Monday:   8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed
 

We are located 5 miles SW of Madison.

Beau - Sebaceous Adenitis

Beau is a 4 year old Male Samoyed that was presented to Dr. Hoelscher in February 2016 for mild hair loss on his back and sides. He appeared to have a skin infection (pyoderma), which was thought to be secondary to an allergy.

The infection was treated with antibiotics, shampoo and an antihistamine. The skin improved but Beau’s hair loss progressed. Multiple skin scrapings were performed to rule out skin parasites such as Sarcoptes and Demodex (types of mites) which were all negative. Beau was treated with a medication to eliminate fleas in case this was playing a role in his hair loss.

The next step in the diagnosis was a skin biopsy. Three samples of skin were procured for submission to a pathologist. The results revealed a condition called Sebaceous Adenitis.

Sebaceous adenitis is a hereditary, destructive, inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands. Normal sebaceous glands secrete sebum, a fatty substance that keeps the skin moist and aids in immune function. When a dog is affected by sebaceous adenitis, the sebaceous glands become inflamed and eventually get destroyed. Once a large number of these glands are destroyed, the skin becomes dry and flaky, the hair starts to lose its curl in some cases, and eventually hair loss ensues. Because the skin has little protection from hair and the sebum which is no longer being produced, skin infections occur due to opportunistic yeast and bacteria.

There is no cure for this condition. It is simply a matter of maintenance and control of the skin infection. The pathologist characterized Beau’s condition as “End stage sebaceous adenitis” because there were no discernible sebaceous glands left. We did not feel confident that Beau would recover as well as we would like. Treatment was going to be long, expensive and labor-intensive.

The combined efforts of Beau’s dedicated owner, Dr. Hoelscher and a little help from our Help-a-Pet Fund, we were able to start treatment right away. This included an expensive medication called Atopica to stop the inflammatory process, Vitamin A to help restore sebaceous gland function and treatment with shampoos and antifungal medications to stop the secondary infection.

After a few weeks of treatment, we began to see some new hair growth and began to feel encouraged. Take a look at the attached photos of Beau prior to his illness, during the diagnosis and treatment process and today. Beau looks and feels amazing!

 Dog Beau before treatment    Dog Beau after treatment
Beau before treatment   Beau after treatment, at our annual Dog Wash event that raises money for our Help-a-Pet Fund, which assisted in Beau's treatment.

 


My Cat Ate...What? - Marley

Marley is a Tonkinese cat who was presented to Animal Hospital of Verona almost a year ago for intermittent vomiting. He was not known to have eaten anything abnormal. Dr. Hoelscher’s physical exam and initial lab tests were normal. Since the vomiting was sporadic, after discussing treatment options with Dr. Hoelscher, the owners opted to perform a hypoallergenic food trial. Marley’s vomiting worsened a month ago, and during his physical exam, Dr. Hoelscher discovered a firm swelling in the area of the stomach. X-rays showed an unidentifiable density in the stomach area.

cat marley's x-rayDr. Hoeslcher discussed surgical exploration versus endoscopy to further characterize the object and hopefully remove it. The owners made the decision to have us explore the stomach surgically, since the suspected object was potentially too large to remove with an endoscope. Dr. Voss performed surgery, aided by our highly trained technician team. Marley was anesthetized with a safe, short-acting inhaled anesthesia called sevoflurane. Anesthetic depth and body functions were carefully monitored by a technician using a sophisticated six-function machine. Dr. Voss made a midline incision through the abdominal muscle wall to expose the stomach, and then removed a foreign object.

cat marleyMarley made a good recovery from surgery, went home the next day, and thanks to the collaborative efforts of Drs. Hoelscher and Vossand, has been thriving since! His owner did some detective work and determined that the foreign material in Marley’s stomach was a collection of hair bands and other material that he had chewed up and swallowed, probably over a year’s time. This material formed into a ball in the stomach and only sporadically caused blockage and vomiting.

