ANNUAL HEALTH EXAM AND VACCINATIONS
Annually, or twice yearly if over the age of seven, your pet will receive a complete and thorough physical examination. All body systems are checked from head to paw. Every animal will receive an ear, eye, and skin exam, oral cavity check, and a thoracic exam, which involves listening to the heart and lungs. Once yearly appropriate lab work will be performed for your pet, such as heartworm testing for dogs and intestinal parasite testing for dogs and cats. In senior patients, we recommend annual senior wellness lab work, which may allow us to diagnose a potential problem early before clinical signs occur.
For dogs, a Rabies vaccination is given every three years after the age of two and a Distemper combination vaccination is given yearly to protect your pet against serious infections, such as leptospirosis, adenovirus, distemper virus and parvovirus. Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) is given intra-nasally every six months. This vaccine is an important one especially if your pet goes to the groomer, dog parks or has a visit to our boarding resort.
Cats will receive Rabies vaccine every 3 years after the age of two and FVRCP vaccinations on a yearly basis. We also recommend Feline Leukemia and feline AIDS testing on all new cats as well as Feline Leukemia vaccination for outdoor cats.
The vaccinations discussed above are considered core vaccines. Other vaccinations are available to your pet and we would be happy to discuss your pet’s lifestyle and decide if they would benefit from other vaccinations.
PUPPY AND KITTEN WELLNESS PROGRAMS
Congratulations on your new pet! For their first visit, they will receive a complete and thorough examination and intestinal parasite check. We typically see new pets starting at six weeks of age then every three weeks after that to continue their series of vaccinations (nine weeks, twelve weeks and for some pets fifteen weeks). On the first visit you, the pet owner, will receive our “puppy or kitten talk” by one of our qualified technicians, to educate you on his or her care and answer any questions you may have concerning your new pet. You will also receive a puppy or kitten packet with all the information you could possible need to know and a free dose of monthly heartworm prevention.
We recommend that all puppies and kittens have an ovariohysterectomy (spay) or castration (neuter) by six months of age to ensure a healthier life.
We proudly provide our patients with the highest quality of veterinary diagnostics. Using our in-house, state-of-the-art equipment, we can offer many in-house immediate diagnostics as well as next day reference laboratory tests. We offer the latest in digital radiology and tonometry for diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma patients, as well as endoscopy to evaluate the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. Our in-house laboratory allows our doctors to quickly evaluate the total body functions of your pet—including the liver and kidneys—and we can diagnose more specific diseases by testing cortisol levels, thyroid levels and bile acids. Our hospital has an Intensive Care Unit with the capability of providing our patients fluid therapy, needed treatments and close personal nursing care. No matter the severity of the problem, our doctors and staff are capable of providing your pet with the latest in veterinary care.
Yadkin Park Animal Hospital is prepared to perform an array of surgical procedures, from routine spays and neuters to more complex soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. We routinely perform ovariohysterectomies (spays), castrations (neuters), declaws for cats, and growth (tumor) removals, as well as, cruciate repairs (traditional lateral suture as well as the new more effective Tightrope procedure), stabilization of luxating patellas, IM pinning for fractured bones, amputations, and FHO surgeries. Other procedures performed are surgical biopsies (liver, intestinal, skin, etc), cystotomies, anal sacculectomies, ocular enuecleations, soft palate resections, stenotic nares and entropion procedures.
The newest procedure for repairing a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament or CCL in veterinary medicine is the Tightrope Ligament technique. This procedure is minimally invasive and more cost effective compared to the TPLO or TTA. The data suggests results that are comparable to or better than TPLO or TTA. Link to Tightrope procedure
We advocate the use of pre-anesthetic blood work to screen for any situations that may require us to change our anesthetic protocol for your pet. Animals with heart disease, lung disease and liver or kidney disease can benefit from a unique anesthetic protocol made just for them.
One of our top priority is controlling your pet’s discomfort. The Veterinarians and staff at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital take all necessary steps to relieve any pain before, during, and after your pet's surgical procedure. We also know that with proper pain control for all surgeries, the time it takes for your pet to heal is lessened.
A few of our routine laboratory services include:
Heartworm Testing— Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs and cats. We can screen your pet for this disease as well as discuss treatment options in the unfortunate case your pet is positive.
Fecal testing- A fecal examination is the microscopic evaluation of feces. The test is indicated for pets with diarrhea, straining, lack of appetite or vomiting. Annual fecal examinations are recommended on all animals as part of a yearly health exam. Fecal examinations are also recommended on all puppiesand kittens.
Fecal examinations are primarily performed to detect microscopic gastrointestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, Giardia, coccidia and tapeworms.
Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/Heartworm AntigenTesting (FELV/FIV/HW Combo test)— These diseases are a major cause of illness and death. Both FeLV and FIV viruses are infectious by contact with other cats carrying these viruses. This makes testing so important especially when introducing a new cat to a household. Ask any member of our staff for more information about testing.
Microscope Evaluation/Cytology— Cytology can be used to diagnose and treat various conditions including ear infections, skin infections, dermal and subcutaneous masses, as well as lymph node aspirations.
Blood Chemistries— This in-house testing gives our doctors a quick look into the health of your pet. This tests reveals information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, proteins, sugars, and electrolytes along with red blood cell and white blood cell status.
Yadkin Park Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic also has a veterinary reference lab (Antech Laboratories) for more advanced laboratory testing. Ask any of our doctors for more information.
