In your search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality care as well as great service. Our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. Our commitment to you is to continue to offer our world class service and a state of the art veterinary facility.
Your pet's annual veterinary check-up will include a total physical exam, with a thorough investigation of your pet from the tip of the nose, to the tip of the tail. Like you, your pet can lose his teeth due to decay and neglect. Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning by your veterinarian maybe in order.
In our area and climate, it is necessary to pay particular attention to internal and external parasites, and signs of allergic disease. Fleas, ticks, and heartworms are parasites are of particular importance in our area. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitos so pets should maintain heartworm prevention even during the winter months.
Fecal parasites are very common internal parasites (particularly among puppies and kittens) and pets that are infested with worms generally shed parasite eggs into the environment. Since both internal and external parasites have the ability to share certain diseases with people, preventing them is key, particularly for those people with weaker immune systems or those undergoing immune system suppression.
It is a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, but also of notes on things like your pet's habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Seemingly unrelated occurrences may help to explain results of your pet's medical tests. Also, if you move to a new area, it's good to have a journal to provide a complete medical history.
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Try to have it convenient, choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, your veterinarian will likely suggest a few diagnostic exams, that may include bloodwork, urine analysis, and a chest X-ray, before your pet is anesthetized. Which tests are appropriate for your pet will be discussed ahead of time, and receive your approval before they are performed. During the procedure pets might need an IV drip, with antibiotics sometimes being necessary before and/or after a procedure.
There may be times when Dr. Mullen may refer you to a specialist. A specialist is a veterinarian who have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, and emergency care. A specialist can provide additional expertise if a pet must undergo a specialty procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience.