Health Maintenance Services

Kitten CarePuppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten at Stone Veterinary Hospital are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. Some of the issues discussed during your first visits include:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior issues
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance.
  • Microchipping
  • Parasite prevention

A complete physical exam includes detection of potential congenital problems and covers any topic you'd like to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions.

"Over Forty" Senior Wellness Program

Due to advances in veterinary medicine and a focus on preventive care, dogs and cats are living longer than ever. As your pet ages, his or her lifestyle needs change and risk of disease increases. For these reasons, we are pleased to offer a senior wellness program designed to maximize your pet's health and life expectancy.

The "Over Forty" senior wellness program consists of a thorough physical examination by a veterinarian. Laboratory tests on blood and urine are performed to check the status of your pet's kidneys, liver, thyroid gland, and blood cell counts. An EKG is performed and read by a cardiologist to assess the condition of your pet's heart. Finally, radiographs (x-rays) are taken to evaluate the chest and abdominal cavities of your pet.

Senior CareAll of the test results are reviewed by a veterinarian and recommendations are then made regarding diet, nutritional supplements, exercise, the possible need for medication or alternative therapies, and possible further testing.

Because the aging process varies by species, breed, and lifestyle, the appropriate age to begin a senior wellness program varies. The following guide defines an "Over Forty" patient:

  • Small dogs weighing under 20 pounds: 9-13 years
  • Medium dogs of 21-50 pounds: 9-11.5 years
  • Large dogs of 51-90 pounds: 7.5-10.5 years
  • Giant dogs of more than 90 pounds: 6-9 years
  • Most breeds of cats: 8-10 years

Please ask our receptionist or one of our veterinarians for further details about our "Over Forty" senior wellness program.

Internal Medicine

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask him/her what is wrong. Therefore, Stone Veterinary Hospital has invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology. When your pet is not well, we need to find out what is wrong. After performing a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests is often necessary in order to identify the medical condition.

All the veterinarians at Stone Veterinary Hospital are knowledgeable and have a large amount of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases.

Microchip by HomeAgainMicrochipping

We use HomeAgain microchips, which can be successfully scanned almost anywhere in the world. Implantation of the microchip is painless and takes only seconds. After your pet has been microchipped, we perform a scan at each veterinary visit to ensure that the microchip is still present and readable.

It's important to remember that a lost pet is not merely an inconvenience, it's the number one cause of pet death in the country. That's why we recommend microchipping every pet.

Allergies

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet.

Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

All of these can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust, and various foods. If you notice any of these issues, it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because, if left untreated, they can become severe medical concerns.

We take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences, and the proper method of home treatment.

Oncology & Cancer Treatment

The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine, many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life.

Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times as cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (x-rays, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, the disease may not be noticed until clinical symptoms develop.

Treatment also depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and do rarely develop side effects similar to humans.

Our veterinarians are knowledgeable in this discipline.

Laser TherapyClass IV Laser Therapy

Laser therapy involves the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. Class IV therapeutic laser is a painless procedure used for post-operative care, treatment of arthritis, skin wounds and other selected conditions.

Therapeutic lasers supply energy to the body as light is transmitted through the layers of skin and stimulates and accelerates the healing of damaged cells. Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells. Laser therapy also decreases inflammation and eliminates pain, which allows your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.

Laser Therapeutic Effects

During each painless treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

What You and Your Pet Can Expect

Your pet does not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. Most pets do not need to have their fur clipped.

Improvement is sometimes seen after the first treatment; however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Generally, 4 – 8 treatments produce the best results and Class IV laser therapy treatments are cumulative. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition. Your veterinarian at Stone Veterinary Hospital will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.

Pharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

Stone Veterinary Hospital maintains a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products, and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call.