To give your puppy or kitten the best start, it is best to schedule an examination as soon as they join your family. This provides you an opportunity for your pet to establish a positive experience in a veterinary clinic, and most importantly establish a baseline of health to track your new pet's growth and development.
For a special treat to your pet, visit our retail shop and pick out a new collar, leash or healthy treat! We carry a full line of veterinary approved dietary supplements, shampoos, home dental care products and behavior modification aids (Feliway, Adaptil). A staff favorite, the pet odor eliminating candle, is also available in many scents.
Our recently renovated exam rooms are cleaned and disinfected between each visit. We also offer a cat-friendly exam room with a Feliway pheromone diffuser and in-room scale away from loud noise.
We strive for a client-centric experience by performing as much as possible in the room; once your visit is completed, a copy of your exam & discharge instructions will be waiting for you at checkout.
Vaccinations will help keep your pet healthy and happy. Forest Acres Animal Hospital follows the guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for the most current vaccine recommendations. We tailor your pet's vaccinations on an individual basis, depending on your pet's age, lifestyle, breed, size, and environment. Some vaccines are administered annually, while others are recommended every six months or every three years, depending on the vaccine type. Please call us today to learn more about our vaccine packages and to set up an individualized vaccination schedule for your pet.
We typically recommend these types of vaccines and preventatives:
Our treatment area has many uses. We perform all dental cleanings in this area, as well as attend to emergencies, perform treatments and drop-off examinations.
Good oral health is important to your pet's general health! Just as your dentist recommends routine dental cleanings to prevent disease of your teeth, it is also highly recommended for your pet to have routine dental exams and cleanings. According to the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), by the age of 3 years old, most pets will have some degree of periodontal disease.Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:
Most commonly, the only sign of periodontal disease that an owner recognizes is "bad breath". As a result, periodontal disease is often diagnosed late in the course of disease and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age. Studies in humans have linked periodontal disease to a variety of health problems.
Because our pets can't tell us when their teeth hurt or when there is a problem, it is important that they have yearly dental exams. All of our routine exams include a dental exam. If our veterinarians notice periodontal disease or have concerns, it is important to do a complete dental exam under anesthesia. Similar to a human dentist, your pet's teeth will be probed and evaluated to check for periodontal pockets, gum erosion, root exposure, and fractures, which may lead to tooth extractions. Anesthesia is necessary for all dental cleanings and so-called "anesthesia-free" dental scaling is not recommended by AVDC. When our own teeth are cleaned, we calmly sit in the chair, open our mouth when requested, and know to spit excess fluid to prevent from choking. We also understand why the cleaning is important and rarely need sedation or restraint. This is not true for our pets. Additionally, we are able to tell the dentist which teeth or areas are painful. Our pets are not able to understand the exam and cleaning process and cannot communicate their aches and pains. For these reasons, it is important that proper anesthesia is performed so as not to miss anything and to protect the pet from inhaling fluid from the cleaning process.
When necessary, in-house digital x-rays can be taken and reviewed instantly. These images can be very useful to detect fractures, infected pockets or root abscesses, broken roots left below the surface of the gum line, amognst other things.
Statistics show that preventing diseases with regular dental checkups can extend your pet's life expectancy by two to four years.
When pets need hospitalization or continuous monitoring, they are kept in the wards adjacent to the treatment area where our technicians and doctors can see them at all times.
Our fully equipped in-house laboratory allows us to run blood, urine and fecal tests immediately, giving you an answer about your pet's health within minutes.
The loss of a pet is a tragic and emotional time for any family. A dog or cat that is suffering from disease or injury may need euthanasia services. We will assess your pet’s situation and help you gain a thorough understanding of what your pet is experiencing. When euthanasia is required, we will work with you to help you say goodbye and be with your pet to the full level of your comfort.
Mild sedation will be administered to ease any discomfort your pet is experiencing. This gives you extra time to say goodbye to your pet while keeping your pet from suffering.
When it is time, we will administer the euthanasia medication that will allow your pet to gently fall asleep and peacefully pass.
If you desire a home burial for your pet, we will provide guidance on local regulations and guidelines and help with preparation for burial. If you desire cremation, we offer transportation for your pet to the crematorium.