Absolutely! Although our pets may seem normal, they can have an underlying illness that is undetectable unless a thorough exam is performed. Since animals have a natural instinct to never show weakness as a protective measure, you typically do not see clinical signs and symptoms of illness until they are extremely sick. At VCH, we can identify these early minor problems and prevent them from getting any worse.
The Veterinary Center of Hudson prides itself on having a highly knowledgeable staff and the ability to answer most concerns over the phone. When they are unable to provide guidance, you will be glad to know that Dr. Bestic will be able to take your call and discuss your situation.
At VCH, we require all surgical patients to be fasted after midnight. However, they are allowed free access to water until they come into the hospital.
Although some clinics spay and neuter pets at very young ages, we feel that there is increased risk for anesthetic complications and highly recommend waiting until 5-6 months if possible. We also do not recommend spaying after the first heat cycle as the risk for mammary cancer greatly increases with each heat cycle.
Dental disease is definitely a possibility, but so is kidney disease, a foreign object stuck in the gums, the type of food or treats, or anal gland disease can all cause a bad odor. We recommend a complete physical exam to help identify the problem.
In the past, skin and ear problems were only treated with steroids and antibiotics. These medications only cover up the problem and do not solve the underlying issue. At VCH, we work with our clients to identify the allergen and avoid using steroids whenever possible to help prevent the harmful side effects of long-term steroid use.