We understand that your pet is part of your family.
Services for Animals
You’ll want to find a veterinarian that you and your pet feel comfortable with. At the Animal Hospital of Tiffin, you’ll meet our excellent staff and caring veterinarians who want nothing more than to please you and your pet while ensuring your pet lives a long and healthy life.
Small Animal Services
At Animal Hospital of Tiffin, we strive to offer high-quality services at competitive prices. Our doctors and staff attend continuing education conferences and webinars to stay up-to-date on the latest information in veterinary medicine.
Wellness Exams and Preventative Medicine
Regular Health Examinations
Your pet’s physical exam is important!
Animal Hospital of Tiffin is dedicated to the proper care of your pet. Through education, preventive care, and careful management of medical needs, we will help you enjoy your pet for as many years as possible.
Our pets can’t tell us where they hurt or how they are feeling. They are often good at masking their pain. A regular physical exam and a careful discussion with the client allow us to detect abnormalities and uncover disease. Early detection and treatment are essential in prolonging and improving your pet’s quality of life. Early diagnosis may mean the difference between success and failure in the treatment of disease.
Many symptoms may appear harmless, but changes in weight or appetite may signal liver, kidney, or heart problems. Lumps or bumps under the skin may be cancerous. Ear infections and abscessed teeth are both painful and common but may not be noticed by the owner until well advanced. Regular health exams are the basic tool our doctors use to evaluate your pet’s health status and to help you make informed decisions about your pet’s care. This is also a time for your veterinarian to make recommendations about nutrition, exercise, weight control, and hygiene. Your veterinarian will take this opportunity to discuss with you the latest developments and recommendations regarding pet health care and treatment. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s health and behavior.
What Happens During a Regular Health and Wellness Exam
A wellness exam is a complete hands-on assessment of your pet’s health status. We measure weight and respiration during your pet’s exam and examine eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, lymph nodes, nervous system, external genitalia, and gait. Throughout the evaluation, the doctor will discuss with you your pet and listen to your concerns and questions.
Vaccines are administered at the yearly wellness exam. Each pet’s vaccine record is reviewed along with their lifestyle (indoor vs. outdoor, travel history, frequency of boarding or grooming, etc.) to determine the appropriate vaccination protocol for your pet. For more information on the vaccines available and recommended at the Animal Hospital of Tiffin, click here.
Yearly Heartworm Testing is generally conducted during this regular health exam. At Animal Hospital of Tiffin, we recommend that prevention be given 12 months of the year to protect against heartworm disease with the recommendation for a yearly blood test. Treatment for heartworm disease is quite costly compared to the relatively inexpensive monthly prevention that is easy to give. For more information about our heartworm test and prevention, click here.
Fecal or stool analysis is also recommended once a year at the time of the Wellness exam. Examining the stool sample microscopically is very important for the early detection of diseases such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia, not only for your pet’s health but also for your family’s. By detecting and treating intestinal parasites early, we can prevent them from becoming clinical diseases.
Good Health for Your Pet may Include Periodic Blood Testing
Early detection and treatment are essential for your pet’s long and healthy life. A Blood Chemistry Screen or Complete Blood Count can pick up a problem before it’s caught on a physical exam. Early detection of diabetes, kidney and liver disease, as well as metabolic imbalance, is possible with blood screening. We also use blood tests to monitor the levels and efficacy of various medications we use to treat chronic diseases such as seizures, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes and monitor for adverse reactions from certain medications.
Detecting and Managing Disease Conditions
Pets with disease conditions require more intense monitoring than healthy pets. Medical technology changes frequently and visiting your veterinarian regularly ensures that your pet is receiving up-to-date care. It goes without saying that a physical exam is important anytime you suspect a problem. If you observe any of these signs, please call us to schedule an appointment:
- Weight gain or loss
- Stool or urine accidents
- Increase in sleep or restlessness
- Difficulty walking or moving
- Frequent vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Increase in thirst or urination
- Bad breath
- Dull, flaky hair coat
- Lumps or bumps
- Foul odor
- Behavior change
- Crying or whimpering
Flea and Tick Prevention
We recommend year-round flea and tick prevention. In our region, we have seen cases of fleas every month of the year. Preventing fleas from getting on your pet is much easier and less expensive than trying to get rid of the fleas once they have made their way into your house. Fleas also carry tapeworms and can cause a severe skin disease in affected animals as many animals are allergic to flea saliva.
