VETERINARY CARE SERVICES

Our staff includes veterinary general practitioners as well as a double Board-Certified Specialist who are available to examine, diagnose, and treat a wide array of problems for most pets.

 

Veterinary Care for Dogs and Cats

Annual Physical Exams, Checkups, Vaccines, and Preventive Wellness Care

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Our veterinarians, technicians, and staff are available during business hours to help you get your pet the medical attention it needs. We can accommodate same-day appointments in most cases, depending on the urgency of the situation. Our family of seasoned staff are here to help.

Consider the Symptoms

If you suspect your pet is undergoing an emergency, consider their visible symptoms.

Observe:  Is your pet acting unusual, or doing something out of the ordinary?

Orient:  Focus in on the primary symptom(s)

Decide:  Contact us or an emergency clinic for assistance!

Act:  After speaking with our staff, follow our timely triage process and recommendations to get your pet the care it needs.

If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms from this list, they should be treated immediately.

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Loss of consciousness or Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Inability to urinate or defecate

In some cases, it may be recommended that your pet is transferred to an emergency center based on the severity of their condition.  No matter what, we can assist you in getting the proper care for your pet.

If your pet has ingested something that is potentially poisonous, call the 24/7 Animal Poison Control number – (888) 426-4435

Preventive Wellness Care

We offer wellness care for most companion animals — not just cats and dogs, but also birds and exotics including small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Each annual wellness visit provides vaccines, tests, nutritional guidance, and behavioral tips. Every species has its own unique preventative wellness and immunization needs, so please browse the menus below to find the recommendations for your animal.

For Canines, or Dogs

PUPPIES

Vaccinating your puppy is the best way to ensure your new pet is protected against the many devastating and potentially deadly infectious diseases in dogs. Most of these diseases can be life-threatening to a young unvaccinated pet. Our puppy vaccine schedule begins at 8 weeks of age and is completed at 16 weeks of age. We usually do not recommend beginning vaccines before 8 weeks of age because your puppy still has some antibodies it acquired from its mom when it was born and began nursing. Those antibodies begin to decline after 6 weeks but sometimes can still be present until 14 weeks. We begin vaccinations at 8 weeks of age to begin protection for those puppies who are no longer covered by maternal antibodies. Since maternal antibodies can interfere with vaccines, we repeat them at 12 and 16 weeks of age to ensure coverage to those puppies that still had maternal antibodies past 8 weeks. A typical puppy wellness and vaccine schedule may include the following:

 

8 Weeks:

  • Puppy Wellness Exam 1
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • DHLPP 1 – Distemper combination vaccine
  • Flea & Tick Prevention

12 Weeks:

  • Puppy Wellness Exam 2
  • DHLPP 2- Distemper combination vaccine
  • Lyme 1

16 Weeks:

  • Puppy Wellness Exam 3
  • DHLPP 3- Distemper combination vaccine
  • Lyme 2
  • Rabies – 1 year
  • Heartworm Prevention
  • Spay / Neuter appointment
ADULT

Annual Wellness Exams are an important part of keeping your adult dog healthy. Early signs of disease can be detected and addressed before your pet becomes seriously ill. A veterinarian will examine your pet and make recommendations based on those findings and the needs of your pet. In certain cases, vaccine titers may be performed in lieu of revaccination. Below is an example of what many pet dogs in our area will receive on an annual basis:

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • HLEA test – this is a combination blood test for Heartworm Disease, and 3 common tick-borne diseases: Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening – a fecal exam to check for the presence of various intestinal parasites your pet can be exposed to.
  • DHLPP – Distemper combination vaccine
  • Rabies vaccine – 1-year inital vaccine, booster every 3-years.
  • Lyme vaccine
  • Canine Influenza Bivalent Vaccine
  • Heartworm prevention – recommended year-round
  • Flea/Tick prevention – recommended year-round
SENIOR

Dogs age much faster than humans, and as they become senior citizens they need special care. We recommend you bring dogs older than 7 in for semi-annual checkups. In addition to the regular tests, vaccines, and caregiving, our veterinarians will monitor your dog’s organ functions to identify all age-related changes going on internally. A Senior exam typically includes:

 

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Annual vaccines – recommendations are based on lifestyle
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • HLEA – Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma test
  • CBC – Complete Blood Count
  • Chemistry Panel – Checks organ function, electrolytes, protein levels
  • T4 Blood Test – Thyroid function
  • Complete Urinalysis

