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Pet Wellness Care

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Our pet wellness care is designed to provide caring, compassionate, long-term, life-stage veterinary care for your pet, from birth through his or her senior years. We are advocates of wellness health care through annual (or bi-annual) exams, vaccinations, laboratory testing and good dental care. We will provide tailored vaccination schedules, flea and tick prevention, dental care and helpful suggestions for care at home (such as brushing your pet’s teeth to prevent periodontal disease) that will keep your pet healthy, happy and protected against preventable illnesses for a long life with you and your family.

Our wellness care includes:

  • Annual or bi-annual wellness exams designed to maintain your pet’s good health, body condition and oral health.
  • Vaccinations based on your dog’s lifestyle
  • Flea control, heartworm testing and prevention
  • Deworming as needed
  • Diagnostic testing equipment should our veterinarians need additional information to diagnose your dog’s illness
  • Professional dental exam and dental cleaning when needed
  • Microchipping so your pet can return home if he or she is ever lost
  • Specialized care for your puppies, kittens and senior pets
  • General medicine services and a collaborative approach to diagnosing and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney and liver disorders
  • Dermatology and ear care for conditions such as allergies and chronic ear infections
  • Prescription foods for medical conditions and weight management.
Our Vaccine Philosophy
Vaccines are important in preventing serious disease in dogs and cats. Because no vaccine is 100% effective or 100% free of side effects (such as allergic reaction, shock, autoimmune disease, and others), it is important to design a personalized vaccine protocol for each dog and cat, maximizing protection against the diseases your pet is likely to be exposed to.

Our current vaccine recommendations are based on up-to-date research and the incidence of disease in our area. During your pet's exam we will ask you questions to assess your pet’s individual risk. We will then design a customized vaccine protocol for your pet. This protocol can be modified as needed when that lifestyle changes, so be sure to let us know so we can keep your pet protected!
Parasite Prevention and Control
Parasites like fleas and ticks can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease in dogs, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your dog’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten dogs and are even transmissible to humans.

You may not always be able to tell if your dog or cat has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.

Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your dog and cat for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites and will recommend medications to help you control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets(s) and family.

Puppy Health Care

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW PUPPY!
All of us at Prairiehaven Animal Hospital LOVE new puppies! By brining your puppy to us as soon as possible, we can be sure that you and your new puppy off to a healthy start!

Your puppy visit will include a full nose-to-tail physical examination. We will look for any signs of illness or dental problems to be sure that your puppy is in good health.

Do you have questions about your new puppy, such as integrating your new puppy into your home, what you should feed your puppy, how you should start training your puppy, what vaccinations your puppy has received or should receive? Your first puppy visit with Prairiehaven Animal Hospital is the best time to ask any and all questions you may have about your new puppy. Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had puppies before, each pet is unique and offers an opportunity to learn something new! We welcome your questions and look forward to addressing any concerns you may have.

Your puppy wellness visits also present an opportunity to discuss your new puppy's recommended vaccine schedule, based on risk of exposure to preventable diseases, and the best plan for parasite testing, treatment, and prevention. Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines and parasite control, and our goal is to give you the products to protect your puppy. We will review your pet's vaccine and deworming schedule and discuss the best way to continue, so don't forget to bring any records that you have received.

We will work hard to help you understand your pet's health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your puppy or kitten's health care. Puppy visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Let's take these important first steps together.

Our Vaccine Philosophy

Vaccines are important in preventing serious disease in dogs and cats. Because no vaccine is 100% effective or 100% free of side effects (such as allergic reaction, shock, autoimmune disease, and others), it is important to design a personalized vaccine protocol for each dog and cat, maximizing protection against the diseases your pet is likely to be exposed to.

Our current vaccine recommendations are based on up-to-date research and the incidence of disease in our area. During your pet's exam we will ask you questions to assess your pet’s individual risk. We will then design a customized vaccine protocol for your pet. This protocol can be modified as needed when that lifestyle changes, so be sure to let us know so we can keep your pet protected!

Please call today to schedule an appointment for us to meet your new puppy!

Kitten Health Care

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW KITTEN!

All of us at Prairiehaven Animal Hospital cannot wait to meet your new kitten! Please bring your kitten to us as soon as possible to introduce that adorable ball of fur to us so that we can be sure you and your kitten get off to a healthy start. A new kitten is a wonderful addition to your family.

