The single most important thing that you can do for your pet’s health and well being is to have regular physical exams with your veterinarian. Problems caught early are much more likely to be able to be treated successfully. Pets of all ages will benefit from a thorough physical exam. Since pets age much more quickly than we do, we recommend exams at least every 6-12 months for dogs and cats. Other pets such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats may need to be seen even more often.
A wellness exam includes an evaluation of all the pet’s major organ systems as well as a chance to discuss your pet’s appetite, behavior, exercise and activity level, and any changes seen at home. This is also an excellent time to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may be recommended for your pet and administer any vaccinations that are due. We will also discuss any changes, such as weight gain or loss, which may not be as noticeable in the home environment. Sometimes, information obtained during a physical exam can help detect early signs of illness and address diseases before they progress.
By working together, you and your veterinarian form a partnership to provide the best care possible for your pets. Through your pet’s physical exams, other diagnostic tests, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her diet, lifestyle, home environment, personality, health risks, and other important information. We encourage you to take an active role in your pet’s health care and welcome your questions. Please do not hesitate to discuss any concerns about your pet with your veterinarian or our staff. We are here to keep your pets healthy and happy!
Pets today are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and much of this is due to the preventative medicine available today, including vaccinations. Millions of pets have been protected through vaccine programs and some fatal diseases that were common in the past are rarely seen now. Unfortunately, many diseases remain as a significant threat to dogs and cats who are not vaccinated. While vaccines may seem routine, keeping your pets current on their vaccinations is still a very important part of preventative care.
Vaccines against many diseases are available today, but not every pet needs every vaccine. Some vaccines are considered “core” vaccines and are recommended for every pet. Other vaccines are optional and their use is based on several factors such as lifestyle, the region where the pet lives, and risk for exposure to the disease. Vaccine recommendations may change throughout a pet’s life as variables such as travel habits change. We will work with you to determine which vaccines are recommended for your pets throughout their life. We also offer the option of doing a yearly blood test to check the titer (antibody level) to help determine if a certain vaccination is necessary.
For dogs, the core vaccines include DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) and Rabies. Other vaccines that may be recommended include Bordetella (kennel cough), Leptospirosis (a bacterial disease that causes kidney and liver failure), Canine Influenza, Lymes disease, and Coronavirus vaccines.
For cats, the core vaccines include FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) and Rabies. Other vaccines that may be recommended are Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency vaccines.
Companion laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free treatment for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, hip dysplasia, hot spots and ear infections. This drug-free, non-surgical procedure often offers relief for your pet within hours. Additional applications for laser therapy include general pain management; alleviation of pain from surgeries like spays, neuters and declaws; dental procedures; urinary tract disorders; and fractures and wounds. We’re proud to offer this revolutionary procedure.
Many of our laser therapy patients are older pets that have musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs to look for that indicate that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are abnormal sitting posture, circling multiple times before laying down, limping, groaning, lack of appetite, and difficulty getting into a car or down a set of stairs. This treatment procedure will improve the quality of life for your pet.
Laser therapy stimulates your pet’s body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body and absorbed by the injured cells. Those cells are stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism, which results in pain relief, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and acceleration of the healing process. You don’t need to worry about your loved one’s comfort during the process, either: He or she will relax and quickly come to enjoy the treatment.
We now offer in-house abdominal and thoracic ultrasounds. Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive, and non-painful procedure which can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions. Ultrasound images are three-dimensional and show the structure and movement of internal organs, as well as blood flow.
Ask us about live video conferencing with a sonographer while performing these scans. This is yet another tool to help us provide the highest standard of medical care for your pet.
Healthy Start Plans
As a pet owner, we know you want to make sure your friend is as healthy as possible – but we also understand that it can seem a bit pricey to do so. With our Healthy Start Plans, you can make sure you’re providing your pet with the best preventative health care possible – with up to 35 percent savings for you! These plans make it easy for you to make sure your puppy or kitten stays in top-notch health without putting a strain on your wallet. Email or call us for more information on how a Healthy Start Plan can keep your pet healthy (and your pocketbook happy).
Puppy Healthy Start
Did you know puppies achieve 90% of their growth in their first year of life? With all the growing they do, it is important to make sure your puppy has the right start to life. Horton Animal Hospital Northeast offers a comprehensive preventative package tailored to puppies This Puppy Healthy Start is not only cost friendly, in which the preventive care packages can save you up to 30% in costs as opposed to pay as you go, but offers many excellent services to help ensure your puppy’s well-being. This is a preventative plan, so the package is designed to either help prevent problems from occurring, or to catch them at the earliest stages or help treat them faster. And these services can be tabled together to give you and your doctor optimal organization in tracking what your puppy has been treated for. We highly recommend this plan, but review all the details below and see if you think this plan is right for your puppy.
