Cats and dogs need at least one comprehensive physical exam a year. In these exams, our vets will examine your pet from nose to tail, such as listening to your pet’s lungs and heart, checking ears and eyes, as well as checking for signs of arthritis and other potential health issues. Additionally, our vets will perform a dental exam.
Comprehensive physical exams help us to identify early signs of disease and give your pet necessary preventative care. For senior pets, age 7 or older, comprehensive physicals are extremely important, and recommended every six months. Take the first step towards a healthy pet by bringing them in for a comprehensive physical exam!
At Northlake Animal Hospital, we believe that preventative care is the best medicine. Flea and heartworm prevention, annual parasite screening, and vaccinations are vital for your pet’s overall health. For puppies and kittens, vaccinations are necessary for fighting life-threatening diseases during this vulnerable stage of their life. In general, we follow the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the America Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) guidelines for vaccinating dogs in cats. However, we also offer vaccine titers for pet parents who are hesitant about revaccinating.
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The decision to let your pet pass is often the most difficult choice a pet parent will make. Sometimes, humane euthanasia is the kindest and most compassionate thing you can do for your pet. Please know that the decision is always yours. At Northlake Animal Hospital, we are here to help you decide and to discuss your pet’s quality of life and prognosis. If you decide that euthanasia is the right decision for your loved one, know that we will do everything we can to make it a peaceful and gentle goodbye.
To learn more about humane euthanasia, visit our saying goodbye.
Congrats on the newest addition to your family!
This time is both exciting and vital in your new pet’s life. When you add a new kitten or puppy to your family, one of the first things you should do is schedule an exam with us.
During this exam, we will discuss any of your concerns while your pet receives a complete physical examination. Additionally, we will discuss nutrition, vaccines, training and more!
To keep your pet happy and healthy, we also offer kitten and puppy wellness plans. These plans can help your pet have a healthy start while saving you money!
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If you are experiencing a true veterinary emergency during office hours in Northlake or Lake Park, call us immediately at (561) 848-4391, or bring your pet right in. Your pet will be in good hands with our experienced team. We can perform in-house diagnostics, including X-rays and blood work, and stabilize your pet. We can also provide a treatment plan based on your pet’s needs.
Visit our emergency services page to learn more about our urgent care and emergency services.
If you are traveling with your pet to a different country, you may be required to have an international health certificate along with certain vaccines, tests, microchips or treatments. Our doctors are all USDA accredited and have the special training in order to write international health certificates. Keep in mind that each country has specific and different criteria for pet entry. We can provide all necessary treatments, vaccines and paperwork. Please visit USDA AHPHIS Pet Travel prior to your visit to determine specific requirements for your destination.
Your pet’s oral health can have a lasting impact on their overall health. Dental Disease can cause your pet pain, and harbor harmful bacteria. Our dental care consists of complete oral examinations and a treatment plan designed specifically for your pet. We can also perform non-anesthetic and anesthetic dental cleanings. During these cleanings, we scale and polish your dog’s teeth, take digital dental x-rays and remove any teeth that are causing your pet pain.
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Diagnostic testing, such as blood work, is crucial to your pet’s health. Whether it’s during a medical emergency or routine screening of the kidneys and liver, diagnostics can be life-saving. Northlake Animal Hospital maintains a state-of-the-art in-house laboratory. This allows us to perform chemistries and complete blood counts in minutes. We also partner with Idexx, the top veterinary diagnostic lab in the county, which allows us to run many advanced tests and offer comprehensive blood work packages at a great value.
Northlake Animal Hospital offers a wide range of surgical procedures, from neuter and spay to more advanced procedures. Our experts routinely perform bladder stone removal (cystotomies), tumor removals and more. For orthopedic and complex surgical cases, we have a board-certified surgeon available to provide the best care. We always recommend a full physical exam with blood work before anesthesia to reduce risk and complications. We always fully monitor our patients under anesthesia, and are very proud of our safety record during surgery.
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With our pets living longer than ever before, age-related medical conditions are becoming more common. For this reason, we recommend that senior pets, ages 7 years and older, get physical exams every six months and full blood work once a year. We want to help you and your pet enjoy as many years together as possible. Routine visits and diagnostics help us screen for cancer, heart and kidney disease, thyroid issues, arthritis, and other diseases.
Learn more about important life extending care on our senior care page.
No one likes to feel itchy. At Northlake Animal Hospital, we fight itch and allergies. Once the problem is diagnosed, we create a treatment plan specifically for your dog or cat’s skin. We offer a range of new therapies combined with traditional treatment options. Whether your pet has fleas, an ear infection, or chronic allergies, we can help.
If your pet is showing signs of itch or allergies (chewing, scratching, shaking, hair loss, etc.), give us a call or visit our dermatology page for more information.
Laser therapy is a new alternative treatment in veterinary medicine. Our state-of-the-art therapy laser is a noninvasive and painless device that uses photons, or light, to help reduce inflammation and help with pain. Laser therapy is beneficial after surgery and for chronic conditions, such as arthritis. It can even help decrease inflammation in chronic ear cases!
Visit our laser therapy page to learn more about how we use laser therapy.
At Northlake Animal Hospital, we believe that nutrition and behavior are important, life changing aspects of pet ownership. Did you know that studies show that dogs that are an ideal weight live 2 years longer than overweight pets? That weight loss is central to alleviate arthritis in pets? That behavioral issues are one of the most common reasons dogs and cats are placed in shelters? Northlake Animal Hospital offers nutritional and behavioral consultations to help your pet live a long, healthy and happy life.
Being away from your pet for a long period of time can be difficult for both you and your furry friend. Northlake Animal Hospital knows you need someone you can trust and will care for your pet like their own. We offer boarding so you don’t have to worry about your pet while your away. Our wonderful staff can give your pet a safe and comfortable place to stay while you’re away.
Call us for more information and to book your pet’s stay, as our space is limited. Don’t forget to ask about reserving our deluxe king suite!
At Northlake Animal Hospital, we utilize cutting-edge digital X-ray to assist in quick and accurate diagnosis. With digital X-rays, our veterinarians have unprecedented precision and understanding of what is going on with your pet. There are many advantages to digital X-rays compared to traditional film X-rays, including a clearer view into your pet’s health. This means less time is wasted. Digital X-rays also allow consultation with a board-certified radiologist via email, with results possible in under an hour.