Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten are the most important. There is no charge for your new puppy's or kitten's initial exam. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. Some of the issues discussed during your first visits include:
- Diet and nutrition
- Behavior and socialization
- Spaying and neutering
- Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
- Parasite prevention
- Oral health
- Vaccines are an important step in stopping preventable, life-threatening diseases in our pets. Like with children, puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccines in their first few months that provide the basis of immunity. After, they will come in once yearly for boosters that insure continued protection. During your pet's annual exam, the doctor will discuss your pet's lifestyle and risk factors to come up with an appropriate, customized vaccine schedule. Below is our hospital's standard policy on core annual vaccinations and testing.
Dr. Colmey, Dr. Uhrig and Dr. Chase plus our team of technicians follow the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association canine vaccination task force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Our core vaccines for healthy dogs include:
Also available for dogs are:
- Leptospirosis (recommended for most pets)
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
- Canine Influenza (H3N2 and H3N8 strains)
Colmey Veterinary Hospital uses only vaccines for cats that significantly decrease the likelihood of any serious reaction. We recommend the following vaccines for cats:
- Feline Herpes Virus
- Parvovirus (Panleukopenia)
We recommend the feline leukemia vaccine for kittens and outdoor cats, as well as cats that go out in screened porches. Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all dogs and cats for their safety as well as people.
Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. That said, we at Colmey Veterinary Hospital believe in caring responsibly for your pet on an individual basis and do not over vaccinate nor under vaccinate.
- In today's ever changing environment with potential natural disasters, microchipping is more important than ever before! We use AVID microchips, which can be successfully scanned by almost all scanners within the United States. Implantation of the microchip is relatively painless and takes only seconds.It's important to remember that a lost companion animal can be very traumatic to all family members. Therefore, we recommend microchipping every pet. Moreover, make sure to always register your microchip with your current address and phone number and update this information accordingly after moving.
DentalYour pet's dental care includes:
- Oral examinations under anesthesia with a probe in order to chart pocket depth
- Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
- Supra and subgingival scaling (i.e. below the gum line, which is not possible without general anesthesia)
- Surgical flap tooth extractions as needed
We regularly perform many types of surgeries, including but not limited to:
- Spay (ovariohysterectomy) and neuter (castration)
- Bladder surgery (stone removal)
- Gastrotomy/Enterotomy (foreign body removal)
- Tumor removal
- Orthopedic surgery (casting, external fixation, knee surgery)
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, Dr. Colmey and our staff are able to decrease healing time and allow for reduced drug dosages which lower the potential for adverse side effects.
During a physical exam, your doctor will evaluate all your pet's physical parameters such as age, size, and breed. We will discuss your pet's history, lifestyle and environment, as well as changes in temperament and appearance to identify risk factors for diseases or health concerns. We perform annual blood screening that allows us to detect the early stages of kidney and liver disease, diabetes, low protein values, and electrolyte imbalances. Many problems show no outward symptoms until damage is already done in the body. Blood testing on younger patients allows us to establish a baseline for your pet as they age, and we can more quickly find and treat underlying problems. We believe strongly in preventative care and have developed wellness protocols for every stage of your pet's life.
Colmey Veterinary Hospital is equipped with an in-house laboratory - a full service diagnostic lab that allows us to perform complete blood cell counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal parasite centrifugation exams, cytology evaluations and other valuable tests. We are able to receive immediate and accurate results, helping to determine your pet's diagnosis and what treatment therapy is required in a timely manner. Our sophisticated laboratory technology is particularly essential to our emergency and illness cases. We can often have results within 30 minutes for many tests.
Colmey Veterinary Hospital has an in-house pharmacy for your pet's prescription needs. Our pharmacy is fully stocked with a large selection of preventative medications and treatments, prescription pet diets, the most effective flea, tick, and heartworm medications, as well as skin/coat care products, and nutritional supplements. All medications and diets are stored under optimal conditions to ensure quality and guaranteed effectiveness. We also can dispense written prescriptions if desired.
End of Life Services
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.
Your options following euthanasia vary according to your final wishes for your pet. If you would like to take your pet home for private burial, we are happy to provide a casket. You also have the option of cremating your pet. For a communal cremation, multiple pets are cremated simultaneously. For an individual cremation, you will receive your pet's ashes back, and there are many options for urns, including wood and metal that can be personalized or engraved. For decades, we have worked with the company At Home on the Range for our private cremation needs. 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.
K-9 Advantix II (flea and ticks) from small to x-large dogs
K-9 Bravecto (flea and Ticks) 10 - 88 lbs
Frontline for cats
Intestinal parasite de-wormer for k9 and feline
Welactin - Natural omega 3 supplements for feline and k9
Dasaquin Joint supplements soft chew and chewable for feline and k9
Pet oral care products
Various Hills Science Diet food and prescription food
Royal Canin feline and k9 food special order
Probios - probiotics
Greenie pill pockes
Ear care products
Feline and k9 vaccinations
Equine and Bovine vaccinations and dewormer
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Call Colmey Veterinary Hospital in Livingston, MT at 406-222-1700 for more information.