Wellness Care and Preventative Medicine
The veterinarians and support staff at Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital maintain the opinion that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We provide thorough wellness care and preventative medicine through comprehensive annual exams, routine testing, heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, intestinal parasite prevention, and vaccines tailored to each individual pet’s lifestyle. We adjust our protocols based on the latest science-based recommendations for care and local incidences of diseases and parasites. As nutrition is integral to good health, we are happy to guide owners in choosing a healthy diet for their pets. At the end of each visit, we will provide a written treatment plan and will make every effort to answer any questions that may arise once a client gets home.
Illness and Injury Care
Even with up-to-date preventative care, pets do occasionally get sick or injured. We reserve several exam slots per day for urgent care patients and are typically able to fit in sick or injured animals that day. We provide on-site blood work, radiographs, and surgery for most illnesses and injuries. We know that when a pet is hurting, the owner is also hurting, and we strive to provide comfort for both with kind and compassionate care from all members of our staff.
Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital provides soft tissue surgery ranging from routine spays and neuters to abdominal laparotomies and nearly everything in between. Surgeries are typically done in the morning and most pets are ready to go home that evening. Every surgical patient goes home with adequate pain medications while the owner leaves with written directions on how to provide the best post-operative care. We do refer out for orthopedic surgery as we have fantastic board-certified surgeons available locally.
We believe that routine dental care can greatly lengthen a pet’s lifespan and greatly improve their quality of life. With our anesthetized dental cleanings, we provide a comprehensive oral exam, thorough ultrasonic scaling, digital dental radiography, extractions, and other needed treatments. We also recommend owners provide at-home care to help keep teeth clean in between needed cleanings through routinely brushing a pet’s teeth and supplementing with over-the-counter veterinary-approved products, both of which we are happy to offer in our clinic.
We can perform digital radiographs that can be evaluated at the time of service. We also have the capability to have radiographs read by board-certified radiologists if needed. We provide OFA radiographs and routine radiographs for all manner of illness, injury, or health checks. We use a traveling internist to do any needed ultrasounds, echocardiograms, and other specialized internal imaging services.
We know that love is not reserved for just dogs and cats. Our exotics doctor, Dr. Sarah Hargrove, will see most animals that can be brought to our clinic. We have goats, sheep, birds, small mammals, and reptiles as our patients. We provide, not only sick care for these pets, but also help with routine care and husbandry to keep them healthy and thriving.