Medical Services

Medical Services

It is important that your pet's veterinarian be able to provide the best care possible. At Countryside, that is not a concern. Our state-of-the-art hospital features a full laboratory, digital radiology, ultrasonography, the most commprehensive vaccines available, and a staff that is dedicated to providing you and your pet with everything necessary to help your pet be as happy and healthy as possible!


 

 

 

Wellness Exams

Wellness exam screening of pets begin with you, the “pet parent."  As with your own children, annual physical examinations are essential for the long term well-being of all your pets.  Remember, your furry family members age at a much faster rate, making yearly exams very important. For puppies and kittens, we recommend several visits for wellness exams and vaccination boosters in the first few months of ownership, usually 3 to 4 weeks apart. This allows us to prevent many diseases or treat diseases in the early stages, before they become life threatening or cause long term problems.  Geriatric pets require more frequent exams, which can help maximize your aging pet’s quality of life, as well as extending it.  This is done through early detection of many common geriatric problems such as:  arthritis, endocrine and metabolic problems, dental health, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and eye problems.  Medical changes can occur suddenly and without advance warning in pets of all ages; but occur more commonly in our senior citizens.  These changes often surprise owners who wish they had been prepared or able to prevent the problems associated with pet aging.  Wellness testing can help catch many conditions before they become serious illnesses.  Be sure to ask one of our knowledgeable veterinarians about which tests your pet may need during his or her next wellness exam.  If your pet is exhibiting any signs or behaviors which are unusual, including weight loss, consult our animal hospital as soon as possible.

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the gateway to your pet living a healthy life! During the course of your pet's life, he or she will be exposed to many viruses, parasites, or bacteria. Many of these can be prevented with routine examinations, preventive medicine, and vaccines. Puppies and kittens should receive their first set of vaccines at approximately two months of age and receive boosters every three to four weeks until four months of age.

Canine Vaccines
DHPP(C): This vaccine is included in the puppy series and is usually administered to adult dogs every one to three years. It protects against: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and corona.
Bordetella: Bordetella protects against kennel cough. While many feel that only pets that are in boarding environments are at risk for this vaccine, that is incorrect. This is an airborne virus that coyotes carry and can 'hang around' for weeks. With as many coyotes as we have in this area, it is important for all dogs to receive this vaccine.
Rabies: The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system and is fatal once clinical signs become apparent. Legally, all dogs that are three to four months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.
Rattlesnake Vaccine: The rattlesnake vaccine has proven to be very beneficial to those patients who receive it. The doctors at Countryside Veterinary Hospital have treated hundreds of dogs that have been bitten by rattlesnakes and those pets who have been vaccinated have a less severe reaction to the bite. It is effective against the Western Diamondback.
Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a parasitic organism that is found in areas that infected wildlife frequent. It is passed through the urine and can survive in the environment for weeks to months. This can be the lakes, rivers, or even your backyard. Leptospira can also be transmitted to people and we strongly recommend that you protect your pet and yourself from this parasite.
Lyme: This vaccine helps prevent tick borne disease and is highly recommended for those pets who are at higher risk for exposure.

Feline Vaccines
Feline Leukemia: The feline leukemia vaccine is highly recommended if your cat goes outside at all or is exposed to other cats. New cats should not be brought into a household without first checking them for feline leukemia.
FVRCP: This vaccine is a combination vaccine that helps protect your kitty from upper respiratory infections and other common diseases. All cats should receive this vaccine. Kittens usually receive three boosters between two and four months of age and adult cats are vaccinated every one to three years.
Rabies: The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system and is fatal once clinical signs become apparent. But what if your cat doesn't go outside...is he or she still at risk for rabies? Absolutely! In fact, most of the positive cases of rabies in this area occur in indoor only cats!

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Preventive Care

Just like people, preventive care for your pets is key for keeping them happy and healthy. Along with yearly vaccinations, our doctors recommend an annual primary care examination. During this examination, the doctor will check your pets eyes, ears, teeth, skin, joints, heart, lungs, and abdomen while answering any questions or concerns you may have. If the doctor finds any issues, they will make recommendations for further diagnostics or treatments. Most health problems are easier to treat and possibly cure if detected early. During your pet's health exam, the doctor may recommend tests such as blood work, urinalysis, fecal analysis for parasite detection, and heartworm testing as well as vaccines, flea and tick protection, and heartworm prevention medication. Prevention is easier on you and your pet. It is less painful, time consuming, and costly than waiting until your pet is at the stage that they need treatment. At Countryside Veterinary Hospital, we want prevention to be affordable with the high quality care we provide so your pets can remain protected and healthy.

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Senior Pets

As dogs and cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can actually help your pet live longer, too! Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters his or her senior years. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age. In addition, dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are quite advanced. What is considered a 'Senior status' varies depending on your pet’s breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and cats generally live longer than dogs. We can help you determine what life stage your pet is in. Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what’s normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup for when your dog turns 7 years of age or your cat turns 10 years of age. Thereafter, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing. We can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable. We even have a senior wellness plan tailored to your pet’s needs as a senior citizen. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!

