Phone Consultations/Pet Advice
Just like people, pets have different personalities, interests, and energy levels. Pairing people with pets that complement their lifestyles is the best way to ensure a rewarding relationship for both owner and pet. If you are considering adding a pet to your household, call us at Verona or Montclair Animal Hospital. We will be happy to advise you on which breeds would be good choices for your particular lifestyle and personal needs
Examinations/ Free Second Opinions
The best care you can give your pet includes regular veterinary examinations. A complete physical exam by your veterinarian may find potentially serious conditions before they even affect your pet. A typical examination evaluates your pet’s teeth, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, abdominal organs, and lymph nodes. These examinations are needed more frequently for puppies and kittens as well as for senior pets. For pets 5 years and older, periodic laboratory testing is an invaluable part of health monitoring. Diabetes, early kidney problems, low-grade infections, and many cancers can often be found through laboratory testing. Our records show that 32 percent of our examinations of supposedly healthy animals have medical problems when we do our wellness exam lab testing.
Hypertension is now considered a significant health concern for pets. As a result, at our hospitals evaluating a pet’s blood pressure has become a standard part of the middle aged and older pet’s exam.
We welcome pet owners who would like a second opinion of their pet’s diagnosis or condition to visit our hospitals, and we will gladly address any concerns about the pet’s current treatment and care.
Spaying / Neutering
We have always spayed and neutered our pets at 6 months of age. There are benefits for doing these surgeries at this age but recent studies have created some new ideas for the age, specifically in large breed dogs when it is best to perform these surgeries.
Later spaying and neutering has shown some significant positive health reasons to consider delaying these procedures until the pet is over one year old. This study was done at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary medicine and their findings are available on line. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to one of our veterinarians.
Regular dental cleanings are an important part of your pet’s health care. Painful gum disease is a very common, but often overlooked problem for pets. Tartar can build up on teeth causing bacteria to spread into the bloodstream and cause damage to internal organs, specifically the heart and kidneys. Heart murmurs are often due to dental bacteria that has gone into the bloodstream and infected the valves of the heart. Kidney failure in middle-aged pets is also frequently due to infected gums and teeth. Additionally, dental infections are often quite painful to pets.
Proper dental care can be easily achieved with routine dental cleanings and follow up home care. At our hospitals, cleanings and polishing are done using state-of-the-art dental equipment. Prior to your pet’s dental cleaning, pre-anesthetic blood work, and often, an electrocardiogram are taken to ensure your pet’s wellbeing and alert the doctor to the presence of any pre-existing conditions such as dehydration, diabetes, heart, kidney, or liver disease that could complicate the procedure.
Surgery may sound like a daunting event for your pet, but in the hands of an experienced veterinarian, it can be the lifesaving procedure it is intended to be. While general surgery is used in cases of emergencies such as traumatic injuries or life threatening tumors, it also includes preventative medicine such as spaying and neutering. Additionally, surgery is an invaluable tool in making a diagnosis when other non-invasive methods do not provide sufficient information for a proper diagnosis.
Surgical monitoring is essential for safe surgery. Prior to receiving general anesthesia, we perform pre-anesthetic blood testing on our patients and, often, an electrocardiogram to assess their overall health. During surgery, our patients are maintained on equipment that monitors their electrocardiogram, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, blood pressure and respiration.
Pets often need laboratory testing when they are sick to make a diagnosis and determine the correct treatment for their problem. At our hospitals we have a vast array of in-house diagnostic testing equipment that enables us to rapidly evaluate your pet’s health. This includes testing for infections, diabetes, kidney problems, and many other illnesses.
Behavior and Training
Behavioral issues such as inappropriate chewing, house soiling and aggression can sometimes originate from undiagnosed health issues. That is why it is always a good idea to bring your pet in for a complete physical examination to rule out any medical causes for behavior problems. In cases where no physical cause is found, we can provide referrals to trainers and veterinary behaviorists. In some instances we can work with you and your pet using behavior medications that have become common in veterinary medicine.
The skin is the largest, and one of the most remarkable organs of the body. Through different layers of cells, hair, and glands that work together, the skin protects the body in a variety of ways. It functions as a protective barrier from injury and disease, guards against exposure to the elements, helps to regulate body temperature and prevent dehydration. With all the skin has to do and all that it is exposed to, it is not uncommon for damage to occur to the skin in dogs and cats. This can result in common clinical signs such as redness, loss of hair, scaling, crusting, and itchiness.
Fleas, ticks and other parasites can damage the skin’s protective quality as they feed on a blood meal. Allergies, thyroid disease and other systemic illnesses can also do the same. In these cases medicated baths are commonly used with other medications since they contain specific ingredients to fight infection and inflammation. These baths help restore the skin to its normal flora or balance, allowing it to heal. Since medicated baths are often used in conjunction with other medications, they should only be administered after discussing your pet’s treatment plan with your veterinarian.
Everyone needs to get away once in a while (maybe even your pet!). When your travel plans don’t include your 4-legged family members, you can relax by boarding them with us at Verona Animal Hospital. Our boarding staff consists of our veterinary technicians and our assistants and one of our veterinarians is always available during your pet’s stay. Here, you know your pet is safe, that their every need is taken care of, and that they will be spoiled with lavish attention, spacious accommodations, meals, and snacks.
Kitty condos are available for feline friends and for those kings and queens of the jungle that require a lot of space. Canine companions are housed in spacious kennels and for lodgers longing for more space, large runs are also available. Our canine guests that stay longer than three days receive a complimentary bath and nail trim, so they arrive back home looking and smelling great!
We know you miss your pet when you travel, but you should not have to miss out on enjoying yourself when you’re away because you are worried about your pet’s well being. Avoid that “leaving them behind” feeling by letting us take care of your pets while you’re away. You’ll relax knowing that they’re in the best of hands, next to yours.