Our goal is to build lasting relationships with our patients.
City Pet Hospital has created a convenient practice to provide advanced, comprehensive care. We provide essential wellness care, general surgery, and emergency care over an expanded schedule, including early mornings and late evenings, as well as full services on weekends.
We provide excellent care for:
Wellness & Preventive Care
We want to be your partner in your pet’s care. Like any relationship, communication is important, and we hope you find value in your pet’s annual exams and check-ups. Bringing your pet to City Pet Hospital for physical examinations is crucial to his or her health. We offer thorough physical examinations so that we can detect any potential problems before they become major problems. There are many pet health problems that can be avoided through regular physical exams, which is why we recommend that your pet has at least two examinations with our staff per year. While physical exams are critical to animal health, you can do your part, too, by being a vigilant pet owner. If you notice any irregularities with your pet, take detailed notes and bring them to City Pet Hospital for an examination.
What exactly does a physical exam include? Some things you can’t see, feel, touch, or hear without special tests and equipment, but many times, you can gain a lot of information about your pet through simple observation. In a physical exam, your veterinarian looks for anything abnormal. What is considered normal is a combination of what is normal for the breed and what is normal for your specific unique pet. Every pet is a little bit different, just like every human is different. Once the veterinarian does the basic physical exam, any areas of concern will be given more attention.
Many of the diseases and illnesses that can affect dogs and cats are preventable with suitable pet vaccination protocols.
No single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation, and that’s why we will work on an individualized basis with you and your pet to make sure they are getting just what they need to remain healthy. Our team of doctors and staff is highly educated about veterinary vaccines, and we can offer you the best advice to help your pet live longer.
Our pets are faced with many deadly infectious diseases, and vaccines can help protect them. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common.
Are Vaccinations Safe?
Yes, of course. The majority of pets respond well, but as with human vaccines, there are some risks. Fortunately, serious side effects are rare. The most common side effects of vaccination are low-grade fever, depression, or decreased appetite. These are usually short-lived (24 to 48 hours), require no treatment, and are similar to what people experience after the flu or tetanus shot. Vomiting, diarrhea, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or extremities, and hives are some of the rare allergic reactions that can occur.
Flea and Tick Preventions
Fleas can cause problems for pets ranging from minor to life-threatening. Not only can these parasites cause severe itching, irritation, and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, and rats. And fleas don’t just stay on pets; they can bite people, too. Fortunately, Frontline and Nexgard (for dogs only) work equally well on preventing fleas as it does on ticks. Important note: If your animal already has fleas, it will take a minimum of four months treatment to get rid of them.
Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.
The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. We currently recommend the use of Nexgard or Frontline, which have both proven to be safe and effective. Call us to get your pet protected today!
When they bite, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm infection. And those heartworms can wreak havoc on your dog or cat. These parasites can severely and sometimes fatally damage the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some pets may not show any signs of infection; in those that do, symptoms can vary widely.
In dogs, signs of heartworm disease can range from coughing, fatigue, and weight loss to difficulty breathing and a swollen abdomen (caused by fluid accumulation from heart failure). Canine heartworm infection can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” (a form of liver failure); without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually causes death.
Although often thought to not be susceptible to heartworm infection, cats can indeed get heartworms. Cats can suffer from a syndrome referred to as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD). The symptoms can be subtle and may mimic those of asthma or allergic bronchitis. Signs of respiratory distress, such as rapid or difficult breathing, wheezing, and panting, are common. Other symptoms include coughing, vomiting (typically unrelated to eating), and loss of appetite or weight. Heartworm infection is more difficult to diagnose in cats than it is in dogs.
Treatment for heartworm infection is far more expensive than prevention—and it can actually kill your dog. There is no approved treatment for cats. Some cats spontaneously rid themselves of the infection; others might not survive it. And even one or two adult heartworms in a cat can cause serious problems.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to keep your dog or cat safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. Most heartworm medications also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks. We can recommend the best regimen of prevention for your pet.
Spay and Neuter
Your pet is a companion, a friend, and in a real sense, a member of your family. In order to reduce the number of animals ending up in shelters or being euthanized, we encourage you to discuss spaying or neutering your pet with your veterinarian.
Together, we can work as a team to help reduce the number of unwanted and abandoned animals. Both male and female pets are mature enough to reproduce between the ages of six to nine months.
We’ll help you decide when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about this surgery.
Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.
Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.
We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We can also suggest a plan to have in place so if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.
We take immense pride in our highly skilled ability to perform veterinary surgeries when your pet needs it most. Our experienced team of doctors and staff make it their number one priority to focus on pain management, patient safety, and employing the most current surgical practices to ensure your pet receives the best veterinary care around.
