Annual Wellness Examinations
Like humans, pets benefit from visiting their doctor annually. Annual wellness exams help to identify and address medical, behavioral or environmental issues before they present any serious concerns. Along with annual exams we also recommend regular blood screenings to monitor organ function and general health. This is also a good time to discuss recent advancements in veterinary health and nutrition that may be of benefit to your pet.
New Puppy or Kitten Exams
The decision to bring a new puppy or kitten into you home is momentous and life changing. Like any new parent, it can be both joyful and stressful at times. Alameda Veterinary Clinic aims to educate and support new owners during this critical time. We begin with scheduling a initial puppy or kitten exam, during which a doctor will provide general care and tips for house training, socialization, behavior training, dry feeding schedules, vaccination protocols as well as answer and questions you may have.
Senior Pet Care
As pets age, medical exams for them becomes increasingly more important. A number of diseases common to the aging process can be treated more effectively when diagnosed early. We recommend exams for senior pets every six months so that we can detect and treat as soon as possible.
Common senior dog disease include: cancer, arthritis, and heart disease.
Common senior cat disease include: hyperthyroidism, diabetes, renal disease, cancer and also heart disease.
Alameda Veterinary Clinic’s vaccine protocol is that vaccines should be given cautiously and be tailored to the pet’s individual requirements. We routinely vaccinate for common and preventable diseases. If you should have any questions about your pets vaccination schedule please feel free to discuss that with the doctor at the time of your exam.
At Alameda Veterinary Clinic we recognize nutrition as a essential aspect of good health. We believe that every pet may require a different approach to food. We recommend several different brands of food; Iams, Science Diet, and Eukanuba. We currently stock prescription foods like, Royal Canin, Purina, and Hills Prescription foods are an important tool for many illnesses. If your pet requires a prescription food please feel free to contact us.
Alameda Veterinary Clinic prescribes and recommends a wide range of conventional medications and preventive nutritional support. We understand the convenience of mail order medications, however, we suggest if you choose to buy your pets medications online, that you make sure that you are getting them from an approved pharmacy. If you should have any questions regarding reputable online pharmacies please feel free to ask.
Radiology & Ultrasounds
Radiology and ultrasounds are a very important diagnostic tools. Most radiographs(x-rays) can be preformed the day of your appointment. Some patients may require sedation for special procedures depending on the patient, pain level or the area being radiographed. In this case, we normally schedule a separate appointment in order to ensure the pet is safe and comfortable as possible. We have a board certified radiologist that regularly reads all films taken at our clinic and also performs ultrasounds. If you feel that your pet may need an ultrasound please schedule that with the front staff.
Alameda Vet Clinic offers a complete range of Laboratory Services, utilizing a high quality reference for all diagnostic needs.
In addition to annual exams and vaccinations we also offer a verity of services. Alameda Veterinary Clinic offers surgical services to dogs and cats during the week (Monday through Friday). Our general surgery includes spays and neuters, along with many soft tissue surgeries such as growth removals and foreign body removals. We use a CO2 laser for most of our surgeries, which help reduce healing time and trauma to the skin.
In order to ensure that animals are safe to undergo surgery, all pets are required to have a physical exam done by one of your veterinarians prior to surgery. Pets over the age of six years will need to have a full blood profile done before anesthesia. At that time the veterinarian will discuss upcoming procedures and address any questions you may have. Please feel free to as the front staff or a technician for an estimate.
Alameda Veterinary Clinic believes that pets function best when they are at home rather then in the hospital, so we generally prefer to keep hospitalizations to a minimum. However, it does sometimes become necessary for an animal to be hospitalized in order to treat certain conditions that cannot effectively treated at home. During your pets stay, we encourage visits by family to provide comfort and reassurance to the pet, and to support and inform the family of their pets status. Visitors are welcome during normal business hours.
Alameda Veterinary Clinic thoroughly endorses microchipping as a safe, effective and inexpensive method to ensure that lost pets can reunited with their families who love them.10 million unidentified pets get lost every year. 90% don’t return home! Compared with these statisitcs, over 94% of micrchipped pets have been reunited with their families. All shelters and veterinary hospitals have microchip scanners. It is through these scanners that pets can quickly and easily be identified and returned home.
Spays & Neuters
The choice to spay or neuter your pet is a very personal decision. Alameda Veterinary Clinic encourages all pet owners to have your pet spayed or neutered. We recommend that your pet be spayed or neutered around six months of age. We do use our co2 laser for this procedure. We also recommend micro-chipping your pet at this time.
Alameda Veterinary Clinic offers dental cleanings to all pets. Because your pet would go under anesthesia for this procedure it is considered a surgery and would carry the same requirements as a general surgery. We believe that routine dental care is an essential part to the overall health of your pet. We currently offer digital dental radiographs which allow diagnose dental issues before they can become