Wellness

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Whether you’ve just acquired your dog or cat, or you’ve been together for years, we will help you keep your pet healthy and happy by providing preventative healthcare, identifying signs of disease or discomfort, and monitoring and managing chronic diseases.

Vaccines are essential for preventing diseases in cats and dogs.  Our doctors choose which vaccines are right for you and your pet based on his or her breed, age, health status, and lifestyle.  Below is a list of the vaccinations we offer; more information about each of these diseases and vaccines will be discussed at your first visit.

Rabies:  We vaccinate all dogs and cats for Rabies, as dictated by Pennsylvania state law.

Distemper:  Dogs and cats get their own species specific combination vaccine to prevent highly transmissible viruses.

Leptospirosis:  All dogs are vaccinated against this water-borne parasite that is spread through rodent urine.   The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a great resource to learn about this disease: http://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/pets/

We consider the following vaccinations optional and given to dogs whose lifestyles put them at risk for the following diseases:  Lyme disease, Bordetella bronchiseptica (“kennel cough”) and Canine Influenza Virus (CIV).  For cats that spend time outdoors, we recommend the feline leukemia (FeLV) vaccine.

Puppies and kittens:

At your kitten or puppy’s first visit, the veterinarian will discuss medical and dietary history, perform a full physical examination, administer necessary vaccines and run a fecal test for intestinal parasites.  For kittens, a blood test for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) will be discussed.  Your technician will address preventative care, feeding, training, household hazards, microchips, pet insurance and other topics.

We examine kittens and puppies at least twice before their first birthdays and encourage neuter or spay by six months of age.

Adult pet wellness:

Your adult dog or cat’s veterinarian will obtain a thorough medical history from you and perform a complete physical examination.  Appropriate vaccines will be administered.  We recommend bi-yearly heartworm tests for dogs based on the American Heartworm Society (AHS) guidelines (https://www.heartwormsociety.org/), and once-twice yearly fecal tests for intestinal parasites, as dictated by CAPC, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (http://www.capcvet.org/).   We will also prescribe a monthly heartworm and intestinal parasite preventative for dogs as well as flea and tick preventative for all pets.

 

Surgical Services

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QVAH offers a wide variety of soft tissue surgical services. We do not perform orthopedic surgery but can refer you to a local boarded surgeon if necessary.

Most common:

-Neutering (spaying or ovariohysterectomy in females, and castration in males)
-Lumpectomy (surgical removal of a mass/neoplasia)
-Laceration/bite wound repair
-Abdominal exploratory (to remove intestinal foreign bodies, take tissue biopsies, remove masses, etc.)
-Cystotomy (to remove bladder stones or biopsy a bladder mass)
-Gastropexy (a prophylactic procedure in large deep chested dogs to prevent GDV {gastric dilatation & volvulus}) This can done at time of spay in females
-“Cherry eye” (prolapsed gland of the third eyelid) repair
-Declaws (front only)
-Feeding tube placement (esophagostomy)
-Limb or digit amputation (most commonly for tumor removal)

 

Our patients are maintained on IV fluids while under anesthesia. They have a dedicated surgical nurse monitoring and adjusting their plane of anesthesia as necessary. We use ECG to monitor their heart rate and rhythm as well as pulse oximetry to monitor their oxygenation. Warm air blankets are used as needed to maintain their body temperature.

Prior to anesthesia, we perform blood work to assess liver and kidney function as well as make sure there is no evidence of anemia or problems with the body’s ability to clot. In cats, we also like to check blood pressure (to evaluate for systemic hypertension). We also try to assess cardiac function with a brief ultrasound of the heart prior to anesthesia.

Humane Euthanasia

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Saying goodbye to your beloved pet is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Drawing from both personal and professional experience, our doctors and staff know how painful this can be. We are here to advise and support you and your family during this difficult time.

You will have a quiet, private space to say goodbye. Our doctors and staff will explain the peaceful procedure of euthanasia and will answer any questions or concerns that you may have. You and your pet will be treated with respect, and compassion. Our office has worked with Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Services for many years, and we will offer you several aftercare options from which to choose.

