Immunization and Wellness Care
We offer comprehensive immunization and wellness care. Vaccinating your pet against contagious diseases and viruses is a significant commitment to your petís well being and quality of life. Preventative care is the best kind of care. We develop an individual program for your pet at your first visit with us and we fully explain the vaccinations needed and why. As with humans, vaccinations are developed for some of the worst diseases affecting our pets. Many of the vaccinations are given in a series to help build up the appropriate immunity for your pet. Your pet will not be immune from the disease or virus until the whole series of vaccinations is complete. Yearly Heartworm test and parasite screens are also part of your pets yearly wellness care.
When your pet reaches an approximate age of 5-7 years, we believe it is time to pay closer attention to changes that may occur in behavior, physical ability and overall well-being. Many changes are gradual and difficult to detect by observation. We are committed to providing you with the information that will help maintain or improve the quality of life of your pet as they age. We ensure that the responsibility for detecting what is going on with your pet is not placed entirely on the ownerís observations but on standard diagnostic tools that can be used to detect disease in the early stages.
There are four basic wellness assessments we believe that are crucial to your older petís longevity, quality of life and comfort.
- Six month physical exam
- Yearly blood panel, urinalysis and radiographs
- Dental check
- Feeding assessment and recommendations
Drop Off Service
For the convenience of our clients with busy schedules we also offer a drop off service where a pet can be dropped off between 7am - 8am for needed care. The veterinarian will examine your pet and then call to go over any questions or concerns you may have. Then, the pet can be picked up at the end of the clientís workday, before 5pm.
At Knightsville Veterinary Clinic, we offer routine surgeries including spays, neuters, declaws and lump removals. We also offer non-elective surgery including abdominal and thoracic surgery as well as some orthopedic procedures.
With the developments in anesthesia and anesthetic monitors as well as preoperative blood screens, anesthesia is safer than it used to be. We, as a team, are committed to great care for your pet during surgery and we do recommend pre-operative blood screens on all of our patients prior to surgery. We monitor your pet closely checking blood oxygen levels, ECG, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate throughout surgery.
Radiographs are helpful for evaluating a variety of medical conditions; but are absolutely vital in evaluating bone and joint problems. Digital radiographs are also useful for evaluating those pets that are lethargic, vomiting, or coughing. Having an on-site digital radiology unit allows our doctor staff to reach diagnoses quickly and begin treatment promptly.
Pets need dental care too. We recommend daily dental care and professional teeth cleaning for dogs and cats. We offer a full line of dental care services including cleaning and polishing and extractions. Routine preventative dental care and cleaning will not only help keep your pet healthy, it will also help keep their breath fresh. Routine and consistent oral healthcare significantly reduces the risk of oral infections that are linked to heart, kidney and liver problems.
In house Laboratory
Getting laboratory test results quickly means our doctors can begin the treatment plan for your pet. Our facility is equipped with hematology and chemistry machines to allow us to get quick and accurate results on many routine blood tests within minutes. The results of most other common tests including heartworm tests, fecal analysis, and feline leukemia tests are also available while you wait.
Our on-site pharmacy not only stocks the drugs and medications required to treat your pet for illness, but also has a full range of flea, tick and heartworm prevention products as well as vitamins, nutritional supplements and grooming products.
In addition to dogs and cats, we have special interest in smaller animals that we affectionately call pocket pets. These animals include; ferrets, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and more. We offer not only diagnostic and routine medical care for these animals, but also surgical care.
Goats and sheep are welcome at our hospital too. We offer services for these ruminants such as neutering, dehorning, routine medical care and nutritional information.
We carry several lines of prescription diets to suit your petís needs. These special diets are available for animals dealing with allergies, brain diseases, endocrine diseases (diabetes), gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, joint disease, kidney disease, liver disease, obesity, and urinary conditions. Please ask us about which diet is right for your pet.
Have you considered micro-chipping your pet? A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted beneath a petís skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the petís entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination. Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner contacted.
Do you have insurance for your pet? Don't let unforeseen financial situations decide the outcome for your pet in critical situations. Pet insurance can help to cover routine vaccinations as well emergency situations. Ask us about pet insurance on your next visit.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that allows our veterinarians to get more detailed images of the patients' internal organs. It can be used for pregnancy evaluations, to obtain tissue and fluid sample non-invasively, imaging internal masses and many other things.