Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available.

The veterinarians and staff at our clinic are ready to provide your pet with cutting edge veterinary medical care. From wellness exams and vaccines to advanced diagnostics and complex surgical procedures, your pet will receive high quality care at our hospital.

Bathing

Treat your pet to a luxurious spa treatment. Our special, cleansing baths, using the Hydro-Surge system, removes dirt and unpleasant odors . The soothing massage action will leave your pet feeling fresh and revitalized. Shampoos and conditioning rinses are selected for individual pets needs. Veterinary directed medicated baths are available for those special skin and coat conditions. Services also include nail trim and anal gland expression.

Behavioral Medicine

Behavior problems lead to significant owner frustration, and perhaps suprisingly to the abandonment or death of many pets. The veterinary staff of Montclair Animal Hospital is informed and motivated to help you develop your pet into a well-adjusted family member. We offer counseling and training guidelines for many problem behaviors. Ask our staff for available help and advice. We can also guide you to other qualified experts in our area.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one modality under the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) umbrella. Acupuncture, Tui-na (therapeutic massage), Food Therapy, and Qi-Gong (Tai Chi) comprise the remainder of TCM. The goal of each modality is to use natural resources to aid the body in healing itself. Chinese Herbal Medicine has been practiced in China and Eastern Asia for approximately 5,000 years.

CVHF are comprised of several ingredients which work together to provide a beneficial effect for your pet’s condition. Most formulas contain only plants (herbs), but occasionally minerals or animal ingredients are used.

CVHF come in a variety of preparations, including powder or granules, tablets, liquid, and topical salves. The powdered form can be sprinkled on the food and ingested. The tablets can be mixed with the food, cheese, pill pockets, or your favorite form of pet bribery. The liquid formulation can be mixed with the food or given orally. The salve formulation is generally applied directly to the skin. The dosage of any preparation is dependent on the animal’s weight and type of disease. The dosage is gradually increased over a 3-7 day period.

CVHF can be used to aid in the resolution of particular signs and symptoms. Improvement may be seen in the initial clinical signs, as well as other symptoms, such as changes in behavior, sleeping habits, energy level, attitude, appetite, urination, and bowel movements. Diseases are complex and have multiple layers. As the pet’s condition improves variations in the clinical signs or the development of signs not previously present may be seen. Because diseases are not static the CVHF may need to be altered as the symptoms change.

Generally mild to moderate improvement is expected within 2-3 weeks. Occasionally initial improvement can be seen within 24-48 hours. The severity and chronicity of the problem(s) will affect the length of time required to see improvement. The CVHF will be continued until the signs have resolved. Some animals are on herbs for 1-3 months while others remain on herbs indefinitely. Recheck examinations are generally recommended 2-3 weeks after starting CVHF to assess response to therapy and discuss future treatment and monitoring plans.

Side effects associated with CVHF are uncommon but may include vomiting, diarrhea, or decreased appetite. Sometimes there may be an initial improvement followed by a decline or plateau. All of these situations represent a change in the primary condition or an unveiling of the underlying (root) problem. The fluctuations in signs are very important and help direct further management.

Day Care

Is your pet unhappy or lonely while you’re at work? Can’t get needed medications administered while you are gone? Need a condition monitored through the day? Give your companion that personal attention he or she needs throughout the day. We offer the same TLC and exercise offered to our longer-term guests.

Dental Care

Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. Few advances in veterinary medicine have had as dramatic an affect on pet’s longevity and well being. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly. Teeth are then hand scaled to remove every last bit of tartar possible – 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. Complete oral exams including full mouth x-rays help locate hidden problems causing discomfort and other health risks.

Euthanasia Services

Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with clients to ensure their pet’s comfort and dignity. Services include taking care of the remains as directed by the client and home euthanasia services upon request.

Fully Stocked Pharmacy

Montclair Animal Hospital stocks a wide range of the best veterinary medications and preventatives in the animal healthcare field. We are competitively priced and offer manufacturer warranties that are not available through the internet.

