We're pleased to offer the following services at West Jefferson Animal Hospital:
Happy pets make happy owners. The best way to ensure our pets happiness is to keep them healthy. We recognize that every pet is different inside and out from their personality to individual health. Our veterinarians and staff are trained to help keep them their healthiest based on age, weight, diet and behavior, exercise, individual needs and existing medical conditions. Since obesity is a common problem linked to additional medical conditions, proper nutrition for our pets is an essential part to their overall health. Like children, vaccinations for pets help build up their immunities to protect them from harmful and sometimes fatal diseases for a healthy life. Help protect your new puppy or kitten by scheduling an exam and vaccines as soon as possible. We recommend annual exams, boosters, heartworm tests, and fecal tests to keep your pets their healthiest. Please call to schedule your pet(s) for annual exams and vaccinations.
Lasers, developed in 1960, have many useful applications in veterinary medicine and surgery. West Jefferson Animal Hospital has recently acquired a therapeutic laser to improve and enhance treatment of our patients.
Therapeutic lasers provide improved wound healing and decreased inflammation and pain by photobiomodulation(isn’t that a fun word) which means that low level laser light stimulates cellular function. The doctors use the laser to provide improved tissue healing when they prescribe therapy after most surgical and dental procedures. Dogs and cats with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, sprains or strains, ear infection, or lick granulomas, can have improved quality of life and healing/return to function when laser therapy is prescribed by a doctor. Especially important in our geriatric or compromised patients is the fact that the laser therapy is safe and not invasive.
Many patients have already benefitted from the new therapeutic laser. Some or our arthritis patients have improved mobility and quality of life with laser therapy. Please let us know if you would like to discuss how your four-legged family member could benefit from this state-of-art treatment.
We offer a wide variety of surgeries which are performed in our hospital. All of our pets are required to be up to date on their vaccines while staying in the hospital. We perform surgeries on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Our surgery patients are dropped off either the morning of the surgery between 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. or before 7:00 p.m. the night before. We ask that these pets do not have any food after 8 p.m. the night before a surgery so they are able to metabolize the anesthetic effectively and safely. Please call if you have any questions about a surgery, need an estimate or to schedule an appointment.
Around four months of age, dogs and cats begin to get their permanent teeth. It is important to keep an eye on their dental health from an early age. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats start to show signs of oral disease by age three. A yellow/brown tartar along the gum line, inflamed gums, and frequent bad breath can all be signs of dental disease. Without proper dental care, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to periodontal disease and oral pain. Daily brushing of your pet's teeth can help prevent plaque and calculus. If you are unable to brush their teeth, provide them with hard chew toys and dry food to help break down any plaque buildup on the teeth. Flavored toothpaste and toothbrushes are designed for your pet and can help aid in the dental health. At West Jefferson Animal Hospital, we offer pet dental exams, professional cleanings and extractions. Please call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly receptionists.
We offer digital x-rays that are done in the hospital. The majority of our radiographs are done during surgery in the morning since some pets may need to be sedated. Those pets that need sedation should have their food withheld 12 hours before any sedation is given. Radiographs of the chest allow us to see the size and shape of the heart and whether there are any lung conditions present we need to know about. We are also able to evaluate the stomach, digestive tract, and other structure by x-raying the abdomen. Radiographs are also helpful to look at the pelvis and knee areas to see if your pet is suffering from hip dysplasia and/or osteoarthritis.
Here at West Jefferson Animal Hospital we provide the comfort and quality care your pet deserves while boarding in our facility. We provide all of the necessities your pets need to be comfortable including food, water, blankets and bedding. If your pet is on a special diet or needs special food, we ask that you bring those in so your pet gets the proper care they need. Sometimes when a dog or cat is in a kennel environment they might display behavior not normally seen at home. With this type of behavior being a possibility, we no longer allow pets to have access to their own blankets, toys, or other belongings for their safety. We also provide the convenience of Sunday pick-ups which allow you to bring your pets in during regular business hours and pick them up on a Sunday evening. Sunday pick-ups are at a strict time of 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. (Sunday pick up must be scheduled in advance). Payment is expected on the day you drop your pet off for a Sunday pick-up. This is a fast and easy way to pick up your pet on your way back into town at the end of the weekend. We do not offer Sunday pick-ups on holiday weekends. Please call for pricing and to reserve your pet(s) a spot in our kennel.
Pamper your pet with a day at the spa. Our pets are dropped off at 9 a.m. Tuesday - Thursday by appointment only. They are treated to a nice warm bath using specifically designed shampoo for the different types of coats. Along with the bath, we also offer nail trims, ear cleaning, brushing, de-matting, scissoring and shave downs. You will be able to meet with the groomer when you drop your pet off to go over exactly how you would like your pets coat groomed. Call to schedule your pet for a grooming today to have her/him looking and smelling their best.
Save This Life microchip is a permanent pet ID placed beneath the skin and between the shoulder blades. Similar to a routine vaccination, the microchip is implanted with a syringe needle that is laser-beveled to minimize discomfort for the pet. It is about the size of a grain of rice and requires no anesthetic for implantation.
Each Save This Life microchip number is searchable in Google. When someone finds a pet and Google's the microchip number, they can privately contact the pet owner through text and email. The pet owner receives a GPS map of where the person who found their pet is located.
The Save This Life brand microchip includes a lifetime registration(pet owner receives online log in to update contact information and pet's photo for a lifetime), $1000 in lost pet health insurance, free lost pet alerts and lost pet posters sent out, and lifetime replaceable ID tags.
Protect your pet with the proper identification to ensure their return to you in the unfortunate event they become lost. Please call to schedule an appointment today!