We are a full-service hospital and have a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory so that we can diagnose and treat your pet right away when your pet is sick.
Does your best friend have bad breath? Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. Other symptoms can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth as dental disease progresses.
We advocate for at-home oral-health routines, ideally focusing on daily brushing. When your pet needs professional care, our hospital offers modern diagnostic equipment, including full digital dental X-ray technology and complete oral cavity assessments.
Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to determine any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or at-home dental care options.
Parasite Prevention and Education
There was a time when parasites like fleas, ticks, and roundworms were considered mostly a nuisance. Now, however, we know that parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your pet’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten pets and are even transmissible to humans.
You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are tough to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.
Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets and family.
Senior, Puppy, and Kitten Plans
A wellness plan is an annual package of services that includes the optimal preventive health care services that your pet needs to stay happy and healthy. Our wellness plans are based on the age and the specific needs of each individual pet.
Call us to schedule an appointment for your pet, and let the receptionist know that you are interested in a wellness plan. Based on the veterinarian’s examination, age, and any other relevant factors, we will recommend the plan that best meets your pet’s preventive care needs.
Spays and Neuters
Spaying or neutering your pet increases the quality of life. Medical benefits give them lasting health, while behavioral changes cause them (and you!) less anxiety so they can focus more on their relationship with you. Keep in mind that while behavioral changes do take place in many animals, it is not always guaranteed as it depends on your pet’s individual personality and characteristics. The following benefits apply to your sterilized pet:
- Less inclination to roam for a mate
- No heat cycles, which cause frustration and bleeding in dogs
- Possible reduction of urine marking or spraying
- Prevention of uterine infection and cancers
- Minimizes risk of mammary tumors
- Less inclination to roam for a mate
- Subdued aggression
- Possible reduction of urine marking and mounting
- Prevention of prostate problems and testicular cancer
Whether your pet’s personality changes or behavioral problems are caused by underlying health issues or are truly behavioral issues, we believe that getting to the bottom of these problems is very important to the relationship between you and your pet. Diagnostic testing may be recommended to determine if there is a medical reason for the issue and determine the next steps for care.
We address common behavior issues in our kitten and puppy exams and offer advice to try to prevent many frustrating behavior problems during your pet’s developmental stages. In adult dogs and cats, we can also help you solve many behavior issues. By preventing and treating behavior problems, we have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for both pets and pet lovers. Please give us a call to find out more about how we can help your family with any behavioral concerns.
Vaccines are an essential part of preventative medicine. As a staff here at Pacific Grove Animal Hospital, we take into account the risk of vaccination against the risk of getting diseases.
Regular vaccinations are one of the cornerstones of good preventive health care for dogs and cats. When administered by your veterinarian, vaccines provide cost-effective protection against infectious and contagious diseases for both pets and people. Vaccines help prevent many contagious illnesses, including ones that can be fatal, that pets may encounter if they are outdoors at all, socialize with other animals in public places, or travel with you.
Our team can help offer you some of the best advice regarding your pet’s vaccination plan, which can help lead to many happy years of health and wellness.
Each year, thousands of pets go missing, and many don’t make it back home. Many pets (especially indoor pets) don’t wear collars or tags. Even if your pet wears a collar and identification tag, collars can break off, and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged.
A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database.
Feline Behavior and Medicine
Americans own 10 million more cats than dogs! The problem is that cats see the veterinarian less frequently than dogs. We know how important it is for your pet to feel comfortable.
The Pacific Grove Animal Hospital team is committed to reducing stress, fear, and anxiety for cats during their office visits. Our exceptional team of cat advocates follows a specific set of initiatives to make cats as comfortable and happy as possible.
We strive to make every visit a pleasant one for all of our patients, training all of our staff in gentle techniques. Our compassionate team’s primary focus is a fear-free experience for all patients. Please give us a call to learn more about how we personalize care for our feline patients.
We recommend seeing your loyal senior pets twice a year for wellness exams and preventive lab work. These visits will help keep an eye out for early signs of disease and enable us to set up treatment plans before disease or discomfort is in an advanced state.
