Services

We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.

Whether your pet is visiting for a regular wellness exam, dental cleaning, boarding, grooming, or some an advanced treatment, we strive to deliver excellent care in all areas. The doctors at Cole Animal Clinic provide state-of-the-art care in a full range of services including orthopedics, digital x-ray, spay & neuter, and more.

Below is a brief description of the common services we provide:

Puppy/Kitten CareWellness ProgramsSenior CareVaccinationsDiagnostic EvaluationSurgeryOrthopedicsDigital X-ray & UltrasoundHospitalizationLaboratoryDermatologyNutritionHeartworm Prevention and
Flea & Tick Control
BoardingBathingDentistry
Puppy and Kitten Care

Puppies are cute and kittens are cuddly, but many people may not be aware of the full responsibility that caring for an animal entails, especially in the tender years of its development. Pet owners must consider such things as nutrition, vaccinations, proper training, regular physical examinations, parasite prevention, spay/neuter services, and grooming when owning a pet to keep it happy and healthy. Pets are like family-each one has its own personality and unique characteristics. So you need the support from a veterinary clinic that can offer knowledgeable support from a caring, dependable staff as to how to care for your pet correctly. It should really be the first thing you do after getting your puppy or kitten.

Cole Animal Clinic is a small, reputable and established animal veterinary hospital that offers a broad range of services including: comprehensive surgical care, training tips, medical treatment, as well as boarding and grooming. Our team can schedule puppy care and kitten care visits and recommend a schedule for vaccines and the best plan for parasite prevention, testing, and treatment.

Puppy and Kitten Nutrition Tips

Getting puppy and kitten nutrition tips is the single most important thing you can do to promote good health with a puppy or kitten. We can help you learn about all of the foods your pet will need that make them grow strong by means of a well-balanced diet containing vitamins, proteins, and minerals the animal will need to stay fit and active. Depending on your puppy or kitten’s age, weight or medical issues, we can help you choose a diet that meets all of your pet’s nutritional requirements. We’ll also tell you which foods you should absolutely NEVER feed your pet that could make it sick.

Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

There are various infections and diseases that can prove fatal in puppies and kittens if they do not receive the proper vaccinations. Many pet owners feel the grief of losing a pet too soon because they may not have been aware of all of the diseases that could harm or prove fatal for their pet if they contract them, such as canine parvovirus and the feline leukemia virus.

Puppy and Kitten Training

Just like with children puppy/kitten training is extremely important for your animal to adjust and dwell within you and your family without creating complete chaos everyday in your home. This will reduce the incidents of urinating and defecating on your carpets, or from scratching and chewing on furniture or your shoes or getting along with another pet that has seniority. However, there’s a right way and a wrong way to train your puppy or kitten. The worse scenario that could ever happen is when a pet owner has to make the decision to get rid of their pet because they can’t control its behavior!

Puppy and Kitten Physical Examinations

Because looks can be deceiving, it is the wise move bring your puppy or kitten in for a physical examination to see us after adopting or purchasing one from a humane society, breeder, or pet store. Our veterinarians can advise you on what health care and vaccinations are needed to keep your pet healthy and current. Your puppy or kitten will need to receive a series of vaccinations administered to it in the course of the first few months, and should begin between six to eight weeks of age.

Puppy and Kitten Parasite Prevention Programs

There are several common parasites that can end up in your puppy or kitten’s body. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are among the most common parasites that affect pets. There are also many internal parasites that can harm your pet without a prevention program to protect them.

Puppy and Kitten Spay/Neuter Services

Unless you have plans to become a breeder, your decision to neuter or spay your pet is also very important. This hopefully will be the only surgery your pet will need. Since this is viewed as a major procedure, several factors are considered to minimize potential complications and speed up the recovery process.