The moral of the story: cats sometimes eat weird stuff, and you may not see them eating it! And if your cat (or dog) does something like this, we can help.

 


A few months ago, my dog fell off of a bed and injured her back and tail. Being a senior dog, she was already on several supplements and pills, so the vet at Animal Hospital of Verona suggested laser therapy so that we didn't have to add yet another pill for the pain and inflammation.

I admit that I was skeptical that the laser therapy would help my dog. However, since the price was reasonable, especially when compared to medication, I agreed to try it. Within a few days, I saw a huge difference in my dog. She was no longer limping, and had resumed normal activity!

We now have her on a maintenance laser treatment to help with her arthritis and general pain that comes with aging. It seems to be helping, and I can tell when it is "time" for another round of therapy. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you're considering it!

-Vicky A.

Prolong Your Dog's Life

Animal Hospital of Verona provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Dog Exam at Animal Hospital of VeronaAnnual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Canine Influenza.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Animal Hospital of Verona provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Cat Exam at Animal Hospital of VeronaAnnual preventive care for cats typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Animal Hospital of Verona, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.

  • Puppy at Animal Hospital of VeronaPhysical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age, if not done previously, and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit, if not done previously.

  • Kitten LitterAdditional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Animal Hospital of Verona, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • Puppy and KittenA pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

At Animal Hospital of Verona, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Animal Hospital of Verona offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

Vet Tech takes a closer look at a pet's blood sample under the microscope.A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:

We also provide after-hours care for hospitalized patients.

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Animal Hospital of Verona offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital Pet X-rayDigital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

At Animal Hospital of Verona, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Cat's Digital Dental X-rayDigital dental radiographs allow assessment of:

  • the teeth (fractures or internal disease)
  • the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)
  • the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis)
  • the bone (jaw fractures)

Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Animal Hospital of Verona offers ultrasonography, a safe and non-invasive imaging technique for diagnosing and treating sick or injured pets.

Canine Ultrasound at Animal Hospital of VeronaAn ultrasound uses sound waves, rather than radiation, to penetrate internal organs. X-ray images use radioactive light and can only pick up dense body parts (such as bone and cartilage), but cannot show detail of tissues. Small, fine details that cannot be seen on x-rays may be easily seen on ultrasound.

Similar to sonar technology, an ultrasound transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body. These sound waves penetrate the body at different rates depending on the density of the structures in the line of the beam. The result is that the organs of the body can be seen in real-time and analyzed for evidence of disease.

This diagnostic imaging method enables virtually anything internal to be visible, allowing veterinarians to detect:
  • bladder stones
  • kidney stones
  • obstructions
  • cysts
  • pregnancy
 
  • tumors
  • heart problems
  • abnormal growth
  • and more

Guided by the ultrasound images, biopsy and fluid samples can be safely and easily obtained from your pet without performing invasive and costly surgery.

Dr. Chris Voss has a special interest in veterinary ultrasound and has been performing ultrasonography on patients at our hospital since 2001.

If your pet is experiencing illness or injury, we are here to help. Please call us today at 608-845-6700.

Pet Anesthetic Monitoring at Animal Hospital of VeronaAnimal Hospital of Verona provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high-quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Bladder Stone Removal (Cystotomy)
  • Declaw
  • Exploratory Laparotomy (Ex-Lap)
  • Mass Removal (Mammary, Dermal, Eyelid, Oral)
  • And other general surgeries as needed

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Bone Fracture Repair
  • Cranial (Anterior) Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Patella Luxation

 

Why we are the best choice for your pet's surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Animal Hospital of Verona, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work — ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia — a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support — our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet's pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement — fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication — is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.

Pet Dental Prophy at Animal Hospital of VeronaAt the Animal Hospital of Verona, we provide state-of-the-art dentistry and oral surgery for pets. We pride ourselves on educating pet owners about dental care and disease prevention, and work closely with you and your pet.

