Because your pet is family.
Your pet's wellness is important to us
We are not intended to be a primary care veterinarian as we do not have clinic facilities to provide x-rays, lab work, ultrasounds, anesthesia, surgery, hospitalization, or critical care. We are more than happy to work with your primary veterinarian to provide complementary care for your pet beyond conventional medical practice. Please see below for services we do provide to keep your pet well.
Antibody testing for vaccine-preventable diseases
Also known as vaccine titer (tie-ter) testing. Antibody testing has become more in demand over the past decade as pet parents become more involved in their pet’s care. Vaccine titers are a simple blood test that are drawn in our office and then sent to Kansas State University for evaluation. We choose to use KSU because they are a university based laboratory, but also because they report the results as a quantitative number. In-house, qualitative, tests simply report a yes or no answer, which isn’t always as reliable.
We frequently refer to the AAHA guidelines for antibody testing to determine which patient would be a candidate for vaccine titer testing. Puppies should complete their 8, 12 and 16 week DHPP (distemper virus, adenovirus, parvovirus) vaccine series to allow them the opportunity to develop a strong immune response; i.e. antibodies, to vaccine-preventable diseases. At least two weeks following the final DHPP vaccine, antibody levels can be checked to make sure that the puppy has mounted an appropriate response to the vaccine series. Adult dogs can have antibody levels checked once they complete their adult series around a year and a half of age.
How often antibody levels should be checked depends on the lifestyle of the pet and previous titer results. A pet that has maximum exposure to other wildlife or pets should be tested yearly. A pet that has had a low or low normal antibody level previously should be checked every 6-12 months to determine protection level. Each pet is evaluated on an individual basis at our clinic to determine the frequency of antibody testing.
“Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates? While the quote can be debated on whether or not Hippocrates actually said it, what cannot be debated is that diet plays a large role in the health of ourselves and our pets. With so many prescription pet food diets available today, we obviously understand the role nutrition plays in veterinary medicine. Food therapy takes what we know about nutrition, but then adds to it. Foods have energetics as well as temperatures and that is incorporated into your pet’s health plan. Hard to believe? Think about a hot, sunny summer day. Eating watermelon is extremely refreshing, right? That’s because watermelon is cooling. Or if you eat wasabi and you can feel it in your sinuses. That’s because it is warming and aromatic. While we don’t formulate diets, we leave that to the veterinary nutritionists, we can discuss adding different foods to your pet’s diet to enhance their lives. We can also work with you and your primary veterinarian on weight loss programs for your pet.
If you are an avid Google-er, you know that there are about a billion over the counter supplements for our pets. How do you choose? While some over the counter products are really great, others lack substance and efficacy. Some are even dangerous. We can discuss some over the counter products that I use on my own dogs and patients, but we can also discuss prescription supplements. These are typically Standard Process products. What sets Standard Process products apart from many other supplements is their quality of product as well as their Whole Foods Philosophy. We can discuss which product or products would work best to keep your pet functioning at their best!