3626 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27455
Open Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 6 pm,
Sat: 8 am to 12 pm
Closed Sun

Services

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GeniusVets provides base content for over two dozen of the most commonly provided veterinary services, reviewed and approved by practicing veterinarians. This content can then be customized for your unique practice. Here are just a few samples.

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Anesthesia

We take anesthesia safety and monitoring very seriously at North Elm. With the utmost care, our well-trained doctors and technicians work to ensure the safety of your beloved pet during the entire anesthetic process.

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Behavior Consults

Puppy Behavior Training

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we believe that a well-behaved pet is essential to a healthy and lasting bond between pet and owner. We strongly encourage all pet owners to start their pets on a course of basic training and behavior controls.

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Boarding

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North Elm Animal Hospital is proud to offer boarding services for dogs, cats, and even rabbits!

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Canine Cardiology

Dr. Borgmann and Becky cardiopet

Canine cardiology is the medical field that treats a dog's cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and blood vessels. A veterinarian can diagnose and help develop a treatment protocol for canines that suffer from:

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Canine Laparoscopic Surgery

What is laparoscopy surgery for dogs?

As a veterinary practice that is prepared to meet any veterinary need your dog may have, North Elm Animal Hospital is equipped with a laparoscopy unit. We take pride in the fact that our patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery experience less pain and a significantly reduced recovery time versus many types of classical, open abdominal veterinary surgeries>.

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Canine Medical Imaging, Ultrasound, MRI, X-rays, Radiographs

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What is Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging?

Veterinary diagnostic imaging includes radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, MRIs and CT scans, all of which are used as diagnostic tools to collect information on your dog's health. The vast majority of imaging is non-invasive and completely painless. However, some imaging may require sedation or even anesthesia because the dog must be kept still to allow for adequate images to be produced. Vetearinarians use these images to collect information on your dog to help them to make a medical and sometimes surgical plan.

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Cardiology For Cats

Dr. Borgmann and cardio cat

How A Cat's Heart Works

A cat's heart has four chambers. The two upper chambers are called the atrium (plural atria), and the lower chambers are called the ventricles. Additionally, the heart has a right and left side, each containing one atrium and one ventricle. A cat's heart works as follows:

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Cat Dermatology

Dr. Coates Cat exam

Most cats will scratch on occasion but if you notice that the occasional scratch and regular grooming turns into a cat who appears uncomfortable, cat skin problems may be present and you should schedule an appointment with one of the veterinarians here at North Elm Animal Hospital.

Excessive scratching, hair loss and a mildly frantic cat are signs that cat skin problems may be present and your feline friend needs medical attention. While cat skin problems are rarely an emergency, an uncomfortable cat will have trouble enjoying daily life until those symptoms are under control.

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Cat Emergency? We Are Here For You

If your cat has suffered a sudden trauma or is experiencing any life threatening symptoms during normal business hours, please call us immediately at: (336) 505-4435

In an emergency, time is of the essence, please bring your cat to our hospital as soon as possible. The address is:

3626 North Elm Street

Greensboro, NC 27455

If your cat has an emergency when we are not open, please contact The Animal Emergency and Trauma Center at 336-632-0605. Their address is 501 Nicholas Rd. Greensboro, NC

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Cat Grooming, Bathing, Clipping, Brushing Services and Tips

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Cat Grooming, Bathing, Clipping, Brushing Services and Tips

Cats typically take care of daily grooming by themselves. If you’ve ever seen a cat lying in the sun grooming itself, it can be quite calming to observe the meticulous routine. Cats instinctively groom themselves to banish any odors that may be noticed by other animals, especially predators. Cats are also able to maintain a healthy-looking coat by daily grooming and distributing natural oils to keep their coats clean and shiny.

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Cat Spaying & Neutering

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Information And Services To Spay And Neuter Cats

Since 2000, the dedicated and compassionate veterinary team at North Elm Animal Hospital have successfully performed spay and neuter procedures on many male and female cats of all breeds and ages. We have also helped educate cat owners throughout NC about spay and neuter procedures. These include when to spay or neuter a cat, what to expect during and after surgery, and why cat spaying and cat neutering is essential to helping control the pet population problem in the state of NC.