Our dental operatory is equipped similarly to a human dental office. We have digital dental radiography and the most up-to-date surgical equipment for dogs and cats. Since our dental patients are treated under general anesthesia, we pay special attention to our anesthetic protocol, and customize anesthesia to the needs of your pet.

Dr. Hoelscher has undergone extensive training in advanced dental procedures in order to provide our patients with the highest level of care possible. He offers many advanced procedures such as endodontics (root canal therapy), orthodontics, periodontics (treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth) as well as other oral surgical services.

Pet Dental Care

Canine Dental Exam at Animal Hospital of VeronaRoutine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Animal Hospital of Verona offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental exam for your dog or cat every year
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health
Guinea Pig Exam at Animal Hospital of Verona

Pet Turtle - Animal Hospital of Verona

Animal Hospital of Verona is happy to provide care for a wide range of birds, pocket pets, and exotics. Our services include preventive care, surgery, and nutritional advice for your small pets.

Because each species of exotic pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care, we offer general care recommendations to help you care for your unique companion animal.

Avian Patient Love Bird at Animal Hospital of Verona

Animal Hospital of Verona offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulation cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Feline conditions that laser therapy treats. Canine conditions that laser therapy treats.
Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Feline Acne
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing

If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy call us at 608-845-6700 to schedule a consultation to find out how laser therapy can help your dog or cat.

Animal Hospital of Verona offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet's medication is always available.

Pet Emergency CallsWe see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 608-845-6700 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

 

Animal Hospital of Verona has been performing advanced veterinary dental work for more than 25 years. We also provide referral services for advanced dental procedures.

Advanced Veterinary Dentistry at Animal Hospital of VeronaOur services include (but are not limited to):

  • Dental cleaning (tooth scaling and polishing)
  • Thorough oral exam
  • Digital dental x-rays
  • Endodontics (root canal therapy)
  • Exodontics (surgical extractions)
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Jaw fracture repair
  • Juvenile dentistry
  • Maxillofacial trauma repair
  • Oral biopsy/histopathology
  • Oral cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Orthodontics (movement of teeth)
  • Periodontics (gum treatment)
  • Restorative dentistry

Each patient has an anesthetic protocol tailored to its specific needs and is monitored with state-of-the-art multi-parameter monitors. Our well-trained and experienced staff of certified veterinary technicians use the most up-to-date anesthetic techniques to ensure every pet's health and well-being throughout the procedure.

Digital dental radiographs are used with every procedure to ensure accurate assessment and treatment of disease processes.

Learn more about our Veterinary Dental services or call (608) 845-6700.

Meet Our Dental Care Team

Brian Hoelscher, DVM

Brian Hoelscher, DVM Dr. Hoelscher has been pursuing his passion for veterinary dentistry for over 10 years. He has undergone extensive training in advanced dentistry and oral surgery and works with referring veterinarians from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan. Dr. Hoelscher enjoys working with pet owners to formulate a treatment plan that best fits both patient and owner needs.
   

Carolyn Pauly, CVT, VTS – Dentistry (candidate)

Carolyn Pauly, CVT, VTS – Dentistry (candidate) Carolyn has been a veterinary technician for over 9 years and has had a love of veterinary dentistry since her first dental cleaning. She is pursuing a Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Dentistry through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Carolyn enjoys teaching pet owners about proper dental homecare techniques and is passionate about anesthesia and pain management during dental procedures.

"Cavities" is the common term for dental decay, more properly known as caries, which is Latin for rottenness. Caries is one of the most common diseases in man but is less commonly seen in dogs, however, it can and does occur and your veterinarian should be checking for them at every dental cleaning.

When identified early, caries can be treated effectively by a qualified veterinarian with the training necessary to perform the procedure. If caries are left untreated, the decay will continue to destroy tooth structure until bacteria reach the pulp chamber, causing in internal infection and eventually killing the tooth. Early cavities may not be painful or only cause slight sensitivity while chewing. As the decay progresses into the more sensitive parts of the tooth, it causes significant pain.

