Your pet deserves the best care.
We treat your pet like family.
Your pet is an important part of your family, and when they are ill, you want the best medical care available. Learn more about the professional and compassionate veterinary services offered at Woodland Veterinary Hospital below.
Wellness & Preventive Care
We recommend a complete physical exam for your pet on a yearly basis. Lots of changes can occur from year to year, especially as your pet gets older. In addition, we will counsel you on which prescription pet food diets are best suited to your particular companion’s needs for a healthier lifestyle. Your new pet will be tested for worms and be treated for the most common intestinal worm found in puppies and kittens known as roundworms. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms and can even cause your puppy to become anemic (low red blood cells). Although some worms are visible to the naked eye, most worm problems are diagnosed by examining the stool of your puppy microscopically. Performing a fecal test will allow us to advise you on the most effective treatment plan for your new puppy or kitten.
A yearly wellness examination with your veterinarian and a program specific to your pet’s needs are the best ways to keep your pet healthy and enjoying life. During your pet’s annual wellness examination, our veterinarians will perform the following:
- Full physical examination
- Weight monitoring – Weight gain or loss is important and can aid in the early detection of diseases.
- Dental examination – Our pets’ mouths are very similar to our own, and oral health is very important. A thorough dental exam can identify concerns such as gingivitis, fractured teeth, or infections.
- Vaccinations – Specific to your pet’s needs
- Wellness blood work – Heartworm testing and routine blood work can aid in the early detection of diseases and are recommended as part of every wellness examination.
New Puppy & Kitten Visits
These first visits are especially fun and very important in getting your new pet off to a good start. Our doctors perform thorough physical examinations, focusing on any internal or external parasite problems, as well as congenital or developmental abnormalities. Our doctors and assistants will give you the latest information about diet, training, and preventive care.
Protect your dog or cat from deadly parasites, fleas, and ticks that can cause heartworms and Lyme disease. Heartworms are easy to prevent in dogs and cats by a simple monthly pill or topical. However, it’s very dangerous and costly to treat once the pet gets heartworms. Year-round flea and tick prevention is also necessary to prevent transmission of disease.
Did you know?
- The flea you see today came from an egg three to eight weeks ago.
- Every flea lays an average of 20 to 30 eggs PER DAY. These fall off your pet into the environment, therefore you must treat the environment for at least three to eight weeks.
Two steps to effective flea prevention:
- Treat all pets with an effective product.
- Treat your environment.
We’ll help you choose the right prevention products.
Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions, and minor oral surgery. All pets receive a complete dental scaling with hand scaling below the gumline and tooth polishing. Our veterinarians perform in-house surgeries and dental procedures using state-of-the-art technology to ensure your pet receives the best veterinary dental care available. Pets with dental disease constantly release bacteria from their mouths into their bloodstream, resulting in inflammatory changes in the heart, liver, and kidney tissue in otherwise healthy animals. This problem may be exacerbated by pets that already have other existing diseases. Periodontal disease is a major health risk for your pet and is one of the most common diseases in small animals. It is painful, but frequently, pets with oral pain suffer in silence. However, periodontal disease is easily preventable. Let us give your pet a complete dental check-up and advise you on how to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy for a long and pain-free lifetime!
The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends a full dental cleaning every six months for your pet, just the same as your dentist recommends for you. Imagine what that cleaning procedure would be like for you if you did not brush your teeth at all between dental visits.
Dental home care is the single most important aspect of regular dental care. With proper home care, your pet may not need that six-month dentistry, thus saving you the expense and your pet the extra anesthetic.
Our experienced veterinary surgeons are able to handle a wide range of surgeries from routine procedures like spays and neuters to more challenging soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. We also offer a referral service and additional laboratory analysis services for those procedures requiring specialized training and equipment, such as ultrasound, CT scans, MRI, and other advanced diagnostic procedures to help us better evaluate our patients. Our EKG and pulse oximetry equipment can monitor your pet’s heart rate and vital signs to better determine how well your pet is responding to treatment and during surgical procedures.
We also provide digital radiology and ultrasound services. A board-certified radiologist performs the ultrasounds and also evaluates the more challenging radiology cases.
Arthritis & Degenerative Diseases
Woodland Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for orthopedic and degenerative problems your pet may be experiencing. Our doctors will apprise you of the many new orthopedic surgical procedures and medications currently available to help restore your pet’s mobility.