The more educated you are about puppy care and kitten care, the better you’ll be able to care for your pet, whether you’re getting a pet for the first time or are an experienced pet owner, you can always learn something new, and we encourage your questions and concerns. We will review your pet’s schedule for de-worming and vaccinations to proceed from there, so remember to bring any previous medical records if you’re not a first-time owner.

Wellness Programs

Loving and caring for an animal is one of the most rewarding endeavors you can pursue. Pet wellness care entails every aspect of caring for your pet such as walking, playing, plenty of fresh water, and nourishing food, but your pet also requires the consistent care of a good veterinarian for all their health needs, such as pet physical exams, and vaccinations. A pet physical wellness exam is an integral part of your pets well being and can aid in early identification of certain diseases.

Choosing a good veterinarian to periodically check on your furry friend is one of the most important decisions you will make as a pet owner. The doctors at Cole Animal Clinic are equipped with the most state of the art medical equipment and training as well as stay up to date on current medical news and best practices. During the pet exam your doctor will inspect your animal from head to toe and answer any questions you might have. Your pet’s health is our number one concern; we want your pet to live a long healthy life.

Senior Care

With proper veterinary care and the right diet, our companion pets are living longer, healthier lives. As an aging pet gets older, there are different conditions and issues that arise specific to the senior dog and senior cat that owners need to be aware of, and watch out for.

Conditions related to aging include bone and joint diseases, as well as some metabolic disorders. This is why it is so very important to have regular wellness exams with your doctor at Cole Animal Clinic. Senior pet care is similar to geriatrics in human medical practice. Diseases of the elderly are somewhat the same in our pets, as they are in humans. Arthritis and other bone and joint disorders can be ongoing as our pets gets older, and sometimes the need for analgesics and possibly steroids are necessary.

The senior dog, as well as the senior cat may also need to have their diets changed as they age, and special formulations specific to the older adult dog or cat are available. With felines, this might entail changing to a low-ash diet to avoid kidney and urinary tract problems, seen in aging cats. Older dogs will have a tendency to gain weight as their bodies slow down, and special diets are available to handle dieting safely, too. Specialized food formulas specific to your pet’s needs can be purchased at Cole Animal Clinic.

Senior pet care for the aging pet takes on greater importance when it comes to routine check-ups and vaccinations. Because a pet dog and pet cat are older is all the more reason to see your veterinarian on a regular basis. The quality of a pets life in their later years is our top priority in keeping your companion happy and healthy.

Vaccinations

Part of being a pet owner means you’ll need to bring your pet into Cole Animal Clinic on a regular basis to receive vaccinations in order to prevent certain diseases and other medical conditions. The vaccination schedule is determined using the pet’s species, breed and lifestyle. The doctors at Cole Animal Clinic will counsel you the best personalized vaccination schedule for your pet.

The dog vaccination schedule is provided to you during your first visit. Puppies usually need to see their veterinarian at least four times during their first year. At each veterinarian appointment, you can discuss what shots your puppy will need before the vaccinations are administered. It is important to follow the recommended puppy vaccination schedule in order for your dog to be safe around other pets. The diseases that most vaccinations protect pets from easily pass from animal to animal when the pets are not vaccinated. Un-vaccinated pets pose a risk to themselves and all other pets in their area. Pets may inadvertently leave traces of the disease in public areas, like the dog park or city sidewalk, causing other pets to get infected when sniffing around that area. So, protect your puppy and all other dogs in their area by closely following the puppy vaccination schedule provided by your doctor.

The cat vaccination schedule differs slightly from dogs’. Cats are affected by several diseases that do not affect dogs, which can quickly pass from feline to feline when not vaccinated. Most veterinarians will explain that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks when following the cat vaccination schedule. All vaccinations pose some risk to pets, but the chance of developing those complications is quite low, especially when compared to the risk of developing communicable diseases. Cats that are usually kept indoors will still need to be vaccinated on schedule. The cat vaccination schedule can be adjusted slightly for strictly indoor cats or cats that do not live with any other pets. Cat owners that decide to add more pets to their home will need to have their cat’s shots updated by their veterinarian.

