We're pleased to offer the following services at Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic:
ANNUAL WELLNESS EXAM
The most important component in maintaining your pet's health and well being is an annual wellness exam. Bringing your pet in on a regular basis allows Dr. Lynch to monitor their health and to treat or delay any problems before they become severe. During the wellness exam, Dr. Lynch will ask you questions to obtain a thorough history for your pet, including any changes in eating habits, behavior, and exercise tolerance. She will then examine them from nose to tail to determine if any abnormalities are present. Vaccines will also be administered at this time to protect your pet from various disease threats. The annual wellness exam may or may not include diagnostic tests such as routine bloodwork and intestinal parasite testing. Regular wellness exams can help your pet to live a longer and healthier life.
SENIOR WELLNESS EXAM
The lifespan of your pet can vary depending on breed and size. For example, smaller breed dogs tend to live longer lives than larger breed dogs, and cats can live much longer than most dogs. This makes it very difficult to predict the lifespan for most pets. For this reason , your pet is considered to be geriatric, or senior, if they are 7 years of age or older (5 years in large breed dogs). When your pet reaches this age, regular wellness exams become even more important, and may be required more frequent than once a year. This will allow Dr. Lynch to catch and/or delay the onset of various conditions and diseases that affect senior pets, such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Senior pets who are showing no apparent signs of illness can be in the earlier stages of disease that can be undetected without further diagnostic testing. This is why during the senior wellness exam we recommend more comprehensive bloodwork and urinalysis to reveal any hidden problems before they become more serious.
Surgeries are performed on a daily basis at Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic as space permits. Dr Lynch performs minor surgeries (spays/neuters) as well as major surgery (tumor removal, laparotomy). For our patients who need more advanced surgery, Dr Michael Frost, a traveling orthopedic surgeon, will come to the clinic when called upon. Prior to any surgical procedure, a complete physical exam must be performed by Dr Lynch to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure. We also recommend that any potential surgical patient have pre-surgical bloodwork performed. This will rule out any pre-existing conditions that can affect how your pet will react to the anesthesia or surgical procedure. During the procedure your pet's heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels will be monitored by a trained surgical assistant to ensure their safety. Once the procedure is finished, your pet's comfort level and recovery will be monitored closely in our treatment area. Pain medications will be administered during the procedure and after as needed and may or may not be sent home with you to continue. At Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic, we strive to make the surgical experience as stress free as possible for you and your pet.
ORAL AND DENTAL CARE
Does your beloved dog or cat have "not so fresh" breath? When they come up close for affection, do you want to turn away and run? If so, they may be exhibiting the beginning signs of dental disease. According to the American Veterinay Dental Society, dental disease affects an alarming 80% of dogs and 70% of cats before the age of 3 years old! The most common signs of dental disease in pets are a yellowing or browning of the teeth, as well as foul smelling breath. Other signs may also include drooling, reddening of the gums, oral bleeding, and a sudden change in eating or drinking habits. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to other serious health problems such as tooth loss, oral infection, diabetes, and even kidney and heart problems. The best way to prevent dental disease is to become more aware of its presence. At Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic, we want to help you adopt a regular dental health care routine for your pet(s). Proper dental care includes having your pet's teeth checked reguarly, and if necessary, professionaly cleaned and polished. Implementing an at-home routine as well as professional oral care can help your pet to live a longer, happier life! Give us a call at (413)623-5329 if you have any questions about your pet's oral health, including instructions on how to brush their teeth or getting them started on a dental diet.
Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic has recently joined in on the digital radiology revolution occuring in veterinary medicine. We are excited to offer this new technology to our clients, as it allows us to obtain more detailed, higher quality images than before. Digital radiography gives us the abiltity to enhance the brightness and contrast of the images, and also to zoom in and out on any areas of interest. In going digital, we have been able to increase the level of diagnostics that we offer to our clients. We can now send images instantly over the internet, allowing us to communicate much better with the specialists and referral centers that we work with on occasion. Most importantly, Dr. Lynch will now be able to interpret radiographs much faster, which will mean more time to discuss her findings with clients.
Much like in human medicine, an ultrasound can be a useful diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine as well. Dr. Lynch can use ultrasound in many situations, whether it be to confirm a diagnosis or to monitor an ongoing medical condition. She can also use ultrasound to monitor pregnancies in our beloved companions. Dr. Lynch can also utilize ultrasound during emergency situations to look for internal injuries. Having ultrasound capabilities in the clinic allows us to provide the best possible care for your pet.
INTERNAL MEDICINE CONSULTATIONS
We are very proud to announce our newest addition here at Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic. We have brought in Dr. Peter Kintzer, an internal medicine specialist, as part of our team. He is available once a month for internal medicine consults, as well as dermatology consults. He is an invaluable asset to have. Dr. Lynch can now discuss various cases with Dr. Kintzer, and utilize his advice and experience when coming up with the best plan of action for your pet.
IN HOUSE LAB AND PHARMACY
At Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic, we utilize in-house laboratory equiptment as well as outside labs to provide valuable and comprehensive services to our clients. Gone are the days of waiting what seemed like forever before you get the results of your pet's bloodwork. We are able to obtain results in a matter of minutes for most cases, allowing for faster diagnosis and treatment of various infections and diseases. This also allows us to perform pre-surgical bloodwork, determining the ability our of surgical patients to process any anesthesia. With our in-house pharmacy, we are able to dispense any antibiotics, pain relievers, or other medications that your pet may need immediately and cost effectively.