Our veterinary care services are designed to provide your pet with the highest level of care and comfort. We have a team of experienced and compassionate veterinarians and staff who are dedicated to providing your pet with the best possible care.
- We offer a variety of veterinary services, including:
- Wellness exams
- Neutering and spaying
- Dental care
- Emergency care
A wellness exam is an annual checkup for your pet. During a wellness exam, your veterinarian will:
Weigh your pet
Your veterinarian will weigh your pet to track their weight over time. Weight gain or loss can be a sign of health problems, so it is important to monitor your pet’s weight regularly.
Take your pet’s temperature
Your veterinarian will take your pet’s temperature to check for fever or other signs of illness. A normal temperature for dogs is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and a normal temperature for cats is between 100.5 and 102.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Listen to your pet’s heart and lungs
Your veterinarian will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs with a stethoscope to check for any abnormalities. A normal heart rate for dogs is between 60 and 120 beats per minute, and a normal heart rate for cats is between 120 and 240 beats per minute. A normal respiratory rate for dogs is between 15 and 30 breaths per minute, and a normal respiratory rate for cats is between 15 and 40 breaths per minute.
Check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
Your veterinarian will check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth for any signs of infection or disease. They will also check your pet’s teeth for tartar buildup and gum disease.
Check your pet’s skin and coat
Feel your pet’s abdomen
Your veterinarian will feel your pet’s abdomen to check for any enlargement of the organs or masses. They will also check for any pain or tenderness.
Perform a fecal exam
Your veterinarian will perform a fecal exam to check for parasites, bacteria, or other signs of disease.
Discuss your pet’s diet and exercise habits
Discuss any concerns you have about your pet’s health
This is your chance to ask your veterinarian any questions you have about your pet’s health. They will be able to answer your questions and provide you with advice on how to keep your pet healthy.
A wellness exam is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. By taking your pet for regular wellness exams, you can help to detect any health problems early on, when they are most easily treated.
Vaccinations are important for protecting your pet from common diseases. The vaccines we offer include:
The rabies vaccine is the only vaccine that is required by law in most states. Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The rabies vaccine helps to protect your pet from getting rabies.
Distemper is a highly contagious virus that can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and neurological problems. The distemper vaccine helps to protect your pet from getting distemper.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause a variety of symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. The parvovirus vaccine helps to protect your pet from getting parvovirus.
Hepatitis is a virus that can cause inflammation of the liver. The hepatitis vaccine helps to protect your pet from getting hepatitis.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney failure. The leptospirosis vaccine helps to protect your pet from getting leptospirosis.
Bordetella is a bacteria that can cause kennel cough. Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can cause a variety of symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose. The Bordetella vaccine helps to protect your pet from getting kennel cough.
Lyme disease vaccine
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to pets through the bite of an infected tick. Lyme disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, joint pain, and neurological problems. The Lyme disease vaccine helps to protect your pet from getting Lyme disease.
It is important to note that the vaccination schedule for your pet may vary depending on their age, breed, and lifestyle. Your veterinarian can help you create a vaccination schedule that is right for your pet.
Canine Flu Vaccine
The Canine Flu Vaccine is a preventive measure developed to protect dogs against two strains of canine influenza, H3N8 and H3N2. Canine influenza, also known as dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects dogs and can lead to severe health complications such as pneumonia, especially in puppies, older dogs, and dogs with pre-existing health conditions. The vaccine is generally administered in two doses, given two to four weeks apart, and then followed by annual booster shots. While the vaccine may not completely prevent an infection, it can significantly reduce the severity and duration of the illness, thus improving the dog’s quality of life and reducing the risk of transmission. Like all vaccines, it may have side effects, but they are generally mild and short-lived. It’s essential to consult with your vet to determine if the canine flu vaccine is appropriate for your pet, considering factors such as their age, health status, lifestyle, and potential exposure to the virus.
Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your pet healthy. By vaccinating your pet, you can help to protect them from a variety of serious diseases.
Neutering and spaying
Neutering and spaying are surgical procedures that can help prevent unwanted litters and reduce the risk of certain diseases. Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles in male animals. Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus in female animals.
Dental disease is a common problem in pets, and it can lead to pain, infection, and even death. We offer a variety of dental services to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy, including:
A teeth cleaning is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your pet’s teeth and can lead to tartar buildup. Tartar is a hard, calcified substance that can cause gum disease and tooth loss.
During a teeth cleaning, your veterinarian will use a special tool to remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. They may also use a dental laser to remove tartar that is difficult to reach.
Dental X-rays can be used to detect problems with your pet’s teeth and gums that cannot be seen with the naked eye. For example, dental X-rays can be used to detect:
- Hidden cavities
- Gum disease
- Fractured teeth
- Impacted teeth
Dental extractions are a procedure that removes one or more of your pet’s teeth. Dental extractions may be necessary if your pet has:
- A tooth that is badly decayed
- A tooth that is broken
- A tooth that is impacted
- A tooth that is causing pain
Dental bonding is a procedure that repairs a chipped or cracked tooth. During dental bonding, your veterinarian will use a special material to fill in the chipped or cracked tooth.
Dental crowns are a procedure that covers a damaged tooth. A dental crown is made of a strong material, such as porcelain or metal, and it is cemented onto the damaged tooth.
Dental care is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. By taking your pet for regular dental checkups, you can help to prevent dental problems and keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy.
We offer emergency care for pets. If your pet is injured or sick, we can provide the care they need to get better. We have a team of experienced and compassionate veterinarians and staff who are dedicated to providing your pet with the best possible care.
In addition to the services listed above, we also offer a variety of other services, such as:
If your pet needs medication, your veterinarian will write a prescription for you. You can then take the prescription to a pharmacy to have it filled.
If you need to travel and can’t take your pet with you, you can board your pet at a pet hotel. Pet hotels provide your pet with a safe and comfortable place to stay while you’re away.
If you don’t have time to groom your pet yourself, you can take them to a professional groomer. Pet groomers can bathe, brush, trim, and clip your pet’s hair, as well as provide other services such as nail trimming and ear cleaning.
If you need to buy pet supplies, such as food, toys, or bedding, you can do so at a pet store. Pet stores carry a wide variety of pet supplies, so you’re sure to find what you need.
Emergency care is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. If your pet is injured or sick, it is important to seek emergency care as soon as possible. Emergency care can be expensive, but it is important to remember that your pet’s health is priceless.
Here are some tips for finding an emergency animal hospital: (link to emergency section)
- Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation.
- Look for a hospital that is open.
- Make sure the hospital has a staff of experienced and qualified veterinarians and staff.
- Ask about the hospital’s fees.
If you are ever in doubt about whether or not to take your pet to the emergency room, it is always best to err on the side of caution and seek medical attention.
We are committed to providing your pet with the best possible care. We understand that your pet is a member of your family, and we treat them with the love and respect they deserve.
We hope you will consider Birmingham Animal Hospital + Resort for your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are confident that you will be happy with our services.