Even with the best of preventative care, there may be times when your pet feels under the weather. If so, a physical exam will be done as well as certain diagnostic procedures to help diagnose the condition. These include fecal exams for parasites, blood work including chemistry profiles and red and white cell counts, urinalysis, digital x-rays, and ultrasound. It is our goal to diagnose and treat your pet as efficiently as possible. Our reason for being here is to maintain the health of your pet. Village Veterinary Clinic’s philosophy is that we work together as a team – including you, your pet, our doctors and staff. There is nothing more rewarding to us than relieving the discomfort and pain that illness may cause. We know that your pet is a special member of your family and we pride ourselves that you trust us with your pets’ care.
Dental cleaning is one of the more common procedures we perform and we think one of the more important. Dental disease can lead to “doggy breath”, loss of teeth, loss of appetite, systemic infections, heart disease, and kidney disease. We evaluate the status of your pet’s teeth and gums with each wellness exam and make recommendations based on our findings. Some animals are much more susceptible to dental disease than others. If your pet needs a teeth cleaning, it is done in our hospital under general anesthesia. As part of the dental procedure X-rays can be used to detect issues below the gum line such as tooth abscesses. Extractions are often necessary to heal the infection and alleviate chronic pain. Scaling and polishing take approximately 60 minutes to perform. The best thing you can do at home is to brush your pet’s teeth and there are new dental diets which can slow the production of dental plaque. Regular veterinary dental care and continual homecare leads to fresher breath and a happier healthier pet.
Village Veterinary Clinic has invested in the latest state-of-the-art Digital X-Ray technology to better diagnose your pet’s problems. Our unit allows for quick precise images of both boney and soft tissue organs of the body. This unit also offers the ability to email images or make a copy in CD format to be forwarded and evaluated by a certified radiologist with 12-24 hours at no extra cost.
Our in house laboratory is equipped to provide fast, accurate test results for your pet. Most testing is completed within 30 minutes.
We are also supported by a full service veterinary laboratory. We have daily pickups and get many results in less than 24 hours.
Dr. Ganter has been making the most of laser surgery for over 6 years. The unique benefits include – sealing nerve endings and blood vessels so there is very little pain or bleeding, sealing the lymphatic vessels nearly eliminating swelling after surgery, and less painful recovery times. Please feel free to ask us if laser surgery can be used for your pet’s next surgical procedure.
MicroChipping is NOT A GPS System! The microchip is an internal identification for your animal. If an unknown kitten/cat, puppy/dog (regardless of age) is brought in to VVC or an animal shelter a microchip scan will be performed. If a microchip number is detected, VVC or the shelter will contact the microchip company and that company will then inform you. Microchipping is easily performed in an exam room with no sedation needed. If you have any questions, please ask any staff member or click here for more information.
Before, during and after surgery Village Veterinary Clinic uses a multi-modal approach to pain management. Our doctors use local anesthesia, trans-dermal patches, injections and oral medication to prevent and minimize pain associated with arthritis, injury, or surgery. Senior patients can benefit from the pain management provided by recent advances in arthritis medication. Please let us know if you would like more information on what is available for your pet.
Whether your pet is being spayed or neutered or in need of a more complicated procedure, our doctors and staff are dedicated to the well being of our patients. We realize that anesthesia and surgery for your pet are procedures to be taken seriously. Custom designed anesthetic protocols help ensure a safe and smooth anesthesia experience. We sometimes require same day blood work prior to surgical procedures. All surgeries are performed with our advanced monitoring equipment including pulse oximetry, indirect blood pressure monitoring, ECG.
Our trained technicians than are able to closely monitor your pets heart rate, and respiratory rate and blood pressure.Supportive care also includes, heated surgery tables, intravenous fluids, and heated recovery blankets help to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
Our portable in house ultrasound machine allows for a non-invasive painless evaluation of the internal organs and the ability for fine needle aspirates. Another option is to have a board certified radiologist perform a full cardiac or abdominal scan right here in our clinic.
For advanced diagnostic imaging, we can refer your pet to the local MRI unit in nearby Los Olivos.
Nothing is more important than routine examinations and preventive medicine for your pet. Remember that your pet ages at a faster rate than we do, approximately 5 to 7 years for each calendar year, depending on species and breed. This means that medical conditions can come on relatively quickly, hence the need for thorough physicals each year. Depending on the age and breed of your pet, an annual blood profile and urinalysis is recommended for animals over 5-7 years. During the wellness examination, our doctors check your pet from the tips of their ears to the tip of their tail – examining the eyes, ears, teeth, listening to the heart and lungs, feeling for any unusual lumps, and testing the joints for and muscles for arthritis and swelling. Vaccinations against common preventable diseases rounds out our annual visit. Village Veterinary Clinic bases vaccination protocol on the patient’s individual needs and exposures. Good histories are an important part of any physical exam, and we rely on you to provide us with as much information as possible about your pet’s normal routine. Common indicators of disease are changes in behavior, weight, thirst, appetite, energy levels, breathing, and stool character. Together using the exam and your pet’s history, we can provide complete care and treatment that can extend and improve your pet’s quality of life.