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Baldwin Animal Clinic

Services Include:

General Medicine and Surgery

At Baldwin Animal Clinic, we are devoted to providing you and your pet with the best care possible. Our veterinarians know what diseases to vaccinate against and utilize only high-quality, proven reliable vaccines that have been handled and stored appropriately. Simple steps like regular vaccine boosters maintain good health for pets reducing the risk of contracting a serious, costly and sometimes fatal disease. As the interval between some pet vaccinations has lengthened, the need for regular check-ups every year remains an important step in keeping your pet healthy.

Other simple steps include check-ups, testing for intestinal parasites, heartworm testing and preventive medication, teeth cleaning, good nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight and other key areas that help pets live longer healthier lives. We will ensure that all necessary treatments are explained and offered at your pet’s regular or routine vaccine and preventive care visits.

The experienced doctors at Baldwin Animal Clinic also treat pets with minor illness, major disease, and critical or even life threatening injuries. It is always best to seek medical care for your pet as early as you notice an illness or injury. Starting treatment early gives your pet the best chance for a speedy recovery. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions while your pet is under treatment in our hospital or continuing care at home.

Spay & Neuter Services

Spay (ovariohysterectomy) and neuter (castration) surgeries are procedures done routinely at Baldwin Animal Clinic. Pets that are spayed or neutered no longer have the desire or ability to reproduce and benefit from reduced hormone levels, which when higher, drive desires such as fighting, roaming and breeding.

While these surgeries are routine for our veterinarians, they are still major surgeries. Making a common surgical procedure, such as a spay or neuter, as safe and comfortable as possible for the pet is a standard at our clinic. To ensure the best possible outcome for each patient, we offer safety measures including pre-surgical blood work, specialized instruments to monitor anesthetized patients' heart-rate and breathing, pain control and the safest gas anesthesia. Providing safe, high-quality care for spays and neuters at a reduced price enables families to provide this important care for their pets which benefits their lifelong health.

Orthopedic Surgery

Baldwin Animal Clinic offers comprehensive surgical care for dogs and cats with orthopedic conditions. Our veterinarians treat congenital and acquired injuries of bones, joints and the spine utilizing bone plating, pinning and fixation devices and methodologies.

Orthopedic trauma is managed by procedures designed to stabilize fractures, treat soft tissue injuries and promote rapid recovery. A variety of minimally invasive techniques are employed where possible to promote rapid diagnosis and repair. These techniques include:  percutaneous plating and fracture stabilization, which is made possible with intraoperative radiology, and arthroscopic evaluation and treatment of joint (shoulder, elbow, and knee) problems. 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, like radiography, allows us a non invasive way of looking within your pet. Ultrasound uses sound waves and a computer to form the image instead of x-ray radiation. This is an excellent way to look within body organs for tumors, evaluate the blood supply to the organ, or for something as simple as collecting urine for a urinalysis and pregnancy diagnosis.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a non- invasive method utilized to look inside the esophagus, stomach and intestines by moving a tiny camera on a tube through the mouth into the upper gastrointestinal tract.

With upper endoscopy we can:

Visualize and examine the inner surface of the esophagus, stomach and intestines,

Remove foreign body material from the stomach and esophagus, and

Collect biopsies of the stomach and intestines.

Digital Radiology

Baldwin Animal Clinic uses state of the art Digital Imaging equipment for x-ray images of your pets. Images are taken with the latest technologies available in veterinary radiology. Our ability to quickly and accurately obtain precise images of your pet provides a quicker diagnosis and also means less exposure to x-rays. X-rays can be used to evaluate bone damage, as well as evaluate organ integrity and identify foreign objects that may have been ingested.

Images can be emailed for reviewing by our other clinicians as well as specialists if need be. Our team of doctors will consult for the best diagnosis and treatment plan for you and your pet.

Pet Boarding

We value your trust when boarding your four-legged family member with us and we work hard to earn and keep it. It is important for us to provide a positive experience for both you and your pet.

Routine dog boarding amenities include playtime and tender loving care, and you are welcome to bring whatever comforts your pet would enjoy from home!

All sleeping areas are disinfected daily to ensure that your pet is happy and healthy. We adhere to all individual diets, and we require that your pets are up to date on all vaccines.

