Canine & Feline Veterinary Services in Gettysburg
Committed to Wellness
Your canine and feline companions deserve to live long, healthy lives by your side – give them this opportunity by entrusting Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital with their care. Our Gettysburg doctors and staff offer excellent patient care and client service. At our hospital, our role is to educate you on the best options for your cat and dog, and to guide you through the decisions you need to make when caring for your loved one. We understand that sometimes you must make tough calls – we’re with you each step of the way so you never have to be alone. Because our team is comprised of animal lovers and owners, you can have peace of mind knowing that we’ll give them the same compassion that we would give our own companions.
Our Wellness Services
Our veterinarians believe that prevention of disease is crucial to maintain your pet’s long-term health, which is why we offer wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab testing, deworming and fecal checks, and medications to prevent heartworms, fleas, and ticks.
We’re pleased to offer the following services to improve your pet’s health:
- Parasite Prevention: Suspect your pet has external parasites? Our doctors can perform a physical exam to determine if your pet has fleas or ticks. We can also conduct fecal analysis to confirm if your pet has roundworms, hookworms, or tapeworms, which are known as intestinal parasites. Our doctors can administer topical and oral dewormers depending on your pet’s situation, and we can recommend preventative medications for oral heartworm and intestinal worm prevention.
- Vaccinations: All canines and felines must be vaccinated to prevent infectious diseases. Our team administers vaccines each year during annual wellness exams, and can recommend vaccines for your pet by looking through their health history. Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies, which we can offer to your pets when they’re as young as 12 weeks.
- Nutritional Counseling: Your pet’s daily diet plays a major role in their overall health, which is why our team offers dietary counseling and feeding practices for pets in every stage of life, and for those who have medical conditions. We can work with you to determine when your puppy or kitten needs to switch to adult food, and can suggest our favorite brands of prepared food that your pet will enjoy.
- Puppies & Kittens: Your new family member deserves the best possible treatment as early in their lives as possible. When you schedule an initial wellness visit with us, our veterinarians can conduct a full examination and prepare a treatment plan that will prepare your pet for a long life. We can also administer their first vaccines, as well as parasite testing, treatment, and prevention.
- Geriatric Care: Your senior dogs and cats deserve tender care in their golden years. Starting at age seven, your pets will begin slowing down as they age, and can develop age-related symptoms like arthritis and heart disease. By bringing your pets in for their annual exams, we can document and treat any new medical developments and offer pain medication and therapy to help them stay comfortable.
- A Peaceful & Dignified Passage: Saying goodbye to a loved one is one of the most painful decisions a pet owner will have to make. Our veterinarians are compassionate and offer our hospice and humane euthanasia services to provide your pet with a painless passing.
Wellness Exams & Follow-Up Testing
Annual physical exams are necessary to maintain your pet’s health, as our veterinarians can determine if any new medical issues have developed and offer our updates and recommendations.
During your pet’s physical exam, we will:
- Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
- Check your pet’s vision and examine the eyes
- Examine their ears for infection or ear mites
- Examine their respiratory system
- Assess your pet’s heart function
- Check their lymph nodes
- Inspect their skin for evidence of parasites
- Palpate/feel the organs in their abdomen, including the liver, spleen, intestines, kidneys, and bladder
- Inspect the skin for new growths or developing growths
- Assess your pet’s hair/fur and check for hair loss or matting
- Examine their joints and muscles for pain or arthritis
- Assess your pet’s body weight body condition/weight
Depending on the results of the physical exam, our doctors may also recommend testing to monitor your pet’s cell counts and detect early signs of disease, detect heartworm disease or tick-born illness, and search for signs of any other parasitic infestation.
Our doctors will ask questions related to your pet’s eating habits and elimination habits, and other behaviors to assess and evaluate changes in your cat or dog’s health since their last wellness visit. We also take time to demonstrate how to perform techniques involved with maintenance care of your pet, such as cleaning their ears and trimming their nails.
What to Do When Your Pet is Injured or Ill
Despite the very best preventive care, your pet may develop an illness or be injured. Our skilled doctors, with years of internal medicine and surgical expertise, and our advanced laboratory and diagnostic capabilities, ensure that your canine or feline friend receives a quick and accurate diagnosis. We pride ourselves in taking time to explain your pet’s diagnosis and explaining the various options for your cat or dog’s treatment.
Our Gettysburg veterinarians are devoted to your pet’s health. Call our team today at (717) 610-6223 to schedule an appointment.