Broad River Animal Hospital places an emphasis on Wellness and Preventative care in our approach to pet health. A yearly or biannual comprehensive medical examination along with parasite screening and appropriate vaccinations are the building blocks to a long and healthy life for our dogs and kitties.
Internal medicine encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the major body systems including the kidneys and urinary tract, liver, pancreas, gastrointestinaltract, endocrine glands and respiratory tract. It also covers infectious and immune-mediated diseases.
Dr. Allison and Dr. Reinecke both have decades of experience in diagnosing and treating sick pets. Our in-house laboratory and state-of-the-art digital radiography allow us to diagnosis and treat ill patients quickly.
If your situation becomes more complex, we have a well-developed network of regional specialists, to which we can refer you for more in-depth treatments.
Both of our doctors enjoy and are proficient at small animal surgery. We are capable of a wide range soft tissue surgeries including ovariohysterectomies, castration, mass removals, bladder stone removals and intestinal foreign body removal.
Broad River AH offers an extremely cautious approach to anesthesia, including careful selection of medications tailored to each patient, fluid and heat support and state-of-the-art anesthetic monitoring equipment. Our Registered Veterinary Technicians, Kelly and Deb, are highly trained to keep patients safe and healthy during anesthesia.
Proper dental care for your pet is essential to whole body health. Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs and cats and is the result of the body’s inflammatory response to dental tartar. Keeping the tartar away will keep gums and mouths healthy and breath fresh.
We offer professional dental cleanings when needed and place on emphasis on prevention of dental disease. We can teach you how to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy!
Acupuncture is often indicated for functional problems, such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (ie: allergies) and pain. For small animals, here are some of the general conditions which we may treat with acupuncture:
– Musculoskeletal issues, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic
– Nerve injury
– Respiratory issues, such as asthma
– Skin issues, such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
– Gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea
– Select reproductive problems
Many over-the-counter flea and tick medications simply do not work, while other can be toxic and even deadly to your pet. Thankfully we now have multiple safe and effective flea and tick remedies available at BRAH. Controlling fleas and ticks not only helps keep pets comfortable, but helps prevent a variety of serious infectious disease, such as Lyme’s Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia and others.
Heartworm is another parasite that is easily controlled with a regular treatment plan. This parasite is spread by mosquitoes and does extensive damage to the blood vessels surrounding the heart and the lungs.
Intestinal parasites, such as hookworms and roundworms are VERY common in Western NC. They cause disease in cats and dogs but can also cause disease in humans, especially children. Roundworms are a leading cuase of BLINDNESS in children in the U.S. BRAH can help you protect both your pets and your families from these dangerous parasites.
Dogs and cats suffer from a wide range of skin, mouth, ear, hair and nail diseases. Skin conditions may be related to allergies, reactions to flea bites and other external parasites, infections, skin cancers, autoimmune skin diseases, or sun damage.
Ear infections are very common. Most ear infections in adult dogs are caused by bacteria and yeast. Ear mites are a common in puppies and cats of all ages but are rare in adult dogs. Watch for common signs of ear issues in your dog, including scratching and rubbing at the ears, head shaking, and redness or swelling.
We are well-versed in all common dermatological issues and will work with you to find the precise cause and cure when your pet has issues.
Dealing with pet nutrition and dietary issues can be frustrating and overwhelming. Dogs and cats have nutritional needs that are very different from our own.
Broad River Animal Hospital can help you determine the best diet for your individual pet’s needs.
Never ignore changes in your pet’s eyes. Some conditions, such as corneal ulcers, can progress rapidly, in a matter of days and even hours. Dogs and cats are subject to many types of eye conditions, including corneal ulcers, dry eye, conjunctivitis, cataracts and glaucoma.
Call for an appointment if you have any concerns about your cat’s or dog’s eye health.
Millions of dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.
One simple way to avoid some heartache related to your missing pet, is to proactively microchip your dog or cat. IF your pet is lost, any animal shelter and most vets can immediately identify you as your pet’s owner to your pet back home.
The microchip is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle – no surgery or anesthesia is required. It is no more painful than a typical injection and it can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can often be implanted during the procedure.
Please call if you have questions about microchipping or would like to schedule an appointment for your pet to be microchipped.
Broad River Animal Hospital offers the most current and modern x-rays with a Digital X-Ray System. Digital X-rays are complete in a matter of seconds to allow evaluation of bones, the heart and lungs and other internal organs. When necessary, we are able transmit your pet’s images by computer to a board-certifies radiologist for interpretation.