Gainesville Veterinary Hospitial
Additional Pet Services
At Gainesville Veterinary Hospital, we additionally provide services like behavioral counseling and health screening exams, among others.
Pet Additional Services in Gainesville, GA
We also provide Behavioral Counseling, Grief Counseling, Health Screening Tests, Nutritional Counseling, and Referral Services at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital.
Pet Nutritional Counseling
Animals have various nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed and health status. Decisions regarding your pet’s nutrition should not be made without first consulting a veterinarian.
Geriatric animals have significantly different requirements than young growing puppies or kittens. Animals with diabetes or kidney disease also have different requirements.
Your veterinarian will be able to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s choice of diet given their age, breed, and health status.
Puppies & Kittens
Growing puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs than adult dogs and cats. There are a variety of pet foods available on the market. We currently do not carry puppy and kitten foods at our hospital but can recommend several brands readily available at your local grocery and pet stores.
Nutrition for giant-breed dogs has become a hot topic of discussion among giant-breed dog owners. Giant breeds include, but are not limited to, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and Giant Schnauzers. These breeds have unique dietary requirements and we can provide you with the information you need to make the correct decisions about your pet’s nutrition. We discuss these requirements with all new puppy owners on their first puppy wellness visit. If you have any concerns regarding the nutrition of your giant breed, we would be pleased to discuss them with you further.
Pet Behavioral Counseling
We offer individualized dog and cat behavioral counseling on a variety of issues including aggressive behavior and inappropriate elimination. If you are concerned about some aspect of your pet’s behavior, please contact us and request an appointment with our experienced behavioral expert.
Pet Grief Counseling
The loss of a pet can be a tragic event. The emotions we have as a result of this loss are real, justifiable, and nothing to be ashamed of. Our team understands these feelings, as many of us have faced this in our own lives. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding this issue.
Pet Health Screening
OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Certification:
We are able to radiograph your dog’s hips for hip dysplasia at 24 months of age. We will forward these radiographs to a Board Certified Radiologist for OFA certification. Correct positioning of your dog is essential for proper radiographic evaluation, so a general anesthetic is required to make the procedure less stressful for him or her.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
We offer testing for this disease which, in some breeds, is a highly inheritable trait. Von Willebrand’s disease is similar to hemophilia in humans and can result in life-threatening bleeding. Often dogs that carry this disease in their genetic makeup go undetected until an emergency situation arises during a routine procedure such as a spay or neuter. In some cases, the disease may become apparent when a small superficial injury results in significant blood loss. Knowing your dog’s condition ahead of time can make the difference between life and death.
Commonly affected breeds include Doberman Pinschers, Scottish Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Poodles, and Pembrooke Welsh Corgis. As many as 50% of Dobermans are affected by this disease.
Some animals show no signs of the disease but are carriers of the genetic problem. If these dogs are allowed to reproduce, they can pass the disease on to their offspring. If you are a breeder, consider using this test before breeding your dogs.