Midtown Veterinary Medical Center offers a wide range of veterinary services for our patients. Just a few of our wellness and preventive care services are listed below. For more information on these or other services, please contact us.
Getting your new puppy or kitten off to a healthy start sets the stage for their lives as healthy adults. During your new pet’s initial visits they’ll receive thorough exams and we’ll answer your questions.
We’ll also advise you on the most important aspects of raising a healthy puppy or kitten, including:
- Vaccine recommendations
- Socialization and training
- Nail trimming
- Spaying and neutering
- Preventative care
- Parasite testing and control
- Pet health insurance considerations
We’ll work with you to devise the best strategy for keeping your new puppy or kitten happy and healthy.
Preventive veterinary care (also called wellness care) is the cornerstone of keeping your pet healthy throughout their lives. Because pets age much more quickly than people, it is critical to have regular physical examinations done to assess your pet’s health.
During routine preventive exams, we’ll get a historical account from you about how your pet is doing, and then Dr. McCarthy will perform a complete physical examination to determine your pet’s overall body condition and to identify any potential issues.
To evaluate your pet’s internal health, we’ll do laboratory tests including blood chemistry, urinalysis, fecal testing, and heart worm testing for dogs. These tests allow us to compare trends over time and to identify potential problems early, before they cause illness, so that we can treat accordingly.
Based on the results of the exam and labs tests, and taking your pet’s activities and lifestyle into consideration, we will tailor a preventative plan to meet their needs. We’ll then make recommendations for appropriate vaccines, nutrition, parasite control and treatment of any issues identified.
If you feel your pet may have a critical need during our regular business hours, please call us at 970-305-5522 for immediate help. We will determine over the phone if you should bring your pet to the hospital, or if we need to refer you to a local pet E.R. We are a more affordable alternative to most 24/7 emergency hospitals. Our veterinarian has emergency care experience and is equipped to handle a variety of urgent cases at reasonable rates. The most serious cases may need to be referred to the ER if that will be in your pet’s best interest.
We love Senior Pets! Senior pets have special needs, and benefit from more regular veterinary visits compared to their younger counterparts. For this reason, we recommend twice-yearly veterinary visits for pets over 7 years of age.
Many conditions become more prevalent as your pet gets older. Age-associated conditions include arthritis, heart disease and kidney disease, among others. We cannot stop them from aging, but the good news is that there is much that we can do to alleviate many of the symptoms of aging.
As with our younger patients, performing regular screening lab work on your older pet can help identify early stages of medical problems that might go unrecognized, and progress significantly without treatment.
Colorado pets are exposed to many parasites. These include internal parasites such as Giardia, Roundworms, Hookworms and Tapeworms, and also external parasites like fleas and ticks. All of these parasites have become much more prevalent in Colorado over the last few years.
Pets infected with parasites may become very ill, and may also become infected with certain diseases that are carried by and spread by parasites. Examples include Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Plague and Tularemia. Both the parasites and some of the diseases they carry can be accidentally passed to human family members. Therefore all dogs and cats should receive parasites prevention and we’ll recommend an appropriate type of prevention based on your pet’s activities and lifestyle.
For more information about pets and parasites, visit petsandparasites.org, and consult with one of our friendly staff!
One of the most common problems for companion animals is dental disease. Most pets have some degree of periodontal disease (periodontal refers to both the visible part of the oral cavity as well as what is unseen below the gum line). For this reason dental care is one of the most common services we provide.
Periodontal disease begins with the formation of plaque, which promotes bacterial infection along the gum line. Without frequent removal, plaque eventually hardens into tartar. Left untreated, this leads to gradual destruction of the gum tissue and supportive structures around the teeth, which can result in tooth loss. Not only is periodontal disease harmful and painful, it can also cause damage to important vital organs such as the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
Home dental health care efforts such as tooth brushing, dental treats and rinses, and dental diets are important for reducing the level and the progression of periodontal disease. We carry the best dental care products available and can educate you about their use for your pets.
Many pets will inevitably need professional periodontal care. When this becomes necessary, Dr. McCarthy will advise you on the best course of treatment for your pet.
Preparation for a periodontal procedure includes lab testing to confirm adequate internal health. During the procedure, dental radiographs will be taken to identify problems below the gum line and appropriate treatments are preformed. Treatments may include tooth extraction, tooth bonding or bone grafting. Dr. McCarthy loves taking care of pet’s teeth! Give us a call to schedule a dental evaluation for your pet.
Laboratory testing is done both as a screening tool during your pet’s routine wellness visits, and also when a pet is sick. Because they cannot tell us what’s wrong, or where it hurts, we must piece together a diagnosis based on information collected from your history of observations, a complete physical exam, lab tests, and sometimes imaging (x-rays or ultrasound).
Basic lab tests include a complete blood count (CBC) to assess red and white blood cells, organ chemistry tests, urinalysis and fecal tests. Most tests are sent out to a reference lab, but we are also able to perform the tests in our hospital to get results faster for critically ill patients. We have state-of-the-art in-hospital laboratory equipment capable of yielding lab results within minutes. Sometimes additional testing is indicated by the results of baseline tests.
Microscopy is quite useful in the evaluation of lab samples such as ear swabs, skin impressions and scrapes, and needle biopsies of tumors.
Diagnostic testing is an important step in the development of a treatment plan for your pet, allowing us to effectively target the underlying problem(s) and assess the probability of successful treatment.
At some point in your pet’s life, they may need a surgical procedure. Whether your pet is having an elective surgery such as spay, neuter, or periodontal procedure, or an emergency surgery for intestinal obstruction, you can rest assured that our staff will provide the very best care possible for your pet.
Our facility offers the following surgical services for companion animals:
- Routine spay and neuter
- Tumor removal
- Abdominal and soft tissue procedures
- Orthopedic surgery
In the best interests of our pet, we require a physical examination appointment prior to scheduling procedures. Before the procedure is scheduled, our staff will explain the process including:
- Any pre-surgical testing that is required to assess for certain anesthetic or surgical risks.
- Food and water intake restrictions prior to surgery.
- What procedures are to be done on the day of surgery and estimated costs.
- Discharge and aftercare for your pet – some patients may be able to go home the same day as their procedure, whereas others may need an overnight stay or referral to a 24-hour care facility.
Limited boarding (based on space) is available. On a first-come basis, we prioritize our established client’s pets with medical issues (for instance, diabetic or old patients on multiple medications). Thereafter, we fill boarding spaces with pets not in need of special medical care.
- Boarding Dogs: must be current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccines
- Boarding Cats: must be current on Rabies and FVRCP vaccines
Acupuncture is one of several traditional Chinese medical treatments, and many studies have confirmed its health benefits for veterinary patients. Administered by a licensed veterinarian who is also certified in these methods, acupuncture can bring positive benefits for many of our pet’s ailments, including:
- General pain
- Post Operative/Surgical Pain
- Autoimmune Disease
- Behavior concerns
- Allergies and Atopic Dermatitis
- Neurologic Disease
- Urinary tract Disorders
- Respiratory Disease
- Digestive Disorders
- And many other problems
Call our office to learn more about acupuncture or to schedule a consult with Dr. Bronwen Foster.