Keeping your pets healthy is the goal of the entire staff. We recommend a complete physical exam at least once a year, and sometimes every 4 to 6 months as your pets get older. Our pets age much more rapidly than we do and some significant changes can occur in just a few months! Our preventive health recommendations for your pet will be made on the findings from our physical exam and individualized based on the needs, environment, and life-style of you and your pets. Some of our preventive recommendations may include diet changes, dental care, vaccinations, bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal exams, heartworm prevention, and flea and tick control.
Complete Dental Services
Does your pet have BAD BREATH? Tarter and plaque accumulations on the teeth not only cause bad breath but can also lead to heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease. Hillcrest Animal Hospital offers complete dental care for your pets including cleaning and prophylaxis, digital radiology, extractions, and polishing. We can also train you how to brush your pet’s teeth to help keep their mouth and ‘smile’ healthy.
Hillcrest Animal Hospital offers a full boarding facility for dogs and cats. Dogs are fed Science Diet food and walked outside 3 times a day by our hospital staff. We are able to give any necessary medications, diet or medical care to your pets while they are staying with us. Baths and nail trims are also available for pets that just need a little extra pampering.
Laser Surgical Services
Our doctors are trained in state-of-the-art surgical techniques should your pet require a surgery. Our CO2 Laser will be used for almost all surgeries. The benefits of laser surgery include less pain, less bleeding, and less swelling which makes recovery much easier and less painful for your pets. Pain medications may be sent home with your pet as well if it is necessary.
Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States. Numerous studies show that Laser Therapy can help with: osteoarthritis, joint pain, tendinopathies, edema and congestion, ligament sprains, muscle strains, puncture wounds, post-traumatic injury, post-surgical back pain, hip dysplasia, burns, chronic wounds, rehabilitation, and post-orthopedic surgical recovery. For more information, see: www.k-laserusa.com
Internal Medicine Services
Our primary goal is always to maintain healthy pets with prevention. In the event your pet should get sick, we are trained and equipped to help make them more comfortable. Our in-house diagnostic lab, pharmacy, digital radiology, surgical suite and, if needed, hospital care, will help your pet make a speedy recovery.
There is never a good time for an emergency! We do provide a doctor to consult with after hours and can take care of some minor emergencies as well. For major emergencies, we refer our patients to the 24 hour Animal Emergency and Referral Clinic in Oakdale, MN. They have a qualified emergency veterinarian and trained staff on duty during the evening hours and weekends allowing them to be prepared for major surgical or medical emergencies when we are closed.
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Our on-site digital radiology allows us to get quality x-rays of your pet while you wait. Our doctors will read and interpret these x-rays during your visit. This enables you to learn more about your pet’s condition during your initial visit and allows for quicker medical attention to your pet if that is necessary.
With our on-site diagnostic lab we can often diagnose and treat your pet’s illness in one visit. Routine blood tests, urinalysis, fecal analysis and more can be done while you wait. More specialized tests can be sent to an outside lab and we often get results the following day, including weekends.
Hillcrest Animal Hospital carries a large selection of medications for pets to help treat their medical conditions. We know your time is valuable and we can usually send the medication home with you at the time of your visit and eliminate multiple stops. We can also have many medications specially formulated into liquid or treats for some of our more picky patients.
Have you ever lost a pet? It is a scary thought. A microchip can be inserted under the skin of your pet and can help reunite them with their lost family. These chips are relatively small and can be implanted during any routine exam or surgery. The microchips contain a 15 digit sequence, similar to a social security number, which identifies the pet. Most animal shelters and veterinary clinics in the country have scanners that can read the microchips and use that number to help locate the lost family.
Good nutrition is the basis for good health. We can help you develop a dietary plan for your pets based on their age, current weight, medical conditions and lifestyle. Obesity is a growing problem with many of our pets and can lead to multiple metabolic and orthopedic diseases later in life. Like with us, it is always easier to keep the weight off rather than taking it off later! Let us help.
Many pets develop undesirable behaviors such as inappropriate indoor urination, separation anxiety, excess grooming, fear anxiety, as well as others. We offer basic behavior consultations and have comprehensive client handouts available on a variety of behavior problems. We evaluate the pet first for any underlying medical causes and work with you to try to modify the behavioral problem. In the event we feel the problem would best be treated by one of the local behavioral specialists, we will help to set up a referral.
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