Ticks come in all shapes and sizes. Some are easy to see once they are engorged, while others are not. Each type of tick carries different, deadly diseases. Many of these diseases are transmissible to both humans and animals. It is important to keep pets on tick prevention, especially those that spend a lot of time outdoors. Once a tick is attached, it can be difficult to remove and can transmit diseases. We have products that both repel ticks and kill them once they jump on your pet. Our yearly heartworm test also tests for 3 different tick-borne diseases. If any of these diseases are detected, we will begin your pet on therapy right away before they begin to show signs, as these diseases can be life-threatening if not caught in time. To see more about the products we offer, please click here.
Surgery and Surgical Procedures
We understand that surgery is a stressful time for your pet as well as for you. We do everything we can to make this event comfortable, safe, and convenient for everyone. We perform scheduled surgeries Monday through Friday, and when emergencies arise, we fit them into the schedule whenever necessary. If you would like to learn more about the specific surgical procedures we perform at Animal Hospital of Tiffin, please click here.
We recommend the use of the surgical laser when performing certain surgeries on your pet. The surgical laser seals blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatic vessels, so your pet experiences decreased pain, decreased bleeding, and decreased swelling.
Most surgical patients will spend the night with us. This ensures that they are monitored after surgery and receive activity restriction immediately after surgery. If your pet needs to spend the night after a procedure, we make every attempt to keep him as comfortable as possible. Occasionally owners like to visit their pets. If it is only one day, sometimes your visit can actually make it more stressful for your pet. We ask that you call ahead so we can get the okay from your pet’s doctor. You can be assured that your pet receives much attention and TLC while under our care.
A pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended to detect any hidden problems that could threaten your pet’s well-being while under anesthesia. An electrocardiogram to evaluate heart function is also recommended. Each patient’s body temperature is maintained using a warm water-circulating heating pad during surgery and has a heated pad during recovery.
General anesthesia is administered as an intravenous induction and as an inhaled gas. Gas anesthesia and oxygen are delivered to the patient through an endotracheal tube which is placed in the pet’s airway. An electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, and respiratory monitor are methods used to monitor the anesthetized pet and help to ensure his or her safety. All anesthetic protocols are tailored to your pet to ensure safety, especially in our older and high-risk patients.
A registered veterinary technician is present to assist the doctor during the surgery. The technician monitors the pet’s rate and depth of respiration, heart rate, temperature, and the color of the pet’s gums and mucous membranes. Following the surgery, your pet is put in heated recovery and carefully monitored.
Surgery may be performed with a scalpel blade or with a surgical laser. Some surgeries are only done using the surgical laser due to less bleeding, less pain, and less swelling.
Pre and post-operative pain management is provided.
Pets released after surgery will need to have their activities restricted for a few days. They need this to allow for the fastest healing with as little pain and complications as possible. Your pet should be kept indoors, and running or jumping should not be allowed. Leash walks are recommended. In some cases, your pet may be discharged with a collar to prevent your pet from self-traumatizing and/or infecting its surgical site. These collars are bulky, and some pets may pout with them on. Although strongly discouraged, you may remove for short periods of time, IF you can provide 100% supervision. If your pet opens up the incision, additional surgery, trauma, and repair will cost you. You will be provided with individualized care instructions based on the surgery performed on your pet.
Types of Surgeries – For more information, click here.
- Spay and Neuter
- Mass/Tumor Removal and Other Soft Tissue Surgery
- Limited Orthopedic Surgery
- Eye Surgery
- Ear Crop
- Abdominal Surgery
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Good dental care plays a crucial role in the quality of your pet’s life. Dental disease is one of the most common health problems we see in adult cats and dogs. More than just bad breath, dental disease can cause pain, tooth/bone loss, infection and may affect internal organ function. The bacteria that reside in the mouth are a readily available infection source for the rest of the body. Liver, kidney, and heart function can suffer from untreated oral disease. Dental disease is present in at least 85% of patients over the age of 3 years.
As part of regular physical examinations, our veterinarians evaluate the teeth and gums and grade them on a scale of 1-4, with 1 being the best and 4 the worst. Dental cleanings are recommended based on these scores. Teeth extractions may be done during the procedure if determined to be necessary by the veterinarian. Dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia to clean and evaluate all of the teeth properly. Our veterinarians perform extractions and document in the pet’s medical chart if extractions are required. Most dental patients can return home the same day.
Cats and dogs enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations.
Dogs get walked multiple times throughout the day while cats relax in our cat condos in a cat-only boarding room.
We recommend bringing your own food for your pets to reduce the possibility of G.I. upset. If your pet runs out, we do provide a prescription diet (Purina EN Dry Food) designed to be gentle on the stomach.
Please bring all medications needed for your pet’s stay. Be sure they are labeled correctly. You may bring your pet’s favorite toy and treats to enjoy during their stay.
Every pet is monitored for signs of stress or illness during their stay.
If your pet should become ill, our doctors are able to step in and start treatment immediately.