Your kitten’s first visit will include a comprehensive kitten exam and a health care plan tailored specifically for your kitten’s needs. Included in the kitten exam:

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Dental exam
  • Vaccination Plan
  • Dietary and Nutritional Recommendations
  • Behavioral Counseling
  • Parasite Prevention
  • Fecal Analysis and Parasite Screening
We will look for any signs of illness and dental issues to be sure that your new kitten is in good health.

Do you have questions about integrating your new kitten into your household or with other family cats? Any litterbox questions? Do you have questions about vaccinating your kitten, his or her nutritional needs or overall health needs? Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had kittens before, each pet is unique and we are here to answer any questions you may have about your new kitten. The more educated you are about your kitten, the better you will be able to care for him or her. It is our goal to offer you all the support and education you need to make informed medical decisions for your kitten.

We will work hard to help you understand your kitten's health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your kitten's health care. Kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Let's take these important first steps together!

Please call today to schedule an appointment for us to meet your new kitten!

Senior Pet Care

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Your Senior Pet Will Live A Longer, Healthier Life with Good Wellness Care

As your pet ages, normal changes take place and diseases may follow that can often affect their overall health, well-being and comfort. You may notice these changes: a little less willing to leap into the car, a greying muzzle, slower to retrieve the ball or chase a squirrel, sleeping more or a little difficulty getting up from a nap. Many senior pet health problems, when detected early and treated properly, can be prevented from progressing into more serious, more costly and sometimes life threatening illnesses. Our goal is for you and your family pet to enjoy the longest, happiest, healthiest life together.

We have special bi-annual wellness exams for senior pets. These senior wellness exams allow us to spend more time with your senior pet so that we may monitor your senior pet’s health and detect, diagnose, and treat medical conditions early. We encourage you, the pet parent, to take an active role in combatting ailments associated with the aging process by participating in their health care through close observations at home. We encourage you to discuss your at-home observations with us during your senior pet’s wellness exam.

Our bi-annual comprehensive senior wellness exams include:

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Dental exam and professional cleanings as needed
  • Senior diagnostic testing that may include a senior pet blood profile analysis (blood count and blood chemistry panel), urine and fecal analysis, x-rays, blood and eye pressure testing.
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite testing and prevention
  • Heartworm testing and prevention
  • Nutrition and diet counseling for senior pets
  • Behavioral evaluation and counseling
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your senior pet, we recommend you schedule an appointment to discuss them with one of our veterinarians:

  • Weight loss
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Excess urination
  • Excess drinking
  • Reduced exercise, reluctance to move, run, jump, etc.
  • Perception of pain when your pet moves or is handled
  • Any vomiting , diarrhea or lack of bowel movements
  • New lumps or bumps
  • Change in pet’s energy level, awareness and/or family interaction
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Occasional cough or periods of rapid or difficult breathing
If your senior pet is a new client, please bring your pet's previous medical records to your first appointment. This includes vaccination dates and any previous lab work. You can either bring a paper copy or ask your previous veterinarian's office, rescue organization or breeder to fax or email them to us.

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is one of a variety of treatment options used at Prairiehaven Animal Hospital. Most simply stated, acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body, commonly by means of a very thin, flexible needle. Stimulation of an acupuncture point causes a complex cascade of body responses and the release of various neurochemicals and hormones into the bloodstream. Depending on the point stimulated, acupuncture can result in the release of the body's natural pain relievers; can enhance wound healing, can relieve muscle spasms; can stimulate the immune system; can enhance the blood supply to a degenerating joint; and can dilate the respiratory passages to bring relief to an asthmatic patient.

