Medicine

behavioral medicine

Pets can have a wide variety of behavioral issues, from simple housetraining problems to severe anxiety and aggression issues. We are well qualified and experienced in diagnosing and addressing behavior problems with an approach that combines skills from veterinary clinical medicine, behavioral medicine, and pet training. Our goals are to help pets and their owners live together comfortably and safely, and to help restore the bond between pets and their families.

pharmacy

We maintain a large inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications, including flea, tick, and heartworm preventive products. When you purchase medications from our pharmacy, you can rest assured that your pet’s medications were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under optimal conditions. Our trained staff will fill your prescriptions with care as well as attention to detail and your pet’s specific needs.

vaccination

Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet’s life, as travel habits and other variables change. Vaccines help pets live longer, healthier lives. Protecting your pet is our primary goal, so we will develop an appropriate vaccine schedule for your pet.

FLEA, TICK AND HEARTWORM PREVENTION

We prescribe flea, tick and heartworm preventives as well as shampoos.You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all. Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites.

Tests

physical exams

Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.

radiology

Our on-site, modern digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders.

laboratory

Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.

cardiology services

We offer in-hospital referrals to a traveling board certified cardiologist who performs echocardiography, ECG services, and other necessary procedures for the diagnosis and management of cardiac conditions.

ultrasound

Ultrasonography is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases. Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs, including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys. It is also useful for assessing fetal health and monitoring pregnancy in breeding animals, and it can help us diagnose and stage (determine the severity of) some forms of cancer. Because ultrasound images are produced in real time, this technology can be used to evaluate the heart as it beats. To provide our patients with the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer ultrasound as one of our diagnostic capabilities.

Care

senior care

Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet’s daily routine can change as your pet ages. Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the “golden years.”

dental care

Dental care is a critical part of your pet’s health. We recommend all pets owners to have their pet examined annually including a thorough dental exam. Our doctors perform routine dental prophylaxis, treatment of root abscesses, teeth extractions, teeth cleaning, polishing, and gum rinse. Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth.

grooming

Routine and therapeutic bathing and grooming services are available.

emergency care

We provide after hours emergency services for our established clients only. Please call our main telephone number for instructions for after-hour emergencies.

surgical care

Our sterile surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Our hospital performs major and minor surgical procedures such as Spay and Neuter, Fracture repair, soft tissue surgeries including removal of benign tumors, cat declawing, and orthopedic surgeries.

Others

microchipping

Many pets don’t wear collars or tags. Even if your pet wears a collar and identification tag, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely.

NUTRITIONAL CONSULTATIONS

We carry a full complement of pet prescription diets. We offer diets formulated for your pet’s special medical and dietary needs. Our staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy and healthy. Whether your pet has special dietary needs or simply needs to shed (or gain) a few pounds, our nutritional counseling services can help you accomplish your goals and keep your pet in good health. We carry a wide variety of products and supplies for your pet, and a large selection of medicated shampoos, ear care, and dental hygiene products. We carry Hill’s Science Diet/Prescription Diets, Purina Veterinary Diets, and Royal Canin dog and cat foods.

Hospice and Euthanasia Services

We know that your pet is part of your family. The decision of euthanasia is a serious one and not easy to make. At the same time it can be one of the kindest acts you can choose for those that are extremely ill or in pain. This is a decision that most of us will have to face at some point. You do not have to face this difficult time alone. We are here to help you through this difficult time. Determining if it is time for euthanasia is never an easy decision. We can help you to assess your pet’s life and evaluate their condition to appropriately discuss chances for recovery, disabilities and long-term problems. We will discuss potential treatments and outcomes to fully understand your pet’s condition. Euthanasia becomes a valid option when your pet is terminally ill, critically injured, or when the financial/emotional cost of treatment is beyond your means. Our goal is to provide a painless and peaceful passing for pet and owner. Our veterinarians can help you determine when it is the right time. You can choose to be present or allow our caring staff to be there for you.

Afterlife Services

We work with Caring Pet Service for cremation services. If you do not have a place where you wish to bury your loved pet, you can choose to receive your pet’s cremains in a tasteful wooden urn or to allow them to be spread in a peaceful Redwood Forest site in the Santa Cruz Mountains.