Medical Services

Ultrasonography

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Ultrasound is another imaging tool offered at Tri-County Veterinary Service. Ultrasound can be helpful in the diagnosis/confirmation of pregnancy and is also very beneficial in the diagnosis of abdominal disease and chronic urinary tract disease.

 

 

Digital Radiography

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The doctors at Tri-County Veterinary Service are excited about the addition of digital radiography to our practice. Digital radiography provides the doctor with an excellent digital image that can then be manipulated allowing for a quicker, more accurate diagnosis. Additionally, the x-ray images can be placed on a flash drive, burnt on CD, or e-mailed to a specialist for review. 

 

Laboratory

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Both of our locations offer a variety of diagnostic testing, including complete CBC and biochemistry profiles, heartworm testing, urinalysis, parasite screening, and thyroid testing. Our in-house laboratory equipment allows results in as little as 20-30 minutes. Additional tests may be sent to a number of national laboratories. Allergy testing is also available.

K-Laser Therapy

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Tri-County Veterinary Service began offering laser therapy in 2013. Laser therapy (photobiomodulation) stimulates the body’s natural healing factors to improve healing time, increase circulation, and reduce pain and inflammation. We utilize this tool post-operatively on all of our surgery patients and offer treatment packages for a variety of illnesses and conditions. For more information about the K-Laser, watch the Veterinary Client Education video.

 

Medical Assessment

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CompleteMedicalAssesmentTo ensure a proper diagnosis, we often need to examine your pet. We begin a medical assessment by looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, and skin and checking his or her cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will perform blood and/or urine tests as necessary to check your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as radiography (x-rays), endoscopy (internal scoping), ultrasound, or biopsy.

If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment. Depending on the symptoms, we may ask you to bring in your pet right away.

Dentistry

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DentistryImagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of three.

Common signs of dental disease include:

● Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
● Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
● Bad breath
● Excessive drooling
● Changes in eating or chewing habits
● Pawing at the face
● Loose teeth
● Depression

Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery. 

Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.

Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also help show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.

Flea Control

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FleaControlA flea infestation of your pet means a flea infestation in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We will gladly assist you in this process by providing you with safe, effective flea prevention and if necessary, flea treatment. See the flea article in our Pet Health Library. 

Dermatology (Skin)

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DermatologySkin conditions are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.

We can often diagnose a skin condition by simply examining your pet. Some do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsy or run blood work.

Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.

Cardiology (Heart)

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CardiologyAlthough heart problems are found more often in older pets, these conditions can affect pets at any age. Heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. If caught soon enough, some forms of heart disease can be cured.

Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF), which occurs when the heart can no longer pump blood effectively. If an animal is suffering from CHF, fluid usually accumulates in and around the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the heart valves), arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances), and heartworm disease can all lead to CHF.

Call us if your pet starts breathing rapidly, coughing, loses his or her appetite, tires easily, seems weak, or has trouble exercising. We can discover many heart problems during a physical exam. Additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), radiographs (x-rays), and ultrasounds, are usually needed to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease or failure. 

Tonometry

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Dog eyeIt is crucial for your pet’s vision that we detect and treat glaucoma and other problems with intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) as quickly as possible. We can test your dog or cat’s eyes for excess pressure easily and safely. The test, performed with a device called a tonometer, is not painful and does not require sedation.

If not treated immediately (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness. Pets that have suffered eye injuries should have this test performed. In addition, we recommend that breeds that are prone to developing glaucoma come in for regular measurements so we can monitor eye pressure and begin treatment before any problem becomes irreversible. Please call us to discuss whether your pet may be at higher risk for glaucoma.

Call us right away if you notice any of the following problems in either or both of your pet’s eyes: dilated (enlarged) pupils, clouding of the cornea (the normally clear outer layer of the eye), red or bloodshot eyes, one eye protruding or appearing larger than the other, squinting, or tearing. Because glaucoma is painful, your pet may react by rubbing or pawing at the eyes or rubbing his or her head against the floor or furniture more than normal.