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Preventative and wellness care
We recommend setting up a visit with our doctors at our Huntington Beach animal hospital to set up a vaccination plan specific to your pet and your pet’s needs and risks. Vaccines can help prepare a pet's immune system to combat the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Core vaccines are crucial to all pets based on the risk of exposure, the severity of disease, or transmissibility to humans. Below, we have listed some of the most common core vaccines that our Huntington Beach animal hospital suggests that your pet receives.
- DHPP - Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, and two types of Adenovirus
- Lepto - Leptospirosis
- Canine influenza
- FVRCP - Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia
- FELV - Feline Leukemia Virus
Animal Wellness Exams
Animal wellness exams are one of the cornerstones of preventative medicine that we practice at our Huntington Beach veterinary clinic. Just like in human medicine, regular physical exams and assessments will ensure your pet is healthy and thriving — while helping detect any problems before they become more advanced and difficult to treat.
Some examples of issues that can be discovered during wellness exams include:
- Dental disease
- Skin or ear infections
- Heart conditions
- Parasite infections
- Weight issues
- Eye disease
- Joint pain or other mobility issues
Animal wellness exams are also the perfect opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you might have with the doctor, and to be advised of any additional diagnostic tests or treatments that might be indicated at that time. Many of these further diagnostics can be performed in house with almost immediate results — as we have updated our equipment to state-of-the-art tools — including blood and urine analyzers, digital radiography, and ultrasound.
At our Huntington Beach veterinary clinic, we provide a variety of in-house diagnostic testing to identify any medical needs that your pet may have. In doing so, we can identify health issues and provide high-quality medical care to help your furry friend feel better.
In-house laboratory testing
- CBC (complete blood count)
- Electrolytes and blood gas
- Coagulation profile
- Blood glucose
- Heartworm and tick-borne disease testing (dogs)
- FELV/FIV/Heartworm testing (cats)
- Parvo snap tests
- Digital X-ray
Full capabilities of outside lab testing
We provide both non-anesthetic and anesthetic dental services at our Huntington Beach animal hospital. Dental services are not only designed to reduce the impact of potential health issues that may develop, they are also designed to improve your pet’s quality of life and comfort.
Anesthetic dentals are a staple for good oral care. Our anesthetic dentals come with a full blood panel, oral assessment/charting, whole mouth dental radiographs, scaling, fluoride treatment, and extractions if needed.
Non-anesthetic dentals are important as a source of preventative dental care. We use only the top technicians from Animal Dental Care who work under the direct supervision of our veterinarians
Microchipping your pet is a safe and easy way to provide a form of permanent identification for your pet. At APH, we use microchips with ID numbers (15 digits) that are recognized both nationally and internationally in case your pet needs to travel to another country. After your pet is microchipped, we take care of the registration process needed to enroll your pet into the system!
For more information on the microchipping and the microchips we use, please refer to the Avid website
Safety of your pet during procedures is our top priority. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is performed on all surgical patients at our Huntington beach animal hospital in order to minimize risks associated with the anesthesia and surgery processes. Along with the safest injectable agents and gas anesthesia, we continually monitor all pets with an electrocardiogram, capnograph, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, and anesthetic agent monitor, and use a ventilator on each patient to maintain perfect depth and rate of respiration during the procedure.
A wide variety of surgical procedures are performed at APH under intensive anesthetic monitoring by a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist (Dr. Lyon Lee) and the team. Our focus on animal pain management is integral to the successful outcome of your pet’s surgical recovery.
We perform both routine and complex surgical procedures. For orthopedic or more advanced surgical cases, we have a board-certified surgeon on call. In addition, we can provide you with high-quality references for emergency care.
Routine surgeries include spay, neuters, umbilical hernia repair, and gastropexy
Other common soft tissue surgeries include splenectomies, cystotomies, GI foreign body, mass removals, GDV (bloat surgery), amputations, bite wounds
Specialist surgeries include cruciate ligament repairs, MPL repairs, thoracotomies, liver lobectomies, and fracture repair
Mobile CT Scan
We have access to a mobile CT that will come to the clinic when necessary.