Caries in dogs are typically treated in the same way as cavities in humans with removal of the dead and infected tooth material followed by restoration (filling) of the defect in the tooth surface.

  Dental Decay (Caries) in a Dog   Canine Dental Restoration for a Cavity  
  Dental decay (Caries) in a dog can lead to more serious health issues for your canine pet.   A qualified vet can treat the infected tooth and perform a restoration of the tooth surface.  

Marvin's Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis

  Cat Marvin Post Dental Extraction
  Marvin is feeling much better
these days!

Marvin is a friendly 1 1/2 year old cat that was experiencing persistent pain and gum inflammation in his mouth for the past year. It was determined by Dr. Hoelscher that Marvin had Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis, a disease of the feline oral cavity in which the local immune system becomes hyper-reactive to the presence of plaque and bacteria. Following extraction of most of his teeth, pain control, and medication to control the body's immune system, Marvin is on his way to feeling much better.

Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis - Before
Marvin's inflamed gums before
dental extraction.

Maggy's Retained Deciduous Canine Teeth

Dog Maggy at Animal Hospital of VeronaMaggy is a very cute Teddy Bear mix puppy who recently saw Dr. Smith to treat retained deciduous canine teeth (see Before photo). These teeth normally are lost on their own by a puppy at around 5 months of age. In some dogs these teeth are retained, and the "baby teeth" can then force the emerging adult teeth into the wrong position potentially causing pain, periodontal disease, and displacement of normal teeth.

Treatment of retained deciduous teeth involves using a general anesthesia, then making an incision in the gum tissue, carefully using a dental drill to remove bone around the retained tooth, and gentle elevation and removal of the tooth. The gum tissue is then sutured back into place with a fine absorbable suture.

The results: Happy Dog, Happy Family!

Canine Retained Baby Teeth - Before   Canine Retained Baby Teeth - After
Maggy's Teeth – BEFORE   Maggy's Teeth – AFTER

To Extract or Not to Extract

Your veterinarian has diagnosed your dog with a fractured tooth! Now what should we do? One option is extraction. The other option is root canal therapy. "Wait and See" or monitoring are NOT options and neither is antibiotic treatment.

How do we choose which option is best? Certain teeth such as canines, maxillary fourth premolars and mandibular first molars are considered strategic teeth. They are large, functionally important teeth. These teeth can be quite difficult to extract and creates a large wound with which your veterinarian will need to deal. Regardless of the option you, as the pet owner, chooses, a thorough, anesthetized exam by a qualified veterinarian is necessary to determine the best treatment plan for your pet. See the pros and cons for each option below.

       
 

Tooth Extraction

 
  Pros
  • Less difficult
  • Requires far less equipment
  • It is a final solution
  • Less expensive in many (but not all) cases
  • Once the wound has healed, there is no need for follow-up
Cons
  • Loss of form and function of the tooth
  • Creates a wound that has to heal and is at risk of failing to heal
  • More surgical trauma and more post-operative pain
  • The procedure can be awfully simple or simply awful
  • In cats, extraction of lower canines will often lead to a painful condition called lip entrapment. (see photos below)
 
       

 

       
 

Root Canal Therapy

 
  Pros
  • No wound to heal, so immediate return to normal activity
  • Preserves normal form and function of the tooth
  • Far less, if any, post-operative pain
Cons
  • Very few veterinarians have acquired the extra training to allow them to perform this procedure
  • Requires a lot of specialized equipment and is, therefore, more expensive
  • The procedure takes longer than most extractions
 
  Cat Root Canal X-ray of Cat's Tooth Post Root Canal  
  Dog Root Canal X-ray of Dog's Tooth Post Root Canal  
       

Plaque and tartar buildup can cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues, or even bone loss in pets. Check out these simple steps on how to brush your pet's teeth at home.