Our team will be working with you before, during, and after surgery to address any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, anesthesia, or postoperative care. We will make sure you are equipped with all the knowledge you need in order to make sure your pet makes a full recovery.
When your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care and medication instructions. If any questions arise after your pet returns home or at any other time during the postoperative period, call us. We welcome your questions and will do all we can to help your pet recover fully. Help is only a phone call away.
At City Pet Hospital, we understand that pets won’t always tell us what is wrong or where it hurts. For this reason, our hospital is fully equipped with an in-house laboratory, digital radiology, and a multitude of other diagnostic equipment and services.
Our in-house laboratory is able to provide results within minutes, which helps our veterinarians to create an optimal real-time treatment plan for your pet. We can screen pets for abnormalities like pancreatitis, kidney disease, heartworm disease, urinary tract infections, and so much more! In critically ill pets, this may save valuable time and guide our team to giving your pet the best outcome possible. For more routine testing, we partner with an excellent reference laboratory that provides most results within 24 to 72 hours.
Digital X-ray imaging allows us to gain information from your pet in a noninvasive and painless way. Radiographs (X-rays) can show us anything from broken bones and bladder stones to heart disease and intestinal obstructions. Additionally, we have a smaller X-ray unit so that we can provide full-mouth dental images for all of our dental patients, which allow us to find problems that are commonly hidden beneath the gumline. Because all of our radiographs are digital, we are able to quickly share images with numerous specialists who can help provide further insight into your pet’s condition.
Diagnostic ultrasound has proven to be a powerful tool in veterinary medicine. As a practice, one of our goals is to offer state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing; so we are pleased to offer ultrasound services as a means of providing a higher level of quality care to our patients.
Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. This means that when we perform ultrasonography, we can see internal images of the patient’s body. Unlike some other imaging studies, like X-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture of what is inside your pet’s body. Ultrasonography is a completely noninvasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.
Senior Pet Care
When it comes to providing complete, customized veterinary care to senior patients and their families, City Pet Hospital embodies the progressive concept of symptom management in the comfort of home. Our team of veterinary professionals is credentialed in the care and management of senior and geriatric-aged pets. Our licensed veterinarians and support staff are experienced in guiding pet-owning families toward making better choices for their aging companions starting at the age of seven.
Services include but are not limited to:
- Detailed consultation
- Complete physical examination
- Review of home care routines
- Customized home medical care plan
- Dietary and nutritional advice
- Pain recognition, treatment, and prevention
- Therapeutic Class IV laser
- Therapeutic small animal massage
- Gentle grooming and hygiene care
Common diseases we see pets for at this life stage:
- Kidney, liver, heart disease
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Cognitive and neurological disease
- Cushing’s disease
- Thyroid disease
We know that as seniors, our pets need a little extra TLC, and the support of the City Pet team can make all the difference! We are committed to working with your primary veterinarian as part of a collective effort to promote better outcomes for senior-aged pets in our community.
Pet dental care is a critical component of your pet’s wellness program. City Pet Hospital offers state-of-the-art dental care for every type of pet, with the focus on long-term health and longevity.
Dental disease can be the origin of more complex, life-threatening issues such as heart, liver, and kidney disease in pets. Routine dental cleanings and a home dental care regime have the potential to add years of vigor to your pet’s life.
A dental exam and cleaning are performed under general anesthesia for a safe and thorough procedure. Whenever anesthesia is used, we take many steps to assure the safest possible procedure, including pre-anesthetic laboratory tests, IV fluid support, and blood pressure monitoring, as well as pulse and blood oxygen monitoring on all patients. Your pet’s teeth are cleaned of plaque and calculus, and the tooth enamel is polished, followed by a fluoride treatment to further protect the teeth and strengthen enamel.
Our digital dental X-ray system allows near-instant radiographic views of the nonvisible areas of the teeth. This invaluable tool is critical for identifying hidden, often painful problems.
Our staff is trained in dental surgical procedures such as extractions of broken, loose, diseased, or painful teeth. If oral surgery is needed, careful attention is paid to managing pain using local anesthetic nerve blocks and other analgesic approaches. Often, medication is sent home after the procedure to help minimize any discomfort. Finally, a careful charting of any concerns or treatments of the teeth is made for future reference and follow-up.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums in pets can be a simple and enjoyable process for both the animals and their owners. Our team offers assistance and training to pet owners in establishing a home care regime that meets their needs. Good dental hygiene is an investment in your pet, paying off in your animal companion living a longer, healthier life free from pain.