Senior Pet Care Considerations:
- Spending time with your senior pet is one of the best things you can do for them
- Eyes can have tumors, glaucoma, and cataracts, causing pain and blindness
- Kidney disease is not uncommon and causes frequent urination and discomfort or death
- Oral health is very important and is a cause of disease, bath breath, pain, and even death
- Thyroid and adrenal issues are tricky, and lab work should be done to rule out endocrine diseases
- Arthritis and joint pain are very common and can cause great pain
- Parasite protection – Fleas, ticks, and worms don’t slow down, even if your pet does
- Skin irritations are very common, and regular grooming, baths, and treatments may be needed
- Age-appropriate nutrition – Senior pets require a different diet than adult pet diets
- Regular exercise will help maintain your pet’s weight and health
Dermatology and Ear Care
Our staff has significant training and experience in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the skin of animals, including the ears, nails, hair, and mouth. Many veterinary skin diseases are similar to conditions in humans, and training in comparative medicine is important. However, most veterinary skin disorders are unique and may occur in only one of the many types of animals a veterinarian cares for. These diseases range from skin cancer to allergies, and treatment options vary tremendously. Skin disease can also present as a manifestation of an underlying internal disease process. Thus, in addition to dermatology, veterinary dermatologists are also trained in internal medicine, immunology, and allergy.
Just like people, animals can also suffer from eye complications that affect their day-to-day life. These conditions can include cataracts, glaucoma, uveitis, tumors of the eye, eyelid defects, dry eye, retinal degeneration, and corneal ulcers. Our team can provide pets with nearly all of the medical and surgical eye care that is available for humans while making sure they are comfortable and treated with the utmost care and compassion.
We strongly believe in preventative medicine, and nutrition is a cornerstone as part of this objective of keeping your pets well. What you feed your companion, how much and how often, can have a major impact on his or her overall health and wellbeing. The right nutrition can improve performance, promote ongoing good health and even help manage existing medical conditions to minimize symptoms and enhance life quality. Weight is also an important factor. Animals that are just a few pounds overweight are at a greater risk of developing serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. So, what can you do to help? Seek the advice of an expert. Our professional nutrition and weight management services can get your pet on the right path toward a healthy lifestyle.
We adhere to extensive pain management protocols to ensure that your pet is as pain-free as possible. Did you know that various types of pain can look different in animals? Fortunately, our compassionate, caring staff is skilled in recognizing signs of pain in animals and developing an individualized plan for managing pain in our patients.
From routine procedures (such as spays or dental cleanings) to more advanced medical treatments (such as bone surgeries or cancer treatments) to chronically painful conditions (such as arthritis or back pain), we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient. We will also help you recognize signs of pain in your pet so that we can modify his or her pain management plan when necessary.
We offer digital radiographs as part of dental screenings, as well as various other parts of your pet’s body. Digital radiographs — or X-rays — are routinely used to diagnose and examine broken bones, obstructions, orthopedic problems, tumors, bladder stones, heart enlargement, etc. We can also use digital X-rays to confirm pregnancies or detect ingested objects. A quicker diagnosis leads to quicker treatment and a better prognosis for your pet. We also have digital dental radiographs that are performed on every dental cleaning.
Our hospital maintains excellent relationships with veterinary specialists so that we can electronically share the digital images on difficult cases and receive a quick consultation.
We are proud to offer orthopedic surgical procedures for injuries and conditions to soft tissue areas of your pet’s body. We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to enhance our soft tissue surgery capabilities, ensuring that your pet has access to the highest standard of veterinary medicine.
Our surgical team is highly trained and experienced in soft tissue orthopedic procedures, so you can rest assured that your pet is in good hands. We promise to communicate with you throughout the process and make your pet’s surgery as stress-free as possible. Please give us a call to learn more about the types of orthopedic surgeries we offer here at Pacific Grove Animal Hospital!
