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Wellness/Preventive care

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There is no diagnostic tool for dogs more important than annual wellness care. Annual exams (or bi-annual for our senior canine patients) allow our doctors to feel your dog from nose to tail and to note any differences from year to year. They listen for any abnormalities with the heart and lungs, look and feel for any new lumps or skin conditions, keep track of their dental health, and feel for any joint pain or stiffness. A full top to bottom exam on a regular basis helps us identify, monitor and treat illnesses early on which keeps your pets healthier longer, and saves you money in the long run! Wellness exams also provide a chance for you to ask any questions or concerns about your pet, and allows our team to keep you informed about the most up-to date pet health advice.

Emergency Care

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As pet owners, we understand that sometimes emergencies happen at the most inopportune time. While we are not a 24/7 emergency center, the staff at PawSteps are ready, willing and able to triage and stabilize a number of emergent situations during our regular business hours. A quick call to let us know that you are on your way allows us to prepare for your pet’s immediate needs and work on a treatment plan. If we feel that your pet’s circumstances require treatment beyond what we are able to provide, we may suggest that you go straight to your nearest emergency center to save precious time. Any time you are unsure if your pet is experiencing an emergency, we always prefer that you play it safe and consult a member of our team.

Some examples of emergencies requiring immediate attention are:

  • Hit by a car
  • Animal attack
  • Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden weakness or collapse
  • Refusal to eat or drink for more than a day
  • Seizure lasting more than 10 minutes or multiple seizures in one day
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Ingesting poisonous plants, rat poison, anti-freeze, prescription medications, or foreign objects.

Surgery

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PawSteps Veterinary Center is equipped to provide a wide variety of surgical options. Some of the more common procedures we do include:

  • Spaying of female pets
  • Neutering of male pets
  • Tumor removal
  • Biopsy of skin and tumors
  • Exploratory surgery and other abdominal procedures
  • Ear flushing and surgical care
  • Minor eyelid and ophthalmic corrections
If surgery is recommended, a pre-surgical examination is required to assess your pet’s health and ability to have surgery. Depending on your pet’s unique health condition, additional blood work or diagnostics may be necessary for our team to design a safe anesthetic regimen

Anesthesia Monitoring – your pet is our number one priority while they are under anesthesia. During any surgery, they are hooked up to monitoring equipment to track their heart rate and beat pattern, breathing rates, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and temperature. Our surgery technicians are trained to observe and record all of these measurements, as well as take manual measurements. By keeping such a close eye on your dog’s vitals we can adjust our anesthesia and medication protocols at the earliest sign of changes or abnormalities.

Pain Management – Just like people, your pet may be sore or painful after a surgery. We try to keep our patients as comfortable as possible both during and after a procedure, which is why we administer pain medication while they are asleep to minimize discomfort once they are awake. If needed, we will also send home pain medication to be given for a few days after surgery, to keep them comfortable while they heal and recover.

Laser Therapy – Our class IV laser uses light photons to promote healing, reduce swelling, and assist with pain management. Every surgery patient receives treatment on and surrounding their surgical sites to allow for faster healing and recovery.

After surgery, pets are closely monitored by the doctor and the veterinary team. Most pets are sent home the same day, but pets requiring intensive, critical care may be referred to local 24-hour critical care centers.

Preventive dental care

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Yes, your dog needs to brush too!

Canine dental care is a critical, often overlooked part of regular animal health care. Routine oral exams at every annual visit help us track your pet's dental health and make suggestions to prevent minor dental disease from becoming major oral surgery.

We will discuss regular home dental care for all dogs and teach our clients how to brush and maintain their pet's teeth. Any pet can be taught early on to accept modified brushing techniques to decrease the accumulation of plaque and tartar.

Dental Cleanings and Oral Surgery

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Routine dental cleanings are recommended to maintain the overall well-being of your dog, just as we receive regular cleanings at our own dentist's office. Additionally, a dog with dental disease is not only in pain, but is also at risk of developing serious diseases of the entire body. Every dental procedure is performed under general anesthesia and includes a thorough scaling and polishing, as well as full-mouth digital dental x-rays to assess your pet's dental health below the gum line.

