At Loxley Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of wellness care for your pet. This includes things like annual examinations, vaccinations, parasite screening, routine bloodwork testing, and preventative medications. Our goal is always to prevent disease whenever possible. We base our vaccination and prevention recommendations on each pet’s individual lifestyle. Wellness tests allows us to diagnose disease early, rather than waiting until your pet begins to show symptoms of an illness. This allows us to be proactive in making changes to stop or slow the progression of a disease.
As pet owners ourselves, we believe that wellness care is the key to your pet living the longest, healthiest, and happiest life possible. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!
Puppy and Kitten Care
Congratulations on your new puppy or kitten! Adding a new member to the family is such an exciting time, and your veterinary care team at Loxley Animal Hospital wants to help you and your new pet get off to a great start. We recommend scheduling an exam soon after you get your new pet so we can make sure they are in good health. Be sure to bring any records you have so we can make appropriate recommendations on a testing and vaccination schedule. We welcome any questions you may have. Whether you are a first time pet parent or have plenty of experience, each pet is unique and our team is here to help you every step of the way. We can’t wait to meet your new best friend!
Our furry friends age much faster than humans so significant changes in your pet’s health can happen in a short time. Because of this, we recommend bi-annual wellness visits and annual bloodwork. Diseases like arthritis, heart disease, kidney and liver dysfunction, and many others become more prevalent as a pet ages. Sometime the early signs are very subtle so more frequent exams and diagnostic testing can help us to catch them early so we can be proactive as their health needs change to encourage a positive outcome. If we diagnose a chronic illness in your senior pet, we will work with you to lay out the best treatment plan possible. We encourage questions and want you to be involved in your pet’s care. Our goal is to ensure your best friend has a long, comfortable life.
When your pet isn’t feeling well, the team at Loxley Animal Hospital is here to help. Sometimes everything looks ok on the outside, but there’s a problem inside the body. There are many organ systems inside the body including the nervous, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, digestive, urinary and others. We use our exam findings and diagnostic tools to isolate where the problem stems from and find the underlying cause so we can develop a treatment plan to get your pet healthy as soon as possible. Some diseases become chronic conditions, in which case we will work together to find the best long term management plan. We want to be your partner in your pet’s health!
Living on the Gulf Coast has many advantages, but allergies are not one of them! Just like humans, our furry friends can suffer from allergies. The difference is that most of our pets shows symptoms of allergies through their skin. Itching, licking paws, ear infections, and skin infections are some of the ways allergies can manifest in our pets. The 3 main types of allergies are environmental, fleas, and food allergy. Allergies can be very frustrating for pets and their owners and there is no “cure” for allergies, however the team at Loxley Animal Hospital will work to isolate the underlying cause and provide a long term management plan.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health. Dental disease can lead to bad breath, painful gum disease, and even the loss of teeth. If left untreated, it can also be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. Sometimes tartar buildup has reached a point that requires a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia. We will discuss this in more detail if a dental exam reveals that your pet requires it. Ask us today about preventative dental care you can do at home. Maintaining a healthy mouth is an important part of living a long, healthy life!
Soft Tissue Surgery
At Loxley Animal Hospital, we offer a wide range of surgical procedures for our patients, including spays, neuters, mass removals, gastrointestinal surgery, urinary surgery, and others. In the event that your pet requires a more complex surgery, we refer to several local board-certified surgeons. With every surgical procedure, our focus is on patient safety and comfort. Our surgical protocols are designed to minimize anesthetic complications through pre-anesthetic bloodwork, advanced monitoring, and pain control. Our professional and compassionate team will take exceptional care of your pet before, during, and after your pet’s surgical procedure and ensure you have all the information you need for postoperative care at home. We understand that surgery causes a lot of anxiety and stress for pet owners. We are here to address any questions or concerns that you may have.
At this time, Loxley Animal Hospital does not offer orthopedic surgery. We work closely with several trusted surgeons in the surrounding area to ensure your pet has the best surgical care.
Loxley Animal Hospital is proud to offer digital radiography, state-of-the-art technology that allows for better images with less radiation than traditional film radiographs (also called x-rays). This valuable diagnostic tool allows us to take a picture of the inside of the body to better evaluate the heart, lungs, bones, and abdominal organs. Radiographs are safe and non-invasive. If needed, our digital images can be sent to board-certified radiologists for evaluation.
Sometimes our team will recommend laboratory tests for your pet. This may include routine parasite screening, bloodwork, urinalysis, or many other tests used to diagnose an illness. Our state-of-the-art lab equipment allows us to perform many routine tests in-house within minutes. We also partner with outside veterinary laboratories offering the latest in diagnostics so that we can provide the best quality care to our patients.
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Each year, thousands of pets go missing. Collars & tags are valuable identification, but can break off or be removed. Microchips provide a safe, permanent identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return home. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades with no sedation required. The microchip contains a unique number that can be scanned by universal scanners at veterinary hospitals and shelters. That unique number is linked to your name, phone number, and address. It’s very important that pet owners keep this information up-to-date at all times. If you have questions about microchipping your pet or how to update the registration on an existing microchip, please call us today!
Loxley Animal Hospital can be your pet’s home away from home when you are out of town. You are welcome to bring food, a bed, or toys from home, or we can provide them. We want to make sure your pet’s stay with us is comfortable. Pets will be fed twice a day and dogs will be walked multiple times throughout the day. All pets will be given a Capstar at check-in. This pill kills fleas for 24 hours and helps us to keep our facility flea-free. All pets must be up-to-date on core vaccines. Call us today to schedule your boarding reservation!
Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that we use to look internally at a pet. While radiographs (x-rays) allow us to see the size & shape of internal organs, ultrasound gives us the ability to look within those organs to get a three-dimensional view. This can help with diagnosis of tumors, fluid buildup, foreign bodies, bladder stones, pregnancy, and many other disease processes Our state-of-the-art ultrasound also allows us to connect virtually with a board certified ultrasonographer to get a second opinion on our findings when needed.
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