The doctors at Cole Animal Clinic always consider your lifestyle and number of pets in your home before creating your pet’s vaccination schedule. Older pets usually need to have their shots updated each year. At the yearly checkup, the veterinarian will administer a booster shot that reactivates the immunization in the pet’s body.

Diagnostic Evaluation
Surgery

For the total health of our furry patients, we offer a wide range of well, sick, and surgical services. From routine vaccines and routine surgical procedures like spaying and neutering -to- more complex and emergency surgeries, we are here to provide you with only the highest quality veterinary medicine for all your pet’s medical needs.

Many pet owners dread going to the veterinary office, especially when surgery is involved. There is a lot of stress, anxiety, and trepidation for fear that the personnel won’t care for the pet well enough, take the appropriate precautions during the pet surgery, or monitor the pet closely enough after the surgery.

Let Us Address Your Pet Surgery Concerns

The above are natural concerns, and our goal is to thoroughly address any concerns and questions you might have so that you can feel confident your pet is in good hands for his/her surgical procedure and completely understand how our surgical services can benefit your pet’s health and well-being. Of course, there are a lot of myths out there that only make pet owners even more apprehensive about pet surgery. This is particularly true about the common spay and neuter procedures; here are two we can debunk for you right now:

Myth: My cat or dog is too young to get spayed or neutered.

Fact: At Cole Animal Clinic, we recommend dogs and cats be sterilized around 5-6 months of age. This young age is not only safe, but actually helps the pet to avoid ever starting bad habits like marking territory with urine and avoid unexpected pregnancy in females reaching early puberty. Most experts recommend scheduling the surgery prior to dog or cat reaching puberty, usually around four to six months of age.

Myth: Spaying and neutering does not have any health benefits.

Fact: Spayed female puppies and kittens aren’t as apt to suffer breast cancer and uterine infections. Ovarian and uterine tumors will also not be a possibility. Neutered male puppies and kittens aren’t as apt to develop prostate enlargement and perianal adenomas. Testicular cancer will also not be a possibility.

What Services Do We Offer?
  • dog/cat spay
  • dog/cat neuter
  • cat declaw
  • dewclaw removal
  • tail docking
  • pet hernia repair
  • knee/hip replacements
  • intestinal foreign body removal
Let Us Take Care Of Your Pet’s Surgical Needs

Our professional team at Cole Animal Clinic is highly skilled in veterinary medicine and current on the most up-to-date surgical practices. Patient safety and pain management are top priorities for all our staff. We carefully monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery to ensure that your pet is safe and has only the most exceptional care during every step. We provide anesthetics when necessary for your pet. We will keep you updated, if you wish, through your pet’s surgery and recovery.

Let Us Help You Through The Post-Op

Once your pet is ready to go home, we will address any questions or concerns you have about your pet’s post-operative care and recovery. We will review everything you need to do, any medications your pet may need to take, and provide you with instructions on any bandages or wound care.

Orthopedics

Pets are as prone to orthopedic conditions as their human owners. We address orthopedic concerns from a variety of causes with attentive care and understanding.

Orthopedic conditions can stem from a variety of sources, including:

  • Age
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Trauma
  • Infections
  • Congenital conditions, or conditions they are born with

Arthritis is a common cause of orthopedic pain frequently brought on by age, though genetic factors can contribute to early arthritis. Some infections, such as Lyme disease, are also common culprits. Orthopedic treatments are always a two-fold approach, treating the cause as effectively as possible while minimizing pain and maximizing mobility.

Hip dysplasia is one of the most common orthopedic conditions. Affecting both cats and dogs, it is a genetic condition in which the hip joint forms improperly. The symptoms can appear very early in your pet’s life or may not present until osteoarthritis aggravates the joint in their later years. It is most common in large breed dogs such as German Shepherds, but small breeds such as Welsh corgis can also have it. In cats, it is most common in Maine coons and Persians.

