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(205) 987-4838
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As part of your pet's annual vaccination program, we will give your pet a thorough physical exam. This procedure allows us to determine the overall physical health of your pet. It also allows us to examine your pet closely for problems that may be considered breed specific. This simply means that certain breeds of dogs and cats are pre-disposed to certain problems.
For example, if you own a cocker spaniel, you have no doubt at some time dealt with an ear problem. Our physical examination will help alert you to potential problems, which may occur. The physical exam, however, does not allow us to determine the overall health of the internal organs. Only a blood screen will do that. This short procedure will detect any liver and kidney problems, as well as check for anemia, diabetes, and infections. We recommend this screening for all pets 2 to 7 years of age. If your pet is 7 years or older, ask about our senior care program. As in all health evaluations, early detection is the key as it allows for more and better treatment options. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.
Today, people live longer, healthier lives than they typically did years ago. In large part, that's due to a better understanding of the importance of factors that can influence ageing, such as preventative health care and nutrition. Similarly, the dogs and cats that make up such an important part of our lives are also living longer, healthier lives. We are observing that a growing number of our patients are canine and feline "senior citizens." Part of the reason that pets are able to live longer now than a few years ago, is the tremendous advances that have occurred in veterinary medicine. A greater knowledge of diseases, diagnostic procedures, and treatments are available to us today. Perhaps the greatest reason for why animals live longer, better lives, is the increased knowledge that the pet owners have about the importance of preventive health care measures---immunization, parasite control, spaying and neutering, and early disease detection, to name a few.
As dogs and cats age, they, like people, have a greater risk for developing certain diseases and conditions. For example, we know that the incidence of problems, such as heart disease, kidney disease, malignant and benign tumors, arthritis, loss of vision, and oral/dental disease increases with advancing age. However, when such conditions are diagnosed in their early stages, treatment to cure such disorders or delay their progress can be given in most cases. For that reason, we recommend that all of our dog and cat patients that are 7 years of age or older, have an annual geriatric evaluation. This evaluation includes a thorough and complete physical examination, a complete blood count, blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, and radiography. When the evaluation is complete and all the tests have been received, we will discuss the findings with you, and advise you of any needed treatment or change in diet.
Just as when people have an annual physical, in most cases the results are normal. Even then, it's good to know that everything is "all right" and the evaluation provides valuable "baseline data" on which to compare future results. If a condition is revealed, you know it has been discovered as early as possible and treatment can be started. Importantly, we can work with you to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life. It's the least we can do in return for all the love that our pets give us.
If you have any questions about our senior care evaluation for your pet for now or in the future---please call us anytime during normal practice hours. We look forward to talking with you.
Did you know that approximately 1 out of 10 pets suffer from allergies? The symptoms, however, are not quite the same as in humans. The most common sign of allergy in dogs and cats is itching, manifested by scratching, rubbing, licking, and chewing. In some cases, vomiting and diarrhea may be present. In many cases, cats will develop skin lesions without associated itching.
Allergy is an inherited disease that is the result of the immune system abnormally reacting to certain common substances in the environment. These substances are called allergens and are usually pollens of weeds, trees and grasses, house dust, insects, human and animal dander, molds, and chemicals. The allergic dog or cat makes a special type of antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE antibodies) against these substances. Whenever the pet comes in contact with these allergens, the IgE antibodies attach themselves to them. When this happens, a series of chemical reactions occur in the body that result in the release of mediators that cause inflammation and itching.
While approximately 40% of skin irritation in dogs and cats are allergy related, it must be emphasized that not all skin problems in pets are due to allergies. This is why it is important that your pet's skin problem be accurately diagnosed so that proper treatment can be administered.
Finding out what causes the allergies in a dog or cat requires some careful detective work. There are several methods used to identify the problem that may be occurring in your pet. These may include a skin test or a more sensitive laboratory blood test.
While avoidance of the substance identified as causing the allergies in your pet is the best form of treatment, it is not always practical. A strict flea control program and removing foods positively identified during the blood test from the diet can help control both flea and food allergies. Allergies due to pollens, molds, dander, etc., are almost impossible to avoid. Drugs such as corticosteroids and antihistamines can be valuable in temporarily relieving symptoms but the prolonged usage of steroids can cause serious systemic side effects.
If you suspect your pet has allergies, please contact our office about a consultation. This will allow us to determine the best possible treatment for your pet.
Our other services include:
  • Anesthesia
  • Boarding
  • Bathing
  • Cardiology *
  • Dentistry *
  • Dermatology
  • Dry Skin treatment
  • Education/Literature
  • Emergency Care and after-hours referrals
  • Flea Control
  • Geriatrics
  • Health Certificates
  • Immunizations
  • Internal Medicine
  • In-House Laboratory
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Ophthalmology *
  • Orthopedics *
  • Parasite Control
  • Prescriptions
  • Preventative Health Programs
  • Radiology
  • Reproduction
  • Skin Care
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Special Diets
  • Surgery
  • Vaccinations
 * We also offer referrals to board-certified specialists in these areas.

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South Shades Crest Animal Clinic
2304 John Hawkins Pkwy
Hoover, AL 35244
Phone: (205) 987-4838
In Business Since 1994

Business Hours

Mon - Fri: 07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sat: 07:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sun: Closed

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