We offer everything you need to keep your pet in the very best of health.
The Vet Visit
Visiting the Vet can be an extremely stressful experience for all concerned. Our goal is to make it as easy and painless as possible.
If your dog seems to "hate" to go to the vet....we suggest that you try and drop by with your dog and just visit for a few moments whenever you can. Let us love on them and give them a treat. Then leave. That way, your dog will not always associate a bad experience with a visit to the doc. For everyone's safety, your dog should always, always be on a leash at all times.
Unfortunately, this won't work with kitties. One tip is to set out your carrier a few days ahead of time, with a blankie and toys in it and maybe some catnip, so your kitty can get used to it. It is also a good idea to just get them used to being in the car. Even a drive around the block once in a while will help. We cannot stress how important it is that your cat(s) get used to traveling in a carrier. If you do not have one, we have cardboard ones available. It is extremely dangerous to both of you to have your cat loose in the car. What if you are in an accident? Even a minor one? What if someone honks, or an ambulance goes by while you are going from the car to the building? This has happened in the past; some pets have been found but others were lost altogether. We hate seeing this happen as it is so unnecessary and just breaks our hearts.
Please be aware that because we cannot talk to them and explain what is happening, it is sometimes necessary for the doctor or staff to restrain your pet. Be reassured that our staff is trained in correct restraining procedures. We hope that you understand the necessity of this and not ask to do the restraining yourself. Also, our insurance does not cover injuries an owner may receive while trying to restrain their pet. While your pet may "scream bloody murder".... please remember that they are not really being injured and the restraining procedure is necessary to insure everyone's safety; including your pet's. They are usually just reacting to a dislike of being held so close and not pain. After the visit, if you think of questions you forgot to ask, please do not hesitate to call. If it is after normal business hours, we have an answering machine where you can leave a message and your call will be returned the next business day.
Dental hygiene is an important aspect of your pet's health.
Did you know that 85% of companion animals have some form of dental disease? Did you also know that good oral health can add years to your pet's life?
Dental disease can affect the whole body. Routine dental care at home may decrease the need for cleanings under anesthesia. As your pet ages it is usually necessary for their teeth to be cleaned (scaled and polished) periodically. Due to tartar formation and gum health, some pets will need yearly cleanings.
Unfortunately, because pets don't tolerate the equipment necessary to clean their teeth, this is an anesthetic procedure. Every bit of dental care you can provide at home will slow the progression of dental disease. Brushing with toothpaste made for pets and/or oral rinses should be started when your pet is young to condition him/her to your handling his/her mouth.
It can sometimes be difficult to begin a home dental care routine with an older pet but with patience you can usually succeed. Diets and treats can also play an important role in the oral health of your pet. If you have any questions about the oral health of your pet, bring him/her in for an exam and we will be happy to help you develop an effective treatment plan to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy.
Spaying & Neutering
Why should I?
Males of both species have an instinct to "mark" (spray or urine) their territory. If they are neutered by at least 6 months of age, they are less likely to develop this behavior. Neutering can also affect aggressive behavior; either lessening it or preventing it altogether. Going through a "heat" cycle with females, dogs or cats, can be "interesting" to say the least. Males will be drawn to them and your home; female cats can make an unnerving yowl for long periods of times, female dogs have periods so you must protect your furniture.
Dogs and cats can get most of the same diseases we do. By neutering your male pet, you are eliminating the risk of testicular cancer and reducing their risk of prostate problems. In the same way, spaying females eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, the risk of developing pyometria (a sometimes fatal uterine infection fairly common in unspayed, older females) and decreasing their risk of developing mammary tumors.
Thousands and thousands of unwanted pets are killed daily in animal shelters; more are killed on the roads or of injury or of starvation and disease. Please be a part of the solution; not the problem.
MYTHS VS. FACTS
MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise. Owners should observe their pets' eating habits and if it seems their metabolism has slowed down, the amount they are fed should be adjusted.
MYTH: It's better to have one litter first.
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth-which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion-the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.
MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats-mixed breed and purebred.
MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.
MYTH: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost-a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant food costs and veterinary bills if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.
MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.