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Cat Vaccinations - Everything You Should Know

Kitten Vaccination Dr. Elder

The importance of vaccinations to the overall health and longevity of your cat cannot be understated. Cat vaccines are medically and scientifically proven to combat the incubation and transmission of crippling and fatal feline diseases. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to educating people about the importance of cat vaccinations, including what cat vaccines are necessary, and when they should be scheduled.

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Declawing Cats: Examining the Pros, Cons and Alternatives

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A part of normal cat behavior is their instinctive need to scratch on surfaces to remove excess claw material and keep the nails clean and in good shape. Cats obviously enjoy this behavior and certainly are not aware that their behavior may be seen as destructive to their owners. Unfortunately while your cat is happily clawing on your favorite chenille chair furniture, you may be grimacing and very unhappy with one of your favorite family members.

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Dental Care

Dr. Borgmann with dental dog

Dental health is a vital part of your pet’s well-being. Because infections of your pet’s teeth or gums can potentially infect his kidneys, joints, and even his heart, we suggest that your pet be evaluated yearly for any signs of dental disease.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Cats

Diagnosing And Treating Cancer In Cats

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we understand that feline cancer is a devastating diagnosis. It is natural to feel highly emotional. However, a cat cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a hopeless one. Depending upon how early it is identified and the type of cancer involved, there are certainly options that can lead to very positive outcomes.

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Digital Radiography

Dr. Coates Dr. Elder

Radiology–commonly known as x-ray technology or medical imaging–is an important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. North Elm Animal Hospital offers state-of-the-art digital radiography that allows for fast, clear images that can be magnified and adjusted for greater clarity if necessary. We can also consult with board-certified veterinary radiologists when needed.

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Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Dog Allergy Symptoms

While not usually life threatening, allergies in dogs do cause discomfort. Most symptoms are associated with dermatologic problems such as itching, unlike allergies in humans where sneezing and runny eyes are the common symptoms.  

Here are some allergy symptoms commonly found in dogs:

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Dog Behavior - A Compassionate, Sensible, Effective Approach

Dr. Sims with dog in training

Illness doesn't always have a physical cause, and the sad truth is that more dogs are put to sleep because of behavioral problems than because of disease or injury. Dog obedience training can ensure your canine is a safe and enjoyable member of your family. From training puppies to addressing unwanted behavior in an older dog, our veterinarians can help you achieve a better bond with your furry friend.

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Dog Cancer - Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Chemotherapy dog

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we understand that your canine companion is not just a pet, but that he or she is a beloved, cherished family member. The mutual bond of love and loyalty between you can make a diagnosis of any form of dog cancer very difficult to hear. Our veterinarians and support staff are empathetic, compassionate and trained to focus on both the emotional and medical aspects of cancer.

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Dog Dental Care - Bad Breath, Teeth Cleaning, Dog Dentist

Dog Dental

It is important to realize that your dog will never tell you when it is experiencing dental pain. All dogs will endure some level of dental disease and dental pain during their lives. The best way to minimize these issues is for your dog is to start out with a great dental health routine at home. This should be supplemented with regular dental cleanings performed by the veterinary professionals at North Elm.

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Dog Nutrition

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What Is The Right Food To Feed Your Dog?

Good nutrition is feeding your dog the building blocks and energy components that allow them to grow, develop to their potential and stay active throughout their life. There are many ways to feed your dog and hundreds of diets to choose from. Most people tend to use dry and canned dog food for convenience and cost. However, for owners who are open minded about their dog's diet, there are alternatives to dry and canned dog food that may offer better nutrition for your particular dog.

