Pet Hospital Services
Ambassador Animal Hospital offers a full range of veterinary services to care for your pet. Learn more about our complete line of services here, and why they are important to maintaining the health and happiness of your pet.
** We now offer Therapeutic Massage Therapy for your pet! **
Therapeutic Pet Massage - Ambassador Animal Hospital provides therapeutic pet massage by a nationally certified canine massage therapist, Debby Barron. Using a specific protocol of techniques, pressures, and joint movements massage involves manipulating and stretching all of the body's soft tissues. Just like human health is enhanced by regular massage, the same can be said for our furry friends. Every system in the body benefits from massage as does every type and age of dog. To learn more about 4 Paws Massage Therapy, visit Debby's website at www.4pawsmassagetherapy.com or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Medicine and Services
Wellness Examinations- Regular wellness exams are the most effective way to keep your pet healthy and prevent illness or disease before they become too difficult or too costly to treat. At Ambassador, we believe that twice a year for life is the best way to ensure your pet's health and notice any changes. A human year equates to approximately 7 animal years, so your pets are aging more quickly than their age in human years! Every six months equals about 3.5 human years, in which everyone agrees a lot can change.
During your pet's wellness exam, the veterinarian will do a comprehensive examination of your pet from nose to tail. This includes checking their eyes, nose, teeth and any dental disease, ears, fur/skin, body condition score/weight, check the body for any lumps, manipulate the joints to detect any joint disease, check the anal area and listen to the heart and lungs. The veterinairian will also discuss your pet's nutrition, explain heartworm control and parasite prevention, and address any concerns or questions you may have. The annual wellness exam is also when your pet should be updated on their vaccinations.
Senior Pet Wellness Care- At Ambassador, we celebrate senior pets. The health of your pet can change quickly as they age and changes can go unnoticed. Early detection and intervention leads to a longer life of good health. Our goal is to help your pet enjoy a lifetime of good health and good quality life.
Starting around age 7, your pet will enter into their senior years. As pets, they often develop the same diseases as human seniors do such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, endocrine disease, and cancer. Early detection and prevention of these diseases can minimize unnecessary suffering.
As a senior pet, it is important to bring your pet in for routine examinations, diagnostic screening, and let our veterinarians know of any changes in yourpet's health as soon as they occur. Our staff and veterinarians will help you understand the common medical conditions that your senior pet faces and devise a regular monitoring plan
Vaccines and Preventative Care - At Ambassador Animal Hospital, we tailor your pet's vaccination protocol based on their individualized risk assessment and the lifestyle they lead. Vaccinations and checking a fecal sample are an essential part of your pet's preventative health care plan.
Due to breakthroughs and advances in veterinary medicine, vaccinations can protect your pet against most major infectious diseases. Rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus, coronavirus, bordetella (kennel cough), leptospirosis, canine influenza, and lyme vaccines all help to prevent canine infectious diseases. Vaccinations such as feline distemper/respiratory vaccine, feline leukemia and rabies protect your cat from these possible feline infectious diseases. Your veterinarian will devise a specific plan that will work for your and your pet's health needs dependent upon your lifestyle.
Microchip Identification - This unique form of identification is an easy, yet permanent way to bring your pet home quickly should he / she become lost. The microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for his / her entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy for you to be contacted.
Nutritional Counseling - Proper diet is an important part of your pet's health. Should your pet need a new diet due to health concerns or you are just looking for a healthy alternative to your current brand, we offer individual consultations and nutritional plans to help keep your pet healthy.
Behavior Counseling - Pets often show illness or anxiety through improper or changed behavior. Let our staff help you determine what is appropriate behavior and what you can do to change inappropriate behavior.
Dermatology - Hair loss and constant scratching can indicate fleas, food allergies or other more serious skin conditions. We provide specialized dermatological services to all of our patients including allergy testing and desensitization treatments.
Dentistry - Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet's health. Infections are more common in the mouth because they can go undetected for long periods of time. Our veterinary staff regularly performs oral exams, cleanings, and periodontal care as part of our comprehensive health care goals.
Some Signs of Dental Problems include:
- Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart, and liver.
Baths and Nail Trims - Hygiene is important. We gladly offer baths and nail trims to our patients. We do not provide complete grooming services.
Adoption Services - We regularly work with local area shelters and rescue organizations.