Woodbridge Pet Health Maintenance Services

woodbridge pet health servicesKeeping Your Pet Healthy

Beyond our comprehensive pet health services, we also offer expert treatment for eye disorders, laser therapy, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, and more. Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to high-quality pet care based on your pet's unique needs and your expectations. Dr. Shane and the entire staff at Staples Mill Animal Hospital are passionate about ensuring your pet receives the best care available in a professional, loving environment. As a part of our commitment to you and your pet, we're also happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about caring for your cherished companion.

Internal Medicine for Your Woodbridge Pet

Despite the very best veterinary preventive care, your pet can become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for you and your pet, especially because you can't simply ask your companion what's wrong. This is one of the most important times when you need a skilled veterinarian you can trust.

While the focus of our medical practice at Staples Mill Animal Hospital is your pet's wellness, an important part of our services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems. Dr. Shane, supported by our advanced diagnostic technology, has expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of complex internal medicine cases.

Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Allergy-related and dermatological conditions are very common in pets. They are typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms, because if left untreated they can become serious health concerns for your pet. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears, often leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus-filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by our veterinarian at the animal hospital. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can best prevent future problems. If left untreated, your pet's allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Woodbridge Pet Laser Therapy

Eliminating or minimizing your pet's discomfort is one of our medical team's top priorities. To that end, we have invested in a therapeutic laser, which we use to stimulate and accelerate the healing of damaged cells relating to many conditions, including arthritis, acute and chronic pain, infection, injuries, sprains and strains, inflammation, edema and wound healing. Almost any medical condition can be improved by laser therapy.

woodbridge veterinary healthDuring each painless, noninvasive treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. In addition, laser therapy can accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve circulation and nerve function, reduce scar tissue formation and help the immune system fend off infection. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities. Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells.

Wound healing, including:

  • Post-operative surgical incisions
  • Contaminated or infected wounds
  • Burns
  • Snake bites

Skin conditions, including:

  • Dermatitis
  • Cat bite abscesses
  • Eczema
  • Ulcerated or non-ulcerated eosinophilic granulomas
  • Frostbite
  • Panniculitis (subcutaneous inflammation)
  • Pododermatitis (inflammation of skin on feet)
  • Pyoderma (pus in the skin)
  • Seborrhea (dandruff)

Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders such as:

  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of motor control
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative fracture repair
  • Degenerative joint disease

What You and Your Pet Can Expect

Your pet does not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. Improvement is often seen after the first treatment; however, some pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Dr. Shane will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition. For more information about this beneficial treatment, please speak to a member of our veterinary team who will be happy to assist you.

Your Pet's Nutrition

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet along with fresh, clean water are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control. Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only affects general health, but will also improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

woodbridge pet nutritionTo support your efforts Dr. Shane performs a thorough body condition evaluation during each physical examination and gives recommendations based on what she observes. We can also provide you vital information on proper serving size, nutrient needs and feeding strategies and help you navigate pet food claims so you can make informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and more. For your convenience Staples Mill Animal Hospital carries prescription foods. If you would like a prescription food we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

Woodbridge Pet Behavior Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. You, your family and your pet do not have to live with these problems. The experienced, knowledgeable staff at our Woodbridge animal hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems, including inappropriate urination or defecation, urine marking, aggression, nipping and biting, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, digging, chewing, and introduction of new pets into the household.

Causes of behavior problems can be environmental, such as a schedule change or introduction of a new baby or pet; learned, as a result of unintentional positive reinforcement; or genetic. Furthermore, any painful disease or condition, or degenerative changes associated with aging, can cause or contribute to behavior problems. Addressing the underlying medical problem or providing pain relief, along with behavior modification techniques, can often resolve some of these problems. Our assessment begins with your pet's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any medical problems that have been diagnosed will be treated.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine is the provision of health care by phone or computer. With telemedicine, we can offer you and your pet access to even more comprehensive medical care by connecting with doctors and specialists who can lend their expertise in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of specific cases.

If you would like more information about the Woodbridge pet health maintenance services Staples Mill Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital, please call (703) 897-0100.