Service Overview

  • Preventive Health and Diagnostics - Comprehensive physical examination, Vaccination, Vaccine titers (for patients with prior history of adverse vaccine reactions), Spay and Neuter, Heartworm testing, FELV/FIV testing, Lyme disease testing, Microchipping, Complete blood work, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Tonopen (Glaucoma testing), Blood Pressure Measurement, Lump Aspiration/Biopsy (non-surgical and surgical options for evaluating lumps and bumps).
  • Surgery - Spay, Neuter, Declaw, Abdominal surgery, Amputation (Limb, Toe, Tail), Eye and eyelid surgery, mass removal (lumpectomy), minor orthopedics, other.
  • Dentistry - Prophylactic cleaning and tooth extraction
  • End of Life Care Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia
  • Urgent/Emergency Care

Preventive Health and Diagnostics

Preventive Health

Preventive health care starts with comprehensive physical examination of your pet from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. Nutrition, vaccination protocols, and other wellness decisions will be tailored to your pet’s needs. An annual health exam is recommended, even in healthy pets. Annual blood work should be considered in animals ages six and older for the early diagnosis and management of chronic, geriatric diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure, canine hypothyroidism, and feline hyperthyroidism.

Young animals are not considered fully vaccinated until they have received 3-4 total vaccines given every 3-4 weeks with the last vaccine after 14 weeks of age. Until young animals are fully protected by vaccination, they are at risk for contracting potentially lethal infectious diseases. Puppies and kittens benefit from a mobile clinic by avoiding exposure to diseases found in veterinary hospitals. After the initial puppy and kitten vaccine series and first year boosters, Four Paws MVS changes to a three-year schedule to avoid over-vaccination. Animals with a history of adverse reactions may have vaccine titers checked – to evaluate their level of existing protection – in lieu of vaccination.

Four Paws MVS maintains a laboratory and pharmacy on-site to help meet our patient’s needs. Many diagnostics, including urinalysis, fecal exam, basic blood testing, can be run at the time of your appointment but additional testing may need to be sent out to private labs. Four Paws MVS is also equipped for mobile x-ray and ultrasound imaging. We carry a Tonopen for eye pressure measurement and a Parks Doppler for blood pressure management.

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Surgery

Surgery

Our custom veterinary unit allows us to perform many surgical procedures on site. Common procedures that are preformed are spaying, neutering, dental cleaning and tooth extraction, and lumpectomies (tumor or mass removal). Most patients have pre-anesthetic blood work evaluated prior to surgery and receive IV fluids during surgery. During surgery, multiple parameters will be monitored to make the event as safe as possible. An anesthetic protocol will be tailored to your pet’s individual needs based on their age and health history.

Even though Four Paws MVS can perform many procedures in our mobile veterinary unit, some procedures should be reserved for traditional brick-and-mortar facilities. We can recommend or refer you to the appropriate facility as needed.

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Dentistry

Dental Health

Keeping your pets’ teeth healthy is essential for their general health and quality of life. Dental health ideally starts at home with the brushing of your pets’ teeth. Even daily brushing will not prevent all dental disease, though. Poor dental health can lead to bad breath, excessive tartar, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. Drooling, a reluctance to eat or play, or a decrease in grooming may indicate more significant tooth and gum disease. Problems in the mouth can even lead to disease in other areas of the body. Tartar contains large numbers of bacteria and bacterial toxins that can enter the blood stream and “seed? distant areas, including the heart, the kidneys, the gastrointestinal tract, and joints.

Regular dental exams and cleanings allow for the removal of plaque, preservation of healthy teeth, extraction of diseased or infected teeth, and the early discovery and treatment of oral cancers. Unfortunately, dental cleanings for pets do require anesthesia. As with other general surgeries, patients will be closely monitored during the procedure. Pre-dental blood work, intravenous fluids, pain medications and antibiotics will be used as the patient's needs demand. Four Paws MVS uses a specialized veterinary dental unit to allow for the safe and complete removal of larger teeth in dogs and cats. More advanced treatments (root canals, oral cancers, fractures) may require referral to a veterinary dentist.

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Hospice Care

End of Life Care

“Hospice? or “end of life? care refers to care given – by both owner and vet – in the final days of life. This care is called palliative in that it focuses on relieving the symptoms of advanced disease or age by:

  • Managing pain
  • Optimizing nutrition
  • Assisting in mobility

There are many factors to consider when evaluating treatment options for end of life care. An animal’s ability to eat or drink, its mobility and ability to go to the bathroom by itself, and its happiness and comfort levels must all be assessed before an individually-tailored treatment plan is developed.

Euthanasia

Euthanasia is the term used for the humane decision to end an animal’s life. Euthanasia of a beloved pet can be an incredibly difficult decision, even in the face of substantial disease and discomfort. In the event that euthanasia is elected to ease your pet’s suffering, Four Paws MVS can assist with this passing. We use a two-step procedure to minimize stress and reduce anxiety. An IV catheter will be placed and a sedative is administered to your pet. After you have had a chance to say good-bye, we will administer a final injection to allow your pet to pass peacefully. If needed, we can arrange for care of your pet’s remains.

Please note: Four Paws MVS does not perform convenience euthanasia.

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Urgent/Emergency Care

Emergency Care

Just like with sick or injured people, it can sometimes be tough to know what to do with a sick or injured pet. The seriousness of the condition should determine the action you take. If your pet is experiencing a major emergency such as trouble breathing or major trauma, then you should call an emergency animal hospital (click here for links to local emergency hospitals) or drive to the very closest clinic available. If your pet’s injury or illness is non-life-threatening or stable, then please call us and we will do our best to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

As much as we want your business, we even more wish for your pet to be safe.

After-hours and weekend appointments are available on a case-by-case basis as our doctor’s schedule allows. For after-hours, weekend, and urgent care appointments, preference may be given to established clients. Please call or email, but realize that we cannot guarantee an immediate response outside of normal business hours.

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