Diagnostic testing can identify problems your pet may be experiencing so that proper treatment can begin before a condition worsens. We can perform blood chemistry analysis, glucose levels, progesterone levels, thyroid levels, urinalysis, cytology, fecal exams and testing for various common viruses on site with fast results. This allows us to devise a treatment plan quickly.
The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences. Parasites can diminish quality of life and even cause life-threatening health issues.
Common internal parasites include heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. The most frequent external parasites include fleas and ticks. Your pet should be free from parasites, both internal and external. Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites.
Did you add a new 4-legged friend to your family?
The first thing that you should do after getting a new pet is schedule a wellness exam with the staff at Country Acres Veterinary Clinic. We will ensure your pet is healthy and support you by answering any questions you may have about your new pet.
- A thorough physical exam will take place
- We will discuss flea and tick control
- A monthly preventative regimen is explained
- Treatment for intestinal parasites
- Discussion of and testing for species specific viruses
- Your questions answered
- Vaccination schedule outlined. Required vaccines versus optional and boosters will be discussed
- Nutrition guidelines for your pet's life stage
Nutrition plays a critical role in your pet’s overall health and well-being from the very first day you bring a new pet home through the final days of its life.
Many pet owners take nutrition for granted, however, did you know that your pet’s nutritional needs change with age and activity level? Did you know that specially formulated diets can assist in the management of various medical conditions, including kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease? Do you know how many calories your pet should have each day and whether you are over- or underfeeding?
Whether your pet has special dietary needs or simply needs to shed (or gain) a few pounds, we can help you accomplish your goals and keep your pet in good health. We offer assistance in dietary selection and feeding practices for pets during various life stages, such as growth, pregnancy, nursing, and the “golden years.” If your pet has a medical condition, we can help you select the most appropriate diet to suit your pet’s needs.
We have a large selection of Hill's Science Diet and Royal Canin food on hand and place orders and receive deliveries weekly.
Let us find what is right for your pet.
While we do not offer traditional "awake" dog or cat grooming, we provide the "Shave Under Anesthesia," a special grooming service for dogs and cats that will not tolerate being handled by a traditional, professional groomer. Some sensitive animals find any type of grooming, even in the hands of an experienced and caring groomer, to be a stressful experience. We find that certain pets react poorly to people handling them which can be made worse by the unfamiliar noises from hair clippers, blow dryers and the running water required for bathing.
While we do not take the administration of anesthesia lightly, we recommend anesthetized grooming for these pets, as it ends up being safer and less stressful for the dog or cat. Doing the shave with the animal under general anesthesia is a good option for sensitive dogs and cats that need some extra TLC. If kitties had the choice, some would definitely choose the anesthesia option over being groomed awake!
A typical dog shave removes all the fur from the dog including the face and head. A typical cat shave removes all the fur from a cat except for the face and head and tip of the tail.
Why Shave a Cat?
While cats given a cut certainly have style, this is not generally the reason the cat is shaved. There are several reasons why it may be a good idea to have your cat given a cut, at least temporarily.
Long-haired cats need a great deal of grooming. While most cats do self-groom, long-haired breeds require more care. Their fur should be brushed or combed on a weekly basis to help with shedding and to reduce mats. Busy cat owners may find that clipping their long-haired cats can help cut down on the amount of grooming that is required.
If the cat is not brushed regularly, or has a hard time with self-grooming, mats may build up in the fur. If these mats are left alone, they may twist, pinch or otherwise harm the skin beneath them, leading to open wounds. Cats that develop frequent mats, or that have fur that has become heavily matted can be given a cut to help deal with the problem.
During warmer weather as your cat begins to shed, your long-haired breed may be at a higher risk of developing hairballs. As the cat grooms his shedding fur, he may ingest more than can be safely passed through his digestive system. This can lead to vomiting, choking or bowel obstructions that may require surgery. Clipping the cat’s fur eliminates this problem.
Trouble With Self-Care
If your cat is older, obese or depressed, he may have difficulty keeping himself clean and well groomed. Cats with longer fur may have increased difficulty with self-care as they age, because they may not have the flexibility to reach all their fur. Clipping them can help your cat self-groom more effectively.
Are you worried about what could happen if your pet became scared and ran away? Maybe you travel, and you are concerned about your pet getting lost.
Micro-chipping your animal creates a permanent identity for your pet and aids in your lost animal being found.
What is a micro-chip?
A micro-chip is a tiny electronic device. You could compare it to a piece of rice. This gets implanted underneath your pet's skin right between the shoulder blades. After it is put in, it stays there for the rest of your animal's life.
The chip has a unique number that is linked to vital information you complete. This information is stored in a national pet registry. When your runaway animal is found, it can be taken to most veterinary hospitals or a shelter to be scanned and linked to you.
What information is linked to the chip?
• Your name
• Your pet’s name
• Phone number and email address
• An alternate contact and their phone number
Here at Country Acres Veterinary Clinic we use the Home Again micro-chipping system. This system is universally recognized.
End of Life Care
Saying good-bye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will ever encounter, but trying to decide when it is time to say good-bye can be even more difficult. There are times when all the capabilities of medical science have been exhausted and euthanasia is the only way to prevent an animal from suffering needlessly. However, the decision regarding when to euthanize is fraught with medical, financial, ethical, religious, and moral considerations. Euthanasia is therefore a medical procedure that needs to be discussed (however painful that discussion may be) and considered thoroughly before a final decision is made. Let us help you through this difficult time.
We will work with you to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity during his or her final moments and can help you with last wishes and remains concerns. We provide services for allowing animals to be cremated through our facility. Cremations can be private or communal. Call us to learn how we can help.