Glaucoma Testing

Dogs and cats can have glaucoma which can result in discomfort and loss of vision. Early detection can help spare vision for a longer period of time. We have a Tono-Pen to measure the intra-ocular pressure to determine if your pet has glaucoma. If diagnosed, it is important to monitor the pressure frequently to determine response to therapy.

Internal Medicine

We cover all areas of internal medicine, including: Cardiology; Neurology; Dermatology; Gastroenterology; Oncology; Endocrinology; among others.

Laser Therapy

We offer Class IV laser therapy, a surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment. Laser therapy uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation”, which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation and increased healing speed. This therapy has been scientifically proved to be successful in treating post surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.

Nutritional Counseling

Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained and certified staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.

Pain Management

The practice of high-quality veterinary medicine focuses on the entire patient – from medical issues that affect physical functioning, to emotional and psychological issues that affect well-being. Experiencing pain can affect the body’s physical functioning and can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s well-being and state of mind. That’s why pain management is among our primary considerations when we are treating a pet for any medical condition.

From routine procedures (such as a spays or dental cleanings), to more advanced medical treatments (such as bone surgeries or cancer treatments), to chronically painful conditions (such as arthritis or back pain), we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient. We will also help you recognize signs of pain in your pet so that we can modify his or her pain management plan when necessary.

Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is at the very heart of quality, compassionate patient care. We don’t take pain management for granted and will employ all our skills to help ensure your pet’s comfort, well-being, and full recovery.

Radiology

Radiography is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. As we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer radiology services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients.

A radiograph (sometimes called an x-rRay) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernable from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones.

Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography. Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.

Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our radiology service is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise.

Small Mammals, Reptiles, and Birds

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. Dr. Mitchell has experience in the care and treatment of these exotic pets. We encourage you to use us as a source of information to help you provide optimal husbandry. Please checkout our web links or call for other sources of information.

Surgery

We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. Surgical services and facilities include: board certified surgeon available for consultation; fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ECG and oxygen saturation monitors; intensive after surgery care and full blood testing.

Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medical treatment that has been practiced in China and other countries for thousands of years. The first veterinary acupuncture book, Bole’s Canon of Veterinary Acupuncture, was written by Dr. Bo Le between 659-621 B.C. The term acupuncture is from the Latin, “acus” meaning ‘needle’ and “punctura” meaning ‘to prick’. Acupuncture is the treatment of conditions or symptoms by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body in order to produce a response. Acupuncture points can also be stimulated without the use of needles, using techniques known as acupressure, cupping, or by the application of heat, cold, water, and laser.

The specific acupuncture points have been well charted for both humans and animals. There are 361 acupuncture points in humans and roughly 173 acupoints in animals. The points are connected with each other and various internal organs via meridians or channels. Many of these channels trace the paths of the body’s major nerve trunks.

Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. Which acupuncture points are stimulated, the depth of needle insertion, the type of stimulation applied to the needles, and the duration of each treatment session depends on the patient’s tolerance, and the condition being treated.

Acupuncture can be used on all species of animals, but it tends to be more frequently used in companion animal species such as the horse, dog and cat. Most animals tolerate the treatments very well. It may be necessary to gently restrain the animal during the first treatment to minimize discomfort. Most animals relax and sit or lie quietly for subsequent treatments.
The American Veterinary Medical Association considers the practice of acupuncture to be the practice of veterinary medicine, and as such, should only be performed by a licensed veterinarian. A certified veterinary acupuncture training course is highly recommended. Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists have the initials CVA following their DVM.

The needles remain in place for 15-30 minutes. Initial acupuncture appointments are 60 minutes long and all subsequent appointments are 30-40 minutes long. The frequency of acupuncture treatments depends on the nature and severity of the illness. Often acupuncture is initially performed once a week for 4-5 treatments. The time between treatments is then gradually increased until a maintenance program is established, often every 6 months, or until the condition resolves.

In veterinary medicine, there is evidence for the success of acupuncture in treating disorders of the reproductive, musculoskeletal, neurologic, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and dermatologic systems. The most common conditions treated, include traumatic nerve injuries, intervertebral disk disease, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy and other central nervous system disorders; gastrointestinal diseases, endocrine disease, cancer, asthma, allergic dermatitis, lick granulomas; and chronic pain such as that caused by degenerative joint disease. Any condition may potentially benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture stimulates healing of some conditions, improves the overall function of the immune system, and provides effective pain relief.

