During each visit your pet will receive a complete physical examination. This examination will include an evaluation of your petís eyes, ears, teeth, gums, lymph nodes, heart, lungs, abdominal cavity, musculoskeletal system, nervous system and skin. Our doctors will also provide an ideal weight estimate for your pet.
During your appointment the doctor will also collect a complete medical history. You, as the pet owner, have a very important role in helping the doctor collect an accurate history. Your observations about your pet in the home setting are invaluable in providing the doctor with clues about your petís health. It is also important for the doctor to gather information about what your pet eats, whatóif anyómedications or supplements your pet receives, and any significant medical history your pet has, such as a history of seizures or reactions to vaccines.
After, the doctor will inform you of the examination conclusions and make recommendations regarding your petís healthcare needs. Of course, you will be given an opportunity to ask any questions you may have in order to clarify the doctorís recommendations. If additional diagnostics are recommended, a written estimate can be provided to help you make an informed decision about the next appropriate step to follow for your petís health.
Today, approximately 20 million owned pets are euthanized in American shelters every year because their owners cannot be found. In fact, the American Humane Association estimates that only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats are placed back with their original owners. These statistics are startling.
Even more startling is the fact that a simple solution exists ó microchipping. Microchipping is a very important part of keeping your pet safe. Microchips have been on the market since the 1980ís and, when properly administered, have had rare, if any, side effects. They last for the life of the pet and should never have to be removed or replaced.
At Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital we feel that it is a privilege to share in the care of the pets you love. We believe prevention is the key to good health. Therefore, we focus on a wide range of preventative measures to help maintain your pet's good health, the most important of which is a complete physical exam. Whether your pet is a puppy, kitten, adult, senior, or geriatric, we will help formulate a plan to meet his or her individual needs.
At Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital we offer a full range of radiology services. These services are valuable resources in helping us make important decisions about your pet's care.
Occasionally some animals need to be sedated to allow us to properly position them for their x-ray films. If a pet needs sedation we generally recommend leaving the pet with us for the day. Once the x-rays are completed our doctors will evaluate the images and go over the results with you. In addition, we have a board certified veterinary radiologist who reviews the x-rays we take here to make sure we have obtained all the information we possibly can from your petís x-rays.
We can easily determine if there is abnormal fluid in the abdomen, chest cavity or around the heart. Also, we can evaluate the size and function of the heart. Ultrasound is a non-painful procedure and rarely, if ever, do pets need to be sedated. Generally pets should be fasted of food for 8 hours prior to their ultrasound. For abdominal ultrasound most pets will need to have the underside of their bellies shaved for the procedure.
All of our ultrasounds are performed by a board certified veterinary radiologist on a state of the art machine. A full written report is prepared for each ultrasound and recommendations are made based on the findings. Currently, we perform ultrasounds one day a week, although our radiologist is often available to come in at other times with a few days notice.
At Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital we offer a wide range of vaccines to help protect your pet from potentially serious or life threatening disease. Yet, our doctors also strongly believe in the judicious use of vaccines. Because of this, they use part of the exam time to consider the unique characteristics of your pet, including its individual lifestyle, to create a tailored vaccine protocol!
In addition, our doctors can run a new test called a vaccine titer, which indicates whether your pet even needs to receive a vaccination. The test determines if your pet has enough antibodies remaining from previous vaccinations to fight off the disease if exposed. The most common vaccine titer tests are for parvovirus, distemper virus, and panleukopenia virus.
We understand the evolution of veterinary studies and our doctors use the newest and most up to date recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners to make vaccine protocols that best fit the needs of our patients. Please feel free to discuss this topic with us in more detail during your petís next physical exam.
At Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital, we are very proud of the advanced level of surgical and anesthetic services we provide for our patients. Our doctors are highly trained in the latest surgical and anesthetic techniques, which are on par with those used in human hospitals. This level of training has allowed us to offer the latest and best care in veterinary surgery. We have put together this handout in order to help familiarize you with what to expect when your pet has surgery at Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital. Should you have any further questions or concerns not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve, or maintain, the quality of life for pets facing serious and terminal illness. In some cases, regardless of the medical options available, you, as the owner and advocate for your pet, may decide to cease treatment and instead pursue palliative care.
The staff of Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital respects your right to make the best decision for your pet. Our staff is trained to help you understand all of your options and decide if palliative care is right for your pet.
Our doctors can help you and your family determine when it is time to make the decision to say goodbye to your beloved friend. During such an emotional time our doctors can help you evaluate your petís quality of life and determine if your pet is suffering. When the time is right we will schedule a private room where you and your family can say your final goodbyes. If you choose to be present with us for the final procedure, know that we will place an intravenous catheter into your petís vein and use an approved medication that will quickly and painlessly stop the heart from beating.
If you choose not to be present for this procedure you can rest assured that your pet will be treated with the deepest level of respect by all of our staff members and that a caring member of our team will be there to hold and comfort your pet while the procedure is quickly and painlessly performed. Our staff will arrange for the aftercare and, if you wish, we will have your petís ashes returned to you. We will also provide resources to help you and your family members cope with the loss of your pet.
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