Veterinary Clinic Services

Our team includes a double Board-Certified Specialist and we are available for advanced veterinary care to routine exams for many types of pets including dogs, cats, exotics, and avians.
 

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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

Veterinary Care for Dogs and Cats

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

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 from fecal samples
  • 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 Dogs

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

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 from fecal sample
  • 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

Kittens

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 from fecal sample
  • 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 Cats

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 from fecal sample
  • Heartworm Preventive
  • Flea and Tick Prevention

Senior Cats

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 from fecal sample
  • 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.

Birds and Exotic Veterinary Care Clinic

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.

Workups of New Birds, New Avian Introduction

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.

Avian 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 Mammal Care

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.

Reptile & 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.

Ferret Care

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 Care

Fish require special care. And, whether it’s treating a sick cichlid, or choosing the right food for your ornamental koi, we can assist you with your pet’s needs. Additionally, our vets can diagnose and treat fish diseases. A typical consultation with our skilled veterinarians covers:

  • Maintaining the right environment
  • Temperature control and oxygenation
  • Vegetation and habitat
  • Water quality
  • Nutrition
  • Appropriate tank-mates

 

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

Diagnostics, Surgery, & 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.

For more details about our surgical capbilities, see Pet Surgery.

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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