Veterinary Services For Dogs

Dog Veterinarians Who Really Care

By far and away the number one thing you can do to maintain your pets health is to be certain that it receives a physical exam at least once yearly. Pets age much more quickly than we do, so it is important to recognize and treat the signs of disease as early as possible. Because we cannot directly communicate with our pets, it is very important to have a physical exam performed each year by a veterinarian. Very often abnormalities can be present which go unnoticed for many reasons. These can include weight gain, dental disease, heart murmurs, ear problems, eye disease, internal growths, arthritis, early kidney or liver failure etc. Too many times owners do not notice subtle changes occurring in their pets because they see them every day, do not routinely look in the ears or mouth, incorrectly attribute changes to being "normal" aging changes, or because the changes are occurring inside the body and cannot be detected without special training, equipment, or tests. A recent study found that 85% of dogs over three years of age need a dental cleaning.

A Comprehensive Approach To Canine Veterinary Medicine

We understand that a dog veterinarian is only as good as his or her ability to successfully prevent, diagnose and treat whatever ailment a dog may be facing. Equally as important is our ability to listen and communicate well with owners to make sure they understand their dog's health concerns and how to make the best choices for their dog. This is why our hospitals are capable of handling any procedure including preventive care, medical diagnosis and emergency surgery.

We specialize in the following dog health services for dogs of all ages, breeds and circumstances, including:

  • Acupuncture: Utilizing effective eastern medicine to enhance the quality of your dogs life
  • Allergy Testing: While not usually life threatening, allergies in dogs do cause discomfort and should be treated
  • Anesthesia: We have the facilities, equipment, medicine and knowledge to ensure your dog stays as safe as possible while under anesthesia
  • Bathing and Hygiene: Responsible dog ownership starts with a good bathing and hygiene regimen
  • Behavior Services: Your dog's behavior is not completely genetically inherent, but can be learned and unlearned with your commitment and our help
  • Boarding: We can ensure that your dog is well taken care of while you are away
  • Cancer Treatment: Our communicative, community approach to cancer treatment makes all the difference for you and your dog
  • Cardiology: Our first rate facilities, equipment and professional knowledge gets to the heart of your dog's health and wellness matters
  • Dental Care: Our knowledge and dental experience can help prevent and treat your dog's dental conditions, including periodontal disease
  • Dermatology: Our expertise means diagnosing and treating your dog's skin conditions before they become something more than skin deep
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinarians to diagnose illness, disease and other problems in order to prescribe the proper treatment
  • Emergency Care: We are able to manage any emergency care your dog may need during our office hours
  • Flea & Tick: We employ various safe and effective preventive or flea & tick treatment methods for your dog's health and comfort
  • Grooming: We can ensure that your dog's grooming is perfectly matched to its lifestyle
  • Heartworm Prevention: We specialize in heartworm education and medical prevention, as well as treatment for your dog
  • Homeopathic and Nutraceutical: There is a lot more to health, wellness and medicine than prescription drugs and surgery, our veterinarians will make you aware of all appropriate treatment options, including homeopathic and nutraceutical remedies
  • Laboratory Tests: Our in-house laboratory testing services mean faster and more accurate diagnostics or treatment for your dog
  • Laparoscopic Surgery: This equipment allows us to perform less invasive and safer surgeries for your dog (only currently offered at our Rutherford location)
  • Laser Therapy: We are able to customize our pain protocols to include laser for arthritis, other inflammatory conditions and post operative pain control
  • Medication: Our fully stocked pharmacies offer a broad range of medication options for your pet including made to order flavored suspensions
  • Microchip ID: Our professional microchip ID services can help identify your dog in case he or she ever gets lost, stolen or separated from you
  • Nutrition: Our nutrition education, awareness and dietary intervention programs can help ensure your dog stays healthy and fit
  • Pain Management: We specialize in customized, effective and compassionate pain management for your dog regardless of age, ability or condition
  • Parasite Prevention and Treatment: Prevention and early detection are paramount to survival for some types of parasitic infections
  • Pregnancy: Our extensive experience can help your dog have a successful pregnancy, as well as a happy, healthy litter of puppies
  • Preventive Care: Our comprehensive preventive care program helps you make sure your dog remains healthy and well year round
  • Puppy Care: We will partner with your to make sure your puppy has the best care and you have all the information our need to care for your new family member
  • Senior Care: Our comprehensive senior care protocols and procedures helps you to help your dog age gracefully, healthily and happily
  • Semi-Annual Wellness Exams: A cornerstone of preventive care, semi-annual wellness exams are key to staying on top of chronic health issues and getting ahead of problems that may be developing
  • Spay or Neuter: Our refined pre surgical, surgical and post op care will provide your dog with the safest and most comfortable surgical procedure
  • Surgery: Our facilities, expert surgeons and technicians will make sure your dog is cared for before, during and after surgery
  • Vaccinations: Our veterinarians and techs will customize vaccination protocols that account for your dog's age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle

An Emphasis On Dog Nutrition

At Rutherford Animal Hospital and Little Falls Animal Hospital you will find that our veterinarians and staff place an emphasis on the importance of proper nutrition for all phases of your dog's life. Whether your dog is a puppy, adolescent, adult or senior, each stage of dog's life comes with some special nutritional considerations.

Our veterinarians are here to help you understand your dog's nutritional needs, including:

  • The best canned or kibble diet for the breed, age and activity level
  • Items ok to add to your dog's food - ie some cooked veggies
  • Healthy dog snacks
  • What to avoid feeding your dog

We can also help create a custom dog nutrition program taking into consideration things like breed, age, size, physical fitness, allergies and medical conditions. As with humans, proper dog nutrition can be both preventive and sometimes curative, as a balanced diet is essential for both supporting and maintaining optimal health. Of course, your dog cannot choose his or her own diet, and therefore the burden of making good health choices is on you. Understanding the nutritional needs of your dog is an important part of your responsibility to ensure they lead and healthy and happy life for many years to come.

Dog Surgery Options When Necessary

An important aspect of operating a dog hospital is being fully equipped and prepared to perform dog surgery for all kinds of situations. We realize that no one wants to think about their dog needing surgery, however if such an unfortunate situation arises, rest assured that Rutherford Animal Hospital and Little Falls Animal Hospital are well prepared to guide you and your dog through:

  • Pre-Surgery Protocols
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Post op pain management and nursing care
  • Aftercare/Rehabilitation

A Commitment To Quality And Empathy In Veterinary Care For Dogs

Our veterinarians, technicians, assistants and front staff work together to provide both you and your dog with a compassionate and professional experience. From the initial phone call it is our goal to make sure you feel that your concerns are addressed, you are well informed, and that your dog receives the best care.

How To Schedule Your Dog's Next Vet Appointment

Scheduling an appointment with one of our dog vets is as easy as picking up the phone, or sending us an email. Our staff is here to help make your trip to the vet as easy as possible for you, and enjoyable your canine companion.

Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Dog Vet Appointment

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