Pet Health Care Begins with Timely Dog/Cat Vaccinations

vaccinesVaccinations for your Fremont dog or cat are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of the preventative healthcare plan for your pets. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable through proper pet health care. There are also pet vaccines—such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases—that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent dog/cat vaccinations, as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

Ace Animal Hospital’s pet vaccination clinic protocol is tailored to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, the lifestyle of your pet, as well as to the diseases he or she is most likely to encounter in our region of the country. In addition to dog/cat vaccines for diseases such as rabies and distemper we may also recommend yearly pet vaccinations for Lyme for dogs.

ResQ Microchip Lost Pet ID

How would you find your pet if he or she ever got lost?

Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don’t make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, pet identification microchips are encoded with your pet’s vital information and implanted beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades.

Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country and around the world are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. Once implanted at Ace Animal Hospital in Fremont, CA, the information in the chip will be used to reunite you with your pet.

Ace Animal Hospital uses the resQ microchip system. This system comes with a number of valuable benefits for you such as no registration or annual fees; customer service seven days per week, 24 hours per day; and worldwide coverage since resQ’s pet ID microchips can be read by any International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliant scanner in the world.

Pet Health Care Services

Behavior, Nutritional & Pet Selection Counseling and Health Care

behaviorBehavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Ace Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet’s problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, scratching, digging, and spraying.

Our veterinarians at Ace Animal Hospital in Fremont, CA will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior issues and in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet’s unwanted behavior. Oftentimes, the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, kidney disease, etc.) and can be treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often includes behavior modification and may include medication-assisted training. If our Fremont veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet’s behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behaviorist.

 

Fremont Pet Nutritional Counseling

One of the key factors contributing to the improved health and longevity of companion animals is our expanded knowledge on the important role that proper pet nutrition plays in overall health. During your pet’s comprehensive physical examination at Ace Animal Hospital’s veterinary clinic in Fremont, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. However, some pets with nutritional issues or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include specialized foods, feeding strategies and even prescription diets.

Ace Animal Hospital– your Fremont pet hospital — has trained staff available to help you with your pet’s nutritional challenges. We also have a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you. We can also offer pet health care advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

 

Fremont Veterinary Pet Selection Counseling

If you are considering adding a pet to your family, we can help you select a specific species, breed or type of animal that is most likely to be the best fit. Ace Animal Hospital staff can talk to you about what to expect from a particular type of pet so that the relationship between your family and your pet is a positive one. Our aim is for your pet to be a member of your family for many years, and pet selection counseling is the first step to making sure you choose a pet that is right for you and your home.

Veterinary Internal Medicine

internalMedicineIf your pet becomes ill or you suspect there may be something wrong with him or her, Ace Animal Hospital covers all areas of internal medicine, including cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, gastroenterology, endocrinology (e.g. diabetes and related diseases), renal and hepatic failure, and others.

Our medical expertise is enhanced by access to advanced diagnostic equipment, our in-house lab, and pharmacy. We also maintain close relationships with area specialists in order to provide greater treatment options for advanced or complicated cases.

In all, we are able to provide superior medical care in order to cure or manage a wide range of medical conditions.

Companion Animal and Pet Oncology Health Clinic

A diagnosis of cancer can be frightening. However, most pets respond extremely well to cancer treatments, which include tumor removal surgery, and go on to lead happy, healthy lives. Additionally, pets do not experience the same side effects from chemotherapy that humans do, and often go on to lead healthy lives long after their cancer is gone.

Ace Animal Hospital offers a wide range of cancer treatments, which includes surgical removal of the tumor and supportive therapies. For complicated surgical and medical cases we can refer you to a board certified oncology specialist.

DNA-Based Breed Detection at our Fremont Animal Hospital

breedDetectionKnowing the breeds that make up your mixed breed dog’s ancestry is an important piece of your pet’s preventative medicine plan because some breeds have unique medical concerns we should be aware of.

A Wisdom Panel is DNA testing that establishes the precise mix of breeds within your dog’s genetic makeup. The results can then be used to understand your dog’s personality, dietary needs, and any breed-specific medical issues we should be on the watch for.

Fremont Pain Management for Cats and Dogs

Pain management is not just an important component of surgery, but a useful tool for the treatment of a number of conditions such as lingering aftereffects from an injury or diseases such as arthritis. Ace Animal Hospital utilizes the latest pain management methodologies and medications, such as nerve blocks, continuous rate infusion (CRI), and multi-modal drug approaches.

