Physical Evaluation and Vaccination:
Your pet has his best possible life when he has a routine evaluation performed by a veterinarian on a regular basis. We examine your pet for the obvious like dental problems, heart sounds and changes in body condition/mobility. Your pet may exhibit more subtle signs that indicate quality of life is not ideal - we specifically look for these issues and advise you on the best options to resolve the problem. We are particularly alert for conditions that cause pain. By instinct, most animals are masters of concealing their problems - in the wild, a weak or compromised animal becomes prey. Careful physicial evaluation of otherwise healthy appearing pets often reveals painful infections and inflammation that your pet has quietly been suffering with for weeks, months or years.
Idaho Rabies Protocol:
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An animal is considered appropriately immunized 28 days after receiving its primary rabies vaccination.
Regardless of the age of the animal at the time of primary immunization, a booster one year later and then regularly as indicated by the manufacturer is indicated. Annual or triennial administration is standard; however, certain vaccines are licensed for boosting every four years. The administration schedule is based on the particular product being administered: when in doubt, consult the table in the Rabies Compendium.
If the rabies vaccination status of a previously appropriately vaccinated animal has expired, the animal is considered appropriately vaccinated immediately following the rabies vaccine booster.
If a one year rabies vaccine has expired, the subsequent vaccine will be considered a one year vaccine, not a three year booster, according to manufacturers’ labeled instructions (and verbal communication with Ft. Dodge technical services). If a three year booster has expired the animal will start over with a 1 year vaccine schedule followed by the 3 year schedule.
We provide your dog or cat with quality routine dental care. This may be advice on proper preventive care like brushing. It may be routine dental cleaning or even tooth extraction. We will offer referral for advanced procedures such as a root canal or crown and less involved options too. We use high resolution digital dental x-ray to evaluate questionable teeth while performing dental cleanings under anesthesia.
Diagnostic and Lab Procedures:
We provide complete laboratory services for your dog or cat. Depending on the type of testing needed, we have the capability to provide results within five minutes of sample collection. Lakewood Animal Hospital extensively uses reference laboratories as well, with most results reported within 24 hours of sample submission. Lakewood has on-site, high speed, high quality digital radiography - we take x-rays in-house. After initial review and interpretation we send x-rays to a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist for the final diagnosis.
We offer emergency services during normal working hours. If your pet is in need of emergency care after hours, please call 208-772-9669 and we will provide you options for handling the emergency. For immediate, life threatening, after hours emergency needs you may also proceed directly to Emergency Veterinary Hospital of Coeur d'Alene. Their phone number is 208-930-1888.
Surgery and anesthesia care is an important part of your pet's care when the need arises. We provide high quality soft tissue surgery care including spay, neuter, tumor resection, cosmetic surgery and and abdominal surgery. For certain cases we provide referral to a Board Certified Surgery Specialist. We make sure that your pet receives appropriate pain medication so that he has the least discomfort with the least chance of side effects.
Your dog or cat may need to stay for observation and treatment as part of his return to good health. He will receive comfortable padding and receive caring and attention from our veterinary assistants under the guidance of Dr. King. We use very modern and accurate tools to deliver care including IV fluid pumps, medication infusion pumps and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring
Your pet may need certain medications for either short term or long term needs. We have a fully stocked on-site pharmacy and can provide most medications at the time of your visit. We will recommend generic medications whenever they can provide your pet efficacy, safety, convenience and prescription cost savings.