A proper diet starts when your pet is young and continues throughout their entire life. We’re here to help your pet get started off on the right foot.
Feeding a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight can increase life expectancy, quality of life, decrease the risk of many diseases (such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease), and help manage chronic medical conditions. We include a nutritional assessment and a weight evaluation in every health evaluation for every pet. We will also evaluate trends in your pet’s weight, as weight gain or weight loss can be signs of underlying disease or may indicate a need to change your feeding regimen.
We carry a full line of prescription diets for your convenience, including Hill’s, Royal Canin, and Iams brands. We also have a variety of treats, including several weight control, dental care, and hypoallergenic options, for both dogs and cats. Please call ahead to ensure we have the diet you wish to purchase. We are happy to place a special order for you!
Obesity and Weight Loss
It is estimated that at least 40% of our dogs and cats are overweight. Those extra pounds may cause health problems when a pet exceeds 10 to 15% of his or her ideal body weight. An overweight pet is predisposed to joint problems such as arthritis, respiratory difficulties, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, liver disease, decreased heat tolerance, increased incidence of skin disease, increased anesthetic/surgical risks, increased risk of diabetes, and decreased resistance to infectious diseases, among other problems. At 15% more than his or her body weight, a pet is officially obese. There are some things you can do to help your pet shed those extra pounds. Weight loss should be accomplished slowly and with a nutritionally-balanced diet. All members of the family need to work together to help achieve the weight loss goal for the pet. As appropriate for your pet, a moderate weight loss program can also aid weight loss.
We can help evaluate your pet to see if and how much weight loss is needed, help you select a reduced-calorie diet, and also to help calculate appropriate feeding amounts for your specific pet.
Because dogs and cats vary widely in actual energy requirements, your pet’s actual response to a standardized weight-loss program will also vary. Regular weigh-ins will help us make any adjustments.
Other weight loss tips:
- Use a measuring cup. Don’t estimate.
- Find out the calorie count of the “diet” food you are using; many “light” pet foods are not actually low-calorie.
- Ask your vet for advice on diets and feeding amounts.
- Choose low-calorie treats for your pet, such as one or two kibbles of food, commercial low-calorie treats, carrots, green beans, etc.
- In a multi-pet household, feed pets separately to control how much each pet is eating.
- Re-weigh your dog or cat every two to four weeks to track weight loss and monitor progress.
- As your pet reaches his or her ideal weight, congratulate yourself and talk with your veterinarian about a maintenance diet.
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually, an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet’s life. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, hit by a car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to “squeeze” you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate of how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
When traveling with your pet(s), there may be animal health requirements specific to that destination. As soon as you know your travel details, contact your local veterinarian to assist with the pet travel process. Factors to consider may include meeting time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/treatments.
It’s important to note that improper or incomplete paperwork for your pet can derail your travel plans and end up costing you time and money. City Pet Hospital wants to help simplify traveling with your pet. Let us assist you throughout this process!
Please click here for more information on specific requirements for your specific destination from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Domestic Travel Certificates
Many states require an up-to-date Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from a licensed, accredited veterinarian when traveling. Your pet must be examined by a veterinarian in order for a health certificate to be issued. This certificate indicates that your pet is healthy for travel and that he or she is not showing signs of disease. This certificate is required by most airlines in order for your pet to travel within the continental United States. We strongly recommend contacting your individual airline to understand their specific travel requirements. Oftentimes, airlines require that your pet be examined by a veterinarian and a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Check with your airline to ensure that your paperwork will be in order.
If necessary, we are able to add a certificate of acclimation to your pet’s travel papers. This certificate is written at the discretion of our veterinarians and is based upon our vet’s assessment of your pet’s health, allowing him or her to travel above or below certain temperatures.
International Travel Certificates
Our veterinarians are USDA-certified and can provide international pet health certificates, which are required when traveling with your pet outside of the United States.
The International Health Certificate should be issued by one of our USDA-certified veterinarians as near to the travel date as possible but not more than 21 days before travel. The certificate should indicate the following:
- Name of pet
- Age of pet
- Country of origin
- Name/address/phone number of the owner of the pet
- Confirmation that pet is healthy and free of parasites
- Vaccinations given, including type, manufacturer, and batch number
Generally, the rabies shot must be given at least 30 days, but not more than 12 months, before travel, although some countries have different requirements. However, you must enter your destination country before your pet’s most recent rabies vaccination has expired.
Along with an international health certificate, there may be additional requirements for traveling abroad. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the international pet travel requirements specific to your destination. If you have any questions, our staff is happy to help.