Services

Our pets rely on us, as their loving owners, to look out for them and always provide them with the very best – especially when it comes to keep them happy and healthy.

We start with a solid foundation of wellness care, because we know that the more we stay on top of your pet’s health and wellbeing, the better the chances that he or she will enjoy a long, happy life.

Beyond this, we are also fully prepared and well equipped to handle any other medical, diagnostic, surgical or dental care need that may arise for your pet. From routine checkups to life-saving surgery, we’re here to assist you with all of your companion’s health care needs.

In addition to the traditional veterinary services we offer, our patients also have access to laser therapy. We believe that when it comes to keeping your four-legged family members happy and healthy, the more choices you have the better and our goal is to become your one-stop-shop for everything pet related.

The complete animal health care services available to patients of Fullwood Animal Hospital include, but are not limited to:

Wellness and Vaccinations

Ever hear the expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This powerful concept isn’t just true for human health. In fact, because of the shorter lifespans of our animal companions, it is even more true for them.

Because our pets are only with us for a precious amount of time, it’s imperative that we do everything within our power to both extend and improve the quality of the time we get to share with them. You see, it’s not just about bringing your pet in to the vet when he or she is sick or injured. To the contrary, it’s about taking the appropriate measures to prevent that illness or injury from occurring in the first place. The most effective tool we have for achieving this goal is routine wellness care.

Why is wellness care so important?

When we are able to examine your pet on a regular basis, we are able to both manage his or her current health, and to monitor that health over time. Preventative measures and early disease detection are huge benefits of wellness care, and they can add years to your companion’s life.

My pet seems fine. Does she really need to come in every year?
Many otherwise responsible pet parents make the mistake of believing that if their pet appears to be healthy, there’s no need for a vet visit. The problem is, companion animals are masters at disguising the signs and symptoms of illness. Without regular checkups, an underlying medical condition could be progressing and worsening within your pet’s body. If we don’t identify and address that illness in a timely manner, it could spell disaster for your pet. If we catch it early, on the other hand, the outcome will be much better for your loved one. That’s one of the main purposes of wellness care.

What is a wellness visit?

A wellness visit is similar to the routine checkup that you would have with your own doctor at least once a year. During a wellness visit, the doctor will examine your pet thoroughly, checking the entire body – nose to tail – for any potential concerns that may need to be addressed. We will weigh your pet and listen to his or her heart and lungs, making sure everything is functioning just as it should be. The doctor may also recommend certain routine diagnostic tests, as needed, to help us further assess your pet’s health.

The annual exam and diagnostic testing provides us with a clear snapshot of your pet’s current health, each and every time he or she visits. This also works as a guideline upon which we can measure all future exams and test results to identify any changes as they occur. The sooner we recognize the signs of a potential problem, the easier and more cost-effective it will be to address that problem.

Wellness visits also provide the opportunity for us to take important preventative measures to help protect your pet from the many risks and dangers he or she will encounter over the years. We will develop a customized vaccination plan that will be tailored specifically to your pet, based on his or her lifestyle and risk factors. We will also discuss and make recommendations on such important topics as parasite control, nutrition and weight management, behavior and anything else deemed to be important in keeping your loved one happy and healthy.

Getting to know you…

Finally, although equally as important, annual wellness visits allow all of us at Fullwood Animal Hospital to get to know you and your pet, and to connect with you both on a more personal level. This is important because only when we truly understand your companion’s unique needs, can we develop the most customized and effective health care plan. Furthermore, we are able to forge a lifelong partnership with you, based on trust and mutual respect, with the shared goal of providing your animal friend with a lifetime of exceptional care.

You love your pet and would do anything to keep that little guy or gal around for as many years as possible. It all starts with a simple commitment from you. Give your loved one the gift of a long, healthy and happy life with wellness care from Fullwood Animal Hospital.

Allergies and Dermatology

You work hard to keep your pet healthy on the inside. You feed a healthy diet, provide plenty of exercise and bring them in for regular wellness visits. But what about the outside? Have you taken the time to care for your loved one’s external health too? If the answer is no, you’re not alone, and while many animals don’t require any additional care other than regular checkups, many others suffer from dermatological problems that can impact their quality of life.

