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 PET SERVICES

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SURGERY

The doctors at Trinity Veterinary Medical Center perform spay and neuter procedures, mass removal as well as routine surgeries for our small animal patients.  Spaying and Neutering is an important part of veterinary health!!

All cats should be spayed or neutered between 5 and 6 months of age. Most dogs should be spayed or neutered between 5 and 6 months of age. Consult our doctors for a specific recommendation based on the breed of your dog.

Here are some of the medical benefits:

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  • Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

And behavioral benefits:

  • Your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

  • Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.

  • Your neutered male may be better behaved. Dogs and cats that are not neutered are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.

Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.

DENTISTRY

Dental care is vital to the overall health of every pet. In fact, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over age three suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the very most common pet health issue. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream.

There are many ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.  But the most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is regular, professional cleanings. Trinity Veterinary Medical Center can offer thorough dental cleanings, addressing areas that home brushing can't.  If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, it could indicate dental disease.

VACCINATIONS

Vaccines help prevent many illnesses that affect pets. Vaccinating your pet has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help him live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines. Vaccination is a procedure that has risks and benefits that must be weighed for every pet relative to his lifestyle and health. Your veterinarian can determine a vaccination regime that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual animal.

Core Vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans.

CORE VACCINES FOR DOGS:

Vaccines for canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, and rabies (1 and 3 year) are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria.

CORE VACCINES FOR CATS:

Vaccines for panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis) and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the cat's lifestyle; these include vaccines for feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Your veterinarian can determine what vaccines are best for your pet.

MICROCHIPPING

A HomeAgain microchip is your pet's permanent ID. A pet microchip—the size of a grain of rice—goes beneath your pet's skin. This permanent ID can never be removed or become impossible to read. HomeAgain uses this ID to contact you and reunite you with your pet.

How the Microchip Brings Your Pet Home

HomeAgain's standard chip is the only dog & cat microchipping product on the market today that has the patented anti-migration feature to help ensure that the microchip will stay in place so that it may be easily located and scanned. If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.

Trinity Veterinary Medical Center uses the HomeAgain TempScan Microchip to detect the temperature of the site where the microchip has been implanted and to help monitor fluctuations in body temperature, so NO more rectal thermometers!!!

Nutritional Counseling

Dr. Tonya Stephens has a PhD in animal nutrition and exercise physiology. Obesity is a common problem among pets.  It can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range. Since animals’ nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives, the best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a diet tailored specifically for his or her lifestyle.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a quick and painless procedure which uses sound waves to see inside your pets, without the harmful radiation of x-rays.  Trinity Veterinary Medical Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art ultrasound, allowing us to diagnose and treat your pets quickly and efficiently.  Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging can be performed using minimal restraint or sedation.

Digital Radiographs

Radiography (X-rays) is an invaluable and important part of diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine. Radiographic images allow us to examine the body for injury or disease. Not only used for bones, radiographs provide examination of the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs.

Radiographs are often the first line of diagnostic imaging where we can either make a diagnosis, or direct the need for further imaging. It is quick, painless, and economical.

Our staff is highly trained in the safe use of radiology, and this is just one of the many ways we can offer the highest level of medical care for our patients.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.

For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury

  • Respiratory problems

  • Skin problems

  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, etc.

  • Some reproductive problems