Our hospital has a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine that produces excellent quality radiographs. Radiographs are fundamental in diagnosing certain medical and surgical problems. We perform thoracic, abdominal and spinal x-rays routinely, with pets either awake or anesthetized. We are also able to perform contrast studies of the gastrointestinal tract as well as radiographs for the diagnosis of elbow and hip dysplasia. All OFA radiographs are taken under general anesthesia for proper positioning, which is essential for evaluation of the hips.
Oral radiographs provide excellent resolution and precise detail of potential problems occurring below the gums surface. With the use of oral radiology, we are able to diagnose unhealthy and painful situations such as abscessed teeth, bone resorption and accurately locate and evaluate fractures of the jaw. Click here for more information on dental cleanings and treatments for your pet.
Yadkin Park Animal Hospital is one of the select hospitals in the Sandhills pleased to offer your pet endoscopy. Endoscopy is a less invasive means to evaluate the gastrointestinal tract for disease, foreign bodies or obstructions. Not only can the endoscope be used to retrieve foreign objects from the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, but it can also be used to diagnose common intestinal diseases like inflammatory bowel or cancer.
EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE
Yadkin Park Animal Hospital is pleased to offer emergency care for your pets. We accept emergencies during our clinic hours and refer all after hours emergencies to Small Animal Emergency Services. When every second counts, you can count on us! Please see the Emergency Section on the home page for details.
The four most prevalent problems concerning our pets in North Carolina are: heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. With an array of preventative products, the doctors and staff at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital can help you find the best one to meet your pet’s needs.
Heartworms are a potentially fatal disease, but one that is easily prevented with the use of a monthly oral dewormer, like Heartgard Plus, Interceptor and Sentinel. Heartworms sit in the heart and lungs and wreak havoc in these locations. They can also result in problems at distant organs like the liver and kidneys. All of the heartworm preventatives have an intestinal parasite control label as well. Depending on the product used, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm infections are prevented as well. Don’t forget: Cats need heartworm prevention too!
Fleas and ticks are external parasites that live to pierce the skin and suck the blood of your pet. These pests can be terribly problematic for some animals, resulting in allergic dermatitis and infection, not to mention has the potential to spread serious disease. Many products are available to control the flea and tick population in your pet’s environment. Yadkin Park Animal Hospital gladly offers our canine patients Frontline Plus and Comfortis (fleas only). Our feline products are Frontline and Revolution. Ask a member of our staff which product would best suit your pet.
Yadkin Park Animal Hospital also carries a variety of vitamin supplements, joint supplements and skin supplements.
Many of our patients require far more than routine preventative care. This may include therapy for certain types of cancers. Though there are similarities between human and veterinary cancer treatments, there are some important differences. Currently, treatment of cancer in animals can often result in fairly lengthy, good quality remission times.
Chemotherapy can provide acceptable options for pets and their owners.
A cancer is a tissue mass characterized by persistent, excessive, and disorganized cell growth that is unresponsive to normal control mechanisms. Cancer is a leading cause of death in dogs and cats. Why this happens, in most cases, is not yet known. As a result of improved owner and veterinary care, pets are living much longer and thus are more susceptible to diseases of old age, such as tumors. If your pet is thought or known to have cancer, a consultation with a veterinarian experienced in oncology can provide you with valuable information regarding treatment options and expectations. Chemotherapy can provide acceptable options for pets and their owners.
Yadkin Park Animal Hospital is comfortable treating all types of Cancer, including: Mast Cell Tumors, Lymphoma, Osteosarcoma, Mammary Tumors, Fibrosarcoma, and Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma.
SENIOR WELLNESS PROGRAMS
Pets age at a much faster rate than humans do. Your pet is considered a senior when they reach the age of seven. At this time, and every year thereafter, we recommend performing a "Senior Health Panel" that is either ran in-house or sent to our outside laboratory. This lab work evaluates the organ systems of your pet’s body, including the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets along with liver, kidney, protein, electrolyte and sugar values. It also includes a thyroid function test and a urinalysis. We know that as your pet ages, certain changes can occur. It is important to catch these changes early to prevent or slow down certain negative processes.
Another important part of senior health is twice yearly examinations. A lot can change with your pet physically in just a short time. Twice yearly examinations allow the Veterinarians at Yadkin Park Animal Hospital to diagnose and treat problems earlier in any given situation.
Do you know the odds of getting reunited with your pet in the event he or she is lost? According to the American Humane Association only 2% of cats and 15% of dogs are returned to their owners. These odds are significantly improved with the use of a HomeAgain microchip, which is implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. It is as small as a grain of rice (12mm) and serves as a permanent ID. Each microchip has a unique number that is registered to your pet. In the event your pet is lost, when scanned by a microchip scanner your pets number will be displayed on the scanner. This number is used by HomeAgain to identify your pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact the owner and reunite you with your pet.
Visit the HomeAgain website at www.HomeAgain.com for more information.
EXOTICS- At Yadkin Park Animal Hospital we not only treat our canine and feline patients, but also welcome an array of pocket pets (guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrats....) and feathered friends.
All boarding is veterinary supervised and your pet is monitored and maintained by veterinary technicians and kennel assistants.
Remember to bring any medications or special diets that your pets may need during their stay. All pets otherwise receive Science Diet twice daily for their meals and are exercised two or three times a day during their stay. If a bath is requested, it will be done on the day of discharge. We also recommend that you label any of your pet’s belongings in advance.
Call today to schedule your reservation (910) 692-8542. We recommend scheduling early for boarding during the holidays.
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Yadkin Park Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic
110 Turner Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
fax (910) 692-3920