At Northwest PA Veterinary Service, I offer a variety of services to care for your animal. If you have any questions or would like more information on how I can care for your animal, please contact today.
Having a thorough annual physical exam is as important to animals as it is to me. These exams allow me to evaluate the whole animal to see what has changed in the past year and pick up on these changes, whether it be a small bump or a cataract or a heart murmur. In older animals, I often perform quality of life assessments to help determine how I can keep your pet comfortable as they age.
Animals rarely pick convenient times to get hurt or sick. That's why I'm available for emergencies all the time. I can't guarantee emergency coverage if you are over forty minutes drive-time away from me, but if I'm available I will come. Just remember it may take some time for me to get there. I will advise you as best I can over the phone on what to do until I can get there. If I can't get there, I will try to help you find some one who can.
I do on farm and at home euthanasia for all species. I do not take the bodies with me, owners are responsible for burial. If you wish to have cremation done, I can help you locate a funeral home that provides that service. With pets, I understand that this is often the most difficult call to a veterinarian you have to make. I will come to your home so your pet can be as comfortable as possible.
As a veterinarian, a large part of my job is education. I offer consultations to owners who have just gotten their new pet, or new addition to the farm. I offer help to owners who already have a system set up but want to do better, or are having a problem they haven't had before. Consultations are best when I can come out to see what is going on, that way I can pick up on little things that may otherwise be overlooked.
I love to see animals at shows or fairs, and it is my job to make sure that your animals are healthy before they leave home. This helps ensure that your animal stays healthy while at the fair and helps prevent the spread of disease at the fair. Schedule at least a week before you have to leave, this will give you time to treat anything minor that I might find.
These include ocular exams, neurological exams, orthopedic exams, reproductive exams, colic exams, and more. These exams are for evaluating specific things that might be going on with your animal.
I added an ultrasound machine to my practice in late 2015 and have been using it to help diagnose pregnancies in horses, goats, and alpacas as well as evaluating equine tendon injuries. Ultrasound is also another way to diagnose and evaluate possible problems in the abdomen of many species. This machine allows me an inside look at your pets’ problems.
I know there is a lot of conflicting information about vaccines these days, but they remain one of the best, safest, and cost-effective ways I can keep our animals healthy. I carry vaccines for dogs, cats, small ruminants, camelids, and horses, and I carry rabies vaccine for all species.
People do a lot more traveling with their animals these days, whether it be on vacations or to fairs/shows. There are also natural disasters that can cause animals to become separated from their owners. I carry microchips so my clients can permanently identify their animals, increasing the chances of them being reunited in case of separation, and fulfilling the ID requirements for traveling for some species.
These include laceration repairs, small lump or mass removals, and castrations. I can do most castrations in the field, but for dog neuters and cat and dog spays, please take them in to a clinic where they can manage these longer surgeries.
This is primarily for farm animals and includes, dystocias (difficult birthings), Uterine/vaginal prolapses (it's coming out and it shouldn't), and uterine flushes.
I will only de-horn young animals unless there is a medical need to do an adult. I give local anesthesia before burning off the horn buds, or before removing larger horns on calves.
Wound Care and Management
Animals get hurt. This is an unfortunate fact that many owners have to deal with. I will evaluate the wound and help you come up with a plan for taking care of your animal to encourage healing and preventing further injury.
Please contact today if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how I care for your animals.