Wellness and Vaccination Programs
- Puppy and Kitten Care: Our doctors conduct a comprehensive physical examination and discuss preventative care, behavioral health, nutrition, and tips to make your pet's transition into your home a smooth and happy one.
- Adolescent and Adult Care: As your pet grows and matures, we will make sure that you are doing all that you can to keep him or her healthy. We will be looking for any problems that you might have no way of noticing before they become serious.
- Senior Pet Care: Older animals need more attention. We recommend yearly examinations for your healthy senior pet to discuss common health concerns, like proper nutritional care, arthritis, dental disease, and changes in appetite or water consumption.
- We offer house call services to clients in the Main Line area. House calls can be made for well or sick visits. Our house call service is available for euthanasia as well. Call to find out more information and to schedule a home visit if you think this option is best for your pet.
Our knowledgeable staff and our facilities allow us to deal with a variety of medical conditions your pet may experience. We hope we do not have to see you or your pet for an emergency but if we do, we are equipped to handle the situation. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests.
- Complete Medical Assessment: A complete medical assessment begins with a thorough physical examination whereby your pet's eyes, ears, skin, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal and skeletal system are examined for any abnormalities. Blood tests can be performed as necessary to assess the proper functioning of your pet's kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system including the thyroid gland and adrenal glands. Urine tests can detect similar problems. Depending on your pet's condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests such as radiography (X-rays), endoscopy (internal scoping), ultrasound or surgery.
- Cardiology (Heart): A heart problem can affect your pet at any age although it is more often found in older pets. Many heart problems can be identified on physical examination. Additional tests are usually required to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease. Additional tests include EKGs (electrocardiograms), radiographs (X-rays), and ultrasounds. Heart disease is a serious life-threatening condition but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet's life. We have a veterinary cardiologist who comes to our clinic about once every month to evaluate your pet's heart condition if needed. He is also available at the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Valley Forge.
- Flea Control: A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We will gladly assist you in this process. We can provide you with safe, effective flea prevention and if necessary, flea treatment.
- Dermatology (Skin): Dermatology refers to the study of the skin. Skin disease is a frequently observed problem in dogs and cats. Diagnosing a skin problem in your pet may simply require an examination by a veterinarian; however, most skin diseases or problems require additional steps to accurately determine if there is an underlying cause. Additional diagnostic procedures may include blood work, urinalysis, skin scraping, biopsies, etc. The cause of skin problems ranges from hormonal disorders to the common flea. You should book an appointment for your animal if you notice any excessive itchy behavior, loss of hair, and/or the presence of scabs or scale on the skin.
- Endocrinology (Hormones): Endocrinology is the study of hormones and there are several common endocrine disorders found in dogs and cats. There are many signs observable in pets with endocrine disease. These signs include (but are not limited to) the following: abnormal energy levels, abnormal behavior, abnormal drinking, urinating and eating behavior, excessive panting, skin disorders, and weight gain or loss.
- Laboratory Services: When the physical examination does not provide a diagnosis of your pet's illness, we often rely on blood, urine and stool tests to investigate a problem. We utilize an off-site laboratory that provides us with a one-day turn-around time for most tests, and we also have an in-house laboratory to evaluate organ system function in certain situations with same day results.
- Hospitalization: Should your pet require overnight hospitalization, we provide intravenous fluids controlled by measuring pumps, injectable medications, appropriate prescription diets, and heating sources as needed. We have a highly qualified technician who checks on the animals in the late evening and communicates with the on-call doctor about any questions or concerns. If your pet is unstable and requires 24-hour monitoring, we will facilitate the transfer to one of the specialty practices with whom we work closely.
- We perform a variety of anesthetic and surgical procedures on dogs and cats including routine spays, neuters, to complicated dental surgeries, mass or tumor removals, and many more. Each animal's anesthetic and analgesic protocol is tailored to his or her specific needs, keeping in mind age, health status, length of the procedure, and expected postoperative pain.
Anesthesia / Sedation
We always tailor the protocol to your pet’s specific needs based on their health and the procedure for which he/she is being sedated. We have a highly competent technician assisting our doctors at all times so that your pet is always being carefully monitored during their procedure.
- Local Anesthesia: A local anesthetic causes a loss of sensation to a 'local' area. Small surgical or diagnostic procedures may require a local anesthetic to perform. A biopsy is a common diagnostic procedure where local anesthetic can be used to control pain. A biopsy involves surgical removal of a small portion of tissue.
