Health Maintenance

Lake Veterinary Clinic serving Lake County Florida

PUPPY/KITTEN CARE

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home can be very exciting. We at Lake Veterinary Clinic want to make sure you get started with the information on how to best maintain your new pet’s health. The veterinarians will discuss vaccination protocols, nutrition, parasite prevention, house training and behavior issues. Once your pet is old enough we will review spay/neuter options, microchipping and other issues to ensure new pet lives a long and happy life.

GERIATRIC / SENIOR CARE

Most cats and dogs are considered seniors or geriatric at about 7-8 years old . We provide geriatric screenings for these animals including bloodwork, urinalysis and x-rays. Older animals are often diagnosed with diabetes, kidney failure, liver disease, endocrine diseases and cancers. Early detection is key in managing these diseases. Long-term prognosis is much better in these cases. Lake Veterinary Clinic wants to provide quality care so your pet can maintain a good quality of life in their latter years. You may notice your dog does not want to go on walks anymore or your cat is reluctant to jump on the couch for its normal cuddle time. These may be signs of osteoarthritis. There are several very good protocols for management of arthritis in companion animals. Feel free to discuss these options with one of our veterinarians.

INTERNAL MEDICINE

The veterinarians at Lake Veterinary Clinic are knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune mediated, infectious and endocrine diseases. By investing in the latest diagnostic technology, we can find out what is wrong with your pet.

MICROCHIPPING

Lake Veterinary Clinic use ISO(International Organization for Standardization) microchips, which can be successfully scanned almost any where in the world. Implantation of the microchip is essentially painless and take only seconds. After your pet has been microchipped, we perform a scan to ensure the microchip is functional and readable. It is important to remember that la lost pet is not merely an inconvenience, it is the number one cause of pet death in the United States. That’s why we recommend microchipping your pet.

PHARMACY

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet’s medications, we ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the correct medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We are also able to discuss potential side effects and possible reactions to the medications with your directly. Some of the newer online pharmacies are not able to provide these services. If any questions concerning medications from other pharmacies go to ________.

DERMATOLOGY

Skin problems are very common in Florida. The state has a high allergen index. We also have our share of biting insects and mites. Our doctors are able to diagnose various skin disease. Allergy-related skin problems are probably the most challenging and frustrating skin issues. Many times there is no cure for these conditions. Our veterinarians can help you manage these allergic skin diseases ranging from allergic reactions to fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. Signs of allergies and other dermatological problems include: inflamed ears, hotspots, scratching and itching, flaking, lesions on the skin, hair loss, wheezing or other respiratory signs or red itchy bumps on the skin.

PRESCRIPTION DIETS

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that require special diets. We can provide information about diets that help animals with liver disease, intestinal disease, bladder and kidney stones, kidney failure, food allergies, diabetes and other disease processes. We offer Royal Canin and Hill’s Prescription diets. If we do not carry the specific product, we may be able to order it for you. We are also able to provide you with homemade recipes for some of these diseases that require specific nurtritional support.

REFERRAL CARE

At times, your pet’s needs exceed our expertise and may require referral to a more advanced facility. Lake Veterinary Clinic works closely with University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville and Affiliated Veterinary Services in Maitland. They have multiple specialties including orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, oncology, radiology, neurology and dermatology.

END OF LIFE CARE/HUMANE EUTHANASIA

The death of a pet is one of the most painful moments a pet owner must face. Whether it comes unexpectedly or after the course of a long illness, we are often unprepared for the difficult decisions that need to be made. The team at Lake Veterinary Clinic provides euthanasia services at our facility and we are here to provide information regarding the handling of your pet’s remains.

 

 

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