Our support staff are dedicated to the health of your pet! Under the supervision and direction of the veterinarian, we perform a variety of duties such as assist in surgeries, take radiographs, perform blood tests, give vaccinations, draw blood and a wide range of other services. Our client services staff perform a variety of duties such as fielding all phone calls, filling prescriptions, taking your pet's history, checking clients in and out , and many behind the scenes activity that keep our practice running efficiently. Most of our support staff are cross trained and able to assist you all areas of the hospital!
Under the supervision of the veterinarian, out medical staff are responsible for teeth cleanings which contributes to not only your pet's dental health but their overall health as well.
The medical staff is also responsible for administering vaccinations to your pet. Vaccinations are very important to the continued health of your pet.
Nail Trims are one of the most common tasks that our medical team does. Nail trim should be done about every 8 weeks to keep back the "quick" which is the blood supply to the nail. This time period assist in keeping your pet's nails short. If the nails are only cut every four to five months, they will stay long and sometimes cause discomfort. Of course, the more your pet is outside or going for walks, the more the nails are worn down and do not have to be trimmed as often.
Cat's nails grow very quickly as well . Older cats cannot retract their nails as they do when they are younger. Their nails tend to grow quickly and can also become very thick and may grow into the pads of their feet. It is extremely important to keep check on both older cats as well as older dogs so that this doesn't happen.
Anal glands are located on either side of the anal area. Generally if your pet has an issue with their anal glands, you will notice your pet scooting or licking the area. Dogs are more prone to anal gland problems than are cats. While your dog's glands can be expressed at home, most people prefer to have it done with their veterinarian or groomer. The fluid that is expressed is very foul and we prefer to express anal glands internally. Lauren, our groomer also expresses anal glands during a bath but only uses the external procedure. If your dog continually has issues , it is best to have them done internally by a technician.
Bloodwork is at the forefront of diagnosing illness in your pet. Our medical staff is responsible for drawing blood from your pet. We can run bloodwork on in house lab equipment or send it to an outside lab for more comprehensive testing. We look at fecals under the microscope to look for intestinal parasites. We perform urinalysis and many other laboratory duties to assist the docotr in a diagnosis.
Radiographs are very important in aiding the veterinarian in diagnoses of many illnesses and diseases.
Technicians are the frontline to observe your pet while they are under anesthesia. They must know the correct heartrate, and oxygen saturation for your specific pet. They observe your pet's breathing and anesthetic depth throughout surgical procedures.