We require all guests to be flea free to prevent the spread of parasites to other boarders. We would be happy to show you our recommendations. Medications are administered as instructed. Please make sure to provide a contact number when checking your pet in. Take a look around the site - and the next time you need to board your pet, we hope your choice is Baldwin Animal Clinic.

Vaccinations

I. Canine parvovirus

What is canine parvovirus?
Canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV2, colloquially Parvo) is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs. The disease is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. It can be especially severe in puppies that are not protected by maternal antibodies or vaccination. It has two distinct presentations, a cardiac and intestinal form. The common signs of the intestinal form are severe vomiting and dysentery. The cardiac form causes respiratory or cardiovascular failure in young puppies. Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. Canine parvovirus will not infect humans.

How can I prevent parvovirus?
Prevention is the only way to ensure that a puppy or dog remains healthy because the disease is extremely virulent and contagious. The virus is extremely hardy and has been found to survive in feces and other organic material such as soil for over a year. It survives extremely cold and hot temperatures. The only household disinfectant that kills the virus is bleach. However, dogs and cats are very sensitive to bleach, so this cleaner must be used moderately.

Vaccination
Puppies are generally vaccinated in a series of doses, extending from the earliest time that the immunity derived from the mother wears off until after that passive immunity is definitely gone. Older puppies (16 weeks or older) are given 3 vaccinations 3 to 4 weeks apart. The duration of immunity of vaccines for CPV2 has been tested for all major vaccine manufacturers in the United States and has been found to be at least three years after the initial puppy series and a booster 1 year later.

II. Rabies

What is Rabies?
Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in warm-blooded animals. It is zoonotic (i.e., transmitted by animals), most commonly by a bite from an infected animal.

Rabies is almost invariably fatal if post-exposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever and general weakness or discomfort.

In the USA, since the widespread vaccination of domestic dogs and cats and the development of effective human vaccines and immunoglobulin treatments, the number of recorded deaths from rabies has dropped from one hundred or more annually in the early 20th century, to 1–2 per year.

III. Kennel Cough – Bordetella

What is kennel cough?
Kennel cough is a highly contagious canine illness characterized by inflammation of the upper respiratory system. It can be caused by viral infections such as canine distemper, canine adenovirus, canine parainfluenza virus, or canine respiratory coronavirus, or bacterial infections such as Bordetella bronchiseptica. It is so named because the infection can spread quickly among dogs, such as in the close quarters of a kennel.

Both viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough are spread through the air by infected dogs sneezing and coughing. It can also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces and through direct contact. It is highly contagious, even days or weeks after symptoms disappear. Symptoms begin usually 3 to 5 days after exposure. The disease can progress to pneumonia.

What are the symptoms of kennel cough?
Symptoms can include a harsh, dry hacking/coughing, retching, sneezing, snorting, gagging or vomiting in response to light pressing of the trachea or after excitement or exercise. The presence of a fever varies from case to case. The disease can last initially from 10-20 days and can rebreak when the dog is put into a stressful situation which puts stress on the dog's immune system. Diagnosis is made by seeing these symptoms; having a history of exposure is also helpful but not always found, as kennel cough is easily spread through contact with contaminated surfaces such as the ground, toys, and sidewalks.

Antibiotics are given to treat any bacterial infection present. Cough suppressants are used if the cough is not productive (nothing is being coughed up).

Prevention
The best prevention is to vaccinate for canine adenovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, and Bordetella. In kennels, the best prevention is to keep all the cages disinfected. Most kennels will not board dogs without proof of vaccination.

IV. Canine distemper

What is canine distemper?
Canine distemper is a viral disease that is most commonly associated with domestic animals such as dogs and ferrets, although it can infect wild animals as well. It is a single-stranded RNA virus of the family paramyxovirus, and thus a close relative of measles. Puppies from three to six months old are particularly susceptible.

Canine distemper virus (CDV) spreads through aerosol droplets and through contact with infected bodily fluids including nasal and ocular secretions, feces, and urine 6-22 days after exposure. It can also be spread by food and water contaminated with these fluids. The time between infection and disease is 14 to 18 days, although there can be a fever from three to six days postinfection.

What are the symptoms of canine distemper?
Infection may or may not be accompanied by anorexia, a runny nose, and discharge from the eye.

This first round of fever typically recedes rapidly within 96 hours, and then a second round of fever begins around the 11th or 12th day and lasts at least a week.

