Much of what we do at Pine Valley Animal Hospital is rehabilitate sick pets. We combine medicine with diagnostic tests and treatments - but the most effective way to keep your pet healthy is to educate you, the owner.
Since pets age many times faster than humans do, regular check ups are vital. We offer a variety of preventive services tailored to your pet's individual age and needs.
- Primary care/Prevention
- Infectious disease
At Pine Valley Animal Hospital, we limit the number of surgeries we do each day. This way your pet receives our entire staff's undivided attention during their stay.
We are equipped for various procedures from routine spays and neuters to more complex procedures. All the patients undergoing surgery at Pine Valley are recommended to obtain current results(within the year)from a preanthestic work up. This can help us to determine any preexisting disorders which may alter our anesthetic protocol. This work up is mandatory for patients over the age of 8 years. See the anesthesiology section of our website for more information on preanesthetic blood work and ECG.
Your pet's dental health plays an integral part in its overall good health. Dental disease does not only affect your pet's mouth, but it can lead to more serious health issues including heart, lung, and kidney disease.
Pine Valley Animal Hospital offers complete dental care service. After all, your pet will live a longer, healthier life if oral health care is maintained.
Ask about our dentistry options and how you can maintain your pet's dental care at home.
As humans, we understand the importance of healthy eating and its link to preventing and/or managing a wide array of disease. From food allergies to weight issues, your pet will be healthier and more active with good nutrition, which may include a specific diet and supplements depending on its stage in life.
Maintaining your cats proper nutritional balance can be a challenge at any age when using dry food or free feeding methods. To maintain your cats weight pet owners will have more success when meal feeding a wet diet. Wet food is commonly perceived as decadent or fattening; however, the increased water content and reduced carbohydrates allows for your cat's daily caloric intake to be decreased.
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The most common time for a pet to become overweight is after they are spayed/neutered. Once their reproductive organs/hormones are removed the overall metabolism of the animal is decreased. If the calories exceed their daily requirements the pet is likely to gain weight abruptly. Obesity is linked to various diseases; osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hepatic lipidosis, obstructive sleep apnea etc. Obese animals have a reduced life expectancy.
Dr. Yelen chooses alternative veterinary medicine is an option in some cases. Just as acupuncture has been proven effective for humans, your pet may benefit from this procedure without the use of surgery or medicine to treat issues within the organs and muscle tissues. We will soon be offering acupuncture at Pine Valley Animal Hospital.
Dr. Yelen is branching the hospital's horizons via laser therapy. Please stay tuned as more information will be available in the new year!
Unlike human medicine anesthesia is used for multiple purposes other than surgery. Anesthesia is a common tool used to gain diagnostic information safely and accurately for procedures such as radio-graphs, biopsies, orthopedic and behavioural examinations. Pet owners often find themselves concerned with procedures involving anesthesia. We take recommend taking all precautions when using anesthesia to help minimize risks and reduce owners concerns.
Pre Anesthetic Blood Workis strongly recommended for all patients. This helps us to determine the function of the kidneys and liver while monitoring ranges of blood glucose levels, red and white blood cell count. A more extensive blood profile is recommended for animals in their senior years.
A second pre-anesthetic safety measure recommended at PineValleyAnimalHospital is an electrocardiograph (ECG). The heart produces an electrical impulse during every beat. An ECG is a transthoracic interpretation of this electrical activity and is recorded over a period of time. It is a non-invasive procedure capturing the data externally via electrodes attached to specific dermal points on the body. The test is generally performed with the patient laying down or sitting. It is a highly valuable diagnostic tool that can identify several disorders (these conditions range from minor to life threatening);
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Weakness in heart muscle – locates specific site where damaged
- Follow ups for cardiovascular disease & lung disorders
- Enlargement of the heart
- Inflammation of sac surrounding the heart (pericarditis)
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Rule out hidden heart disease prior to patient undergoing surgical procedures
An abnormal heart will have different electric and muscular functions that affect how signals are transmitted through the heart. Sometimes these conditions will affect the heart’s ability to pump the required amount of blood throughout the body systems. For example a pet that has undergone a heart attack will have permanent changes where the heart muscle has died and its electrical impulses will be silent no longer radiating energy. This displays itself as changes in the expected voltages during the ECG reading.