Preventative care is the most important care you can provide for your pet(s). There are so many diseases & parasite infections that can be prevented with routine care from your veterinarian. Recommendations for vaccines and parasite control may vary depending on the risk factors your pet(s) face in his/her/their environment.
For our canine patients we recommend that you have your pet examined 6 months for dogs six years or older. We also recommend the following vaccinations yearly: Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Parvo, Parainfluenza, and Bordetella. You have the option of vaccinating for Rabies yearly or we now have a 3 year vaccine available. For internal parasite prevention a monthly heartworm pill is always recommended. Controlling external parasites (e.g. Fleas and Ticks) is also highly recommended. These parasites can make your pet feel miserable and also transmit disease (e.g. Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.).
For our feline patients, aside from the bi-annual exam, we recommend that you vaccinate yearly for Rabies, Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Panleukopenia. Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV) vaccine is also available and may be recommended based on your cat's risk for exposure. Parasite control is equally important in cats. Cats are susceptible to many intestinal parasites and heartworm infections as well. There are monthly oral medications for control of these parasites similar to those available for dogs. Cats are also just as likely to feel miserable from fleas and ticks, therefore topical medications to control these parasites are also highly recommended.
If you have any questions about preventative medicine and how it applies to your furry family members, call our office and talk with one of staff members today.
Your Senior Pet
Like people, dogs and cats are living longer. We all cherish the companionship of our canine and feline friends. As veterinary professionals, our goal is to help your pet live the longest and healthiest life possible. Senior pets undergo aging changes in organs and tissues the same as do elderly humans. It is well known that older animals have a higher incidence of such conditions as major organ failure, benign and malignant tumors, arthritis, and loss of senses (especially hearing and vision). Many of these health concerns found in elderly pets can be medically controlled, and in some cases resolved, if they are detected early enough. Early detection and prompt treatment of medical conditions improves the chances that older pets will live longer and happier lives. Anything that results in a longer lifespan while maintaining a high quality of life gives the pet owner more enjoyment time with their pet, and also allows them more time to prepare for the eventual loss of their pet. Preventative care is the most important component of health care in all stages of life for both humans and animals.
The needs of each senior pet are different. Determining your pet's "age" depends on size, breed, environment, and genetic factors. Exams by a Veterinarian are probably one of the most important aspects of a good senior wellness program. We usually recommend twice yearly visits unless other problems are being treated. For a dog, six months represents 5 to 8 years in the life of a human. There are a variety of tests that may also be recommended (annually or more often depending on your pet's needs) for a senior pet such as, a Complete Blood Count, Serum Chemistry Profile, Complete Urinalysis, Thyroid Hormone Levels, ECG, X-Rays, etc. If you have a senior pet not receiving regular wellness screening set up an appointment so we can help tailor a wellness plan for your pet's needs.
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Aside from the comprehensive inventory in our pharmacy for your pet's medical needs, if you visit our retail area you will find many other items useful for keeping your pet(s) healthy. We carry Advantage and Frontline Plus for external parasite control. We offer foods from Hill's Pet Nutrition, Purina Veterinary Diets, and Royal Canine Veterinary Diets. Please call our office to find out which diets are in stock. Any product from these companies can be special ordered for you if we do not currently have it in stock. We have dental products for improving oral health. Vitamins and other supplements are available for healthy joints and skin. We have a full line of shampoos for all your pet's skin woes plus general use shampoo as well. Ear cleansing solution and hairball preparation are also available. A few other products you might find helpful are food bowls, carpet cleaner, pet pillers, combs, and nail trimmers. Please visit our retail area to view all the products we have available.
We offer a top-of-the-line boarding facility with indoor kennels, a climate-controlled environment, skilled caregivers and ready access to a doctor if needed. If your dog has never boarded before, it is recommended that you bring them in ahead of time so we can see how they will react to being in a run. All pets must be current on vaccines and have had a negative fecal exam in the last 12 months. We fill up fast for holidays and summer, so it is suggested that you make your reservation as soon as you know your dates.
Every pet gets freshly laundered bedding each day. With the mountains of laundry we do every day, it is difficult to keep track of individual items, so we ask that you do not bring bedding items. If you do want to bring something, please be aware that it may NOT be returned.
