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Pet Wellness Services

Wellness Examinations As pet owners and people who have dedicated our lives to the care of animals, we truly understand how important animal companions are to each and every one of our clients. Your pet is a special, unique and important member of your family. This is why Lakeside Animal Hospital has endeavored to be at the forefront of providing comprehensive care specifically designed to meet the particular needs of your pet.

The basis of our promise to you and the foundation of your pet's health is in the thorough practice of preventative care that includes wellness checkups, proper dental care—here and at home—and the application of appropriate vaccinations. We also make house calls for our elderly and handicapped pet owners.

However, even despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may yet experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill, experience and extensive education of the doctors at Lakeside Animal Hospital allow us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices. Our level of expertise, capabilities and resources reduces the frequency of referrals to specialists and allows our clients to receive care for their pets from people they know, in a comfortable and familiar setting.

Additionally, our doctors are a cohesive team with a proven record of working collaboratively to resolve complex and emergent cases. Each and every one of our veterinarians is fully capable of providing qualified and compassionate second opinions within our practice. The result is a faster resolution without the need to put your pet through additional and costly tests and exams.

Wellness Checkups

Wellness Checkups A regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Because your pets can't tell you how they really feel, we recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.

A routine examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.

During your pet's wellness checkup, Lakeside Animal Hospital doctors will:

Listen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.

Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.

Wellness Checkups Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet's teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease, which is one of the most common health concerns in pets. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluate your pet's vision – All diseases follow relatively predictable processes and if found early can be more easily treated. Ocular conditions, which can also be prevented through regular care and screenings, are no exception.

Look into your pet's ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, swimming or bathing, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.

Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling the skin, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating for skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals.

Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs. We also observe your pet's gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well-treated if found early.

Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test, fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites, and a red blood cell count as anemia (decrease in the number of red blood cells) can indicate the presence of a number of disease processes. For pets six years of age or older, we also perform a complete blood cell count and a chemistry profile in order to create a baseline of systemic health and to detect any emergent disease processes.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

At Lakeside Animal Hospital, we have developed a protocol designed to protect your pet from diseases they are most likely to be exposed to in our region of the country. We work with you to develop a strategy that takes into account your pet's unique lifestyle and risk factors and seek to administer the least but appropriate number of vaccines necessary to protect your pet.

Our veterinarians truly believe that our carefully balanced approach is the best means to prevent infectious disease and the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Our Lab and Pharmacy

The Laboratory

Microscopic Examination Performing preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results--blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more--it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

At Lakeside Animal Hospital we have a complete in-house laboratory complemented by daily pickup from two commercial laboratories--Antech and Idexx--when specialized testing is required. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.

The Pharmacy

In numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Lakeside Animal Hospital we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy.

Not only does our pharmacy mean you don't have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet's medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.

Refills are easy too. Simply give us a call or visit our online pharmacy and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit.

Microchipping: Reliable Identification for Your Pet

Microchipping Does your pet have a microchip? Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. The information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.

Lakeside Animal Hospital uses the Home Again microchip system. Home Again provides a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets and more.

Referrals

Referrals Lakeside Animal Hospital regularly receives referrals from area veterinary general practitioners for complicated internal medicine cases and surgeries.

We also provide overnight hospitalization that extends through weekends and holidays. For critical care cases, where your pet requires constant observation, we transfer him / her to Veterinary Emergency Care for overnight care.

Lakeside Animal Hospital also maintains tight cooperative and collaborative working relationships with a number of area veterinary specialists. These include Veterinary Medical Care, Southeast Veterinary Dermatology, Animal Eye Care, and Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Mt. Pleasant, and South Carolina Veterinary Referral Center in Columbia. The specialty disciplines provided by these resources cover internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, and dermatology.

In addition, board certified surgery specialist, Dr. Chris Hill, provides consultations and performs surgeries at our hospital upon request.