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House Calls

When your pet needs care and you can't get to us, don't worry. We'll come to you! Our doctors and staff understand that not all pets are able to come to the office and that fear and anxiety are greatly reduced by examining a pet in its home environment. Therefore, we routinely go to our clients' homes and perform exams. Furthermore, when the time arrives to say goodbye, a house call can make the transition more peaceful for your pet by eliminating the trip to the veterinary hospital. The doctors of Countryside Veterinary Hospital will help your pet pass with minimal anxiety and perfect bedside manner within your home.

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Cat Friendly

Here at Countryside Veterinary Hospital, we offer a cat friendly environment. We appreciate and understand that our feline friends have different needs than their canine counterparts. It is important to us that your cat be comfortable and calm while visiting. This starts with a pre-visit take home kit that has pheromone wipes in it to help your cat remain calm during the car ride. In our lobby, find a seat in our Kitty Kubby, where our receptionists will provide a cover for your kitty's carrier. Feliway pheromone diffusers are used in the hospital and in our exam room that is dedicated to you our feline companions. We play music that has been specifically designed to calm your pet. Please don't hesitate to contact us to find out more about how your kitty's visit can be Fear Free.

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Emergencies

During your pet's life, you may be faced with a medical emergency. The doctors of Countryside Veterinary Hospital are here to help! Whether you are faced with trauma, a rattlesnake bite, or poison ingestion, you can trust that your pet is in good hands and will get the care he or she needs. Both our technicians and doctors are well versed in CPR, first aid and critical care. Just like a human emergency room, we have all the equipment and our staff is specially trained to assist your pet in those first few critical minutes.

If you have an emergency after our regular business hours, please contact:

Animal Urgent Care: 760-738-9600

Veterinary Specialty Hospital, North County: 760-466-0600

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Nutrition

One of the best things to do to ensure your pet lives a long, happy, and healthy life is to feed him or her a well-balance, quality diet. Have trouble sorting through all of the options on the shelf? Don't worry, we are here to help! Below are some questions that you should ask the maker of your pet's food. If they cannot answer these questions, avoid feeding that diet. Science Diet, Eukanuba, Natural Balance and Royal Canin are all excellent choices.

Questions to ask the manufacturer of your pet's food:

1. Do you have a veterinary nutritionist or some equivalent on staff in your company? Are they available for consultation or questions?
2. Who formulates your diets, and what are their credentials?
3. Which of your diet(s) are testing using AAFCO feeding trials, and which by nutrient analysis (tests chemical composition only; not how it affects the animal)?
4. What specific quality control measures do you use to assure the consistency and quality of your product line?
5. Where are your diets produced and manufactured? Can this plant be visited?
6. Will you provide a complete product nutrient analysis of your best selling dog and cat food, including digestibility values?
7. What is the caloric value per can or cup of your diet(s)?
8. What kinds of research on your products has been conducted, and are the results published in peer-reviewed journals?

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Lab Work

Laboratory work is a very important tool for both sick and healthy pets. At Countryside, we are able to offer two Nationally Certified Laboratories, IDEXX and Antech, where tests can be sent, for our clients. We also offer our own in-house Laboratory which utilizes the latest equipment. Lab work is critical in providing us with information about your pet’s health. Whether young or old, if your pet undergoes a comprehensive blood panel, while healthy, this will not only alert us to potential health problems but will give us a baseline to look at if a problem occurs in the future. Your pet’s doctor will choose whether it is best to send out lab work or perform it in-house. In-house laboratory testing is often used in situations where getting the information quickly is important. It is almost always used for pre-anesthetic evaluations, which help detect any potential problems during anesthesia. We work with outside laboratories when more comprehensive or specialized veterinary testing is necessary or when time is not as much of a concern. We strive to offer you the best diagnostic testing possible for your pets.

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Digital X-Rays

When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem or to rule out possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems or pre-existing conditions before they become serious. We may use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. We have a board certified radiologist, Dr. Craychee, who performs radiographic consulting and other services like ultrasonography.
X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We are proud to offer digital radiology (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film). This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. Plus, it uses less radiation than traditional x-rays. To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. We use relaxation techniques so that your pet stays as still as possible. However, in certain situations, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia. If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy. We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic tools to ensure a proper diagnosis. Interpretation of ultrasound images requires great skill on the part of the clinician.
The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image. The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation. Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain the best result. If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Cold Laser Therapy

The cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cells and increase blood circulation. At the correct laser wavelength, pain signals are reduced and nerve sensitivity decreases. The procedure also releases endorphines, or natural painkillers. The procedure is based on the idea that light is absorbed into the cells. The process, known as photo-biotherapy, stimulates protein synthesis and cell metabolism, which improves cell health and functionality. The therapy can take as little as eight to 10 minutes on a small dog or cat, or about a half hour for bigger dogs with more arthritic areas. Therapeutic laser can be used to treat a myriad of conditions. Most commonly it is used for post-operative pain management after orthopedic surgeries, musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (such as sprains and strains), back pain and arthritis. However, it can also be used for other inflammatory issues such as cystitis (bladder inflammation).