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Specialty care

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Our doctors routinely consult with board certified specialists. If your pet needs referral for orthopedic surgery, imaging, or other services beyond the scope of our hospital, we will work closely with each specialist to ensure your pet receives the best care possible.

Pharmacy Services

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Queen Village Animal Hospital maintains a fully stocked in-house pharmacy, as well as prescription diets for your convenience. Most of your pet’s medications will be dispensed to you at the time of your visit. Additionally, we work with a compounding pharmacy in order to formulate your pet’s medication into a flavored liquid, treat, or transdermal version to help with ease of administration.

We are excited to offer an online pharmacy to make refills as convenient for you as possible. A link on our homepage allows you to make refill requests. Once promptly approved by one of our doctors, the medication will be shipped to your door. Our online pharmacy carries an array of prescription food, supplements, and retail items for your pet. This is a great way for you to refill your pet’s monthly flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives!

We ask that refill requests to be filled at our hospital be called in 24 hours ahead of time to ensure that your pet’s medication is ready upon your arrival.

You also have the opportunity to follow our phone prompts when calling to leave a message for a refill on yours pets medication. These refill requests are checked several times throughout the day.

Click here to go directly to the Online Pharmacy 

 

Health Certificates for Travel

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Queen Village Animal Hospital has extensive experience preparing health certificates for international travel. Kim Greiner, VMD and Callie Freeman, DVM have each completed USDA certification to assist you with pre-travel examination, vaccination, blood tests, and paperwork completion as specified by your country of destination. When planning to travel abroad, it is helpful to contact the country’s consulate or embassy for information about any requirements that your pet must meet.  It is also advisable to contact your airline to find out whether they have any policies or protocols that you should be aware of.

Please contact us as soon as you know where and when you will be traveling to allow us time to arrange for any necessary vaccinations and/or tests your pet may need, as well as to ensure adequate time for paperwork to return from the USDA Veterinary Services office after endorsement.

For more information, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals. Please be advised that preparation for travel to some destinations can take up to 6 months (i.e. Hawaii, Japan, Australia).

Hospitalization

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Should your pet require overnight hospitalization, your doctor will discuss with you the best option for your pet. We can provide intravenous fluids supplied through veterinary infusion pumps, as well as injectable medications, and nursing care as ordered by your pet’s doctor. Treatments are provided by one of our highly skilled on call technicians. For patients who require intensive care, your doctor may discuss referral to a local 24 hour emergency/critical care center. Our doctors and staff will work to ensure that the best possible care is provided to each pet, along with peace of mind for the pet owner.

Laboratory Services

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Queen Village Animal Hospital has teamed with Idexx Laboratories to offer your pet the most up to date diagnostic laboratory testing. Bloodwork provides us with a valuable assessment of your pet’s systemic health. Your doctor may recommend wellness bloodwork as part of a healthy physical exam, pre-anesthetic bloodwork prior to a surgical procedure, or comprehensive bloodwork as part of a thorough workup for a sick pet. We utilize an off-site laboratory that provides 24 hours turnaround time results for most tests, including:

*Complete blood cell count (CBC)
*Chemistry panel/Thyroid testing
*Urinalysis
*Fecal parasite testing
*Heartworm testing
*Tickborne disease testing
*Feline Leukemia/Feline Aids testing
*Cytology

Our hospital additionally has an in-house lab which is capable of performing these tests immediately when results are needed more urgently for a sick pet. The in-house diagnostic lab allows us to perform ear cytology, blood smears, and many other diagnostics as needed during your pet’s visit.

Tranquilization/Sedation

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Tranquilization and sedation medications are given to calm an animal under various conditions, usually physically or mentally stressful situations. The animal remains awake or may “sleep” but is easily aroused when stimulated. Pet owners frequently request tranquilizers for their animals during travel, thunderstorms and fireworks, among others. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk, and there are a wide variety of available medications. We recommend that each animal be assessed as thoroughly as possible prior to dispensing these medications.

Pain Management and Control

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Because animals are unable to tell you when they are painful, it is imperative that veterinarians and pet-owners work together to identify the source and extent of pain. Our doctors are sensitive to the insidious nature of pain, and use analgesic (pain-relieving) medications and techniques as needed.