As dogs and cats age, they tend to develop more health issues. Our goal at Spring Oaks, is to identify those problems early and provide a treatment plan to manage or cure those problems. To do this, we recommend a comprehensive examination for senior pets every six months. By examining older pets more frequently we have a better chance of identifying and treating problems earlier. To help us identify problems which may not be readily apparent on physical examination we recommend all senior pets have an annual bloodwork screen. This bloodwork evaluates your pet’s liver, kidneys, pancreas, electrolytes, protein levels, helps identify diabetes, assesses red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, and checks the thyroid. If we identify problems on the physical examination we may also recommend chest or abdominal radiographs, blood pressure, ECG (electrocardiogram), or urinalysis.
When a pet is sick, we always start with a thorough history and physical examination. This gives our Doctors a lot of information about what might be wrong with your pet, but sometimes we need a bit more. Diagnostics can help us confirm what we suspect based on the physical examination or may help us find out what is wrong with a pet whose physical examination is normal. Following the physical examination, our Doctors may recommend one or more of the following tests:
If your pet is ill and results are needed quickly we have an Antech in-house blood chemistry analyzer and complete blood count machine that provides us with results within 20 minutes. We also have a Heska I-stat which provides us with electrolytes and critical blood parameters within 2 minutes for those exceptionally sick pets. For more routine blood screening or specialized testing we utilize Antech Diagnostic Laboratories. A courier picks up samples twice daily and for most routine tests we can have results back the next day.
Using our in-house laboratory we can test you pet’s urine for sugar and ketones which may indicate diabetes, microscopic blood, protein, pH, and bilirubin (which may indicate a liver or blood problem). We also look at the concentration of the urine to make sure the kidneys are working properly and look at urine microscopically for evidence of infection, abnormal cells, and crystals. If we feel we need more information, we may send the urine to Idexx Diagnostic Laboratories for analysis or culture.
We utilize our radiology (x-ray) machine daily for such diverse conditions as evaluating the heart and lungs for pets with heart murmurs, cough or breathing difficulties; evaluating bones for breaks, arthritis, or tumors; looking in the abdomen for ingested foreign objects, masses, bladder stones; or even evaluating puppies or kittens in pregnant pets. Most pets do not need sedation to be radiographed but there are times when we may recommend it in exceptionally nervous or painful pets.
An electrocardiogram evaluates the rhythm of the heart. We may recommend this diagnostic test if we hear an abnormal rhythm when listening to the heart. We may also recommend this test as part of a routine heart evaluation for pets with a heart murmur. One of the great advantages of this procedure is that the heart rhythm is transmitted with a special machine to the Institute of Veterinary Specialists in Gainesville to be read by a board certified cardiologist. The cardiologist will help our veterinarians decide what medications will be helpful for your pet.
Blood Pressure Measurement:
We measure blood pressure in animals similarly to how blood pressure is measured in people. We use a blood pressure cuff, and a pressure measurement gauge but unlike in people we use a special device called a dopler to amplify the sound of the pet’s pulse. Often we may need to shave a small patch of hair to hear the pulse accurately. Measuring blood pressure is especially important in pets with heart or kidney disease and in cats who may have primary hypertension or thyroid disease.
Glaucoma is an increased pressure in the eye. It may be caused by cataracts, inflammation, or systemic diseases. Glaucoma can be painful and if uncontrolled can cause the eye to rupture. When measuring the eye pressure, we first numb your pet’s eyes so they do not feel the touch of the Tonometer to the cornea. If Glaucoma is detected early it can often be managed with a combination of medications.
Dogs and cats with skin problems may have an underlying allergy to fleas, an ingredient in their diet, or to something in the environment (tree pollen, grasses, weeds, molds, or even dust mites). After ruling out other causes of skin problems, our veterinarians may recommend a hypoallergenic diet trial or blood allergy testing for environmental allergies. The purpose of blood allergy testing is not only to find out what your pet is allergic to, but to develop adesensitization vaccine that can help control the clinical signs.
At Spring Oaks we have special equipment that helps us make sure your pet receives optimal care, even in the face of an emergency. We can provide Constant Rate Infusions of fluids or medications using pumps like the one shown. This pump precisely regulates the amount of fluid or medication your pet receives and gives an audible warning if the flow has stopped or the infusion is complete. We also have a chamber that can be used for oxygen therapy for small dogs and cats. When an animal has difficulty breathing they may benefit from a higher level of oxygen than room air can provide.
We know that having a pet anesthetized for a procedure or surgery makes many people nervous. At Spring Oaks we use very safe Isoflurane gas anesthetics and utilize monitoring devices such as our Pulse Oximeter to make sure your pet has optimal oxygen levels and heart rate throughout the procedure. In addition, a veterinary technician is dedicated to monitoring your pet ’s vital systems at all times during the procedure.
We have a dedicated surgical suite for our surgical patients. This helps to minimize infection. We have a heated table to maintain your pet’s temperature while under anesthesia. We also have an electrocautery unit to help minimize hemorrhage during surgery. Our Veterinary Surgeons perform many different types of surgeries ranging from spays and neuters to growth removals, abdominal surgery, wound repair, and some orthopedic procedures such as fracture repairs and cruciate surgery. Depending on the type of surgery we may also recommend referral to a specialty surgery center. Elective procedures are primarily performed Tuesday-Friday of every week.
Dental health is very important for pets as they utilize their teeth not only to eat but to communicate, grasp things, and explore their environment. We utilize an ultrasonic scalar to remove the tartar from the teeth and under the gum line and then use a rotating device and special tooth paste to polish your pet’s teeth. We finish the procedure with an application of fluoride. If any teeth need to be extracted due to loss of attachment to the underlying structures we remove those during the dental cleaning procedure as well. We have many different products for at home dental care that are very effective and simple to use.
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