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 the 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. She will also 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. 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 recommended 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. 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. 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. 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? If so, they may be exhibiting the beginning signs of dental disease. According to the American Veterinary 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. The best way to prevent dental disease is to become more aware of its presence. 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.
We are excited to offer this technology to our clients, as it allows us to obtain more detailed, higher quality images. Digital radiography gives us the ability 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. 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.
IN HOUSE LAB AND PHARMACY
At Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic, we utilize in-house laboratory equipment as well as outside labs to provide valuable and comprehensive services to our clients. 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.