There are numerous skin conditions that can affect animals, however, one of the most common skin ailment is allergies. Both cats and dogs can begin to display signs of allergies by as early as 3 months of age, but, the majority of pets will develop allergies when they are between 1-3 years of age. Unlike humans whose allergies predominately involve the respiratory tract, allergies in dogs and cats frequently manifest in the skin as a condition called allergic dermatitis. The most common signs of allergies in dogs include: generalized itching, redness of the skin, hotspots and chronic ear infections. While in cats, signs of allergies include: generalized itching, eczema and self-inflicted hair loss. Occasionally, allergies in pets can manifest as respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms. Unfortunately there is no cure for allergies, but the symptoms can be controlled by the use of various therapies, which can include: diet changes, anti-inflammatory medications, medicated shampoos or desensitization therapies. Sadly, there is no quick fix for allergies and your veterinarian will often have to trial many different therapies to determine the best protocol to control the symptoms of allergies in your pet. It is advisable to seek the advice of a veterinarian in diagnosing your pet's skin condition as the symptoms of allergies can easily be confused with other dermatological disorders.
Spay & Neuter
Pet overpopulation was caused by the uncontrolled reproduction of cats and dogs to the point where there aren’t enough good homes to properly care for them all. This is a serious problem in many countries around the world and the United States is no exception. In the United States, it is estimated that around 2.7 million healthy and adoptable shelter animals are euthanized because responsible homes cannot be found for them. The solution to pet overpopulation is a simple one; more people need to get their pets spayed or neutered.
In addition to helping with the pet overpopulation problem, having your pet spayed or neutered will increase their chance of living a longer and healthier life. Spaying or neutering your pet can prevent the development of ovarian, uterine, mammary, testicular and prostatic cancers; prostate or uterine infections; and perianal hernias. Spaying or neutering your pet will also curb the development of certain undesirable behaviors, such as roaming, urine marking and some aggressive behaviors.
Our clinic does provide services to spay or neuter your pet. If you are considering getting your pet spayed or neutered, please call or email us for more information and/or to book an appointment for your pet.
The American Humane Association estimates that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Most lost pets go missing after being scared by fireworks, thunderstorms, or other loud noises. Without proper identification, it is very difficult to reunite a lost pet with their owner. Having your pet microchipped will provide him or her with a permanent form of identification that will increase the likeliness that you and your pet will be reunited if he or she ever gets lost.
We offer microchipping services year round. However, every year in July, in conjunction with the Hawaiian Humane Society, we offer low cost microchipping of pets for a flat rate of $10.
Additionally, if your pet is ever lost, you can go to PawBoost to get your pet's missing poster sent to shelters, veterinarians an volunteers near you for FREE! Just enter your pet's information and upload a picture and a professional, printable poster will be created. You can then instantly email your pet's missing poster to shelters, veterinarians, and volunteers in your area. PawBoost's sole mission is to help reunite owners with their lost pet.
Our clinic offers boarding for our established clients. Each animal is provided with a clean and spacious cage, which will keep them comfortable and safe. For our canine patients, they are walked three times a day, unless otherwise specified. Benefits of hospital boarding are that they are monitored daily by a trained veterinary staff. Clients of pets that require medical treatment, such as medication administration or SQ fluid therapy, can rest assured that their pets are receiving all required medical treatments.
If you are looking for a cage free boarding facility or for a pet-sitter, we can give you some suggestions on places to contact.
Routine wellness examinations are an important part of maintaining your pet's overall health. Unlike a visit to the veterinarian to treat a specific symptom or illness, the routine wellness exam serves to keep your pet healthy and can be used to detect any undiagnosed health conditions before it makes your pet sick. During the complete wellness examination, a complete physical exam will be performed on your pet and depending on their age; vaccinations, laboratory diagnostic tests and x-rays will be suggested. The purpose of these tests are to detect subtle differences in your pet's blood work or x-ray images that can indicate changes in your pet's internal organ function, which could make them sick if nothing is done. Treatment recommendations will be made to stop or slow down the progression of that disease to keep your pet feeling their best for as long as possible. It is recommended that all dogs and cats under the age of 7 see their veterinarian at least once a year, while dogs and cats 7 years or older should see their vet every six months.
Despite the fact that we are not a 24-hour clinic, we are here to assist you and your pet if a medical emergency arises at any time, day or night. During our business hours, we offer medical support and critical care services to help your pet when they aren’t feeling well. If your pet requires further intensive care, we will arrange for them to be transferred to a 24-hour veterinary hospital for continued treatment. We also offer an after hour emergency service for our established clients. If your pet needs help and we are closed for the day, please contact physicians exchange and our associate veterinarian will call you back to assist your needs.
We offer a wide range of laboratory services at our hospital, many of which can be performed within our hospital's lab within the span of about 10-30 minutes. We have the ability to perform complete blood cell counts, complete blood chemistry analysis, urinalysis with urinary sediment examinations, cytology examinations, intestinal parasite screening tests, and other disease screening tests. We also work closely with IDEXX, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, for more in-depth pathology and blood analysis.
Radiology is a very important tool in veterinary medicine as it can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many different diseases. X-ray radiography uses a very small dose of radiation to produce pictures of the body's internal structures and can be used to diagnose fractured bones, joint abnormalities, the presence of foreign objects, and to evaluate the lungs, heart and internal organs. Ultrasonography on the other hand uses sound waves to obtain an in-depth view of the internal organs and can be useful in diagnosis of certain disease states.
Our clinic is equipped with a digital x-ray machine, which allows us to quickly take images for our doctor’s to evaluate and diagnose certain health conditions in your pets. We also work closely with a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist, who travels to our clinic to perform ultrasound procedures on your pets if the need arises.
We have a fully functional surgical suite with a veterinary support staff that is well versed in anesthetic monitoring. Our doctors perform a wide range of surgical procedures ranging from tumor removals to spays and neuters. However, for some of the more in-depth or complicated surgical procedures, we work with Board Certified Veterinary Surgeons, who are well trained performing specialized surgical procedures.
Dental disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, with many animals having some evidence of dental disease by the age of three. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident above the gum surface. Routine dental cleanings under anesthesia, allow veterinarians to evaluate and treat the source of dental disease, bacteria under the gums.
At our clinic, we offer professional dental cleanings under general anesthesia. We employ the use of dental x-rays to evaluate the overall health of the teeth and will take steps to stop the progression of dental disease. Once your pet's teeth have been professionally cleaned, we can suggest several products for use at home to keep your pet happy, healthy and smiling!