We offer a wide range of services from preventative care exams and vaccinations to surgical and dental services, geriatric wellness and behavioral consultations. We also have onsite radiology and a complete pharmacy.
VACCINATIONS AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in our wellness programs has rewards for both you and your pets. Our wellness programs are customized to meet an individual pets needs and include: comprehensive physical exams; intestinal parasite testing; heartworm/Lyme disease testing; vaccination program; heartworm and flea control; and specialized blood tests for all life stages. We follow American Association of Feline Practitioners guidelines for feline vaccinations and American Animal Hospital Association for canine vaccinations. Following are the guidelines.
Veterinary medicine for exotic pets is growing as the popularity of these animals increase. With better public education in health, nutritional and environmental management, all species have a greater chance for living longer and healthier lives. We also offer a wellness and vaccination program for exotic pets. Dr. Weber has knowledge and interest in the care and treatment of “pocket pets.”
Elective procedures we perform include canine and feline spay and neuters. We also perform laser feline declaws. Specialized procedures we offer include laceration repair, skin tumor removal, gastrointestinal and urinary tract surgery. We carefully screen all patients prior to all surgical procedures to insure they are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Pre surgical bloodwork is recommended for all animals that will be put under anesthesia, and required for those patients 8 years of age or older. Registered Technicians carefully monitor each pet during the sedation and anesthesia process and while they are recovering from anesthesia. While under anesthesia a Registered Technician is also monitoring heart and respiration rates and blood oxygen levels.
Here at Cedar RapidsAnimal Hospital we are proud to say that we use laser surgery whenever possible. Lasers replace scalpels in many procedures, and are useful for a wide range of conditions. The use of lasers instead of scalpels results in less pain, less bleeding and less swelling. It helps to reduce the risk of infection and results in less post-operative pain and discomfort. We use laser surgery in all feline declaws, canine and feline hysterectomies and neuters as well as cyst, tumor and wart removals.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. Poor dental health can lead to a variety of other health problems ranging from bad breath and oral pain and bleeding to damage to the liver, kidneys and heart muscle. We use modern and safe ultrasonic cleaner to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. When necessary dental extractions, digital radiographs and dental nerve blocks are performed. We also offer laser gum surgery.
RADIOLOGY & BLOOD WORK
We offer onsite radiology and blood testing. Radiographs and bloodwork are both important tools in helping to detect problems that wouldn’t always be detected on physical exams. Radiographs (X-rays) help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. We utilize the newest technology in digital x-rays. These can easily be shared with specialists for second opinions when necessary. Common diagnoses are, torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) , hip dysplasia, heart disease, foreign bodies and urinary stones. Blood work assists in assessing internal organs such as the liver and kidneys. It also helps to check for anemia, dehydration, diabetes, and thyroid hormone imbalance along with many other diseases. We also offer dental radiology with helps to assess the progression of dental disease and assist in the decision of extracting teeth. Dental radiographs are something that has recently made its way into veterinary medicine and we feel it is an important tool in the dental health of your pets.
We at Cedar Rapids Animal Hospital want to insure your pets golden years are also healthy years. We encourage special care for your older pets including comprehensive annual or semi-annual physical exams. We believe that detecting any problems in the early stages will help to keep your friend as healthy and comfortable as possible. Sometimes bloodwork, urine analysis and x-rays are recommended to help identify problems in their earliest stages.
Our doctors cover all areas of internal medicine, including: cardiology; ophthalmology; neurology; dermatology; gastroenterology; orthopedic surgery; oncology; endocrinology; among others. When your pet needs more specialized care, we have access to board certified veterinarians at the Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center and Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.
BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATIONS and MEDICATION
Illness doesn’t always have a physical cause. Our doctors diagnose and treat a number of behavioral problems in pets such as, separation anxiety, storm and firework phobias, and inappropriate urination and defecation. We know how stressful these can be on your family and we will do our best to help you address the problem and find a solution.
Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our staff is available to help you choose the right diet for you pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.
Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstance as people do. We believe that recognizing and alleviating pain in animal is the essence of good patient care. There are many reasons your pet may need pain medication including; post operative pain management for ovariohysterectomies, neuters and feline declaws, dental procedures needing extractions, hip and joint pain and torn or strained muscles or ligaments.
In addition our doctors also have a wide range of experience in treating senior or geriatric pets with arthritis and joint pain. Pain management in your older pet can help keep them happy and comfortable as they age. Some older pets benefit from joint supplements where others will need the assistants of NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
Microchips have helped to reunite thousands of pets with their families. Here at Cedar Rapids Animal Hospital we offer Homeagain microchips. Homeagain microchips are the only dog and cat microchips that have the Bio-Bond which is an anti-migration feature to make sure that the microchip stays in place. Other brands have been known to migrate which makes it harder and sometimes unable to find. We have carefully chosen the Homeagain brand for this reason.
We know that saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. Our doctors and staff will work with you to ensure your pets comfort and dignity. We all know how hard it is to make that very tough decision and that it is very hard to let go of a friend that has given you so much love. We will do our best to assist you in any way possible. We offer house call euthanasias to established clients. Services also include taking care of your pets remains.