Rockledge Animal Clinic has a welcoming reception desk with separate canine and feline waiting areas, four examination rooms, one exclusively for cats, a surgical suite, multiple treatment areas, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy. We offer a variety of services for your canine and feline friends!
We provide preventative care services such as annual wellness examination, baseline blood work, vaccinations, and nutritional counseling. Dental prophylaxis is recommended in every patient in order to minimize and/or prevent disease process in your pet. As your pet ages their preventative diagnostic needs may change to include cardiac workup, extensive blood work, radiology, ultrasonography, and other useful diagnostics.
For optimal health, kittens and puppies require multiple visits throughout the first 16 weeks of life.
Regular physical exams may indicate further diagnostics. While some conditions show immediate symptoms, others may stay dormant for long periods of time. Diagnostic testing is one of the most valuable tools for preventative care and treatment. We offer a wide array of diagnostic testing including, but not limited to:
- Blood Chemistry
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Cytology and Biopsy
- Fecal Examination
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
- Feline Leukemia (FELV)
- Fluorescein Eye Stain
- Fungal Cultures
- Glucose Testing
- Heartworm Test
- Parvo Virus
- Schirmer Tear Test
- Skin Scraping
- Thyroid T4/Free T4
- Urinalysis and Urolith Analysis
- Water Deprivation Test
Anesthesia is of extreme importance for surgical techniques, but it can also be used for simple procedures to help alleviate stress in our patients. As a general rule, we require blood work prior to anesthesia to help minimize risk to the patient. In most cases, we place an IV catheter and use a form of an injectable anesthesia followed by a gas/oxygen inhalant to maintain proper anesthetic depth. In some cases, if an animal is fractious, we may use a gas inhalation to anesthetize to prevent injury and minimize stress to the patient.
After your pet’s initial puppy series, we advise annual wellness visits to provide your pet with the quality care they deserve. Wellness visits can help prevent serious illness and promote early detection of certain diseases. Vaccinations will be administered based on your pet’s needs as some vaccines are given once yearly while others can be given up to 3 years apart. A comprehensive physical examination is still highly recommended on a yearly basis since so much can change with your pet’s medical needs in a year.
We recommend your annual wellness visit for dogs to include a full comprehensive physical exam, parasite testing, and a heartworm test which includes a small blood profile with a complete blood count. Rabies Vaccination, Distemper, Adeno type 2, Parvo (DA2P) Vaccination, Bordetella Vaccination, and other vaccines tailored appropriately for your dog’s needs may be administered.
For cats, our recommendations include a comprehensive physical exam and parasite testing. Rabies Vaccination, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and possibly other vaccines tailored to meet the needs of your feline friend and possibly some blood work may be performed.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. It is unfortunate that treatment often comes too late to save teeth and prevent disease. While most people mainly concern themselves with bad breath issues, periodontal disease left untreated may also cause serious health issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
In order to receive the highest level of care, your pet will be anesthetized and monitored while a thorough examination is performed. Our preventative dental cleanings include tartar removal, scaling, polishing and fluoride treatment. In addition, we have the capability to debulk gingival hyperplasia and biopsy when necessary. In more severe cases, our services may include oral surgery and tooth extractions.
Ideally, dental cleanings should be performed at least annually in order to prevent severe dental disease as your pet gets older. In extreme cases, gingivitis may be treated with antibiotics prior to your pet receiving their dental treatment.
We provide full service skin care ranging from skin problems to allergy testing.
Depending on your pet’s needs, we offer both in-house diagnostic lab testing, as well as outside Laboratories.
The most important aspect in diagnosing a medical condition is a thorough physical examination. In many cases, it is important to run additional diagnostic testing such as lab work, radiographs, ultrasound, echocardiogram, and/or other diagnostic procedures. Our doctors will make recommendations based on their initial physical exam findings as to what your pet’s needs are in order to provide the best medical care available.
We are certified for performing radiological technique for early screening of Hip Dysplasia. Visit this website for more details www.pennhip.org
We can perform a non-invasive exam of the ears, nose, throat, stomach, or colon via endoscopy.
We have an on site EKG machine that is able to diagnose even the most complex heart problems.
Even the smallest skin condition can make your pet miserable. Most skin problems can be managed through proper at-home care. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic testing can help improve your pet’s quality of life. We provide full service skin care ranging from skin problems to allergy testing. Visit www.varlallergy.com for more information on allergy testing.
We use in house and off site laboratories to ensure comprehensive analysis of blood, stool, and urine. We also offer cytological diagnosis and biopsies on lesions and masses.
We have the latest digital radiological equipment to aid in the diagnostics of your pet.
Electrocardiograms (ECG) are an important diagnostic test used by veterinarians and veterinary cardiologists. ECG’s assess the heart rate and rhythm, aid in the diagnosis of cardiac enlargement, electrolyte imbalance, metabolic disturbances and also help monitor the efficacy of drug therapy.
Endoscopy and Rhinoscopy are advanced diagnostics which allow us direct visualization of the mucosal lining of the nasal passages, esophagus, stomach, colon and intestinal tract. These types of diagnostic procedures are minimally invasive and can aid in the diagnosis of symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, anorexia, nasal discharge and acute or chronic sneezing. If necessary, a biopsy can be obtained for laboratory diagnosis.
