As a full-service animal health care facility, West Shore Animal Hospital provides the following services for all of our patients (including Angus and Alfie- our furry feline office assistants):
Our state-of-the-art treatment facilities ensure that your pet will receive a thorough examination and evaluation. We take great care to communicate every detail of your pet's health concerns to you in understandable terms to help you in making decisions and choices about your pet's treatment regimen.
* Geriatric Care
Pets who are more than seven years of age are considered “Senior Pets” and need a little extra attention. In addition to their annual examination and vaccines, we recommend these pets receive a complete laboratory screening. This screening will test blood chemistries, including liver and kidney values, thyroid function, a complete blood cell count, and a urinalysis. Monitoring these values as your pet ages aids the doctors in early diagnosis of potential health problems.
One of the most effective ways of protecting your pet’s health is to provide immunization against various common and sometimes deadly diseases. The vaccines your pet receives at our hospital are the best available and come with a warranty, guaranteeing that your pet is protected against the diseases.
PUPPIES need a series of vaccines at 3~4 weeks intervals, starting at 6~8 weeks and ending at 16~18 weeks. Rabies is given at 12~16 weeks old.
ADULT DOGS need booster vaccines annually. After the initial rabies vaccine, which lasts for 1 year, a booster is given every 3 years.
KITTENS need a series of vaccines at 3~4 week intervals, starting at 6~8 weeks and ending at 16~18 weeks. Rabies is given at 12~16 weeks old.
ADULT CATS need booster vaccines annually. After the initial rabies vaccine, which lasts for 1 year, a booster is given every 3 years.
About Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immune Deficiency Virus (FIV): If a kitten or adult cat comes from an unknown background (i.e. you are unsure if both parents are FeLV/FIV negative), we strongly recommend testing for these two highly contagious and lethal diseases. If your feline friend tests negative, it can be vaccinated against FeLV if it is going to go outside or have contact with other cats. There is no vaccination currently for FIV; however knowing that your pet has this disease will change the care it will require. Please ask our knowledgeable staff any questions you have about these diseases and vaccinations.
Since our patients are unable to tell us “where it hurts,” it is important that our hospital have the highest quality equipment to ensure quick and accurate diagnosis and treatment. West Shore Animal Hospital maintains its own modern, on-site laboratory, including an in-house blood analyzer. For conditions requiring complex analysis, we are affiliated with a local veterinary reference laboratory which furnishes testing results to us within 24-hours. In addition, we use ultrasound anddigital x-ray for immediate evaluation with the least amount of exposure for your pet.
Regular dental examinations and cleanings are as important for our pets as they are for ourselves, perhaps more so, since most of our pets don't brush their teeth daily! Annual examinations by our veterinarians allow for monitoring of periodontal disease. If your pet shows signs of periodontal disease, then the doctor may recommend a dental cleaning. When a pet receives a dental cleaning under anesthesia, both ultrasonic and hand scaling are done to remove tartar and plaque from your pet's teeth. Then high-speed polishing is performed which creates a smooth surface, thereby helping decrease the amount of tartar build up. Most of our equipment is the same as "people" dentists use, and we promise your pets will go home with sweet smelling breath and a pearly white smile! We also carry a complete line of dental home care products to help keep that beautiful smile.
Before and After Photos
Surgery, including spaying, neutering, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, is an integral part of our practice and is performed under similar aseptic conditions that exist in a human hospital. Controlling your pet’s pain is a priority for our doctors, therefore pain medication is routinely administered both pre- and post-operatively to allow your pet to experience the least amount of discomfort possible.
All pets undergoing anesthetic procedures, from the simplest teeth cleaning to the most challenging orthopedic operation, receive the highest level of care and constant monitoring while under anesthetic.
A variety of sedation methods and types of general anesthesia may be used for your pet. The doctor determines the best method based on the procedure being performed, the results of the pre-anesthetic screening, and the age and general health of your pet. During the procedure, a trained technician constantly monitors your pet using a variety of parameters, such as pulse oximetery and blood pressure readings. Your pet's temperature is regulated throughout the procedure by use of a heated surgery surface.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Laser therapy can treat acute and chronic injuries, sprains and strains, arthritis, swelling due to disc problems, and muscular-skeletal abnormalities. It also helps to regenerate nerve tissue after surgery.
We've recently added laser therapy in order to provide a safe and effective treatment option for your pets to heal quickly and reduce both acute and chronic pain.
Some illnesses require that your pet be hospitalized so that appropriate therapy and diagnostic testing may be performed. The duration of the stay with us will vary depending upon your pet's condition and age. We will make your pet as comfortable as possible during his or her stay away from home.
The doctor or technician will call you with a progress report each morning after all lab work and evaluations are completed. Our doctor and staff work as a team so that continuity of patient care is assured. Visitation is by arrangement with the doctor if it is deemed advisable.
ICU - Our ICU cages allow the supervision by our doctors and staff so that we may closely monitor your pet's progress throughout his or her illness.
Isolation ICU - Our clinic has a totally separate isolation unit to prevent pets with contagious diseases from exposing pets that are hospitalized with non-communicable diseases.
West Shore Animal Hospital maintains a full pharmacy of veterinary medications. To help ensure your pet's health and safety, veterinarians are prohibited from prescribing or refilling any medication unless your pet has been examined for that problem within a reasonable period of time.
If you have any questions about a prescription or need a refill, please call in advance. Use only medications that have been prescribed by a veterinarian for the pet in question.
KEEP ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS.
We all hope that your pet is never in need of emergency care. However, if the need for emergency medical treatment should arise during our normal office hours, please call our office if possible before coming in, so we will be best prepared to receive your pet. We will then be able to attend to your pet as soon as you arrive.
If you have an emergency after hours, please call 704-483-2600 for information about local emergency services.
Proper nutrition is key to your pet's ongoing health and happiness. That's why we recommend Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diets as well as Natural Balance maintenance diets. Please don't hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff members which diet is right for your pet.
Knowing that your furry family member is housed in a clean, safe environment and receiving personalized care when you are away from home is important to every owner. Our boarding facility is specially designed to accommodate all sizes of pets and to make your pets as comfortable as possible. Boarding areas are air-conditioned/heated and well ventilated. Our feline boarders have a private room away from their canine friends and an option of “condominium” quarters. Our canine guests are leash walked three times daily. Unlimited kisses and love are given to all pets!