At VCA Crown Hill Animal Hospital, we understand that your pet's health is your number one priority; and that's why we make it our number one priority.
Our trained and knowledgeable staff is here to provide you with the best possible health care for your dog or cat, starting with preventative action. Preventative care includes everything from parasite control for fleas and ticks to yearly dental cleanings and wellness exams. As we track your pet's care over the years, it is our goal to ensure that he or she receives the necessary routine exams and vaccinations, as well as any long-term management for chronic diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease.
We strive to make each and every visit to the veterinarian a positive and enriching experience for both you and your pet, and we look forward to giving your pet the care that it both needs and deserves!
Local Medical Issues
The Pacific Northwest is home to many infectious diseases and parasites that we'd like our clients to be aware of. If you would like any additional information about protecting your pets, we would be happy to talk with you!
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that pets and people contract when coming into contact with water contaminated by the urine of infected wildlife. Dogs most commonly contract this disease from drinking out of puddles, lakes, streams, and fountains. The early signs of this disease include fever and muscle aches, but it can quickly progress to anemia and/or kidney failure.We recommend the available vaccine against the most common serovars of Leptospirosis.
Giardia is a parasite that is contracted from ingesting the feces of infected animals or drinking from contaminated water. Most commonly, animals infected with Giardia will experience a varying severity of diarrhea. Giardia is diagnosed with a test run on a fecal sample and is easily treated. The Giardia cysts, however, may persist in the environment, so your pet will need to be bathed and his/her bedding washed to prevent re-infection. If your pet is prone to corporophagia (the eating of feces), you will need to prevent this in order to prevent re-infection.
Fleas are a frequent concern among owners in the Northwest. A large number of pets suffer from flea allergies, and fleas can also transmit tapeworms. We recommend monthly flea prevention for all pets, and will be happy to discuss the various available products. Flea collars, flea dips, and over-the-counter flea products are not recommended, as they may be toxic to your pets and to the humans in your household.