It is a tragedy that so many pets are lost and not recovered every day. Over 10 million lost pets never return home
each year. Only 16 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats entering animal care and control facilities are reclaimed
each year. More than 70 percent of animals found do not have collars. To help give our patients the best chance to
be reunited with their owners should they become lost, we participate in the
American Kennel Club (AKC) Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) Service.
This service consists of a microchip that is the size of grain of rice that has an unalterable, unique 10-digit code.
It is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. This chip is a passive device that remains inactive except
when scanned, and thus displaying the programmed code. If your pet is ever found and scanned by an animal control
facility or veterinarian, the
AKC Pet Recovery Service can be contacted 24 hours a day.
Your pet can then be identified by the microchip code and you will be contacted. An average of 7,000 pets are
recovered each week due to microchip recovery systems.
DENTISTRY, ENDODONTICS, and ORTHODONTICS
At Town & Country Veterinary Hospital we believe that good oral health is the bedrock upon which good general health
and longevity are built. During every Annual Wellness Examination we specifically perform an oral examination to
assess the condition of the teeth and gums. We emphasize frequent dental prophylactic cleanings and home oral health
care. Brushing, rinses, dental chews, and dental health foods are a few tools available to maintain your pets smile.
However, should more complex procedures be required, we have the staff with the expertise to perform endodontic
procedures (e.g., root canal treatments) to save and restore teeth. Othodontic procedures such as application of
braces have been performed to salvage teeth by correcting their alignment. Oral surgeries for fracture repair and
umor excisions are also performed at this hospital.
Town & Country Veterinary Hospital is well equipped with modern imaging and laboratory equipment. With our in-house
x-ray (including dental radiography) and ultrasound equipment we are able to provide a wide range of services from
emergency evaluations to cardiac assessments. All of our dental patients have the opportunity of radiological
assessment of dental health below the gum line where most dental disease can occur.
Our laboratory equipment provides the benefit of rapid complete blood counts, biochemistry analysis, electrocardiograms (
ECG), and coagulation profiles. We also can consult with specialists using our telemedicine capabilities. For our
senior pets over seven years old, we emphasize preventative medicine by offering detailed geriatric screening using
imaging, ECGs and laboratory evaluations.
GENERAL and ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
All of our doctors are trained veterinary surgeons. Together with our trained technician and our modern,
well-equipped surgery suite, we offer safe surgical procedures including general soft-tissue, orthopedic, and oral
surgeries. Because any surgical procedure performed on a patient who is under general anesthesia carries a level
of risk, we take extra precautions to minimize this risk. Each patient gets a thorough physical examination and
pre-anesthetic laboratory screening. This screening includes a complete blood count (CBC) to ensure patients are
not anemic (a common condition in young animals), to ensure they have adequate platelets to stop bleeding, and to
ensure they have no evidence of an underlying inflammatory process. A biochemistry panel (Chem6) helps determine
if our patients are metabolically suitable for surgery as well as evaluating their kidney function and liver health.
The kidneys and liver must function normally for our patients to properly recover from some of our anesthetic agents.
A coagulation profile is also performed to ensure proper blood clotting function. Additionally, we do an
electrocardiogram (ECG) to detect electrical abnormalities in the heart.
Our surgical patients get an intravenous (IV) catheter to provide easy venous access for anesthesia induction,
IV fluids for circulatory system support during anesthesia, and emergency drug administration should a complication
arise. We induce and maintain anesthesia with modern agents. Our patients are monitored closely using a variety
of monitoring equipment (e.g., pulse oxymetry, ECG, blood pressure). Our patients get preoperative and postoperative
pain control medications as appropriate. The surgeries are performed in our modern surgery room. All of these steps
help ensure you pet has a safe surgery with minimum risk and pain.
Town & Country Veterinary Hospital has approved facilities for pets that have been ordered into quarantine due to
bite incidents. Our facilities are modern, clean and in the heart of our hospital where these confined pets are
monitored and cared for until the completion of their quarantine period. Additionally, we have separate isolation
facilities for those seriously ill or highly contagious pets. Both the quarantine and isolation facilities can
accommodate large aggressive dogs.
TRAVEL / HEALTH CERTIFICATES
For those pets traveling within the United States or internationally, we can provide appropriate health certificates.
We also can assist in navigating the complex Hawaiian pet entry procedures and the United Kingdom Pet Travel Scheme.
If your pets can not travel with you and you need assistance in getting them to the airport, we can help by providing
boarding and transportation to the airport.