Medical Services

If your pet needs medical assistance, you can feel confident turning to us. Our knowledgeable staff and modern facilities are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the more detailed descriptions of medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your pet’s needs.

Opthalmology

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Eye health in dogs and cats is often overlooked until there is an obvious problem, typically because pet owners are uncertain as to what would constitute a true veterinary crisis. At Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, we work closely with dog and cat owners to identify the source of eye symptoms and to develop a treatment plan that meets the needs of the pet and owner.

Obvious symptoms of an eye problem in your dog or cat include watery or mucoid discharge; decreased vision or blindness; and excessive blinking, squinting, redness, puffiness, and pawing at the eyes or face. Any pet that demonstrates eye pain—symptoms such as tenderness, discharge, excessive tears, or sensitivity to light—should be brought to your veterinarian at once.

Glaucoma, tumors, and abscesses behind the eye may cause a bulging appearance, while dehydration, certain nerve conditions, weight loss, and even tetanus may cause the eye to seem sunken. There are many conditions that may cause the eye to simply appear irritated, such as dry eye (KCS), infections or eyelash or eyelid problems, or a foreign object or small tumor in the eye. And a discharge of any kind is cause for concern.

Our veterinarians are experts at diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions of the eye in both dogs and cats. Common eye problems that are addressed and treated surgically by the veterinarians of Rocklin Road Animal Hospital include:

  • Repair of entropion (rolling in of the eyelids)
  • Repair of prolapsed glands of the membrane nictitans (cherry eye)
  • Removal of eyelid tumors
  • Repair of an incomplete tear duct (your pet seems to be “crying” all the time)

Never delay when it means risking your pet’s eyesight. Contact us at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital to discuss possible symptoms of eye problems in your dog or cat.

Dermatology

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ANIMAL DERMATOLOGY & PET SKIN CARE AT OUR ROCKLIN, CA ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Scratching, whining, skin sores, excessive hair loss, bad smell—pet skin problems can be both alarming and frustrating to a concerned pet owner. Addressing such problems take time and dedication to diagnose accurately and treat successfully. Your veterinarians at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital are experienced in diagnosing and treating a variety of skin issues in dogs and cats, and we will work with you to find the most comfortable and successful solution.

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Accurate diagnosis of skin diseases and conditions is our priority. We must rely on a complete medical history provided by you, a comprehensive, hands-on physical examination to rule out any systemic issues or diseases and to assess the overall health and condition of your pet. Diagnostic testing will likely be required and may include:

  • Blood work
  • Allergy testing
  • Skin scrapings
  • Fungal cultures
  • Skin biopsies and cytologies

Once we know what is causing the issue, medications will be prescribed and filled in our in-house Pharmacy.

We never want your pets to suffer—if you suspect your pet has a skin problem, contact our office to schedule an immediate appointment. See our article on Itchy Skin In Cats.

Dentistry

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Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.

Common signs of dental disease include:

  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose teeth
  • Depression

Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.

Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also help show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.

Radiology (X-rays)

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When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.

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 use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.

We are proud to offer digital radiology (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film). This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. Plus, it uses less radiation than traditional x-rays.

To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia.

If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Flea Control

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A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We will gladly assist you in this process. We can provide you with safe, effective flea prevention and if necessary, flea treatment. See the flea article in the Pet Health Library of our site.

Dermatology (Skin)

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Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.

We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. 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.

Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.

Cardiology

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Heart disease is more frequently diagnosed in pets today due to various issues, primarily because animals are enjoying greater longevity; pet owners are committing to regular veterinary care, and veterinary diagnostic equipment and techniques have greatly improved. This is good news for pets, and their owners—pet heart disease can be managed and, in some cases, cured with medication and surgical procedures.

Some of the more common cardiac issues we treat at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital include:

  • Heartworm disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat
  • Congestive heart failure

Our veterinarians are experts at treating many heart problems in dogs and cats, especially when early detection reveals problems before the animal’s condition has deteriorated.

Symptoms to look for when concerned about heart disease include the following:

  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fluid retention (swollen abdomen)
  • Fainting
  • Bluish tongue
  • Weight loss
  • Out of breath

These symptoms may be subtle at first, becoming more pronounced over time, or they may seem to appear all at once. The annual veterinary exam may even reveal a slow or irregular heartbeat or a heart murmur before the pet owner notices any symptoms at all.

The professional team at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital works with every pet owner through our open dialogue policy to determine the appropriate course of treatment for each pet. If you have concerns about cardiac issues in your pet, contact our office to schedule an immediate appointment.

Tonometry

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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. We can test your dog or cat’s eyes for excess pressure easily and safely. The test, performed with a device called a tonometer, is not painful and does not require sedation.

If not treated immediately (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness. Pets that have suffered eye injuries should have this test performed. In addition, we recommend that breeds that are prone to developing glaucoma come in for regular measurements so we can monitor eye pressure and begin treatment before any problem becomes irreversible. Please call us to discuss whether your pet may be at higher risk for glaucoma.

Call us right away if you notice any of the following problems in either or both of your pet’s eyes: 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. Because glaucoma is painful, your pet may react by rubbing or pawing at the eyes or rubbing his or her head against the floor or furniture more than normal.

Ultrasonography

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Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.

We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis. Interpretation of ultrasound images requires great skill on the part of the clinician.

The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image.

The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.

Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain the best result.

If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Endocrinology (Hormones)

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Identifying endocrine problems as early as possible is important in dogs and cats. These serious, potentially life-threatening conditions are much more manageable when caught early, allowing us to begin proper treatment.

The endocrine system is made up of a group of tissues (mostly glands) that release hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones regulate metabolism, growth, development, and reproduction and are dispersed to different areas of the body, depending on the hormone’s function. When a hormonal balance is disturbed (by a tumor or autoimmune disease, for instance), an endocrine disorder can develop. “Hyper” refers to an excess of hormone, and “hypo” refers to a deficiency in a hormone. Treatment varies depending on the disease.

There are several common endocrine disorders found in dogs and cats:

  • Diabetes mellitus is caused by a deficiency in or resistance to the hormone insulin.
  • Hypothyroidism, which is often diagnosed in dogs, indicates that the animal has low levels of thyroid hormone.
  • Hyperthyroidism, which frequently affects cats, indicates that the animal has high levels of thyroid hormones.
  • Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism) and Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) can also affect both species, although Cushing’s disease is rare in cats.

Contact us if your pet begins panting excessively, develops any skin issues (such as hair loss or dull coat), or shows any changes in behavior, energy levels, appetite, weight, water consumption, or urination.