SPAYS and NEUTERS
Main Street Animal Hospital routinely performs spays and neuters, the surgical sterilization procedures of female and male dogs and cats. Pet spaying involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries of female dogs and cats and is called ovariohysterectomy. Pet neutering involves the removal of the testicles of male dogs and cats and is called castration. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and involve a surgical incision. Pain management medications are used routinely to ensure your pet's comfort. Ask our staff about spaying or neutering your pet to help prevent unwanted sexual behavior and pregnancies and to decrease or eliminate the possibility of certain disease conditions later in life.
Allergy and Itchy Skin Relief:
Pets can have allergies that can be from food, environment, seasonal change, etc. Do you ever notice your pet’s skin turning red or itchy? This could be an allergic reaction. Some signs your pet may be suffering from an allergy can include itchy or red/pink skin, unusual scratching or itching, discharge from the eyes or nose, hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea, ear problems, anal gland issues, etc.
If you suspect that your pet could be suffering from an allergy, it is recommended that you schedule an examination and consultation with your veterinarian. Your doctor will be able to assess your pet, discuss their symptoms, and suggest some necessary tests to help isolate the allergy. Together, you can decide on which course of treatment, preventive care, or diet will help restore your pet to good health.
Main Street Animal Hospital offers a thorough solution to your pet’s ear problems, like ear infections, ear scratching, rubbing on the carpet, pawing at ears, itchiness, redness, foul smell, allergies, etc. Our veterinarians do a thorough examination before suggesting any diagnostic and treatment work. Conditions of the ears can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful. It’s one of the most common medical problems and can be from a variety of causes. Determining these causes is very important to find the long-term resolution of the symptoms. As with any other health issue, gathering a detailed history and performing a full examination of the patient is critical. Careful examination of the ear with an otoscope and visualizing the full length of the ear canal and the eardrum provides information important to the diagnosis.
Pain is common in ear disease, and some patients will require sedation or anesthesia to be properly evaluated. Additional diagnostic tests are often warranted. A common first step is gathering samples to check for mites, inflammation, bacteria, and yeast. Cultures are sometimes needed. In uncomplicated ear disease, treatment may be straightforward when the proper information is gathered. However, most recurrent cases of ear disease involve multiple causes like allergy, infection, foreign bodies, tumors, or ear mites. Treating only one cause will limit the response to therapy. Re-checking the ear after each stage of the treatment is critical to providing a long-term resolution to the problem.
Keeping your pet pain-free is crucial to maintaining their quality of life. Our veterinarians use a multi-modal approach to pain management that includes anti-inflammatories, local anesthetics, general anesthetics, and other drugs to effectively combat pain at all levels. If your pet is dealing with acute pain, our goal is to prevent the nerves from perceiving and remembering this pain so that it does not become chronic pain. For this reason, pain management protocols are a part of the treatment plan for all invasive procedures, such as surgeries. If your pet is already dealing with chronic pain, our veterinarians can create a customized pain management plan based on your pet's individual needs and medical issues.
Geriatric care is an important part of a veterinary practice. Pets in old age are like our seniors that require special care. Our veterinarians will recommend certain screening tests and medicines after the geriatric examination. The tests enable your veterinarian to provide an early diagnosis for some of the common diseases that affect older pets so that they can manage those diseases more effectively. Old dogs and cats have common medical issues like osteoarthritis, heart issues, kidney issues, endocrinological problems, etc. Some of the problems need pain medicines that are very important to keep them comfortable. It’s important to find a pain medicine that will be safe for a senior pet. We usually perform some blood tests before using pain medicine so that it will be safe to use that medicine.In addition to this testing and the medical management of geriatric issues, twice-yearly examinations will be recommended to ensure your pet receives the best care as they age. Our pets age much faster than we do. Therefore, we need to do all we can to watch carefully and frequently for any developing problems. The earlier we find them, the more we can do to control these problems. If your pet is already facing an illness or disability that can come with old age, our veterinarian will work with you to maintain the highest quality of life for your pet.
Hospitalization of sick pets:
When a pet becomes severely sick, stops eating and drinking, or has serious injuries or other serious medical issues, it becomes necessary for an animal to be hospitalized in order to treat certain conditions that cannot be effectively treated at home. However, our staff generally prefer to keep hospitalizations as minimal as possible. We send a pet to his home as soon as they start recovering from the medical condition they have been hospitalized for and then do the required follow-up treatment work through mutual communication with the owners as needed.
Our basic hospitalization services involve admitting your pet into the animal hospital for monitoring or necessary medical care. Your pet will have their own cage or kennel within the hospital building and will be monitored closely by technicians and veterinarians throughout their stay.
During a pet's hospitalization, we encourage frequent visits by the family to provide comfort and reassurance to your pet and to inform and support the family directly with regard to your pet’s status. You can ask our staff about the best time to receive an update, and visiting hours can be arranged at the time of hospitalization. Your pet will receive medical treatments (such as medications, fluid therapy, and physical therapy) as directed by your veterinarian.
Once your vet determines your pet is well enough to go home, you will be given verbal or written follow-up instructions. Schedule your follow-up appointment with your veterinarian before you leave the hospital with your pet.