No matter what your companion pet, K-9, or service animal needs, we can help. At Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA, our highly-trained staff can diagnose health issues, devise a wellness plan, and create a vaccination schedule to keep your furry family member happy and healthy. We can treat a wide variety of conditions that may afflict your pet.
Eye Infections or Injuries
Your pet’s eyes are delicate and prone to injuries or infections. Eye maladies can arise from allergies, scratches, environmental factors, or health problems. Other eye problems that pets may experience are cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases, ulcers, “cherry eye,” or cancer of the eye. Common symptoms of eye problems include abnormal discharge, redness, holding one or both eyes closed, excessive blinking, and/or pawing at the face. Early detection and timely medical intervention by our veterinary team can prevent eye problems from worsening. Treatment includes eye drops, ointment, or sometimes surgery.
Pets can get diabetes, which is a condition that is caused when your pet’s pancreas cannot regulate blood sugar. If your pet is diabetic, you may notice appetite changes, excessive thirst and/or urination, urinary tract infections, and possibly a change in your pet’s activity level and/or behavior. A simple blood glucose test can initially rule out or confirm the presence of diabetes. Further diagnostic testing may be performed to confirm this diagnosis and to screen for other potential problems. It is vital to get treatment, as diabetes can be fatal. Treatment initially includes getting your pet regulated on insulin to determine proper dosing, putting your pet on a diabetic-friendly diet, and instituting changes in your pet’s exercise regimen. We will instruct you on how to administer the insulin injections. Periodic follow-up exams are important to check blood glucose levels to make sure your pet is properly regulated.
Dehydration and Heatstroke
Warm temperatures can cause your pet to become dehydrated or suffer heatstroke. Brachycephalic dogs such as pugs and bulldogs, elderly pets, and heavy or thick-coated pets may be especially susceptible to these conditions. If you notice excessive panting or thirst, disorientation, stupor, stumbling, or a reduced activity level, your pet may be dehydrated or have heatstroke. Prompt intervention is vital. Our vets will monitor your pet’s vital signs, rehydrate if necessary and provide any other medical retreatment to ensure a complete recovery. To prevent dehydration and heatstroke, limit your pet’s time outdoors during the peak heat of the day, and make sure your pet has access to plenty of water and shade. Never leave your pet in a car on a hot day, even with the windows open. Cars can, and do, heat up very quickly, even in moderately warm temperatures.
Your pet can suffer from many skin conditions, including external parasites, dry or itchy skin, allergies, hot spots, yeast infections, and more. Any changes in your pet’s skin or coat should be diagnosed. Our veterinarians will provide the proper treatment to alleviate your pet’s discomfort and prevent reoccurring skin problems.
In addition to treating your pets, we also treat injured wildlife at our animal clinic. Most commonly, we treat a variety of small mammals, turtles, the occasional snake, songbirds, birds of prey, and more. If you see an injured animal, give us a call so we can help. We will walk you through what steps to take, will always do what we can to treat the animal, and/or refer you to one of the wildlife rehabilitators that we partner with.
Schedule an Appointment with Us
No matter what condition your pet may be suffering from, our experienced medical team is happy to help! Routine check-ups are important in keeping your pet healthy and making sure we catch any issues early. Call us today to schedule an appointment.