Skin and ear problems are a big part of veterinary medicine. We see anything from sudden onset problems to chronic problems that have gone uncontrolled for a long time. We discuss the history with the clients and will formulate a plan to get the situation under control. We will also discuss realistic long term expectations. Once a plan is established the financial aspect of the plan will be reviewed with the client so there are no surprises. We can provide palliative care to get the situation under control or we can discuss more involved long term control that may include allergy testing and special diets. Follow-up appointments are usually required for dermatology cases in order to provide the best possible care and to assess the response of the treatments.
We see general sick appointments every day that we see appointments. This could include illnesses like upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, limping, or vomiting and diarrhea cases. It could also include more serious medical problems like a urinary obstruction, tick borne diseases, back injuries, and cancer. We do our best to work-up each case and discuss the situation with the client to provide the best possible outcome. We are sensitive to providing the most realistic care considering the age of the patient.
We are a fully digital practice. We have digital full body x-ray and digital dental x-ray. Most of our bloodwork gets sent out to a regional laboratory with a fast turn-around. Most bloodwork results are in the following day. We also have an in-house blood machine for emergency cases.
Dental work/Oral surgery
We do a range of dental work—Anything from routine dental cleanings to advanced surgical dental extractions. Our dental extractions are done surgically by Dr. Snyder with pre-operative and post-operative x-rays. Some animals need only 1 or two extractions and others may need full mouth extractions. The teeth are evaluated at the pre-dental evaluation and an estimate is provided based on the anticipated number of surgical extractions that will be needed. These estimates have a range because estimating can be difficult in an awake animal. Once the animal is under general anesthesia and the doctor thoroughly evaluates the teeth, we will do x-rays of the teeth in question to determine which teeth need to be extracted. Post-operative x-rays are done to ensure the whole tooth/roots were removed. In rare circumstances root segments may need to be left behind if removing the segments is too damaging to the surrounding area. Patients must be on a soft food diet for 2 weeks post-operative to allow the area to heal.
At Franklinville Animal Hospital we do a wide range of surgeries-including routine and non-routine surgeries. Here is a list of some of the surgeries we do:
Routine: Spay, Neuter, Gastropexy, Dental cleaning
Non-routine: Enucleations(eye removal), Pyometra, Gastrointestinal foreign bodies,Exploratory,Gastrointestinal biopsy, Cystotomy, Amputations, Mass/Tumor removals, Anal gland removal, Salivary gland removal (mucocele), Surgical dental extractions/full mouth extractions, Splenectomy, Laceration repair, Abscess surgery, Aural hematoma, Polyp removals, Hernia repair.
Surgical and dental procedures require the use of General Anesthesia. At Franklinville Animal Hospital we do a combination of injectable pre anesthetic medications and inhalant anesthetics. Our patients are monitored very closely with an experienced veterinary technician and anesthetic monitors. The anesthetic monitors include temperature, ECG, pulse oximeter, and blood pressure. Everyone is given an IV catheter pre-operatively and then placed on IV fluids during the procedure. Temperature is regulated with a warm water blanket under the patient and during oral surgery they are covered in a blanket that circulates warm air to keep the patient warm. Hypothermia (a low body temperature) is a concern during anesthesia, so we use these devices to help prevent that.
At Franklinville Animal Hospital pain management is taken very seriously. Whether it is post-operative pain or chronic pain from osteoarthritis or cancer, the staff will assess the situation and prescribe the best pain management protocol. Animals respond differently to medications so some chronic pain management requires trying multiple medications. We are devoted to finding the best pain management options for your pet.
House calls/At home euthanasia