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NOAH'S STOP 11 ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Wellness & Vaccinations

 

“My pet seems perfectly healthy. There’s no need to schedule a vet appointment! I’ll just call the next time he gets sick.”

 

Have you ever found yourself making this argument? Surprisingly, many otherwise responsible, caring pet parents make this very mistake. They think that veterinary care is reserved only for those instances when their pet is ill or has become injured. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, at Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital, we believe that the greatest gift you can ever give to your animal companion is a commitment to wellness care. That means bringing your pet in at least once a year, regardless of whether they appear to be perfectly healthy. Why? Because wellness visits allow us to keep them that way!

The fact is, our pets are only with us for a short time. That’s why it’s so it’s important that we take every measure to extend their lives, and do our best to improve the quality of those years as much as possible. By seeing your pet regularly, we are also able to identify potential medical concerns and address them right away – often before they have the chance to develop into a more serious and costly problem. Prevention and early detection of disease can add years to your pet’s life and vastly improve the quality of those years.

To help us achieve our goal of keeping your pet as happy and healthy as possible throughout his or her lifetime, we’ve developed a comprehensive wellness program that will be there to support your pet every step of the way. As animals age, their health care needs change. Puppies and kittens require different care than adults pets, as do senior animals. Our wellness program is designed to adapt and adjust according to your pet’s specific needs, allowing us to deliver precisely the care he or she needs at any given moment.

The comprehensive wellness and preventative care recommendations for patients of Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital include:

12 Body System Examination – Companion animals age much faster than humans, therefore a thorough physical exam to evaluate all of your pet’s body systems should be conducted at least once a year.

Customized Vaccination Plan – Your pet may be susceptible to a wide variety of illnesses and diseases, some of which can be life threatening. Vaccines can help protect against these dangers. As part of our comprehensive wellness care services, we’ll evaluate your pet’s lifestyle to determine his or her specific risk factors, and then use this information to develop a customized vaccination plan that is tailor made for your pet.

Preventative Blood Work – Not every medical condition can be easily detected on the surface of the skin. We recommend routine preventative blood work to help monitor your pet’s health and identify any potential problems in a timely manner.

 

Preventative Dental Care – Clean teeth and healthy gums play an important role in your pet’s overall health. Preventative dental care, both professional and at home, can help keep your companion’s mouth healthy and improve the chances of ongoing wellness.

 

Parasite Prevention – Companion animals are at risk of a broad range of parasites, both external, such as fleas and ticks, and internal, such as heartworm. What’s more, many parasites can be spread to other members of the family. We want to help protect your pet and everyone else in your home by developing a customized parasite prevention plan.

 

Nutrition – Your pet’s diet and exercise are important components of their overall health care plan. Our experts can determine precisely what your pet’s nutritional needs are, and provide advice, guidance and recommendations on how to meet those needs to help your pet achieve and maintain optimum health.

Grooming and Bathing – Keeping your pet healthy on the outside is just as important as making sure they are well on the inside. Regular grooming promotes healthy skin and a clean coat, and can make sharing your home with your pet much more pleasant. Grooming also allows our team to identify any potential skin problems so they can be addressed in a timely manner.

 

Beyond the medical aspect of wellness care, but perhaps most importantly, these routine visits allow us to get to know you and your pet on a more personal level and to develop that all important human-animal bond that is so crucial for a vet to share with his or her patients. The better we know and understand your companion’s needs, the better we’ll be able to develop the most personalized and effective health care plan possible. We’re happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have, and to provide you with all the advice, guidance and support you need throughout the life of your pet.

Don’t make the mistake of only bringing your pet in for care when he or she is sick. Prevent that illness from occurring in the first place with routine wellness care. Let us help improve the chances of you both enjoying many happy, healthy years of companionship.

Diagnostics

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our pets could simply come to us and tell us when they weren’t feeling well or had suffered an injury? Imagine how easy it would be to provide them with excellent care if they could explain their symptoms or tell us where it hurts. Then we could simply determine how to treat the problem and have them on the mend in no time.

Unfortunately, our animal companions cannot speak, and in many instances, show little to no outward signs of an illness or injury. It’s up to us to become their voice and their advocate; to recognize the signs that something may be wrong, and take the appropriate measures to address the problem in a timely manner. That’s where veterinary diagnostics come into play.

Diagnostics are tools that allow us to look below the surface of the skin and uncover precisely what’s happening inside your pet’s body so we can quickly identify, diagnose and treat whatever may be bothering them in a timely manner. When it comes to many medical conditions, the sooner we can achieve accurate results, the better the outcome for our patients. Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital offers a broad range of diagnostic services, both routine and advanced, to help manage the ongoing health of your pet.

