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Veterinary Services

Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of semi-annual physical examinations (every 6 months). Thorough check-ups and preventative care can help alleviate serious health problems. Many problems can creep up within a year when your average life is 12-15 years. Preventing disease and early disease recognition will add years onto your pet’s life. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best.

Semi-Annual Physical Examinations: These are extremely important to your pet’s health. We pride ourselves on looking at your pet as an individual and then making a determination with the owner about what is best for the pet. Full exams are done at every visit which includes assessment of your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth and skin, and a body systems evaluation which includes the following: cardiac, respiratory, abdominal, urogenital, and lymphatic.

Wellness and Preventative Care Plans: These are developed on an individual basis after evaluating the pet’s lifestyle and risk factors. These plans include nutrition, customized vaccine protocols or titer testing, wellness testing, and behavior counseling.

Customized Vaccination Protocols: We believe less is more. Vaccines are necessary to prevent disease. However, vaccines can also cause problems for your pet’s immune system. Once yearly, we will assess your pet’s risk factors and determine if your pet needs vaccines and if so, which ones are necessary. It is important for you to have a clear understanding of which vaccines are offered, what your pet is at risk for, and the relative risk-to-benefit ratio of giving the vaccines.

Titer Testing: Titer testing is available and helps assess the need of the pet for a vaccine. Blood is tested to see if the pet has an appropriate antibody level against the disease in question. If the antibody level is adequate, we can rely on the pet’s immune system to combat the disease and skip the vaccine at that time.

Wellness Testing: Wellness testing includes blood work, fecal analysis, and urinalysis. Wellness testing gives individual baseline data that we can use later as a reference for faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment as well as serving as a detector of early disease. Depending on the age and health of your pet, we can recommend which wellness profile is best suited.

Consultations: We offer a variety of consultations including nutritional, weight loss/weight gain, allergies, behavior, senior health, and puppy/kitten wellness care (just to name a few).

Domestic Health Certificates: These are needed before you can travel on an airplane with your pet. To obtain a health certificate, your pet must be examined 10 days before you travel indicating that your pet is free of communicable diseases.

Home Delivery of Medications, Food and Nutriceuticals: Medicine and food deliveries are offered three times a week. Please see our Order Medication/Supplies page for more details.

Prescription Medications or Natural Remedies/Supplements: These are often given at the time of the visit on a patient need basis. If you need a refill, please call us to order.

Behavioral Counseling: This is a frequently encountered need. The ability to see the pet in its own environment is a huge benefit when developing a plan of action to defeat a behavior problem. We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling, anxiety, and aggression.

Most behavior problems can be solved with behavior modification techniques. Infrequently, natural alternatives or prescription medications may be needed for a short period of time.

Diabetic Home Management: Teaching the owner how to manage diabetes at home is important to having a stress-free diabetic. We offer training on obtaining your pet’s blood sample, and utilization of a home glucometer system. Frequent communication/consultation between the owner and veterinarian will optimize your pet’s success with this disease.

Laboratory Services: In your home, we are capable of skin and ear cytology, microscopic evaluation of lumps, bumps, and tumors, heartworm and tick screening, feline leukemia and aids testing, glucose testing, blood collection, fecal and urine collection and analysis. In most cases blood, urine, and fecal samples will be assessed at a laboratory and the results will be available within 24 hours. In emergency situations, your samples will be processed immediately by the HousePaws staff at our hospital and results will be obtained within 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Radiology: In the event your pet needs x-rays, we have a mobile x-ray or you can come in to one of our hospitals for an x-ray. Results are obtained immediately.

Breeding Services and Whelping Assistance: Semen collection and evaluation, artificial insemination and testing to determine ovulation are available to help ease the breeding process and achieve pregnancy when desired. Whelping assistance is available and recommended. Pets have a natural instinct when it comes to the birthing process. They know what needs to be done better than anyone else. If this process is overly complicated by humans, the outcome can be detrimental to the mother and the pups. Whelping guidance and assistance helps ensure that pets will have the most natural and safe birth possible.

Surgical Services: If your pet needs surgery, our state of the art hospital in Mt. Laurel is equipped for surgeries. We also perform routine surgeries in our Atco hospital.  Also, we personally will manage your pet’s recovery until your pet is ready to come home.

Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs including temperature, blood pressure, carbon dioxide and oxygen levels, and heart function are monitored by an anesthesia technician during all anesthetic procedures.
Dentistry: Our dental services include teeth cleaning, polishing, dental x-rays, nerve blocks, tooth extractions and oral surgery. All cleanings and x-rays are performed by a technician who serves as a hygienist. The oral exam and any surgical procedures are done by our veterinarians. Unlike a human dentist who has the ability to do dental work step by step, we try to do all parts of the dental work-up at one time to reduce how often the pet will need to be anesthetized.

Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency testing, skin and ear cytology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for some routine and specialized diagnostics and consultations.

Individualized Flea and Tick Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.

Dietary Counseling: We will provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.

Overnight Care: Certain illnesses will require that your pet be hospitalized overnight.  If your pet has an unstable condition, you will be referred to an overnight hospital where a doctor is in the building 24 hours a day and our veterinarians will stay in contact with the veterinarian overseeing your pet.

Emergency Care: Please call our main telephone number (856-234-5230) for instructions for after-hour emergencies. We will try to be available at all times to at least consult with you. In the event we are unavailable after hours, instructions will be left on our machine for emergency contact information.

Pawspice (Hospice Care for Pets): The life-enriching relationship of the human-animal bond makes many owners choose to nurture a pet at home until the pet’s life must end (either naturally or with our help).

Many clients need and want us to facilitate and lengthen the process so they can spend as much quality time as possible with their beloved pets before the inevitable loss. After evaluation of your pet’s individual circumstances, a well-conceptualized, creative and palliative Pawspice plan will be created.

Together we will evaluate your pet’s quality of life by measuring several parameters including: Hurt, Hydration, Hunger, Hygiene, Happiness, Mobility and More Good Days Than Bad Days. Each parameter is measured from zero to 10. The goal with Pawspice is to evaluate each parameter and try to alleviate each problem by at least 30-50%.

This scale is a guideline to help clients determine for themselves when a Pawspice plan is good for the pet or when it is time to make the final call for euthanasia.

Home Euthanasia: When efforts to prolong the life of a beloved pet serve only to prolong death, euthanasia (Greek for “good death”) should be considered. We will counsel you and your family through this difficult yet compassionate decision. Home euthanasia relieves the anxiety your pet would feel during a visit to the vet’s office, allows the family to grieve freely at home and comfort each other, and allows you to create a private way of honoring and saying goodbye to your pet in those last moments.

Deciding how to care for your pet after death is also an individual decision. You may bury your pet at home, arrange for burial at a pet cemetery, or choose to have your pet cremated. In all cases, we will do everything possible to accommodate your final wishes for your pet. If requested, we will also make a clay paw print after your pet has passed.

 

 

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