The fact is, companion animals are susceptible to many of the same skin problems that humans can suffer from. Along with these conditions, your pet may also experience a number of uncomfortable side effects, including itching, discomfort and even pain.

The good news is, the team at Fullwood Animal Hospital is here to help! We offer full service, professional pet dermatology and allergy care to get your animal friend as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside.

Using a variety of diagnostic techniques, we will work to pinpoint the exact cause of your pet’s symptoms, which may include such conditions as:

  • Allergies
  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear Infections
  • Disease of the Foot
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Tumors
  • Skin Cancer

When we’ve solved the puzzle of what is causing your pet’s itching or other unpleasant side effects, we’ll move on to developing a customized treatment plan that will provide relief and a better quality of life for your pet. Our treatment recommendations include a number of methods, used either alone or in combination with one another, such as topical creams, supplements, oral or injectable medication, therapy or surgery.

For allergies, the process involves identifying the type of allergy (food or environmental) as well as the exact things that are triggering your pet’s reactions. Once we’ve determined this, we can then develop a plan to reduce or eliminate exposure to these triggers. As part of this strategy, we may recommend that you make certain changes to your pet’s lifestyle to help them live a more comfortable, symptom-free existence.

Some of the common signs that a pet may be suffering from an allergy or dermatological problem include:

  • Scratching much more than usual
  • Rubbing against the floor or other objects to relieve itching
  • Odor coming from the ears
  • Bald spots
  • Scabbing or flaky skin
  • Biting, chewing or obsessively licking at the affected area
  • Unusual bumps or lumps on or under the skin

If you suspect your animal family member may be experiencing some type of allergy or skin problem, don’t let that special little creature suffer another moment! Schedule a professional dermatological evaluation with Fullwood Animal Hospital today. We can quickly diagnose and treat the problem at hand so your animal friend can get back to enjoying a happy, comfortable life once again.

Nutrition and Weight Management

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison

This wise quote can be applied to both humans and our animal counterparts. What you feed your pet and how much he or she weighs are important components in his or her overall health and longevity. In fact, a healthy diet and adequate exercise can even help you manage certain medical conditions in a way that improves your pet’s quality of life.

The problem is, with so many different food products to choose from, and so much confusion surrounding the topic of weight control, managing these aspects of your pet’s health care can be challenging. What you need is the guidance of an expert. Someone who understands companion animal nutrition and can put your pet on the right path toward a lifetime of optimum health.

Fullwood Animal Hospital offers professional nutritional counseling and weight management services to help keep your pet healthy and fit. It starts with a detailed health analysis to determine your pet’s unique nutritional needs. This is accomplished with a thorough physical exam and consideration of several important factors, including your pet’s species, breed, age, current weight and present health status.

Once we’ve identified what your pet’s nutritional needs are, we will work on developing a diet that will best meet those needs. This may or may not include the use of prescription pet food, as these products tend to contain more nutrients and a higher quality of ingredients than over the counter products can offer. We’ll also discuss our recommendations on how much and how often you should be feeding your pet to control calorie intake and maintain a healthier weight.

Speaking of weight….the next step in our process is to make sure that the numbers on the scale are right where they should be for your pet. This is very important, since weight plays a direct role in an animal’s risk of illness or injury. We’ll advise you on what weight range would be ideal for your loved one, and then come up with an action plan – including diet and exercise – to both achieve that target weight range and continue to maintain it over time.

Lastly, we will revisit our plan from time to time to make sure it’s still as effective as it was originally designed to be. As pets get older, their bodies change and so do their health care needs – including those associated with nutrition and weight control. At certain intervals during your pet’s lifetime, we will re-evaluate our approach and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that we continue to achieve the results we are after.

Is your pet really eating what he or she should be? Could that little guy or gal stand to lose (or gain) a few pounds? Give us a call today! We can design a customized plan that will bring out the very best in your best friend.

Dentistry

Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you went days, weeks, months or years without brushing your teeth. You’d probably be in a lot of pain, and your teeth and gums would be a mess.

