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Kirkland Pet Health Maintenance

Keeping Your Pet in Peak Condition


kirkland, washington pet healthKirkland Veterinary Internal Medicine

Great medicine begins with comprehensive wellness care. But despite the very best preventive care, animals can still become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for both you and your pet, especially because you can’t simply ask your companion what’s wrong. You need a skilled veterinarian whom you can trust to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your pet.

While the focus of our medical practice at Critter Doctor Animal Hospital is your pet’s wellness, an important part of our services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet’s internal organs and body systems. Our experienced veterinarians, supported by advanced diagnostic technology, are able identify and effectively treat a range of complex internal diseases.

As part of our commitment to provide you with access to the best medical care for your pet, we have also invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology, and we work with several area board-certified specialists. After performing a thorough examination, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary in order to identify the underlying cause of your pet’s illness. It is our policy to review any recommended tests with you before they are performed, as well as discuss all the available treatment options and fees.

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Glaucoma Preventionkirkland pet glaucoma prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary, or chronic, glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary, or acute, glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation.


Signs of Glaucoma

Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

The experienced veterinarians at Critter Doctor Animal Hospital may recommend that your pet receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care. The exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet’s normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds, and even individual pets.

This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort.

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pet health services, kirklandTreating Your Kirkland Pet’s Cancer

At Critter Doctor Animal Hospital, we consider many factors in advising the most appropriate course of treatment for your pet’s particular case.

The standard treatment for almost all pet cancers at our animal hospital in Kirkland is surgical removal of the lump. Benign (non-invasive, non-spreading) cancers in an accessible, well-defined area can be permanently cured by surgical removal. Surgery is also the best treatment for the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread (metastasized). Complex procedures may require referral to a specialist. Recovery from most surgery is rapid and post-surgical pain is controllable using appropriate medications.


Chemotherapy for Pets With Cancer

Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs that are designed to damage cancer cells. Unfortunately, they typically damage healthy cells as well. Although much less serious than the effects felt by humans, some pets experience side effects such as anemia, reduced resistance to infection and gastrointestinal upset. Our medical team will help you monitor your pet for these conditions.

Chemotherapy for pets has been designed to improve their quality of life and maximize their lifespans. Protocols are developed to minimize side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea and lowered resistance to infection. These effects can be moderated or eliminated by use of appropriate medications and adjustment of the chemotherapy protocol.


Making the Right Choice with Your Veterinarian

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all of the relevant factors with our medical team so that you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, quality of life and improved outcomes.

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