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Lake Dog and Cat Animal Hospital

Laurie, Mo          Lake of the Ozarks 

SERVICES:

PHARMACY:

Sometimes pets need medication to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Lake Dog and Cat Animal Hospital provides our clients with an onsite Pharmacy for all your pet’s needs

LABORATORY TESTING:

Laboratory testing is not just for sick pets. It is also an important part of wellness and preoperative screening. Early diagnosis of disease processes allow for proper treatment and monitoring of our furry friend. Blood tests for heartworm, urinalysis to check for kidney and bladder health, cultures, and fecal analysis for the presence of parasites, as well as complete blood chemistry and advanced diagnostics to determine the overall health of your pet.

Tests are done in house & results are immediate. Another great advancement in veterinary medicine is the equipment that allows us to run full blood analysis in the office. Previously we had to draw blood and send it off to a lab. This process could take anywhere from 24 hours to 72 hours, depending on mail delivery, holidays and weekends. This was very troublesome when pets are very ill, or emergencies. It led to best guess for treatment or delayed treatments. Now we have very reliable machines, in the office,

that can run a sample and produce results in less than a half hour . This allows more accurate diagnosis and better monitoring during treatments. Lake Dog and Cat currently has this technology on site and running.

VACCINATIONS:

Take Preventative Care for Your Pets

Vaccinations are necessary and useful for keeping animals healthy and also reduce the spread of diseases between animals.

Does My Animal Need Vaccination?

The answer is a simple and unqualified 'yes'. Even if the pet in question will be spending an inordinate amount of time indoors, they still require vaccines. At some point in an animal's life, they will be outside the home. This includes any time they are outdoors and even on trips to the veterinarian's office. Getting the correct vaccine administered at the appropriate age reduces the chances your animal will get sick.

How Often Will They Need Vaccinations?

That depends on the type of animal, the vaccine in question, and the age of the animal. Generally, younger animals require more frequent injections in order to assist them with the building of a strong immune system. After the initial puppy/kitten series they will need yearly boosters.

How Much Will It Cost?

When considering the cost of preventive medicine, it is best to bear the following in mind: it is much cheaper to vaccinate than it is to treat the disease that the vaccination may have prevented.

There are many diseases that can affect household pets, and taking the proper steps beforehand can prevent most. Some animals, even those that have never been vaccinated before, can still benefit from vaccines. The best way to figure out what a pet may need is to talk with your veterinarian. They can help make decisions that will ensure pets live a long, happy, and healthy life.

MICRO CHIPPING:

Great for All Animals

Microchips for pets are about the size of a grain of rice and are completely harmless. The microchip is quickly and painlessly inserted in the neck of the animal. Microchips do not contain batteries or any other energy source that can potentially cause harm to your animal.

Pet Micro chipping has been growing in popularity both in America and overseas. Pet owners have become more interested in micro chipping their beloved pets and every year thousands of lost pets are returned to their worried owners thanks to the invaluable help that microchips can provide. There are several reasons why micro chipping your pet may be a good idea..

Protects Your Pet

A microchip can help ensure that your pet is returned to you if it should ever be lost. Microchips only store an identification number, they cannot track an animal and they cannot store medical history. This identification number, when registered in a national database can help provide owners contact information. This information can help return animals to their owners sooner. All too often pets that get lost are not returned to their owners because it is nearly impossible to identify the animal's owner. Many times when animals are brought to a shelter, their collars and tags have come off, thus giving animal control and shelter workers no information to go off of. It is important to register your pets microchip in a national database. Unregistered chips can be traced, but it becomes a long process that can take days. For your pet, this means unnecessary time spent at a shelter.

Affordable and Built to Last

Pet microchips can last up to 25 years or more. Not only that, microchips for pets tend to be a very affordable investment. For many pet owners, the cost of pet care and some rare breeds of dogs or cats can make purchasing a microchip a no brainer. Pet owners are always looking for ways to protect their animals in any way they can and having a microchip for your pet is a great way to do just that.

Give us a call for more information on microchips and how they work. Lake Dog and Cat Animal Hospital is always willing to help and answer any questions you may have. 

SURGERY:

Surgery can be a stressful time for pets and pet owners alike. Let us provide your pet with the most advanced anesthesia and monitoring available. You can rest assured your pet is in good hands.

Comprehensive Veterinary Surgical Services

Does your pet have a mass that you are concerned about or need a surgical procedure? Lake Dog and Cat Animal Hospital has a full surgical suite. One of our goals is to remain up-to-date with technology, procedures, and standards of care. There are many tools that can help reduce the discomfort of surgery. Providing pain management before, during, and after can greatly reduce the discomfort of the pets. Also utilizing tools like cold laser therapy to help decrease inflammation and speed up healing. Finally we use a carbon dioxide laser for all surgery, which helps decrease bleeding, reduce risk for infection, reduced healing times and it has been shown to decrease pain from surgery. Surgery has been done for years with stainless steel blades, but those days are over. I have used this laser , for surgery , for the last 10 years, at my other practice with great success. The laser cuts very rapid and precisely. It not only controls bleeding but also seals nerve endings, which decreases pain and speeds healing. The laser allows us to remove growths with much less trauma and some can even be removed without any stitches.

