Services

Diagnostics

When your pet is not feeling well, there may be many different explanations. Further diagnostics enable your veterinarian to determine the nature and circumstances that may be causing your pets symptoms. Often, we have to perform further diagnostics in order to rule out or confirm potential diagnosis since your pet cannot always communicate how they are feeling. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you have any concerns and are considering further diagnostics.

It is highly recommended that at least once a year we perform a fecal flotation examination of your pet’s feces in order to make sure they are free from any intestinal parasites that may cause them harm and are also transmissible to humans, especially children. We ask that you bring a small piece of feces with you at your yearly check-ups. We are able to perform this test in-house for instant results.

Routine yearly blood screening is also recommended in order to make sure your pet is not showing any signs of disease, such as liver or kidney. If we are able to catch certain diseases in their early stages we can begin to take steps to either reverse or prevent them from progressing. We offer a full in-house blood chemistry and hematology service. Occasionally tests require sending to an outside laboratory for testing.

Certain symptoms may require obtaining a urine sample from your pet in order to rule out medical or behavioral problems. This simple test is completed in-house and can be done in about 10 minutes. A freshly collected sample is required for accurate results. If further information is required for a definite diagnosis, we may need to obtain a sterile sample to send to an outside laboratory.

Avian & Exotics

Rabbits

When rabbits are not feeling well, they tend to hide signs of pain or illness. These furry creatures are also susceptible to other issues including cancer, hairballs, parasites and overgrown teeth. Please contact PAVG if you notice your rabbit:

  • Has low or increased temperature
  • Gurgling stomach
  • Runny stools
  • Discharge from the nose or eyes
  • Begins tilting their head
  • Has bald patches
  • Has a loss of appetite
  • Shows any other abnormal behavior

Rabbits should also be seen for regular dental checkups to make sure that their teeth are healthy to avoid any serious, life-threatening conditions. We also suggest that you have your rabbit spayed or neutered (this does not affect their personality), especially since they can have up to 14 babies at a time and can potentially give birth once a month.

Other benefits of spaying or neutering include:

  • Protection from different types of cancer
  • Less aggression
  • Eliminates spraying, mounting, biting and destructive chewing

For any additional questions about rabbit care, please contact us at PAVG.

Ferrets

Ferrets, like other pets, need yearly exams to stay healthy. This lets us keep track of any changes and helps us detect diseases as early as possible when they are easier—and cheaper—to treat. Regular blood tests will help determine if your ferret has kidney, liver or pancreas issues, and common problems we see include cancer, parasites, gastrointestinal disease and ingestion of foreign objects.

When you bring your ferret in for an exam, we will discuss vaccinations and monthly preventives—we also ask that you bring a stool sample so that we can test for internal parasites.

PAVG recommends spaying or neutering your ferret (unless you plan on breeding). Female ferrets that haven’t been spayed will stay in heat until they breed—this could potentially cause anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), which can be fatal. For male ferrets, neutering reduces their body odor, prevents marking and reduces aggressive behavior.

Also, please note the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss
  • Breathing troubles
  • Black ear wax
  • Nasal or eye discharge
  • Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Increase in aggression or sexual behavior

If you notice any of the above, please contact us immediately.

Birds

When you clip a bird’s feathers, you protect them as well as protect your home. Wing clipping is a non-painful process that keeps your bird safe and prevents them from chewing holes in your doors and window frames. This procedure limits your bird’s ability to fly, which helps keep them safe from injuries.

When your bird’s feathers get professionally clipped, this ensures that the correct feathers are removed that don’t irritate the skin. Improperly clipped wings will cause your bird to chew or pluck its feathers, and inexperienced wing clipping could potentially result in a blood feather being trimmed on accident, which can become life-threatening.

Along with these services, PAVG also safely performs toenail and beak trims which preserve your bird’s aesthetic appearance. Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to set up an appointment for this procedure.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a new, non-invasive innovative technology that helps treat chronic and acute injuries. This procedure stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the specific area, and it is used to treat degenerative diseases, alleviate joint pain and accelerate the healing process.

Laser therapy usually takes between 5-10 minutes—the majority of patients will see positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and combat inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session. The below conditions are benefitted by laser therapy:

  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma

Contact us today for more details about laser therapy!