Although acupuncture points can stimulate nerves to release various endorphins and neurologic transmitters, acupuncture has also been recognized to have a major impact on the flow of blood and lymphatics to major organs. Blood flow is regulated by enhancing blood supply to areas in need of nutrients and oxygen and shunting blood away from inflamed areas. The lymphatics system is a network of organs and tissues (including lymph nodes) that have a variety of jobs within the body one of which includes production and distribution of white blood cells (a major part of the immune system) throughout the body. Improving lymphatic flow helps improve immune function. Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Chiropractic) can be used as an adjunct therapy to improve the effectiveness of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified veterinary practitioner. Very few side effects have been found in clinical cases. Such reactions may include mild transient bruising or swelling at the needle insertion site; a mild worsening of the condition for a short time (usually 24 to 48 hours); difficulty removing needles because of muscle spasm; injury to an underlying tissue or organ; and infection at the needle site. Certain acupuncture points are contraindicated in pregnant animals. Caution is exercised if certain drugs such as narcotics or corticosteroids are being used, or if the animal has a clotting disorder.

Comprehensive acupuncture treatment involves a thorough history and physical examination, followed by a patient assessment and formulation of a treatment plan. It rarely involves a single visit, and costs will vary according to the specific condition being treated, the equipment required, and the response of the patient.

Veterinary Chiropractic

Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy is also known as Veterinary Chiropractic. The term chiropractic comes from the Greek words “cheir” which means ‘hand’ and “praxis” which means ‘practice’ or ‘done by’ and refers to the practice of manipulating the spine to treat disease. Chiropractors’ base their theories of disease on the connections between various body structures and the nervous system via the spinal column, and on the role of the spine in biomechanics and movement. Therapy is directed at the spine in order to modify the progression of disease.

Chiropractic manipulation is frequently performed on horses, dogs, and cats, but can theoretically be performed on any vertebrate species. The training is separate from veterinary school. Dr. McFaddin received a post-doctorate degree in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT) through The Healing Oasis in Wisconsin. Dr. McFaddin is also a fellow in the College of Animal Chiropractors (CCOAC).

Chiropractic is one of the few modalities in veterinary medicine where results are often seen within minutes to hours of treatment. In general, improvements are defined as an improved gait and an apparent reduction in pain. In orthopedic conditions such as fractures or ligament tears, chiropractic care will not replace the need for surgery, but may be useful in correcting secondary problems caused by compensation or overcompensation due to the injury.

Veterinarians practicing spinal manipulation see the patient as a functional whole, rather than as a sum of its parts. Ensuring normal range of motion of the vertebrae helps optimize function of lymphatics, blood vessels and nerves, which communicate between the spine and various body structures, allowing the body to function optimally to the point that further interventions may not be required. Applied correctly, chiropractic adjustments can alleviate or eliminate the need for long-term drug treatments. The success of the treatment depends upon the degree and chronicity of the problem.

When performed by an experienced, trained veterinary professional, chiropractic manipulation is generally considered safe. If adjustments are performed with the appropriate force, the patient will require a series of treatments, which will gradually result in restoration of health. However, if the force of an adjustment is excessive or the adjustment is applied at an incorrect angle, time, or location, serious damage to the patient could occur. Some animals may be a little stiff for 24 hours after the treatment. If this is noted encourage gentle movement periodically.

Wellness Examination and Immunization

The staff of Montclair Animal Hospital strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness protection has rewards for both pets and owners. Montclair Animal Hospital follows the American Animal Hospital Association’s Current Guidelines for Canine and Feline Immunization. Every patient is treated as an individual and their vaccination recommendations are tailored to their needs. Our wellness appointments may include: a comprehensive physical exam; internal parasite testing; heartworm and flea control; customized vaccination program; spay and neuter; routine dental care; and specialized diagnostic testing for all life stages.

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