Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
Our physical exams are more than just taking temperatures, listening to hearts and giving vaccines. Our goal is to thoroughly examine our patients, identify potential concerns and discuss ways to make the upcoming year healthy for all. We discuss many preventatives like flea, tick and heartworm as well as counseling on any dietary or behavioral issues. We look forward to wellness exams because it allows us to educate our clients while learning more about them and their pets with a more relaxed and fun attitude.
A note regarding vaccines: We receive many questions from our clients about current trends in vaccinations. It is true, vaccination protocols are routinely debated in our profession at present. We are committed to working with you to develop the correct vaccination protocol for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and environment.
The Staff at CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic are trained to identify a variety of health problems that affect our pets, both young and old. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increased number of older pets, just like people, are coping with multiple disease states that can be difficult to manage. A healthy appearing pet may be hiding symptoms of disease or ailment. Therefore, the preventative care of a geriatric pet greatly differs from that of a younger one.
For senior pets it is recommended that exams, bloodwork and/or urinalysis be performed more frequently. This testing helps us evaluate your pet's health so that we can initiate treatment and take preventative measures to stop or slow any disease states as quickly as possible. If any abnormalities are identified, we will take the time to discuss the options, formulate plans and follow through - together. On average a small breed dog and cats are geriatric at 8 years of age and larger dogs can be geriatric as early as 5 or 6 years of age. Although age is definitely a determining factor, we base our health care decisions on a variety of perimeters.
During the course of an appointment, it may be suggested that your pet needs bloodwork, urinalysis or x-rays. These tests can help us establish baselines of your pet's vital organs; changes can indicate areas of concern. CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic has in-house blood machines, radiology equipment and other tools that allow us to get answers quickly. In many cases, we can test your pet in just a few minutes and have answers for you during your visit. From here we can initiate a treatment plan and make adjustments as necessary.
Also, to help ensure safe anesthesia for your pet, we are able to run a combination of tests that can significantly reduce medical risk and allow us to proceed with confidence. If the diagnostics are not satisfactory, we can alter the anesthetic protocol, take additional precautions to protect your pet's health or postpone the procedure to further evaluate any abnormalities.
Periodontal disease affects more than 80% of dogs and cats. More than just causing bad breath, the bacteria in the mouth can cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), loose or abscessed teeth and can lead to premature tooth loss. This bacteria also causes pain and chronic infections that can spread to the heart, lungs, liver and elsewhere to create further damage. The same basics that apply to humans for preventative oral health care also apply to our pets. There are many choices like daily brushing, rinses, pastes, chewable treats, applied gels or water additives. On the occasion that your pet is in need of a professional dental cleaning, CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic is staffed and equipped to perform basic prophylaxis as well as tooth extractions. Periodontal health is extremely important to everyone here at CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic and we believe preventative care and routine dental cleanings is the way to ensure a healthy mouth and less extreme procedures later in life. Healthy teeth make for a happy pet!
We perform many surgeries at CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic. For elective procedures such as spays (ovariohysterectomy), neuters (castrations) and declaws (onchyectomy), we require a pre-operative exam and up-to-date vaccines. If your pet is geriatric, we would recommend a simple blood panel to ensure your pet is able to undergo anesthesia normally and his/her organs are functioning properly.
Prior to being anesthetized, all patients receive a sedative including medicine that will calm them, reduce the need for higher volumes of anesthetics, smooth the recovery phase and ease any pain post-operatively. Throughout the procedure, a veterinary technician is monitoring the patient's anesthetic level, body temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate. During the recovery and post-operative stage, pain management is a primary concern. At discharge, a detailed instruction sheet is reviewed, necessary medicines dispensed and questions answered.
Surgery can be a major medical procedure and is often associated with pain in both animals and humans. You can be assured that the staff of CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic will prescribe pain management solutions to help keep your pet as comfortable as possible before, during and after surgery. If you are concerned about pain management for your pet, a veterinarian will be happy to discuss all options.
Degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, is another painful condition that affects our pets. It is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs. It is estimated that one in five dogs suffer from arthritis. Since pets do everything to please their owners, they will often hide their pain. The signs of arthritis can be very subtle and may not be present at all times. Please talk to us if your pet has reluctance to jump onto the furniture or climb the stairs, is slow to rise after sleeping or playing or simply has a change of behavior. Although there is no cure for arthritis, early detection and management can greatly reduce discomfort and improve quality of life. There are many choices for dogs and cats for the control of this degenerative process itself as well as managing the pain that goes with it.
Our staff is equipped and knowledgeable in the area of emergency and critical care during our regular hours of operation. It is important to keep our phone number and that of the nearest after-hours facility close to your phone with all other important emergency information for your family. If your pet has an ongoing medical problem that could result in a sudden emergency, make sure you keep pertinent medical records in a handy place so you can quickly locate them and bring them with you. When possible, it is best to call the facility so they know you are coming and how best to prepare.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our Staff will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
While we can diagnose and treat the majority of health problems, certain conditions might exist which we require the care of a Board Certified Veterinarian. Between these specialists, all of whom have undergone intense training in their respective fields; and us as your general practitioner; we will all do our best to provide the best care possible outcome for your pet.
Although no pet owner likes to think about it and veterinarians don't enjoy performing it, euthanasia is a part of veterinary medicine. In our profession, we can allow our four-legged loved ones to pass peacefully, keeping their dignity intact. This is a highly emotional and trying time for the families making the decision and having to see it through. All of us here at CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic do our best to comfort our clients, counsel them on when is the "right time" and then making the experience as peaceful as possible. We have designated a special room in our hospital where an owner can either sit on a couch with their pet privately to say goodbye. The topic of euthanasia is very delicate and our entire staff promises to handle this matter respectfully, professionally and compassionately.
CANYON RIVER RUN Veterinary Clinic accepts payment via cash, check, Care Credit, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Visa. So that we can continue to provide you high quality service utilizing the best medical technologies, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered.
We provide estimates for surgeries and hospitalizations. If you have not received an estimate, you are welcome to request one at any time for your expected charges.