Holistic Well Care for Your Pet

Holistic Well Care for Your PetAs pet owners ourselves, the veterinarians and staff of Schulhof Animal Hospital truly believe that sharing your home with a pet is an immensely rewarding and satisfying experience. We also understand that the relationship you have developed with your pet is unique and important to you. This is why Schulhof Animal Hospital takes an approach to veterinary medicine that is far broader than the care offered by most other veterinary practices.

We are a holistically oriented, client-centered facility that offers a well-blended mix of traditional and complementary veterinary medical modalities. As a Holistically-oriented veterinary hospital we recognize that your pet's environment, behavior, emotions, level of nutrition, particular sensitivities, and physical condition are all intimately related. We consider all of these factors and incorporate them with our knowledge of traditional and complementary medicine when creating a treatment plan for your pet. This means that as your pet receives the best in preventative care–thorough wellness exams, laboratory testing, appropriate use of vaccines, and more–we are able to offer complementary services such as herbal and nutritional medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and more.

When combined, these therapies provide a breadth and depth of care for your pet that is not only very effective at preventing illness, but at treating disease should it occur.

We also believe that superior medical care is only performed by experienced and highly trained doctors, technicians and support staff. We only hire the best and brightest doctors and staff that are always striving to stay at the forefront of veterinary medicine. From our most experienced doctor to our newest veterinary technician, we are well-versed in state-of-the-art traditional and complementary medical practices.

In all, Schulhof Animal Hospital is able to provide a standard of care to your pet and level of service to you that go well beyond what you will experience at other veterinary practices.

Veterinary Wellness Exams

The foundation of your pet's health is the thorough practice of preventative care, which includes a complete physical examination at least once each year.

A regular checkup is just as important for your pet as it is for you. It provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.

During your pet's wellness checkup, Schulhof Animal Hospital doctors will:

Holistic Well Care for Your PetListen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat. If serious arrhythmias are detected, we can do an electrocardiogram to determine the extent of the problem. We may also take your pet's blood pressure using either a pressure cuff or coppler device, and/or an ultrasound.

Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can also be detected by listening to your pet's lungs. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet. If lung sounds do not seem to be normal, a chest x-ray can be taken to determine if there is pathology.

Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet's teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease, which is one of the most common health concerns in pets. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluate your pet's vision – All diseases follow relatively predictable processes and if found early can be more easily treated. Ocular conditions, which can also be prevented through regular care and screenings, are no exception. We can also test ocular pressure with a tonometer to assess risk for glaucoma.

Look into your pet's ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, funguses, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.

Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling the skin and body, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating for skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases and cancer, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals, but can occur in young animals as well.

Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swelling, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the legs. We also observe your pet's gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well-treated if found early.

Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test, fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites, urine analysis, and a red blood cell count as anemia (decrease in the number of red blood cells) can indicate the presence of a number of disease processes. For pets six years of age or older, we also perform a complete blood cell count and a chemistry profile in order to create a baseline of systemic health and to detect any emergent disease processes.

In-House Laboratory

Schulhof Animal Hospital maintains a comprehensive in-house laboratory equipped with computerized blood cell analysis and blood chemistry machines so that we can quickly determine thte extent of pathology in acute cases. We are also able to do initial tissue pathology screening of fecal analysis, as well as skin culture readings.

A Balanced Vaccination Protocol for Your Pet

Holistic Well Care for Your PetVaccines have long proven their effectiveness at preventing diseases that would otherwise be fatal to our pets. However, the veterinarians at Schulhof Animal Hospital believe that a well-balanced approach to the care of your pet should include the proper vaccines for your pet's lifestyle, no less or no more.

The key to reducing the number and amount of vaccines is through a process known as vaccine titering. Essentially, this involves testing a small amount of blood for the presence of antibodies to specific diseases. If the levels are satisfactory to prevent disease, then your pet should not require an additional vaccine.

In general, we provide mature dogs with a rabies and DHPP vaccine every three years. Cats receive rabies vaccine every year and FVRCP every three years. We vaccinate dogs for Lyme disease each year, but only if they test negative for the disease. We also vaccinate dogs against Bordetella (Kennel Cough) once a year if they board or visit dog parks. Feline Leukemia vaccine is given only to outdoor cats and per request for indoor cats. Leptospirosis vaccine is given only to dogs at risk of exposure. We also have canine flu vaccine available.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Puppies and Kittens are a lot of fun to have in the home, but they require some special attention in order to assure they are happy and healthy companions for years to come. Comprehensive physical exams at key developmental stages are important. This is also the time to screen for and treat damaging parasitic infections such as worms or giardia.

Because we take a holistic approach to the care of your puppy or kitten, Schulhof Animal Hospital spreads out vaccine visits. After each vaccine, antibodies take time to build up and we want to make sure your new pet's immune system adequately responds and recovers from each vaccination challenge. We offer puppy and kitten well-care packages for the first six months of life to make sure all the important things are taken care of, and to give you plenty of visits to provide you with opportunities to ask all the questions that come to mind regarding your pet's care.

Puppy Socialization Program

Exposing your developing puppy to a variety of environments is an important strategy to help him or her grow into a dog that can tolerate and even enjoy unfamiliar places and things. Schulhof Animal Hospital's Puppy Socialization Program guides your young dog through a series of unique situations, making sure that each experience is a positive one. The result is that your puppy builds social and environmental confidence.

Senior and Geriatric Veterinary Care

Dogs and cats in their senior years may have slowed down a bit, but they are still very loving and satisfying companions to have. They also require a bit more veterinary care in order to keep them happy and healthy as well as to detect the early signs of treatable diseases.

We recommend regular wellness and dental exams, but also recommend a geriatric exam tailored to your pet's age and condition. Our Senior WellCare Plan includes the standard vaccines your dog or cat needs, as well as diagnostic tests designed to help catch any problems associated with aging before they become difficult and expensive to treat.

The Senior WellCare Plan also covers a number of routine tests such as otoscopic (ear) and ophthalmic exams, basic neurologic and cardiovascular evaluations, weight assessment, blood chemistry tests, urinalysis, fecal exams for intestinal parasites (certain intestinal parasites can affect the health of you and your family), and more.

Microchipping: Safe & Reliable Pet ID

Does your pet have a microchip? Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades.

Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country and around the world are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. The information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.

Schulhof Animal Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system. HomeAgain provides a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets and more.

Our Pharmacy

Holistic Well Care for Your PetIn numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Schulhof Animal Hospital we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy, while at the same time, maintaining relationships with compounding human pharmacies for special prescriptions.

Not only does our pharmacy mean you don't have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet's medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call and we will have your medication ready to pick up.

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