For Felines, or Cats

KITTEN

Vaccinating your kitten is the best way to ensure your new pet is protected against the many feline infectious diseases Most of these diseases can be life-threatening to a young unvaccinated pet. Our kitten vaccine schedule begins at 8 weeks of age and is completed at 16 weeks of age. We usually do not recommend beginning vaccines before 8 weeks of age because your kitten still has some antibodies it acquired from its mom when it was born and began nursing. Those antibodies begin to decline after 6 weeks but in some kittens can still be present until 14 weeks. We begin vaccines at 8 weeks to begin protection for the kittens who are no longer covered by maternal antibodies. Since maternal antibodies can interfere with vaccines, we repeat them at 12 and 16 weeks old to ensure coverage to those kittens that still had maternal antibodies past 8 weeks. A typical kitten vaccine recommendation may include the following:

 

8 Weeks:

  • Kitten Wellness Exam 1
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • FVRCP 1 – Distemper/Respiratory vaccines
  • Flea & Tick Prevention
  • Feline AIDs and Leukemia test
  • Heartworm Prevention

12 Weeks:

  • Kitten Wellness Exam 2
  • FVRCP 2-Distemper/Respiratory vaccines
  • FeLV 1

16 Weeks:

  • Kitten Wellness Exam 3
  • FVRCP – Distemper/Respiratory combination vaccine
  • FeLV 2
  • Rabies – 1-year initial vaccine, booster every 3-years
  • Spay / Neuter appointment
ADULT

Annual Wellness Exams are an important part of keeping your adult cat healthy. Early signs of disease can be detected and addressed before your pet becomes seriously ill. A CEDARCREST Veterinarian will examine your pet and make recommendations based on those findings and the needs of your pet. Ask our Veterinarian about utilizing vaccines titers to minimize the frequency of certain vaccinations for your cat. Below is an example of what many pet cats in our area will receive based on their indoor/outdoor lifestyle, their health status, and the status of fellow pets in their household:

  • Comprehensive Annual Exam
  • FVRCP – Distemper/Respiratory Vaccine
  • FeLV – Feline Leukemia Vaccine
  • Heartworm / FeLV / FIV combination test
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • Heartworm Preventive
  • Flea and Tick Prevention
SENIOR

Feline senior citizens (10 years+) require additional care to keep them happy and healthy for life. As our furry friends begin to show external signs of aging, internally their vital organs are also aging. Regular monitoring of organ function is critical to identifying age-related organ deterioration. Cats age at a much faster rate than humans. An annual physical exam for your cat is equivalent to us getting a checkup every five to seven years! Semi-annual exams are recommended for all of our senior patients. A typical Senior exam includes:

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Vaccination based on Lifestyle
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • CBC – Complete Blood Count
  • Chemistry Panel – Checks organ function, electrolytes, protein levels
  • T4 Blood Test – Thyroid function
  • Complete Urinalysis
  • SDMA – Early kideny disease detection test

Contact us to schedule a wellness visit with one of our veterinarian professionals.

Veterinary Care for Birds & Exotics

Avians, or Birds

Many species of birds have very long lifespans. Keeping them happy and healthy for their entire lives requires proper nutrition, husbandry, and veterinary care. Most birds are social animals and require a significant amount of daily socialization. If your bird is screaming, picking its feathers out, or exhibiting other disturbing behaviors, call our office to schedule a behavioral consultation with Dr. Olkowski, our avian specialist.

NEW BIRD WORKUP

We recommend that all bird owners bring their new bird in for an initial exam, intestinal parasite screening and baseline blood work. This also applies to owners that wish to introduce another avian into their home. Depending on the age of your new bird, where you acquired it, and its overall general appearance, we may recommend additional testing to ensure your new bird is healthy and can safely be introduced to your other avian pets. Our avian specialist can also give you a complete rundown on proper nutrition for your new pet. Call to schedule an appointment today.

ANNUAL EXAMS & VACCINATIONS

Many species of birds have very long lifespans. Keeping them happy and healthy for their entire lives requires proper nutrition, husbandry and veterinary care. Annual physical exams are essential for companion birds. This is because most companion bird species are prey animals in the wild, and will hide signs of illness.

Note: If your bird is fluffed, not eating, bobbing its tail, picking its feathers, has an overgrown beak, or displays any change in its normal behavior, contact us immediately. Most birds are seriously ill by the time they display any symptoms.

 

Exotic Pets

SMALL MAMMALS

Our veterinarians routinely examine and treat many species of small exotic mammals, including rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders.

