Veterinary Medical Services
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When you bring your pet to the American Veterinary Clinic for an annual consultation, the doctor will perform a complete physical examination where your pet's eyes, ears, skin, heart, neurological, gastrointestinal and skeletal system are examined for any abnormalities.
The AVC takes pride in customizing your pet's vaccination requirements.
Your AVC doctor will make vaccine recommendations based on your pet's individual needs.
Blood tests can be performed as necessary to assess the proper functioning of your pet's kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system including the thyroid gland and adrenal glands. Urine tests can detect similar problems. Depending on your pet's condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests.
Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet - and you as the owner - in the unfortunate case that your pet is lost. Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area. A needle is used to inject the chip.
The American Veterinary Clinic recommends microchips for all pets - especially those traveling internationally.
If your pet becomes lost, the chip will provide information (a 15 digit number) which can be traced back to you.
The AVC has a well equipped on-site laboratory which allows our veterinary team to process and interpret a multitude of tests, including: routine blood tests, urine tests, stool sample analyses, skin scrapings, etc… Having a lab in the clinic allows us to get rapid results and can save time in getting appropriate treatments started for your pet. Occasionally, specialized tests are required…these are sent abroad and results are usually obtained within a week.
Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet's bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet's condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems.
When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures.
Pets usually require sedation to perform x-rays, as this minimize the stress involved, allows for better x-rays to be taken, and minimizes radiation exposure to your pet and our staff.
Animals have various nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed and health status. Decisions regarding your pet's nutrition should not be made without first consulting a veterinarian.
Geriatric animals have significantly different requirements than young growing puppies or kittens. Animals with diabetes or kidney disease also have different requirements. Your AVC doctor can recommend the optimal diet for your pet.
Dermatology refers to the study of the skin. Skin disease is a frequently observed problem in dogs and cats. Diagnosing a skin problem in your pet may simply require an examination by a veterinarian; however, most skin diseases or problems require additional steps to accurately obtain a diagnosis. Additional diagnostic procedures may include blood work, skin scrapings, biopsies, etc…
There are many causes of skin problems, ranging from allergies to hormonal disorders to parasites. Please schedule a consultation for your pet if you notice any excessive itchiness, loss of hair, and / or the presence of scabs or scales on the skin.
Internal and external parasites can be a source of discomfort and disease for your pet. The treatment and prevention of parasites represents an important part of maintaining your pet's health and well-being. Your AVC doctor will make parasite control recommendations in the best interests of your pet.
The AVC has a well stocked pharmacy on-site. This allows us to prescribe and dispense medications quickly and efficiently. If we do not have a medication in stock, we will do our best to procure it for you as quickly as possible.
Blood Pressure Monitoring:
Pets, like people, can develop diseases and/or conditions which result in abnormal blood pressure. Kidney disease, heart disease and thyroid disorders can dramatically alter an animal's blood pressure. The AVC has the ability to assess, interpret and monitor your pet's blood pressure if indicated.
A heart problem can affect your pet at any age although it is more often found in older pets. Heart failure occurs when the heart no longer has the ability to pump blood around the body effectively.
Many heart problems can be identified on physical examination. Our veterinarians start examining your pet's heart from as early as 6 weeks of age. If we detect any abnormal sounds (murmurs) or abnormal rhythms we may recommend further tests such as ECG, X-rays or Doppler blood pressure monitoring.
Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows visualization and biopsy (obtaining samples of tissue for testing) of your pet's intestinal tract without the need for invasive surgery. It can, for example, allow us to retrieve an accidentally swallowed item without the need for surgery.