Our diagnostic services include everything from routine blood work and urinalysis to more advanced techniques, like x-ray imaging. When a physical exam simply isn’t enough, or doesn’t provide all of the pieces of the puzzle necessary for our doctors to reach a definitive diagnosis, these tools can help. What’s more, our in-house laboratory allows us to achieve the results of many of our diagnostic tests within just minutes, so we can often provide you with answers before you even leave our office.

 

Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital offers on-site testing for parasites and dermatological conditions, as well as screening for allergies and infectious disease. For those instances where further diagnostic testing beyond what we are capable of performing in-house is deemed necessary, we have established long-term relationships with a number of outside laboratories, whom we are confident will provide accurate results in a timely manner.

 

Rest assured that whatever may be ailing your animal companion, we’re fully prepared and well-equipped to get to the bottom of it so we can get them back on the road to good health again as quickly as possible.

 

We perform the following routine and advanced diagnostic tests in-house for our patients:

  • Blood Work

  • Parasite Testing

  • Testing for Infectious Disease

  • Allergy Screening

  • Urinalysis

  • Fecal Testing

  • Digital Radiology (X-ray)

  • Dental X-ray

 

In cases for which our veterinarians feel that your pet would benefit from more extensive or specialized testing, Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital has developed relationships with a number of high quality external laboratories where we can send your pet’s tests and be confident of a timely and accurate result.

Rest assured that whatever may be bothering your animal companion, we’re prepared to solve even the most challenging of cases with speed and accuracy and help return your pet to good health as soon as possible.

 
 

Surgery

Learning that your family member needs surgery – whether they happen to be of the two-legged or four-legged variety – can be a frightening time filled with anxiety and uncertainty. You want to make sure your loved one will receive the best possible care. At Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital, we understand the feelings of nervousness and concern you’re experiencing and we want to set your mind at ease. Rest assured that when it comes to surgery, the safety and comfort of our patients is always our top priority.

 

Our highly skilled doctors are experienced in performing a wide variety of surgical procedures, both routine and complex, using the most up to date equipment and techniques and always adhering to the strictest standards of care. We carefully screen all surgical patients prior to any procedure to determine whether they are healthy enough to proceed.  We never want to

place our patients at risk and we’ll take every measure to ensure a smooth, uneventful experience.

From the moment you drop your pet off until you return to bring them home, your companion will be in caring, capable hands. Prior to surgery, your pet will receive a tailor-made pain management plan designed to address his or her specific needs and risk factors. We want to keep your companion as safe and comfortable as possible at all times while in our care. Pain medication is carefully administered by our well trained veterinary technicians and monitored closely throughout the procedure.

During your pet’s surgery, our doctors will work diligently to perform the procedure in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Your companion’s vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels, will be closely supervised by our experienced care team, using the most modern monitoring equipment available. We take extra care that your pet remains as comfortable as possible by providing heated surgical tables and other amenities.

 

When the doctor has completed the surgery, your pet will be gently moved to our warm, quiet recovery area where he or she will receive an individual bed and continue to be monitored as the anesthesia begins to wear off. A member of our care team will reach out to you to explain how everything went and schedule your pet’s pick up time. In many cases, surgical patients are able to go home the same day as surgery. When you arrive to retrieve your pet, we’ll explain any postoperative care instructions we may have, and provide advice on how to help your pet recover as comfortably as possible at home.

 

Following surgery, should any questions or concerns pop up, or you need clarification on aftercare instructions, please do not hesitate to call. Our goal is to make your pet’s surgery as stress-free and positive an experience as possible, and to have them on the path to a full and speedy recovery as quickly and painlessly as we can.

 

Whatever your companion’s surgical needs, whether it’s a routine spay or neuter, or something more complex and medically necessary, our team of dedicated, experienced professionals is here to help! Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can assist with all of your pet’s surgical care needs.

Dentistry

Have you noticed your pet’s breath has been a little less than fresh lately? Do you shy away when he or she comes in for a slobbery kiss, or get the urge to pass a breath mint whenever they get up close and personal with you? If you answered yes, you’re hardly alone. In fact, the majority of adult dogs and cats suffer from some type of oral health issue, not the least of which is stinky breath.

Contrary to popular belief, however, this isn’t something that animal owners must simply learn to live with. In fact, bad breath could very well be a sign that your pet may be suffering from a serious dental problem. Without regular dental care, plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth, inviting dangerous bacteria to develop. Over time, this bacteria can cause everything from tooth loss to dental disease, a serious medical condition that can affect your pet’s entire body, and even shorten his or her life. The good news is you can protect your companion by providing regular dental care.

Noah's Stop 11 has all of the professional pet dentistry services your pet needs to enjoy a lifetime of good oral health!  We offer comprehensive preventative dental services to help ward off plaque

 

and tartar and prevent the development of tooth and gum problems. We routinely perform thorough dental exams and cleanings using high speed, ultrasonic instruments. If necessary, we also have the ability to x-ray your pet’s teeth for a more in-depth evaluation of his or her oral health.

