Comprehensive patient care is the focus at Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital of Manlius. We strive to maintain your pet's health by coordinating preventative medicine services. In addition, our acute medical care services provide excellent scientific medical diagnosis and the knowledge of appropriate treatment. And when necessary, we provide services for the effective management of chronic illness and rehabilitation. Furthermore, we understand the role of the veterinary specialist and the best way to partner with them to provide the best available health care options for your pet.
While most of the health services provided are primary care services delivered in our office, comprehensive patient care also involves considering your pet's functioning at home and the role of family members in health and illness. Our health care team does their best to provide information and involve you as an integral part of the health care being provided to your pet.
Our goal is to partner with you and your family in the delivery of the highest quality of comprehensive health care to the pets under our care. The following are some of the services provided:
At the core of all the services provided at Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital is education. All staff members receive well above required amounts of continuing professional education, which improves our ability to educate our clients. Our philosophy is the more our clients know, the better we can communicate with them, the more informed and better health care decisions they are able to make, allowing for a more enjoyable lifelong relationship with their families' beloved pets.
Individualized Wellness Care Plans
We develop a customized health program for your pet with the goal of maximizing health, well-being and comfort during all stages of your pet's life. This will include twice yearly examinations, recommended immunization based on most current available science and appropriate screening tests as indicated by your pet's age, breed, life style and health condition. In addition, a parasite control program will be developed with efficacy against heartworm, intestinal parasites with zoonotic potential, fleas and ticks. There is an emphasis on medical examinations, owner observations, communication and education with all health programs recommended.
Many dogs and cats are affected with general illness, disease or injury. Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital is recognized for the management of complicated and difficult medical conditions. Extensive inpatient and outpatient services are provided for the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of numerous nonsurgical diseases and conditions. Furthermore, helping owners understand their pets' health care needs is critical to successful disease management.
Thorough diagnostics and treatment plans are provided for animals with disorders involving the hair, skin, ears and nails. These disorders include infectious and non-infectious skin diseases; parasitic skin diseases; immune diseases; allergy and allergy-induced skin diseases; skin disease secondary to underlying systemic disease; cancer, cysts and other tumors of the skin; and chronic infections and inflammatory conditions of the ears.
In-Hospital Patient Care:
Certain health conditions of pets require hospitalization for diagnostic procedures and treatment. The excellent care begins with the entire Compassionate Care health care team being dedicated to providing the high-quality care your pet deserves. Our modern and patient-centered hospital was also designed to provide the necessary facility for superior inpatient health care. For example, advanced ventilation design provides fresh air to different hospital zones, meaning hospitalized inpatients, pets in outpatient services and patients with contagious diseases in isolation each receive a fresh air supply that does not mix with each other or other areas of the hospital. This allows for meeting the air quality needs of pets in different hospital areas, improvement of air quality in the entire hospital and minimizing the airborne spread of contagious disease. This attention to detail combined with a knowledgeable, caring and dedicated health care team allows us to provide superior inpatient care.
Senior And Geriatric Care:
As a general rule of thumb, pets are considered seniors at 7 years of age. Diseases and declines in body functions are often beginning before a pet shows any signs of problems. More frequent examinations and additional screening tests than when your pet was younger become more important to identify these underlying problems. Early disease detection becomes important since the goal is to maximize your pet's health, well-being and comfort by the prevention of disease whenever possible. Once a disease is present, its early identification and treatment provides the best opportunity to achieve the highest quality long term health. Our mature, senior and geriatric care services support health, safety, healthy behaviors and quality of life for your aging pet. They focus on prevention when possible, early diagnosis and treatment, control of chronic diseases and their consequences when present, and treatment of pain and discomfort.
