Garland Road Small Animal Hospital offers a full range of laboratory tests. We have the ability to run urinalysis, fecal workups for parasitic, bacterial and viral infections, skin scrapings, fungal cultures, ear swab cytology and a full range of screening and diagnostic blood tests. The majority of our tests are run in-house with same day results. Biopsies and a select few endocrine tests are sent to outside veterinary diagnostic laboratories, with results usually available within a few days.
Health Screen Blood Testing
The staff at Garland Road Small Animal Hospital recommends blood testing prior to anesthetic procedures to check organ function and detect hidden health issues that could affect your pet’s recovery from anesthesia and surgical procedures.
Routine blood testing at intervals recommended by your pet’s veterinarian allows us to detect and treat problems, often before symptoms develop, especially in older pets, pets with certain conditions, or pets on long-term medications.
Preventive Health Care
Garland Road Veterinary Associates provides wellness exams, screening tests, vaccinations, fecal parasite testing, deworming, prescription diets and products to protect against fleas, ticks and heartworm. We recommend home dental care and provide professional dental cleanings, which can extend your pet’s life by several years.
We believe that each patient has different needs, depending on breed, age and lifestyle. We are available to discuss your pet’s specific needs and develop an individualized protocol of examinations, vaccinations, tests, diet and products to help keep your pet healthy and happy. Our goal is a long and health life for your furry friends.
Dr. Curtis was the first veterinarian in the State of Maine to offer CO2 Laser Surgery. This technology can help improve your pet’s surgical experience by reducing tissue trauma to help your pet heal more comfortably. A laser beam is used in place of a scalpel blade to incise tissue in many procedures, and reduces bleeding during surgery and pain after surgery.
Our hospital is equipped to take, process and read radiographs (“x-rays”). We also perform radiographs for OFA certification for breeding purposes. If needed, we can forward your pet’s radiographs to veterinary radiologists, oncologists, surgeons or other specialists for a referral, evaluation or a second opinion.
Garland Road Small Animal Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of the Companion Therapy Laser® to our practice. This new and exciting technology is now available for our clients as well as referred clients from other veterinary clinics. With the addition of this new technology, your pets will receive relief from pain, inflammation and swelling associated with soft tissue injuries, trauma, surgery and other chronic disorders.
Our goal is the best possible care for your pet, and occasionally an illness or injury will require specialized tests or procedures not available at a general practice. If we determine that it is in your pet’s best interest, we may recommend a consultation with or a referral to a board-certified veterinarian (veterinarian with specialized training and certification in a medical field), such as a cardiologist, oncologist, internist, surgeon, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, neurologist or other specialist. We have a professional relationship with several specialty centers for prompt referrals and appropriate follow-up care.
Routine Physical Examinations
In order to provide complete comprehensive health care for your pet, we highly recommended yearly physical examinations for your pet that is 6 years and under and twice yearly exams for senior pets that are 7 years of age and older. These examinations will help insure your pet’s continued health and well-being.
Parasite Control Programs
We recommend testing for internal parasites on a quarterly basis. Testing involves collecting a small stool sample that we can examine microscopically to determine whether medications are necessary to eliminate any parasites that may have infected your pet. Preventing and eliminating these worms will also protect your family as many worms can be passed on to you through contact with infected stool or contaminated soil, sand, or plant life.
Puppies and Kittens need to begin their initial physical exam and vaccines at 6 - 8 weeks of age. Boosters to the initial vaccines are given at 3 to 4 weeks intervals until all vaccinations are administered, usually between 14 – 16 weeks of age. We recommend annual booster vaccines unless the pet is experiencing health problems – these are evaluated on an individual basis and in consultation with your veterinarian. Rabies vaccination is the only vaccine that is required by state law.
Spay and Neuter Benefits
We recommend spaying and neutering your pet at 6 months of age. These procedures promote longer healthier lives and make better, more affectionate companions for the pet owner. Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and reduces the incidence of mammary cancer. Neutering reduced the incidence of testicular and prostate cancer as well as other disorders. Upon your initial examination, your technician will explain these procedures and can provide an estimate on the one time cost.
During the routine physical examination the veterinarian will examine your pet’s teeth. Dental cleaning and extractions are an important part of your pet’s overall health. We will recommend a dental cleaning, polishing, and extractions as necessary in order to maintain a healthy pet.
An important part of your pet’s health is good nutrition. We will make individual recommendations based on your pet’s age and weight. A nutritional consultation will determine your pet’s ideal weight and whether your pet has any special needs; such as kidney, liver or diabetes problems. The recommendations we make are done by trained technicians in the area of nutrition and through Hill’s® Pet Nutrition guidelines.