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Here at Oakland Park Animal Hospital, we want to serve as your furry family member's one-and-only source for primary veterinary care. To achieve this goal, we work hard to provide a wide range of essential veterinary services, from preventative procedures to life-saving emergency treatment and everything in between, so you know you can always rely on us for whatever health challenge your dog or cat may face. Our veterinarian in Oakland Park FL, Dr. Spencer L. Ratnoff, can help your special friend with:
Every pet should have routine wellness checkups to make sure everything is all right or catch any lurking problems in their early stages so treatment can begin. We can administer snout-to-tail physical evaluations, take vital signs, and weigh your pet to guard against obesity. We also run laboratory tests of blood, urine, and fecal samples to look for any signs of systemic disorders, cancer, infection, or parasitic infestations such as worms. You're free to ask any questions or present any concerns you may have during these invaluable preventative procedures.
You can't always take your pet with you when you must go away for a while -- but leaving him at home alone, or with only an occasional visitor to fill the food bowl, isn't the answer. Many pets suffer from separation anxiety that leads to both intense unhappiness and destructive behavior; even worse, your pet might experience a health crisis when no one is around to see it and respond. Pet boarding at Oakland Park Animal hospital ensures that your pet has a comfortable, relaxing stay with good food, daily exercise, and human companionship. It also provides ready access to our veterinarian in Oak Park for any necessary medical care.
Pet grooming doesn't just enhance your pet's looks and smell -- it also serves as a significant wellness tool when it's performed here at our vet clinic. We can carefully trim away matted hair while creating a stylish new haircut for your pet, while our bathing procedures remove oils that can attract bacteria. Nail trimming is another important function of veterinary grooming since sharp, overgrown toenails can get hung on flooring, leading to painful paw injuries and possible infections. Our services even include anal gland expression to relieve excess pressure or blockages. This helps prevent itching, infections, and anal gland abscesses.
As important as preventative care undoubtedly is, it can't prevent every threat to your pet's well-being. Urgent and emergency situations can and do happen -- and when they do, you'll be glad you have a reliable, skilled team to care for your Oakland Park or Fort Lauderdale animal. We can perform emergency internal surgery, seal open wounds, set fractures, repair damaged joints, and respond to a variety of other forms of trauma. Our emergency veterinary services also include treatment for poisoning, heat stroke/hypothermia, foreign object ingestion, choking, gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat), difficult labor, seizures, and a variety of other serious conditions.
You might be surprised to learn that spay or neuter surgery is one of the most important veterinary services you can give your pet. The most obvious reason to perform these sexual sterilization surgeries is to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, which not only makes your household a lot less crowded but also reduces the number of dogs and cats who must be put to sleep due to lack of resources for them. But spaying or neutering your dog or cat also provides some critical health benefits. Not only do sterilized pets enjoy a greatly reduced cancer risk, but they also avoid the roaming behaviors and aggression promoted by sexual urges, thus keeping them out of potentially-dangerous places and situations. Our veterinarian in Oakland Park recommends scheduling spay or neuter services as early as they can safely be performed to give your pet the maximum lifetime benefits.
When your pet goes missing, you may think you can only cross your fingers and hope his ID collar tag stays attached -- unless you've had your pet microchipped at Oakland Park Animal Hospital. Microchipping, which involves the simple injection of a tiny RFID chip beneath your pet's skin, serves as a valuable supplement to the traditional collar tag. When an animal worker finds your pet and scans his body with an RFID scanner, the chip transmits your pet's unique ID number, which can then be looked up in a national pet registry to reveal your contact information. This easy, affordable, permanent form of ID will give you peace of mind at a difficult time -- and it may well be the key to reuniting your pet with you.
Pets need regular dental checkups and treatments just as humans do. We can administer X-rays and inspect your pet's mouth for any signs of damage, decay or disease, from cracked or broken teeth or periodontal disease to oral cancer. If a problem is found, we can then address it immediately to keep it from escalating into a major health crisis. We also clean the teeth under anesthesia to keep bacteria from causing gum disease.
If you need veterinary services in Fort Lauderdale or Oakland Park, you now know where to turn. Call (954) 731-4228 to schedule an appointment today!
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Dr. Ratnoff has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.
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