A complete physical exam performed by an experienced veterinarian is one of the most important services that we provide to ensure the health of your pet. During a physical exam the doctor will assess your pet by examining him/her head to toe.
If any abnormalities are found recommendations will be made to diagnose and treat your pet’s condition. It is extremely important for your pet to have annual preventative physical exams to alert us to possible abnormalities so that they can be treated in a timely manner.
We frequently evaluate risk factors and vaccines available to us and will choose your pet’s vaccines based on manufacturer’s and the veterinarian’s recommendations. Descriptions of the recommended vaccines can be seen on the Forms and Handout page.
Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgery:
All of our patients are carefully examined prior to anesthesia. We encourage every surgery patient to meet with the doctor the morning of the procedure. We take pride in our attentive staff’s patient care. Pre-anesthetic blood screening is always recommended prior to any surgical procedure. Surgical services and facilities include the following:
- Fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet.
- Oxygen saturation and blood pressure monitors
- Electrocardiogram during the procedure
- Intensive post-op care
Our hospital has an advanced digital imaging system. It provides fast and high quality images. It minimizes time, stress on your pet which ultimately reduces radiation compared to standard film imaging. We could even send your pet’s x-ray image to your e-mail or burn it on a compact disk before you leave the hospital.
Dr Bill Bryant is now certified in Penn Hip!
PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic technology (x-ray) for hip evaluation. The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip and measures canine hip joint laxity. It is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It has great potential to lower the frequency of Canine Hip Dysplasia when used as a selection criterion.
We also perform radiographs to satisfy the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) requirements to get your pet OFA certified for breeding.
This offers a high-tech fiber optic scope to directly visualize examination within the gastrointestinal system of your pet. Biopsies of the intestinal lumen can be taken during the procedure. Foreign objects can sometimes be removed without the need for surgery.
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological reactions to achieve a healing effect. Stimulation of these points:
- Increases blood circulation
- Increases the release of neurotransmitters
- Increases the release of neurohormones (some of which are endorphins, the body’s own “natural pain-killing” hormones)
- Improves the energy flow of the body
Acupuncture can benefit the following problems:
- Musculosketal disorders, such as arthritis and nonsurgical intervertebral disc disease, which manifest as lameness and pain. Often with the use of acupuncture we can reduce or eliminate the need for chronic medications. Decreasing amounts of medications, especially pain medications and steroids help to decrease their potential harmful side effects.
- Decreased energy and appetite in elderly pets which will help improve their quality of life.
- Recurring or chronic conditions such as gastrointestinal problems, allergies, infections, and/or chronic organ failure.
- Decreased energy and appetite due to cancer. It helps to decrease pain in these animals, as well as reducing the side effects of chemotherapy.
- Behavior problems.
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Regular professional teeth and gum cleaning is important to maintain your pet’s health. An infection in your pet’s mouth is just like one in his or her kidney, heart, liver or lung. The infection can easily spread from the gums throughout the entire body via the bloodstream.
We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup.
Visit our Forms and Handouts page to obtain more details about our dental procedure.
Laboratory: Fully equipped in-house laboratory with prompt, specialized diagnostic capability.
We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field and offer an on-line pharmacy. We are able to special order any prescriptions that your pet may need. In addition we can have most prescriptions formulated it into a liquid medication and flavored it so that your pet will more readily accept it.
Flea and tick prevention is recommended monthly. Due to the amount of ticks we have in Maine we recommend prevention for 10 months a year, beginning in March.
Keeping your dog or cat free of parasites such as fleas, ticks, heartworms, roundworms and hookworms is important for the health and safety of your pet.
Heartworm Infection is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can cause serious disease in your dog. Heartworms infest the hearts and lungs of dogs and may eventually lead to heart failure and death. If a dog does develop heartworm disease, treatment is difficult and expensive. Avoid heartworm disease in your dogs with oral monthly prevention. Simple chewable tablets are given once a month from April to December.
We believe that good nutrition will provide a longer and healthier life for our pets. We offer what we feel are some of the best dog and cat foods. We carry a complete line Prescription Diets from Hill’s, Purina and Royal Canin, as well as treats and supplements.
The HomeAgain microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it and is encapsulated within a biocompatible material. The whole device is small enough to fit inside a hypodermic needle and can be simply injected under the skin of our pets, where it will stay for the life of the animal. This provides a permanent, positive identification which cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed – a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft. Click here to find out more about the HomeAgain Chip.
Find out what’s covered and learn more about the different dog insurance or cat insurance plans, compare at 2019 Best Pet Insurance. Some carriers offer a free quote online. Check out www.petinsurance.com
This works like a credit card. CareCredit offers a full range of payment plans. Some are low or no interest. You can apply on line here.
We carry a selection of Winthrop Vet totes, tees and caps as well as Lupine guaranteed leashes and collars. These come in a variety of styles and patterns.