Should you pet already suffer from an existing oral health problem, don’t worry – we can help with that too! Our highly skilled team is experienced in performing a wide variety of advanced dental care services, such as tooth extractions and oral surgery. We are also able to treat a broad range of dental diseases, such as gingival hyperplasia. Even if your pet has never had a dental exam or cleaning, it’s never too late! We can help get existing oral health problems under control once and for all and get your companion on the right path toward a healthier, happier mouth.

Some of the signs that your pet may be suffering from a dental problem include:

  • Bad breath

  • Discolored, loose or broken teeth

  • Tooth loss

  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums

  • Difficulty chewing food and/or reluctance to play with chew toys

 

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these signs, it’s time to bring them in for a dental exam!

Finally, although equally as important, is the role you play in your pet’s dental health. You wouldn’t rely solely on your annual visit to the dentist to keep your own teeth clean, would you? Of course not! You still have to brush every day to maintain your oral health. It’s no different for your pet. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at least three times per week – daily if possible. Our friendly, knowledgeable team is happy to provide guidance and demonstrations of these techniques, if necessary.

Healthy teeth and gums play an important role in your pet’s overall health and well-being, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Give us a call today to schedule a dental visit for your pet. Together we’ll work hard to keep your companion smiling pretty for life!

 

Dermatology

Ever had to deal with a pesky skin condition? The constant scratching. The discomfort. The way it interferes with other aspects of your life.

 

Did you know that dogs and cats can suffer from many of the same skin problems that we humans do, including allergies and infections? These conditions, if left untreated, can ultimately impact your pet’s quality of life. The good thing is, Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital offers professional pet dermatology services that can help.

Our doctors have received specialized training and are experienced at identifying, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of skin disorders, including those of the ears, nose and feet. Some of the dermatological disorders we can provide assistance with include:

  • Allergies (food, parasitic, environmental)

  • Skin infections (bacterial, yeast/fungal)

  • Dermatitis

  • Diseases of the foot

  • Autoimmune skin disorders

  • Endocrine/metabolic skin diseases

  • Ear disease

  • Skin cancers

 

Once we’ve determined the cause of your pet’s skin problem, we’ll get to work developing a customized plan to address that problem. We utilize a broad range of treatment techniques, including oral medications, topical products, supplements, therapy, and in some cases, surgery. We may also recommend some changes to your pet’s home environment. Oftentimes, just making simple changes to things like diet, and removing certain items from the home that may be acting as irritants can reduce or eliminate the problem without the need for medical intervention.

Some of the signs that your pet may exhibit if he or she is dealing with a skin problem include:

  • Excessive scratching

  • Overgrooming

  • Biting or gnawing at the skin or paws

  • Hot spots

  • Baldness

  • Dry, flaky skin

  • Scabbing

 

If you’ve noticed your companion has been showing one or more of these symptoms, don’t make them suffer another moment! Let our professional pet dermatology services help your pet live a more comfortable life!

 

Nutrition & Weight Management

When you buy food for yourself or your children, you don’t blindly choose anything off the shelf at the supermarket. You carefully select products that will provide your family with the most health benefits. So, why don’t you do the same when choosing your pet’s food?

What you feed your animal family member is just as important as what you feed yourself and your human family members. The right nutrition can do everything from supporting a more healthy lifestyle to improving performance and can even help to manage a number of existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, to enhance quality of life.

The problem is, with so many products available on the market today, unless you’re an expert, choosing the right one can be a challenge. What about weight? Can you really say for certain that you know what your pet’s ideal weight range is? If you’re like most pet owners, you probably can’t. So, then, how can you be sure your companion is receiving the right balance of healthy food and exercise so he or she can achieve and maintain optimum health?

This is where the team at Noah’s can help! Our staff is experienced in all aspects of animal nutrition and weight management. We can help you determine precisely what your pet’s nutritional needs and ideal weight range are, and then develop a customized diet and exercise plan that will help bring out their very best.

We’ll start by conducting a detailed analysis of your pet’s needs, considering such important factors as age, breed, lifestyle, current weight and the existence of any medical conditions. We’ll then use this information to make expert recommendations on how you can manage your pet’s diet in a way that will meet his or her needs and provide the best results. We’ll then determine what the proper weight range should be, and help you figure out the most effective way to both achieve that ideal weight, and to maintain it over time.

 

It’s important to keep in mind that as animals age, their needs changes – including dietary and nutritional needs. Even if you’ve met with us before for a nutrition and weight counseling session, that doesn’t mean the recommendations we made then will always apply. We may need to make changes and adjustments to your pet’s food as well as modifications to physical activity to accommodate his or her changing needs so we can continue to keep them in optimum health.

At Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital, your pet’s health and well-being are just as important to us as they are to you. Let our professional nutrition and weight counseling services set your companion up for a lifetime of health and happiness!