Medical Care

Medical Care2017-11-28T17:15:30+00:00

Compassionate Medical Care for Pets in the High Desert

Apple Valley Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital staffed by skilled, experienced and dedicated veterinarians and pet care professionals. Beyond our comprehensive wellness examinations, we offer a full range of services including treatment for eye disorders, orthopedic problems, allergy and dermatology treatment, cancer treatment, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, behavior counseling, laser therapy, ultrasound and more.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to the highest quality pet care based on your pet’s unique needs and your expectations.

Despite the very best preventive care, your pet can become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for you and your pet, especially because you can’t simply ask your companion what’s wrong. You need a skilled veterinarian whom you can trust for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

While the focus of our medical practice at Apple Valley Animal Hospital is your pet’s wellness, an important part of our services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet’s internal organs and body systems. Our veterinarians address all internal medicine issues using a combination of a thorough examination and diagnostic technology such as laboratory work, digital X-ray, endoscopy, eye pressure testing, blood pressure testing and ultrasound technology. Specialty services include:

Reproductive Medicine

Whether you are an experienced breeder or breeding your pet for the first time, the medical team at Apple Valley Animal Hospital can help during all phases of the breeding process, from initial planning and consultation through birth and post-natal nursing and management of associated diseases and complications.

Reproductive services provided at Apple Valley Animal Hospital include examinations, consultations, progesterone testing, Brucella testing, artificial insemination, prenatal care, ultrasound, gestational X-rays, birthing assistance, caesarean births (if appropriate), radiographs for OFA certification prior to breeding and follow-up nursing care. If you have any questions about your pet’s reproductive health or pregnancy planning, please ask any of our doctors.

Glaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary or chronic glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary or acute glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation. Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

At Apple Valley Animal Hospital, we recommend your pet receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care. The exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet’s normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eyedrop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

Telemedicine

As a part of our commitment to provide you and your pet with the best veterinary care in Apple Valley, we use telemedicine to support our in-house capabilities. With telemedicine, we are able to transmit ECG readings to veterinary cardiologists; consult with specialists; research cases; communicate directly with our pet owners; and send reminders.

If you would like more information about the greater Victorville area veterinary health services that Apple Valley Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Apple Valley, please call us at 760-490-0635.