Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best.
Comprehensive Health Exams:
Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of physical examinations every 6 months. All body systems are checked from head to paw. Every animal will receive an ear, eye, and skin exam, oral cavity check, and a thoracic exam, which involves listening to the heart and lungs. Once yearly appropriate lab work will be performed for your pet, such as heartworm testing for dogs and intestinal parasite testing for dogs and cats. In middle aged and older patients, we recommend annual senior wellness lab work, which may allow us to diagnose a potential problem early before clinical signs occur.
We offer LOW COST vaccine plans for our patients. Vaccine schedules have changed dramatically over the years. There was a time when every dog or cat received the same vaccines as every other one. Some vaccines have been developed and were then found to ineffective. At one time there was even a vaccine to help your dogs teeth. Current vaccines often provide much longer protection than was once thought. The question, "What shots does my pet need?", often depends on factors such as age, does he live inside or outside, and does the pet travel with you. Our goal is to help you decide what your pet needs and and give those vaccines. We are happy to answer your questions.
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Programs:
Congratulations on your new pet!
For their first visit, they will receive a complete and thorough examination and intestinal parasite check. We typically see new pets starting at six to eight weeks of age then every three weeks afterward to continue their series of vaccinations. On the first visit, Dr. Wulf will discuss worms, fleas, vaccines and training and answer any other general puppy/kitten health care questions you may have.
We used to recommend that all puppies and kittens have an ovariohysterectomy (spay) or castration (neuter) by six months of age to ensure a healthier life. Over the last few years research suggests there may be benefit to waiting later, especially in larger breeds or in pure breed pets. Feel free to ask Dr Wulf what is best for your pet in your household.
Senior Wellness Program:
Pets age at a much faster rate than humans do. At the age of five and every year thereafter, we recommend performing "Comprehensive Wellness" lab work that is sent off to our outside laboratory. This lab work evaluates the organ systems of your pet's body, including the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets along with liver, kidney, protein, electrolyte and sugar values. It also includes a thyroid function test. We know that as your pet ages, certain changes can occur. It is important to catch these changes early to prevent or slow down certain negative processes.
Another important part of your pet's health include twice yearly examinations. This is especially true for senior pets. A lot can change with your pet physically in just a short time. Twice yearly examinations allow Dr. Wulf to diagnose and treat problems early to maintain your pet's optimal health.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services:
Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pet's complete health care needs. Our in-house laboratory, as well as our referral laboratory, allow Dr.Wulf to evaluate the total body functions of your pet, including the liver and kidney, to diagnose more specific diseases by testing cortisol levels and thyroid levels. We offer high quality radiology and ultrasound for diagnosing and monitoring our patients. Fluid therapy monitored by Dr. Wulf and staff in our intensive care suite when needed is important for the special needs of our patients.
Our complete surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Dr. Wulf performs ovariohysterectomies (spays), castrations (neuters), tumor removals, surgical biopsies, and a variety of soft tissue surgeries.
We advocate the use of pre-anesthetic blood work to screen animals for heart disease, lung disease and liver or kidney disease prior to surgery. This testing gives Dr. Wulf needed information that may indicate a change in the anesthetic protocol for your pet.
One of our top priority is controlling your pet's discomfort. Dr. Wulf takes all necessary steps to relieve any pain before, during, and after your pet's surgical procedure. We also know that with proper pain control for all surgeries, the time it takes for your pet to heal is lessened.
We utilize safe anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the modern equipment, patients are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. We provide our patients fluid therapy during procedures if indicated by Dr. Wulf, using IV pumps with patient monitoring and care.
Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. Radiographs are fundamental in diagnosing certain medical and surgical problems. We perform thoracic, abdominal and spinal x-rays routinely, with pets either awake or anesthetized. These aid in the diagnosis of intervertebral disc or spinal disease, as well as diagnosis of elbow and hip dysplasia.
We also offer ultrasound to diagnose specific areas of concern, including heart, lung, kidney and liver problems. This tool serves as a window to the interior of the body and allows Dr. Wulf alongside an ultrasound Specialist to see and evaluate 2D images of internal organs and structures. Ultrasound is particularly useful in diagnosing abdominal diseases, abdominal tumors and diseases of the heart.
Proper dental care is vital to your pet's health. Periodontal disease is one of the most common infections facing dogs and cats. Dental related infections can cause significant systemic disease if left untreated, damaging the kidneys, liver, and heart valves. Did you know that 80% of dogs three years and older have some form of periodontal disease?
Dr. Wulf offers important dental care to maintain a long healthy life for your pet. Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions, full mouth extractions, and minor oral surgery. Speak to a member of our staff if you have any questions regarding your pet's oral care.
Our laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize full service veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
A few of our routine laboratory services include:
Heartworm Testing - We test for heartworms yearly to ensure that your pet is free of this deadly disease. This is a simple test using a small drop of blood drawn from your pet by Dr. Wulf.
Heartworms are a potentially fatal disease, but one that is easily prevented with the use of a monthly oral dewormer, like Heartgard Plus,Trifexis or Advantage Multi. Heartworms sit in the heart and lungs and wreak havoc in these vital organs. They also can cause problems in distant organs like the liver and kidneys. All of the heartworm preventatives have an intestinal parasite control label as well. Depending on the product used, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm infections are prevented as well.
For our canine patients, we offer Trifexis, Heartgard, and Advantage Multi.
*Don't forget - Cats need heartworm prevention too! For our feline patients, we offer Advantage Multi and Revolution.
Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus - These diseases are a major cause of illness and death. Both FeLV and FIV viruses are infectious by contact with other cats carrying these viruses. This makes testing so important especially when introducing a new cat to a household. Ask any member of our staff for more information about testing.
Microscope Evaluation/Cytology - Cytology can be used to diagnose and treat various conditions including ear infections, skin infections, dermal and subcutaneous masses, as well as lymph node aspirations.
Blood Chemistries - This testing gives Dr. Wulf a quick look into the health of your pet. These tests reveal information about your pet's liver, kidneys, proteins, sugars, and electrolytes along with red blood cell and white blood cell status.
Microchip - Permanent identification:
Do you know the odds of getting reunited with your pet in the event he or she is lost? According to the American Humane Association only 2% of cats and 15% of dogs are returned to their owners. These odds are significantly improved with the use of a microchip, which is implanted under your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. It is as small as a grain of rice (12mm) and serves as a permanent ID. Each microchip has a unique number that is registered to your pet. In the event your pet is lost, when scanned by a microchip scanner your pets number will be displayed on the scanner. This number is used by the Microchip manufacturer to identify your pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact the owner and reunite you with your pet.
We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets for your pet's specialized needs.
Individualized Flea Control Programs:
We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
Fleas and ticks are external parasites that live to pierce the skin and suck the blood of your pet. These pests can be terribly problematic for some animals, resulting in allergic dermatitis and infection, not to mention has the potential to spread serious disease. Many products are available to control the flea and tick population in your pet's environment. Willowbrook Animal Hospital gladly offers our canine and feline patients several products to keep them flea free.
*Dr. Wulf recommends controlling fleas in combination with the prevention of heartworms. For our canine patients we offer Trifexis and Advantage Multi, and for our feline patients we offer Advantage Multi and Revolution. These products are beneficial for both the health and comfort of your pet.
Dr. Wulf provides guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.
Dr. Wulf has experience to provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.
Emergency Care is available during normal business hours. Please call as soon as possible when needing to be seen for an emergency so we can be prepared for your arrival. Please call our main telephone number for instructions for after-hour emergencies..