You want to make sure your pet is as healthy as possible, but price is a concern. With our comprehensive Healthy Start Plans, you can make sure you’re providing your pet with the best preventative health care possible—all while saving up to 35% in the process! These plans make it easy to give your puppy or kitten a healthy start at life 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’s important to give your puppy a healthy start to life. Horton Animal Hospital Northeast offers a comprehensive preventative package tailored to puppies called “Puppy Healthy Start” that can save you up to 30% in costs compared with a pay-as-you-go approach.
This is a preventative plan, so the package is designed to stop problems from occurring, catch them at the earliest stages or treat them faster. We highly recommend this plan—it gives you and your doctor optimal organization in tracking what your puppy has been treated for—but review all the details below to determine if 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 medication (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 life. 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 preventative care packages compared to a pay-as-you-go approach. Take a look at the details of this plan below to determine whether the Kitten Healthy Start program 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
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The single most important thing you can do for your pet’s health and well-being is to have regular physical exams with your veterinarian. Pets of all ages will benefit from a thorough physical exam, as problems caught early are much more likely to be treated successfully. Since pets age much more quickly than humans do, we recommend exams 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, plus any changes seen at home. This is 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 don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns about your pet with your veterinarian or our staff. We’re here to keep your pets healthy and happy!
We have an in-house lab at HAH which allows us to perform vital blood tests quickly and accurately. For sick pets, this speedy diagnostics turn-around means we can formulate a treatment plan during your appointment, vs. having to wait hours or days for results. Maintenance of chronic conditions, such as thyroid or other endocrine disorders, is also quicker and easier.
Pre-anesthetic testing is also done in-house, allowing us to evaluate your pet’s internal organs prior to general anesthesia and surgery. Running these tests can help identify common issues that may require a change to how anesthesia is given to your pet. Our in-house lab equipment allows us to look at a variety of issues internally, such as hematology (complete blood count with differentials) and serum chemistry (examining organ functions).
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 provides information about almost any organ, including the bones, heart, lungs and abdominal organs. We strive to offer cutting-edge, top-quality diagnostic testing; in fact, we were the first private, small animal hospital in Columbia to offer digital radiographs.
We 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.
If your pet has bad breath, don’t just attribute it to “dog breath” or “cat breath.” Bad breath is more than a nuisance; it’s 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.
We believe in focusing on the entire patient—from medical problems that affect physical functioning to emotional and psychological concerns that affect overall 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.
Pickup and Delivery
Technicians are available to pick up your pets from your home and return them to you after their visit if needed, but we aren’t able to transport pet owners to and from the clinic.
We offer house call services should you need 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.
Hospice and Euthanasia Services
Caring for a terminally-ill pet or an older companion with a chronic condition that negatively affects 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.
Pets today are living longer, healthier lives than ever before, and much of this is due to the preventative medicine available today (i.e. 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 a significant threat to dogs and cats who aren’t 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 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 also change, and we will work with you to determine which vaccines are recommended throughout your pet’s 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 becomes 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.
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, as well as how we can help get rid of them and how you can prevent these parasites from harming your pet in the future.
We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures at our location—standard procedures such as spays and neuters, as well as specialized procedures such as cruciate ligament repair, patellar luxation repair, gastropexy, fracture repairs, gastrotomies, splenic surgery, and many eye surgeries. 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 remotely silly. We understand and support your desire to help your pet make the smoothest recovery possible.
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 or neuters; dental procedures; urinary tract disorders; and fractures and wounds. We’re proud to offer this revolutionary procedure at Horton Northeast.
Many of our laser-therapy patients are older pets that have musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that indicate 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, plain and simple.
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.
Sometimes pets, just like humans, are so sick 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 isn’t a better place for them to receive the proper medical attention than with our trained staff at Horton Northeast.
Every year, thousands of pets disappear; many are never seen again. Collars and tags are helpful but can fall off or be removed, so these forms of identification shouldn’t be relied on exclusively. A microchip is a safe form of identification that cannot be removed or stolen and can greatly 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’s 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.