COLD LASER THERAPY
Laser therapy is a new therapy option for conditions that involve inflammation or require wound healing or better circulation to an area. Examples of these conditions are numerous but would include arthritis, back and neck injuries, ear infections, lick granulomas, wounds, and skin conditions to name a few. Laser is often used to treat conditions in addition to traditional therapy and in some cases may be the only therapy that we use. The laser is much different than a surgical laser that is used for surgical incisions. A therapy laser uses a couple different and specific waves of light to penetrate the tissue at different depths causing changes in the cells and increase circulation in the area. This promotes healing, a decrease in inflammation and pain. The best part of therapy laser is that there is no side effects and zero risk!
ORAL HEALTH CARE
Teeth are not only important for a pet’s appearance; they are the mechanical beginning of life-sustaining digestive function. When affected by periodontal disease, they often become a source of infection and pain. We offer dedicated surgical equipment and procedures to remove diseased teeth in a way that accelerates the healing process and gets your pet back to their ideal comfort level as quickly as possible. We offer prophylactic dental cleaning, which is the single best way to keep your pet’s teeth healthy and prevent costly extractions down the road. During your pet’s anesthetic procedure, your pet will be cared for by a licensed veterinary technician on advanced monitoring equipment. We can also make recommendations tailored to your specific pet’s oral health needs; including brushing, approved dental health chews, dental health toys, and prescription food options.
When your pet is sick, we will strive to get them better and back home as fast as possible. However, with more severe disease processes, we may need to admit your pet to provide continuous therapy. This may include intravenous fluids, rechecking diagnostics via in-house equipment, wound, and pain management. Our on-call staff will be available to care for your loved one on weekends and evenings. When someone isn’t at the hospital, your pet will be monitored via 24 hour live feed video cameras, which are checked regularly. Our dog room has large runs and an adjacent fenced in yard for them to go to the bathroom and get some fresh air. Our separate cat room is quiet with large windows that provide stimulation for our feline friends. For pets that may harbor a contagious disease, we have a dedicated isolation room to ensure that other patients are not exposed. With our new equine hospitalization facilities we can now offer continuous care options for your sick horse too. This includes two dedicated well ventilated stalls on non-slip rubberized flooring.
Digital radiography is an important tool we use to assist in diagnosing acute and chronic diseases and fractures. Based on physical exam and radiographs, the best treatment options are provided to you. Here we perform selective fracture repair with casts and splints where applicable. In addition, extra-articular cruciate repair and femoral head osteotomy (FHO) are available for applicable patients. We perform selective fracture repair. We are continually expanding our orthopedic procedures.
END OF LIFE SERVICES
Here at Thumb Veterinary Services we recognize the need for humane euthanasia for control of pain and suffering. We strive to make each animal’s situation as comfortable as possible for the pet and its family. In addition to private rooms, house calls are options for longtime patients. Burial and private cremation are available.
COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FOR WELL & SICK PATIENTS
The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet often goes unnoticed. Once symptoms appear, the condition may be more difficult or costly to diagnose and treat. Although age itself is not a disease, it can bring many conditions that if diagnosed early can be completely reversed or controlled for extended periods of time.
At least once a year, your pet should have a complete physical examination. Remember, your pet’s lifespan is shorter than a person’s. Much can happen in 12 months.
VACCINATION AGAINST PREVENTABLE DISEASES
Due to the many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected from most major diseases. Today, many immunizations and preventive treatments are available that did not exist just a few years ago. The law requires all dogs to be vaccinated for Rabies. Other diseases that your dog can be vaccinated for include but are not limited to Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospira, Bordetella, Lymes, and Giardia. The staff at Thumb Veterinary Services can help you decide what preventive measures are necessary for your pet(s).
HEARTWORM & TICK-BORNE DISEASE TESTING / PREVENTION
With the Snap 4Dx blood test we screen for Heartworm disease and three tick borne diseases: Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis. Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease spread by mosquitos and is a parasite of the blood. Tick borne diseases are vector borne and show very few symptoms, they are often vague and difficult to recognize. Once yearly screening is recommended to make sure your pet is free of these diseases. Once your pet has been tested and confirmed heartworm free, the Doctor and staff can assist you in picking the proper preventive for you and your pet. Tick and flea preventatives can be used at any time, even without an up to date test.
FECAL EXAMINATIONS FOR INTESTINAL PARASITES
An annual fecal examine is an accurate way to know if your pet is free of intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites in animals are a direct link to zoonosis in humans. Intestinal parasites are easily treated with a wide variety of products that are safe to use. Visit other resources on our website for more information on zoonosis.
GENERAL SURGERY and ANESTHESIA
No matter the complexity of the procedure, each animal has its own anesthetic plan with a Licensed Veterinary Technician monitoring anesthesia during the procedure. General surgery including but not limited to spay, neuter, mass removal, aural hematoma repair, laceration repair, and general abdominal surgery.
IN HOUSE DIAGNOSTICS, with same day response:
- Complete Blood Counts
- Serum Chemistry with Electrolytes
- Fecal Examinations and other Parasite antigen blood tests
- Urine analysis
- Digital Radiography (X-ray)
Outside Laboratory Submissions and Referral Services are available