- Tranquilization/Sedation: Tranquilization or sedation is used to calm an animal under various conditions. The animal remains awake or may 'sleep' but is easily aroused when stimulated. Pet owners frequently request sedation for their animals during travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk and each animal should be assessed prior to dispensing these medicines.
- General Anesthesia: Many procedures require general anesthesia. While under general anesthesia, your pet will have a loss of consciousness as well as a loss of sensation. The level of anesthesia is carefully monitored to provide relief from painful and stressful stimuli as needed to safely complete the indicated procedure.
There are many ways to reduce the risk associated with anesthesia including a thorough physical examination and blood work prior to anesthesia. We use anesthetic monitoring equipment like the EKG, blood pressure monitors, esophageal stethoscope, and pulse oximetry to contribute to a safer anesthesia.
Pain Management and Control
Because animals are unable to tell you when they are painful, it is imperative that veterinarians and pet-owners work together to identify the source and extent of pain. Our doctors are sensitive to the insidious nature of pain and use analgesic (pain-relieving) medications and techniques as needed.
- Radiology (X-rays): When radiographs are needed, we use a state of the art digital radiology system, allowing our doctors to quickly image the heart and lungs, abdominal organs, and bones and joints. We are also able to provide you with a digital copy on a flash drive of these images if a referral to a specialist is required. We have access to a board-certified radiologist to consult on difficult cases as needed by transmitting the images via the internet and often having their opinion in less than 24 hours.
- Ultrasound: We are able to provide ultrasound imaging using a sophisticated BK Medical SonixOne ultrasound machine. In particularly difficult cases, we are able to request real-time assistance from radiology technicians when needed to gather images for a board-certified radiologist to interpret as well as offer our interpretation on the spot. Using ultrasound alone or in combination with traditional radiographs
increases our ability to characterize the nature of diseases affecting the abdomen and thorax (chest).
Diseases of the mouth, gums, and teeth are very common in cats and dogs. Your doctor will evaluate your pet’s dental condition during your appointment and make appropriate recommendations about preventative care or treatment of periodontal disease. We are able to manage prophylactic cleaning as well as complicated periodontal surgeries and tooth extractions. We perform dental treatments in our surgical suite using equipment just like your dentist uses, including ultrasonic scalers, low-speed polishers, high-speed drills, and digital dental radiographs.
Most prescribed medications are dispensed directly to you from our hospital. We also work with a compounding pharmacy that can prepare special orders, like flavored liquid medications. If possible, call in advance to request your refills. We can also arrange to have your refills sent directly to your home if needed. To order medications online click here for our Online Pharmacy.
Our doctors routinely consult with board certified specialists. If your pet needs a referral for orthopedic surgery, imaging, or other services beyond the scope of our hospital, we will work closely with each specialist to ensure your pet receives the best care possible.
Health Certificates for Travel
We help you ensure that your domestic or international car or airplane trip with your pet goes as smoothly as possible. If you are traveling internationally, the USDA and often, the country that you plan to enter, require that your health certificate is completed by a USDA certified veterinarian. Dr. Sutor is certified by the USDA to complete international health certificates for pet travel and has facilitated a large number of clients traveling or moving with their pet to other parts of the world.
As your pet ages or begins to suffer from a life-threatening disease, we are here to help coach you through the end of life care including hospice care. When you are finally faced with making a decision about the end of your beloved pet's life, we offer you a quiet space and a compassionate and supportive experience. If you or your pet would be more comfortable at home, we offer the option of a house call for in-home euthanasia as well. We utilize a trusted crematory service that handles your pet with respect and offers individual cremation if desired.
Veterinary acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine that involves the gentle insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body. Those points connect to the inner organs and the central nervous system and stimulate healing and balance. Acupuncture can help treat a wide variety of problems, ranging from arthritic pain and ligament injury to allergies and ear infections to chronic kidney disease and even seizures. Acupuncture can be a great benefit for pets with cancer, supporting their appetite and immune system, suppressing tumor growth, and relieving pain. Acupuncture also can be paired with conventional treatments to reduce the side effects of medications, improve comfort, and lessen symptoms. Ask us about combining acupuncture with herbal medicine and food therapy for a comprehensive Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine treatment plan!
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