Our staff at Winnetka Animal Clinic is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion every time they walk in the door!
We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:
Your pet’s dental health is more important than you may think. While a great smile benefits their outward appearance, it also has some profound effects on their overall health.
When Good Teeth Go Bad
Poor dental hygiene is a slippery slope. Initial symptoms include bad breath and discoloration of the teeth. If left unchecked, periodontal disease is not far behind. At that point, gums become red and swollen, and may even begin to bleed.
Untreated, periodontal disease leads to bone loss within your pet’s mouth. Teeth begin to loosen and eventually fall out. Not only does this affect their ability to eat, but also it creates an environment for infection that has a direct path to major organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart.
At Winnetka Animal Clinic, your pet’s dental health starts with you. We recommend allowing us to clean your pet’s teeth at least once every two years. However, some pets will need their teeth cleaned annually. February is a great time to do this, as it’s dental health month and dental services are discounted.
In addition to biennial professional cleaning, we also recommend you regularly clean your pet’s teeth at home. We sell a variety of dental care products, including food, treats, water additives, and chew toys.
As a pet begins to age, it occasionally becomes necessary to have certain teeth extracted. We are fully equipped to perform this procedure. We handle all extractions on a case-by-case basis, keeping your pet’s health and lifestyle in mind.
For most owners, knowing a beloved pet needs to undergo even the simplest of surgical procedures is enough to cause stress and anxiety. At Winnetka Animal Clinic, we understand your concerns and will meet them with professionalism and compassion.
Why Winnetka Animal Clinic?
For more than 30 years, we have been treating the pets of Winnetka, its surrounding communities, and the greater Los Angeles area. We think of our clients as family, treating every pet like he or she is one of our own. Our goal is to provide your pet with only the highest quality care, and to provide you, the owner, with compassion and understanding.
Some of the surgical amenities you can expect to find at Winnetka Animal Clinic include:
- A dedicated surgery suite with a separate recovery area
- Heated surgery table to ensure your pet’s comfort and wellbeing
- An oxygenator, which uses oxygen pulled from the environment, preventing the use of any canned air
- Up-to-date monitors to watch vital signs
We perform many different types of surgeries. Some of the more common procedures we perform include:
- Spay and neuter
- Mass removal
- Urinary tract blockage removal (cats)
- Foreign object removal
- Tooth extractions
Advanced Digital X-rays
Various reasons may require your pet to receive an X-ray or ultrasound reading. Regardless the situation, our in-house digital facility provides many advantages for your pet and you.
Our Fujifilm digital X-ray is top quality in terms of industry standards. Images are almost immediately visible on a monitor, and the process exposes your pet to less radiation than film X-rays. Because it is a shorter process, it means less stress for your pet. Images can be easily saved to any USB stick and delivered to a specialist or kept in your own records.
Our GE ultrasound is also state of the art. It is primarily used to check for abdominal masses, gland abnormalities, and heart disease. Like our X-ray equipment, it also produces immediate results, causes less stress for the animals, and images can be easily sent to another veterinarian.
Our pet X-ray and ultrasound equipment are only a small part of what we offer at Winnetka Animal Clinic. Dedicated to your pet’s health, we are a family practice, priding ourselves on our combination of a traditional approach to veterinary medicine and the latest in technology and techniques.
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets' life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets' health, it's also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
At Winnetka Animal Clinic, we are happy to offer microchipping. Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often.
But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet's safety and retrieval should he or she ever become lost. Microchipping is a standard procedure that implants a tiny chip underneath your pet's fur. It is a painless and relatively fast procedure and is completely safe.
Wellness Exams & Vaccinations
If you have a puppy or kitten, or even a senior pet, comprehensive yearly exams play a big role in your pet’s vitality. These checkups allow us the opportunity to examine all aspects of your pet’s health and provide much needed information to you, the owner.
What to Expect
Once a puppy or kitten is between 6 and 8 weeks old, he or she is ready for the first visit. Expect your newbie to receive a complete checkup, which includes a dental exam, first set of vaccinations (DHLPP #1 for dogs or FVRCP #1 for cats), deworming preventive, flea prevention treatment, and a consultation on diet and nutrition.
Deworming your new pet is highly important, as sometimes worms are passed from mother to offspring during birth. Eradicating the worms is significant in terms of public health.
Equally important is establishing year-round flea treatment, as they can cause allergies, carry disease, and infest a household. The best preventive for these parasites is to stop them before they get started.
The typical wellness and vaccinations schedule for most pets includes:
- 3 weeks after the first visit, your pet will receive a second set of vaccinations (DHLPP #2/FVRCP #2), as well as a second deworming preventive.
- 3 weeks later, he or she will receive a third set (DHLPP #3/FVRCP #3).
- 3 weeks later, he or she will receive a one-year DHLPP/FVRCP, one-year rabies, and optional 6-month bordatella for kennel cough (dogs only).
- At 5 to 6 months of age, your pet is eligible for spay or neutering, something we highly recommend. Microchipping is also very important, as every pet shelter has a microchip reader. While the procedure can be done at anytime, the spay or neuter provides the perfect opportunity.
