Comprehensive Pet Health Services
While regular preventive care is the foundation for excellent pet health, the veterinarians and medical team at Forest Glen Animal Hospital are also experienced providers of a full range of healthcare services, including allergy and dermatology treatment, glaucoma prevention, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, cancer treatment and more.
While our focus is on wellness care and disease prevention, you can also rely on our skilled, compassionate medical team when your pet is sick. To that end, an important part of our practice is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems.
Our veterinarians, supported by our skilled medical team and advanced diagnostic technology, have expertise in many areas of internal medicine and all of our doctors work together to discuss each case, giving you and your pet the benefit of our collective knowledge.
Allergies & Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats
Allergies and skin problems are quite common in dogs and cats of all breeds and backgrounds, typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include:
- Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
- Bumps, crusts or pus-filled vesicles on the skin
- Increased skin pigmentation
- Thickened skin
- Loss of hair
- Salivary staining
- Head shaking
If your pet exhibits any of the symptoms listed, please make an appointment at our animal hospital. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.
Treating Your Pet's Cancer
At Forest Glen Animal Hospital the standard treatment for almost all pet cancers is surgical removal of the mass. Surgery is also the best treatment for both accessible benign cancers and the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Your pet's recovery from most surgery is rapid and post-surgical pain can be controlled using appropriate medications.
Should it be in the best interest of your pet following surgery, we can also offer chemotherapy.
Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all the relevant factors with your veterinarian so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, optimal quality of life and improved outcomes.
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.
Symptoms of glaucoma include:
- Redness in the eye
- Tearing or discharge
- Eye sensitivity to light
- Cloudy-looking eye
- Bulging eyeball
The veterinarians at Forest Glen Animal Hospital recommend that your pet receives a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular preventative 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. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.
Your Pet's Nutrition
Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable that you control. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only affects general health but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.
To support your efforts, your veterinarian will perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination and offer weight loss counseling if needed. We can also provide you important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet and help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.
Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.
Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and more. Forest Glen Animal Hospital carries Hill's Prescription Diets and Royal Canin and your veterinarian can recommend one that will best meet your pet's needs.
Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Please don't make the mistake of believing you and your family must live with these problems or worse, consider giving up your pet.
Forest Glen Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems, including inappropriate urination or defecation, urine marking, aggression, separation anxiety, destructiveness, thunderstorm anxiety and other phobias, and cognitive dysfunction.
Our assessment begins with your pet's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any medical problems that have been diagnosed will be treated. Together, we can help your pet become a happy, well-adjusted part of your household.
Whether you are an experienced breeder or breeding your pet for the first time, the veterinarians at Forest Glen Animal Hospital can help during all phases of the breeding process, from initial planning and consultation all the way through birth and post-natal nursing and management of associated diseases and complications.
To learn more about all the ways our medical team can help guide you through this exciting process, please give us a call today.