Basic Care Recommendations

We recommend that all species are fed a nutritionally balanced diet specific to the needs of your pet. Feeding a food formulated for a different species is not recommended. Block or pelleted diets tend to be more nutritionally balanced and don’t allow your pet to pick and chose only the tastiest (and usually more fattening) items. Appropriate habitats are commercially available or can be homemade for many species. When providing homemade habitats, please take into account that some species need vertical space as well as an escape-proof habitat. Bedding choices are also important. Pine and cedar shavings can be toxic to small mammals and should be avoided.

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

Reptilian and Amphibian species each have very specific requirements for housing and nutrition. To successfully keep these species as companion pets, we must meet the individual needs of the animal. The proper environment is critical for any lizard, snake, turtle, tortoise, frog or toad. Temperature, humidity, substrate, lighting, and access to fresh food and water all need to be provided within the guidelines for the animals natural habitat. Failure to meet these needs can result in illness and potentially death. If you would like a care consultation, please call for an appointment.

FERRETS

Ferrets are a popular pet in the United States and are very playful and entertaining to watch. Ferrets are carnivores and have specific nutritional needs. They should be kept in an appropriate cage when not supervised, and the environment should be “ferret proofed” before allowing them to roam. They should always be closely supervised since they have a talent for getting into trouble! Most pet ferrets are spayed and neutered before they arrive at pet stores. They are susceptible to canine distemper and rabies and should be vaccinated annually for both. We recommend annual wellness visits to help keep your ferret happy and healthy throughout its life. Adrenal disease is quite common in ferrets and can be treated and well managed if diagnosed early. Ferrets live an average of 6-8 years, and the males tend to be larger than the females. You can expect your pet ferret to sleep for about 16 hours a day and be more active in the mornings and evenings. They have a keen sense of smell and a reputation for being “thieves”.

FISH & KOI

Fish are among the most beautiful of animals, exquisite in color, diverse in shape, lively and graceful in movement and fascinating in their behavior. If you are a hobbyist then you are aware that fish require special care too. Whether it be an ornamental pond fish or one of the many species of aquarium fishes, our experienced veterinarians can assist you with your pet(s) individual needs. If you have questions about your pet’s environment, nutrition, water quality, or identifying what type of fish is best for you, our qualified staff can guide you to answers. Our veterinarians are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of fish diseases as well, but more importantly, a consultation with one of our professionals can keep your fish happy and healthy for years to come.

Contact us to schedule a wellness visit with one of our veterinarian professionals.

Surgical & Specialty Procedures

At times, pets need special care. CEDARCREST Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary clinic, so whether your cat is ready for teeth cleaning, or your puppy is ready to be spayed, we have you covered. We also have state-of-the-art imaging technology to help us discover, diagnose, and understand more complex conditions during the triage process.

PET SURGERY

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic has a modern surgical suite available to meet most of our patients’ surgical needs. We routinely perform spay and neuter procedures on cats, dogs, and several exotic companion animal species. Our surgical services include but are not limited to growth removals, ocular (eye) surgeries, foreign body removal, wound repair, hematoma surgery and orthopedic procedures.

Our Doctors can also utilize Radiosurgery, which allows the doctors to make incisions without a scalpel blade! This can minimize bleeding and trauma to skin and body tissue during surgical procedures. We recommend pre-surgical blood work for all of our surgical patients. This information allows your veterinarian to minimize your pet’s risks during surgery and anesthesia.

Spay/Neuter

Spaying and Neutering your companion animals will help to alleviate the epidemic of unwanted, homeless animals in our areas shelters, pounds, and SPCAs. Not to mention the health benefits your precious pet will receive. The incidence of mammary tumors in female cats and dogs can be practically eliminated if they are spayed before they go into heat for the first time. Each heat cycle that a female dog or cat experiences increase the chances of her developing a tumor at some point in her life. Males dogs and cats can benefit too! Intact males have a greater chance of developing enlarged prostate glands and testicular cancer. Behaviorally, your male dog or cat will be less likely to engage in urine marking, become aggressive towards other males, roam in search of available intact females, and display mounting behavior. Spaying and Neutering are standard surgical procedures that are routinely performed at CEDARCREST Animal Clinic!

As with any surgery, your pet is monitored by our team throughout the entire procedure. Our veterinarians can spay or neuter select exotic pets as well. We have experience performing these procedures on birds and reptiles as well as small exotic mammals.

