We're pleased to offer the following services at Paducah Veterinary Clinic:
- Vaccinations: We tailor vaccines to fit your pet’s lifestyle
- Dentistry: Most of our pets develop dental disease; Lift your pet’s lip up and check out their teeth from front to back. Not comfortable doing that? Call us!
- Life Stage Preventative Care Program: Complete semi-annual physical exams are the first step to finding subtle changes before they become major problems.
- Behavior Counseling: From anxiety to housebreaking, we can help improve you and your pet’s relationship.
- Pet Microchipping: A permanent identification tool to help recover a lost or a stolen pet
- Weight Management: Most pets are overweight! This can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis; let us help find the right diet for your pet.
- Generalized Surgery: surgeries performed with safe anesthesia, sterile environment, and postoperative monitoring.
- Digital Radiology/Ultrasonography: The latest in diagnostic imagery of your pet.
- Dermatology and Allergy Testing: Comprehensive analysis and treatment of your pet’s allergies.
- Emergency Care: Emergencies happen! We see emergencies after hours for our clients.
- In House Diagnostic Lab: An on-site lab makes all the difference in making a timely and accurate diagnosis to provide your pet with immediate treatment and you with immediate answers. Usually, we can have complete blood results in less than 30 minutes.
- Ear Cleaning, Toenail Trim, and Anal Gland Expression
- Pain Management: Let’s discuss what it takes to make your pets more comfortable especially as they get older
- Boarding: All animals are housed indoors while boarding. The dogs get taken outside so they have some time to “to their business.” Each boarder has their own run or cage. For safety reasons, we never board multiple pets together, even ones from the same family.
- Client Education: This is always important. Please feel free to ask questions of the doctor or staff.
Pets age much faster than we do. This is why it is so vital for them to have a complete wellness exam at least once a year. Regular preventive care is the best way to help a pet live a healthy life. Annual pet exams have many benefits including:
- Early Diagnosis is the key to treating or controlling health problems
- We want to have a close working relationship with our clients and their pets
- If gives a chance to ask questions and talk about concerns you may have
- We want all pets to have a long life but more importantly we want them to have a good quality of life!
We get asked “what happens at an exam?” We will examine your pet’s different body systems searching for any problem areas. We will ask questions of the family members present to get a complete history and to search for any problems that need to be addressed that will not show up on an examination. It is always best to right down any questions you may want to ask because it can be difficult to remember them when the time comes. Based on history or physical exam findings, we may recommend advanced diagnostic testing such as x-rays or blood work to examine your pet internally.
Parasite prevention is another critical component of pet wellness care. Mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas can all cause health problems for your pet, including heartworm, Lyme disease, and flea allergy dermatitis. Even indoor pets can be at risk for certain parasitic diseases, since fleas and mosquitoes can easily make their way into your home. That’s why we recommend that you keep your pet on an ongoing monthly preventive medication regimen. During your pet’s appointment, we will assess your pet’s needs and tailor a preventive care plan just for them.
Core Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats
There are two types of vaccines: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that are considered to be essential for every pet. Non-core pet vaccinations are not essential but may be recommended by your vet based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to certain diseases.
Here are the vaccinations that are considered to be essential for dogs:
- Rabies: Rabies is a virus that can be fatal. All mammals are susceptible to infection. Most states require that dogs receive regular rabies vaccinations.
- DHPP: This is commonly called the “distemper parvo shot.” It’s a combination vaccine that provides protection against four diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. Because of the prevalence of the parvo virus in our area, we recommend a parvo booster every 6 months until a dog is 3 years old.
These are the core vaccines recommended for cats:
- Rabies: (See description above)
- FVRCP: This is a combination vaccine that protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (which is sometimes called “feline distemper”).
Non Core Vaccines
The doctor might recommend additional vaccinations depending on your pet’s lifestyle:
If you have a dog who goes to a boarding kennel, groomer, trainer or dog parks, a Bordetella vaccine (commonly known as “kennel cough vaccine” is recommended. If your dog travels with you out of town, we recommend a canine influenza vaccine.
If your cat is an outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat, we recommend testing for feline leukemia and FIV if it has not been done before and vaccinating for feline leukemia
How to Prevent Pet Dental Disease
The best way to prevent dental problems for your pet is by bringing your pet in at least once a year for a wellness exam. During these exams, we examine the mouth to determine if a separate appointment is necessary for an advanced dental exam and dental cleaning, or other procedure.
Common Signs of Dental Disease
Some of the signs of gum disease in pets are very similar to those in humans. If you’re unsure what signs to look for, we’ve listed some of the most common ones below:
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup (brown or yellow)
- Red gums
- Pawing at the mouth
- Dropping food
- Swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.