Physical Exams Regular physical exams are a key to maintaining your pet’s overall general health. Regular exams allow early detection and intervention and in many cases prevention of more serious problems. We recommend yearly exams on pets under 7 years. For those 7 years and over we like to get them checked every 6 months as this age group is more likely to have faster status changes.
Vaccines and Wellness Care We focus a lot of attention on prevention and wellness care for our patients. This involves the regular physical exam, screening for internal and external parasites, and vaccination based on the risk profile of the pet. Puppies and kittens require frequent visits to monitor growth and development and to receive a series of vaccines to boost their immunity. This is generally done every 3-4 weeks until they reach 4 months, when they will also begin a monthly heart worm and external parasite prevention program. We recommend to spay/neuter at 6 months of age, this is also a good time to get a microchip for permanent identification. The young adult dog should then be seen on a yearly basis. For the senior pet, 7 years and older, we recommend twice yearly visits for physical exam and regular organ screening.
Dental Care Periodontal disease is one of the most common problems we see in our patients. A diseased mouth is not only a local issue, but affects many other body systems as well including the heart, kidneys, and liver. At home dental care includes selecting the right diet, dental chews, and tooth brushing, all of which are important tools. Once pets reach a certain age however, they will most likely need professional cleaning and care on a regular basis. This procedure does require anesthesia and involves cleaning and polishing the teeth, cleaning under the gum, and making any necessary extractions. Visit Veterinary Dental Society.
In House Laboratory This allows for quick results on most standard diagnostics resulting in faster treatment for the patient.
Surgical Services Routine and elective surgeries are performed on a daily basis. More involved cases may be referred Dr. Hume currently performs specialty procedures. He is available for consultation or referral needed for our patients.
Emergency Care We offer emergency care during our business hours. Any after hours emergency can be referred to Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists and Emergency 859-268-7604, 1591 Winchester Rd. Suite 106 Lexington, KY or MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets at 150 Dennis Drive, 859-276-2505.
Acupuncture Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in Veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture is used all over the world, either by itself or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is not a cure all but can work very well when indicated, and may be used in combination with other traditional Chinese treatments such as herbal or food therapy.