Primary Care

Veterinarian and assistant examining a dog at VCA Wexford Animal Hospital

Primary care services performed at our hospital are the basic services every pet needs. These services include spays and neuters, health exams, laboratory and pharmacy services, and dental care. Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about all of the primary care services we offer your pets.

Available Services
  • Pets can suffer from allergies to elements in the environment around them, as well as certain ingredients in their foods, just like people can ... Read more

  • Anesthesia indicates the use of medication to block sensation, typically resulting in unconsciousness Anesthesia is induced using a variety of medications, both injectable and inhaled ... Read more

  • Dogs and cats don't often get cavities But they do frequently suffer from other types of dental disease Periodontal or gum disease, in fact, is the number one illness found in both dogs and cats... Read more

  • Our hospital offers routine dentistry services. At your pet's wellness examination, oral evaluation may indicate the need for a dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). Routine veterinary dentistry involves a full oral examination, dental radiographs when indicated, prophylaxis, and polishing of all the teeth.... Read more

  • Ear exams are part of a thorough physical examination and every wellness visit for our patients. There are several diseases and conditions associated with the ear that may necessitate your pet being evaluated between wellness visits specifically to check their ears. Clinical signs such as: head shaking, scratching and/or pawing at the ears, rubbing the ears on the floor or furniture, whining, sensitivity around their head/face, discharge from the ear, and abnormal odors originating from the ear are common indicators that your pet should be evaluated by your VCA veterinarian.... Read more

  • Unfortunately, there comes a time in the life of all pets when the possibility of a recovery to a comfortable existence is highly unlikely. Caretakers of that pet must inevitably consider all possibilities to relieve the pet's suffering. Our compassionate team truly understands how difficult this can be, and our staff is here to help you cope with end-of-life care and the decision to pursue humane euthanasia.... Read more

  • VCA Wexford Animal Hospital is proud to offer our clients a robust diagnostic laboratory. Our hospital laboratory machines can perform complete blood cell counts to evaluate red and white blood cells as well as platelets, complete chemistry panels to evaluate organ function, pancreatic inflammation tests, screening for exposure to tick-borne and heartworm disease, specific testing for Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Canine Parvovirus, as well as urine dipstick analysis. Additionally, our hospital regularly sends samples to an outside reference laboratory ensuring that we have a wide range of diagnostic capabilities.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers many general surgery services that include a variety of common and elective procedures performed under general anesthesia.

    Examples of common surgeries include spay (ovariohysterectomy), neuter/castration (orchiectomy), lump removal and biopsy, laceration repair, abscess and wound repair, abdominal exploratory surgery, removal of gastrointestinal foreign bodies, enucleation (eye removal), cystotomy (for removal of bladder stones), and skin biopsy. When a surgical procedure is anticipated to be more complicated, your VCA veterinarian will refer you to one of the local board-certified surgeons so that your pet may receive the most appropriate care.... Read more

  • When your pet reaches his or her "golden years" they require special care and more comprehensive regular evaluation. In addition to twice yearly wellness examinations, your VCA veterinarian will likely recommend certain screening tests. These tests enable your veterinarian to provide an early diagnosis for some of the common diseases that affect older pets.... Read more

  • There are two types of health certificates available, one which approves pets for domestic travel between states within the continental United States, and another which approves them for international travel. VCA Wexford Animal Hospital can provide health certificate services for both domestic and international travel.

    Acquiring a domestic health certificate will require some advanced planning on your part and notice for our staff.... Read more

  • Under certain circumstances, your VCA veterinarian may recommend admitting your pet into the hospital for monitoring, diagnostic testing, or necessary medical care. We can accommodate a limited number of hospitalized patients each day. Once admitted to the hospital, your pet will have its own comfortable clean kennel space and will be monitored closely during the day by veterinary assistants, certified veterinary technicians, and your veterinarian.... Read more

  • Our hospital is equipped with a laboratory that enables our veterinarians to quickly perform diagnostic tests on a variety of patient samples (ear swabs, skin swabs, blood, urine, etc. ) to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis.

    This is especially important in our sick patients and those requiring immediate treatment.... Read more

  • For your convenience, our hospital has an in-house pharmacy, enabling you to pick up your pet's medications at the time of your visit. Medications dispensed through our pharmacy are guaranteed and backed by each manufacturer.

    While no hospital carries every medication, we keep a large variety of commonly prescribed medications in our inventory.... Read more

  • Our hospital features a dedicated surgical suite for use during surgery only. The suite contains two operating tables, overhead surgical lighting, equipment tables, as well as anesthesia and monitoring equipment.

    These rooms are kept as clean as possible to minimize bacteria and other infectious organisms that would be capable of contaminating a surgical wound.... Read more

  • Our pet hotel maintains an isolated area to protect “at risk” patients from potentially contagious diseases transferring from other patients in the hospital and/or general boarding population within the pet hotel. Such “at risk” patients may include young pets that are not old enough to have completed their full immunization series, mature but immunocompromised pets, or geriatric immunocompromised pets that benefit from the added peace and quiet found in the isolation ward. Having an isolation ward gives us the flexibility to provide care to “at-risk” and special needs patients.... Read more

  • Keeping your pet pain-free is crucial to maintaining his or her quality of life. Our veterinarians use a multi-modal approach to pain management that includes anti-inflammatories, opioid drugs, local anesthetics, general anesthetics, cold laser therapy, and monoclonal antibody therapy to effectively combat pain at multiple levels. When ancillary pain management options are indicated for your pet, we collaborate with local professionals who provide massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, and physical therapy.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers routine radiology services. Radiology is the study and science of x-rays.

    X-rays are used to help your veterinarian diagnose a problem or a disease in your pet.... Read more

  • Our hospital routinely performs spays and neuters, the surgical sterilization of female and male dogs or cats. Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries of female dogs and cats and is called ovariohysterectomy. Neutering involves removal of the testicles of male dogs and cats and is called orchiectomy.... Read more