Dentistry & Periodontal Disease Treatment:
Periodontal disease persists as the most common infection seen in veterinary practice today. It is estimated that 80 % of dogs and 70% of cats have gingivitis, the initial stage of periodontal disease, by 3 years of age. Periodontal disease has been associated with eye, sinus, heart, liver, kidney and neurological disease. However, proper dental care can improve the quality of your pet's life. There is more to dental care than simply removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth crown and the extraction of the severely affected teeth. We now understand that the battle in dental disease is actually being fought below the gum line, and our focus now has become evaluating and treating the periodontal pockets with the treatment goal of preserving and reestablishing attachment, resulting in more teeth being saved. In order to evaluate the stage of disease as well as determine the best treatment, your pet must be examined under general anesthesia. In addition to a visual examination, digital radiographs (x-rays) and instruments are also necessary to assess teeth, measure possible bone loss and evaluate the structures under the gums. Once your pet's oral health is assessed, treatment and prevention plans are made. Professional cleaning and the treatment of periodontal disease with additional procedures, such as oral surgery and the application of special medications are performed as indicated. The preferred time to professionally clean teeth is before non-reversible periodontal disease becomes established. In addition, a home care plan for your pet will be developed as an important component of periodontal disease control.
Our modern surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Anesthesiologist recommended protocols are tailored to your pet's needs, using the safest available anesthetics to provide the safest and least stressful anesthesia possible for your pet's surgery. Licensed veterinary technicians are assigned to each patient receiving anesthesia, using the most modern equipment to monitor your pet's vital signs during all anesthetic procedures. In addition, the prevention and control of pain is an essential component for all surgical procedures performed.
Digital Radiographic Imaging:
On-site, state-of-the-art digital radiography equipment (both dental and radiograph room) provides high quality image radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders. Digital radiography reduces your pet's exposure to radiation, improves image quality, and is more environmentally friendly than tradition x-ray equipment. Furthermore, our digital radiographic images are transferred electronically for consultation with board-certified veterinary radiology specialists.
In-House And Referral Laboratory Services:
Our hospital's in-house diagnostic services and the expansive diagnostic capabilities of outside reference laboratories are designed to provide for your pet's complete health care needs.
Pain Management Counseling:
The practice of pain medicine involves a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the painful patient. Research findings and clinical experience are rapidly expanding our understanding of pain in animals. Pain assessment is always a part of a routine examination, allowing the consideration and treatment of pain in every patient. Multiple treatment methods and multiple medications are available and may be recommended to improve the quality of a painful pet's life, whether involving pain prevention or the treatment of short term or chronic pain. This ethic recognizes that treating pain is a fundamental part of practicing good medicine.
Companion animal rehabilitation therapy is becoming an important treatment option. Human physical therapy is a widely recognized form of therapy with documented benefits. Many human treatment protocols were developed using animal models. Now protocols developed in human therapy are being adapted to use in animal rehabilitation therapy. Animal physical rehabilitation is important for various conditions, including but not limited to the treatment of orthopedic and soft tissue injuries, pre and post surgery to improve recovery, as an adjunct in controlling pain, and improving strength and mobility in mature to geriatric patients. It is a vital component of comprehensive patient care. Veterinary physical therapy should be performed by a veterinarian or by a specially trained, certified licensed veterinary technician under the supervision of a veterinarian. Some of the therapies used in companion animal rehabilitation include stretching, massage, rehabilitation exercises, the application of heat and cold, and hydrotherapy.
We provide guidance and education regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each stage of life. This includes, but is not limited to food selection for dental health, maximizing nutritional support during management and treatment of disease, and assisting healthy weight loss as part of the weight loss program for overweight pets.
Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life of all animals and strengthening the bond between animals and their owners. Behavioral problems significantly affect the quality of family life and may develop during puppy and kitten socialization and training, as well as anytime throughout their lives. Educational advice is provided to minimize or prevent problems. In addition, the causes of behavioral problems are identified, allowing the development of treatment plans using humane behavioral modification techniques to help solve those problems.
Microchip Pet Identification Services:
Personalized pet microchip administration, including free registration, helps to safeguard your pet by increasing the chance that you and your pet will be reunited should it ever become lost.
Consultation With Or Referral To A Veterinary Specialist:
Part of offering the best available veterinary care for your pet includes the consideration of involving a specialist for additional diagnostics and advanced care when complex medical and surgical conditions exist. Only veterinarians who have been awarded diplomate status by an American Veterinary Medical Association recognized specialty college or board can be referred to as specialists. Examples of board certified veterinary specialties include radiology DACVR (Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiologists), surgery DACVS, ophthalmology DACVO, internal medicine DACVIM, cardiology DACVIM (Cardiology), etc. Only veterinarians who are board certified may claim specialist status.
Additional Services Are Also Provided Based On Individual Health Care Recommendations