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Dog Pregnancy

At the North Elm Animal Hospital, our  team understands the commitment involved in helping facilitate a dog pregnancy for your beloved canine companion. We have very specific standards for assisted canine reproduction and only work with breeders exhibiting quality breeding practices. Our services include:

  • Dog breeding soundness exam
  • Progesterone testing for ovulation timing
  • Caesarean Sections
  • Infertility Evaluation
  • Ultrasonography for Pregnancy Diagnosis 

 

Our services also include management of:

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Dog Vaccinations

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Everything You Must Know About Vaccinating Your Dog

Dog vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your dog from many dangerous and even fatal diseases. While state law requires all dogs are vaccinated for rabies, there are a number of other vaccinations that can protect your dog from serious diseases that are easily preventable.

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Everything You Should Know About Microchipping Cats

Franklin Hospital Cat Microchip

What Are Microchip IDs, And Why Does My Cat Need One?

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we understand that the bond you and your beloved feline friend share is invaluable and irreplaceable. We also understand that by nature, cats are roaming creatures and therefore run the risk of wandering too far from home, or just accidentally losing their way. In fact, a staggering number of cats are lost in the shelter system each year because they lack any means with which to identify them. This is why we are happy to offer cat microchip identification services.

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Feline Diagnostic Imaging Ultrasound, MRI, X-Rays, Radiology

Cat X-Ray

What Is Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging For Felines?

Veterinary diagnostic imaging includes radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, MRIs and CT scans, all of which are used as diagnostic tools to collect information on your cat's health. The vast majority of imaging is non-invasive and completely painless. However, some imaging may require sedation or even anesthesia because the cat must be kept still to allow for adequate images to be produced. Veterinarians use these images to collect information on your cat to help them to make a medical and sometimes surgical plan.

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Geriatric Care

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Dogs and cats age at a much more accelerated rate than humans. By the age of seven, they are classified as seniors! With age can come arthritis, dental disease, heart disease and increased risk for cancers and endocrine diseases such as diabetes, hypothryoidism and cushings disease.

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Grooming

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Pet bathing and grooming services are another great feature we happily provide for our clients.

For many pets, a thorough bath by our office staff is all they need. Assistants at North Elm can clip your pet’s toenails and express the anal glands if necessary. However, if your pet is heavily matted or needs trimming, we recommend the fantastic services of North Elm’s groomer, Heather Richardson.

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Heartworms In Dogs - Symptoms and Treatments

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Since 2000 the veterinary staff at North Elm Animal Hospital has made heartworm prevention for dogs an important part of our approach to preventive care. A heartworm infection can lead to numerous health problems up to and including early death. Therefore, heartworm prevention cannot be ignored. Our team is here to educate you and protect your dog from this terrible disease.

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In-house Laboratory and Pharmacy

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For your pet's health and for your convenience, North Elm Animal Hospital maintains a complete in-house laboratory and a comprehensive pharmacy. Our lab enables us to quickly test your pet for heartworms and internal or external parasites. Furthermore, we can perform ear and skin cytologies (cell studies), view tumor aspirates, perform urinalyses, and do organ function screenings and complete blood counts.

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Internal Medicine

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Internal Medicine–the ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease–is one of the core strengths of our practice. Therefore, if your beloved pet is ill in any way, we are confident that we can help. With compassion, skill, and experience, we at North Elm have the tools to identify any issues with your pet's health and provide you with the information you need. Commonly treated conditions include:

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Kitten Care

Kittens Olivia

Getting a new kitten is a very special experience with lots of joy, warmth and laughter. There is a reason why the internet is so full of kitten and cat pictures and videos. Kittens are super fun, loving and entertaining. Kitten care does involve some amount of hands-on attention from human family members. The focus of kitten care is on acclimating the kitten to its new family, and providing for the kitten's physical well being to support healthy development.

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Laser Therapy

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Laser Therapy is surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment used to reduce pain and inflammation and speed healing. Laser therary with our class 4 therapeutic laser is used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis pain, lick granulomas, wounds, back pain, and soft tissue injuries. Laser theray decreases inflammation, accelarates wound healing and improves blood supply. Pets really seem to enjoy their treatments!  Call us today to learn more. For more information, visit www.litecure.com

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Laser Therapy For Cats

Cat Laser Katie

What Is Laser Therapy For Cats?