We believe in a proactive, comprehensive approach to pain management in order to keep your pet as comfortable as possible while maintaining a good quality of life.

Specialized Pet Health Care for Puppy & Kitten Care

puppyKittenPuppies and kittens are a lot of fun to have in the home, but they require some special attention in order to assure they are happy and healthy companions for years to come. This means that comprehensive physical exams at key developmental stages are important.

In particular, the first year of your new friend’s life should include an initial pet health wellness exam, screening for damaging parasitic infections such as worms or giardia, an initial dental exam, a nutritional evaluation, and more. For puppies we advise the start of medicines to prevent Heartworm, and arranging their first grooming session. Additionally, at six months of age we recommend spaying or neutering your pet.

Vaccines are also very important. Because we take a balanced approach to the care of your puppy or kitten, Ace Animal Hospital spreads out vaccine visits. This ensures your new pet’s immune system adequately responds and recovers from each vaccine challenge.

These additional visits to our Fremont pet hospital also provide you with opportunities to ask all the questions that come to mind regarding your pet’s care and give us a chance to become acquainted with your developing cat or dog.

Since we believe that these extra measures are so important to the health of your puppy or kitten, we offer them at a discount rate of $150 for the entire first year of services. Normally, if we were to charge for these services individually they would cost more than $330.

Pet Health Care: Not Just for the Young-Senior Pet Care

Dogs and cats in their senior years may have slowed down a bit, but they are no less important members of our families. However, changes to their bodies occur rapidly and they become more susceptible to diseases such as cancer, arthritis, dental disease, diabetes, and heart disease.

This is why we recommend a geriatric exam tailored to your pet’s age and condition. Our Fremont pet health clinic senior wellness program includes diagnostic tests designed to catch problems associated with aging before they become difficult and expensive to treat. The senior wellness program also covers a number of routine tests such as ear and ophthalmic exams, basic neurologic and cardiovascular evaluations, weight/nutritional assessment, blood chemistry tests, urinalysis, and more.

After your pet reaches age seven, your veterinarian at Ace Animal Hospital will talk to you about how we can help ensure your pet’s senior years are the best years of his or her life.

Signs of Aging in Pets

Signs of old age in your pet may actually be symptoms of more serious problems. When it comes to your pet’s health care, you are his or her most important partner. If your older dog or cat begins to exhibit any of the following symptoms, please let us know:

  • Stiffness or limping
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
  • Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat
  • Drastic weight change (either loss or gain)
  • Difficulty seeing or hearing
  • Changes in urination/defecation habits
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Decreased responsiveness

Traveling with Your Pet

travellingIf you like to travel with your pet to other countries or states, you may need a national or international health certificate. These certificates document the health of your pet and certify that he or she has been properly vaccinated. If you do not have this form of documentation it is very likely your pet could be quarantined for an extended period of time.

Ace Animal Hospital is authorized and well-versed in handling the documentation required for traveling with your pet.

Generally, these certificates are only valid for a certain period of time, must be filled out within a specific time frame prior to when you travel, and require different forms depending on your destination. We encourage you to contact your airline to find out the specific documentation that is required.

We can help you understand what you need and advise you on how to safely travel with your pet by air. We also can provide you with valuable recommendations for other travel concerns.

Veterinary Pharmacy

pharmacyIn numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Ace Animal Hospital, we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet’s health care. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive online pharmacy.

Not only does our vet pharmacy mean you don’t have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet’s medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.

Refills are easy too. Simply give us a call or visit our online pharmacy and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit to our Fremont pet hospital.

Fremont Veterinary Specialist Referrals

specialistsIf your pet’s best interest is served by referral to a specialist for care, your veterinarian will make that recommendation. We will also work with you to ensure that your animal receives the services it needs in a timely manner as well as that there are open lines of communication between our practice, the specialist and you. Not only is it important that they receive necessary medical information from us before your pet is treated, but we must receive test results, diagnosis, and recommendations from the specialist in order to ensure continuity of care.

Hospice & End-of-Life Health Care for a Beloved Pet

Even the healthiest of pets reach that time where we must find a way to say goodbye. We understand that this is a painful and difficult experience for our clients and is one that we all have been through in our own lives. When the time comes to say goodbye to your pet, we can come to your home to provide gentle and compassionate home euthanasia. It is our goal to help make this time in life easier for both our patients and clients.