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Services

We are pleased to offer the following services at Elizabethtown Animal Hospital:

Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us immediately. Emergency visits do entail a higher office visit cost due to the inconvenience to other clients with previously scheduled appointments.

Our veterinarians will create an individual wellness plan for each individual patient. Wellness plans consist of annual examinations, vaccines, fecal floation, bloodwork, preventative medications (flea, tick, heartworm) and potentially annual dental cleanings based on your pet’s specific needs.

We recommend that patients under the age of seven receive a physical examination at least yearly. Patients over the age of seven should receive a physical examination at least twice a year. This allows our veterinarians to try to catch age related diseases before they become a chronic problem.

Emergency & Urgent Care -  (717) 769-0011

We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call immediately.

We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening.

Types of Pets Seen

We can care for many types of pets:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Pocket Pets

Services Provided

Vaccinations:

  • Rabies
  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Canine Distemper
  • Lyme
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Canine Influenza

Surgical Services:

  • Castration
    • Castration (neutering) is the surgical removal of the testicles. This surgery is performed to eliminate unwanted behaviors and sterilized the animal so it can no longer reproduce. Castration usually (but not always) reduces the pet’s tendency to roam, fight, and marking of territory. Castration may also improve a pet’s tendency to be aggressive.
  • Ovariohysterectomy
    • Ovariohysterectomy (spaying) is the surgical removal of the ovaries and the uterus. Though it is routinely performed, ovariohysterectomy is a major abdominal surgery requiring general anesthesia and sterile operating technique. Prevention of pregnancy and heat periods are the main reasons for the surgery, but the procedure is also often necessary in treating severe uterine infections, ovarian/uterine tumors, and some skin disorders.
  • Cat declaw (Onychectomy
    • Declawing is performed under general anesthesia and consists of surgical removal of the nail bed. The feet are usually bandaged, and the cat will be hospitalized for two days for monitoring. After the bandages are removed, tenderness may be evident for a few weeks. Special paper litter or shredded newspaper will be needed until paws are healed.
  • Laparotomy (exploratory surgery)
    • Exploratory surgery is a procedure used to visualize and examine the structures inside of the abdominal cavity. The incision is made into the abdomen and it is used to determine the cause of the patient’s symptoms or to establish the extent of a disease.
    • This surgery is frequently preformed when a patient may have a foreign body that may not be passing through the gastrointestinal tract on its own.
  • Lump Removal
    • A lump removal is a surgical procedure to remove an abnormal growth. A lump or tumor can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are well circumscribed and are generally easy to remove completely. In contrast, cancers pose some of the most difficult problems in all of surgery. To diagnose cancer, some types of biopsy techniques are used:
      • Aspiration biopsy-A needle is inserted into the tumor and a sample is withdrawn.
      • Incisional biopsy-A portion of a tumor is removed.
      • Excisional biopsy-A whole lesion is removed along with surrounding normal tissue.
    • Retesting and periodical examinations may be necessary to ensure that a tumor has not reformed after total removal.
  • Splenectomy
    • Splenectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of the spleen. This procedure is usually performed for tumors of the spleen, or torsion of the spleen.
  • Cystotomy
    • Cystotomy is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made into the urinary bladder. This procedure is done to removal bladder and urethral stones.
  • Pyometra
    • Pyometra is a severe bacterial infection with accumulation of pus within the uterus. It often occurs in middle-aged or older females that never had puppies, although younger dogs are sometimes affected. Pyometra results from hormonal influences that decrease the normal resistance to infection. As a result, bacteria enters the uterus when the cervix is open during the heat period and infection results. Signs of a pyometra include loss of appetite, excessive thirst, depression, and vomiting. This disease may develop very slowly over several weeks.
  • Dental
    • A dental cleaning is an anesthetic procedure that involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean the teeth and below the gum line. Dental disease can lead to minor or life-threatening conditions, including heart and kidney disorders. Pets can often show dental pain by changing their eating habits or rubbing their mouths with their paws or on the carpet. They may drool, chatter, cry out or flinch when touched around the gums or mouth areas. Brushing of the teeth is the best preventative measure to be taken, ask our veterinarians about dental care.
  • Enucelation (eye removal)
    • Enucelation is the surgical removal of the eyeball. It is a last-resort treatment for very serious eye diseases or injuries, after all other alternatives have been carefully considered. Modern surgical techniques allow precise disfigurement and maximum comfort to the patient. After the eyeball is removed, the eyelids are sutured permanently closed.
  • Entropion Surgery
    • Entropion is a rolling inward of the eyelids. It may cause the eyelashes to rub against the sensitive front layer of the eyeball (cornea) and is often uncomfortable or painful. It also can cause serious eye damage. The entropion surgery will permanently avert or roll the affected lid(s) outward.
  • Stenotic Nares Surgery
    • Stenotic nares is part of the brachycephalic syndrome of short-nosed dogs. Breeds such as Boxers, Bulldogs, King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, etc. are all considered brachycephalic breeds. Stenotic nares mean the nostrils are pinched or narrow. Surgery is performed to make the openings larger to aide in breathing properly.

Other:

Cold Laser Therapy

A cold laser uses light to excite cells and reduce inflammation. It can be used for a variety of medical conditions but is most often used as an adjunct treatment for arthritis, to treat wounds, and to treat post-surgical orthopedic cases and incisions.

Boarding

We offer dog and cat boarding – please call for specific rates and details

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location & Hours

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Office Hours

After Hours Emergencies Call (717) 769-0011

Monday:

8:30 am-8:30 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-8:30 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Emergencies: Call (717) 769-0011