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we are always looking to new ways to care for your cat. Medicine and technology are constantly advancing and we embrace staying at the forefront of the best medical and surgical care. We are proud to offer laser therapy for cats at our veterinary clinic.

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Oncology

Pet getting chemotherapy

Thanks to improved nutrition, proper medical care, and lots of love, our pets are living longer than ever before. However, even as healthier lifestyles are improving the life spans of our companions, older animals face unique challenges—including an increased chance of developing cancer.

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Optimum Feline Nutrition - What Should You Feed Your Cat?

The Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Cat Food

Feline nutrition is very important for general health. However, the plethora of dietary options, brands and formulas available to consumers can be confusing, when deciding which kind of cat food is best for your feline friend’s health and wellness.

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Parasite Control

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Parasite control is central to an animal and family's general health and well-being. At North Elm, we can test your pets for parasites and discuss which parasites pose a risk to you and your companion. We will prescribe the appropriate preventative routine to eliminate fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, and heartworms. Mosquitos carry heartworms, and  dogs in North Carolina have a high risk for this devasting disease if not on amonthly prevention. Cats can contract heartworms also.

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Preventing and Treating Fleas and Ticks For Dogs

Josie and Murray Sims

How Does My Dog Pick Up Fleas And Ticks?

Fleas and ticks are a source of annoyance and potential health threat in every part of the US, and North Carolina has a large number of both. While the seasons will affect the activity of these insects, it is possible to pick up fleas or ticks any time of the year. This is especially true because these insects can thrive in our homes. Dogs and cats which spend time outdoors are both at risk of picking up fleas and ticks. While not as common, fleas and ticks can also enter homes from visiting pets and on people's clothes.

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Preventing And Treating Heartworms In Cats

At North Elm Animal Hospital, our highly experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary support staff have been helping educate our clients and win the fight against heartworms in cats since 2000. The importance of heartworm prevention for cats cannot be overstated. Once a cat has contracted heartworms, it cannot be cured. Therefore, preventive measures are absolutely necessary in order to keep your beloved feline friend healthy and safe.

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Preventive Care That Will Ensure A Happy, Healthy Cat

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What Is Involved In A Cat Preventive Care Program?

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we understand that prevention is truly the best medicine where the health and wellness of your cat is concerned. This is why we offer our feline patients and their human counterparts a comprehensive array of cat preventive care services that promote cat health,wellness and longevity of life.

A cat preventive care program consists of:

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Preventive Health Care For Dogs

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What Goes Into A Dog Health Preventive Care Regimen

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we believe that a sound preventive health care regimen is the easiest and most effective way to keep your dog healthy and happy. Many canine diseases are easily preventable and most can be effectively treated and cured if detected early enough. However, if allowed to develop and progress unchecked, many diseases can quickly become difficult and expensive to treat, and in some cases incurable. Therefore, we strongly encourage every dog owner to take a proactive approach to preventive care.

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Puppy Care

Puppy in training

How To Take Care Of A Puppy

One of the greatest joys in life is having a cuddly, cute puppy to have and hold. This is a memorable time for the entire family and everyone can participate in loving and caring for your new puppy. Our staff and veterinarians know what an exciting and special time this is for you and we want to provide you with the best information and health care to get a great start for your new puppy's life. The time you commit to this puppy in the beginning of its life will have a great impact on your relationship for the next 12-15 years.

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Senior Dog Care

Nicole and Dr. Sims

Taking The Physiological Changes Of Aging Dogs Into Consideration

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we love providing senior dogs with the care and support they need to age gracefully and comfortably. We understand that the experience of caring for older dogs can be a tremendously rewarding one that enhances and enriches the lives of dogs themselves, as well as their human caretakers. We truly are dog people at heart. We love to lend insight and guidance into caring for older dogs.

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Skin Care

Dog Bathing Photo

Dogs and cats are prone to many common skin conditions. In fact, skin problems and itching are the number one reason pets are brought in to see a vet.  While external parasites are often the cause of skin irritations, animals can suffer additional problems as a result of stress, boredom, fungal or bacterial infections, allergies, and contact irritants.

