Los Lunas Animal Clinic
Small Animal Services
Small Animal Veterinary Services in Los Lunas
- Responsible Healthcare for Pets
- Annual Wellness Program
- Puppy and Kitten Vaccination Packages
- Senior Healthcare Program
Pet Preventative Medicine
Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pet’s health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems. We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often times health problems that go undetected can become more serious issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.
We believe in utilizing the highest level of medical technology, and our surgeons are experienced and highly trained. We also realize that it can be stressful to have your pet undergo surgery. We want to assure you that your pet is in good hands and that we will do everything to provide the best care possible. We will communicate with you about the things you need to know before, during, and after your pet’s surgery. It is our goal to make the entire process go smoothly and to eliminate the stress and worry of surgical procedures.
Blood tests and other laboratory tests are essential in keeping your pet well and diagnosing illness. Los Lunas Animal Clinic offers an in-house, state-of-the-art laboratory enabling us to provide accurate laboratory results within a very short period of time. The faster we are able to diagnose your pet’s health issue, the faster we can treat it! In addition, we work with an outside lab to offer any specialized tests your pet may need.
A radiograph (X-ray) is a type of photograph that looks inside the body and reveals information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate your pet’s internal organs like the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as bones. When it comes to accurately diagnosing your pet, radiology can be an extremely valuable tool in our diagnostic arsenal. There have been many advancements in digital x-ray technology, and we can now manipulate the digital images that we take. This allows us to diagnose issues that may not be seen on a traditional x-ray.
Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (X-rays) and is often used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostics. It allows us to visualize certain organs very thoroughly, including the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, spleen, and intestines. It can also be useful to detect and monitor pregnancy. We work closely with specialists – people who have dedicated their entire lives to imaging – so you get the most out of this fantastic diagnostic tool.
Endoscopy involves the use of either a rigid or flexible fiberoptic instrument to allow visual examination of the internal organs without invasive exploratory surgery. A small camera at the end of the endoscope provides images of the internal structures of the body, allowing the Internist to view disease processes and take biopsies for further diagnostics. It can often be used for foreign body removal as well. This procedure allows for a non-surgical alternative in some cases for pets that minimizes anesthesia time and allows for a shorter recovery and hospital stay.
Acupuncture has been shown to help pets with pain, osteoarthritis, vomiting, cancer pain, endocrine disorders, and much more. It helps pets even more than you and I might realize so be sure to discuss your pet’s case with your veterinarian to see whether or not acupuncture might be helpful! You may want to consider adding acupuncture to keep your pet as active and healthy as possible.
Many owners worry that their pets won’t tolerate acupuncture. However, the opposite is true. Many quickly learn to love it!
Here at Los Lunas Animal Clinic, we are proud to offer Homeopathy, also called Alternative Medicine. Many owners do not like to give traditionally prescribed medications so we have many alternatives for pain, vomiting, allergies, and many other conditions. We are excited to be able to offer this service since many veterinarians do not!
Call for pricing, limited appointments available.
Pet Intensive Care
Our intensive care unit is also where your pet is taken to recover from anesthesia and surgery. Like other veterinary hospitals, we use anesthesia to sedate your pet for a number of procedures, from surgery to less invasive procedures like dental cleaning and endoscopic exams. We do this to ensure the least stressful and pain-free experience we can offer for your pet.
While we use the safest anesthetic procedures and medications available, there is still risk with any anesthetic or surgical procedure. In intensive care, one of our certified veterinary technicians continuously monitors your pet’s vital signs, safety, and comfort level following all procedures utilizing anesthesia.
We also aggressively address your pet’s pain level so that his or her recovery is as pain-free as possible. By taking this extra step in caring for your pet, we seek to ensure that anesthesia is a safe procedure at Los Lunas Animal Clinic.
Similarly, while many pet surgeries are routine and are performed regularly by our veterinarians, we recognize that they have a traumatic effect on your pet’s body. Post-surgery monitoring continues past your pet’s awakening from the anesthesia. Your pet remains in our intensive care unit until we feel he or she can be safely discharged and returned to your loving care.
Pet Exams & Consultations
Our staff will get a chance to talk to you and see if you are having any trouble with your pet. We will also go over diet, preventative medicine, and exercise to ensure that your pet is as healthy as possible. Then, one of our veterinarians will do a complete physical examination on your pet. It is always good to have a baseline in case your pet ever becomes ill. We also want to monitor your pet’s weight, ensuring that your pet stays a healthy weight. It is much easier to start a diet when a pet is a pound overweight instead of fifteen! Our veterinarian will also look for any potential problems. Our goal is to catch any problems before they become major ones. The sooner that we are able to catch a problem, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely that your pet will make a full recovery!
There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets and other animals. This makes proper vaccination vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses they are susceptible to. It’s important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.
Canine Orthopedic Surgery
We focus a significant portion of our practice on the health of canine hips and stifles. We utilize both OFA radiographs and techniques along with the PennHP method of evaluation to screen for orthopedic problems early.
Other signs of periodontal disease include bleeding gums, loss of appetite, pawing at the face, irritability, lethargy, and depression. Your pet is never too old for routine dental care. You can reduce the risk of periodontal disease with a comprehensive dental examination, professional dental cleaning, and good home preventative care.
We offer limited on-site pharmacy products and drugs for use in treatments on property, and starter prescriptions. We are making every effort to provide the most economical access possible to the products you need to care for your pets.
We continue to offer written prescriptions for you to fill at your personal pharmacy.
We also offer access to the convenience of the Online Pharmacy. This pharmacy compares to any of the major commercial pharmacies. They offer prescription diets, drug compounding, complete dosage options, and equine products.
Please let us know your preferences.
Pet Nutritional Counseling
Pets’ nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a diet made specifically for his or her lifestyle.
Cryotherapy (ice) is used during the initial phase of an injury (72 hours) in order to minimize tissue damage, pain, and swelling. It is also used during the rehabilitation phase in order to diminish any secondary inflammatory response.
Some examples of cryotherapy agents are:
- Bag of frozen peas or corn, wrapped
- Moldable frozen gel packs
When used properly, this modality can be a very important part of your pet’s home treatment program. Human studies have shown that patients receiving cryotherapy post-surgically quite often need less pain medication.
Benefits of cryotherapy include:
- Decreased tissue inflammation
- Promoted healing
- Reduced pain
- Decreased muscle spasms
- Improved muscle flexibility and joint range of motion