We know your pet’s health is a top concern for you and your family. We want to help keep your pet safe, comfortable, and happy.
The following are services offered at our pet hospital:
Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy is one of the two most important things that you can do to improve your pet’s overall quality of life and actually help them live longer. A dirty or smelly mouth is actually one that is infected with large numbers of bacteria that live under the gums. Regular brushing using pet-specific toothbrushes and pastes is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth. Studies at UC Davis have shown that brushing every day is important, as brushing 2 times a week is no more effective at reducing tartar than not brushing at all.
For those pets that won’t tolerate brushing, there are several other methods to help keep your pet’s mouth healthier. The Veterinary Oral Health Care website (www.vohc.org) lists many products that will help keep your pet’s mouth as healthy as it can be. We will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of the various products and methods listed there.
We have a fully stocked, in-hospital pharmacy that carries all of the commonly prescribed medications. This ensures that you are getting the appropriate drug, and saves you the added time of having to pick up the medication at a human pharmacy. We also have a complete line of the heartworm and flea medications that we prescribe.
We are proud to feature a full-service, in-hospital laboratory designed to answer our most pressing questions quickly, so we can make appropriate decisions regarding your pet’s care. Whether it is pre-anesthetic blood work, monitoring kidney or liver function, or performing a comprehensive chemistry panel, we will have the answers for you in less than ten minutes using our Idexx equipment.
We also have a microscope in the clinic, allowing us to provide quick analysis for ear and skin infections, fecal analysis, semen evaluation, and analysis of cytology samples.
Several million pets are lost every year. Some are found after a few hours; some, unfortunately, are lost for ever. The microchip is a permanent means of identification that can increase the chances of getting your pet back to you. The small microchip (it is about the size of a large grain of rice) contains electronic information encoded on a chip. It is implanted using a needle under the skin between the shoulder blades in dogs and cats—(there are other standardized places to microchip everything from birds to turtles to snakes). Many owners choose to do the micro-chipping when their pet is anesthetized for the neuter or spay procedure, but it can be done at any time. Contrary to several stories that were in the news, the biocompatible material does not cause cancer, and no other problems have been noted. Recent efforts have standardized the microchips in the U.S. and other countries.
Our HomeAgain microchips can be read by all modern scanners at almost every animal shelter, rescue organization, and veterinary clinic in the U.S., and at many similar locations throughout the world. The only thing you have to do is register the microchip–a 5 minute process best done at the HomeAgain website. This also makes it easier to update your information if you move. Once registered in the database, your pet’s information is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help get them back to you as quickly as possible.
The physical exam is the basis of all veterinary medicine and the cornerstone upon which the treatment of your pet is built, whether for annual wellness exams, vaccinations, or because of illness. The physical exam is not a secret; therefore during the exam, we will discuss with you what we are finding, give you our recommendations, or ameliorate your concerns. We will also, based on your pet’s age, activity level and other risk factors, make specific recommendations to help your pet lead a healthier life.
Puppies and kittens require special examinations, not only because this is their first examinations and it is important to notice any early problems, but also because this is the best time to break bad habits and learn new ones. We’ll discuss diet, parasite control (including fleas and heartworm), vaccination protocols, the best time to spay or neuter, proper dental care, and whatever else is concerning you. Our hope is that you will have learned several new things about your pet every time you visit us. For more information, please refer to our Website page on Puppy & Kitten Care.
Geriatric animals (over 8 years for cats and small dogs, over 6 for large dogs) require special consideration also. Remember, every 1 of our years is approximately 7 years for your pet. We’ll pay close attention to oral health, diet and weight, and activity level. We’ll also discuss annual lab work—this provides an early warning in case potential problems are there, and may allow us to treat them sooner, reducing the impact on your pet. The lab work also provides us with a baseline should your pet become seriously ill during the year.
Radiology and Ultrasound
Our digital X-ray unit and ultrasound unit are state of the art and integrate fully with our computer system. This gives us the ability to review the images with you in the exam room before you even leave the clinic. The digital format makes it easy for us to retrieve the images if needed to compare them with other images taken at a different time. It also allows us to send the images to specialists for consultation if needed.
Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital has a fully-equipped surgery suite and can perform most surgeries that your pet might need. Everything from spays and neuters to C-sections, intestinal blockages, bloats, and orthopedic procedures. For more complex cases, we have several board-certified surgery specialists that can be contacted to come to Franklin Ranch.
Vaccines are an important part of keeping your pet healthy and free from infectious diseases. Our vaccine protocols are based on the most current recommendations from both AAFP/AFM Advisory Panel on Feline Vaccines and the AAHA Canine Vaccine Task Force. Based on these recommendations and your pet’s age, lifestyle, and risk factors, we’ll come to the best possible individual plan for your pet. For puppy and kitten vaccination information, please see our Puppy and Kitten Care page.
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