One part of comprehensive preventative care is having a physical exam on a regular basis, no matter what age your pet may be. It’s simple and cost effective. Detecting changes or signs of disease early on is the key to a healthy pet.
Pets age five to seven years for every one of ours, making semi-annual and yearly physicals even more necessary than our own. Therefore, we strongly recommend annual immunizations and semi-annual wellness examinations to ensure your pet receives the best preventative medicine and that any problems with their health can be addressed early.Wellness exams include heartworm and internal parasite screening, our veterinarian may also recommend a blood profile, urinalysis, and electrocardiogram to monitor your loved one’s health.
Puppies & Kittens
It’s important to start them with a solid foundation of preventative care and nutrition. Puppies and kittens will typically be tested for parasites and medication will be given accordingly. Several follow-up visits will be needed to complete their puppy and kitten vaccines, during which time their development will be monitored.
Adult Pet Care
Most pets enter their adulthood when they turn one. By this time their activity levels and nutritional needs will have changed. Our doctors will continue to monitor any changes and health needs your pet may have.
Senior Pet Care
Senior animals are prone to many of the same diseases older humans experience—diabetes, renal disease, heart disease, cancer, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. Senior Wellness testing helps establish healthy baseline values and identify problems early, rather then waiting for obvious signs of tragic illness. This health profile also serves as a complete Pre-Anesthetic screen for a dental procedure or surgery. In addition, a Senior Profile helps us avoid using medications that may be unsafe for the pet’s condition or health status.
We offer routine vaccines for cats and dogs. Our doctors determine which vaccinations are needed based on their experience and knowledge, as well as your pet’s individual needs, life-stage, and lifestyle. UVH follows CAPC, AAHA and AVMA guidelines on recommended small animal immunization protocols for living in our region.
Parasite Testing & Treatment
Parasites are a threat to your pet, inside and out. They range from fleas, ticks and mites, to a variety of worms including heartworms. It’s important to have your pet checked for parasites to prevent disease and potential irreversible damage.
Flea, Tick & Heartworm Prevention
A part of ensuring your pet’s good health is giving a monthly flea and heartworm preventative. We all know fleas can be a nuisance,however, once ingested they can also cause tapeworms in your pet. Because heartworms are contracted from the bite of a mosquito, both cats and dogs, indoor and outdoor, are at risk for contracting heartworms. We live in a Tick region and should protect our pets from ticks that could transmit possible life threatening tick borne diseases. Our doctors can recommend the best preventative for your pet based on your pet’s lifestyle.
Blood Testing & Urine Screening
Blood work and Urinalysis serve multiple purposes including diagnosing disease and determining the health of your pet. Yearly tests will check your pet’s organ functions and help define the general health of your pet, including potential problems that are often not be visible during a physical exam.
Digital oral radiographs provide excellent resolution and precise detail of potential problems occurring below the gum surface, facilitating the diagnose of unhealthy and painful situations such as abscessed teeth, bone resorption and accurate location and evaluation of jaw fractures.
Oral & Dental Health
Maintaining good oral health can add years to your pet’s life and make their later years more comfortable and happy. The following are signs and symptoms of poor oral health: persistent bad breath, pawing at mouth, loss of appetite, plaque, bleeding/inflamed gums, tarter, loose or missing teeth, and difficulty eating or chewing. UVH Oral ATP/Cleaning services include oral/dental exams, dental cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatment, full mouth x-rays and if needed periodontal surgery, tooth restoration, endodonics, and fracture repair.
Periodontal Disease is a disease that every cat or dog can and most likely will have, routine and preventative oral cleanings are imperative.
Proper nutrition is one of the most important parts of your pet’s health. A balanced and properly proportioned diet is the key to energy, a healthy weight, and a long life. We understand that your pet’s nutritional needs change with lifestyle, health, and age. UVH carries a variety of Royal Canine Prescription Diet food to fit your pet’s needs.
We Body Condition Score (BCS) every patient at each examination and will help recommend a proper feeding and exercise routine for your pet should they need to meet a new weight/body condition goal.
While we provide emergency pet care during regular hours, if overnight monitoring is needed, your pet can be taken to the Shreveport Bossier Animal Emergency Clinic for after-hours care. If the emergency occurs after UVH regular hours, please visit the Shreveport Animal Emergency Clinic for immediate care.
Anesthesia & Patient Monitoring
We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Your pet is monitored by a veterinarian and veterinary technician through the entire procedure until a full recovery is reached.
Monitoring includes: heart rate, oxygen saturation, ECG, respiration rate, blood pressure and temperature. All sedation/anesthesia plans are tailored to each patient and their individual needs.
UVH uses advanced technology in the surgery room, including CO2 lasers, which have been proven to reduce post-operative pain and healing time.
Cold Laser Therapy also helps reduce the amount of blood lost during operations and turns procedures such as the declawing of cats into a much more sophisticated and humane practice, speeding recovery and lessening discomfort.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
This is important in determining if pets have high blood pressure. Blood pressure is also an integral part of our anesthetic monitoring and in diagnosing other problems in dogs and cats.
Having a complete laboratory in our hospital allows us to get quick results and start treating patients as soon as possible. We are able to complete blood chemistries, urine testing, fecal/parasite examination and much more. We also maintain good relationships with outside laboratories should more in-depth testing be required.
X-Rays play an important role in diagnosing many common conditions. Our state-of-the-art Digital Radiology unit allows us to take radiographs and interpret them in a short amount of time. In addition, we can send these images digitally to a Veterinary Specialist for interpretation as needed.
Today, we diagnose and monitor many ocular diseases and can measure intraocular eye pressure in patients with an ocular Tono Pen, greatly enhancing glaucoma screening.
Microchip Pet Identification
According to the American Humane Association only 2% of lost cats and 15% of dogs are returned to their owners. A simple, harmless procedure, microchipping identifies your pet when they have gone missing. If you pet becomes misplaced and is taken to a vet or shelter, it will be scanned for a microchip number, revealing your contact information and greatly increasing the chance of you and your pet becoming quickly reunited.
About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is inserted into the scruff of your pet’s neck like a vaccination. The microchip contains a unique number, providing a secure and reliable ID for the rest of your pet’s life. UVH is proud to announce that we use the Res-Q microchip, which offers the first scanner for animal shelters and veterinarians that can read all brands of tested microchips currently sold in the United States*, and the first no-cost registry.
Pain Management & Arthritis Control
Pain Management is not an option — it’s an imperative. Every patient that undergoes a procedure requiring sedation/general anesthesia is provided with pain control and sent home. UVH doctors and staff take all necessary steps to relieve any pain before, during and after your pet’s surgical procedure. Because with proper pain control for all surgeries, the less time it takes for your pet to heal.
At UVH we utilize the theory of multimodal pain control for our patients and can offer traditional therapies and alternative therapies such as cold laser therapy, acupuncture, electro-acupuncture.
Our team of highly qualified veterinary professionals is well-versed in a broad range of behavioral modification techniques that can help assist in even the most challenging of cases. Whether you’re dealing with house training problems, aggression, excessive barking, destructive behavior, severe separation anxiety, or thunderstorm anxiety, don’t be afraid to ask a UVH team member for information about behavioral counseling.