- Initial or pre-purchase physical
- Initial fecal check
- De-worming with Drontal Plus or Pyrantel
- Vaccinations for DHPP and rabies
- First six months’ supply of heartworm preventative (Heartgard)
- Samples of puppy food
- Notebook to record your pet’s health history
Kitten Healthy Start
Just like puppies, kittens do most of their growing within the first year of their lives. And just like for puppies, our hospital offers a preventative care plan for kittens to make sure their growth goes as smoothly as possible. You could save up to 35% in preventive care packages instead of pay as you go. And you can table these services together and give you and your doctor more organization in what your kitten has been treated for. So take a look at the details of this plan below and decide whether the Kitten Healthy Start is right for you.
- Initial or pre-purchase physical
- Initial fecal check
- De-worming with Profender
- Vaccinations for FVRCP and rabies
- Samples of kitten food
- Notebook to record your pet’s health history
- 3 doses of Advantage Multi or Revolution
We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures at our location, both standard procedures such as spays and neuters, as well as specialized procedures including cruciate ligament repair, patellar luxation repair, and gastropexy. Our skilled staff’s focus on patient safety, pain management, and staying up to date on the most current surgical techniques will help your pet have a less stressful and more comfortable surgical experience.
With any anesthetic procedure, there are risks. In order to help screen for underlying health concerns prior to surgical procedures, we highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood testing. This may be done the day of the surgery or prior to the procedure. While not a guarantee, this can help to decrease some of the risks associated with anesthesia and surgery.
Surgery can be a source of anxiety for pet owners as well as their pet. We welcome your questions and concerns before and after surgery. We will review your post operative instructions and encourage you to call if there are any additional questions once your pet is home. No question is too small and no concern silly. We understand your desire to help your pet make the smoothest recovery possible.
If your pet has bad breath, don’t just attribute it to “dog breath” or “cat breath.” Bad breath is not just a nuisance; it is a sign of tooth and/or gum disease. Bad breath is caused by bacteria which leads to plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. As dental disease progresses, it can cause gingivitis (painful, inflamed gums), halitosis, and tooth loss.
Concerns about dental disease don’t stop in the mouth. Other serious health issues such as heart disease and kidney disease may occur when bacteria from the mouth finds its way into the blood stream and sets up shop in these other organs.
We will evaluate your pet’s teeth during physical exams and discuss any concerns. If your pet’s teeth are healthy, we can help you keep them that way. If they are in need of cleaning or other procedures, we will explain our recommendations and help get your pet’s mouth healthy again so you can enjoy being close to your furry friend.
Deworming and the prevention of worms is a huge undertaking pet owners and veterinarians must complete so pets are as healthy as possible. Worms can be a serious danger to your pet’s well being, and can often be discovered only after damage has been done. We encourage regular deworming due to the risks the parasites can carry, and we offer comprehensive procedures and medication for deworming for all different kinds of worms. Take a look at our list of the worst worm culprits in our resources section, so you know what to look for, how we can help get rid of them if they are discovered and how you can help prevent these parasites from harming your pet in the future.
Radiographs, more commonly called x-rays, are a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. A radiograph is a type of photograph that evaluates the inside of the body and can be used to provide information about almost any organ in the body including the bones, heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. We strive to offer the most current, highest quality diagnostic testing and we were the first private small animal hospital in Columbia to offer digital radiographs.
Every year, thousands of pets disappear, and many are never seen again. Collars and tags are helpful but can fall off or be removed so these forms of identification should not be relied on exclusively. A microchip is a safe form of identification that cannot be removed or stolen and can increase the chances of your pet being safely returned home.
About the size and shape of a grain of rice, microchips are injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is quite safe. Each chip has a unique number that can be found with a microchip reader. This number is registered to the owner and the contact information filed with the company is used by shelters and veterinarians to reunite lost pets with their families. It is important to know this is a form of identification, not a tracking device. If your pet is not microchipped, call us today to find out more about this valuable service. And if your pet is microchipped, be sure to keep your contact information current with the company so there are no delays in getting your pet back home.
