VETERINARY PREVENTION & WELLNESS MEDICINE
Collier Animal Hospital promotes preventative health care through bi-annual examinations. By examining your pet every 6 months, we can detect new problems or monitor any changes that have occurred. Remember, every 6 months of aging to a dog or cat can be similar to a person aging 2-4 years. At these wellness visits we take a thorough history, perform a comprehensive physical examination, administer any vaccinations that may be needed, and run any diagnostic tests necessary for your pet based on age and lifestyle.
Vaccinations are recommended and given based on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and in accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s and American Animal Hospital Association’s recommendations.
As your pet ages it is important to monitor internal organ functioning through simple blood testing similar to what your physician recommends for you. The earlier problems, such as kidney disease, are detected, the earlier preventative measures can be taken and the longer your pet will live. We recommend baseline blood-work when an animal is 3-4 years of age and then yearly for 7 years and older.
VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE & SURGERY
Collier Animal Hospital offers a wide range of technologically advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services in cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, urology, pulmonary diseases, hematology, endocrinology, and infectious diseases. For cases requiring the consultation of a specialist, we refer cases to:
Many types of surgeries can be performed at our hospital. We have a dedicated surgical suite where we perform sterile surgical procedures. Our doctors and staff take all safety precautions for the health and safety of your pet. All of our patients are placed on a heated surgical table and a member of our surgical team monitors their vital signs continuously during each procedure with multi-parameter monitors. At discharge, a member of our staff will go over any post-op care instructions and answer any questions you have.
Pre-anesthetic blood-work is performed on all surgical patients to assess vital organ function. Our veterinarians also conduct a pre-surgical exam on every patient. For surgeries requiring the consultation of a specialist, we refer cases to:
Good oral hygiene is a critical component of an animal’s overall health. Not only does dental disease affect the health of the teeth and gums but it also can affect internal organs, specifically the heart, kidneys, and liver. At CAH we evaluate the teeth and gums with every physical exam and can help guide you to what care your pet may need- from home brushing, to enzymatic dental chews, to a professional cleaning.
Complete oral exams and dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. As with surgical procedures, your pet’s vital signs are closely monitored using our state-of-the-art equipment. Our fully equipped dental suite includes ultra-sonic equipment for teeth cleaning, digital x-ray for below the gum line exams, and high speed fiber optic hand pieces for advanced dental work.
VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC IMAGERY
Diagnostic imagery is a very important diagnostic tool. We have digital radiography for both general x-rays and dental x-rays. Ultrasounds are done on an outpatient basis at Georgia Veterinary Specialists.
Our in hospital laboratory equipment allows us to perform Complete Blood Counts, Full Blood Chemistry Panels, Electrolyte Panels, Infectious Disease testing, Microscopy, Urinalysis, etc. We use the services of Antech Diagnostics for any testing we cannot perform in the hospital. Collier Animal Hospital carries a full pharmacy to meet your pet’s needs. Any medications we do not carry we can specially order or get through a human pharmacy.