During a comprehensive exam, the doctor checks the heart, lungs, eyes, ears, skin condition, musculoskeletal system, flexion and extension of joints, mouth, teeth, gums, and any other condition you might be concerned about.
It is standard procedure and good medicine to do an exam each time vaccines are given to ensure that your pet is in good enough health to receive vaccines. If vaccines are given when a pet is not in good health, they can aggravate whatever condition your pet is suffering from at that time and be less effective.
We recommend that your pet receive a full physical exam at least once a year if he or she is 7 years old or younger. Once your pet has passed age 7, he or she is considered a senior citizen, and we recommend an exam every 6 months after that point.
Puppy and Kitten Exams and Vaccines
Starting at the age of 8 weeks, puppies and kittens receive several shots over the course of a few months. The health of puppies and kittens is more fragile than that of adults; so each month, your new puppy or kitten will be examined again prior to receiving the next set of vaccines.
Fecal exams check the stool for parasites, blood, and bacterial overgrowth. Puppies and kittens should have at least 1 fecal exam, and it is recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that pets have a fecal exam done every year thereafter. It is also a good idea to have your pet's stool checked if it is loose or bloody.
Intestinal parasites are very common in puppies and kittens, so your new pet should be dewormed 2 to 3 times. This is done by giving medications that rid the body of the parasite and its eggs. Parasite prevention is very important, because not only does it ensure your pet's health and comfort, but it also helps prevent you and your children from getting parasites from your pet.
Many parasites are, in fact, transferable to humans. So it is best to keep your pet on parasite prevention medicines and have annual fecal exams done.
Our clinic recommends putting your dog on Heartgard® starting at 8 weeks of age. This is a chewable tablet given once a month that prevents heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms. A heartworm test is done at 8 months of age, as well as once a year. This test is important to do because while Heartgard® is the best way to prevent heartworms, it is not a guarantee, just like other medications.
The test is also important because knowing your dog's heartworm status allows us to best care for him and make decisions together about parasite treatment and prevention. For more information about heartworm disease, visit the American Heartworm Society.
We offer microchip implantation to identify your pet should he or she get lost. With a quick injection, the microchip is implanted under the skin in between the shoulder blades. Your contact information will then be registered to that particular microchip number.If your pet gets lost and is brought to a shelter or vet clinic, he or she will be scanned for a microchip, and you will be contacted to come retrieve your pet. The microchip company we work with is Home Again®.
We are equipped with a full-service digital X-ray machine. X-rays are taken on a specialized phosphorus plate and are developed by a laser beam that reads the image and sends it to the computer. The doctor interprets the X-ray image on the computer. At this point, the image can be emailed or transferred to a DVD, which is very helpful when we need to consult a specialist about the X-rays.
Making sure our pets teeth are kept clean is just as important as us brushing our own teeth. Dental disease begins with plaque buildup on the surface of the teeth. If left untreated, it forms a hard calculus that leads to gingivitis and decay.Infections of the mouth can eventually become systemic and affect the health and function of internal organs. Ideally, most pets need a cleaning once yearly starting at 3 years of age in order to prevent tooth decay.
Acupuncture is a key therapy used to bring the body back into its proper homeostatic state, and is known to affect all major physiological systems. It can be used as both a treatment and as a preventative measure for many different ailments.Acupuncture is commonly used to treat acute or chronic pain, osteoarthritis, renal disease, gastrointestinal upset, urinary tract diseases, skin ailments, and behavioral issues.By appointment, acupuncture services are available through Dr. Nancy Tharp, who owns and operates a mobile veterinary acupuncture and laser therapy practice
Class III B Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy is the application of red and infrared laser light over an anatomical area to improve and augment wound and soft tissue pain. It is used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, provide pain relief, resolve inflammation, improve function of damaged neurological tissue, and can even be used to stimulate acupuncture points without the use of needles.
- Reduces Inflammation
- Accelerates Tissue Repair
- Reduces fibrous tissue formation which reduces scar formation
- Increases Cellular Metabolic Activity
- Stimulates acupuncture points for needleless acupuncture
- Improves Nerve Function
- Accelerates Wound healing
- Stimulates immunoregulation by directly stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes
- Improves Tissue Blood Circulation
- Relieves Pain
Conditions that respond to laser therapy:
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Nerve injury/paralysis
- Tendon/ligament injury
- Post operative orthopedic surgeries
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Edema/swelling due to surgery or trauma
- Improves response to physical therapy
- Pyotraumatic dermatitis (hot spots)
- Lick granulomas
- Cat Bite abscess
- Acupuncture point stimulation.
At Cherry Knolls Veterinary Clinic we offer many different surgeries with excellent patient monitoring and support in a surgically sterile environment. We are experienced in a large number of surgeries and some orthopedic surgeries.
Surgeries include (not complete list):
- Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
- Orchiectomy (neuter)
- Gastropexy (tacking the stomach to the abdominal wall of deep chested dogs to prevent gastric torsion)
- Stenotic nares (widening the opening of congenitally narrow nostrils)
- Entropion and ectropion
We do not perform declaw surgeries on cats. We do, however, help you understand and learn effective, alternative measures to declawing.
Procedures we routinely perform include (not a complete list):
- Wound repair, lacerations
- Ophthalmic surgeries (not including procedures requiring a specialist)
- Anal Gland repair or removal (Anal sacculectomy)
- Hernia repair
- Tumor excision (removal)
- Cystotomy (for bladder stones)
- Others that fall within our practice’s criteria and capabilities
Cherry Knolls Veterinary Clinic does offer some orthopedic surgeries but we also use in-house specialists. Not only do we see fewer fractures than in past years, thanks mostly to leash laws, but there are now numerous specialists with expertise and equipment far exceeding what we could provide you. Consequently, when your pet needs an orthopedic procedure, in some cases we will offer referral to one of our in-house specialist.
Stem Cell Therapy
MediVet’s advanced stem cell therapy uses your pet’s own stem cells for treatment. This is called Autologous Therapy– when the stem cells come from your own body’s tissues. There are no ethical or moral concerns with the use of stem cells from one’s own body as these cells are adult and not embryonic. MediVet’s advancement in technology we are merely utilizing the body’s own regenerative capabilities with our proprietary treatment.
Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your pet’s body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are asleep. MediVet’s Stem Cell therapy allows your vet to isolate stem cells from your animal’s own (autologous) fat tissue, wake them up, and reintroduce them directly into damaged areas. For example, in the case of arthritis, stem cells can become new cartilage cells and have natural anti-inflammatory properties thus reducing pain and increasing mobility.
Is Stem Cell Therapy right for my pet?
In a recent study, 155 canines suffering from moderate to severe osteoarthritis were treated with MediVet’s stem cell therapy. Four independent veterinarians oversaw the study and results. At the end of 90 days, 99% of the canines showed improvements. This research combined with many others, validates the use of stem cell therapy for the treatment of numerous ailments.
What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?
First, your vet will put your pet under general anesthetic. Then, he/she will make a small incision and collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades). MediVet provides on-site training for each clinic that brings on Stem Cell treatments; the process ensures your pet’s cells will be isolated and activated in a proper manner.
The surgical time requiring anesthesia is typically less than 30 minutes. The cells are isolated, activated and re-administered on site so that your animal can go home same day.
What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?
We recommend that the patient be limited to activity within the first 10 days. It is likely your pet will be feeling good and want to exert themselves, however we recommend limiting physical activity so the cells have the ability to work to repair injuries. Improvements are typically seen within the first two weeks and continue improve over the next few months. Veterinarians report responses from initial treatments lasting 18-24 months.