Pet nutrition is important to your dog or cat’s health. We will counsel you on the right prescription pet diet to keep your dog or cat healthy. Don’t be fooled by the label on the bag of dog or cat food. If you are not familiar with what makes up the ingredients listed, it can be quite misleading. Allow us to educate you or give you a recommendation about the proper food for your pet.
Good quality food can be tailored for the type of pet you have to prevent and/or manage health issues that are common among that breed. Take care to feed your pet only pet food (no table food), feed measured amounts once or twice a day, and limit treats. Remember to always provide lots of fresh, clean water at all times. Whether your pet is fighting a weight problem or requires a special diet in conjunction with health care management and treatment, our staff will counsel you on the many nutritional options that are available to pet owners.
Spay & Neuter
Your pet is a companion, a friend, and in a real sense, a member of your family. In order to reduce the number of animals ending up in shelters or being euthanized, we advise that you spay or neuter your pet. Both male and female dogs and cats are mature enough to reproduce between the ages of six to nine months. Female cats come into heat cycles every three to four weeks during certain times of the year. Many female cats will become nervous during these heat cycles and exhibit unusual behaviors such as rolling on the floor, furtively hiding, or wanting constant attention. Female cats often become quite vocal, too, meowing plaintively through their cycle. Most male dogs and cats are ready and willing to reproduce by the time they are 6 to 12 months of age. They are able to breed consistently throughout the year or whenever they are exposed to a receptive female. Both male dogs and cats are prone to wander in search of romance and find themselves exposed to fighting with other animals or dangers such as cars.
Your pet depends on your protection in many ways. The common things they need are shelter, food, water, exercise, and love. However, diseases spread by other animals are an ever-present threat to the health of your pet.
DHLPP: This vaccine is for canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and leptospirosis. These diseases are typically spread by dogs, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, and rodents.
Rabies: This viral disease is fatal for dogs and cats. Rabies is almost always transmitted via the bite of a rabid animal (often a skunk, raccoon, fox, or bat).
Bordetella: This vaccine is for an upper respiratory infection that is highly contagious between dogs.
Vaccines are important for both inside and outside cats.
FVRCP: This vaccine protects against rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, and panleukopenia, which are transmitted by saliva, mucus, and other secretions of acutely ill cats.
Feline leukemia: The feline leukemia virus can infect cats by saliva or nasal discharge, biting, or sharing food and water dishes.
Rabies: Rabies is mainly transmitted through the bite wounds of infected mammals and is highly contagious.
At Woodland Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to ensuring that your pet’s pain is kept to a minimum. We offer pain management treatments that include both injectible and oral pain medications during postoperative recovery. We will take every measure to eliminate your pet’s pain and any stress-related problems experienced from surgery or treatment procedures. Our veterinary doctors and staff will treat your pet with the same care and compassion as if your pet were our own.
We are able to do a large number of diagnostic tests using a combination of both a commercial diagnostic lab as well as onsite testing to facilitate our ability to diagnose your pet’s illness and select the right form of treatment.
Woodland Veterinary Hospital maintains a complete pet pharmacy providing medications, supplements, and prescription diets for your pet companions.
Using a state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation, we are able to accurately measure your pet’s intraocular pressure with this quick, painless procedure. We use this diagnostic test any time we have a patient present with a red eye. We also recommend screening tests for those breeds prone to primary glaucoma.
Senior Pet Care
Woodland Veterinary Hospital of Newport News, offers senior pets and older dogs and cats veterinary treatments that can extend their life span by several years. In the early stages, some of your senior pet’s problems may not be obvious, and the gradual onset of health problems, in an apparently healthy pet, often goes unnoticed. Diagnostic tests such as a complete blood panel, complete blood count, thyroid levels, urinalysis, and thoracic and abdominal radiographs or ultrasound are important means to evaluate your pet’s health.
You are the one who cares for your pet, day in and day out, and therefore, you may notice subtle changes in your pet’s behavior or physical abilities. Take a few moments to review the signs of possible problems; then, discuss them with your veterinarian. What may look like normal signs of aging could actually be early signs of a manageable health condition.
NOTE: Cats hide symptoms and pain much more than dogs. So keep a close watch for changes in your aging cat. If your pet exhibits any of these conditions, please discuss them with your veterinarian.
End of Life Care
Losing a pet that has been your loving companion for years can be the most difficult situation a person can ever confront. If necessary, we will help your pet to pass without pain and with dignity. When it’s time to say goodbye, the doctors and staff of Woodland Veterinary Hospital will be here for you and your pet.