Due to advances in technology and research, pets are living longer. It is difficult to put a precise age on when a patient should be considered geriatric due to a variety of factors including patients breed and history. For these reasons, “geriatric” should be determined based on an individual evaluation. Geriatric pets can develop the same issues that an older person may face such as cancer, heart disease, kidney and/or urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, arthritic issues, senility and overall weakness. Once your pet has been determined geriatric, we will advise more extensive blood work and examinations twice yearly. Early intervention is the key to keeping your pet comfortable and healthy for years to come.
We use variety of laboratory testing to provide a clear and accurate picture of your pet’s health. Tests may be performed inhouse or at an outside diagnostic laboratory. Oftentimes, we need immediate results and will perform inhouse testing. These tests include blood chemistry profiles, CBC, thyroid tests, parvo tests, pancreatitis testing, feline leukemia and FIV testing.
At Rockledge Animal Clinic, we are pleased to be able to offer a variety of orthopedic surgeries to our clients. Dr. Shinn routinely performs anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial patella luxation (MPL) surgeries. We also have the capability of repairing multiple types of fractures, performing femoral head ostectomy (FHO), and amputations if necessary.
PennHIP is a service that we offer for the evaluation of hip laxity to help determine the possibility of chronic hip disease in the future. PennHIP uses 3 views, the extended hip view, the compression view and the distraction view and scores the hips on a percentile rating as compared to other dogs in that specific breed. PennHIP can be accurate as early as 16 weeks of age. Early intervention is the key to preventing or lessening the severity of chronic hip disease.
Our clinic fully supports the use of pet insurance. Pet insurance can be difficult to research and understand but it can also be a great value for you and your furry friend. Depending on the plan you choose, insurance can help lessen the cost of annual exams and routine diagnostics. Insurance can also help ease the stress of making medical decisions when your pet gets sick or in an emergency situation. If you are looking for insurance, we recommend checking in to Nationwide or Trupanion.
Our clinic has a wide variety of pharmaceuticals in an effort to provide quality and convenient care to our clients and patients. While it is becoming more popular to write prescriptions for our clients to take to human pharmacies, many medications are available through veterinary pharmacies only. Rockledge Animal Clinic uses Vets First Choice for our online pharmaceutical needs. If you choose to use another online pharmacy, please use caution and make sure they are FDA approved for your pet’s medications, including heartworm and flea medication.
While it may seem convenient to get your pet products from other places, oftentimes these medications may not be stored at the right temperature, may not contain the correct active ingredients, or may not be FDA approved. If ever in doubt, purchase through your trusted veterinarian where you will be guaranteed to receive the product you are seeking.
Rockledge Animal Clinic is excited to offer rehabilitation for patient care. Rehab is individualized for your pet’s needs and can help improve conditions and their quality of life. Rehabilitation often requires a commitment whether it includes dietary restrictions and/or daily treatments at home or in the clinic. Medications may be prescribed for many conditions that require rehab. A comprehensive plan for your pet will be discussed and implemented. We utilize a variety of rehabilitation methods including underwater treadmill, range of motion, exercise, and manual manipulation. Whether your pet needs rehabilitation due to surgery or even if they are geriatric or obese, we will give them the best plan and care to positively impact their quality of life. Conditions that benefit from physical therapy include:
- Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
- Knee/Shoulder Problems
- Disc Herniation /Spinal Trauma/ Paralysis
- Endurance training
We are proud to offer superior, high-quality, digital radiographs which are a valuable form of diagnostic testing. These radiographs can help us with the diagnosis of many diseases such as cardiac disease, gastrointestinal disorders, orthopedic and bladder issues. We also have the ability to send the radiographs to a board-certified radiologist for consultation if necessary.
When your pet needs surgery, whether elective, such as a spay or neuter, or non-elective, like an unexpected surgery, it can be stressful for both you and your pet. Our goal is to provide a calm, relaxed, fear-free atmosphere while they are here for their procedure. Before surgery, your pet will have a full physical examination. Bloodwork will be checked for any concerns and an IV catheter will be placed in the patient. As needed, premedication will be administered to minimize fear and prevent pain. After anesthesia is induced, your pet will be intubated and placed on inhalant anesthesia. A monitor will give information to the technician and doctor about the patient’s status. Once in recovery, your pet will be monitored for any concerns or pain until they are discharged from our facility. A technician or doctor will discharge your pet and discuss at-home care. Your pet may require further treatment after their surgery; this may include further treatment and/or rehabilitation.
- Ovariohysterectomy (Spay) 4-12 months of age
- Castration (Neuter) 4-12 months of age
- Onychectomy (Declaw) 4 months or older
- Tumor Removal
- Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament (RACL)
- Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
- Patellar Luxation
- Fracture repair
- Digit amputation
- Limb amputation
Ultrasound is an amazing form of diagnostics. Ultrasound allows us to view internal structures that may not show on digital radiographs. While we do not have an ultrasonographer in house, we are capable of offering this service with the use of a travelling ultrasonograher covering this area of Brevard County
Dietary & Nutritional Counseling:
We can customize a diet program based on your pet’s specific needs. We also carry many prescription diets that are specifically formulated for certain medical conditions.
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