Wellness Programs

Puppy Wellness

Thank you for choosing PAVG to take care of your new puppy!

Our puppy wellness program helps your new best friend get started off on the right paw towards a happy, healthy life. With our assistance, we can help navigate the first few months of your puppy’s development and offer the necessary tools and support to mold them into becoming a healthy, well-mannered dog. We can offer critical advice on:

  • Nutrition
  • Behavior
  • Training
  • Socialization

When you first welcome your new pup to your family, it’s very important to schedule their initial exam as soon as possible. During that first visit, we will make sure your puppy is protected against rabies, distemper and parvovirus, among other diseases. They will also need to be checked and treated for parasites, which are common in young dogs.

It’s also important for puppies to be treated for roundworms, to eliminate the infection but also to keep your family safe from becoming infected—as a zoonotic parasite, they could potentially be transferred from animals to people. These roundworms, which most puppies have, can cause vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues.

With a properly treated puppy, you not only keep them safe but also keep your entire household safe. We can’t wait to meet your new best friend, and we look forward to your first visit. Schedule an appointment today!.


Kitten Wellness

Thank you for choosing PAVG to take care of your new kitten!

Our kitten wellness program helps your new best friend get started off on the right paw towards a happy, healthy life. With our assistance, we can help navigate the first few months of your kitten’s development and offer the necessary tools and support to mold them into becoming a healthy, well-mannered cat. We can offer critical advice on:

  • Litterbox training
  • Nutrition
  • Behavior

When you first welcome your new kitty cat to your family, it’s very important to schedule their initial exam as soon as possible. During that first visit, we will make sure your new kitten is protected against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). We may also advise vaccinating them against other diseases such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), depending on their risk factors. They will also need to be checked and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.

It’s also important for kittens to be treated for roundworms, to eliminate the infection but also to keep your family safe from becoming infected—as a zoonotic parasite, they could potentially be transferred from animals to people. These roundworms, which most kittens have, can either have no symptoms or they can cause weight loss, coughing and a potbellied appearance.

With a properly treated kitten, you not only keep them safe but also keep your entire household safe. We can’t wait to meet your new best friend, and we look forward to your first visit. Schedule an appointment today!


Adult Pet Wellness

Bringing your pet in for regular exams helps keep them healthy and helps us with early detection of diseases or conditions. When discovered early, this improves the prognosis, helps keep medical costs down and helps your cherished pet live a longer life. Some pets don’t show symptoms depending on the disease, and since many dogs and cats are adept at hiding pain, it can be difficult to tell when they are not feeling their best—this is why exams are so important.

As dogs and cats age, so does their risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Hormone disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney and liver problems

During your pet’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment which includes checking your dog or cat from nose to tail and making sure they receive the correct vaccinations and preventives. We will also perform a diagnostic workup, which potentially includes fecal, urine and blood tests which detect parasites and other underlying diseases. We may also recommend pet dental care.

As your pet ages and reaches their senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup, so we’ll know what is normal for your pet—this enables us to keep track of any changes.

Since you are your pet’s companion and best friend, you know them the best—therefore please contact us if you notice any physical or behavioral changes, as well as any other concerns. To schedule your pet’s exam, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us today.


Senior Pet Wellness

As dogs and cats age, they need more special care and attention. We can help your pet stay fit and healthy as they get older, and we can also detect potential problems earlier when they are easier to treat.

Regular veterinary exams are always important for pets, but they get more critical as your dog or cat enters their senior years. As pets age, so does their risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Hormone disorders
  • Kidney and liver problems

 

Little dogs tend to have longer lives than larger dogs, and cats usually live longer than dogs. With our help, we can determine what stage of life your pet is in. We suggest senior checkups when your dog turns seven or your cat turns eight—from there, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing.

At PAVG, we can treat symptoms that are usually associated with age, such as cognitive dysfunction syndrome which is similar to Alzheimer’s. We can also improve your pet’s quality of life by identifying, preventing and reducing pain and recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan.

Once we meet with your animal, we will develop a custom senior wellness plan that fits your pet’s needs. For any questions, please contact us to discuss this in more detail!