Soft Tissue Surgery
This is any surgery not related to bones or joints. It can be routine elective procedures such as neuters and spays to much more complicated intra-abdominal surgeries. Our veterinary personnel does a careful evaluation that determines whether or not your pet requires soft tissue surgery. We strive to make your pet’s procedure as safe and comfortable as possible before, during, and after the surgery. Our veterinarians use the safest and most effective anesthesia during soft tissue surgery to manage your pet’s pain. We will closely monitor your pet’s vitals throughout the process.
While finding lumps or bumps on our pets is common, it should not be taken lightly. Some of these bumps are okay, and some of them or not. Monitoring them is essential, but the only way to find out more is through testing. Every little bump could be a variety of different things with varying outcomes. We recommend reaching out to our team if you ever have any concerns about your pet or a potential mass. Our staff will be happy to help answer any questions you have or set up an appointment for you so we can get a closer look.
Ultrasonography, or an ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (X-rays) and is usually used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostic measures. It allows visualization of the deep structures of the body. Ultrasonography can be used for various purposes, including examination of the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, etc.
Pacific Grove Animal Hospital has an in-house ultrasound machine that allows our veterinary staff to quickly assess pets for emergencies as well as gain an understanding of the appearance and architecture of the abdominal organs.
Chiropractic care is a holistic form of medicine that can be used to treat a variety of symptoms. We use proven methods to alleviate interference of the skeletal system so that the body can heal itself in a natural way.
Just as it is vital to maintain vaccinations and worming schedules, it is important to make sure that the spine is kept in optimum condition. Some animals should have examinations and adjustments yearly, but most benefit from quarterly chiropractic treatments. Older animals may need to be seen more frequently.
Echocardiogram and Cardiology Consultations
Our team is equipped to provide echocardiograms as well as on-site cardiology consultations from one of our board-certified staff members. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound imaging or examination of your pet’s heart. Echocardiography is non-invasive and very well tolerated by most pets. The hair behind your pet’s elbow may be clipped so that the best view of the heart is available during the exam. We place gel on this area and use the ultrasound probe to record images.
Echocardiography uses sound waves to painlessly:
- Image the heart valves
- Assess blood flow
- Determine what is causing a heart murmur
- Measure the strength and health of the heart muscle and chambers
- This is a valuable test that will allow your pet’s veterinarian to diagnose heart diseases and make recommendations to you for the right treatment regimen.
Pacific Grove Animal Hospital is excited to offer our clients Companion Laser Therapy! Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment that is used for a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with other treatment protocols. In some cases, relief can be seen within hours of your pet’s treatment! Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, they can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Applications for laser therapy include:
- Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
- General pain management (stiffness, sprains)
- Post-surgery pain
- Skin problems (hot spots, infections, allergies)
- Dental procedures
- Fractures and wounds (burns, bites, abrasions)
- Ear infections
How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Light is administered to the body and is absorbed by injured cells. The cells then repair themselves at a quicker rate, and this results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
Online and On-Site Pharmacy
For your convenience, you can access the medications your pet needs by going online or making an in-person visit — whichever you are more comfortable doing.
Euthanasia and Palliative Care
Saying goodbye to our four-legged friends is the hardest thing we have to do as pet owners. As much as we love our pets, eventually, the time comes when we have to let them go. At Pacific Grove Animal Hospital, we understand how difficult this process can be, but just as we’re there for you at every other stage of your pet’s life, we will be there for you when they enter their final days. We offer comprehensive pet end-of-life care and cat and dog euthanasia services to best meet you and your pet’s needs.
When it becomes more apparent that your pet is ready to cross the rainbow bridge, our staff will do all we can to keep your pet comfortable in their final days. Our veterinarians will delicately discuss end-of-life care options and help you reach the best decision for your companion and family. If your pet has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or is weak from old age but can still live comfortably at home, palliative care may be an option. This care aims to give them the best quality of life possible for their final days or weeks through the use of pain medication, special diets, symptom management, and human interaction.
House calls permit us to bring our highly qualified staff and medical expertise right to your home. Pets that are fearful or otherwise stressed by coming to our office can benefit from being examined in their own environment, where they are likely to feel more secure and calm. This permits us to better evaluate behavior and overall demeanor in a more relaxed and natural setting. To find out more about our house call visits, please give us a call or send us a message using the form below.