Primary Care

Our hospital offers primary care services that cover every pet’s basic needs. These services include spays and neuters, health exams, laboratory and pharmacy services, dental care, and much more! Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about the primary care services available to your pet.

Available Services
  • Dental disease is one of the most common diseases we diagnose in our patients--up to 80% of cats and 70% of dogs have detectable periodontal disease by the age of 3. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to progressive oral disease (such as jaw fractures) or systemic disease (such as kidney or liver disease).

    Our hospital offers a variety of Dentistry Services through our Read more

  • If you have ever wanted to know the exact DNA makeup of your mixed breed dog? We can help! The procedure is very simple, and only requires a small blood sample to be drawn from your dog by one of our veterinary technicians. This sample is then sent off to an outside laboratory, where a complete analysis will reveal your pet????????s heritage.

    Where we do not routinely keep these tests in stock, please let our staff know if you are interested in this testing when you schedule your appointment so that we can pre-order the test kit.... Read more

  • Our caring staff is here to help you with euthanasia and end of life decisions. 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 an animal must consider all possibilities to relieve the pet's suffering.... Read more

  • We know how stressful it can be when your beloved pet is ill or injured. As part of the diagnostic plan offered to further assess your pet's condition, we offer the following:

    • radiology (film x-rays)
    • outside laboratory services, including full chemistry profiles, CBC (complete blood cell counts), thyroid profiles, urinalysis, and further specialized tests

    Through referrals to Read more

  • Our hospital offers many General Surgery Services through our VCA Hanson location.... Read more

  • There are two types of health certificates available--one which approves your pet for travel within the continental United States, and another which approves them for international travel.

    Acquiring a health certificate will require you to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your pet will receive an overall exam during which the doctor will be able to certify that your pet is outwardly healthy and safe for travel.... Read more

  • Wellness Exams not only help to flag any potential problems with your pet????????s health, but are also important in creating an overall medical history for your pet. By meeting regularly with your pet, your veterinarian is able to become better acquainted with his or her personal history, and is able to offer more personalized care.

    For pets who are 6 years and younger, Wellness Exams are recommended at least once a year.... 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.

    While no hospital carries every medication, we keep the most commonly prescribed medications in stock, such as:

    • antibiotics
    • pain relief, such as NSAIDs
    • anti-emetics (to prevent vomiting)
    • joint support, such as glucosamine and chondroitin supplements and fish oils
    • parasite preventatives
    • ophthalmic (eye) ointments and suspensions
    • otic (ear) solutions and cleansers
    • medicated shampoos
    • prescription diets (Hills or Royal Canin)

    If your pet requires a medication that we do not carry, call ahead and we may be able to order it for you. Otherwise, your veterinarian may be happy to provide a written prescription for you to use at a local pharmacy or offer Read more

  • Our hospital offers a variety of Internal Medicine Services. Internal Medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, management and nonsurgical treatment of disease affecting the lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, intestinal tract, urinary tract, endocrine system, and neuromuscular systems. Diagnosis of the underlying condition typically involves a combination of laboratory work (chemistry and CBC) and imaging (such as radiographs and/or ultrasound).... 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, and even epidural (around the spinal cord/nerves) anesthesia to effectively combat pain at all levels. This is very helpful because it allows us to treat the pain more completely and effectively and sometimes even decrease drug dosages because various classes of drugs have additive or synergistic analgesic effects when given together.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers routine radiology services. Radiology is the study and science of x-rays, which are used to help your veterinarian diagnose a problem or a disease in your pet.

    X-rays are capable of detecting multiple diseases, such as: 

    • arthritis
    • fractures
    • bony tumors and other forms of cancer
    • heart enlargement and congestive heart failure
    • bladder and kidney stones
    • stomach or intestinal foreign bodies
    • pneumonia and other lung diseases
    • .... Read more