  1. Dachshund Dog with ToothbrushKeep sessions limited to one minute each at the same time and place daily.

  2. Start by getting your pet used to having something placed in the mouth. Place your finger (unless your pet is a biter!), dipped in lukewarm water or warm diluted bouillon, inside the cheek along the outer surfaces of the teeth. Follow with praise and reward.

  3. Once your pet has accepted this procedure, progress to a dampened gauze pad or panty hose wrapped around your finger. Gently sweep across the outer surfaces of each tooth. Follow with praise. Continue daily until your pet accepts this with little objection.

  4. Moisten a pet CET toothbrush with a pet toothpaste (available through your veterinarian). The cheek should be gently pulled away from the teeth and the brush inserted at a 45 degree angle between tooth and cheek. Concentrate on the area where tooth meets gum using short, gentle strokes over the external surfaces (especially the cheek teeth in the back). Praise your pet during and after each session.

  5. Have a veterinary dental exam done every 6 months to help assure good dental health and possibly prolong the life of your pet.
Courtesy of Dr. Debra Fiorito, board-certified veterinary dental specialist in New Jersey.

Did you know that dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets?

Symptoms of dental disease include:

  Pet Dental Cleaning - BEFORE
  Pet Dental Cleaning - AFTER
  • Dental plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Periodontal disease (progressive destruction of gum and bony tissues)
  • Abscesses (pockets of infection associated with the teeth)
  • Cavities or cavity-like erosions (in cats)

Unfortunately, dental disease may result in life-threatening heart, kidney, and liver disease if left untreated. In addition, pets with dental disease may develop bad breath, bleeding from the mouth, and/or nasal discharge.

Professionally cleaning your pet's teeth is recommended in the treatment of a pet with dental disease. This involves the use of a variety of dental scalers and then polishing the teeth. Dental x-rays are usually taken as well.

Pets affected with dental disease may also benefit from:

  • gum procedures (periodontics)
  • root canals (endodontics)
  • restorative dentistry (e.g., fillings)
  • extractions

In most cases, a dental procedure requires an anesthetic involving a one-day stay in the hospital. Pre-anesthetic blood testing is required for all patients. Some pets may require additional tests (EKG, chest x-rays, etc.) prior to the use of an anesthetic.

After the necessary treatment, you can help in the slowing of the dental disease by feeding your pet hard foods and brushing his or her teeth. An animal whose owner brushes his teeth is a happier, healthier pet!

Courtesy of Dr. Debra Fiorito, board-certified veterinary dental specialist in New Jersey.

Animal Hospital of Verona has been on the leading edge of providing superior advanced veterinary dentistry services to our colleagues since 1988. Our facility is equipped with the latest laboratory technology, including digital dental x-ray.

We provide communication and follow-up to referring veterinarians allowing the primary care veterinarian to play the active role in their patient's health management.

How to Refer a Patient for Advanced Dentistry Services

If you'd like to refer one of your patients to us, please do one of the following:

Meet Our Dental Care Team

Brian Hoelscher, DVM

Brian Hoelscher, DVM Dr. Hoelscher has been pursuing his passion for veterinary dentistry for over 10 years. He has undergone extensive training in advanced dentistry and oral surgery and works with referring veterinarians from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan. Dr. Hoelscher enjoys working with pet owners to formulate a treatment plan that best fits both patient and owner needs.
   

Carolyn Pauly, CVT, VTS – Dentistry (candidate)

Carolyn Pauly, CVT, VTS – Dentistry (candidate) Carolyn has been a veterinary technician for over 9 years and has had a love of veterinary dentistry since her first dental cleaning. She is pursuing a Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Dentistry through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Carolyn enjoys teaching pet owners about proper dental homecare techniques and is passionate about anesthesia and pain management during dental procedures.

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Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

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Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
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Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Canine Influenza

The canine influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

 
 
     
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Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

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It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

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Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

Annual Wellness

Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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