Lake Dog and Cat Animal Hospital has a digital radiograph machine. This means that we are able to get instant results when a radiograph is taken. This can become important during emergency situations in which surgery may be required.

Surgeries that are performed at Lake Dog and Cat Animal Hospital include, but not limited too:

  • Spay & Neuter
  • Tumor/mass Removal
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Dental procedures
  • Other soft tissue surgeries
  • Emergency surgeries can be performed anytime

WELLNESS EXAM:

It is common knowledge that pets age faster than people…nearly 7 times. On average dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two. By age four, many pets are entering middle age. And by age seven, most dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years. Because dogs and cats age faster, significant health changes can occur in a short amount of time.

And, the risks of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, metabolic problems and other serious conditions all increase with age.

It is recommended that pets have a wellness exam at least annually. Tailored to the needs of each individual, wellness examinations include a complete physical exam, vaccinations, and parasite detection.

Senior wellness exams generally also include blood analysis and urine screening. More in-depth diagnostics may include radiographs, ultrasound, blood pressure measurement, EKG.

Prevention is the real goal of wellness exams. It’s the best way to save money and heartache by promoting wellness and catching problems early.

DENTAL HEALTH:

Did you know that 78% of dogs over three years of age have some form of periodontal disease. If left untreated periodontal disease can cause pain, infection and affect your pet’s behavior.

Plaque build-up and tarter are not always a sign of poor health, but the effects that it has on your pet's overall health could be detrimental.

Once plaque adheres to the teeth, your pet is at risk of forming tarter or calculus. The calculus will attract more plaque, eventually pushing up the gums and/or creating pockets in the gums. This could lead to the gums deteriorating and mobile teeth and loss of teeth.

Periodontal disease is one of the most common problems in dogs and cats despite the fact that it is easily preventable. Some statistics show as high as 85% of all pets suffer from some form of oral disease. Preventive dental exams and cleanings are key to avoiding infection and disease which may progress to other organ systems in the body.

Brushing your pet's teeth and using oral care products prevent and delay the onset of problems with the teeth and gums. Eventually however, a professional cleaning will be needed to remove plaque and tartar that these measures miss. Ultrasonic scaling followed by high-speed polishing is the most effective method of dental prophylaxis. It is performed under a general anesthetic.

Before anesthesia, blood work is assessed to screen for underlying organ dysfunction which may need to be addressed or may change the anesthetic protocol. The pet is intubated with an endotracheal tube after induction of anesthesia. This measure prevents aspiration of water and cleaning solutions into the lungs.

An ultrasonic scaler is a powered scraper attached to a hand piece that removes concrete hard calculus (tartar). The end of the scaler oscillates at around 25 thousand cycles per second. This is so fast that the eye cannot detect the vibration, but tartar is blasted away easily. Tartar is so hard and firmly attached to the tooth enamel that brushing will not remove it. It harbors millions of bacteria that can invade the gums.

A gingival probe is used to measure and explore pockets around the teeth if they have occurred. Loose teeth are extracted at this point. Endodontic procedures (root canals and crowns) are performed only by specialists and referral for these procedures is usually necessary.

After scaling, a high-speed polisher is used to remove microscopic defects in the enamel's surface. It is the tiny pores in the enamel that gives a foot hold for tartar formation. Polishing can slow new tartar development significantly.

More than 85% of dogs and cats over 4 years old have some form of periodontal disease, a painful inflammatory condition in which bacteria attack the gums, ligament, and bone tissues that surround and support teeth. Senior dogs, those 7 or more years old, are especially susceptible to periodontal disease.

Even though most of us are highly motivated when it comes to our own family's teeth, dental care is one of the most neglected pet health needs. Try to imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn't brush them daily or make regular visits to your dentist (YUK!!). The same applies to your pet's teeth. However, the responsibility falls on us as pet owners, since they aren't capable of taking care of their own teeth.

Some signs and symptoms of poor oral health include:

  • persistent bad breath
  • sensitivity around the mouth
  • loss of appetite
  • plaque and tarter formation
  • loose, broken, or missing teeth
  • infected teeth
  • difficulty eating and chewing food
  • bleeding, inflamed, or receding gums

RADIOLOGY:

We have some of the most advanced diagnostic imaging available for our veterinary patients,

HOSPITALIZATION:

Sick pets often need hospitalization, intravenous fluids and special care to nurse them back to health