We offer a full range of services to help your pet maintain a healthy and long life. Whether it’s a puppy or kitten’s first check-up, an urgent care visit, or surgery, we treat our patients with care and compassion with every service we provide.
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A regular wellness exam is vital to maintaining your pet’s health. During a wellness exam, we check current vital signs, collect a thorough history, and perform a head-to-tail physical exam. This allows us to work with you to make a plan to keep your pet healthy for a lifetime.
We generally recommend that dogs and cats under 7 years of age see their veterinarian at least annually, and pets over 7 years of age should see their veterinarian every 6 months.
Many pet owners may wonder why their pet needs to see the veterinarian so often, especially if their pet has been seen for various illnesses throughout the year. There are two important reasons for this:
1. Our pets are very good at hiding illness and pain. Issues like dental pain, arthritis, and vision loss (among many others) may not be apparent at home, but can be detected during a thorough physical exam.
2. A regular wellness exam allows your veterinarian the opportunity to discuss many issues that may not be addressed at sick visits. Topics covered will include:
• At-home dental care
• Options for heartworm, flea and tick prevention
• Behavior or training issues
• Weight management
A regular wellness exam is also the time to discuss which vaccines may be appropriate for your pet according to his or her lifestyle and exposure to disease. We follow the vaccine recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Puppy & Kitten Programs
We offer comprehensive kitten and puppy packages to help your new family member get off to a great start! Our puppy and kitten plans include a strong emphasis on early socialization and behavioral health in addition to the routine vaccinations.
Kitten package includes:
• Three FVRCP vaccines
• Two Feline Leukemia vaccines
• Feline Purevax rabies vaccine
• Blood tests for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Puppy package includes:
• Three DAP vaccines
• Bordetella vaccine
• Rabies vaccine
• Two Leptospirosis vaccines
Additionally, our packages also include:
• Two comprehensive fecal analyses, including specific tests for giardia, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms
• A microchip, to ensure your new family member can always make it back home
• A three-month supply of a flea and heartworm preventatives to keep your pet free of these parasites
What makes our puppy and kitten plans unique is that each and every time your puppy or kitten comes in for a vaccine, you will meet with your pet’s veterinarian to discuss any training or behavioral concerns you have. These regular visits during the first few months of life also provide invaluable opportunities for positive socialization to our veterinary staff and the clinic environment, which fosters a lifetime of positive veterinary visits with us. We also take this opportunity to demonstrate low-stress handling procedures such as nail trimming and teeth brushing so that you can do these at home.
Our veterinarians perform a variety of soft tissue surgeries, including:
• Spay and neuter surgeries
• Bladder stone removal (cystotomy)
• Splenic surgeries
• Foreign body removal
• Mass removal
• Certain eyelid surgeries
All of our surgery patients are carefully screened for surgery with a thorough physical exam and pre-operative blood work by their veterinarian. Our Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) are also critical members of your pet’s surgical team. An RVT is dedicated to your pet before, during, and after surgery to ensure your pet’s health and comfort. We provide multi-modal pain control, both during surgery and post-op, for all of our surgery patients.
A healthy mouth is essential to your pet’s overall good health. Did you know that, by age three, most dogs and cats have some degree of periodontal (gum) disease? Gum disease is the most common clinical condition in adult dogs and cats; and in most cases, it is entirely preventable with good home care and routine dental care with a veterinarian.
Other than bad breath, there are actually few outward signs of periodontal disease that can be easily detected at home. Other issues like fractured teeth and oral masses may not be apparent at home, so regular check-ups with a veterinarian are vital to detecting problems early.
Your pet’s veterinarian may recommend a thorough dental exam and cleaning under general anesthesia. This procedure includes:
• An exam of the entire oral cavity, throat, and tongue
• An exam of each tooth for pocketing, gum recession, and signs of pain
• Dental X-rays to check for bone loss, abscesses, and other changes
• An extensive cleaning above and below the gum line using an ultrasonic cleaner
• Dental extractions if needed
• Bonded sealants for some types of tooth fractures
All of our dental procedures are performed under general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art dental suite. Two RVTs are dedicated to each and every dental patient at Pinnacle. If you have any questions about anesthesia or the procedure itself, please don’t hesitate to call your Pinnacle vet or visit The American Veterinary Dental College.
Digital radiographs, or X-rays, allow us to make a faster and more accurate diagnosis as compared to traditional film X-rays. With digital images, your pet’s veterinarian can interpret the findings immediately and also share the images with specialists as needed. All of our X-rays are reviewed by a board-certified radiologist within 24 hours. If needed, your veterinarian can request an immediate consultation with a board-certified radiologist in more urgent cases.
Comprehensive in-house laboratory
When your pet is ill, a rapid turnaround of lab results is important to help your pet get on the road to recovery. Our in-house lab provides CBC, blood chemistry, and urinalysis results within minutes. Cytologies such as skin scrapes and needle aspirates of masses are typically interpreted within minutes by your pet’s veterinarian. We also send out many blood tests and cytologies to an off-site laboratory for more comprehensive testing or for specialist review.
Small mammal and exotic pet care
Two of our veterinarians, Dr. Linda Watson and Dr. Sue Park, also see small mammals and exotic pets. Our small mammal patients include rabbits, rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, and chinchillas. In addition, Dr. Watson and Dr. Park see a variety of reptiles, amphibians, and birds for wellness exams and for limited medical conditions (please give us a call first if your reptile, amphibian, or bird is ill). Dr. Watson also offers wellness services to chickens.
Chiropractic, laser therapy and acupuncture
Dr. Mandy Edwards offers acupuncture and cold laser therapy services.
Animal Chiropractor Dr. Deb Sell also provides chiropractic services to our patients on-site at Pinnacle. Chiropractic can help with a variety of joint and musculoskeletal problems. In order to receive care from Dr. Sell, a patient must first be evaluated and referred by a Pinnacle veterinarian.