Westridge Veterinary Hospital

How to Properly Care for Your Pets

Wellness

PUPPY AND KITTEN

Puppy and Kitten: 

Proper early medical care for puppies and kittens is crucial to their lifelong health. We offer puppy and kitten vaccinations, fecal parasite testing, nutrition counseling, and training recommendations.

ADULT AND SENIOR

Adult and Senior: 

The key to long term health in adult and senior pets is prevention. Regular exams and blood tests help screen for diseases like diabetes and kidney disease, so they can be diagnosed and managed early. Proper diet not only provides proper nutrition for an aging pet, but also helps to manage certain chronic diseases. Supplements and pain management help keep pets comfortable as they age. We can help you decide what options are best for your pet.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS

Comprehensive Exams: 

Pets age faster than humans do, and medical conditions can progress quickly. We recommend an annual exam for all pets, which allows us to identify any minor problems before they become major ones.

VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations: 

Veterinarians classify two types of vaccinations: CORE VACCINES are sometimes required by law, and are recommended for all pets. NON CORE VACCINES are recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle, age, and other risk factors. We can help you decide what vaccinations are best for your pet.

DIET AND NUTRITION

Diet and Nutrition: 

A healthy diet is essential for the overall health of your pet. We offer Hill’s Prescription and Science Diet foods, as well as Royal Canin diets. Both brands offer complete nutrition for your pet’s specific dietary needs. Need to have your pet’s food delivered?  Hills to Home can deliver your Hills Prescription and Science Diet foods right to your door.  Contact us for more information.

DIAGNOSTICS

Diagnostics: 

Diagnostic testing is the key to understanding your pet’s overall health and medical concerns. We recommend annual blood tests to monitor your pet’s health. We also offer pre-operative screening, comprehensive senior testing, thyroid, urinalysis, fecal, heartworm and parvovirus testing, feline retroviral, fine needle aspirates, histopathology, culture and sensitivity, and DNA testing.

PARASITE PREVENTION

Parasite Prevention: 

Parasites are not as common in Colorado as they are in other parts of the country, however, they are still a concern.

• Heartworms are a parasite transmitted by mosquitos. They live in the bloodstream and in the heart, eventually causing death. An oral tablet given monthly, or an injection given every 6 months, can prevent heartworm infections.

• Fecal parasites like Giardia, Hookworms and Tape worms are all detectable with a stool sample test, and are treatable with medications. These tests are highly recommended for kittens, puppies, and newly adopted pets.

• Fleas and ticks are easily prevented by an oral or topical treatment, and is recommended when travelling to high risk areas.

SPAY/NEUTER

Spay/Neuter: 

We recommend spaying and neutering all pets. Not only does it reduce pet overpopulation, but it also reduces the chances of your pet developing certain types of cancer.

MICROCHIPPING

Microchipping: 

Collars and tags are good ways to keep your dog or cat safe, but both can be removed or fall off. A microchip is a fool-proof form of identification. The microchip is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. The cost includes lifetime registration of the pet’s information.

Medical

GENERAL SURGERY AND ORTHOPEDICS

General Surgery and Orthopedics: 

Surgeries include spays, neuters, dental, soft tissue, cystotomies, splenectomies, orthopedic, and emergency procedures. During surgeries pets are monitored at all times by a veterinary technician using blood pressure, pulse oximeter, and heart rate monitoring equipment.

DENTAL CLEANING AND RADIOGRAPHS

Dental Cleaning and Radiographs: 

Many people find brushing their pet’s teeth to be challenging. Like humans, pets need regular dental care as a part of their overall health. Dental disease can affect your pet’s quality of life as they age. We offer dental prophylaxis, extractions, bonded sealants, and digital dental x-rays, as well as education to help you care for your pet’s dental health at home.

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHS

Digital Radiographs: 

Digital x-rays are used to quickly diagnose and evaluate health issues such as arthritis, fractures, abdominal issues, heart disease, and more.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Pain Management: 

Pain management is important, especially for the aging pet. We offer medications and nutraceuticals, as well as acupuncture and laser therapy.

ACUPUNCTURE AND LASER THERAPY

Acupuncture and Laser Therapy: 

Deep tissue laser therapy is used in the treatment of post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.  It is also used to reduce pain and inflammation and to speed healing.

Acupuncture uses thin needles to stimulate certain points on the body and is used to treat pain from arthritis and injury.  It is also an effective adjuvant for the treatment of nerve and spinal cord disease and injury, gastrointestinal problems, urinary problems, behavioral issues, seizures, allergies, and more.

ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound: 

More thorough than x-rays, ultrasound uses sound waves to look inside the organs of the body to help diagnose your pet’s condition.

End of Life

As pets age, sometimes difficult decisions need to be made. When a pet's health or condition is failing, Palliative care or Hospice care can sometimes be beneficial. The focus of Palliative care is keeping the pet as comfortable as possible, and preserving quality of life.

When Palliative care is no longer effective, end of life decisions need to be made. We can help you decide when the time is right. We offer communal cremation services, as well as private cremation services, in which your pet's ashes are returned to you, together with a clay pawprint.

 

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