At Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, we believe a comprehensive physical exam is one of the most important pieces of information we can obtain regarding your pet and their overall health. Consistent, annual exams allow us to keep track of your pet and be proactive on any concerns the doctor or you, the pet mom or dad, may have.
For dogs and cats less than 8 years of age we recommend annual visits that include a comprehensive physical exam and update of any vaccinations that are due. We also test for different diseases annually including heartworm, tick diseases and fecal testing.
For dogs and cats over 8 years of age we recommend exams twice a year (every 6 months) and comprehensive lab work once a year to make sure we are able to catch disease early. This is in addition to their annual vaccines and heartworm, tick disease and fecal testing. Often times our pets (cats especially) are masters at hiding illness and pain. If there are issues that are left untreated, often times it can be too late. Being proactive with your pet’s health is essential for them to live a long, healthy life!
Rest assured we will remind you of all vaccines, testing and examinations that are due at Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital to help you stay on track with your pet’s health and wellness.
The number one health problem diagnosed in 8 out of 10 cats and in dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease. Dental disease puts stress on your pet’s immune system and weakens the liver, kidneys and heart.
At Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital we provide an extensive dental care program. Our clients have become aware of the importance of having their pet’s teeth examined and cleaned on a regular basis. Preventative dental care can add years to your pet’s life.
A routine dental cleaning has many steps involved. After a physical exam and extensive lab work to make sure your pet is safe for anesthesia, a dentistry is performed. This includes full dental x-rays (to assess any issues underneath the gingiva), a cleaning with the ultrasonic scaler and polish of the teeth. After assessment of the radiographs and oral exam, if there are teeth that are identified as problematic (mobile and root exposure) they will be surgically extracted by the doctor. If extractions are needed the gums are then closed with absorbable suture to allow for faster healing. Also, a therapy laser is used to decrease inflammation and swelling and promote healing. Upon recovery, your pet will be sent home with pain medication and antibiotics.
At discharge, we discuss tips for at-home care including brushing, dental chews, and a dental prescription diet. Routine dental cleanings help your pet live a more comfortable and healthy life.
Our in-house laboratory gives us point-of-care diagnostic abilities when we are treating sick or injured pets and allows us to properly evaluate every surgical case prior to anesthesia.
Within several minutes to less than an hour, we can perform vital testing to help make a diagnosis and start immediate care. These tests include:
Our licensed veterinary technicians are specially trained to use all laboratory equipment, so we can assess all sick patients in a timely manner.
Our hospital also extensively partners with a national Reference Laboratory. With daily sample pick-ups, we have access to almost any test available in the country, many of which can have results and answers by the next day.
Radiographs, or x-rays, are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. X-rays are useful for examining your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body.
Our digital x-ray equipment produces the highest quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders and injuries. These high-quality radiographs allow our doctors to see fine detail and subtle changes. Our digital format also allows us to manipulate the images to help in obtaining a diagnosis and allows us to share the images with our other doctors and clients in the exam rooms. We also extensively share images with Board Certified Radiologists via telemedicine to seek second opinions on many of our x-ray studies. This helps us collaborate and ensure that we are developing the best diagnostic and treatment plan for your pet.
We are also able to get images within minutes. If x-rays are recommended for your pet, the doctors will have the images very quickly to help us get answers about your pet in a timely manner.
We take special care of all our surgical patients. After a thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation, an individual anesthetic plan is formulated for your pet.
A Licensed Veterinary Technician is assigned the exclusive task of monitoring your pet during the procedure. Multiple important parameters are constantly monitored to adjust to the immediate needs of your pet during the procedure. This includes heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, EKG, and carbon dioxide concentrations. From induction to recovery from anesthesia, your pets are monitored and charted by one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians as they work with our doctors.
We understand that many pet parents are very concerned about putting their pet under anesthesia. While we can never make any procedure including anesthesia totally risk free, we do strive to take every precaution to minimize a patient’s risk while sedated or anesthetized.
At Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital we understand how stressful it can be bringing your cat to the vet. That is why we have cat rooms used specifically for cats only! They have a cat tree, toys, and feline decor. They are also located away from our reception area to be as noise free as possible. The rooms have pheromone diffusers to help your cat feel calm and comfortable. We also spray pheromones on ourselves, blankets and towels that are used for the exam.
Also, our licensed technicians are Fear Free Certified. These technicians are trained to be able to work with your cat to ensure there is as little fear, stress, and anxiety as possible. We want your cat to feel comfortable at our hospital. If you have questions on how to make your pets experience as stress free as possible, let us know! We want to help your cat live a long, healthy, stress-free life!
Our ultrasound services allow high quality, non-invasive imaging of the abdomen and chest. Many diseases can be accurately diagnosed with ultrasound, such as pancreatitis, heart disease, liver disease, and bladder stones.
Dr. Michael Troy Verra is a specialist practicing ultrasound, endoscopy, and other imaging procedures. He visits Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital weekly to perform these services.
Our own state-of-the-art Ultrasound machine is used daily to help with imaging and sample collection. Our doctors can immediately use this technology to help diagnose and treat many different conditions. We also extensively consult with Board Certified Radiologists via telemedicine to help review our studies and images.
We provide all types of soft tissue and most orthopedic surgical services. If your pet requires surgery, our doctors will make sure that you understand all aspects of the surgery and all options available.
We have two state-of-the-art large sterile surgical sites to perform surgical procedures. With the use of short acting anesthetics, medications for pain control, Carbon Dioxide Laser surgery, and post-operative Therapy Laser treatments, many of our surgical procedures can be done on an outpatient basis so that your pet can go home the same day.
Our Carbon Dioxide laser, instead of a scalpel, is used for many of our surgeries. This allows for less pain, swelling, and bleeding during the procedure, and quicker healing time.
Therapy Laser treatments allow your pet to heal faster after surgery or any traumatic injury. It eases pain and swelling and improves mobility without the use of pharmaceuticals and surgery by increasing blood flow to the treated area and stimulating the healing process at the cellular level.
It provides geriatric animals relief of aches and pains and allows for more freedom and improved quality of life. Laser treatments also aid in the treatment of everyday disorders such as lick granulomas and chronic ear infections.
At Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital we offer single session laser treatments or a series of treatments. The doctor will make recommendations on how the therapy laser will best help your pet feel more comfortable and heal faster.
Obesity among cats and dogs has reached epidemic proportions. Excess weight leads to serious health risks, including diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Recent studies have shown that pets who maintain an ideal weight throughout their lives live an average of two years longer than overweight pets.
Our doctors and weight management coaches will create an individualized weight loss program for your pet, and are deeply committed to providing you support every step of the way. With frequent weight checks, adjustments, and health monitoring we can ensure that your pet successfully reaches his or her goal.
We currently have 2 certified weight coaches on our team (Krystin and Paula)! Call for more information on a weight management program for your cat or dog. We look forward to helping your pet live a longer, healthier life!