We provide a variety of toys for both dogs and cats. Again, as with bedding, it is very hard to keep track of individually owned toys so, please, do not bring your pet's "favorite" toy. There is a very real likelihood that it could get lost. We make every effort possible to keep track of items but with the sheer quantity we deal with something is bound to get lost sooner or later.
We provide Hill's Science Diet Sensitive Stomach dry food for dogs and cats. This is a food for pets with sensitive tummies or digestive disorders. Boarding is NOT the same as being at home and many dogs will develop "stress" diarrhea while boarding. While the prescription food does not always eliminate this, we find that it does help reduce the occurrence of diarrhea. If your pet is on a special diet, please bring their own food with instructions. We also provide treats so please advise the receptionists if your pet has any food allergies
We have four pets who live at the clinic so we do not want to keep fleas as pets. We also do not think you would appreciate us sending any home with you. Therefore, it is our policy that every dog and cat who comes to board will be flea treated (we use Capstar). There is a one-time $7 charge for this. Please understand that to try to keep track of who used what flea preventative and whether or not it was properly applied would be a nightmare. That is why we have a blanket policy of flea treating all pets whether or not you use flea preventative at home. If you choose to have your pet groomed while boarding, the flea treatment is free!!
All kennels are scrubbed out every day. Dogs and cats are kenneled separately. At least twice a day, more if time permits, dogs are taken to the fenced-in yard for play time and eliminations.
Owners who elect to have their pet bathed while boarding will receive a $5.00 discount off their grooming charge.
TOURS ARE WELCOMED & ENCOURAGED!
Feeling guilty leaving your pet home alone?
Drop them off for a playday! (Includes a full day of fun, exercise, belly rubs & a dip in the pool!)
At LACC, we offer a wide variety of fun exercises and socialization including one-on-one playtime with a staff member. We have a large, fenced, outdoor play area (with loads of toys!). Half of the area is covered to provide shade and protection from rain. We provide snacks, TLC and toys. Indoor runs in a climate-controlled area are available for naps when they get tired.
Your pet will enjoy our action-packed day and go home tired, happy and relaxed. Remember: A bored dog is an unhappy and destructive dog!
"Drop off wired, pick up tired"
A. One-on-One with staff member. Your pet will NOT play with other dogs; only with one of our staff members.
B. Group Play. Your pet will meet other dogs in a safe, controlled environment. Our experienced staff carefully screens each animal to ensure that their playtime with others is enjoyable. The screening includes a free evaluation for participation in group activities. Groups are limited to like-sized dogs. Male dogs that have NOT been neutered are not eligible for this package.
1. All pets must be current on Rabies, Distemper/Parvo (DHPP), and kennel cough (bordetella) vaccinations and had a negative fecal exam within the last 12 months.
2. If your pet is not picked up by closing time and spends the night with us, you will be charged a regular Boarding fee in addition to the Day Care charge.
3. Your pet MUST be flea-free!! If your pet has fleas when you bring them in, there will be a $5 flea treat charge.
We have Daily, Monthly or Unlimited rates available. Please call us for details.
Application for Doggy Daycare:
Click here to download an application form for our Doggy Daycare.
Because we have an in-house Groomer, baths and haircuts are available. You can get a $5 discount on a bath and/or haircut while your pet is at Doggy Day Care if you wish.
Our commitment to you is to provide quality grooming combined with tender loving care. Our groomer has been in the business for many years and specializes in "difficult" and geriatric pets and is dedicated to providing you with top quality service.
All pets coming for grooming must be current on all vaccinations. Your dog must also have had a negative fecal exam in the preceding 12 months. Vaccination records are required. We do this in order to protect your pet and any other pet yours may come into contact with.
Sedation is available for those pets that require it.
Because a doctor is only moments away, you can feel comfortable leaving your pet in her care. Should she notice any physical problems with your pet, a doctor will be notified immediately. The doctor will then evaluate the problem and contact you.
We offer baths only and baths with a haircut. All baths include a nail trim, ears cleaned out and anal glands expressed.
While appointments are strongly recommended, same-day grooming is sometimes available if you call by 10:00 A.M. Please call and speak to the groomer for quotes.
Drop-Off hours are 7:30 to 9:00 A.M. Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 to 9:00 A.M. Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Most pets are ready to go home by mid-afternoon.
The latest pick-up time is 5:45 P.M. Monday through Friday.