Health Care Services
Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital staffed by skilled, compassionate, and caring individuals. Beyond our wellness examinations, we offer a full range of services, including diagnostics, dentistry, surgery, ophthalmology, allergy and dermatology treatment, cancer care, diet and nutrition counseling, and more.
Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering their golden years, we use a personalized approach to high quality pet care based on your pet's lifestyle and your expectations. At Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital, your pet receives the highest level of care available in a professional and loving environment. “The Best Animal care by People Who Care” is not just our motto, it is who we are.
When you bring your pet to Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines to protect your pet against dangerous but preventable diseases, routine dental care, and health care monitoring. We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, diagnostic testing capabilities, and much more. Understanding the benefits of healthy habits, preventive medicine, and regular examinations helps you and your pet lead a long and happy life together.
Preventive Health Care & Wellness Exams
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. At Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital, we recommend regular wellness examinations for the same reason that your personal physician or dentist recommends them: if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood that it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense, and greater success.
During your pet's wellness examination, we perform a complete physical examination to assess your pet's overall health. It is also an opportunity for you, the pet owner, to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity level? Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.
Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases. Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable. There are also vaccines – such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases – that protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existing vaccines and increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.
We tailor our vaccination protocol to guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the lifestyle of your pet, and to diseases of which your pet may have been or could be exposed to. During your kitten or puppy's first year of life, we also spread out the series of vaccines in order to not put too much strain on his or her developing immune system. We do this to provide the best protection from disease as well as to reduce the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
Allergy and Skin Problems in Pets
Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. Allergies can be due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. Most allergies appear after the pet is six months of age with the majority of dogs over age two. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (coughing, sneezing, and wheezing) or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea.
Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. The flea allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea's saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.
Allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet if left untreated. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:
- Inflamed ears
- Hotspots, especially those that recur
- Scratching, licking, chewing, biting the skin, feet, or ears
- Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
- Head shaking
- Lesions on the skin
- Hair loss
- Red itchy bumps on the skin
- Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues
These symptoms can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust, and various foods. If you notice any of these issues, please make an appointment for your pet to be evaluated. We will take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences, and the proper method of home treatment.
Animals suffer many similar eye diseases that affect humans. Advances in both human and veterinary medicine have increased the ability to both diagnose and treat many of these diseases. With increasing medical knowledge, training programs have developed in specific veterinary fields, including ophthalmology, surgery, dermatology, cardiology, and many others. We treat eye conditions such as corneal ulcers, lacerations, dry eye, glaucoma, and cherry eye.
You should bring your pet to see us if you notice any of these eye-related symptoms:
- Redness in the eye
- Tearing or discharge
- Eye sensitivity to light
- The eye may look cloudy
- Bulging eyeball
Diet and Nutritional Counseling
Proper nutrition and fresh, clean water, are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable that you control.
Feeding your pet high-quality food is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.
During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we can evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we will offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and other conditions.
For most pets, our recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We will also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice.
We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.
Behavioral problems exist for up to 40 percent of all household pets. These issues are the primary reason why pets are either sent to shelters or even euthanized by their owners. The good news is that behavioral problems can be improved with behavioral therapy. Using humane training methods and techniques, it is possible to save an animal's life and enhance the relationship with your pet.
We not only offer behavioral counseling, we can also make referrals to those specializing in behavior modification. We also offer phone consultations.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Today, there's no reason for any pet or owner to be bothered by these pests.
Fleas are so common because they are reproductive marvels. A single female flea can lay as many as 30 eggs a day and can live and breed on your pet for up to 100 days. The eggs then fall and land in carpets and upholstery where they can lie dormant for up to 8 months. The best management techniques of flea-proofing your home includes regularly vacuuming of carpets, furniture, floors and areas where your pet sits or sleeps. You should also wash your pet's bedding, toys, and towels weekly.
Beyond causing serious discomfort and infesting your home, fleas and ticks carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection. In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These same ticks can bite people and transmit disease as well.
The good news is that these problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective. They are what we use on our own pets
Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease of dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. After the infected female mosquito bites your pet, the heartworm migrates through the bloodstream and moves to the heart and adjacent blood vessels, maturing to adults within 6-7 months in dogs and 8 months in cats. As many as 30 species of mosquitoes can transmit heartworms.
Until the early 1970s, the occurrence of heartworm disease in the United States was primarily confined to the southeastern part of the country. Today, heartworm disease is found almost everywhere in the continental United States.
Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Often symptoms are not noticeable until several years after the initial infection. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms. Coughing and difficulty breathing are both common symptoms. As the disease progresses, most dogs develop congestive heart failure. Dogs often collapse in the final stage of the disease. In cats, the symptoms of heartworm disease are similar to those of feline asthma. Some cats may exhibit no signs of the disease, while others may suddenly die.
Heartworm preventative is extremely important, not only for dogs, but for cats as well. Heartworms are spread by mosquitos, so even our indoor cats can get and spread heartworm disease. Click on this link to learn more about heartworm disease.
The CDC recommends heartworm preventative year-round, so that is the protocol that we follow. We carry Interceptor Plus and Sentinel Flavortabs as our main heartworm preventative options.
Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. This test is highly accurate, and we can even have the results in less than 10 minutes if we perform the heartworm and tick screening in-hospital.
Heartworm disease prevention is simple. For dogs, a once-a-month heartworm preventative can be given as a tasty, chewable treat. This same chewable medicine prevents not only heartworms from developing, but also kills and prevents most other types of worms that can infect your dog. Cats are protected by applying a liquid heartworm preventive to the skin once-a-month. We recommend this to prevent heartworm disease as well as fleas, ear mites, and other types of worms that can infect your cat.
If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet and your family from these dangerous parasites, please call us today for an appointment.
Despite the very best preventive care, animals can still become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for both you and your pet, especially because you can't simply ask your companion what's wrong. That is why diagnostic resources are important. When your pet is not well, we need to find out what is happening on the inside. Diagnostic testing along with physical examination help us identify the problem so we can develop an effective treatment plan.
While the focus of our medical practice at Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital is your pet's wellness, an important part of our services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems. Along with advanced training and experience, we make use of the latest equipment and board certified veterinary specialist to diagnose and treat your sick pet.
Deworming and Fecal Checks
Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. We normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, with cats and dogs. Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.
Regular Blood Testing
A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia. We also do blood work testing prior to any surgical or anesthesic procedures to ensure your pet’s safety. We also recommend complete blood testing annually for all pets over the age of seven.
Oncology & Cancer Treatment
The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life. Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times as cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (x-rays, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, the disease may not be noticed until clinical symptoms develop.
Treatment also depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and do rarely develop side effects similar to humans. Our doctors here at Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital will work with you every step of the way in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in your pet. This is where a caring medical team makes all the difference.
Our Partnership with you
Our commitment to you and your pet begins right when your new companion enters your family. Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health and behavioral issues that require attention and care. Our team at Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital is proud to provide individualized attention and develop a health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We listen to you, the pet owner, and your schedule, routine, needs and family life. By understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet's health care plan to suit your pet and your lifestyle. Our goal is to provide you with the finest veterinary care possible “The Best Animal Care by People Who Care” so that you and your beloved companion can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together.
Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital
1261 West County Rd E
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Phone Number: 651-636-2883
Fax Number: 651-628-9133