At Hudson Veterinary Hospital, we strive to provide exceptional treatment across all of our veterinary services. From preventive medicine to surgery, we are here to offer compassionate veterinary care for your pet.
At Hudson Veterinary Hospital, we believe annual wellness care is imperative to keeping your pet happy and healthy! Your pet’s health is important and preventive care is necessary. We recommend wellness exams, keeping your pets on a vaccination schedule, and working with us on all facets of wellness care.
Your veterinarian will fully examine your pet during your annual physical exam and discuss vaccinations and ongoing wellness. Just like you have wellness visits with your doctor, it’s important that your pet does as well. During these visits, our team will spend time examining your pet from nose to tail.
Vaccines contain small quantities of modified or “killed” viruses, bacteria, or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your pet’s immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins – or antibodies- to protect against such diseases. We will make recommendations for vaccine schedules specific to their age, species, and breed during your pet’s wellness exam.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. Heartworms are caused by mosquito bites which transfer the parasites from host to host. There are multiple stages the parasites go through as they invade the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of the affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs of the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats, and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions, and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.
FLEA & TICK PREVENTION
Fleas and ticks are the most common parasites you as a pet owner will see, but we know that these pesky creatures can cause a mountain of issues within your pet. Fleas are a top cause of dermatitis-related issues with dogs and cats. Some pets become so irritated that they cause self-inflicted lesions. A flea infestation can quickly make your pet become anemic. When ingested, fleas can infest your pet’s intestinal tract with internal parasites (tapeworms). Fleas can also transmit Bartonella, the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans.
Ticks transmit and spread many tick-borne diseases. The most common diseases we see in this area are Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichia. Lyme Disease is the most prevalent and can cause a variety of spin-off issues such as lameness, lethargy, kidney issues, and joint swelling.
There are many diseases that affect dogs and cats. Veterinary internal medicine deals with the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases, especially those affecting internal organs. Thanks to advances in modern veterinary medicine, we have numerous ways to diagnose and treat internal organ problems in pets. Our diagnostic tools and procedures, along with state-of-the-art laboratory techniques, make it possible to monitor and diagnose what is happening medically inside your pet without resorting to exploratory surgery. When you have a sick pet, our staff will provide the best care possible and will treat your pet like a member of our own family. We will work diligently towards a diagnosis so we can begin treating your pet as soon as possible.
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite is where we perform all of our surgical procedures. Technicians work very closely with the doctor performing the surgery to monitor the pets vitals and anesthesia at all times to maintain a continuity of care. Patients are monitored continuously throughout both the surgical procedure and recovery.
We perform most soft tissue surgeries. Soft tissue surgery can cover a wide array of systems, as it comprises any surgery not associated with orthopedic. Procedures can range from simple cyst removals to complex and involved operations. Some of the procedures we perform at Hudson Veterinary Hospital include:
- Mass removals
- Exploratory surgery
- Intestine Resections
- Hernia Repair
- Diaphragmatic Hernia
Regardless of the procedure, your pet will be closely monitored both during and after surgery to make sure they are stable and comfortable.
We now proudly offer digital radiology and abdominal ultrasounds! With digital radiology, we can process films quicker, get clearer images, and send radiographs to a board-certified radiologist upon our doctor’s recommendations.
Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our radiology service is staffed with caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise. We pride ourselves in the ability to take radiographs without sedation, in most cases, though some cases will require sedating your pet to obtain the most accurate films.
Blood tests and other laboratory tests are essential in keeping your pet well and diagnosing illness. Hudson Veterinary Hospital offers an in-house, state-of-the-art laboratory enabling us to provide accurate laboratory results within a very short period of time. The faster we are able to diagnose your pet’s health issue, the quicker we can treat it! In addition, we work with an outside lab to offer any specialized tests your pet may need. Our in-house laboratory allows us to run pre-operative bloodwork to ensure your pet is safe for anesthesia, heartworm tests, internal parasite screenings, and check your pet’s organ function. Results are available to us with an hour, allowing us to start treating your pet quickly!
PRP & Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy are two distinct regenerative medicine treatments used to treat a plethora of conditions and injuries in the body. Some potential medical conditions we can use regenerative medicine for include osteoarthritis, kidney, and liver disease. These treatments involve injections and are non-surgical. Please call for an informative consultation and a thorough examination with our veterinarian.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY
PRP therapy uses a simple needle withdrawal to take plate-rich plasma from your pet’s blood. The growth factors and healing properties of the plasma can be used to treat a condition or injury, such as those involving orthopedic injuries. By injecting a high concentration of PRP into the affected area, PRP therapy can be used to help accelerate healing of a new injury, or reduce the symptoms of an older injury making your pet more comfortable.
STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cell therapy is slightly more complicated than PRP but is very similar in concept. With stem cell therapy, our veterinarian will extract stem cells from the bone marrow or fat deposit to create a concentrated solution of stem cells. This solution is then injected into the problem area to trigger a healing response or even form new tissue!
Our services include:
- Parasite control
- Anal gland expression
- Toenail trims
- Dietary consults
- In-hospital care such as IV fluids, ICU medical care if needed, and emergency care in life threatening situations.
Anal glad expressions are also a service we offer. While not all animals require this service, some are more prone to infections of their glands. When we express their glands, we check for any abnormalities, and we make sure that their discharge is normal with no signs of infection. If your pet is scooting or licking its rear more than usual, please don’t hesitate to call us for an appointment!
Intravenous (IV) fluids are an important medical tool for sick pets that are losing more fluids than they are able to take in due to vomiting, diarrhea, or other disease processes. It allows your veterinarian to provide necessary fluids directly into your pet’s bloodstream to keep them hydrated.
In our fully equipped intensive care unit, our veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians work closely with pets needing more monitoring and care.
Our intensive care unit is also where your pet is taken to recover from anesthesia and surgery. Like other veterinary hospitals, we use anesthesia to sedate your pet for a number of procedures, from surgery to less invasive procedures like dental cleaning and endoscopic exams. We do this to ensure the least stressful and pain-free experience we can offer for your pet.