At Somerset Animal Hospital, we believe annual wellness care is imperative to keeping your pet happy and healthy! Your pet’s health is important and preventive care is necessary. We recommend wellness exams, keeping your pets on a vaccination schedule, and working with us on all facets of wellness care.
During your annual physical exam, your veterinarian fully examines your pet and discusses vaccinations and ongoing wellness. Just like you do wellness visits with your doctor, it’s important that your pet does the same. During these visits, our team will spend time examining your pet from nose to tail.
A pet health certificate is an official document that one of our veterinarians will fill out after performing a thorough examination of your pet. Our veterinarians that issue health certificates are licensed, USDA accredited. The document will include detailed information about your pet such as breed, age, microchip etc. It also certifies that your pet is apparently free of disease and lists all the vaccines your pet is up to date on. Many commercial airlines will require a pet health certificate (one for each pet) that is to be on flight. Airlines will vary with the time frame in which a health certificate needs to be obtained, so please check with the airline you are using early to ensure your trip will not be delayed. While you are in the planning stages of your trip it is important to check with the airlines to make sure if any other paperwork is needed, some will have their own forms in addition to a certificate of veterinary inspection.
Vaccines offer protection against major viral and bacterial diseases that cats and dogs may be exposed to. Your veterinarian will set up a vaccination program for your pet to provide protection for the diseases of concern in your area. Kittens and puppies often require an initial vaccination with follow-up booster vaccines to ensure they are well protected against diseases.
Following a proper vaccination schedule will help to ensure that you are doing your part to keep your new friend healthy. Additionally, we recommend that all dogs and cats be placed on a monthly parasite preventative and be tested bi-annually for parasites.
With the advances in digital X-ray technology, we can now manipulate the digital images that we take off a pet’s systems to see what is wrong. This has allowed us to detect things like hairline fractures and orthopedic conditions that were previously not visible. We share these digital images with specialists who consult with us on difficult cases.
Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems.
Our in-house laboratory saves valuable time in testing and diagnosing, whether it be for regular wellness visits or emergency care. Our skilled Technicians and Doctors utilize our modern lab resources and equipment to better serve your medical needs for immediate answers.
Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for dogs and cats as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, loose, broken, or missing teeth, yellow or brown teeth, red, inflamed, or bleeding gums, difficulty or pain when chewing, pawing at the mouth, and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team, and we’ll be happy to help.
Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and pre-anesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.
Making sure our patients remain safe during surgery and other medical procedures are extremely important to us. Our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians is skilled in using anesthesia and monitoring patients to ensure their safety and provide the most comfortable experience. Anesthesia and patient monitoring vary greatly from clinic to clinic. You can be confident that we use the most effective and up-to-date protocols. The type of anesthesia we use depends on the procedure. Some require general anesthesia, while others may only call for local anesthesia. We also closely monitor every procedure, regardless of whether it’s routine or more advanced.
Many prescriptions are available in the clinic. Others can be filled through many other pharmacies or compounding pharmacies.
Our online pharmacy is powered by VetSource.
We also offer home delivery of Purina diets using ProPlan Direct. You can learn more or schedule a delivery here. Please follow the directions below to set up your first order!
- Go to ProPanVetDirect.com
- Order recommended product – script required for purchasing prescription formulas
- Enjoy the convenience of Automatic Shipments
- SAVE with promo codes available on our website
- Enter the clinic ID: F696D
Microchips are tiny electronic devices about the size of a rice grain that uses radio waves to transmit identification information. Pet microchips store unique identification numbers that show once the chip is scanned. This number can be reported to the appropriate microchip company, where the owners’ contact information is stored. Microchips are made of a material that is compatible with body tissues, so rejection and infection at microchip injection sites are rare.
We carry HomeAgain microchips. You can log into your account or learn more about HomeAgain here.
For many pet owners, trimming a pet’s nails—dog or cat—can seem like a daunting task. And, if you haven’t regularly trimmed your pet’s nails since they were young, chances are you’ll have a difficult time doing it effectively now. Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed is important for a number of reasons, such as helping to prevent pain, injury, and damage. Causing unnecessary stress to your pet is something we try to avoid, so we also offer sedated nail trims for pets that need some help staying calm.
Anal Gland Expression
Anal gland problems start when the glands fail to empty on their own. The secretions continue to accumulate and, eventually, the anal gland becomes impacted. Anal gland impaction can then lead to anal gland infection, which, in severe cases, results in anal gland abscessation. This is very, VERY painful and ABSOLUTELY requires veterinary intervention.