Pets are part of our family, and when they need medical attention, whether an initial checkup or more in-depth care, pet parents want a veterinarian that can provide the services their pet needs. Erie Animal Hospital has provided quality patient care for over 70 years.
Our services include:
Wellness and Sick Exams
Exams are the core of your pet’s veterinary care and establish a patient-doctor relationship. Our physical exams include a thorough history taken by our technicians and a physical exam that checks your pet from head to tail.
Part of your pet’s preventative care is protecting your dog and cat against the most common diseases. There are both core vaccinations (those that are mandatory by law and those that are most common) and non-core (those that are highly recommended). Our technicians and doctors will review these with you and determine which ones are best for your pet according to their breed, age and lifestyle.
Many times, because our pets are unable to talk to us, we need to do diagnostics in order to properly diagnose or rule out problems. Our hospital has the ability to run several types of bloodwork in house such as:
- CBC – a test that looks at the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets
- Chemistry – takes an inside look at many body systems such as liver, kidney, glucose and electrolytes
- Heartworm and Tick Screen – this test for dogs identifies whether your pet has been exposed to heartworm, or any tick borne diseases such as Lyme, Erlichia or Anaplasmosis
- Feline Combo – this test for cats identifies whether your pet may have serious diseases such as Feline Leukemia, FIV or heartworm
- Urinalysis – we are able to test the urine to rule out infections, diabetes mellitus and bladder cancer as well as an indicator of kidney function.
If more significant tests are necessary to diagnose your pet’s problem, we work with several outside labs to perform more extensive testing.
A dental checkup is done at your pet’s annual exam to be sure that your pet’s teeth and gums are healthy. If any tooth or gum disease is seen, we are able to treat most problems found. However, because dogs and cats are not able to hold their mouths open, they need to be anesthetized to have this procedure done. Once anesthetized, their dental cleaning is much like our own. If necessary, we take dental x-rays to determine any disease below the gumline. If any disease is found, the teeth will either be cleaned and polished or if determined to be too diseased, will be removed.
In some cases, an external exam or even an x-ray is not enough to diagnose a problem. In these cases, an ultrasound can be used to take a more in-depth look into the organs to see their structure and if there is any abnormality of disease.
Microchipping is a safe and quick procedure that can be done during an exam. A small receiver (similar size to a grain of rice) is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades that can be read by any microchip reader. If your pet would get lost and be taken in at a shelter or another animal hospital, the reader shows an identifying number with the owner’s name and contact info so that your pet can be returned to you.
If you have any further questions on the services we offer or would like to book an appointment, please call us at (814) 838 7638.