Medical Services

We are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the more detailed descriptions of medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your pet’s needs.

Diagnostics

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As humans, when we are not feeling well, we simply visit the doctor, explain our symptoms and receive the appropriate treatment. When animals become ill or suffer an injury, however, it’s not quite as simple. Our pets can’t communicate to tell us what’s wrong or show us where it hurts, and it’s not always easy tell just by looking at them. Oftentimes, even a physical exam isn’t enough to truly diagnose a medical problem.

That’s why veterinary diagnostics are so important. These tools allow our team to take a look below the surface of the skin and learn what’s happening inside the body so that we can more effectively diagnose and treat whatever may be ailing your pet in a timely manner. Lincoln Village Animal Hospital utilizes a broad spectrum of diagnostic tools to help us uncover health issues and manage the ongoing wellness of our patients.

With many illnesses and injuries, time is of the essence. A fast and accurate diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death in some cases. Because we are able to conduct a wide range of diagnostic testing right onsite, in our hospital, we are able to quickly identify whatever is affecting our patients and develop the most efficient and effective course of treatment in a timely manner.

Our diagnostic services include radiology (x-ray), cardiology, endocrinology, and more. Our hospital is also fully equipped with an in-house laboratory, where we are able to run a broad range of routine diagnostic tests, such as blood work, urinalysis, and parasite testing, all of which can typically done in mere moments, while you and your pet wait. In many cases, we can have answers for you before you even leave the exam room, and a treatment plan in place just as promptly.

If your pet seems to be feeling a little under the weather, give us a call. A thorough exam followed by detailed diagnostic evaluation should help us get to the bottom of whatever may be ailing your cherished companion so we can have them on the path to good health again as soon as possible.

Allergies & Dermatology

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Have you ever experienced an allergy or infection that affected your skin? If so, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The itchiness. The discomfort. The way it can negatively impact every aspect of your life. Did you know that your pet could suffer from many of the same dermatological problems, along with many of the same unpleasant side effects, such as itching, discomfort and even pain? The good news is, the experts at Lincoln Village Animal Hospital can help.

Our team is well trained and highly experienced in identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of dermatological problems, including those involving the ears and feet. We use a series of testing methods, including skin scrapings, cytology, allergy testing, laboratory testing and biopsies. Some of the conditions we can test for include:

    • Allergies
    • Infections
    • Autoimmune Disorders
    • Diseases of the Paws and Nails
    • Chronic Ear Infections
    • Hormonal Disorders
    • Parasites
    • Tumors
    • Skin Cancer

Once we diagnose the cause of your pet’s symptoms, we can then work on developing a course of treatment to combat the problem. At LVAH, we rely on a variety of treatment options, from topical creams and oral medication to supplements, therapy and, in some cases, surgery. We may also recommend making some simple changes to your pet’s home environment, which we’ve found can often reduce or eliminate the problem altogether without the need for further medical intervention.

Some of the signs that may indicate your pet is experiencing a dermatological problem include:

      • Excessive scratching
      • Hair loss
      • Biting or chewing at the affected area
      • Rubbing against walls or furniture
      • Rash
      • Dry, flaky skin
      • Bald spots
      • Unusual bumps or lumps

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment for a dermatological evaluation. We can get to the bottom of the problem and help your companion live a more comfortable life.

Dentistry

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Imagine how your teeth would feel if you never brushed them. Unfortunately, this is a sad reality for many pets – even those who have otherwise responsible owners.

Without adequate dental care, plaque, tartar and bacteria can build up, which can eventually lead to dental disease, a much more serious and sometimes even life-threatening medical condition. Yet, as dangerous as this sounds, studies have shown that the majority of adult dogs and cats suffer from some type of existing dental problem.

The good news is you can help your pet beat the odds and enjoy a lifetime of good oral health by committing to regular dental care, both professionally and at home, in between vet visits. We offer both preventative care and the treatment of existing oral health problems.

Our hospital features modern dental equipment which we use to gently and thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth, both above and below the gumline. This will remove existing build up and allow us to polish the teeth to a beautiful shine, preventing future buildup from occurring. Should the existence of infection or other oral health problems be detected during our annual exam and cleaning, we’ll develop an appropriate plan to combat the problem, including tooth extraction if needed.

Some of the more common signs that your pet may need dental care include:

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • General change in mood (depression)

If you notice any of these signs, even if you regularly bring your pet in for dental care, give us a call to schedule an exam. The sooner we identify and address the problem, the better the chances of a positive outcome.

Finally, but equally as important, is the role that you play in your pet’s dental care. Annual cleanings aren’t enough to keep plaque and tartar at bay, so it’s important that you continue the work that we started and care for your pet’s teeth and gums in between vet visits. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to show you demonstrations of home brushing techniques, as well as provide advice and recommendations on various food, treats and toys that you can use to support good oral health for your pet.

Together we’ll work hard to help your pet enjoy a healthy smile for life!