X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We routinely use x-rays to help identify issues that your pet may have. We use state-of-the-art technology and digital radiology, which allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet and uses less radiation than traditional x-rays.
Heart problems are often found in senior pets, however these conditions can affect pets at any age. Unfortunately, heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, but if detected in early stages, some forms of heart disease can be treated and cured. If you notice your pet starting to breath rapidly or coughing, loses his/her appetite, or is fatigued, please give us a call as soon as possible. If your pet does have a heart condition, we may be able to identify many heart problems during a physical exam. Additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), radiographs (x-rays), and ultrasounds, are usually needed to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease or failure.
Issues with your pet's skin may be associated with hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites, such as fleas and mites. This can be quite common in cats and dogs, and we can often diagnose a skin problem by performing a simple exam. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies.
At Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center we offer professional dog and cat dental services. These services include: teeth cleaning, polishing, scaling, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery. In order to make dental services more accessible to our clients, we have developed affordable dental packages for qualifying pets. During your pet’s examination, the doctor will identify the grade level 1 through 4 and an appropriate dental plan will be recommended.
Here at Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center, we also provide tonometry tests. This test is performed with a tonometer, a device that is used to detect glaucoma and other vision problems. The device used during the tonometry test is not painful and does not require sedation. We recommend administering this test if you notice the following in your pet: dilated (enlarged) pupils, clouding of the cornea (the normally clear outer layer of the eye), red or bloodshot eyes, one eye protruding or appearing larger than the other, squinting, or tearing.
It is crucial for your pet’s vision that we detect and treat glaucoma and other problems with intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) as quickly as possible. If not treated immediately (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness.