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Monday:   8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed
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We are located ½ mile North of Mequon-Port Washington intersection.

 

 

Prolong Your Dog's Life

East Towne Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make tailored annual preventive care recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • Dog Exam at East Towne Veterinary ClinicAt least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as Dental Care or microchipping that will benefit your dog’s overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.

 

Prolong Your Cat's Life

East Towne Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make tailored annual preventive care recommendations based on your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Cat Exam at East Towne Veterinary ClinicOur recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as Dental Care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

 

Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

  Puppy
  Kitten

At East Towne Veterinary Clinic, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.

  • Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as Spaying and Neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

 

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

Puppy and KittenAt East Towne Veterinary Clinic, we believe in the importance of spaying and neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Learn more about how spaying or neutering your pet can reduce common and costly problems here.

At East Towne Veterinary Clinic, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian’s care and attention.

Veterinary Diagnostic TestingEast Towne Veterinary Clinic offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our on-site laboratory and the following advanced diagnostics:

We perform the following in-house tests:

  • Biopsy
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Chemistry Panel
  • Ear & Skin Cytology
  • Fecal Testing (for intestinal parasites)
  • Heartworm Testing
  • Urinalysis

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Digital Pet X-ray

East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Digital Pet Dental X-rayAt East Towne Veterinary Clinic, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures). Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

East Towne Veterinary Clinic provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians is experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Declaw
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Laceration Repair
  • Mass / Tumor Removal
  • And other general surgeries as needed

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Repair

Dental Surgery

  • Tooth Extractions

Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At East Towne Veterinary Clinic your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.
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  Before Canine Dental Cleaning
  After canine dental cleaning
  After Canine Dental Cleaning

Our veterinarians provide pet dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis), digital dental x-ray, root canals, and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

East Towne Veterinary Clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and (advanced) dental procedure.

Learn more about how routine and preventive dental care contributes to your pet's long-term health.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year.
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Brush your pet’s teeth daily or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day. Learn how to brush your pet's teeth here.
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health.

We recommend purchasing home pet dental products for your cat or dog that have been approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).

Canine Laser TherapyEast Towne Veterinary Clinic is committed to providing the best possible patient care. In September 2012, we took another step towards advancing our level of care by providing Laser Therapy Treatment to our pet patients.

All of our surgery and dentistry patients receive a laser therapy treatment after their procedure to reduce pain and speed the healing process. Laser Therapy is also a great treatment option for many acute and chronic conditions that companion animals may experience.

What is Laser Therapy?

A surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment that will:

  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Speed healing

How does Laser Therapy work?

Laser light is delivered through a non-invasive headpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel soothing warmth. Most treatments take a matter of minutes.

Laser therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.

Acute Conditions

Wounds, allergies, infections, cuts/bites, inflammation, tooth extraction pain, sprains, strains, fractures, post-surgical healing and pain.

Chronic Conditions

Inflammatory bowel disease, lick granulomas, geriatric care, arthritis, otitis, feline acne, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia and more.

Canine Wound Before Laser Therapy   Canine Wound After Laser Therapy
BEFORE & AFTER LASER THERAPY
Spike, one of our canine patients, had an open wound for months that wasn't healing, so Dr. Gilbertson put him on a 6-session laser therapy treatment plan. Spike visited us twice a week and by the sixth treatment the wound was scabbed over and healing.

 
  Canine Laser Therapy Patient
Please read these
Laser Therapy
Testimonials
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What are the costs?

Treatment recommendations are unique to each patient and condition. Your pet's veterinarian will determine how often and how many treatments your pet should have based on its condition.

Laser therapy sessions can be priced individually or in packages.

*All packages include 6 treatments and a follow-up examination that is to be given at the time of the sixth treatment.

Dog Murphy with Bird Sonny at East Towne Veterinary Clinic

East Towne Veterinary Clinic is happy to provide care for birds and pocket pets. We offer preventive care, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of pocket pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care. We can help you take care of your small pet!

We are experienced with treating and caring for many types of non-traditional pets including:

  • Birds
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters & Gerbils
  • Rabbits
  • Rats & Mice

Please call us at (262) 241-4884 for more information.

Pet Grooming for Dogs and Cats

At East Towne Veterinary Clinic, we offer grooming as one of our services for your dog or cat. Dogs and cats can get dirty and their fur can get matted. We have terrific groomers who love to make your pet look, feel and smell their best. A well groomed pet is a healthier and happier pet.

  Dog Grooming
  Dog Bathing
  Scrub-a-Dub-Dub, Three Pups in a Tub
Pets love the Easte Towne grooming experience from start to finish!

Our groomers are pet care professionals who understand that each pet and breed has different grooming requirements. We will be happy to discuss the best ways to achieve a healthy and comfortable coat for your pet.

In addition to maintaining a healthy coat, your pet's hair and nails should be trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming your pet's hair and nails is an important part of a hygiene routine that not only helps your pet stay in top shape, but also contributes to its overall good health.