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Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery

Sims/Coates Surgery

Our doctors are experienced in a range of surgical procedures that your pet may need throughout his or her lifetime–from routine spay and neuter operations to more advanced intra-abdominal and cancer surgeries.

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Spaying or Neutering Dogs

Cute puppy

If you have owned an animal, or if you know anyone who has, chances are you have heard of the terms spay and neuter. Spaying is a term that describes the ovariohysterectomy, the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female dog. Neutering is a term that describes the castration, or the removal of the testicles of a male dog. Veterinarians perform these surgical procedures, which render dogs incapable of reproducing.

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The Importance Of Cat Wellness Exams

Dr. Elder and her kitten

It is very important to have a veterinarian examine your cat at least once a year. Cats age significantly faster than humans and therefore it is imperative for cat owners to stay on top of wellness exams in order to catch any potential health problems before they begin. Most cat illnesses are much easier and less expensive to treat and cure when caught in the early stages before they progress or develop complications. Therefore, regular cat wellness exams are the cornerstone of preventive veterinary medicine.

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Veterinary Services

North Elm Animal Hospital Offers A Full Service Veterinary Clinic

At North Elm Animal Hospital, we believe that your pet is a part of the family, yours and ours. That is why we have made it our mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate veterinary care and that is in the best interests of you and your furriest family member. If you are in the Anytown area, and are looking for a caring veterinary team to help make sure your pet remains in good health, we are nearby and ready to help.

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Veterinary Services For Cats

Since 2000 the Veterinarians and support staff at North Elm Animal Hospital have sought to achieve the highest standards of veterinary medicine. We feel that cats are part of the family, yours and ours. Our clients response to the care we provide is the strongest testament to the quality of care we provide for their cats.

You can find our recent client feedback here.

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Wellness/Preventive

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The first line of defense in your pet’s health is an annual physical examination. A complete physical exam serves to detect any abnormalities that may exist as well as any changes that have occurred since previous exams. During the physical exam, the doctor will examine your pet's eyes, ears, teeth, skin, and listen to its heart and lungs. We will feel the abdomen and your pet's joints for abnormalities. Included in the annual exam is all of your pet’s necessary vaccinations along with dietary recommendations, parasite control, and health screening through blood, urine, and fecal tests.

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What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your Cat's Health

When Will A Veterinarian Order Blood Tests For Cats

Sometimes in the case of an eye or ear infection, your feline friend's medical condition affords a veterinarian the opportunity for a relatively straightforward diagnosis. However, other conditions may require further diagnotic tests.. In such a case, your veterinarian may order blood tests to aid in his or her investigation. The following situations can result in the need for blood tests for cats:

Healthy baseline tests which can be used as a benchmark for later tests

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What To Know About Your Cat's Pre and Post-Op Surgical Care

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Understanding Why A Cat Surgery Has Been Recommended

At North Elm Animal Hospital, our primary concern is for the health and well being of your cat. Unfortunately, there may arise a circumstance when a surgical procedure is in the best interest of your feline friend, and in these times you will need to make that decision. We understand what that feels like, and our veterinarians and staff are here for you too.

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What To Know If Your Cat Requires Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Surgery

In comparison to traditional surgery, laparoscopic surgery for cats is a minimally invasive alternative and typically results in shorter recovery time. Similar to arthroscopic surgery, your veterinarian will make one or two small openings in the cat’s abdomen and insert both a camera and the surgical tools required to complete the procedure. This allows our veterinarians to visualize the organs and the abdominal cavity through what is called a “keyhole”, perform the operation and exit the body without creating incisions that are any larger than absolutely necessary.

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What To Know When Your Cat Needs Anesthesia

There may be a time when your cat will require a procedure or surgery for his continued health. At the time of surgery your cat will require anesthesia which will be carefully administered and monitored by our veterinary staff. Knowing the basics about how anesthesia will be is used in cat surgery and the recovery basics will help to ease your mind while kitty is under our care.

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