Health Maintenance Services

Comprehensive Pet Health Services

While regular preventive care is the foundation of your pet's good health, even the best preventive care cannot guarantee your pet won't face a medical problem. As a part of our commitment to provide your pet with the most comprehensive veterinary care, the veterinarians and medical team at Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic are also skilled providers of a full range of healthcare services, including allergy and dermatology treatment, glaucoma prevention, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, and more.


Dermatology for PetsAllergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Allergies and skin problems are quite common in dogs and cats of all breeds and backgrounds. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of the symptoms listed, please make an appointment at our animal hospital. We can offer your pet oral and injectable immunotherapy and provide full diagnostic services for inhalant, food and contact allergies. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.


Glaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside your pet's eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary or chronic glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary or acute glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation and should be treated immediately.

GlaucomaSymptoms of glaucoma include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

Your veterinarian at Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic recommends a routine glaucoma exam as part of your pet's regular wellness care. The exam is not only effective in screening for chronic and acute glaucoma, it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet's normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds, and even individual pets.

This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.


Treating Your Pet's Cancer

At Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic, the standard treatment for your pet's cancer diagnosis is almost always surgical removal of the mass. Surgery is also the best treatment for both accessible benign cancers and the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Your pet's recovery from surgery is usually rapid and post-surgical pain can be controlled using appropriate medications.

Should chemotherapy or radiation be in the best interest of your pet, we can also refer you to Internal Medicine and Oncology Specialists.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all the relevant factors with your veterinarian so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, preserved quality of life and an improved outcome for your pet.


Nutrition for PetsYour Pet's Nutrition

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

To support your efforts, your veterinarian will perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination and offer weight loss counseling if needed. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet and help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges, weight issues or chronic conditions that benefit from a special prescription diet. Making this change can positively impact your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and more. Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic carries a selection of high-quality prescription pet foods, including Royal Canin, Hill's Science Diet and Purina. Your veterinarian can recommend one that will best meet your pet's needs.


Veterinary AcupunctureAcupuncture

Acupuncture, the stimulation of specific points on the body, has long been one of the most common types of holistic medicine for pets and humans alike. Used for millennia, the treatment is said to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions and help the body heal itself.

Research has demonstrated that acupuncture can be effective for certain medical conditions. Acupuncture points contain nerve bundles, clusters of blood vessels, and increased numbers of mast cells that release histamine and other chemicals when stimulated – including endorphins and enkephalins, the body's natural pain killers.

At Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Choate uses acupuncture to treat certain cases of arthritis, hip dysplasia, seizure disorders, sprains, keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eye"), lick granulomas, neurological conditions, chronic digestive disorders (such as irritable bowel disorder, diarrhea, and constipation), spinal cord disorders, and more.

Before treatment starts, Dr. Choate will give your pet a thorough examination. This examination often involves an in-depth history of environmental and emotional situations that may be affecting your pet's condition, as well as palpation of certain acupuncture points. Acupuncture does not replace the use of traditional treatments for the above disorders; rather, it complements them. Therefore, all pets undergoing acupuncture must have a complete western workup and be treated medically or surgically as appropriate prior to acupuncture.

Treatments themselves last anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 minutes, depending on the condition treated and the method used. Pets are typically treated once weekly for four to six weeks, but this can vary based on the individual pet's response to the treatment.

Referrals

Should your pet develop a medical or surgical problem that would best benefit from the expertise of a specialist, we will refer you to Columbia River Veterinary Specialists. We refer for certain cases that involve internal medical, surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, neurology, cardiology and dentistry, as well as 24-hour emergency and critical care.