Pets suffering from hip dysplasia may be reluctant to run or jump, exhibit lameness and pain in their hips, have a swaying gait or back legs that are too close together. Once diagnosed, treatment will vary depending on symptom severity and the health of the pet. Out-patient treatments usually include physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs. Surgery can also be done in more severe cases.

We understand how difficult it is to watch your pet experience the difficulties of orthopedic pain. We offer diagnostics and treatments designed to minimize the pain and do our best to repair the issues whenever possible.

Digital X-ray & Ultrasound

At Cole Animal Clinic, we know that your pet deserves the best and most modern veterinary care available. That is why we use state of the art equipment with highly trained and skilled technicians to ensure the best care for your pet. Our veterinary diagnostic services include digital x-ray and ultrasound, which are the most current and accurate imaging methods.

Digital x-ray is similar to traditional x-ray because it uses low-dose radiation to produce a view of your pet’s bones as well as foreign objects. Because our machines are digital, results are produced automatically without developing time. X-ray can help your veterinarian to diagnose bone abnormalities and changes, as well as whether your pet has ingested a foreign object. In many cases, this type of imaging allows a veterinarian to diagnose and treat your pet earlier and less invasively than the alternatives.

Ultrasound provides a view of your pet’s organs and internal structures. One of its main benefits is that this technique uses sound waves and thus has no radiation whatsoever and no known side effects. For these reasons, it is the preferred way to examine a pet internally to diagnose certain types of illness, make an effective prevention or treatment plan, and monitor changes.

Digital x-ray and ultrasound are commonly used in modern medical care for humans, but not all veterinary practices offer them. Both are important ways of identifying the cause of your pet’s illness or discomfort. At Cole Animal Clinic, we are dedicated to giving your pet the best care to ensure a long, healthy life as part of your family.

Hospitalization
Laboratory
Dermatology

Every so often our animal friends can develop conditions that would be perfectly treated by pet dermatology. Some of the health issues which pet dermatology can treat include:

  • Patchiness or balding of an animal’s coat. Maybe your pet is experiencing a vitamin deficiency in its diet, or maybe fleas have caused your pet to scratch and gnaw away the hair to solve the itching sensations.
  • Allergic reactions. A pet may develop a sudden allergy, causing its skin to break out in welts or other dermatological issues, such as acne.
  • Infections. Maybe your cat or dog has developed an infection in its claws, pads, or nail bed, or maybe something more common, such as blackheads.
  • Ear problems. Maybe your cat has an infection in its ear, or possibly the follicles of its ear hair. Maybe the ear has a malformation which hinders its hearing.
  • Problems with the immune system or hormonal issues. These can range from feline AIDS, to alopecia, to abnormally shaped testicles or nipples.
  • Parasites. Some parasites can deprive your pet of vital vitamins and nutrients needed to maintain a healthy skin and coat of fur.
  • Through treatment methods such as hypo-sensitization therapy, laser surgery, skin scrapings, and allergy shots, pet dermatology can treat these sorts of conditions and more.

Nutrition

Owning a pet is a lot simpler than it used to be; the large number of over the counter specially formulated pet foods make it easy to control the level of pet nutrition your animal needs. Throughout the different stages of life your cat or dog diet changes to reflect their calorie and required nutrient levels. This means maintaining the same level of nutrition as you did when they were young, can lead to problems such as pet weight gain and underfeeding.

Differences occur in the needs of your pet’s diet as they mature from a puppy or kitten into adulthood and on into their senior years. Older cats and dogs do not have the same pet nutrition requirements as younger pets because of a usually lower activity level. If an owner maintains the same feeding level as a pet grows into its senior years a high calorie content can cause similar problems to those in humans who overeat.