Services

Our Professional Groomers offer:

  • Clip, Trim & Style
  • Breed Specific Cuts
  • Brush Out
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioning
  • Nail Trims
  • Ear Cleaning

Pamper your pet with these additional grooming services:

  • Teeth Brushing & Breath Freshening
  • Nail Grinding (takes away the sharp edge from nail trimming)
  • Musher's Secret Paw Protection Cream (a non-toxic and non-allergenic formula that protects paws from damage due to sand, hot pavement, ice, salt & other harsh surfaces)
  • Plum Perfect Facial Cleanser (gentle, tearless, foaming facial cleanser that removes dirt, tears & food stains while brightening facial coloring)
  • Furminator Shed-less Shampoo & Conditioning Treatment (enriched with omega-3 & fatty acids, these products help reduce excess hair from shedding; followed by a professional blow & extra brushing)
  • Coat Dying & Design
  • Nail Painting
  • 'Pawdicure' (includes Nail Trimming, Nail Grinding & Musher's Secret Paw Protection Cream)

Grooming fees start at $25 depending on size, breed and coat type.

Requirements

Dogs and cats must be up to date on the rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccines.

Meet Our Groomers

  Pet Groomer Kelsa with sogs
  Pet groomer Carrie with dog

Kelsa: From a young age, Kelsa has always been passionate about animals. She started training dogs at 8 years old and by 15 was working in a grooming salon. She attended the Nash Academy of Animal Arts and received her diploma in Pet Styling in 2004. Kelsa has been with East Towne Veterinary Clinic since 2006. Her goal is to make sure your pet looks fantastic and is comfortable and safe while in her care. Kelsa is available for dog and cat grooming, Tuesdays-Fridays and two Saturdays a month.

Carrie: Carrie is the newest addition to our grooming team, joining us in the fall of 2016. She is a graduate of Great Lakes Academy of Professional Pet Styling in Homer Glen, Illinois. Her dream to become a pet groomer started as a little girl when she would assist her grandmother while she worked as a groomer in her own salon. Since graduating, Carrie has been grooming professionally for over four years. She is available for dog and cat grooming Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and two Saturdays a month.

Please call (262) 241-4884 to book your pet's grooming today. We'll be happy to answer all your questions to ensure that your pet's grooming experience turns out just as you imagined.

*Special offer: New grooming clients receive $5 off the pet's first full grooming!

East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers microchip identification for pets. We use the HomeAgain Pet Recovery and Identification System. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.

Pet Microchip and Grain of RiceWhat is microchipping?

A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.

How does microchip identification work?

Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted.

Please call us at (262) 241-4884 to make an appointment.

Did you know that getting lost is the No. 1 cause of death for pets?

One in three pets goes missing during its lifetime and without identification, 90 percent of pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe.

Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. HomeAgain Pet Recovery & ID System reports they recover 10,000 lost pets each month and have helped more than 1 million lost pets return home.

For more information, visit the HomeAgain website.

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 262-241-4884 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

We refer after-hours emergencies to:

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center
1381 Port Washington Road, Grafton, WI 53024
(P) 262-546-0249

Lakeshore Vet Specialists - Port Washington
207 W. Seven Hills Road, Port Washington, WI 53074
(P) 262-268-7800

Lakeshore Vet Specialists - Glendale
2100 W Silver Spring Drive, Glendale, WI 53209
(P) 414-540-6710

 

We board dogs, cats and pocket pets at our full-service kennel facility.

East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers boarding for dogs, cats, and pocket pets so that you can leave your best friend in total comfort at our full service kennel. Learn about our separate, cat-only boarding facility here.

At East Towne Veterinary Clinic, we try to make your dog’s vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for you both. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.

Bria takes one of our canine boarders out for a walk.We pay special attention to assure your dog is safe and comfortable.

Canine Boarders enjoy the following amenities:

  • Immaculately clean cages & runs
  • Owner visits & tours of the facility
  • Outdoor leash walks
  • A clean & comfy atmosphere
  • Fresh bedding & daily housekeeping
  • Spacious kennels
  • Individualized care
  • Convenient hours
  • High-quality, low-residue pet food

Activity Schedule

Our canine guests will enjoy two nature walks and a late night potty break with our standard boarding services.

Extra Activities

pet-care-specialist-rachel-canine-boarderExtra walk and/or playtimes are available for our canine guests at an additional charge. Playtime is a one on one session with one of our fabulously friendly Pet Care Attendants. Pets from the same family can enjoy playtime together.

We also offer peace of mind:

  • Attentive staff
  • Individual playtime
  • Veterinary medical services if needed
  • All the comforts of home!
  • Pet report cards (given at the end of every stay)

Boarding Requirements

  • All pets must be free from internal and external parasites.
  • Dogs must be current on the following vaccines – Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella.
  • Dogs must also be tested for Heartworm, and they must have a stool sample checked within the last 6 months (if not, we can test stool sample here).

