Our Professional Services
Preventive Health and Wellness Care
Prevention is the key to a long and healthy life for your pet. With this in mind, Glenview Animal Hospital emphasizes proactive preventive veterinary medical care.
Puppies and kittens require a series of examinations, testing and vaccinations. Our Puppy/Kitten Wellness Program provides everything your new family member needs to get a healthy start in life.
After performing a comprehensive examination, one of our veterinarians will assess your pet’s age, breed and lifestyle to determine the risk for potential disease. Following discussion of your pet’s needs, we will design a preventive wellness program and vaccination schedule that is customized for your pet.
Pets age much faster than people. By age seven, most pets are entering their senior years. We believe semiannual veterinary examinations are essential for the early detection of health problems in senior dogs and cats. These wellness exams can help diagnose, treat, or ideally prevent illness before your pet becomes symptomatic. They also provide an opportunity to discuss nutrition, behavior, and other concerns regarding your senior pet, allowing them to live a longer, healthier, and more comfortable life.
We take special care of all our surgical patients. Prior to anesthesia, your pet will receive a thorough examination. Laboratory results will be evaluated and a customized anesthetic protocol will be used to reduce the risk of complications during the procedure. A veterinary technician is assigned the exclusive task of monitoring your pet during the procedure and providing post-surgical nursing, along with TLC. An intravenous catheter is placed to administer medications and fluids. Our anesthesia monitors allow us to closely monitor the ECG –heart rate and rhythm, respiration, blood pressure, oxygen saturation levels, and temperature during surgery.
We take pain control and management very seriously. Medications are administered or dispensed for surgical and dental procedures as well as for acute and chronic conditions requiring pain management. Based on your pet’s age and health status, we will work with you to formulate a safe and complete pain management plan that may include medications, supplements, therapeutic laser therapy, diet, and physical therapy recommendations.
Laser therapy is a valuable pain management tool for older dogs with arthritis or those with compromised livers that prevent them from being able to take pain medication. It is a great option for cats as well, since there are fewer pain control options considered safe for them.
Dental care for dogs and cats is an important part of their overall health program. Dental disease can lead to bacterial infections, pain, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease, below the gum line, may contribute to damage to the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. More than 85% of dogs and cats over four years of age have some form of periodontal disease. We will perform a complete oral examination and full mouth dental radiographs (x-rays) to identify issues that are occurring below the gum line. A professional ultrasonic dental cleaning and polishing under general anesthesia will not only give your pet a perfect smile, but will ensure a longer and healthier life.
Digital Radiography (x-rays)
The addition of digital radiography and digital dental radiography has been a monumental change in our practice. Our state of the art equipment produces the highest quality radiographs, allowing our doctors to see fine detail and subtle changes.
Our extensive in-hospital laboratory gives us point-of-care diagnostic abilities when we are treating sick or injured pets. This allows us to properly evaluate the patient when time is of the essence. For non-emergency laboratory tests, we send our samples to an outside reference laboratory.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Our Doppler monitor allows us to screen for high blood pressure. Early detection can delay damage to the heart and kidneys and even prevent blindness.
Tonometry (eye pressure)
Some breeds of dogs are more prone to glaucoma than others. The tonometer allows us to diagnose increased intra-ocular pressures in our pets when glaucoma is suspected. This allows us to start treatment immediately and hopefully preserve vision.
PennHip Radiographic Hip Evaluation
PennHip is a standardized, quantitative method to screen and determine the severity of hip laxity. Laxity occurs as a result of hip dysplasia and can lead to painful osteoarthritis. Dr. Cohen is one of a relatively few number of veterinarians who have been specially trained and certified in this procedure. We also offer Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) hip evaluations.
Many of our patients have some kind of behavior issue at some point in their life. These may include new pet concerns, cats not using their litter box, puppies chewing everything in sight, and many others. We can give you some recommendations once the underlying medical causes for the behaviors are ruled out. If behavior issues are more serious, we will help you get the assistance that you need through trainers and behavior specialist referrals.
Many of our pets have special concerns when it comes to their nutritional needs. There are diets that aid in weight reduction, maintain urinary health, provide joint care, manage environmental and food allergies, reduce dental disease and many other conditions. Our doctors and staff will help you find the best diet for your pet. All of our foods have met the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) food recommendations and labeling, assuring that the foods have gone through rigorous scientific testing and feeding trials. For further information regarding AAFCO and how to evaluate a pet food, follow this link http://talkspetfood.aafco.org/
Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are a problem year round in this climate. For example, ticks transmitting Lyme and other diseases thrive at the freezing point, and therefore can be active during the winter months. Our pets can also come into contact with these parasites when they are around other animals inside, at play dates with friends, grooming appointments, kennels, and daycare. Our staff will recommend the appropriate preventive to match your pet’s lifestyle including chews, topical treatments, and collars.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats. Bites from an infected mosquito transmit the disease and can result in foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets. In addition, heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, and foxes which allow mosquitoes to feed and transmit to our pets. Prevention and screening are key in keeping our pets free from this parasite. Our staff will recommend the appropriate preventive to match your pet’s lifestyle including oral chews and topical products. For further information about heartworm disease in dogs and cats follow this link: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources
We recommend that all pets be microchipped. Lost pets that have been microchipped have a much greater chance of being returned to their owners. Veterinary hospitals, shelters and police departments have the ability to scan stray pets and reunite them with their families.