Veterinary Care You Can Trust
Our approach includes preventive and treatment-based medicine. Many diseases and conditions of dogs and cats can be prevented by vaccinations, good nutrition, heartworm preventatives, flea and tick medications, and dental care. We recommend yearly wellness profiles/bloodwork as part of your pet’s annual examination. These results can serve as early evidence of various medical conditions and as a baseline to compare future results to.
We are also dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s illnesses and injuries. If needed, there are specialty referral hospitals that we can refer you to in Hickory, Denver, Huntersville, and Charlotte as well as the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh.
We perform spays, neuters, C-sections, declaws, laceration repairs, growth removals, exploratory abdominal surgeries, bladder surgery, gastrointestinal surgeries, eye and eyelid surgeries, and various other soft tissue surgeries.
Read our article on spaying or neutering your pet.
Dental cleanings are an essential component of your pet’s good health. The bacteria in tartar can enter the bloodstream and affect the liver, kidneys, or heart. Our cleanings include a thorough examination of the mouth, scaling the tartar off the teeth above and below the gumline, polishing, fluoride treatment, and extractions if needed. Pets are put under general anesthesia and are intubated to protect their airway.
Read our article on pet dental health.
We take digital x-rays in house. These are vital in diagnosing many soft tissue and orthopedic problems.
Our in-house lab includes Idexx Vet Lyte, Idexx Catalyst, Procyte, and Sedi-Vue urine analyzer.. We can perform chemistry analysis, electrolytes, and complete blood counts. In house, we can also do heartworm checks, fecal analysis, feline leukemia/feline aids testing, parvo testing, pregnancy testing, ringworm cultures, and urinalysis, utilizing our state-of-the-art Sedivue urinalysis machine. We also use IDEXX Diagnostic Lab for our outside lab work.
Read our article on heartworm disease and how it can affect your pet.
Vaccination is also an integral part of maintaining your pet’s well-being. In dogs, we vaccinate for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, coronavirus, leptospirosis, bordetella, influenza, and rabies. In cats, we vaccinate for rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia psittaci, panleukopenia, leukemia, and rabies. We recommend the purevax rabies one year vaccine for cats in an attempt to decrease the risk of vaccine induced fibrosarcoma, a form of cancer in cats. We customize the vaccine recommendation for your individual pet’s needs and risks. We also vaccinate pot-bellied pigs for erysipelas, tetanus, and rabies.
Read our article about rabies.
Pets experience pain too. Some signs of pain include decreased activity, reluctance to jump or climb stairs, decreased appetite, and chewing or biting an area. Many medical conditions, surgeries, and injuries can cause pain in animals. We give all our surgery patients pain medication pre and post op and recommend oral pain medications that owners can administer at home. There are a wide variety of pain medications that we can prescribe, administer, and dispense for your pet from non steroidal anti- inflammatories to opioids.
We at Lincolnton Animal Hospital are very concerned about pain management in pets. In keeping with this theme in our clinic, we have added the latest technology for joint and soft tissue pain problems, a “K-Laser” for Laser Therapy. This Laser reduces inflammation in joints and soft tissues which dramatically reduces pain. The laser uses red and infrared light at 4 different wavelengths to improve circulation and decrease inflammation. More importantly, though, is that Laser therapy is “biostimulatory”. This means it actually aids in repairing the damaged tissues and therefore improves strength and provides greater mobility. And there are no side effects!
Treatments last 3 to 8 minutes per site and require no anesthesia. Your pet will be very comfortable as this laser produces only a soothing warmth in the inflamed tissue. Laser Therapy for chronic conditions can require 5 or 6 treatments initially to get your pet to a very comfortable situation. Booster treatments may be required every 3 to 4 weeks to maintain the reduced pain and improved mobility.
Our doctors and staff will be happy to explain this new therapy to you and answer any of your questions.
Dr McFerren also practices acupuncture. Its uses are extremely varied, from pain control to appetite stimulation.
We carry a variety of Hill’s, Purina, Eukanuba, and IVD prescription diets. We are happy to discuss what diet is best for your pet. There are many medical conditions that warrant special diets, ex. diabetes, intestinal diseases and conditions, kidney failure, liver diseases, and food allergies.
Read our article about diabetes.
A microchip is injected under your pet’s skin between the shoulders. Your pet’s microchip number is entered into our computer system and you can register your pet with the national registry. In the event that your pet is lost and found, a wand/scanner at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter can read your pet’s number. Many pets have been reunited with their owners by this permanent identification system.
We can bathe your pet with a mild non-stripping, oatmeal shampoo or use various medicated shampoos if needed. We have a groomer on board that does pattern grooming and can clip dog’s and cat’s hair one length. Many clients want the hair left longer on the face and tail, and we can accommodate your wishes. Baths and clips include nail trim, ear cleaning, and anal gland expression.
Having the ability to leave your pet with someone you trust not only gives you peace of mind, but also makes the entire experience less stressful on our furry family members. Our caring, attentive staff does their best to make your pet’s stay as pleasant as possible. We provide a safe, comfortable retreat in a bright, spacious, climate controlled environment.
We have very recently installed brand new roomy condos for our kitty boarders! As always, our cats board in a room totally separate from our dogs.
If you have any questions regarding our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friend!