LOOKING FOR VETERINARY SERVICES IN ROCKFORD?
Rockford Animal Hospital offers a wide range of veterinary services for pets. Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available. Dr. Good and the staff at our clinic are ready to provide your pet with cutting edge veterinary medical care.
Routine Blood and Urine Tests
Heartworm//Tick Borne Disease Testing
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) & Feline Immunosuppressive Virus (FIV) Tests
Skin/Ear Debris Evaluation for Mites/Bacteria/Yeast Infection
Radiography Diagnostic Imaging (X-rays)
When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use digital x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.
To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In most cases, we will sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia.
Our experienced veterinarian provides many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and highly recommend preanesthetic testing before surgery. We monitor your pet during surgery, and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.
END OF LIFE CARE
The decision to euthanize a pet may be one of the most difficult choices you will ever make for them. Although it is a personal decision, it doesn’t need to be a solitary one. Along with your family and friends, our veterinary team at Rockford Animal Hospital can help you decide if this decision is the right one for your pet.
If your pet is in extreme pain, won’t eat/drink, can’t walk, isn’t eliminating in the proper location or is exhibiting behavior that is a danger to themselves or others and there is nothing that can be reasonably done to change these circumstances, then it may be the kindest choice to end their suffering.
If a humane death (euthanasia) is best for your pet, then you have choices as to how this is performed. You can choose to do this at home or at our hospital. If you bring your cat or dog to our hospital, we have a special place that is quiet and comfortable, where you can be with your pet during the procedure if you choose to do so. Once your pet has passed, you can take them home for burial or we can help you make arrangements for cremation &/or burial at Noah’s Gardens, a local pet cemetery.
For information about grieving a pet’s death and connecting with a pet loss support group, click here.