Maintaining Your Pet's Health in Kirkland
Do you think your pet is sick in Kirkland, WA?
It is frustrating that we cannot simply ask a sick pet what is wrong. When your pet is not well, our job as a leading pet hospital in Kirland, WA is to find out what is wrong.
Finn Hill Animal Hospital specializes in treatment of pet conditions and diseases, such as glaucoma, osteoarthritis, cancer, and more. We've invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology to ensure we deliver the best possible services for your ailing pet. After performing a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests is often necessary in order to identify the medical condition.
All of our veterinarians are knowledgeable and have a large amount of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex veterinary internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated, and endocrine diseases.
At Finn Hill Animal Hospital, we take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences, and the proper method of treatment.
Glaucoma doesn't only affect humans; your pet can develop this condition, too. Dr. Velu and his team of veterinarians are skilled at identifying the early signs of this dangerous eye condition.
Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma: Chronic glaucoma, which can develop as your pet ages and accute glaucoma, which can develop as the result of an injury or illness.
In many cases, pet glaucoma can progress quite rapidly, especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness, and is considered an emergency situation.
Symptoms to look for include:
- Redness in the eye
- Tearing or discharge
- Sensitivity to light
- Cloudy-looking eye
- Bulging eyeball
Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that your pet be checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma but can also help set a baseline measurement. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal intraocular pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds, and even individual pets.
At Finn Hill Animal Hospital, we use an instrument called a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. Your veterinarian will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.
Our clinic used Stem Cell Therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs. Studies have shown that more than 20% of dogs suffer from OA with the most common signs being pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility.
Stem cells have the unique ability to mature into cells with specialized functions, making them extremely valuable for repairing body tissues damaged by injury or disease. We can use these cells as an effective therapy for the treatment of arthritis.
Pet Oncology & Cancer Treatment
The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life.
Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times as cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (x-rays, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, the disease may not be noticed until clinical symptoms develop.
Treatment also depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which includes a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and rarely develop side effects similar to humans.
Our veterinarians are knowledgeable in this discipline. We also support the practice of a holistic oncology protocol.
Pet Allergies and Dermatology
If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:
- Inflamed ears
- Hotspots, especially those that recur
- Rubbing the eyes or mouth
- Lesions on the skin
- Hair loss
- Red itchy bumps on the skin
- Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues
These problems can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust, and various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet our animal hospital for an evaluation. If left untreated, these problems can become severe medical concerns.