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We offer thorough physical examinations so that we can detect any potential problems ahead of time.

Physical examinations are crucial to your pet’s health. There are many pet health problems that can be avoided through regular physical exams, which is why we recommend that your pet has at least two examinations with our staff per year.

While physical exams are critical to animal health, you can do your part by being a vigilant pet owner. If you notice any irregularities with your pet, take detailed notes and bring him or her to DC Ranch Animal Hospital for an examination.

Microchip Implanting

DC Ranch Animal Hospital is very excited to offer the very latest in lost pet protection. The HomeAgain Microchip provides a means to provide permanent pet identification, national enrollment in a pet recovery database and a recovery center that is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year in order to help return your pet home.

Why Microchip Your Pet?

  • only 4% of lost cats are reunited with their owners in US shelters
  • only 14% of lost dogs are reunited with their owners in US shelters
  • in England, where microchipping is mandatory, 51% of dogs are reunited with their owners
  • in one study, less than 1/5 of lost dogs and cats had any identification (tags, microchip) when they went missing

A HomeAgain microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted into the pet in a single, simple injection, just like a vaccine. The microchip has a code that is unique to your pet, the way your social security number is unique to you. When a pet is found and scanned, the unique code can be traced back to you through your database registration at www.PetLink.NET, allowing you and your pet to be happily reunited.

The HomeAgain microchip pet identification system utilizes the technology recommended by most major pet welfare and veterinary organizations in the United States. HomeAgain Microchip represents three advancements in the United States pet identification industry:

  • HomeAgain Microchip offers FREE registration at www.PetLink.NET
  • HomeAgain Microchip offers NO annual maintenance fee for your database registration.
  • HomeAgain Microchip features ISO compliance allowing you to travel anywhere in the world with your pet and be assured that an ISO compliant scanner can help them find their way back to you.

DC Ranch Animal Hospital recommends that all dogs and cats are microchipped. Microchipping is an easy procedure that can be done at any time.

Surgical

With our state-of-the-art equipment, we are able to offer a full range of surgical procedures including neuter procedures, bump/mass removals and oral surgery.

Having your pet undergo a surgical procedure can be a stressful time. We promise to communicate with you and help you through every step of the process so that you can rest easier while your pet is in our care. We will work with you to inform you and your family about your pet’s condition, and we provide the utmost care for our surgery patients.

Pharmacy

Having an on-site pharmacy is important to us because the convenience of seeing your pet’s doctor and being able to pick up your pet’s prescription medication in a single visit reduces the time and cost you may incur, both on the original visit and any future medication refill visits.

Also, having convenient and immediate access to the many preventive and therapeutic medicines at DC Ranch Animal Hospital ensures pets can start recommended medications right away. We offer a wide range of medications and can special-order prescriptions for your pet, so we are confident that our pharmacy will provide you with everything you need.

Dentistry

Our mission regarding a pet’s oral health and dental procedures is singular: Patient Comfort.

We start with the physical exam performed every time your pet visits our doctor. Dental disease can range from mild tartar to severe life altering chronic pain.

Upon a physical exam, we evaluate the level of disease and determine if professional treatment under general anesthesia (comprehensive dental procedure, examination, full mouth x-rays, cleaning, and polishing) is warranted/recommended.

If any level of gingivitis is diagnosed (gum irritation/inflammation), we recommend a a dental procedure. Fortunately for this low level of disease, extractions and additional treatment are usually not necessary. This is a great advantage in keeping a pet’s mouth healthy and comfortable over the long term. Pursuing dental treatment BEFORE marked disease is present, saves pets from chronic pain of sore gums and helps to avoid extraction work.

If moderate to severe disease is found on physical exam, we provide a treatment plan (itemized estimate) regarding what to expect for the dental treatment under general anesthesia. Extractions are common at this level of disease. The number and ease or difficulty of extraction cannot be determined until we have performed the comprehensive assessment under anesthesia.

Do not fear extractions for your pet. ANY and ALL extractions are performed only under these circumstances:

  • Advanced periodontal disease in which bacterial infection and inflammation will persist in the face of cleanings. Chronic infection and inflammation are unhealthy and can be painful to a certain degree.
  • A tooth is loose and not functional. Once a tooth is loose, the pet no longer uses this tooth for chewing due to discomfort.
  • A tooth is infected (pulpitis) or broken with exposure of the nerve within the tooth to the outside environment. This is always painful.

How often a pet requires professional cleaning and treatment under anesthesia depends on the individual pet. Small breeds and some specific breeds require much more professional care due to their genetics. It is not uncommon for small breeds to require annual professional care under anesthesia.

A professional cleaning and treatment will be recommended on an as needed basis for our patients once a physical exam is performed.

And remember, any and all recommendations are made to achieve the best in health and comfort.

Prescription Diets

Our pet diets and pet products are available for purchase at our hospital. Below are some of the pet foods and products that we recommend to our clients, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

We have a full range of prescription diets that we can prescribe or order for your pet depending on their individual needs.

Appointments

We suggest that you schedule an appointment for your pet in an attempt to provide both you and your pet a convenient, efficient and safe visit to our hospital with a minimum of delays. We make every effort to adhere to the appointment schedule. We occasionally run behind due to emergencies, and we ask for your patience and understanding.

If you prefer to see a specific doctor, let us know when you schedule your appointment, and when you arrive.

Please keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier at all times. This will avoid exposure to other patients and avoid escapes.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has become a more popular method of helping to relieve pain in pets over the last few years. Here at DC Ranch, Dr. Lopez uses acupuncture in addition to traditional Western medicine pain relievers.

Acupuncture is a great tool used to treat pain. Some examples of its best applications are:

  • Any chronic pain condition such as back and/or neck pain or arthritis of any joint.
  • Pets who can’t tolerate standard medications for pain relief such as steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories due to medical or health reasons.
  • Pets who already take standard medications and continue to suffer from uncontrolled pain or poor mobility.

It is common for dogs with arthritis to have their pain become uncontrolled even on medication as they age and their disease progresses. Unfortunately, additional pain relievers such as gabapentin and tramadol have the side effect of sedation. For these dogs, sedation and lethargy go against what we are trying to achieve for these patients. Our goal is a pet who can be up and around engaging in their world and family rather than being sleepy and weak from sedation.

Acupuncture efficacy varies with each individual. We start with a full physical exam, assessment of all medical conditions and review of all medications. If acupuncture is chosen to treat a pet, we perform a treatment once a week for 4 weeks.

We ask for a full 4 weeks of treatment before deciding if acupuncture will be effective or helpful for the pet. If it is determined to work well, additional treatments may be performed once a week to once a month as needed.

Dr. Lopez performs dry needle acupuncture, electro-acupuncture and aquapuncture. One or all modalities may be used at each treatment.

If you are interested in acupuncture for your pet, please call our office. We would be happy to discuss this treatment with you in more detail.

Emergencies

During regular office hours emergencies will be seen immediately. Please let us know that you have an emergency situation when you call or upon arrival at the hospital.

If your pet requires immediate attention after hours, please call VETMED Consultants at (602) 697-4694. Their address is 20610 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85024.

After hours examination and treatments at DC Ranch Animal Hospital are charged an additional emergency fee and all charges are due at the time services are rendered.

Additional Services

  • Pain Management

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