Sadly, this is a reality for many of our animal friends and the results are just as bad. In fact, statistics show that by the time a dog or cat reaches the age of 3, he or she is likely already suffering from some type of oral health problem – from bad breath and tooth loss to dental disease. Dental disease is a serious condition that does not just affect the mouth, but can also spread infection throughout the entire body, and even shorten your loved one’s lifespan.

The team at Fullwood Animal Hospital would love to help your pet beat the odds and enjoy a clean, healthy mouth for life. We offer full service, professional pet dentistry, from routine preventative care to the advanced treatment of existing oral health problems. We’ll also show you certain measures that you can take to help your loved one maintain good dental health year-round, in between vet visits.

Our hospital features a state of the art dental suite where your pet’s oral health will be our top priority. We recommend a comprehensive dental exam at least once per year, including a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, both above and below the gum line. Should it be determined that your loved one is already suffering from an existing oral health problem, we are prepared to manage and treat the problem as needed – up to and including extractions and oral surgery.

We’ll also provide you with guidance, advice and demonstrations of proper home dental care techniques that you can apply year-round to help keep plaque and tartar at bay and prevent against the onset of dental disease. This includes daily brushing as well as the use of certain products – such as food, treats and toys – that are specially designed to support good dental health in companion animals.

Some of the more common signs of a dental problem in a pet include:

  • Bad breath
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Yellow, broken or missing teeth
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Obvious pain when touched near the mouth

If you’ve noticed any of the signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule a professional dental exam. Even if you bring your pet in regularly for dental care, oral health problems can crop up at any time. The sooner we can identify and address a problem, the better the outcome for your pet.

Don’t let your loved one become a statistic. Let’s work together to have that little guy or gal smiling pretty for many years to come!

Diagnostics

When people are sick, they simply visit their doctor, explain their symptoms and receive the appropriate treatment.

Managing the health of our animal friends, on the other hand, isn’t always this easy – especially when the condition we’re dealing with can’t be easily detected on the surface of the skin. In these instances, we rely on veterinary diagnostics to help us solve the mystery at hand. Fullwood Animal Hospital has all of the tools, equipment and technology to manage all of your pet’s health care needs with great precision and efficiency.

Our hospital is outfitted with cutting edge diagnostic equipment that allows our experienced doctors to examine your pet from the inside. This helps us to identify, diagnose and treat underlying illness or injury in the most timely and effective manner possible.

Additionally, our in-house laboratory allows for the fast and accurate retrieval of a wide variety of test results. This is especially important for those conditions that require a quick response to achieve a positive outcome. In many cases, we can have the answers we need before you and your pet even leave the exam room.

Some of the comprehensive diagnostic services available to our patients include:

  • Blood Work
  • Urinalysis
  • Parasite Testing
  • Digital Radiology
  • Cardiology

Whatever may be ailing your animal companion, rest assured that we’ll get to the bottom of it quickly and accurately so we can get them back on the path to good health again as soon as possible.

Laser Therapy

One of the goals we have at Fullwood Animal Hospital is to always remain at the top of the latest advances in veterinary medicine. To that end, we are pleased to offer laser therapy as an additional treatment option to help our valued clients better care for their animal family members. This innovative therapy technique is favored by many pet parents and veterinary professionals alike because it is painless, completely non-invasive and medication free.

What is veterinary laser therapy?

Laser therapy involves the use of a small, handheld device which emits a high-intensity beam of light known as a laser. The laser painlessly penetrates damaged tissue or areas of the body that have experienced injury, trauma or pain and triggers a natural healing mechanism from within. The therapeutic laser uses cutting edge technology to manage pain, improve mobility and speed healing following injury or surgery.

What can laser therapy be used to treat?

The therapeutic laser can be used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Disc Disease
  • Joint Problems
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Injuries to the Ligaments, Joints, Tendons or Muscles
  • Fractures
  • Dermatological Issues
  • Traumatic Injury
  • Wound Healing
  • Post-Surgical Recovery
  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Much More…

How many treatments will my pet need to feel better?

