The most effective way to manage a disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. At Healing Hands, we offer a range of safe and effective vaccines and pharmaceuticals to protect your pet from illnesses such as canine parvo virus, feline panleukopenia, and heartworm disease. By evaluating your pet’s lifestyle, we can recommend the appropriate vaccines and preventative measures to keep them safe and healthy. In addition, we strongly advise annual blood work as an essential tool to detect and treat diseases early on, even before symptoms appear.
Drinking more water than usual can sometimes indicate more than just thirst, as it may be a symptom of underlying medical condition such as kidney disease or diabetes. Similarly, vomiting may indicate something as benign as a hairball, or it could be a sign of more serious issues such as hyperthyroidism. Understanding how multiple body systems work together can be challenging; but it is critical to effectively diagnose and treat medical conditions in pets. That is why our team of experts is dedicated to providing collaborative care and utilizing advanced tools such as our in-house laboratory, radiograph, and ultrasound machine to diagnose and treat your pet’s ailments as quickly as possible.
There is a common misconception that veterinarians do not receive a comprehensive education in nutrition during their medical training, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Proper nutrition is a critical component of maintaining overall health and wellness in animals. Adequate nutrition is essential for the growth of young animals, while adult animals require balanced nutrition to thrive. In addition, nutrition plays a crucial role in managing chronic conditions such as allergies, kidney disease, and diabetes. Obesity is also a prevalent issue among dogs and cats, which can lead to various health problems. At Healing Hands, we prioritize our partnership with you in your pet’s health, and we are happy to provide expert nutritional recommendations to ensure your pet’s optimal health and well-being.
Dental disease is one of the most prevalent health issues among dogs and cats. Unfortunately, pets rarely show signs of discomfort, such as refusing to eat, even when they are experiencing dental pain. As part of your pet’s annual exam, we conduct a thorough oral exam to assess their teeth, gums, tongue, and oral cavity. If necessary, we may recommend appropriate dental care to prevent or address any dental issues. At Healing Hands, we utilize state-of-the-art dental equipment, including a digital radiograph machine, to provide comprehensive dental care for your pet. Our services range from routine dental cleanings to pain-free tooth extractions and even soft tissue oral surgery. For more complex dental procedures like orthodontics or root canal therapy, we can refer you to a veterinary dentist who specializes in such treatments.
For pet owners, the thought of their beloved animal undergoing anesthesia can be anxiety-inducing. We understand this concern, which is why we have implemented rigorous safety protocols to ensure that every pet is safe before, during, and after their general anesthesia procedure. Before the surgery, we require bloodwork to be done within 30 days of the procedure, an IV catheter to be placed, and your pet will receive perioperative pain medications. We utilize a multi-modal approach to anesthesia, which involves using smaller doses of several medications to achieve both anesthesia (loss of consciousness) and analgesia (pain control). This approach enables us to create an individualized anesthetic plan for each pet, ensuring their safety and comfort during the procedure. In addition, we use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and anesthesia machines in our separate, sterile surgical suite. After the surgery, we monitor your pet in our main treatment room to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery. Our team keeps a close eye on your pet’s condition and provides immediate attention if any issues arise.
End of Life Care
At Healing Hands Veterinary Hospital, we understand that sometimes the most compassionate thing we can do for our beloved pets is to provide a peaceful and painless end to their lives. Dr. Carissa and our staff are experienced in guiding families through the difficult process of euthanasia. We offer a private and comfortable space where families can spend time with their pets for the procedure. Afterward, we offer caring cremation services and can create keepsakes such as clay or ink paw prints as a cherished memory. We understand the emotional impact of losing a beloved pet, and we are here to provide support and comfort to you and your family through this difficult time.