Understanding nutrition is important in successfully caring for your pet; cats require food higher in proteins and fats than dogs require. If a dog is consistently fed cat food the pet can become sick and suffer from intestinal problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea. The veterinarian doctors at Cole Animal Clinic are an invaluable source of information for experienced and new pet owners. We can recommend a specific food for your pet based on its activity level, age and medical history. Illnesses and medical conditions, such as arthritis and pet weight gain can be treated with special formulations of pet food prescribed by our vets.

Heartworm Prevention and Flea & Tick Control

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin was not talking about pets or parasites, but certainly he was on to something. Healthy pets are happy pets, and preventing parasites from finding a host is an important way to keep pets happy. In a world rife with pests such as fleas, ticks, and parasites, prevention might seem daunting. However, there are many options available to suit pets and their owners’ needs. Cole Animal Clinic can help with the decision and explain the benefits of every option.

Many tiny threats face pets. Flea tick problems are very common, but also preventable. Fleas and ticks, in addition to causing discomfort and itching, can also harbor more serious diseases and parasites which can infect the pet with just one bite. Cat fleas hide in the thick fur, and even short haired cats can host a colony of insects that are hard to see. Chances are if one flea is visible, a flea infestation exists or will soon. The blood suckers breed quickly and the cycle can be difficult to stop. When a flea infestation is suspected, treatment of the environment should be done in conjunction with treating the dog or cat fleas.

Keeping pets away from high grassy areas can help with tick prevention. Ticks can carry serious diseases such as Rocky Mountain Fever or Lyme Disease. Tick prevention can be done hand in hand with the treatment of other parasite prevention regimens. In fact, several products are available to treat and prevent multiple nuisances including flea tick problems, heartworm, and ear mites. A veterinarian can offer advice on the best technique for tick-removal, but more importantly suggest a preventative regimen to keep ticks away in the first place.

Not every danger comes to pets from fleas and ticks. The pesky mosquito is a carrier in the life cycle of a deadly parasite known as the heartworm. Despite its tender-sounding name, it is a very serious and very dangerous parasite. Heartworm in dogs is difficult and expensive to treat. The heartworm larva enters the animal’s bloodstream through a mosquito bite and the worm grows in the heart of the animal, causing swelling, pain, and blockage, and when left unchecked, will kill the host animal. Heartworm in dogs is far more common than in cats, but the parasite is more lethal to an infected cat.

Keeping pets happy and healthy is a shared goal. The clinic is here to guide pet owners in the best possible treatments and preventative routines. Many options are available to treat and prevent parasites from taking over.

Pet Boarding

Cole Animal Clinic understands that your pet is a very important member of your family. Because we can’t always bring our animals with us every time, we offer our clients pet boarding services. Many pet owners have concerns when boarding their dog, cat, or other pet such as how many times they will be walked, how much attention they will receive and will they get the same play time as they do at home. All of these worries are valid so it is important to find the right place for your pet while you are away. That is why many decide to choose Cole Animal Clinic for pet boarding due to our wide variety of attention, care and activities provided as part of our boarding services. Think of it as something of a day spa for our furry little friends.

Here are just a few of the benefits your pet will receive when boarded with Cole Animal Clinic:

  • Daily walkings and feedings
  • Secure and individual crates for each pet
  • Climate controlled boarding rooms

Why not take advantage of our pet bathing services while boarding your pet with Cole Animal Clinic!

Each pet staying with us will need vaccination paperwork to ensure all animals’ shots are current. Boarding your pet with Cole Animal Clinic gives you the security and peace of mind that your pet will be taken care of with the up most priority. So go and enjoy your vacation; we’ll watch over your beloved best friend while you are away!

Pet Bathing

Is your pet leaving behind clues he or she was recently on the sofa? Are you boarding your pet with us and want to give them a special treat? If your answer to any of the above questions is “yes” then we have a solution for you! Come visit the Cole Animal Clinic and take advantage of our bathing services.

