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Treating pets with allergies is a challenging endeavor. We manage the itching and the secondary skin and ear infections that affect our pets’ quality of life with oral medications, topical preparations, and medicated baths. Some pets are allergic to a component of their food – most often a protein. We can help with a diet trial using a prescription limited antigen diet. In cases where environmental allergens are suspected to be the culprit and management with hyposensitization is desired (just as it is on the human side), we can facilitate referral to a veterinary dermatologist for intradermal skin testing. When a referral isn’t an option, we can submit a blood sample to an outside lab to achieve the same goal, keeping in mind that intradermal skin testing is the gold standard in diagnosing environmental allergies.
Many preventative medications bring with them a guarantee from the manufacturer that the medication will do what it claims. These guarantees are honored when the medication is purchased from a licensed veterinarian. Though we will provide prescriptions to outside sources upon request, we can only take advantage of these programs for you if the product was purchased from our practice or our online store.
If you need a medication that we don’t have on our shelves, we can help you order it from our online store. The product comes directly from our distributor or the manufacturer and is shipped to your home. This is a great option when you choose anti-parasite drugs or therapeutic diets that we don’t routinely stock on our shelves.
If your patient requires a specific size or formulation of a medication, we can work with one of a handful of compounding pharmacies. Administering medications to some pets is challenging, so we strive to find a formulation that will work for both of you.
Bay East also performs a manual, differential blood count (via blood smear microscopy) on each CBC. Fecal analysis can be performed using either or all of: Fecal Floatation (using centrifugation, which has the best success rate) to look for parasite eggs, Direct Smear to look for parasites that may not be seen in a Fecal Float, and Fecal Cytology to look for bacterial overgrowth and unicellular parasites.
Those tests that cannot be performed in-house are referred to our off-site partners such as Marshfield Laboratories, Greer Laboratories, or The Wisconsin State Diagnostic Laboratory, to name a few.
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.
You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.
Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets and family.
Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health. Let our knowledgeable staff provide you with a comprehensive parasite control program. We can recommend a schedule for parasite testing, discuss what signs of parasites you can look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home, discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites, and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future.
Parasites are not just a nuisance. They can carry serious diseases that affect your pet’s overall health and longevity. Let us help you protect your pet. Call today to find out how!
Puppy & Kitten Care
Your puppy or kitten visit will include a full “nose-to-tail” physical examination. We will look for any signs of illness and make sure that your new pet is in good health.
Do you have questions about nutrition, training, vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection, or overall health? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had puppies or kittens before, each pet is unique and offers an opportunity to learn something new! We welcome your questions and look forward to addressing any concerns you may have. The more educated you are about your pet, the better you will be able to care for him or her, so we strive to offer you all the support you need.
Puppy and kitten wellness visits also present an opportunity to discuss your new pet’s recommended vaccine schedule and the best plan for parasite testing, treatment, and prevention. Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines and parasite control, and our goal is to give you the best advice for your puppy or kitten. We will review your pet’s vaccine and deworming schedule and discuss the best way to continue, so don’t forget to bring any records that you have received.
We will work hard to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your puppy’s or kitten’s health care. Puppy and kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Let’s take these important first steps together.
All of our vaccines are direct from the manufacture and are fully warranted. We encourage you to ask the veterinarian should you have any questions or concerns regarding a particular vaccine or vaccine protocol.
There is nothing more important to us than your pet’s safety, so we perform a variety of pre-anesthetic tests to carefully screen patients and tailor our anesthetic protocol specifically for your pet. Our trained staff and doctors monitor your pet before, during, and after anesthesia to help ensure the best possible outcome. We also take time to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about the medications, monitoring and care your pet will receive. When you trust our dedicated health care professionals to manage your pet’s anesthetic care, you can rest assured that safety, efficacy, and comfort are always foremost in our minds.
Hospice & Euthanasia
Terminal Illness Counseling/Treatment
If your pet had been diagnosed with a terminal disease, we will provide you with all options available for treatment and work to help you through this difficult time. Our goal is to keep your pet as comfortable as possible, while keeping you informed on what to expect.
Pet Hospice Referral
When a pet is diagnosed with a terminal illness, maximizing their quality of life is our primary goal. We can provide a referral to the Healing Hearts Pet Hospice, helping families care for their pets within the comfort of their own home and minimizing hospital visits. This program is dedicated to providing complete end of life care.
As members of the veterinary profession, we are in a unique position to provide euthanasia at times when our animal friends are in distress. This is not something that we take lightly. We will work closely with you to help you determine (if you choose so) when it is time to make this decision. We will make this process as comfortable for you and your pet as possible and are always open to special requests. Should you wish to say goodbye within the comfort of your home, special arrangements can be made.
Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. This means that when we perform ultrasonography, we can see internal images of the patient’s body. Unlike some other imaging studies, like x-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture of what is inside your pet’s body. Ultrasonography is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.
An ultrasound machine generates ultrasound waves. The machine is connected to a small probe that is held gently against your pet’s skin. The probe sends out painless ultrasound waves that bounce off of structures (for example, organs) in your pet’s body and return to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected “echoes” and uses them to generate images that are viewable on a screen. Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs, including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys. It is also useful for assessing fetal health and monitoring pregnancy in breeding animals, and it can help us diagnose and stage (determine the severity of) some forms of cancer.
Because ultrasound images are produced in real-time, this technology can be used to evaluate the heart as it beats. This can help us detect abnormalities in the motion of heart valves, blood flow through the heart, and contractions of the heart muscle. It can also be used to assess the heart for defects. As we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer ultrasound as one of our diagnostic capabilities.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
Young puppies and kittens can receive microchips, but even if your pet is already an adult, you should consider microchipping. Even indoor pets can get outside accidentally and get lost, so if you’re relying on other forms of identification, you could be placing your pet at risk. Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return if the unthinkable happens.
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Bay East Animal Hospital has been providing excellent veterinary care to the greater Green Bay area since 1973.
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