Airport Veterinary Hospital in Waterfor Michigan • Services Page

By: Airport Veterinary Hospital  05/12/2011
Keywords: pet, Surgery, disease

Airport Veterinary Hospital in Waterfor Michigan • Services Page

Wellness Exams:
At Airport Veterinary Hospital, we believe in preventative healthcare. We encourage twice yearly comprehensive wellness exams as recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

These visits incorporate a full head-to-tail physical examination by one of our veterinarians to assess the health of our clients’ pets. These visits also present our clients with the opportunity to address any questions or concerns they may have regarding the health of their pet.

In relative terms, our pets age much faster than we do, and their bodies can go through significant changes in a short amount of time. This is why regular examinations are so critical.

We recommend regular vaccinations for our clients’ pets. Vaccinations can protect your pet from transmittable viral and bacterial diseases. Our veterinary team can design a vaccine protocol for your pet based on his or her individual needs and lifestyle. Please note that we require our clients’ pets to maintain a current rabies vaccine.

Senior Care:
Is your pet a senior? By the age of 7, most of our pets are entering their senior years. Our pets can begin to develop diseases common to diseases found in their senior human counterparts such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine diseases, and cancer. These diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages, therefore preventative health care is very important.

At Airport Veterinary Hospital we are prepared to help your senior pet. We recommend twice yearly comprehensive examinations to help detect changes in your pet’s physical condition. We also offer senior blood panels, urinalysis testing, dietary counseling, radiology, and comprehensive pain management programs to help our senior patients live fuller, healthier lives.

At Airport Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to offer the best in routine surgical care. We also perform a variety of non-routine surgeries at our facility as well. The health and safety of our patients is our foremost concern, and that is why we incorporate the following into each of our surgeries.

  • We conduct pre-operative blood testing prior to placing a patient under anesthesia.
  • We administer pain medication just prior to the procedure so that our patients have a smoother recovery.
  • We use Isoflurane inhalation anesthesia, an anesthesia that is used in human hospitals.
  • While the pet is under anesthesia we monitor the depth of anesthesia by observing respiratory rate and blood pressure, and we monitor the heart rate with Doppler technology.
  • Each pet undergoing surgery will receive fluid therapy during the procedure.
  • For most surgical procedures, we incorporate the use of a laser in place of the standard scalpel blade. Laser surgery is beneficial because it minimizes pain, swelling, and bleeding.
  • Pain medication (and antibiotics, when appropriate) is dispensed and sent home with our surgery patients so that they may continue to receive quality care and comfort at home following their procedure.
  • We recommend that an Elizabethan collar (or “cone collar”) be sent home to prevent pets from licking or chewing at the surgery area.

In the event that a particular issue cannot be resolved here at our facility, or if your pet has a condition that requires additional, specialized care, we can refer our clients and their pets to a local veterinary specialist.

Dental Health:
Did you know that periodontal (dental) disease is the most common disease seen in our pets? Poor oral hygiene in our pets can cause more than just stained teeth and bad breath; it can lead to more serious problems such as kidney, liver, and heart disease, which is why preventative care is so important.

At Airport Veterinary Hospital, we are equipped to handle most dental needs. We offer the following for the dental health of your pet.

  • Instruction of proper brushing techniques for our clients
  • Full prophylactic cleanings under anesthesia (using the same anesthetic and monitoring techniques as used for surgery)
  • Dental radiology
  • Tooth extractions (when necessary)
  • Porphyromonas Bacterin vaccines
  • Pulse therapy antibiotics (when appropriate)
  • Dietary Counseling
  • Pet toothbrushes, pet toothpaste, and C.E.T.® HEXtra® chews are available for purchase

Radiology Services:
Airport Veterinary Hospital has on-site x-ray equipment that our veterinarians utilize to help diagnose a variety of disorders (from injury to illness) that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Sick/Injured Pets:
Unfortunately, our beloved pets can fall ill or become injured at some point in their lives. Sometimes the illness or injury is obvious while at other times the problem can be understated and difficult to pinpoint. Sometimes our pets just “don’t seem like themselves.” These are the times in which we most wish that our furry companions could talk to us and tell us what is wrong; but because they can’t, the veterinary team at Airport Veterinary Hospital is equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of pet health disorders. From broken toe nails to congestive heart failure to emergency caesarian sections, we are here to meet your pet’s medical needs.

Microchip Identification:
Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their lifetime? Did you know that having your pet implanted with a microchip gives your pet the best chance to be identified and reunited with you? Airport Veterinary Hospital offers and recommends the HomeAgain® microchip for all cats and dogs! The HomeAgain® microchip is very small, approximately the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted under the skin by injection through a needle (much like a vaccine).

Unlike collars and tags that can wear down, break, or become lost, the HomeAgain® microchip will provide your pet with permanent identification. The microchip stores your pet’s unique and individual identification number. Veterinary hospitals and clinics, shelters, and humane societies nationwide are able to read your pet’s ID number by means of a special hand-held scanner. Once the number is recovered, HomeAgain® can be contacted and the process of reuniting you with your beloved pet can begin!

In-House and Commercial Laboratory Services:
Airport Veterinary Hospital is equipped to perform a variety of laboratory services including blood chemistry panels, hematology, urinalysis, parasite testing, and cytology. We also utilize a commercial veterinary laboratory for a variety of services including (but not limited to) specialized tests, stone analysis, allergy testing, and histopathology.

In-House Pharmacy:
For your convenience, we stock a full supply of prescription medications, heartworm/parasite preventatives, flea and tick control, supplements, and over the counter products for your pet’s needs right here at our facility.

Dietary and Nutritional Counseling:
Did you know that choosing the right diet for your pet can have a significant impact on his or her long-term health and well-being? Did you know that there are veterinary diets formulated for specific medical conditions (such as diabetes, renal disease, cardiac disease, urinary conditions, and allergies) that could greatly benefit your pet’s health?

Our dedicated veterinary team will provide recommendations and guidance for an appropriate diet based on your pet’s individual needs and lifestyle.

Euthanasia Services:
The hardest part of loving our pets is making the decision to let them go. Saying goodbye to a beloved, four-legged family member is the most difficult decision faced by pet owners. Here at Airport Veterinary Hospital, we offer euthanasia services to our clients as a humane and dignified choice for their pets. A variety of cremation services are also available, and can be arranged for our clients’ pets, even if they passed away at home. We invite you to contact our office for more information regarding these services.

Keywords: Anesthesia, disease, pet, Surgery, Vaccinations

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