Acupuncture point locations have been carefully mapped out in humans over thousands of years. Over the last 75 years these points have been located and used in our small animal friends. In fact, acupuncture is used as a mainstay of medical treatment in many eastern countries.
What can veterinary acupuncture be used for?
Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatment options, including surgical intervention. It is also a good treatment choice when medication is not working or when it is contraindicated because of serious side effects. We also often use acupuncture when surgery is not feasible, either because of anesthetic risk or the owner's desire to avoid a surgical procedure. Some common examples of use include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: hips or elbow dysplasia, arthritis, degenerative joint disease, chronic pain syndromes, and neck or back injuries.
  • Nerve disorders: traumatic nerve injury or paralysis, certain types of muscle weakness or paralysis resulting from back or neck injuries, degenerative nerve conditions such as German Shepherd myelopathy.
  • Respiratory problems: asthma, chronic lung disease, respiratory changes associated with heart failure.
  • Urogenital problems: frequent bladder or prostate problems. Herbal treatment may be added.
  • Behavior problems: Inappropriate urination, some cause of aggression, anxiety
How does acupuncture work and is it safe for my pet?
Treatments may last from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition treated and the method. Patients are often treated 1-2 times a week for 4-8 weeks. A positive response is usually noted during the first 3-5 treatments, sometimes earlier, depending on the condition treated. Once a positive response to treatment is seen, we reduce the treatments to the minimum that will maintain the patient.

We often use other methods besides basic dry needles to provide the best therapy for our patients. This includes electroacupuncture, the use of a mild electric current, and aqua acupuncture, using vitamin B12 to stimulate acupoints. Many patients may

For more information about our veterinary acupuncture services, please contact Prairiehaven Animal Hospital at 217-689-4960.

Diagnostic Testing

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When your pet is not feeling well, Prairiehaven Animal Hospital has sophisticated in-hospital diagnostic equipment that allows us to evaluate and diagnose your pet’s health quickly. Our facility is equipped with a complete in-house laboratory that allows us to perform screening tests and x-ray equipment.
In-Hospital Laboratory
Our in-hospital veterinary laboratory features diagnostic testing for the following:

  • Blood work: CBC, HCT/TP, BUN, glucose, and electrolytes
  • Chemistries
  • Electrolytes
  • Microscope exams
  • Cytology of skin & ear samples
  • Distemper & Parvo titer testing in lieu of annual vaccinations for dogs
  • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
  • Occult heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma testing
  • Parvo tests
  • Feline heartworm Ag and FELV/FIV testing
  • Pregnancy tests
We also work with several outside reference labs. Reference laboratories provide us with advanced blood work, such as thyroid and seizure medication levels, urine testing, and culture, cytology, and biopsy results to further maintain your pet’s health.
Radiology
X-rays are the most common imaging tool we use to examine your dog or cat’s organs and their cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. This is a non-invasive procedure that allows the veterinarian to get a better look at the conditions affecting your pet.

Radiology is used:

  • To find foreign objects or materials within the body that may have been ingested
  • To diagnose fractures, bone and/or joint abnormalities, and various injuries
  • To screen for abnormalities within the heart, lungs, urinary, and digestive organs
  • To screen for some types of cancer
  • To visualize the internal anatomy of your pet’s teeth, roots and surrounding bone.
Dental Radiology
Dental radiography allows us to get a full set of dental radiographs to visualize the internal anatomy of your pet's teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone. This is important because most of your pet’s dental problems are under the gum line, which cannot be seen without x-rays. The x-rays allow us to diagnose bone loss or hidden disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may not have been visible during our thorough oral exam prior to the dental procedure so that your pet’s mouth will be healthy and pain-free.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
We monitor your pet’s blood pressure while under anesthesia, suffering shock, or in other life-threatening conditions. We also evaluate your pet’s blood pressure during routine annual or biannual check-ups.

Ear Care

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Ear infections are one of the most common problems in pets, especially dogs. Ear infections may be closely related to skin conditions because skin allergies can lead to repetitive ear scratching, introducing bacteria into your pet’s ear, causing an ear infection. Chronic ear infections are also be caused by bacteria or yeast overgrowth, and can cause pain and deafness.

