Veterinary Holistic Care offers dental cleanings with and without sedation/anesthesia. Anesthesia is usually necessary to achieve the most complete dental cleaning and examination of your pet’s teeth possible. However, for many mild and moderate levels of dental disease, a non-anesthetic dental cleaning can give your pet a head start in long-term dental care, provide you with the education needed to maintain your pet’s teeth at home, and lessen the time needed under future anesthesia. The Houndstooth Veterinary Dental Service visits our clinic approximately every 3 months to provide our clients with thorough dental education and instruction as well as a basic dental cleaning without anesthesia. Houndstooth performs gentle drug-free plaque and tartar removal with plenty of kindness.
Additionally, our doctors perform full dental cleanings, treatment for advanced stages of periodontal disease, and dental procedures under minimal anesthesia. When it is time for your pet’s anesthetic dental, BVC uses homeopathics and sometimes acupuncture to lower the drug doses, reduce pain, and speed recovery safely. We also provide dental surgery a full dental radiography.
Although often seen as purely cosmetic, proper grooming is vital to the health of many animals. The skin and coat of a pet is its first and greatest defense against disease and illness, and should be cared for gently but diligently. At Balance Veterinary Center we provide an integrated approach to grooming. By using only all-natural grooming products and herbal baths we can maximize the health of this crucial part of your pet’s body.
Heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite that is carried by the mosquito. The adult heartworm is up to 14 inches long, prefers to live in the pulmonary arteries where it causes inflammation and often blood clots, and gives birth to baby worms called microfilariae. This can lead to permanent heart damage.
Once your pet is infected, heartworm treatment can be dangerous and costly. Thus, if your dog spends any time outdoors (even if extremely brief), heartworm testing and prevention should be considered. Prevention is safe and fairly inexpensive. At Veterinary Holistic Care, we test your pet yearly to ensure they don’t have heartworm. We then follow a schedule of prevention with heartworm prevention medication. Heartworm prevention is also able to prevent many gastrointestinal parasites. These parasites can be dangerous to people, especially young children. Because of this we will often recommend that heartworm prevention be given all year-round.
For veterinary patients rehabilitation therapy is akin to physical therapy for people. And like physical therapy in humans, we now know that proper rehabilitative therapy is perhaps the most important means by which veterinary patients recover from surgery, injuries and neurological ailments. Proper rehabilitation allows for the fastest and most effective return to normal function while reducing pain and discomfort. At Balance Veterinary we employ a variety of rehabilitation techniques such as a state of the art underwater treadmill, low level laser therapy, directed therapeutic exercise, massage, acupuncture, and even reiki. The integration of conventional and natural techniques allows us to provide a comprehensive and unique approach to patient care.
In addition to spaying and neutering, Balance Veterinary Center provides comprehensive general surgery including: removals of benign and malignant tumors, abscesses, and warts skin; biopsies; and tooth extraction.
Prior to surgery, a pre-anesthesia blood screen will be performed to make sure your pet is healthy as possible for surgery. If the exam and blood work look good, we will proceed with the surgery, but if something is amiss, we will discuss our findings with you. At BVC, we administer the lowest possible dose of the safest possible anesthetics, keep your pet warm and comfortable, and administer a homeopathic or herbal medication after surgery to reduce pain and inflammation. After the surgery, your pet will receive Reiki to ensure maximum possible comfort and to encourage proper healing.
The ovariohysterectomy for females (also called a spay) and the orchiectomy for males (also called a neuter) is the removal of an animal’s reproductive capabilities through surgery. There are advantages and disadvantages to spaying and neutering. Disadvantages can be mostly mitigated through avoidance of early spay/neuter, preoperative laboratory screening, and careful use of anesthesia as well as natural supplements. To help reduce unwanted puppies and kittens, to allow pets to partake in most daycare activities, and to minimize certain health risks and problem behaviors we generally recommend spaying and neutering at a certain age. We usually encourage you to allow your pet to complete its musculoskeletal development, as well as use several months of supplements post-operatively to minimize any negative impact of the body.
Virtually every puppy or kitten that enters a veterinary hospital receives an initial series of vaccinations that continue, in the form of “boosters”, for the duration of the pet’s life. Although vaccination is an important weapon in preventing infectious disease, immunization does have limitations and can cause negative reactions. At Balance Veterinary Center we strive to minimize vaccinations while still ensuring protection from serious disease. This is done through blood tests called titers, generally checked every 3 years. When appropriate and in compliance with local laws, we will obtain a blood sample in lieu of giving certain vaccinations. The blood sample is analyzed to see if an adequate antibody level is present to protect from disease. If the antibody level for any particular disease drops too low, we will then administer a booster for just what is needed.