Sometimes pets, just like humans, are so sick that they need continuous medical supervision. When your companion is in need of this attention, we provide the greatest care to monitor their situation and make them as comfortable as possible. With our up-to-date equipment such as continuous flow IV pumps and highly trained technicians, you can rest assured your sick pet is in good hands. We know it can be hard to not have your companion within your sight in their time of need, but there is not a better place for them to receive the proper medical attention than with our trained staff at Horton Northeast.
We believe in focusing on the entire patient-from medical problems that affect physical functioning to emotional and psychological concerns that affect well-being. Pain, either acute or chronic, affects both physical and emotional issues for pets just as it does for us. Pain management is a primary concern when we are treating a pet for any medical issue.
From the acute pain associated with surgical procedures to chronic issues such as osteoarthritis, our staff is skilled in recognizing the signs of pain in animals and developing a plan to manage pain, both in the hospital and at home. We will work with you to make your pet as comfortable as possible in all situations.
Hospice and Euthanasia Services
Caring for a terminally ill pet or an older pet with a chronic condition that affects his or her quality of life is a challenge. Our caring, compassionate staff can help you find ways to keep your pet as comfortable as possible at home. We offer hospice services and will work with you to ensure your beloved pet’s comfort and dignity during this time of their life.
Saying good-bye to a member of your family is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner is faced with. Trying to decide when to let them go can be even more difficult. If you feel your pet is suffering and all options have been exhausted, we are here to help your pet pass away in a safe, loving environment with as little stress as possible. With enough advance notice, we can even come to your home to perform euthanasia. We will also help you decide on an option for aftercare.
Before you struggle through one more day with a sick, elderly, or terminally ill pet that is suffering, call us to learn how we can help.
Pickup and Delivery
Technicians are available to pick up your pets from your home and return them to you after their visit if needed. We are not able to transport pet owners to and from the clinic.
We offer house call services should you require them for any reason.
These services cost a few dollars more but are often worth it in cases where a pet is stressed by the car ride. We’ll come to you to treat your pet instead of putting her through a traumatic trip to the veterinary clinic. Home visits are also a convenient option when you have multiple pets needing care or check-ups. Please note, sick pets usually need to come to the hospital for diagnostics and treatment.
As pet owners ourselves, we understand how important it is to know your pets are in good hands when you can’t be there yourself. Whether it’s just a weekend out of town or a longer vacation, it’s imperative for your peace of mind, and your pet’s happiness and health, that you find a safe, secure place for your pet to stay. At Horton Northeast, we make sure your friend gets outside at least twice a day, and we also have a bonus option to include extra outdoor playtime in our packages. Since we are a veterinary hospital too, you know that if your pet were to run into any health problems while you were away, we would make sure he received the care he needed.
Horton can house a variety of species of animals for essentially any amount of time you need, based on space availability. Pricing depends on the animal’s size, the time spent staying with us and any extra features you’d like to add, such as additional outdoor playtime.
In order to be boarded at our facility, for the safety of your pet and the other animals, all pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations. For cats and dogs, this means a current rabies and distemper vaccine, as well as Bordetella for dogs. While we normally only allow boarding pick-up and drop-off during our Monday through Saturday hours, we also offer early release on Sunday evenings from 5 to 5:30 pm for a small extra charge. Take note that you must be scheduled and prepped in advance for the Sunday early release.
Make sure to call as soon us you can to book your pet’s spot. Based on space, we can usually accommodate animals as long as you call about a week in advance, but earlier is always better to ensure we have room for your furry friend. For holidays, we recommend you call at least two months in advance, especially for big dogs.
To allow sufficient time for all patients and scheduled procedures, we work primarily by appointment. Emergency cases always receive top priority, which is why the occasional appointment delay is inevitable. We make a sincere attempt to see each patient on time and appreciate your patience should a delay occur.
We institute the following boarding policy during holidays and other high demand dates, such as spring break. A credit card number is required for reservations during these times. 48 hours cancellation notice is requested and failure to provide 48 hours notice will result in your credit card being charged for the entire reservation.
Patient Arrival Policy
For the protection of you and your pet, as well as other people and pets at the hospital, all dogs and cats should be either on a leash or in a carrier and adequately controlled in the waiting room. We make every effort to make our patients feel comfortable during visits but they may be a little uneasy about new people, new surroundings, and other pets. Dogs and cats often behave differently outside their normal environment and we want to maintain a safe, secure environment for everyone.
We require full payment at the time that services are rendered. For your convenience, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Debit cards, personal checks, and cash. We also offer Care Credit, a medical line of credit that offers six months no interest for qualified applicants. For more information about Care Credit, go to www.carecredit.com to learn more and prequalify.
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