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Dermatology

Scratching, itching, hot spots... Your pet’s itchy skin can drive both you and your pet crazy! While it is helpful to alleviate the desire to scratch, if the cause of the itchy skin is left untreated, your pet may be left exposed to serious health problems. Diseases of the skin can be painful and uncomfortable and diagnosis can be challenging. However, one of the most common reasons we see pets at the hospital is for skin and ear problems. Not only are these unpleasant for you and your pet, problems like these can actually affect your pet's quality of life. But, don't worry! We've got a solution. Our doctors are highly experienced with these common problems and can help your pet get back to a happy, scratch-free life! By employing several different diagnostic tools in our state-of-the-art laboratory and listening to you, the pet parent, about what seems to aggravate the problems, you can rest assured that the "itchies" don't have to be normal!

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Dental Care

Bad breath in pets is often joked about, but it is not a laughing matter. Dental disease affects up to 80% of pets over the age of three, and just like in people, there can be serious consequences due to poor dental health. Dental care is vital to your pets overall health. Not being proactive about dental can cause pets to suffer from gum and periodontal disease which can lead to serious heart disease, kidney and liver failure. Furthermore, 8 out of 10 dogs as well as 7 out of 10 cats have been shown in recent studies to have gum disease as early as three years of age. With the dentistry program here at Countryside Veterinary Hospital, most cases can be prevented and others can be cared for. We treat pets for a variety of dental issues including periodontal disease, gingivitis, halitosis, and swollen gums. We understand how your pet’s dental health is important in his/her overall well being. We offer routine dental cleaning along with simple and complex tooth extractions. We offer both anesthetic dental cleanings and non anesthetic cleanings.

Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleanings
Non-anesthetic dental cleanings are offered at Countryside Veterinary Hospital by appointment twice a month. The trained dental technicians of Animal Dental Care perform these routine teeth cleanings on dogs and cats. This is a great tool to use to maintain your pet's oral and overall health. Please give us a call to learn more about how to schedule a non-anesthetic cleaning for your dog or cat. Click here to watch a video of a non-anesthetic cleaning!

Anesthetic Dentistry and Oral Surgery
For the times when your pet must be anesthetized to have his or her teeth cleaned, you can be assured that the doctors and staff of Countryside Veterinary Hospital will provide your pet with excellent care. We use state of the art anesthetic monitoring. Our dental staff is trained in the latest techniques so that your pet can go home with fresh breath and a healthy mouth.

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Ophthalmology

Just like people, pets need eye care. Dogs and cats rely on their senses to explore and enjoy their world, so it is important that all of their senses function properly. Pets' eyes are susceptible to problems and can suffer from the same diseases we do. Sometimes pets are overly curious and poke their heads where they shouldn't, which sometimes results in an eye injury. Age, disease, injury, and genetics all add up to what may cause your pets to have eye problems. Some species and breeds are more prone to various problems than others. Senior pets may develop cataracts or glaucoma and early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping your pet. While cats suffer less from eye problems than dogs, they can experience chronic infections, like conjunctivitis, or trauma. Our doctors are very knowledgeable in this area and can treat conditions such as:
• Cherry eye
• Corneal injuries and diseases
• Dry eye
• Eyelid and eyelash abnormalities
• Glaucoma
• Inflammation, including uveitis and conjunctivitis
• Enucleation
• Entropion
• Infections
• Injuries
• Tumors
• Glaucoma
• Cataracts
• Blindness
• Ulcers
• Many other eye problems

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Cancer Treatment

No one likes the word cancer, especially when it is in reference to our four-legged family members. At Countryside, we can help! From medical management, pain control, and chemotherapy, your pet will get the care it needs. Cancer comes in many different forms and our doctors are able to accurately diagnose and treat your pet's cancer. Be sure to always check your pet for lumps and bumps and monitor them closely. Sometimes, simply removing a mass is curative, other times, more involved treatment must take place. Either way, you can trust Countryside.

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Health Certificates

Are you traveling? How about moving? Well... We are here to help! Countryside Veterinary Hospital is the answer for all of your travel needs. Whether your pet is driving with you to a different state, flying to Hawaii, or traveling to countries like Australia, Japan, South Africa, Germany, or anywhere else, we can help you get everything ready for a successful trip with your pet. Health certificates can complicated, confusing, and many require several steps to complete. All three of our full-time veterinarians are certified by the USDA so they can complete the forms without error and ensure your pet can travel safely. It can be common for pets to experience fear, anxiety, and nausea while traveling. The doctors at Countryside Veterinary Hospital have solutions for all of these troubles.

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Microchips

Microchips are an excellent method for identifying pets. Once the microchip is inserted, the pet is identified for life. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for dogs and cats. The microchip is a tiny computer chip or transponder about the size of a grain of rice. The chip is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades of a cat or dog, much like how a vaccine is administered. The microchip is coded with a unique 15-digit code. Each microchip that is inserted contains a unique code, specific to the individual pet. Inserting the microchip is simple and causes minimal or no discomfort and takes just a few seconds to do. At Countryside, we will gladly microchip your pet and take care of the registration process! That way, there is nothing you need to do but be confident that you have done as much as you can to be sure that your pet is returned to you if he or she is lost.

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