The Doctors and Staff at Swann Animal Clinic understand you and your pet.
We offer a variety of services to our clients to ensure the best possible care for their pets. From the first puppy or kitten visit to senior health management, Swann Animal Clinic is prepared to serve all the needs your pet may have throughout their life.
Puppy and Kitten
The initial examination that your puppy or kitten receives from your veterinarian is critical to its well-being and long-term health. Your doctor will pay particular attention to the proper growth and development of the eyes, ears, teeth and enamel, skin and nails, and internal organs. Each youngster will be checked for hereditary or nutritional deficits and the absence of external parasites.
The information taken by your veterinarian at the initial examination becomes part of your pet's permanent medical history. This data establishes a baseline against which any subsequent changes in clinical signs and symptoms can be assessed. In addition, any deviations in your companion animal's behavior are important in the early detection of health problems and the reduction of potential risk factors. These factors can be critical if an emergency or sudden illness arises.
Positive identification is the only way to ensure that you are reunited with your pet if it becomes lost or stolen. A secure collar with tags indicating the home address and phone numbers is a good start. The problem is that collars come off. A thief would simply remove one, and cat collars are designed to "break-away" in case the collar gets hung on a fence or tree limb. Fortunately, there has been technology developed to addresses this concern. A tiny chip contained in surgical grade glass can be implanted beneath the skin and scanned at any time to provide a unique identification number. Veterinarians, shelters, and animal control departments have hand held scanners to check lost pets for a microchip.
We are committed to preventing disease and detecting illnesses early in your pet. Comprehensive physical examinations will be performed; appropriate vaccines will be administered; pro-active, prevention treatments will be advised; species-specific screening tests will be recommended; and sound behavioral training strategies will be discussed with you.
As with you and your family members, it is often easier, less uncomfortable and less costly to prevent--rather than treat or cure--injury or sickness. Your veterinarian is your pet's advocate, and he or she will make every effort to maintain the best possible quality of life and health for your pet.
Since each year for a dog or cat is the equivalent of 5-7 human years, it is important that your pet receives a wellness examination annually, at a minimum. By age 7, he or she is considered a senior member of the community, and more frequent exams are recommended. The accelerated aging of a pet resulting in a shorter life span for animals compared to humans means that a pet's health can change dramatically in a very short period of time.
We provide many surgical services at Swann Animal Clinic including routine spays and neuters, soft-tissue surgeries and orthopedic surgeries.
In all surgeries, our medical team takes great care in monitoring your pet's heartbeat, blood pressure, oxygen level, fluid therapy and its post-operative comfort and clinical care through recovery. We use only the safest available anesthesia to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients.
Post-operative care includes appropriate pain management and lots of TLC.
Be assured that the entire Swann Animal Clinic team involved with your companion's medical treatment is committed to sensitive, compassionate care of your pet until discharge.
Required vaccinations for your pet are vital to a pro-active, preventive and conscientious approach to ensuring your pet's health status and quality of life. The frequency of immunizations will depend on a variety of factors: animal's age, vaccination history and the duration of protection of the vaccine. In addition, animal health care threats vary by location. An immunization schedule that is species-specific, location-specific and consistent with your pet's lifestyle will be recommended by your veterinarian.
Oral and Dental
Often overlooked as it relates to a pet's comprehensive health status, animal dental care is needed to provide quality of life and optimal well-being. If left untreated, diseases of the mouth, gums or jaw are not only painful to your pet, but may also be contributing factors to more widespread systemic disease processes. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 70-85% of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. We recommend your pet have a dental cleaning every year for optimal oral health.
Digital X-rays & Ultrasound
The latest technology in digital imaging provides our doctors better insight into what might be going on with your pet. Both locations employ the use of digital radiography, which allows us to gain diagnostic images of your pet in an efficient and precise manner. This also allows us to consult with specialists and show you the images minutes after they have been taken.
We a certified ultrasonographer on staff to perform abdominal ultrasounds, echocardiography, and pregnancy checks. This allows us to take more in depth images of your pet's vital organs and use those images to consult with specialists to form the best possible treatment for your pet.