Growth Removal

Many companion animals are seen in vets offices because an owner has noticed an abnormal growth on their furry friend. Some growths are concerning and others are insignificant. Some growths, usually on the skin surface, are checked and the owner is instructed to monitor the growth for sudden changes, or rapid growth. Unless this type of growth is irritating to the pet or hinders the pet in any way, we may not recommend removing it. However, when the growth is under the skin and we can not see exactly what it looks like, your veterinarian may recommend removing it and having the growth tested. Surgical removal of abnormal growths on pets is commonly performed at CEDARCREST Animal Clinic. In most cases, we recommend sending a sample of the growth to a referral laboratory for complete identification. This gives our veterinarians information about the cause of the growth and the likelihood of it spreading or returning.

Hematoma

A hematoma is a localized collection of blood outside of blood vessels. In cats and dogs, it is typically in the visible part of the ear that resides outside of the head, the pinna. Trauma, excessive scratching, and shaking of the head are common causes of hematomas in companion animals. We recommend surgery to open and drain the hematoma and remove clots. Sutures are then used to tack the skin layers to eliminate any space for more blood to accumulate. The cause of the initial irritation needs to be determined and treated to reduce the chances of recurrence. Diligent aftercare is required to ensure proper healing and reduce scarring.

Ocular (eye)

Squinting can be a sign of a minor irritation or a severe problem that needs immediate medical attention. A full ophthalmic exam should be performed any time your pet is having problems with its eyes. Our clinic is equipped to perform such an evaluation on many different species of companion pets. Our veterinarians are experienced in many ocular surgeries and procedures. Some procedures commonly performed are:

  • Entropion – a condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward, potentially causing irritation or trauma to the cornea.
  • Ectropion – a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outwards, usually a genetic condition common in several hound breeds, St. Bernard dogs and Cocker Spaniels, but can also be the result of trauma or nerve damage.
  • Cherry eye – the term used to refer to canine nictitans gland prolapse, or third eyelid prolapse. It is common in the following breeds: Bulldog, Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Pekingese, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Basset Hound, but can occur in any breed.
  • Enucleation – As a last resort, removal of the eye may be needed due to trauma, tumors, or ocular pain associated with the disease.

Orthopedic

Orthopedic problems are quite common in companion animals; they can be caused by trauma, cancer, or genetics. The veterinarians at CEDARCREST can perform orthopedic procedures to improve the quality of life of your pets. From amputation, to fracture repair, to cruciate ligament repair, our DVMs are here to meet most of your pets orthopedic needs.

Radiosurgery

Radiosurgery is a state-of-the-art surgical method which allows our surgeons to make incisions through the skin and into other tissues without the use of a scalpel blade! By utilizing the energy produced by very specific radio wave frequencies and focusing that energy with controlled precision, a very specific incision can be made without causing significant damage to surrounding tissue. Radiosurgery does not burn the tissue as can occur with laser or high-temperature electrosurgery. At the same time, radiosurgery helps control hemostasis (bleeding) of small vessels in order to minimize any blood loss. The Benefits to your pet can include:

  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Decreased post-surgical edema
  • Better hemostatic control (less bleeding)
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Quicker recovery

With shorter anesthesia and post-surgical healing times, ask if your pet’s surgery can be done with radio waves!

Anesthesia

Having your pet undergo a procedure requiring anesthesia can be very stressful. There are risks associated with any anesthetic episode. Therefore we highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood testing to minimize those risks. We use the safest available anesthetic agents and each patient is thoroughly monitored during the entire process. We use multiple monitoring devices for heart rate, O2 saturation, pulse, temperature, and blood pressure which aid our Doctors and Licensed Veterinary Technicians in providing a high standard of quality care for each patient. There are many types of anesthetic regimes including the use of drugs that are injected into a vein or muscle or inhalant drugs that are breathed in and out of the body. Our veterinarians will select the anesthetic regime based on the health of your pet, and on the information obtained from the blood screening, and on the type of surgical procedure to be performed.

PET DENTISTRY

According to the AVMA, it is estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by 3 years of age. Dental disease is more than just “doggy breath”. The progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to infections of the heart valves, kidneys, and liver! These problems can be prevented with regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings. CEDARCREST Animal Clinic offers comprehensive oral assessments and treatments, which includes ultrasonic cleaning and polishing, dental x-rays, and tooth extractions as needed. Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians can discuss home dental care options with you to help keep your pet’s teeth in the best possible condition. Between cleanings, you can brush your pet’s teeth at home to help keep them healthy all year long. There are also a variety of treats, toys and drinking water additives designed to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy.

