Although it's name may sound harmless, bloat is a life-threatening emergency for dogs. The condition, formally called gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), can quickly kill dogs if they don't receive p ...View Article
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As you search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality care as well as great service. Our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and excellent veterinary health care. Our commitment to our clients is to not only provide a full service clinic but to also offer a caring and pleasurable experience. Your pet is very important to us.
Your pet's annual vet check-up will include a total physical exam with a thorough investigation of your pet from head to tail. Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth brushing, your veterinarian may recommend an annual dental cleaning. Like you, your pet can lose teeth due to decay and neglect. It's a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary for your pet. You should include not only the vaccinations and procedures your pet receives at the vet, but also note their normal routines including their regular diet, treats they may receive and any medications they take. Keeping track of small changes to their daily habits can help the veterinarian interpret changes in their medical tests. This diary will be especially helpful if you move and have to change to a new veterinary clinic.
Choose a veterinarian who is kind, compassionate and takes the time to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. It is most important to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Choosing a clinic that is in a convenient location is a plus, as long as they have qualified staff, the facility is equipped to handle emergencies, and perform radiography, surgery and dental procedures. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, your veterinarian will likely suggest a work up prior to your pet being anesthetized based on age and general health of your pet.
Your veterinarian may refer you to a specialist should your pet have an unusual illness or require specialized surgery. We are very fortunate in the Durham area to have many specialists located within a reasonable distance.