Results from laser therapy can often be seen after just one treatment, however, the number and frequency of sessions that your pet will need to achieve optimum results will vary. The doctor will need to examine your pet, evaluate the condition and its severity, and consider a number of other determining factors in order to develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your pet’s unique needs.

If your pet suffers from any of the above ailments, injuries or medical conditions, laser therapy might be just the thing he or she needs to enjoy a happier, more comfortable life. Give us a call today to learn more.

Surgery

At Fullwood Animal Hospital, surgery is a part of our everyday lives. In fact, it’s something we consider ourselves to be experts in.

For you and your pet, however, it’s not something you have to deal with very often. Because of this, you probably have a lot of questions and more than a few concerns about how your pet’s procedure will be handled. Will he or she be in a lot of pain? Will the surgery go as planned? Should I be worried about complications?

The team at Fullwood understands the questions and concerns you’re struggling with. Why? Because we’ve been in your shoes. We know how nerve wracking it can be to bring a family member in for surgery, regardless of whether that family member happens to have two legs or four. That’s why we’ll work extra hard to set your mind at ease. We want you to feel confident that when your loved one is with us, he or she will be in caring, capable hands.

Our doctors are experienced in performing a broad range of pet surgeries, both routine and complex. All surgeries are conducted in our state of the art surgical suite, complete with cutting edge equipment, and always handled according to the strictest standards of care. Most importantly, we always place the comfort and safety of our patients as our highest priority. The wellbeing of your animal companion is just as important to us as it is to you.

Pre-Surgical Care

Prior to any surgery, all patients are carefully screened to verify that they are healthy enough to proceed. Presurgical testing also helps us to identify any potential risks that we should prepare for ahead of time. The more we plan ahead, the smoother your pet’s procedure will be, and this is always our goal!

Once cleared for surgery, the next step is developing a customized pain management plan for your pet. It’s important to us that our patients never experience any unnecessary discomfort, which is why we use only the safest, most effective anesthesia products. We will tailor our approach so that it keeps your loved one as comfortable and pain-free as possible while also minimizing risk.

Surgery Day

The morning of your pet’s scheduled procedure, we will be waiting for your arrival to get your loved one settled in and help you complete any necessary paperwork. This is a great time to ask any lingering questions or voice any remaining concerns you may have about the surgery, or any part of the process. We are here to ease your mind, so don’t be afraid to speak up!

Once you’ve left your pet in our care and he or she has had a chance to become acclimated to his or her surroundings, we will begin the surgical prep work, which includes administering the pain medication. Your pet will never be alone during this process. In fact, at least one of our team members will spend as much time as necessary speaking soothingly and cuddling them as the anesthesia begins to take effect. Your pet will then drift peacefully off to sleep and remain safely sedated for the entire procedure.

During surgery, the doctor will work diligently and with great precision to complete the procedure as efficiently as possible. While we never rush through a surgery, we always do our best to minimize the time your pet will need to be anesthetized. This helps to further reduce risk and keep your loved one safer throughout the process. One of our experienced technicians will also remain on hand during surgery to monitor your pet’s wellbeing at all times.

Some of the surgeries routinely performed in our hospital include:

  • General Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

After Surgery

When surgery is complete, your pet will be gently relocated to the recovery area of our hospital, where monitoring will continue as the pain medication begins to wear off. Your pet will awake to the loving care of our support staff, who will keep them company while they wait to be picked up. You will be contacted by someone in our office who will explain how the procedure went and arrange your pet’s pick-up time.

Before bringing your companion home, we will spend some time going over our aftercare instructions, which will likely include a plan for managing pain to make your pet’s recovery at home as comfortable as possible. Should any questions or concerns arise after you’ve returned home, we encourage you to pick up the phone and call us. We’re happy to help – in fact, we insist on it!

If your pet needs surgery, try not to worry. Remember – you’ve got a world-class team of caring, highly skilled professionals in your corner! We promise to do everything within our power to make sure that your pet’s surgery is a complete success!

Behavioral Counseling

If someone were to ask you to list everything you love about your pet, you could probably count dozens of things that make you smile and touch your heart. Well….all except that one bad behavior – that one nasty habit – that is just driving you crazy.

