Nothing is more important than routine examinations and preventive medicine for your pet. Remember that your pet ages at a faster rate than we do. By 2 years old, they are similar to a 24 year old person, and then age about 4 years to every one of ours. This means that medical conditions can come on relatively quickly, hence the need for thorough physicals each year. Depending on the age and breed of your pet, an annual blood profile is recommended for all animals. When annual vaccines are given, your pet receives a complete physical to try and detect any potential disease before it worsens. Good histories are an important part of any physical exam, and we rely on you to provide us with as much information as possible about your pet’s normal routine. Common indicators of disease can be changes in weight, thirst, appetite, energy levels, breathing, coughing, urinary habits and stool character. Often times just by talking with you, we get hints about medical conditions that a physical exam might not reveal.
Preventative medicine such as labwork, annual exams and routine vaccinations is the best way to ensure your pet’s long term health. From your very first appointment, we can work with you to set up a preventative health care plan for your pet. As your pet matures, we offer more frequent check-ups and geriatric screening tests to detect many illnesses early, when they are easier to manage. We also recommend professional dental cleanings if needed, to treat periodontal disease and overall quality of your pet’s life.
If your pet becomes ill, medical services are provided to diagnose and treat your companion. Surgical services are also provided while utilizing safe anesthetic procedures.
Our waiting room offers a warm and friendly environment where we welcome you and your pet. We have separate seating areas for dogs and cats to offer pets individual privacy while waiting. There is also a children’s play area with toys and games to keep the little ones occupied. Our receptionists are knowledgeable and informative to assist with any questions you may have.
We have five cheerfully-decorated exam rooms where your pet will be cared for upon your routine visits. In addition to physical exams, this area is also used for minor treatments and giving vaccines. One of our many dedicated technicians will first obtain your pet’s accurate weight and a brief history before notifying the doctor that their patient is ready. The doctor will then come in and complete a physical exam while discussing your pet’s health needs.
Our pharmacy is stocked with a wide range of medications applicable to small animal medicine. This gives us the ability to send you home with any medications your pet may need that day. We also carry heartworm preventatives, flea control products and other supplies to give your pet the best care possible at home.
We have the capability to perform diagnostic blood profiles, urinalysis, cytology, serologic tests (e.g. Occult Heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus, Parvo), and routine parasite exams in-house. This means the results are available to us immediately which can be very important with a severely ill patient. We also use outside laboratory services for non-emergency laboratory tests.
Digital Radiology (X-Rays)
During the last decade there has been a revolution in X-ray technology. Traditionally, X-rays have been recorded on photographic film and developed in a similar process used in normal photography. However recent advances in digital technology have been adapted to medical / veterinary radiography. This enables the images to be stored on a computer and magnified so that subtle changes that may not be visible on conventional films can be identified. We also can refer your radiographs electronically to the University of Florida for a veterinary radiologist review and written report.
Ultrasound is the same technology that is used in human medicine to look at an unborn baby. As in human medicine, ultrasound technology has become invaluable at providing further insight into many veterinary diseases. It is non-invasive and can be performed in most cases without sedation.
Companion Therapy Laser
With the use of the therapy laser, pets will receive instant relief of pain, inflammation and swelling associated with soft tissue injuries, trauma, surgery and chronic everyday disorders. A relatively new branch of medicine, the Class IV laser delivers light energy to a designated site of the body. When it interacts with damaged cells, healing is accelerated and pain diminished. As our best friends age, recover from trauma or surgery, or simply need relief from everyday aches and pains, this advanced technology offers: Drug-Free, Surgery-Free, Pain-Free Relief. We have many technicians that are certified in Companion Laser Therapy at this time, providing more opportunities to use this treatment to allow your pet to be more comfortable. Please visit their website for more information regarding the Companion Laser Therapy, www.companiontherapy.com.
Our dental suite provides comprehensive oral care for your pet. Dental care is a very important aspect of total health care for your pet. There is a statistical correlation in oral disease and the lifespan of dogs and cats. Our digital dental X-ray system is also crucial in our thorough analysis of your pet’s mouth, allowing us to decide if an extraction is required or other course of action.
By using inhalation anesthesia, continuous electronic patient monitoring, sterile surgical technique, and up-to-date procedures, we are able to offer safe and effective surgery for your pet. We routinely perform elective procedures, such as spays and neuters, as well as non-elective procedures. Our technicians are by your pet’s side from the time they go to sleep to when they wake up. We strive to make it a positive experience for your pet and make sure you are fully equipped for post-operative care.
This is a dedicated ward for post-operative cases and hospitalized patients, a place where patients can wake up from surgery comfortably and ill patients can be closely monitored throughout the day. We also have an incubator where smaller pets can be kept warm if hypothermic post surgery or from illness.
This is an area dedicated to triaging your pet if need be, prepping and recovering from surgery, and hospitalization of ill pets.
Boarding is available on a reservation basis and open for tours during regular clinic hours. Our kennel staff is well equipped with the experience and knowledge to provide your pet a great stay while they are away from you. We have multiple large yards with space for your four-legged family members to run around and enjoy the outdoors.
In 2005 Shaffer Animal Hospital opened G.O. D.O.G.S. A place where your canine companion can participate in “total” wellness through training and grooming in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. Located just behind Shaffer Animal Hospital, you can drop your dog off and let them get pampered in grooming or help your dog become more confident, obedient, and well adjusted by taking them to obedience training hosted by DOG WILLING Positive Dog Training Solutions.