How safe is my pet’s procedure?

Your pet’s comfort, safety and gentle care are our top priorities at Panther Pet Hospital. We treat your pets just like we treat our own. We pride ourselves in providing that special combination of veterinary medicine, surgery, art and heart! Careful physical examinations and x-rays or lab tests done before a procedure will help us to evaluate your fur babies inside and out. These tests help ensure that any anesthesia is as safe as possible. During the procedure we offer warming beds and clean soft blankets along with the most advanced monitoring systems and personalized, one-on-one TLC for your pet. We encourage you to ask questions prior to any procedure that is planned. We have an extensive library of client education handouts that we like to share. Our staff is educated and can help explain things in a friendly manner so that everyone is comfortable. We want you to know what to expect for your pet before, during and after all procedures.

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

New puppies and kittens need doctor exams and booster vaccines just like a new baby does! Parasite prevention, diet/nutrition and behavior counseling are also crucial for young pets (It is not uncommon in our area to lose young pets because of severe intestinal worm infections). New pet visits in the first years are extremely important to ensure that your little one is on the right track for a long and happy life. We follow American Animal Hospital Association guidelines for wellness care, testing and for vaccinations. For older pets, we offer vaccine plans tailored to the lifestyle of the pet. We have a special place in our hearts for pets in their golden years. When you consider that a pet ages 7 years for every one of ours, it is pretty obvious that older pets will benefit from more frequent veterinary check-ups (twice a year at least) and lab screenings. We do our best with recommendations to keep their older hearts, teeth and joints happy! Know that we will never “up sell” tests and procedures. We are here to help you make educated decisions about your pet’s care based on what is best for your pet, your family situation and your budget.

How important is nutrition to my pet?

A nutritious diet is one of the most important things we can do to care for not only ourselves but also our pets. Panther Pet Hospital’s holistic approach to medical care and good nutrition helps keep our pets balanced. We believe that balance of diet, fresh air, exercise and a loving home offers the best approach to wellness care. We carry excellent quality commercial pet food but we also believe that fresh homemade table foods (YES! Table foods!) can be one of the simplest tools to helping restore health in a sick animal. We have some unique resources and can provide counseling and recipes for home cooked, healthy meals that balance energy of the foods to the specific health needs of your pet. This does not include bacon cheeseburgers and fries! Fatty meats, salty/spicy/sugary and highly processed foods are still not allowed!

How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?

Pets are excellent at hiding their illnesses. This is especially true of our feline friends, our pocket pets and birds, and all animals that live outdoors. Pets become dehydrated much more quickly than humans due to their smaller size so ANY loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting or loose stool is a cause to worry. Very young and very old animals also have less resistance to climate extremes and to disease in general. Please do not hesitate to call Panther Pet Hospital day or night if you have any questions. We provide care and answer to your sick pet questions around the clock!

When is pain management recommended for my pet?

Trauma and injuries in pets will usually cause obvious pain recognized by crying and possibly an animal that is trying to bite those that are helping. A whining, listless or lame pet is likely hurting somewhere as well. Milder arthritic pain, post-operative pain, cancer pain or even an ear or toothache may not be as obvious. Some animals just get a little grouchier when they hurt. some animals are so stoic and afraid that they just will not show any signs except withdrawal when they hurt. Our staff is trained to look for the subtle signs of pain and discomfort in all species. We provide traditional pain medication for our patients and TLC for any hospitalized pets. We also offer animal chiropractic therapy and acupuncture for a holistic approach to your pet’s pain management and well being.

What financing options do you offer and is payment required at time of service?

Taking care of your pet can be expensive. Grooming, toys, crates, fences--veterinary care is just a part of providing good pet care. The unconditional love our pets show us in return is priceless! We wish we could provide veterinary service for all pets for free, but a good hospital has many overhead costs. Staffing and equipment and the medical inventory required to provide top notch veterinary care are costly. Payment is due when services are rendered.