Dogs suffering from more severe oral problems, such as loose teeth, abscesses, or mouth disease may require more advanced treatments, including extractions or periodontal therapy.

In-House Diagnostics

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Laboratory - Our in-house laboratory allows us to complete basic canine blood work, urinalysis, and other cytology testing within our clinic, which is essential when we need same-day results. For more complex testing, samples may need to be sent to an outside laboratory for a specialist to review.

Radiographs – We are equipped with digital x-ray capabilities in our clinic. X-rays help us to identify a number of medical conditions related to your dog’s heart, lungs, GI system and to locate and diagnose bone trauma and disease. There are numerous benefits to having a digital x-ray system, including:
  • More precise, distortion-free images—Digital X-rays can be easily enlarged and have much higher resolution than film-based X-rays, so our team can identify even the smallest fracture or subtle joint disorders.
  • Less need for multiple X-rays—With the ability to manipulate the images, our team is able to see everything we need with fewer images, which results in less cost for the pet owner, less X-ray exposure for the pet, and faster diagnosis.
  • Consults with radiology specialists—Since the images are digital, we can easily electronically transfer images to veterinary radiology experts across the country to consult on special conditions.
Ultrasound – We utilize our ultrasound machine to give us a brief view of your dog’s internal organ systems. Our primary use is to look at your pet’s bladder health while obtaining a sterile urine sample. Our doctors can also take a “flash” look at other organ systems to look for any abnormalities, and will refer to a specialist for further diagnostics if needed.

We also provide additional services for our patients by bringing local board-certified specialists directly to PawSteps Veterinary Center to perform ultrasonic, cardiac, and endoscopic examinations. This permits your pets to be seen by board-certified internal medicine specialists without the need to travel long distances or make separate appointments.

Sedation

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Sometimes our patients need light sedation for us to make a good diagnosis of especially painful or tricky problems. If sedation is needed, we have technicians to monitor your pet during the sedation process while the doctor performs whatever procedure is necessary. Most often, these can be outpatient procedures while you wait comfortably in our exam rooms or lobby.

Laser Therapy

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PawSteps Veterinary Center is excited to offer our clients Companion Laser Therapy. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s response. Whether your dog is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.

Pharmacy and prescription diets

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PawSteps Veterinary Center has an on-site pharmacy supplied with prescription medications for preventive care and treatment of illnesses. A wide range of veterinary medications are stocked to make sure that what your dog needs is immediately available. Our team can provide rapid filling of needed prescriptions and timely refills of medications used over long periods of time.

We carry a limited supply of prescription foods for certain canine illnesses. These diets are suggested after our health care team examines a pet and decides that the diet is appropriate for the pet’s needs. These special diets are available only by prescription and are not available from pet or food stores.

Microchip Implantation

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Not quite GPS – capable, but still an important piece of technology, identification microchips are a valuable tool in returning lost and stolen dogs to their owners. These chips are tiny, rice-sized devices implanted under the skin that contain their own unique, traceable number. The chips are read with a small hand held scanner that allows the information to be retrieved immediately and lets your pet be traced back to your home. These are typically implanted during spay/neuter procedures, though we can implant them at any outpatient visit.

End-of-Life Pet Care

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As pet owners ourselves, the staff and doctors at PawSteps Veterinary Center have the greatest empathy for the stresses and difficulties faced with a dog’s end-of-life care. Making difficult decisions and evaluating a pet’s quality of life can be stressful. We are here to give you the support and guidance you need to make the best decisions for your pet’s care.

Evaluating the quality of a pet’s life and making health care decisions is unique for every family. You know your pet best and, while we can guide you through the process, we will never pressure you toward any decision.

Our staff will provide the most comfortable and private setting for your pet and family to say final goodbyes should you ever have to make this decision while your pet is in our care. Your pet will be treated with the utmost respect throughout and following euthanasia, and our doctors will answer any questions you may have.

OPEN HOUSE EVENT!

Saturday, December 8th from 12-4pm.

The open house will benefit Dog Orphans Humane Society.

Learn more about all the fun events and a list of items we're collecting, click here!