Some general things to know about us as a hospital:
- Diagnostics and equipment: Our equipment and service capabilities includes digital x-ray, in-house blood work, urinalysis and urine culture capabilities, microscopy, high speed dental equipment, dental x-ray and anesthesia monitoring equipment that includes EKG and CO2 monitoring. We also offer ultrasound services in our hospital with Dr. Jennifer Babineux.
- Vaccination protocols: We tailor vaccines to each pet based on their individual lifestyle, and utilize the American Animal Hospital Association protocol for vaccinations (certain vaccines are given only once every 3 years, instead of yearly). For cats, we use the non-adjuvanted Purevax line of vaccines as recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
- 6 month check ups: We strongly recommended exams for pets every 6 months. Pets age much faster than we do, and we very often find subtle problems at these checkups that would have caused serious or even life-threatening problems for the pet if they were not found so soon.
- Diet: We don't promote one specific brand of pet food for all pets because every pet has their own nutritional needs. That being said, here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
- As a general rule, pets don't care what color their food is, so when in doubt, avoid kibble that has been dyed various colors.
- Dogs are omnivores, which means they have the biologic ability to digest both meat and grain. There is quite a bit of marketing out right now that says grain is bad for dogs, but there isn't actually any scientific evidence to back this up (unless your dog has a true grain allergy, which is actually really rare). So don't stress out about grains. If your vet confirms that your dog is healthy on a grain free diet, great! If they aren't, look for something different.
- Cats are carnivores (meat eaters) and there IS research showing that it is easier to maintain a healthy weight using canned food (which has fewer carbohydrates than dry food). Additionally, male cats are prone to blockages of their urinary system and canned diets can decrease this risk by essentially "making" them drink more water (canned diets contain a good amount of water).
- For pets that we feel would benefit from a prescription therapeutic diet for a specific health condition, we typically will use Royal Canin foods, with Hill's Science Diet as our next choice. Why is Royal Canin our first choice when it comes to prescription diets? Firstly, because there is quite a lot of good, solid research that was done in the development of the foods. Additionally, because almost all of their diets are formulated to reduce the formation of crystals in the urine, which is a very common problem in dogs and cats (Dr. Feaster's fluffy calico cat has a problem with this). If we have a pet who has been on a diet to help with crystals, but need to switch to a diet for something else (such as for a liver problem), in the RC food line, that liver diet also has the formulation to help with the crystals. That means we can take care of both problems, not choose between them. The other brands of veterinary diets don't have this overlap.
- Minimizing Stress: Dr. Feaster is currently going through training to become a "Certified Fear Free" professional. What does that mean? Learning how to better understand and minimize the stress our patients experiencing when visiting the hospital.
- Surgery/dentistry: Dr. Silverberg performs a wide variety of soft tissue surgery and dental procedures. Our hospital does not offer orthopedic surgery.