For your pets’ protection and the safety of all our boarders, we require up-to-date vaccinations.
Dogs: Distemper Adenovirus-Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHLPP), Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Rabies
Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia virus and Calicivirus (FVRCP/PRCC), Feline Leukemia (FeLV), and Rabies
All pets must be current on flea and tick prevention or must be treated upon admission at the owner’s expense.
Clients must fill out our Boarding Form at time of drop off or before.
*Aggressive and destructive animals will not be able to use our boarding facilities for the safety of our kennel staff.
Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
Arthritis doesn’t discriminate. It affects not only people of all ages but also our furry friends. You can make sure that your companion eats well, gets exercise, takes his heartworm medicine, looks bright-eyed, and is active. If he seems to be acting slower and doesn’t greet you at the door, you may suspect he isn’t feeling well, or he has the flu when it could be arthritis. Arthritis affects one out of 5 dogs in the US and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that a veterinarian treats.
Arthritis is a degenerative condition that affects one or more joints. It can occur in dogs with an inherited orthopedic disease such as hip dysplasia or from an injury to the joint. Some cases are related to an immune-mediated joint disease or joint infection.
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is common in dogs affecting up to 1 out of 5 dogs in their lifetime. Older dogs and young dogs may have to deal with hip dysplasia, ruptured cruciate ligaments, patella luxation, or joint trauma. Dogs and cats also can suffer from arthritis in their neck or back, just as we do. Large breed dogs are affected more often than smaller breed dogs. Heavy dogs are more likely to exhibit symptoms due to the extra strain placed on their joints.
Signs that your dog or cat may have arthritis:
- Favoring a limb
- Sleeping more
- Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs
- Decreased activity or less interest in play
- Less alert
- Difficulty sitting or standing
- Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
- Weight gain
- Attitude or behavior changes
- Holding their head down and not willing to turn their head or lookup
If any of these describe your dog’s behavior for more than 2 weeks, please contact us for an evaluation which will include a history, physical exam, joint manipulation, and digital x-rays. The best thing you can do for your pet is getting a diagnosis and start a treatment plan as soon as possible.
Modalities for Treatment of Arthritis
Early treatment can improve the quality of your friend’s life. We can manage arthritis through the use of several modalities:
- A healthy diet and the proper amount of exercise to maintain a healthy weight
- Pharmaceuticals can be used to manage inflammation and pain – many new products are now available
- Innovative neutraceuticals that include pain management, chondroprotective supplements, and immunotherapy for your pet. These include Senior I Tabs and P Tabs
- Rehabilitation evaluation and development of treatment plans
- Some cases are responsive to surgical therapies
- Laser Therapy (high wattage and low wattage)
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy – for at-home care
- NICE Therapeutics- SanaWave
Never give your dog human medication without checking with us first! Certain medications, especially acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin), can be toxic.
We are here to help your furry friend improve its quality of life and to help you gain back your companion. Give us a call so we can discuss the many options we now have available.
Integrative Cancer Care
We provide cancer care that covers several aspects of cancer cell division and destruction. Dr. Bob has had a unique interest in this area for many years and enjoys attending seminars and conferences dedicated to helping our cancer patients live longer with improved quality of life. We use a multi-pronged approach tailored to each pet and each cancer based on many factors, both patient and client-centered. We understand that many owners do not have the resources or desire to have chemotherapy or radiation treatments for their pets. Unfortunately, not all cancers can be removed via surgery. Our goal is to have the best possible outcome for you and your pet within your budget and comfort zone. Please call our office and schedule a consultation for more information on any of these therapies and how we may be able to help your pet.
We offer several forms of all-natural immunotherapy products to help educate the immune system and better enable it to attack cancer cells without harming your pet. Veterinary Immune tabs come in several types for different patients, including a line specially formulated for cancer patients. See their website for more information.
SanaWave – Radio Frequency Hyperthermia
We recently added the 7th SanaWave therapy unit in the US to our arsenal to assist in treating cancers that cannot be removed at the time of initial diagnosis or that are in areas/organs where they cannot be removed at all. This treatment is non-invasive and low stress for our patients and can be used for much more than just cancer care.
We have knowledge of various diets and access to supplements to help our cancer patients as well. Please schedule a consultation for more information on these products.
Ozone therapy has been used by veterinarians and a way to attack cancer cells in the body. It can be used for internal or external cancers and has also been used to control infections and tissue damage in large wounds in our practice.
Autologous Cancer Vaccine
Certain types of tumors can be removed and submitted to a laboratory to have a vaccine made and given to the pet to help prevent recurrence and spread of cancer. Please contact us if this is something you are interested in learning more about, as this procedure must be scheduled before the mass removal surgery is performed. Special steps are needed to preserve the tissue samples properly.