Please fax your pet’s vaccine history to us at 262-241-6506 prior to arrival. We look forward to your pet’s vacation!

Boarding Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Pick Up (By Appointment Only)
   

What To Bring

  • Vaccination records should be given to us before check-in
  • Comforts from home — i.e., a favorite toy, treats, and/or chewies
  • Any medication that is needed — Please make sure all medication is labeled with pet's name, medication type, and dosage needed
  • Food if on a special diet or if you prefer your pet to have food from home

What Not To Bring

  • No canine bedding please
  • Dog dishes - we know some dogs may eat better from their own dishes, but if possible leave them at home
  • If you do bring your own dishes, they cannot be glass or ceramic
  • Anything of value (sometimes things can get lost or broken)

East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers feline boarding so you can leave your cat in total comfort at our full service, luxury facility (Cat day boarding services are also available. Please call (262) 241-4884 for more information).

We know the decision to board your cat can be an anxious time for you and your feline friend. Our exclusive cat boarding facility provides a stress-reduced atmosphere filled with plenty of natural sunlight. Our luxury Raintree Cat condos will give your cat plenty of vertical space to roam and perch, as well as a private area for their litter box.

You can reserve a standard condo or luxury suit for even more roaming space, or to accommodate 2 cats from the same family. Along with roomy accommodations, we also offer daily Cat-tivites for your feline friend to participate in throughout his or her stay.

cat boarding condosAll feline guests enjoy the following amenities:

  • Cats-only boarding area
  • Immaculately clean condos & suites
  • Cat-tivities including one-on-one play sessions & daily brushing
  • Owner visits & tours of the facility
  • A clean, comfy & reduced stress atmosphere
  • Fresh bedding & daily housekeeping
  • Climate controlled for comfort
  • Lots of natural sunlight
  • Stimulating environment
  • Individualized Care
  • Convenient Hours

We also offer peace of mind:

  • Attentive staff
  • Veterinarians available Monday-Saturday
  • Veterinary medical services if needed*
  • All the comforts of home!

*We also offer special medical boarding for patients who require medications or geriatric care.

Please bring your cat's familiar diet from home. Dental and grooming services are available while your pet is with us. 

Boarding Requirements

Cats must be free from internal and external parasites, and current on the following vaccines – Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine.

Please feel free to fax your cat's vaccine history to us at 262-241-6506 or email clientcare@easttowneveterinaryclinic.com  prior to arrival.

Boarding Hours

Monday-Friday:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday:   2:00 – 4:00 pm, Pick Up (By Appointment Only)

 

 

 
We look forward to your cat's vacation!

cat in luxury feline condo   cats in luxury feline condos

In addition to boarding dogs and cats, East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers boarding for your pocket pets, too! When you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency, be assured that we make your small non-traditional pet feel safe, comfortable and "at home" at our full-service facility.

Boarders enjoy the following amenities:

  • Owner visits & tours of the facility
  • A clean & comfy atmosphere
  • Fresh bedding & daily housekeeping
  • Attentive staff
  • Individualized care
  • Veterinary medical services if needed
  • All the comforts of home!

Boarding Requirements

All pocket pets must be free from internal and external parasites.

What To Bring

Pocket Pets must bring cage, food, water bottles, and bedding/litter.

Boarding Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Pick Up (By Appointment Only)
   
 

East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.

Other products available include:

Flea, Tick & Heartworm Preventatives
Certifect
Frontline
Parastar Plus
Revolution
Sentinel

Products
Greenies Dental Chews
Virbac (dental)
Premier Pet Products (toys)
Red Dingo Pet Tags

Veterinary Diets
Eukenuba
Hill's Prescription Diet
Hill's Science Diet
Iams
Royal Canin

 

 
 

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

  Pet Exams icon   Pet Vaccines icon  
 

Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
Pet Dental & Oral Care icon   Veterinary Lab Tests icon   Parasite Prevention icon
Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
  Pet Nutrition icon   Spaying & Neutering icon  
  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

Pet Home Care icon   Care for Pets at All Ages icon   Pet Ages & Stages icon

Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Your Veterinarian Will Check...

  • Pet Exams for Dogs and Catsmuscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pet may become exposed to. Below are some of the vaccines we might recommend, depending on your pet’s age, medical history and lifestyle.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
  Canine Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Influenza

The influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on lifestyle and specific needs.

 
     

Download the Pet Vaccines handout

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
 
 
 
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.

Animal Breed Associations

Healthcare Financing

Humane Societies & Animal Rescues

Laser Therapy Resource

Microchip Resources

Pet Dental Information

Pet Grief Support

Pet Insurance

Pet Products

Veterinary Education

Veterinary Emergency

Video Tutorials on Pet Care

How To Use a Tick Twister

The fastest way to remove a tick from your pet is to use a Tick Twister. In this video, East Towne Veterinary Clinic team members Claudia and Sharon demonstrate how to remove a tick using the Tick Twister We sell them at ETVC; this must have gadget can be used on people, too!

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Canine and Feline Dental Health: How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth