Wellness & Preventive Medicine
Because our pets age much faster than we do and often do not exhibit outward signs of disease, we stress the importance of annual or semiannual physical examinations and wellness screening. This allows us to detect serious medical conditions in the early stages while they are still easily treatable or prevent serious conditions from developing altogether thus, helping your pet live longer.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will perform an assessment from nose to tail. We will make sure your pet receives the appropriate vaccinations and preventives for fleas and ticks and heartworm. We will perform a diagnostic workup, which may include blood and fecal tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. Especially when your pet is nearing his or her senior years. The diagnostics will show what is normal for your pet and will enable us to keep track of any changes. We will assess your pet's oral hygiene and may recommend that your pet come back for dentistry.
We work very closely with a 24/7 reference laboratory and consulting service for all of your pets lab work and diagnostic needs. The most common lab tests have a 24-48 hour turnaround time with more extensive testing ranging from 24 hours to a couple of weeks. In more urgent cases, we have in-house lab machines to run blood and urine diagnostics which takes around 20 minutes for results.
We are proud to offer digital radiology. This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. It also uses less radiation than traditional x-rays. Through X-rays, we can find valuable information about your pet's bones, GI tract, respiratory tract, heart, and more. To retrieve the best image possible, your pet needs to stay completely still. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet with fast-acting local anesthesia. Interpretation of radiographs takes great skill from your veterinarian and at times may need to be sent out for a consult.
Ultrasound & Echocardiography
We are happy to perform a complete ultrasound examination of your pet's abdomen. Ultrasonography is an imaging technique used to view internal organs by recording reflections, or echoes, of ultrasonic waves. We record a 2-dimensional digital photograph of the organ(s) in question.
If our veterinarians hear an issue with your pet's heart, such as a heart murmur, he or she will suggest an echocardiogram. We offer echoes performed by a traveling cardiologist who visits our hospital a few times a month. The cardiologist is able to evaluate your pet's heart through 2D imaging. An evaluation is performed and can diagnose nearly all heart diseases such as valve abnormalities, heart dilation, heart muscle thickening, congenital diseases, heart tumors, and most other heart problems.
A description of the findings in both abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds suggested differential diagnoses and additional diagnostic and therapeutic recommendations will be made as indicated. A complete report will be available after the visit is completed.
An electrocardiogram, commonly known as, ECG or EKG, is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. It is a safe, non-invasive procedure that uses electrodes, clips placed on the skin over the chest and legs. Like humans, the EKG is used commonly to evaluate the heart rhythm and identify abnormalities in the heartbeat. If abnormalities are found, an echocardiogram will likely be recommended.
Blood Pressure Testing
Measuring your pet's blood pressure is very much like humans. In a quiet room, using inflatable cuffs placed on your pet's legs so the instruments can measure the pressure. Blood pressure testing is often suggested when your veterinarian suspects illness in your pet such a cushings disease in dogs and hyperthyroidism in cats. Though, high blood pressure can be a symptom of other underlying issues as well. If hypertension is measured in your pet, your veterinarian will suggest further diagnostics to find the cause.
Orthopedic and soft tissue
By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals.
Medical reasons to spay and neuter: Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
Behavioral reasons to spay and neuter: An unspayed feline will usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during the breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently sometimes even out of the litter pan.
Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. Intact males will do just about anything to find a mate. This includes finding creative ways to escape from the house. This can result in the risk of injury in traffic or with other animals both wildlife and domestic. Also, an intact male, both cats, and dogs are more likely to mark their territory. They do so by spraying strong-smelling urine in your home.
Laser surgery has many benefits over traditional surgery. The laser can be used for many procedures that we previously used a scalpel or scissors. Laser is an intense beam of light that instantly vaporizes (cuts) a precise area of tissue while simultaneously sealing nerve endings and blood vessels. This results in less bleeding and pain for the patient. For more information on how Laser surgery can benefit your pet click here.
Broad River Animal Hospital has been providing pet dental care for over 15 years. Our practice treats your pet much like yourself with recommended dental scans of your teeth. In doing so, it helps prevent issues later on in life. Our doctors and technicians continuously monitor heart and respiratory rates, body temperature, fluid rates, blood pressure, anesthetic and oxygen levels on all surgery and dentistry patients with a pulse oximeter, heart rate monitor, and blood pressure monitor in accordance with AAHA's excellence standards. For more information click here!
Small mammal medicine and surgery
Our veterinarians are qualified for wellness exams, ill exams, nail clipping, teeth trimming (when applicable), and routine spay and neuters.
We provide boarding services in our hospital. Our boarding pets have access to our veterinarians 365 days per year should they become ill while boarding and for the comfort of owners of pets under our veterinarians' care for chronic medical conditions.
We routinely consult with and refer to specialists in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, radiology, neurology, dermatology, ophthalmology, oncology and behavior to provide your pet the best care currently available.
End of Life Care
We provide end of life care and counseling for our patients and their owners. This includes at-home euthanasia for established clients when able, hospice, and palliative care.
Microchipping- Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine.
Medicated Baths- Medicated bath are scheduled after being deemed necessary by your veterinarian. We prefer a drop off by 9 am to ensure adequate drying time.
DNA dog breed testing (Wisdom panel)