Leawood Plaza Animal Hospital is a full service small animal practice offering a wide range of services and products for you and your pets. This is just a thumbnail sketch of what we provide:
Annual physical examination/Wellness examination – This probably goes without saying, but we will mention it anyway. The most important part of any pet’s wellness care involves a detailed, timely and accurate physical examination. This is usually done on an annual basis for pets under the age of seven, and sometimes more frequently for pets over the age of seven. This “annual visit”, which includes a thorough history, lifestyle evaluation, and physical exam, is the cornerstone of preventative health care. The ultimate goal is to identify problems, or potential problems, before they cause your pet to “act sick”. Most disease conditions can be managed more successfully if they are identified early on. This means our patients, your family members, live longer, better quality lives.
Blood pressure – Just as in people, hypertension is a serious medical condition with few, if any, outward clinical signs. The process of obtaining a pressure is a bit tricky, but very safe and painless. Because of the serious possible effects of undiagnosed hypertension, it is easy to see why it is so important to check.
Endoscopy – Flexible endoscopy is available in our practice and used to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions that affect the stomach and intestines. Conditions such as gastric ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease can be diagnosed, and some foreign bodies can be removed with the endoscope, preventing the need for surgery and incisions.
Video otoscopy – This specialized equipment allows very close and safe inspection of the external ear canal that cannot be accomplished by any other means. When indicated, the Video otoscope can also be used to treat diseases of the middle ear which otherwise might prove difficult.
Radiology – X-rays can be a critical part of the diagnostic process. Our on-site X-ray capabilities give us accurate and timely results. Routine X-rays, as well as some special studies (i.e. barium series), can be done on-site. When required, a board certified radiologist is available for consultation.
Dentistry – Dental services include cleaning, periodontal diagnosis and treatment, dental radiography, and some oral surgery. Diagnosing and treating dental disease is becoming increasingly important in our pets. Considering that periodontal disease affects some 80% of pets over the age of three, and can lead to tooth loss, pain, and contribute to many illnesses, it is easy to see why this is such an important part of health care.
Anesthesia – Anesthesia is a very critical part of any surgical procedure and is used in many diagnostic procedures as well. Anesthetic needs are considered on an individual basis based on a number of criteria to assure every patient’s comfort and safety. Rest assured, safety comes first, and your pet will be monitored carefully throughout anesthesia.
Surgery – A range of surgical procedures are available including soft tissue surgery, orthopedics, tumor removal, spaying and neutering. The level of patient monitoring is extensive, including ECG, blood oxygen level, respiration, and blood pressure levels. Pain management is considered for every patient to assure comfort and the quickest possible recovery. Sterile surgical procedures are performed in a dedicated surgery room.
Monitoring – As mentioned in other sections, monitoring equipment is used to help us evaluate several vital functions of our patients. As an example, we commonly evaluate a pet’s blood oxygen level, blood pressure, ECG, and respiratory rate during anesthetic procedures and recovery. This helps assure your pet’s safety and comfort.
Laboratory – Laboratory tests are used to evaluate a variety of different body functions and tissue abnormalities. Routine lab testing usually evaluates basic organ function. For example kidney, liver, pancreas, adrenal, and thyroid functions are evaluated with the aid of blood tests. The CBC gives us a look at red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. An in-house laboratory is available when quick, accurate results are required. We also use several outside lab facilities when more specialized tests are needed. Biopsy samples are sent to board certified pathologists for evaluation.
Tonometry – Tonometry is a test that measures the pressure inside the eye. This test is crucial to identify diseases such as glaucoma. Glaucoma can lead to blindness. In early glaucoma development there are few noticeable symptoms making early diagnosis critical. This test is very safe to perform and is painless.
Pet Link/Detamars – The Datamars pet identification system is a safe and convenient ISO-compliant microchip system designed to help reunite lost pets with their owners. Datamars is the first ISO-compliant microchip system for companion animals available in the United States. It utilizes technology recommended by most major pet welfare organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Each microchip contains an individual, preprogrammed code that is permanent, unique, and cannot be altered. The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted into a pet using a single-use syringe. The microchip is unbreakable, does not require a battery, and is engineered to last a pet’s lifetime.
Pharmacy – An on-site pharmacy is available for your convenience. We stock a wide range of pharmaceuticals to assure timely, safe and accurate treatment of your pet. When needed, we can use several local pharmacies for specialized medications. Visit our online pharmacy for refills of common flea and tick treatments, as well as heartworm preventatives.
Immunization – Vaccinations are a very important part of any routine health care plan. We will review your pet’s vaccination needs during their annual physical examination to determine what is most appropriate for them.
Parasite control – Assuring your pet is free from internal and external parasites is very important. When treating and preventing internal parasites, we follow the CDC’s recommendation to keep you and your pet(s) safe. You can find the detail on our links section.
Grooming – Routine bathing and brushing services are available. Medicated baths are often used to treat a variety of skin conditions and can be performed at the clinic. Professional grooming is also available when your pet requires that extra added touch.
Boarding – Dog’s “living quarters” include individual compartments or indoor runs. The feline boarding facilities are separate from their canine friends. They, too, enjoy individualized comforts. All pets receive daily “room services” including cleaning, feeding and fresh water. Several upgrade options are available for your pets during their stay with us. Dogs may have the opportunity to stretch their legs outside with scheduled walks (weather permitting). Cats can also participate in playtime indoors on an individualized basis. Daily brushing is also available to both cats and dogs that just can’t do without their daily strokes.