Veterinary Care from a Team You Can Count On
Gore West Animal Hospital is a full service small animal hospital. We offer preventive and medical care for all life stages including laboratory services and dentistry. Our staff strives to treat every pet as if they were our own. We want to go through all the stages of your pet's life with you – from puppy/kitten to mature and geriatric pets.
Our facility is equipped with the latest equipment and technology in order to provide the highest standard of care. With love and care from you, along with our services, your pet will be able to lead a long and healthy life!
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Each pet is as individual as each owner. Therefore, their individual needs may vary. Dr. Kiehn will recommend methods of maintaining a healthy pet through preventive therapies. We believe in being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to your pet’s health.
Annual vaccinations are given by Dr. Kiehn. There is no exam fee when a pet comes in just for vaccinations. Dr. Kiehn will discuss recommended vaccines with each client. For new pets/clients, we recommend bringing your pet’s most current vaccine information to the appointment. Vaccine reminders are mailed 1 month prior to due date to allow the owners time to fit an appointment into their busy schedules.
We provide a variety of routine dental services for your pet, including cleaning, polishing, and oravet treatments. We also can help with those non-routine services involving extractions, etc. The dental health of each pet will be graded by Dr. Kiehn at each exam to determine his/her dental cleaning needs. Our team tries to educate every pet owner in proper preventive dental care as well. Our team can also discuss the many dental hygiene products that are available and find the best option for you and your pet.
This can be one of the most frustrating issues as a pet owner. At Gore West Animal Hospital, we provide thorough skin and coat evaluations with accompanying diagnostics such as skin scraping, cytology, and allergy testing. This allows us to treat varying conditions, such as environmental and flea allergies, skin infections, or mites. Treatment might include special diets, shampoos or similar products, and medical management with pharmaceuticals.
Your pet may need medications as part of his/her continued care. We have protocols in place to monitor the extended use of certain medications, efficacy, possible side effects, and possible drug interactions. Our staff will monitor these medications so that you can be informed and comfortable with the drugs prescribed for your pet. They will keep you informed of drug monitoring blood work for the safety of your pet using medications long-term.
Gore West Animal Hospital recommends that your pet receives dewormings for intestinal parasites at regular intervals throughout the first year, then regular strategic dewormings as an adult pet. We test in-house with each exam but you also have the option of more extensive laboratory fecal testing. Dewormers will be recommended based on those results. You can be assured of the efficacy and safety of these medications when prescribed by your doctor specifically for your pet.
Monthly heartworm prevention is also recommended year-round. Most of these preventions also have intestinal parasite protection. Our technicians and doctors can help in choosing the best options for your family and pet.
Some of the most common parasites are:
- Fleas and Ticks
Gore West Animal Hospital provides microchip implants (a device about the size of a grain of rice) by HomeAgain that is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades to aid in the identification and recovery process should your pet become lost or stolen. A specialized scanner reads the coded chip. You can schedule most of these implants as an office visit.
In House Laboratory
Blood and urinalysis testing can help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly. This allows us to diagnose conditions early and monitor progress of medical treatment. Some of the more common tests evaluate organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels, toxin exposure, pre-anesthetic screenings, and medication monitoring for any possible side effects of long-term use. At Gore West Animal Hospital, we are able to provide most of the essential testing in-house for immediate diagnosis and treatment of the illness. We also have quick turn-around times from our outside laboratory with most results in 24 hours. We will explain the need for particular labwork that we recommend, what each panel tests for, and also keep you informed of the results and treatment that follows. Before the tests are run, we also provide a diagnostic service plan to keep you informed of the expected costs.
In house laboratory testing includes:
- Chemistry Profiles
- Feline Leukemia/FIV
- Thyroid (T4)
- Intestinal Parasites
The health of your pet can change rapidly as he/she ages, and changes can go unnoticed. Early intervention can lead to a longer and healthier life for your pet. Pets can develop diseases common to senior humans, such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease, and cancer. These diseases may go unnoticed in their early stages; therefore, preventative healthcare and regular screening can be very important. Early detection can help in disease prevention and can minimize suffering. The best approach is to begin senior care at 7 years of age and make sure they receive a physical health exam twice a year. We need to establish baseline blood work, identify existing health problems, monitor any behavioral changes with our cognitive dysfunction behavior form, and may need to adjust his/her diet and nutrition. Dr. Kiehn will evaluate the general health of your pet and monitor the physical effects of aging. He may also recommend routine blood testing, urinalysis, hormone testing, electrocardiograph (ECG), and x-rays.
Other services we offer include:
- Ear crops
- Emergency service
- Exploratory surgery
- Flea & tick control
- General surgery
- Medical diagnosis and treatment
- Micro chipping “Home Again?”
- Modern anesthesia
- Nutritional Counseling
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Pain management
- Pre-surgical blood work
- Routine Examinations
- Spays, Neuters
- Tumor Removal