Small Animal Services
When your pet does get sick, we're here to help. Our staff will get a thorough history in order to help with the diagnosis since pets can't tell us what's wrong. Screening bloodwork done before your pet is ill helps provide a baseline for when they're not feeling well. Pets can be affected by a wide range of diseases; common issues include metabolic disease (diabetes, thyroid issues, etc.), cancer, gastrointestinal upset, and more. We offer a wide range of diagnostics to find the problem and a full pharmacy in-house to treat whatever is ailing your pet. Furthermore, if your pet needs to be hospitalized for continued care our staff will make sure they have what they need.
Colmey Veterinary Hospital is fully equipped with any diagnostic tools we may need to get your pet the best care. If there's a test we can't run in-house, we work closely with reference laboratories to get the answers our patients need. Having a wide range of tests available in-house is particularly useful for emergency and illness cases; we often have results within 30 minutes. Diagnostics we offer include:
- Routine blood testing (complete blood counts, chemistry panel, thyroid/cholesterol levels)
- Digital radiography (x-rays)
- Cytology and microscopy
- Fecal parasite floatation
- Intraocular pressure testing (tonometry)
- Basic ultrasound services
We also utilize Zoetis IMAGYST system, which allows us to have board-certified pathologists review blood smears, biopsies, and cytologies within a matter of hours!
We maintain an in-house pharmacy fully stocked with a large selection of parasite preventatives, prescription pet foods, pain management options, nutritional supplements, and medications our patients may need when they're not feeling well. This allows us to get you your pet's medication before you leave our office and treat patients in-house.
Wellness and Preventative Medicine
Regular wellness exams are crucial to your pet's health at every stage of their life. They help us prevent many diseases and catch others early, before they become more of a problem for your pet. Preventative medicine has been shown to reduce client costs and improve pets' comfort and wellness.
At Colmey Veterinary Hospital, our approach to wellness includes but is not limited to the following:
- Annual physical exams
- Vaccinations to stop preventable, life-threatening diseases
- Diet and nutrition plans
- Weight management
- Routine dental exams and cleanings
- Parasite prevention
- Routine bloodwork
Your first wellness exam with a pet is on us! Your first visit with a pet is an important time for developing a relationship that will last throughout the life of your pet. Your first wellness exam is free, but please note that vaccines, other medications and any needed boosters are additional.
Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in pets; in fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that by age three 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease. Our veterinarians will examine your pet's teeth at every wellness exam and determine if a dental cleaning is needed, but regular cleanings are also an important part of your pet's preventative healthcare plan.
Dental disease goes beyond just your pet's mouth - oral health issues can also impact your pet's overall wellness, including the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs.
For most patients, our dental procedures involve:
- Pre-operative bloodwork with IV catheter placement if indicated
- Thorough examination under anesthesia
- Supra- and sub-gingival cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler
- Dental charting
- Extractions, if indicated
We regularly perform most types of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, including but not limited to:
- Spay (ovariohysterectomy) and neuter (castration)
- Urinary surgery (stone removal, etc.)
- Gastrointestinal surgery (foreign body removal, gastropexy, etc.)
- Other abdominal surgeries (splenectomy, etc.)
- Lump and bump removals, biopsies, etc.
- Orthopedic surgery (fracture repairs, cruciate ligament surgery, luxating patella surgery, etc.)
Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Diseases that were once relatively common and fatal are now easily preventable and occur much less frequently. Puppies and kittens should receive a series of vaccinations to provide a baseline immunity. Adult animals generally need booster vaccines every 1 to 3 years, depending on the vaccine. Our doctors follow the current guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Animal Feline Practitioners (AAFP). We believe in developing individualized vaccination schedules for your pet and will adjust their plan according to their needs and yours.
Core vaccinations are recommended for all patients. Rabies vaccination is required by law for animal and human health.
For dogs, we offer the following vaccinations:
- Canine distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza and infectious hepatitis combo (core)
- Rabies virus (core)
- Leptospirosis (recommended for most dogs)
- Bordetella/kennel cough (recommended for grooming, boarding, dogs parks, etc)
- Rattlesnake toxoid (optional depending on risk factors)
For cats, we offer the following vaccines:
- Feline parvovirus (panleukopenia), herpesvirus, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis combo (core)
- Rabies virus (core)
- Feline leukemia virus (recommended for outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats)
We all know that pain hurts; however, suffering with it is optional. Pain has many detrimental effects on your pet's body. Pain slows healing, increases risk of infection due to stress, decreases activity and can cause behavioral changes (such as aggression, anxiety and/or depression). Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. It also interferes with the bond between you and your pet because of decreased quality of life.
For acute and chronic conditions, we recommend a multimodal approach, including but not limited to pharmaceuticals and physical therapy.
Pain is assessed and treated accordingly before, during and after surgery as well as during follow-up visits. By treating pain in several different simultaneous ways, our veterinarians and staff are able to decrease healing time and allow for reduced drug dosages which lower the potential for adverse side effects.
We are proud to offer an on-call afterhours services evenings and weekends. A doctor is on-call during these times because we know issues with your pet don't just come up during business hours. Please note: this service is intended for current clients; if you are not a current client we will do our best to help you.
End of Life Services - Humane Euthanasia
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is difficult and painful - we understand because our pets are family members too. We work with clients to ensure their pet's comfort, dignity, and peaceful passing in a quiet and personal atmosphere. We take care of details such as final wishes and payment before the moment arrives, in an effort to allow you to focus on your beloved pet. After-care services include taking care of remains, including private cremation if desired. We also offer hour calls for end of life services to ensure your pet feels comfortable.
For decades, we have worked with the company At Home on the Range for our private cremation needs. They treat your pet with the utmost respect and are very reputable. They are our preferred pet funeral home and state-certified pet crematory.
What can you expect during the procedure?
Your pet's comfort is our number one concern. A sedative is administered first by the doctor, to allow your pet to relax and feel comfortable. When you are prepared, an injection is given to your pet, which allows for a peaceful and painless passing. You can choose to be present for all, none, or part of the procedure - whatever you feel is best. We know the decision to say goodbye to a pet is difficult, and our staff is here to support you along the way.