Expert care. With a passion. At VCA Stirling Animal Hospital, we do our best to deliver this mission from open to close each and every day.
At VCA Stirling Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you, your dogs and/or cats. Everyone on our staff believes that the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible health care for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.
In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.
Local Medical Issues
There are numerous local medical issues that can impact your pet's health and that require your attention over the entire year. For example, there's heartworm, which can affect both cats and dogs. Since it's transmitted by mosquitoes, which thrive in our region, it's a serious cause for concern. But since the winter temperatures here do not get cold enough to kill mosquito eggs, it's a year-round risk. The same is true for flea and tick infestation and intestinal parasites each of which poses a problem in any season. And finally, contrary to what you'd expect, allergies are a year-round issue. Many pets suffer from skin and ear allergies, the signs of which include scratching, redness in the ears, and "scaly" skin.
There is also the risk of poisoning and possible death from Bufo toad toxicity. Bufo toads become quite large and are "slower" than their counterparts. They will be found often at dawn or dusk in damp areas, often under bushes and foliage. Dogs that come in contact with these toads will exhibit excessive drooling, followed by vomiting and possibly convulsions. As a first step, owners should carefully rinse the mucous membranes in their pet's mouth from the side with a hose or faucet. Avoid flushing the water straight into the mouth so the dog does not swallow too much water. Follow up immediately by taking your pet to our hospital or the nearest emergency hospital for antidotal treatment and monitoring.