Ear infections are usually secondary to an underlying condition that allows for infections to develop:

  • Pets with a lot of hair in their ears are prone to ear infections when yeast builds up in the warm and moist area
  • Bacteria or yeast overgrowth
  • Certain disorders or diseases may cause ear infections, including:
    • Allergies (environmental and food)
    • Ear Mites
    • Foreign bodies
    • Skin disorders (like seborrhea)
    • Thyroid disease (dogs)
    • Tumors or polyps in the ear
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will check your pet for an ear infection. If we see any signs of an ear infection, we may collect a sample from your pet’s ear and examine it under a microscope to determine if the infection is due to yeast, bacteria, or mites. We may also collect a sample for culture and sensitivity testing to identify the exact organisms present. This helps our veterinarian select the best medication to use to treat the ear infection. Treatment for ear infections is based on eliminating the bacteria or yeast with antibiotics or antifungal medication while working to resolve the underlying condition causing the ear infection. After the ear infection is cleared up and the underlying condition causing the infection is diagnosed and treated, at-home regular ear cleanings and resolution of the underlying condition help to prevent recurrence.
What Are the Signs of an Ear Infeciton?
If your pet has an ear infection, your pet may shake his or her head, scratch their ears, or rub their ears against furniture or the floor. Some pets with severe infections may cry or groan as they rub and scratch their ears. Some pets scratch so severely that their nails create wounds on the skin around their face, neck, and ears.

Please call us if your pet is exhibiting any of the following signs of ear infection:

  • Itchy or painful ears
  • Head shaking
  • Discharge and odor from the ears
  • Narrowing or even closing of the canals
  • Middle ear infection (otitis media)
  • Paralysis of the nerves in the face
  • Hearing loss
  • Abnormal pupil size
  • Inability to keep balance, stand, or walk
  • Nausea
  • Head tilt

In-House Pharmacy

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Prairiehaven Animal Hospital has an in-house pharmacy stocked with all of the medications and prescription food your pet may need throughout his or life. We also carry the safest heartworm prevention, flea and tick control products. We know there are alternative sources for pet medication. Before you purchase your pet’s medications from an online source, our in-hospital pharmacy provides you with many benefits other than convenience:

  • Provides our staff with the ability to discuss dosing instructions and/or possible product interactions and any potential side effects with you.
  • Allows our clients the opportunity to ask follow-up questions about all medications and products.
  • Allows our clients to call us if they are worried about their pet’s reaction to the medication.
  • Allows us to monitor the efficacy of the medication.
  • Ensures that all medications and products are safe and obtained directly from their manufacturers.
  • Guarantees optimal product and medication storage conditions.
  • Promotes easy and accurate refills.

Microchipping

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Microchipping your pet is a safe way to identify your pet in case he or she is ever lost. At Prariehaven Animal Hospital, our veterinarians recommend that all pets be microchipped for safe return if they are ever lost.

Our veterinarians can microchip your pet during your pet’s regular wellness exam. This is a safe, easy procedure—no anesthetic necessary! The microchip is a small, rice-size chip that goes between your pet’s shoulder blades and under their skin. Each microchip is encoded with information unique to you and your pet. In the event that your pet has gotten lost, most animal hospitals, shelters and rescues, and animal control have the equipment necessary to read your pet’s microchip.
Found Pets
If your pet has become missing or if you have come across a lost pet with a microchip, you can use the Pet Microchip Lookup website to find pet owner’s based on the pet’s microchip information. If you are not sure of where to take the lost pet or how to read their microchip, please give us a call and we will make sure to locate and contact their owner.

When it comes to lost pets, our mission is to reunite them with their loving owners. Please feel free to ask any questions about microchipping your pet on your next wellness visit with our veterinarians.

Pets Laser Therapy

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We at Prairiehaven Animal Hospital are excited to announce that we now offer Laser Therapy for your pets. Laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.

Laser therapy is a sterile, surgery-free, drug-free, and pain-free treatment that can help make your pet feel and move more comfortably. Laser Therapy can be used to treat and speed the healing of a variety of issues such as injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. The laser also provides relief for pets suffering from arthritis.

The treatment process has shown to be quite relaxing for many pets. Once the laser technician and your pet are wearing their protective eyewear, a non-invasive handpiece will be used in a back and forth motion slowly over the intended area. For your pet, this will create a gentle and soothing warmth. Many pets find this procedure very relaxing; it is similar to a good massage. Many pets who were initially weary will find that their anxiety dissipates as their pain diminishes.

The number of laser treatments along with the duration of treatment varies according to each pet's ailment, size, coat, and needs. If you are interested in laser therapy please contact our office to discuss the benefits for your pet.

Diet And Nutrition

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During your pet’s wellness exam our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s nutritional needs with you and answer any questions you may have about feeding your pet. As your pet ages, your pet’s nutritional needs change too.