- 1 year after the third set of vaccinations, your pet will receive a 1-year checkup, 3-year DHLPP or FVRCP, and 3-year rabies shot.
From that point on, your pet will receive an annual checkup that includes a dental exam, diet consultation, and any appropriate booster vaccinations. Your puppy or kitten’s first booster is good for one year. All boosters after that will be good for 3 years.
Any DHLPP, FVRCP, rabies, or bordatella vaccine administered during an annual checkup is always done at half price!
FYI… We also hold a half-price clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. During that time, our on-duty vet tech will administer vaccinations or boosters at half price to any pet that has been seen by the doctor within the last year.
When it comes to animal clinics, the ability to perform in-house veterinary diagnostics isn’t just convenient for the client—it’s also crucial for the patients.
Keeping It In-House
Lab diagnostics is never more important than when it involves a senior pet or a pet that requires veterinary surgery. In either case, it is not uncommon to need more extensive blood work—and for it to be done quickly. Keeping the diagnostics in house allows us to manage both, while overseeing the entire process.
Our in-house lab features a complete IDEXX suite, giving us the ability to test complete blood counts, blood chemistry, and electrolytes. However, there are cases when we do send samples to a reference lab. This is especially true when a second opinion is necessary. In these instances, we utilize an IDEXX facility, ensuring both accurate and consistent results.
Being a client of Winnetka Animal Clinic has its privileges, and short-term boarding with people you know is one of them! We are a family-run veterinary clinic, so offering additional services to our clients makes life a little easier. After all, when it comes to your pet’s health and wellbeing, who can you trust more than your family vet?
If you are a client and need to board your pet overnight or for a limited extended stay, look no further than the boarding facility at Winnetka Animal Clinic. Featuring large private cages for cats and six-foot runs for dogs, your pet will receive personalized and loving care throughout the day. Food, water, and towels are provided, but feel free to bring along beds, toys, and anything else to keep your pet comfortable. Please note: Specialty foods and medication are the responsibility of the client.
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Our fully stocked in-house pet pharmacy cuts down on our clients’ time and effort. The ability to obtain your pet’s medication at the same location where he or she receives treatment is convenient for the owner, and it allows us to oversee the entirety of your pet’s wellness plan.
The pharmacy at Winnetka Animal Clinic features both name brand and generic versions of most medications your pet will ever need. Compound medications are formulated at a trusted off-site lab.
Clients of Winnetka Animal Clinic can also sign up for our home delivery service through VetSource.com, offering competitive pricing and even more convenience.
If your pet is prescribed medication for any reason, it is highly important for you, the owner, to follow the veterinarian’s directions. This includes dosage amounts and frequency, methods for administering the medication, and any food restrictions. Doing otherwise may cause harm to your pet.
It is also important to note that some medications, such as thyroid and arthritis meds, require blood work in order to be prescribed, and must be updated every six months.
End of Life Care
At Winnetka Animal Clinic, we understand that the loss of a pet is the loss of a family member. It’s the most difficult thing a pet owner will ever have to go through.
When the time comes to say goodbye to your beloved companion, it will most likely be an emotional experience. We understand this hardship—we’re not just doctors and staff, we’re pet owners as well.
Some owners will unfortunately be faced with the tough decision of having to put their pet down. This typically happens with senior pets that have lost their faculties or pets suffering from acute pain with no chance of remedy or recovery. Regardless of the circumstances, the act of letting go can be extremely difficult. This is exactly the reason we handle pet euthanasia with the utmost empathy and compassion. We welcome our clients and family members to be present during the process if they wish to accompany their pet in his or her final moments.
We offer care of remains to our clients who’ve lost a pet. This is included with euthanasia and available for an additional cost with private cremation. More information about this process is available upon request.
Emergency & Urgent Care
Pet emergencies can happen at any time. The scary part is many of occur when we least expect it, or we are not prepared. In the spirit of providing our clients with knowledge and information, the following are some helpful tips in case your pet is ever in need of emergency veterinary services.
Please remember that any first aid treatment administered to your pet should always be followed immediately by veterinary care. First aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but rather a means of stabilizing your pet until he or she can receive treatment.
- Keep contact information for your veterinarian, an emergency veterinarian, and the Animal Poison Control center in both your home and on your person.
- Keep any of your pet’s pertinent medical records where they can be easily accessed.
- Keep a small pet first aid kit in your home. The kit should include:
- Gauze (for wrapping wounds or muzzling your pet)
- Non-stick bandages, towels, or strips of cloth (to control bleeding)
- Adhesive tape
- Milk of Magnesia or activated charcoal (to absorb poison)
- Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting)
- Digital pet thermometer
- Eye dropper
- Leash and muzzle
- Makeshift stretcher (such as a board or a large blanket)
- Always call your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian before applying ANY first aid treatment.
- Remember that an injured pet is a scared pet. Always proceed with caution before examining or treating an injured pet.