What we offer for your pet
Surgery & pain management
Our state-of-art surgical suite allows us to perform a wide range of surgical procedures.
We perform all routine surgical procedures including Ovariohysterectomy (female spay) and Neuter (male). Many soft-tissue procedures are done such as cystotomy, mastectomy, and abdominal exploratory. We also perform a number of orthopedic procedures, e.g. ACL repair of knees, Fracture repair with pins or plates. For procedures requiring specialized equipment or an orthopedic specialist we are glad to refer our patients as needed.
To ensure that your pet has a safe surgery with minimal pain we will perform pre anesthetic blood tests for all pets. These tests will be more extensive for sick and senior patients. We will give pre-op sedation to reduce anxiety, especially helpful for a smoother recovery. Also, we will give pre-op and post-op pain medication. MOST IMPORTANT because our pets cannot always tell us when they hurt. Medical research has shown that it is very important to give pain medicine before a procedure to prevent the “wind up” of the mammalian pain response. It is important to use endotracheal tubes with oxygen flow and isoflurane or sevolfurane gas anesthesia for anesthesia maintenance in most procedures, as well as monitor depth of anesthesia and vital signs throughout surgery. Use anesthetic monitors, such as esophageal stethoscope, pulse oximeter and EKG. Have veterinary assistant monitor patient. Following surgery we monitor recovery closely, extubate, and give plenty of TLC!
Wellness exams & vaccinations
We recommend an annual physical exam for pets under 8 years. Senior pets are usually checked twice yearly.
Necessary vaccinations are usually scheduled at the same time. Obviously, pets age more rapidly than people so that their medical history is compressed into a shorter time frame. The average dog or cat reaches middle age by 5 years of age. Because they can’t tell us when they are sick, it is particularly important to pick up early signs of illness, most importantly, with a thorough physical exam. In addition, wellness blood tests are sometimes recommended to look for hidden problems and determine a baseline for future evaluations.
Appropriate vaccinations are very important in keeping your pet healthy. Only necessary vaccinations and boosters should be given and only as often as is needed. It is important to consider infectious disease risks for your individual pet. Your veterinarian will consider many factors in determining the vaccine schedule, e.g. indoor/outdoor, boarding , frequently, travel, breed and age. After consultation with you, the owner, a plan will be developed which will incorporate various risk/benefit evaluations. This will be adjusted as medical science progresses with new findings.
Dentistry, diagnostics & imaging
Most dogs and cats eventually need a professional dental cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler such as your dentist might use.
All dental procedures are done with similar anesthesia and monitoring as with surgery. Dogs and cats will not sit still for effective scaling to be performed. Some dogs need their teeth scaled every year or two especially as they get older. We will help determine your pets dental needs at his or her annual checkup.
Many tests are run at Sugarloaf Animal Hospital, especially when rapid results are needed. These include: blood chemistries/electrolytes/CBC/heartworm testing/feline leukemia testing/fecal exams/urinalyses/bacterial and fungal cultures/skin scrape cytologies and more. Other tests are sent out to commercial labs. These include Antech and UGA diagnostic labs.
At Sugarloaf Animal Hospital, we also use imaging studies to noninvasively evaluate your pet. With X-Rays or an Ultrasound we can diagnose conditions with minimal stress or pain. X-rays are taken daily for a variety of problems such as a broken leg or evaluation of a possible disc rupture. Ultrasound helps with abdominal organ evaluation and heart murmurs in dogs and cats We use specialized flexible and rigid scopes as necessary to diagnose and treat a number of internal problems.
Other servicesNutritional Counseling
At Sugarloaf Animal Hospital we will discuss nutritional management at every wellness exam because of its critical importance in the management of our patients. Easy weight control is now possible.Senior care
We want to keep our pets healthy and happy for as long as possible. This can best be achieved by exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary checkups. Annual Senior Blood/urine testing helps us find evidence of common old age problems in pets. These include: liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, anemia, cancer, and hyperthyroidism in cats.Dog & Cat Boarding
Dogs are kept in a heated /air conditioned area and walked twice daily in a fenced outdoor area. Runs are provided for larger dogs. Smaller dogs are kept in runs when the kennel is not full. Cats are kept in a completely separate area. They can be boarded in 1 of 2 areas: 1) the single cat condo-a large cage with a shelf or 2) the luxury cat condo which is a 10 foot tall unit with 4 levels for your cats comfort.Grooming & bathing
Our veterinary assistants bathe pets after boarding or for a variety of medical problems. All baths and grooms include a nail trim and ear cleaning.
Information and Resources
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