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Hamilton Veterinary Hospital

609-888-3400

The Wellness Exam is performed by your veterinarian annually from the ages of 1 year to 8 years and twice a year thereafter as you pet ages. The visit consists of an examination of all your pets’ organ systems as well as an evaluation of his or her behavior and interaction with the owner.

            The outer ears and ear canals are examined carefully for any signs of infection. Your pet’s skin and coat are examined for any signs of infection, hair loss, dryness or parasites that could indicate problems with overall health. The teeth, gums and mouth are carefully examined for any dental issues. The doctor will listen to the pet’s heart and lungs for any abnormalities. The abdomen is palpated to detect any unusual enlargements of internal organs. Upon completion of the exam the veterinarian will go over the findings and make recommendations for further testing if necessary.

            The wellness exam is your opportunity to ask your veterinarian about any concerns with your pets’ health or behavior. In addition to the wellness exam, vaccines will be recommended consistent with your pet’s lifestyle and individual needs.

"Vaccines": The routine administration of vaccines is important in protecting your pet against  viruses and some bacterial infections. They help prevent tick-borne diseases, respiratory and nerve diseases such as distemper and rabies; and they also protect against intestinal disease caused by the parvovirus. 

Dentistry:

"Dentistry with Digital Dental X-ray"  We offer a full dental service from a free technician dental examination done under a veterinarian’s supervision to extensive veterinarian examination. We have the latest in dental equipment to aid in cleaning, polishing, and applying protective sealant to your pet’s teeth. Our hospital is equipped with dental digital x-rays for examination of tooth roots and underlying dental disease. We are able to do tooth extractions along with complete pain control. Dr. Jennifer Fanders, who is our exotic veterinarian, does rabbit teeth trimming on a routine basis under sedation. This procedure is set up during routine visits prior to the dental.

*Our "Cat Dental" video will give more information on reasons for dentals for cats.

In-House Bloodwork:

“Medical Diagnostic and Hospitalized Treatment”: At Hamilton Veterinary Hospital we offer the most up to date in-house laboratory testing available. We are able to obtain results of blood work sometimes before the patient even leaves the office. This helps in making a treatment plan for the pet as soon as possible and eliminates the situation of the owner of  having come back for medication and/ or treatments. There are numerous reasons for having your pets blood work checked each year,  from diabetes, liver and kidney disease, to cardiac and respiratory issues. Parasite screening for heartworm, intestinal worms is essential for keeping your pet healthy. Yearly screening for all types of tick borne diseases is completed along with the yearly wellness checkup.

Do your feline routine blood work helps uncover underlying medical problems that you and your veterinarian may not be aware of, giving valuable insights into the health of your cat and the opportunity to catch illnesses early. 

Surgery:

Small Animal Surgery for Dogs and Cats: We recommend spaying or neutering your pet at the age of 6 months or older to help reduce the chances of developing cancer and infection and reducing the pet population. To find out more,  view our video on Spaying and Neutering. Laser Surgery, is available using CO2 laser, the latest technology to reduce bleeding, pain and swelling during and after surgery.

Senior Wellness:

Geriatric Care: For dogs ages seven and older, routine blood work and a thorough physical exam will help your veterinarian detect health issues in their early stages. Dental disease, heart and circulatory problems, liver and kidney problems, thyroid problems, cancer, arthritis in their back, knees and hips are just a few of the health issues your veterinarian will be screening for different issues that can arise as your pet becomes older.

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For cats ages seven and older, routine blood work and a thorough physical exam will help your veterinarian detect health issues in their early stages. Dental disease, kidney problems, and thyroid problems are just a few of the health issues your veterinarian will be screening for as they become older.

Dietary and Nutritional Counseling: Puppy and kitten growth through to senior diet management and special requirements counseling. Pet obesity is a growing problem in the United States. Overweight dogs and cats are susceptible to the same diseases as humans, and it is not uncommon for obese pets to develop diabetes, heart, lung or kidney diseases. Help your pet steer clear of potential weight problems by being smart about what you feed your pet. Avoid giving your dog or cat table scrapes, and make sure to feed your pet healthy and nutritious pet food. Our two on line stores provide routine and prescription diets and health care products with the convenience of home delivery.

Laser Therapy:                                                                 
Class IV
Companion Therapy Laser
Small Animal Applications

For more information, watch the video on laser therapy.Some of the reason we are using Laser Therapy are listed below. 

Proven results:

Clinical studies and real-world use over several decades have proven that laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, stimulates nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair.

Improved patient outcomes:

→  Deep, soothing laser therapy provides a drug-free option for enhanced patient care.

