Looking for veterinary services in Manchester?
County Animal Hospital offers complete veterinary care for all stages of your pet’s life, from birth through old age. We offer the following medical services:
- Wellness Care (examinations and vaccinations)
- Senior Care
- Digital Dental Radiology
- Digital Radiology
- On-site Ultrasound and CT
- Internal Medicine
- Surgery – Soft Tissue and Orthopedic, including
- TPLO, TTA, and lateral suture for ACL repair
We also offer additional non-medical services such as:
- Therapeutic Grooming
- Microchip Identification
- Obedience Training
- Behavior Modification
- Dietary Management
- Prescription Diets
The Importance of a Family Veterinarian:
Just as your health depends on your family physician, your pet also benefits from a long-term relationship with your veterinarian. As your family veterinarian, we can become familiar with your pet. This will enable us to identify potential problems early, when treatments often easier and less expensive.
At each twice-yearly physical exam, your pet will receive far more than just health protecting vaccinations. We will examine and not findings on your pet’s medical records for reference during your next visit. Over a long period of time, these records will help us note any changes that might affect your pet’s health. If your pet ever becomes injured or ill, we will be here to provide aid and assistance.
Our mission as your family veterinarian is to provide you and your pet with a superior level of service and care. With your help, we can ensure that your pet will live a happy, long, and happy life.
Ask us about our Preventive Care Packages!
Preventive care packages are a great way to get your pet everything he needs each year while spreading out the payments equally over 12 months. We have wellness plans available for both puppies and kittens, that include all of the vaccinations, exams, and a spay or a neuter if they are needed. We also have 3 levels of adult plans for dogs and cats that includes comprehensive exams, vaccinations, parasite checks, bloodwork, and upper level plans that even include a teeth cleaning!
Packages also give members discounts on other treatments and services at the hospital, including food, grooming, and boarding.
Plans start at $25.95 per month.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Here at County Animal Hospital we are proud to offer gastrointestinal, urogenital, oncologic (cancer), reconstructive, and opthalmologic surgeries. When each patient is admitted to our hospital, a veterinary technician is assigned to your pet so that we can look after your pet’s every need. We utilize conventional methods as well as electrosurgery and CO2 laser (upon request). The doctors at County will thouroughly explain every aspect of the procedure so that you will feel comfortable while your familes pet is staying with us.
A few of the soft tissue surgeries we offfer:
- Third Eyelid Gland Repair/Conjunctival Grafts
- Tracheal Collapse
- Salivary Gland Mucoceles
- Total Ear Canal Ablations
- Feline Ear Polyp Resection
- Gastrotomy/Enterotomy (foreign body obstruction)
- Gall Bladder/ Liver Lobe Resection
- Cystotomy (urinary stones)
- Rectal Prolapse
- Anal Gland Removal
Here at County Animal Hospital we perform various orthopedic and neurologic surgeries. When being evaluated for a lameness issue, it is important to determine if it is due to nerve damage or musculoskeletal inury. The doctors here at County will spend a little extra time with you and your beloved pet so that an accurate diagnosis is made. Radiographs (x-rays) are commonly used to help us deterimine the exact location or locations. At County, we have digital x-ray so the images are much better than conventional film. We commonly use bone models so you can “see” where your pet “hurts.” Just a few of the orthopedic/neurologic procedures that we offer are listed here: ACL repair (TPLO, TTA, Tightrope, fibular head advancement, and lateral suture), medial and lateral patella luxation repair, femoral head and neck excision, fracture repair (internal and external), dorsal and hemilaminectomy, and joint arthrodesis.
ACL rupture in dogs is the leading orthopedic injury in the United States. Since there are several methods of repair, listed below are some basic history and information about TPLO and TTA. Please view the information below or contact us for a consultation.
Michael Vitucci MS, DVM has accreditations in AO ASIF (Association for the Study of Internal Fixation), External Skeletal Fixation, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO). He is also an active member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
In 1978, a new test for identifying rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament was described.
After using this test for several years, Dr. Barclay Slocum began to understand how the stifle really works. In 1982, Dr. Slocum described the cranial tibial thrust which is a dogs natural force created in the stifle. The cranial tibial thrust is responsible for rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. Understanding how this force is created led to the design of a surgical procedure for controlling this force and its destructive side effects. A new version of the procedure, called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy has proven effective in returning dogs to full function.
Healing takes about two months for the bone and slightly longer for the soft tissues to heal. Because the plateau leveling permits the joint pain to subside, the major problem in this surgery has been related to excessive patient activity before bone healing is complete. Owners are advised that absolute restriction of activity is mandatory during the healing process. Most patients return to very light yard work at 2-3 months, light training at 4-5 months, full training at 5-6 months, and are functioning normally under field trial conditions at 6 months.
The surgery results over the past 10 years have been excellent. Even patients that had ruptured ligaments for periods up to 5 years have made marked improvement. Many of these cases have a longer period for regaining flexibility in the stifle. Dogs that have had a previous surgery (up to seven on the same stifle) still show improvement. Patients with poor conformation may not respond well to this surgery but those patients can also have their conformation corrected at the time of surgery. This surgery is not size dependent, it works on all stifles of all breeds with the described mechanism of injury.
At County, we know that when your beloved pet is diagnosed with cancer it is very frightening. We strive to educate you so that appropriate decisions concerning the well-being and quality of life of your pet can be made. It is important to know that chemotherapy in animals can be very rewarding depending on the type of cancer being treated. Veterinarians use the same drugs that humans are given, but animals normally don’t lose their hair and typically don’t get sick. When we do see signs associated with chemotherapy, it is usually several days after treatment and predominately gastrointestinal in nature. This can be helped with oral medications that you can give at home.
Some cancers can also be removed/ managed surgically. Depending on the type of cancer, location, and presence of metastases (spread) removal (when complete) can be curative! Again, it is important to know the type of cancer and weather the cancer has progressed as to if surgery or chemotherapy is an option.
Below are a few of the cancers we treat with chemotherapy. Many of these have multiple treatments that can be performed based on you and your pets needs.
Lymphoma, leukemia (ALL and CLL), multiple myeloma, mast cell tumors, hemangiosarcomas, osteosarcomas (bone cancer), and soft tissue sarcomas.
Feel free to contact us to set up a consultation so that we can discuss your pets condition.
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County Animal Hospital is proud to offer bathing and grooming services. Our professionally trained groomer, Erica has over 12 years of grooming experience and is an expert at grooming both dogs and cats. Grooming and bathing appointments can be scheduled every day of the week, excluding Wednesdays.
Schedule your pet for a single service, such as a bath, trim, or shedding treatment, or schedule them for a whole spa day! We offer full grooming for all dogs breeds, cat grooming, pedicures, dremeling, and ear cleaning and plucking.
Call us today to schedule your appointment!