ONCOLOGY (CANCER TREATMENT)

Each type of cancer requires individualized care and may include one or a combination of treatment therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, cryosurgery (freezing), hyperthermia (heating) or immunotherapy. Your pet’s overall health is important too, and our veterinarians may recommend dietary changes or other supplements to help your pet better respond to treatment. Once you have a diagnosis, the veterinarian will discuss the best treatment option(s) for your pet and the risks and side effects associated with each option.

DERMATOLOGY

Pruritus is the medical term used to define the sensation to itch, or the sensation that provokes a desire to scratch, rub, chew, or lick hair and skin. Pruritus is also an indicator of inflamed skin. Intense scratching can eventually lead to partial or full hair loss, but with treatment, prognosis is positive. There are many causes of pruritus in pets, including fleas, scabies, lice, allergies, bacterial infections, abnormal cell development (neoplasia), and immune disorders. Diagnosing the underlying cause is critical to managing skin disorders. Cytology, cultures, biopsy and potentially allergy testing will help determine those causes, and a treatment plan can be devised based on the results. Treating skin diseases can be difficult and frustrating for pet owners, but it is critical to follow your pets prescribed treatment plan consistently.

CARDIAC DIAGNOSTICS

Heart disease can be life-threatening to your pet; therefore, accurately diagnosing the severity of heart disease is critical to treating and maintaining your pet’s quality of life. Diagnosing cardiac disease properly requires an electrocardiogram, chest radiographs (X-rays) and ultrasound to determine the full extent of cardiac disease.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Many heart abnormalities can be diagnosed by an electrocardiogram (ECG). This diagnostic procedure aids our doctors in assessing heart rate, heart rhythms, and in diagnosing many cardiac abnormalities that can affect your pet. It is part of our comprehensive cardiac diagnostics, but can also be used as a screening tool to check your pet for arrhythmias. All of our anesthetized patients are monitored with a digital ECG during the procedure, and a printed ECG is often utilized when diagnosing various heart conditions.

Thoracic Radiography

Chest X-Rays (Radiography) are essential to helping the Veterinarian evaluate the size of the heart and major vessels along with any lung or airway abnormalities that may be present concurrently. Typically three survey views are taken for initial evaluation, and other views if certain areas of the chest need to be evaluated.

Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiography)

An ultrasound of the heart allows the veterinarian to view the inside of the heart at the valves and chambers that control blood flow. Cardiomyopathies and certain valvular diseases can be diagnosed and be treated more specifically based on the information we obtain from the echocardiogram.

DIGITAL RADIOLOGY (X-RAY)

Radiography is the use of X-rays to view internal structures in the body. When paired with special procedures, such as contrast studies, we are able to enhance the diagnostic ability of our digital radiography. OFA radiographs can also be used to evaluate both hips and elbows of your dog. These technologies allow bones and internal organs to be visualized and aid in the diagnoses of many diseases and conditions. We are also PennHip Certified to help in the evaluation of your pet’s hips (for Hip Dysplasia).

ULTRASOUND

Digital Ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive procedure used to painlessly visualize many internal organs, to capture their size, internal structure, and identify potential abnormalities. The digital ultrasound is not a replacement for X-rays and radiography, but rather complements the information obtained by the other imaging methods to assist our veterinarians in their diagnoses.

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

When appropriate, we refer clients to a nearby facility for MRI to enhance information obtained from radiography or ultrasonography. MRI technology allows us to gain detailed information on the internal structures or organs not visible by other imaging methods without the damaging ionizing radiation associated with traditional x-rays and C-T scans. It is particularly helpful for back and spinal issues, brain tumors, and joint problems.

ENDOSCOPY

Endoscopy is a diagnostic service that allows minimally invasive views into your pet without major surgery. Using fiberoptics, or finely tuned magnified lenses, our flexible and rigid endoscopes are used by our veterinary doctors to perform procedures such as rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, vaginoscopy, otoscopy, and even minimally invasive abdominal laporoscopies. Your veterinarian may refer your pet for one of these procedures under the following circumstances:

  • For Rhiniscopy: any non-responsive nasal discharge or bleeding, chronic sneezing, nasal pain or swellings.
  • For Cystoscopy: chronic cystitis or straining to urinate, or any abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding.
  • For Otoscopy: recurrent ear infections, possible foreign bodies in the ear canal, or any chronic ear discharge or bleeding.

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