Unwanted pet behavior can make it difficult to bond with your animal companion, yet it’s one of the most common complaints of pet owners today. In fact, the vast majority of pet parents experience some type of behavior issue with their pets, whether it’s a simple house training issue or something more serious, like aggression. In other words, you’re not alone.

The good news is you don’t have to live this way! The behavioral counseling services available at Fullwood Animal Hospital are designed to get to the root cause of the problem and address that problem in a way that will get real results.

Some of the many behavior issues we can provide assistance with include:

  • House Training
  • Excessive Barking
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Jumping
  • Biting/Aggression
  • Fear/Anxiety

The key to mastering pet behavior is understanding what’s really causing the problem in the first place. In many cases, a smaller behavior problem is really just a symptom of a much larger issue. For instance, a pet that becomes destructive whenever he or she is left alone may actually be experiencing separation anxiety. Only when you address the root cause will you achieve the results you desire, which is eliminating that unwanted behavior once and for all.

It’s also important that we rule out any potential medical causes for your pet’s behavior. Many illnesses have symptoms that can easily be mistaken for bad behavior. The pet owner becomes frustrated because behavior modification techniques don’t work, and the animal suffers because the underlying medical condition continues to go untreated. For example, a cat that suddenly begins urinating outside the litterbox may not be acting out but instead by suffering from a health problem, such as a urinary tract infection. By conducting a physical exam and ruling out potential medical causes, we’ll know exactly which direction we need to go in.

Once we’ve given your pet a clean bill of health and we understand precisely what’s causing them to act out, we will get to work, arming you with all of the education, tools and support you need to overcome that bad habit. We want to help you help your pet develop into the well-behaved, balanced family member we know he or she is capable of becoming.

If you’re struggling with unwanted pet behavior, you don’t have to go through it alone. Give us a call today. We can help!

Boarding and Grooming

Do you need someone to look after your animal family member the next time you have to leave town? Could your furry friend use a pampering session?

Why not trust the skilled, compassionate team at Fullwood Animal Hospital? We’ve got all of the care, amenities, and perks needed to manage all of your pet’s general care needs. Our full-service boarding includes comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, daily exercise and plenty of TLC from our loving staff members. Meanwhile, our professional grooming services will have your animal companion looking and feeling great!

Boarding

Our beautiful, spacious boarding facility has been upgraded to accommodate pets of all sizes and provide as comfortable a stay as possible. Your animal family member will be cared for by a friendly face he or she is already familiar with while you are away.

Our guests enjoy a number of amenities, including but not limited to:

  • Individual housing
  • Temperature-controlled areas dedicated specifically to dogs, cats, or exotics
  • Dogs are exercised daily
  • Cages are sanitized regularly
  • Fresh, clean water is always available
  • Clean bedding is provided and changed regularly
  • Cats have their own area away from the dogs to play and stretch their legs
  • We can administer any medication or special care your pet needs

Traveling can be stressful enough without the added worry of how your pet is doing in your absence. Let our boarding services provide you with the peace of mind you need to enjoy your time away. Contact us today to schedule your companion’s next stay with us!

Boarding Guidelines

Thank you for choosing Fullwood Animal Hospital for your pet’s boarding needs while you travel.

Please bring your pet’s food in zip-lock baggies, measured for each meal. We are unable to store large containers or bags of dog/cat food.

Please bring no more than two toys per pet.

We provide all bedding for our visitors. We are not able to take in your dog/cat’s personal beds for your pet’s stay.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Grooming

Fullwood Animal Hospital offers full-service pet grooming for dogs and cats, both large and small. Proper pet grooming is essential to keeping your companion happy and healthy. Regular grooming also lets us evaluate the health of your pet’s skin, making it possible to spot potential problems so they can be addressed.

Our grooming salon will provide your pet with some healthy pampering. We believe grooming is important to your loved one’s overall health, so we take it very seriously. We also think it should be fun. Our salon has the latest products to ensure that your pet leaves looking and feeling his or her very best.

Could your animal family member use some external attention? Contact us today to schedule a grooming appointment.