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Orange Veterinary Clinic provides numerous services to keep your pet healthy at all times, including:
Orange Veterinary Clinic is your complete source for animal care and surgery in the Orange, Virginia, area. We provide a vast assortment of routine and intensive care for your pets.
'Tis the season for increased roaming by pets. It's very easy for a pet to get lost. If they are picked up and taken to the local animal shelter, pets are automatically scanned for a microchip. These are tiny devices that contain a unique number that will show up when a handheld scanner is waved over the pet.
The shelter staff will call the microchip company, get the pet's ownership information, then call the owner, and voila! the pet gets back home! Microchips are typically implanted by your veterinarian.
It's a straight-forward procedure: It's very similar to when your pet gets vaccinated. Orange Veterinary Clinic offers microchips from Avid. Stop by the clinic and schedule your appointment today!
During an annual wellness exam, our veterinarians will provide a complete physical exam, test for intestinal parasites and heartworms and may conduct diagnostic blood work. These test are an important baseline for your pet’s health, helping our veterinary team identify potential health problems before physical symptoms are present.
Virginia state law requires dogs to be vaccinated against Rabies. Cats should also receive a Rabies vaccination. Our veterinarians strongly recommend that all pets obtain core vaccines and regular boosters. Our canine core vaccinations include Rabies, DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvo virus), Leptospirosis, Lyme and Bordetella. Felines, including indoor cats, should receive Rabies, FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia.
Older pets can suffer from a number of health concerns, including arthritis, thyroid disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. We recommend semi-annual wellness exams for senior pets to help detect and treat health problems as early as possible. With early detection, many conditions such as arthritis can be managed through non-invasive veterinary care and dietary supplements.
An annual pet dental cleaning prevents the build-up of plaque along the gum line. Without regular cleanings, this plaque can push the gums away from the teeth, forming pockets susceptible to bacterial infections. Pets can suffer from painful oral health problems, including periodontal disease, mouth ulcers, and serious infections. During a pet dental cleaning we remove plaque build-up and polish the teeth.
Our in-house chemistry and complete blood count analyzer provides immediate results. We also run urinalysis, fecal samples for intestinal parasites, ear and skin cytologies, and skin fungal cultures. We partner with Abaxis Laboratories for numerous additional tests. We perform radiographs in the clinic.
Our veterinary hospital uses advanced surgical techniques and support technology to ensure that every operation, no matter how routine or complicated, goes smoothly for your pet. We follow strict sterilization protocols and pain management for their comfort and safety. Our heated surgery table helps pets relax. During every procedure, we carefully monitor pets via ECG, blood pressure and oxygen readings, and offer IV fluid therapy for all surgeries.
In the event of a veterinary health emergency every second counts. No appointment is necessary; simply give us a call when you are on the way and our staff will be ready to assist upon arrival.
We maintain a fully stocked pharmacy to meet the need of the vast majority of medications required. Many prescriptions can easily be refilled when needed. Please contact us at least 24 hours before you require your pet’s medications. We may need to get a refill authorization from the doctor before filling the prescription. In some instances an exam or blood test may be needed before the prescription can be refilled. Please be aware that we are legally required to have a doctor examine your pet within one year to fill any prescription.
Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under similar circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. We are also aware that many pets hide their pain well, and it is sometimes difficult for owners to know when their pets are painful. We strive to proactively treat pain. We have multiple medications and treatment options available to help your pet manage acute or chronic pain.
Knowing when to say goodbye is always a difficult and painful decision. We will work with you in helping you know when the time is right for you and your family. When the time has come we work with clients to ensure the pet’s comfort and dignity. We offer both general and private cremation services. We also offer euthanasia services at your home.
We recommend that you visit the clinic soon after obtaining a new pet. During the wellness exam we can discuss microchipping with you. It is a simple procedure in which a tiny responder about the size of a grain of rice is placed under the skin of your pet. It is easy for a pet to get lost. The microchip information can help your pet get home. If your pet is picked up and taken to a local shelter it will be scanned to check and identify a microchip. The shelter will call the microchip registry and retrieve your contact information so that your pet can be returned to you.
Acupuncture has been used successfully in both veterinary and human medicine for nearly 4000 years. Simply stated, acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body with the intent of altering various biochemical and physiological conditions.
Acupuncture is now known to affect all major physiological systems via the central nervous system. Included are the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. More than simply relieving pain, acupuncture also increases circulation and causes a release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones such as endorphins, the natural pain-killing hormones. Some benefits are the relief of muscle spasms and the stimulation of the body’s defense system. Most pets find treatments very soothing and relaxing.