→  Effective relief of pain, inflammation, and swelling

→  Extremely well tolerated by pets

→  No known side effects

→  May decrease the need for surgery and medications

→  Reduces healing time

→  Requires no sedation or clipping

→  Quick to administer (approximately 3 to 6 minutes per site)

→  Allows pet owners to be present and feel that they are participating in the healing process Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

Other areas where Laser Therapy has shown excellant results in reducing pain, swelling and infection include:

  • Ear infections
  • Muscle, Ligament and Tendon Injuries
  • Sprains and Strain
  • Ulcerations and Open Wounds
  • Post Surgical and Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Back Pain
  • Neuromuscular disease 

Diagnostic Tests for Pets with Heart Disease:

DSCN0495.jpgEchocardiogram: Dr. DeRose with two of our veterinary technicians assisting in holding a patient for a echocardiogram. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound image of the heart and associated large blood vessels. Echocardiography is a non-invasive test that allows a cardiologist to directly evaluate the anatomy and function of the heart. The examination is performed with the pet lying on a padded table. Most animals do not require sedation (tranquilizers) but some are more relaxed if these are used. A specific form of echocardiography called Doppler allows the cardiologist to look specifically at blood flow which helps to identify leaks in the heart valves, abnormal movement of blood between the left and right sides of the heart, and obstructions to normal blood flow.Echocardiography is also used for diagnosis of nearly all heart diseases such as valve abnormalities (Chronic Valvular Disease), heart dilation (Dilated Cardiomyopathy), heart muscle thickening (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy), congenital diseases (Patent Ductus Arteriosus), heart tumors, and most other heart problems. Ultrasound for heart and abdominal scanning available once a week by a specialist with results in 24-48 hrs, special readings are available Echocardiograms, abdominal ultrasounds, pregnancy checks.

Abdominal Ultrasound:

ba7b6bfac8cfc2affff84d0ffffe906.jpgAn ultrasound (also called a sonogram) is a non-invasive procedure used to evaluate the internal organs. Ultrasound examinations can be used to examine the abdominal organs, heart, eyes and reproductive organs. For many abdominal disorders, both ultrasound and X-rays are recommended for optimal evaluation. The X-ray shows the size, shape and position of the abdominal contents, and the ultrasound allows the veterinarian to see inside the organs.An abdominal ultrasound is indicated to evaluate pets with abdominal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, straining to urinate or urinating blood. This test can also be helpful in cases of reproductive abnormalities, unexplained fever, loss of appetite or weight loss. An abdominal ultrasound is often done if an X-ray, blood tests, or physical examination indicate a problem with an abdominal organ such as the liver, spleen, or pancreas. If physical examination reveals abdominal pain or enlargement of an abdominal organ, ultrasound examination could be indicated. As with people, the abdominal ultrasound can also be used to detect early pregnancy and determine viability of the fetus later in the pregnancy. 

OFA Radiographs:

b9c91cce549dce51ffff9179ffffe905.jpgHip Dysplasia is a terrible genetic disease because of the various degrees of arthritis (also called degenerative joint disease, arthrosis, osteoarthrosis) it can eventually produce, leading to pain and debilitation. We perform special x-rays for certification of hip and elbows without anesthesia or sedation. Please call 2 to 3 month inadvance of requested appointment. Below are the requiremnets for radiographs.             

1. AKC certificates must be faxed to our office (3 days) prior to your 

    appointment. This certificate has to be the final certificate and not application for registration. A catalog listing is not acceptable.

 2. The owner/co-owner must present the certificate/certificates at the time of the appointment.

 3. Preliminary O.F.A.'s are done on dogs 6 months to 24 months. 

 4. Permanent O.F.A.'s are done on dogs older than 24 months. This is in correlation to the birth date on the AKC certificate.

 5. We will not perform an O.F.A. radiographs if the patient is coming into/or is in heat, has whelped recently or still nursing. The recommended period of waiting is usually 2 to 3 months after the heat cycle or has finished nursing.

 6. O.F.A. will certify readings only if the dog has a Tattoo, Microchip and/or DNA     certificate. We scan for Home Again, Avid, and the new ones from Europe. Please note, that if you are in need of a Microchip, we can supply this at the time of your visit.

 7. When faxing your AKC papers over to our office, please make sure that it is noted as to whether you would like hips or hips and elbows and when your appointment is scheduled. Always request verification that your fax was sent when you set up your appointment.  Fax number is 609-888-1878 or you can send a copy of akc via e-mail to hvhguest@optonline.net.

 8. Paper work will be processed by one of the staff at HVH. Digital x-rays are required by OFA to be sent in by the Veterinary Hospital who is doing the procedure. What this means is that at the time of x-rays owner must be ready to sign and supply credit card information to be filled out on the application form. We (HVH) will then send it in to OFA for evaluation. For those breeders who send in multiple x-rays for a breeders discount must supply them at the time of submission. If you are unable to do so, we will keep the digital radiograph on hand until all the digital submissions are together to be sent into OFA. Mailing charges will be applied based on weight of mailing and must be paid at the time of submission. A copy of the radiograph can be supplied at additional cost of $10.00.

 9. We will receive a copy of the report from O.F.A. once they have reviewed the     information. This will be placed in the patient's file. You may request a copy of this report in the event that you have misplaced the original report from O.F.A.

 10.Appointments are in very high demand. If you are unable to keep the appointment, you must notify the hospital within 72 hours of your appointment. Failure to do so will result in a $ 25.00 service charge. You will need to speak with Jim Harper in order to schedule another appointment.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS OVER THESE PROCEDURES FOR OFA RADIOGRAPHS, PLEASE, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL OUR OFFICE. 609-888-3400