Whether your pet has special dietary needs or simply needs to shed (or gain) a few pounds, we can help you keep your pet healthier with good nutrition. We offer counseling in dietary selection and feeding practices for pets during various life stages, such as growth, pregnancy, nursing, and their senior years. If your pet has a medical condition, we have prescription foods that can support your pet’s particular condition.

It can be easy for a pet owner to become overwhelmed by the available selection of pet foods, all of which claim to have specific benefits for pets. We can offer expert advice to help you negotiate the complicated array of choices. Let our nutritional counseling service help you achieve and maintain optimal nutrition for your pet.

Skin Conditions And Allergies

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Itchy, scratchy skin, hair loss and other ear and skin problems can make you and your pet miserable. At Prairiehaven Animal Hospital, we see many pets with skin problems and allergies. Common skin diseases we see on a regular basis include:

  • Allergies (atopy, food allergies, flea allergies)
  • Hair loss in cats and dogs
  • Skin odor
  • Fungal infections
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Nail and nail bed disorders
  • Parasites including demodectic Mange, and Ringworm
Your pet’s skin conditions can be caused by a variety of sources, including:

  • Immune Related skin disorders
  • Environmental Related Skin Disorders (Sometimes Physical / Self Inflicted)
  • Infectious Skin Disorders
Our dermatology services include specialized diagnostics including:

  • Cytology examination and interpretation
  • Bacterial, fungal, and mycobacterial cultures
  • Skin Scraping
  • Skin Biopsy
It is never too early to call us to have your pet examined if he or she is itching, scratching or has hair loss. Skin and ear diseases often have a significant impact on a pet’s quality of life. Our goal is to make a specific diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan that is both cost-effective and in the best-interest of your pet's long-term health. We are successful at treating skin diseases, greatly improving your pet’s quality of life. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians if your pet is exhibiting any skin condition.

Surgery

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During the course of your pet’s wellness care, your pet may need a surgical procedure. The surgical team at Prairiehaven Animal Hospital is highly skilled and capable of providing safe surgical procedures for your dog or cat. We understand that your pet’s surgical procedure can be a scary – but we are here to make surgery day stress-free for both you and your pet. Our veterinary surgeons have comprehensive protocols in place at our animal hospital to help keep your pet safe and comfortable during the entire surgical process. We will talk to you, educate you about your pet’s surgical procedure so that you may make the most informed decisions about your pet’s surgical needs.

We perform all types of general veterinary surgery, including:

  • Spay and neuter surgery for dogs and cats
  • Soft tissue/general surgery
  • Growth removal
  • Emergency surgery/laceration repair
  • Foreign object removal
  • Dental surgery (tooth extractions)
What to Expect Before Your Pet’s Surgery
We carefully screen your pet prior to surgery to make sure he or she is healthy and a good candidate for surgery. Blood tests allow us to determine that it is safe to administer anesthesia to your pet. The results of these screenings also help us to determine whether your dog or cat has any preexisting conditions that may impact the surgery or will need to be addressed either prior to or following the surgical procedure.
What to Expect During Your Pet’s Surgery
We make sure that your pet is safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process through the careful monitoring of your pet by a trained technician. Your pet’s vital signs (including blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels) will be monitored during the procedure to ensure his or her safety.We make sure that your pet is safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process through the careful monitoring of your pet by a trained technician. Your pet’s vital signs (including blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels) will be monitored during the procedure to ensure his or her safety.
Pain Management & Post-Surgery
Here at Prairiehaven Animal Hospital, we use a multi-modal approach to pain management. A multi-modal approach refers to the layered administration of small amounts of different drugs to minimize any pain that your pet might feel during or after the procedure. Because we administer lower doses of each individual drug, your pet will experience fewer adverse side effects, more complete pain relief and faster post-operative recovery.

We believe in maximizing the comfort level of your pet at all times. The veterinarians will administer pain medication before, during, and after your pet’s procedure, and will send at-home pain medication with your pet at discharge should your pet need additional pain medication due to the surgical procedure. We will discuss your pet’s procedure and at-home care with you at time of discharge.

If you have any questions about our veterinary surgical procedures, please call us for an appointment today.