We’re pleased to offer the following services in our Belle Vernon Veterinary Clinic:
- Know No Fear
We have a Fear-Free Certified Professional on Staff! To find out what that looks like, visit fearfreepets.com.
- General Practice of Medicine and Surgery
We offer general medical and surgical services for dogs and cats. We focus on preventative care and client education.
- Preventative Medicine
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in our Wellness program has rewards for both pets and owners. Specific attributes of preventative care include: Comprehensive Annual/Bi-Annual Physical Examinations, Intestinal/Blood Parasite Testing, Heartworm Prevention/Flea Control Medications, Patient-Specific Vaccination Protocols, Spaying/Neutering; and many other specialized blood tests for all patients and life stages.
We offer advanced surgery techniques and state-of-the-art monitoring technology. All patients are carefully pre-anesthetic screened and then anesthesia type, quantity and rates are specifically tailored to your pet’s needs. Surgical services and facilities include: a dedicated surgery suite where all sterile surgery procedures are performed, 2 highly trained technicians to care for and monitor your pet’s progress, a heated surgery table, heated recovery cages (lots of large, soft blankies :), advanced sterilization techniques via 2 steam pressurized autoclaves, ECG, oxygen saturation and blood pressure monitoring.
- AAHA Approved Hospital
We are proud to be a hospital member of the American Animal Hospital Association. The Association upholds the highest standards for its facilities, clinic procedures, and record keeping.
Established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession, AAHA is the only exclusive companion animal veterinary association. AAHA is known for its high standards in veterinary practices and quality pet care and promotes those standards within the veterinary profession and public. The association develops benchmarks of excellence, business practice standards, informative publications and educational products designed to help companion animal hospitals thrive. AAHA believes in setting “The Standard of Veterinary Excellence.” Throughout the associations 70-some years, its mission has remained the same: provide veterinary professionals with the resources they need to effectively manage their businesses and deliver the best in companion animal medicine.
For more information see www.aahanet.org.
- Euthanasia Services
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend and “family member” is painful. We work with our clients to ensure their pet’s comfort and dignity. Euthanasia appointments are scheduled so that our owners have the private time they need to say their last goodbyes. Services also include taking care of the remains through a cremation service, as directed by the client.
Our hospital boasts a full stock of all of the most common veterinary drugs. We make it convenient for our clients to have one-stop veterinary visits. From antibiotics to prescription flea control and eye medications to heartworm preventative products. We have our patients covered from their wet noses to the tips of their tails!
- Nutritional Counseling
We feel it is important that our patients benefit from a balanced diet and take the role of educating our clients about food purchases very seriously. Some pets require special diets that may or may not require purchase through our office. Diet is especially important for us to discuss with our clients because many people think “food is love”, leading to many obese cats and dogs!
- Dental Care
Although you should be looking at and brushing your pet’s teeth daily…they will eventually, just like humans…need a professional teeth cleaning. Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining the integrity of the teeth, gums and your pet’s overall health. Periodontal disease can lead to heart and kidney disease! Dental cleanings are performed in a dedicated dentistry suite where, while under anesthesia, patients get a thorough review of their oral cavity. The teeth are then hand-scaled and scaled with an ultrasonic cleaning tool. Each tooth is checked individually for any sizeable “pockets” along the gum line which may lead to underlying cavities. The dental technician then polishes the teeth (just like human dental hygienists) to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque build-up. A fluoride treatment is then applied to help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Microchip Implanting
Did you know that a family pet is lost every 2 seconds?! Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. Shelters do their very best to locate owners, but if your pet has no form of identification, there’s not much they can do. A tiny microchip that contains a personal, one-of-a-kind identification number distinguishes your pet as a special member of your family. Once your pet is microchipped, the chip number is immediately registered with the database and your information. When your lost pet is found, you, your veterinarian or designated alternate will be notified! (Microchip numbers can also be used to purchase a Lifetime License from your county in the state of Pennsylvania. No more mailing a check and form on January 1st!!)
- In-House Radiography
Our clinic is proud to offer in-house digital radiography (x-ray) with new state-of-the-art equipment. No referrals necessary, we can take x-rays on-site and have clear pictures instantly. X-rays help our veterinarians evaluate musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular pulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.
- In-House Ultrasonography
This is the newest addition to our state-of-the-art technology. Ultrasound exams can be used to diagnosis a multitude of internal problems. This non-invasive technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs.
- Behavior Consultation
Specific one-on-one consultations can be scheduled with one of our doctors and an experienced technician. Together, they will work out the best strategy of behavior modification for you and your pet(s). This strategy may or may not include the temporary use of medications.
- Puppy Pre-School
One of our very knowledgeable Veterinary Assistants (and a puppy lover), Holly, conducts a 5 week class for puppies designed to help socialize them and educate their owners about ways to curb undesired behaviors. Classes are usually Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm. Items of interest include Basic First Aid, a Pass-the-Puppy game, and how to stop “bad puppy habits” before they become “BIG adult problems”. The class makes pet ownership and life a whole lot easier….PLUS, it’s A LOT of fun! Call today or click on our Training Services tab for more detailed information!!
- Obedience Training
VVS Basic Obedience Class is taught year round by our experienced KPA-Certified Training Partner/Certified Veterinary Technician, Mary Kathryn. Any dog 4 months of age or older is encouraged to participate! The class is designed to teach you and your dog beginner obedience commands such as: sit, down, stand, heel, stay, and come. We will also discuss behavioral issues such as jumping, barking, and pulling on the leash. Advanced Obedience Class is next to keep both your pup and you on the right path! Call today or click on our Training Services tab for more detailed information!!