All of our services are provided by the caring and professional staff of Cole Animal Clinic who value their place in the life of your pet. Because we understand how difficult it can be to put your trusted companion in the care of another, we strive to create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere for you and your pet. You can rest easy knowing your pet is in good hands.

If you have any questions about our policies or services feel free to call us or stop by. We are here to serve you and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Call or stop by today to schedule your pet’s next bathing appointment.

Dental Services For Your Pet Help To Keep Your Best Friend Healthy For Life

One of the best ways you can keep your pet healthy is to take care of their teeth from the time they are puppies or kittens until they are grown and throughout their life. Usually cavities are not a big issue for pets, but periodontal disease can be a huge issue as well as other gum disease. Taking care of your pets teeth can help to prevent future health problems for your pet.

The Hazards Faced When Pets Do Not Receive Dental Care

Without proper dog dental care, your dog can suffer from tooth loss, inflamed gums and can later develop an infection that begins in the mouth and spreads throughout the dogs entire body causing illness. Ignoring the plaque buildup on dogs teeth can lead to periodontal disease and to a buildup of tartar. Tartar in turn can harden and dig into a dogs gums and cause infection that leads to other serious systemic problems.

Other issues your dog can develop if he is not receiving proper dog dental cleanings are things like bad breath, teeth that become loose or break, swollen gums or teeth that fall out. Dogs can also develop infections and other issues that can cause pain for your best friend. Periodontal disease in dogs is painful as well, and no one wants to see their beloved friend in pain. Practicing good dog dental care regularly can help to prevent these problems.

Regular Dental Care Helps Pets Live Longer

Most pet owners wish to see their dog live a long and happy life and regular and proper dog teeth cleaning can help to keep pets happy and healthier. Periodontal disease can be prevented in pets simply by brushing dogs teeth to remove plaque and bacteria. Unfortunately, there are many owners who don’t do this on a regular basis either because they don’t know how important it is to do proper dog dental maintenance or they do not know how to do it at home.

Dog teeth brushing can also be done in the veterinarian’s office and usually the full cleaning of dogs teeth can be done under a general anesthetic. Dogs cannot understand what is happening to them during a tooth cleaning. Therefore it is for their own safety and comfort that they receive an anesthetic when they undergo a professional dog teeth cleaning.

When Should Your Pet Have His First Professional Dental Cleaning?

Beginning when your dog is about one year old it is wise to have their first professional dental cleaning done in the veterinarian’s office. Just like in human patients, a professional cleaning will remove both plaque and tartar buildup on the dogs entire tooth surface, both above and below the gum line. This can help them to avoid developing painful periodontal disease later.

Brushing dogs teeth at home is not difficult and our veterinarians at Cole Animal Clinic can show you the correct way to do it. Brushing should be done with a soft toothbrush to remove harmful plaque before it has the opportunity to become a more serious problem. Your veterinarian can also show you the best types of gels, special toothbrushes and toothpaste to use on your dog for his best dental health. Owners can also learn about good treats to give their dog to help to prevent plaque build up and aid in dogs dental health.

Watch For Signs That Your Pet Is Experiencing Dental Problems

Dogs will usually show that they are experiencing dental problems in pretty common ways. Owners should be aware of and watch for signs like excessive drooling, plaque or tartar that they can see on teeth and discolored teeth. It is also wise to watch dogs for things like loss of appetite, pawing at the mouth as if in pain or gums that are swollen or red in appearance.

Owners should also be watchful for things like broken teeth in their dog and seek professional dental treatment right away. The tooth will be saved if possible, otherwise it may need to be extracted for your dogs best health. Pet owners who are attentive to their pets dental needs have pets that are healthier and can in turn have a longer life span free from pain.

While dental care may seem like an extra cost of pet ownership, it is one of the smartest ways to keep your dog healthy for life. Good dog dental care pays for itself in better health for pets. Regular dog teeth cleaning will help to keep your best friend happily by your side.