Wellness & Health Maintenance
We believe that regular checkups and appropriate immunizations are essential to a happy, healthy, long life for pets. We follow the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines for vaccinations, and we use long duration vaccines when available. We like to take our time to get to know our patients, and we make it a point to customize our vaccination recommendations based on the pet's and owner's lifestyle rather than push a "one-size-fits-all" approach. Most pets will need regular parasite checks, and we also recommend blood testing for older pets and those on certain medications.
Our laboratory includes hematology and chemistry analyzers, as well as parasite and viral testing, urinalysis, and microscopy. With these tools at our fingertips, we are often able to arrive at a diagnosis within minutes.
If specialized testing is required, we can prepare samples to be sent out to a reference laboratory.
At Capital Heights Veterinary Clinic, we can use x-rays to diagnose fractures, lameness and internal problems when needed.
Our new digital x-ray machine provides the convenience of immediate imaging.
Surgeries performed at Capital Heights Veterinary Clinic include routine spays, neuters, and declaws, as well as tumor removals, wound repairs, and exploratory surgery. We generally use a combination of injectable and gas anesthesia, as well as state-of-the-art intra operative monitoring devices.
Pre and post-operative pain management is closely attended to.
Dental disease is a common problem in pets, and often goes unnoticed by pet owners. Regular prophylactic cleanings help prevent painful conditions and tooth loss later in life. Dental cleanings require general anesthesia, but pets are usually able to go home the same day.
A healthy diet is critical to our pets' well-being. We offer several lines of quality diets, including iVet, Hill's Science Diet and Prescription Diets, and Royal Canin. We keep a large variety of dry and canned foods in stock; however, for special or unusual needs, such as food allergies, we can also do custom orders.
Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be of benefit when used either in conjunction with conventional methods, or when conventional medicine or surgery may be precluded due to cost, adverse reactions to medicine, or other health issues. It is most frequently used for musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, or weakness, but can also used for chronic gastrointestinal problems, endocrine disorders, and some behavioral problems. It can improve postoperative pain and healing, and can help improve quality of life for pets with chronic or terminal illnesses.
Most pets tolerate acupuncture treatment very well. Results may be seen immediately, but usually several treatments are required. A course of treatment may take several weeks to complete.
Veterinary acupuncture requires specialized training. Dr. Taylor is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, accredited by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine of Reddick, Florida.