About Mobile CTs
- A mobile computed tomography (CT) scanner combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your pet's body and creates cross-sectional (slices) images that give us more detailed scans. These allow us to view bones, blood vessels and soft tissues.
Assessing pain in your pet can be quite challenging, as animals are generally less expressive of pain than humans due to the survival advantages hiding pain offers against potential predators. Additionally, pet owners must depend on the animal’s behavior to assess the degree of pain due to the lack of verbal communication that is possible. Examples include: ‘Is my cat playful?’; ‘is my cat purring?’; ‘is my dog reluctant to move?’ etc. A change in behavior may be the first indication to the owner that their pet is in discomfort; in fact, owners are often in the best position to notice and relay these changes to the veterinarian.
Cats and dogs may exhibit similar signs when in pain, but they can also differ markedly in their behavioral responses. Cats in general tend to demonstrate less signs of pain compared to dogs, particularly in response to surgical procedures that may cause a similar degree of discomfort such as an ovariohysterectomy. However, this does not necessarily indicate that the cat feels less pain than the dog, but rather indicates a fundamental difference in how each species responds to pain. This is why doctors and staff pay close attention to animal behavior in a species-specific way when treating pain in your pet.
Previous scientific studies indicate veterinarians and technicians tend to underestimate the level of pain in patients and are overly anxious about potential side effects of several analgesics that are commonly available. Mild pain can be successfully managed with non-opioid analgesic drugs such as Rimadyl or Zeniquin, but more severe pain (following abdominal or orthopedic surgeries) is likely to require opioids in order to manage pain in your pets.
Adams Pet Hospital doctors and staff are familiar with the clinical pharmacology of key analgesics used in veterinary medicine to effectively treat pain. In addition, we employ adjunctive therapies such as acupuncture in order to facilitate expedient and effective pain relief for your pet.
Laser therapy uses light waves to stimulate tissue repair and healing on a cellular level. Use of laser therapy can promote a faster rate of wound healing, decreased inflammation, as well as significant pain relief. Some conditions that laser therapy can treat include wounds, post-surgical recovery, arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, trauma, back pain, and skin disease.
Laser therapy can be a useful addition to many medical and surgical treatment plans. The number of sessions will vary based on the condition and can be discussed further with our doctors. The therapy itself is not painful, but instead produces a warming and calming sensation that seems to be relaxing for the majority of pets.
Acupuncture for pets is a safe and effective method of treatment that works in conjunction with conventional veterinary medicine to treat many health conditions. Adverse side effects are highly uncommon, and the majority of our patients remain calm and relaxed during the therapy due to the release of endorphins and serotonin that are stimulated by the acupuncture treatment.
How is acupuncture performed?
Acupuncture needles are inserted into various acupuncture points, which are surrounded by nerves and blood vessels. By stimulating these specific points, multiple chemical and endocrinological processes occur and the normal homeostatic processes of the body are maintained. The release of these chemicals enhances blood circulation, nerve stimulation, tissue repair, as well as increased analgesia.
Which pets will benefit from acupuncture?
Many health conditions including chronic and acute pain, neck and back pain, autoimmune diseases, seizures, intervertebral disk disease, weakness or paralysis, inappetence, and behavioral problems can successfully be treated by acupuncture. Please consult with one of our veterinarians to discuss treatment options for your pet’s condition.
How frequently will my pet need to receive the acupuncture therapy?
In general, the more severe and chronic your pet’s health condition is, the longer the treatment duration will be. However, we typically initiate five treatment sessions for most mild to moderate health conditions and then will re-evaluate whether your pet will require additional acupuncture sessions based on the therapeutic outcome. It is important to recognize that acupuncture therapy works in conjunction with conventional therapy to expedite the healing process, and many pets may actually require less than 5 sessions due to the more rapid and effective healing that can occur with the use of acupuncture.
Emergencies are welcome
As pet owners, we never hope our pets need emergency services. However, in the off chance your pet needs immediate veterinary care, we have veterinarians trained in emergency and critical care ready to serve your beloved pets.
Rotating cardiologist, surgeon, radiologist, and internist.