Gastrointestinal and respiratory problems tend to follow, which may become complicated with secondary bacterial infections. Commonly observed signs are a runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, excessive salivation, coughing and/or labored breathing, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

Infected animals should be quarantined from other dogs for several months due to the length of time the animal may shed the virus.

Prevention
There are a number of vaccines against canine distemper for dogs and domestic ferrets, which are mandatory for pets in many jurisdictions.

V. Heartworm Disease

What are heartworms?
Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm (Dirofilaria immitis) that is spread from host to host through the bites of mosquitoes. The heartworm is a type of filaria, a small thread-like worm. The definitive host is the dog but it can also infect cats, wolves, coyotes, foxes and other animals, such as ferrets, sea lions and even, under very rare circumstances, humans.

The parasite is commonly called "heartworm"; however, that is a misnomer because the adult actually resides in the pulmonary arterial system (lung arteries) for the most part, and the primary menace to the health of the animal is a manifestation of damage to the lung vessels and tissue. Occasionally, adult heartworms migrate to the right heart and even the great veins producing heavy infections. Heartworm infection may result in serious disease or death for the host.

What are the symptoms of heartworms?
Dogs show no indication of heartworm infection during the 6-month-long prepatent period prior to the worms' maturation, and current diagnostic tests for the presence of microfilariae or antigens cannot detect prepatent infections.

Many dogs will show little or no sign of infection even after the worms become adults. In the most advanced cases where many adult worms have built up in the heart without treatment, signs progress to severe weight loss, fainting, coughing up blood and, finally, congestive heart failure.

Prevention
Prevention of heartworm infection can be obtained through a number of veterinary drugs, usually administered as pills or chewable tablets once every month.

Some dogs may be sensitive to certain types of heart worm medication. When you visit Baldwin Animal Clinic, we will help you determine which USDA approved brand against heartworm is best for your pet.

VI. Canine Influenza

What is canine influenza?
Canine influenza (dog flu) is influenza occurring in canines. Canine influenza is caused by varieties of Influenzavirus A, such as equine influenza virus H3N8, which in 2004 was discovered to cause disease in dogs. Because of the lack of previous exposure to this virus, dogs have no natural immunity to this virus. Therefore, the disease is rapidly transmitted between individual dogs.

Canine influenza may be endemic in some regional dog populations of the United States. It is a disease with a high morbidity but a low mortality. The incubation period is two to five days and viral shedding may occur for seven to ten days following the onset of symptoms.

What are the symptoms of canine influenza?
Symptoms of the mild form include a cough that lasts for ten to thirty days and possibly a greenish nasal discharge. Dogs with the more severe form may have a high fever and pneumonia. Pneumonia in these dogs is not caused by the influenza virus, but by secondary bacterial infections.

The fatality rate of dogs that develop pneumonia secondary to canine influenza can reach 50 percent if not given proper treatment.

Prevention
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved the first canine influenza vaccine in June, 2009 and it is available at our practice.

VII. Lyme Disease

What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks to dogs, as well as to other animals and people.  Most Lyme disease in the United States is spread by the deer tick. Although Lyme disease is not highly prevalent in our area, vaccines are available upon request for pets that will be travelling to areas where Lyme disease occurs more frequently.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
While many dogs will not show any outward signs of illness, the most common visible symptoms of Lyme disease are arthritis and lameness due to painful joints.  Dogs may also experience fever, loss of appetite, and loss of energy.  Symptoms – when they do appear – may come and go, vary in severity, and can sometimes be mistaken for those of other conditions. Generally speaking, puppies are more likely to exhibit symptoms than adult dogs.

How serious is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease can be quite serious if left untreated.  In most severe cases, Lyme disease can lead to heart disease, central nervous system disorders, or even fatal kidney disease.

Dentistry

Healthy teeth and gums are one of the best health care gifts a pet owner can provide for their pet. It is important to follow your veterinarian's advice on maintaining dental health—an essential factor in your pet's overall health and longevity. Our clinic offers professional dental cleanings, including any necessary extractions, while taking all necessary precautions for a safe anesthetic procedure in our hospital. Our team can provide diet and treat recommendations to help keep your pet's teeth clean during regular dental cleanings as well as provide recommendations for good at-home dental care.

Oral hygiene and care in pets is particularly important to keep healthy animals and to create a safe shared environment between human and pet.

Skin Care & Flea Control

Every Pet deserves to have healthy skin and a beautiful shiny coat.

Inadequate flea control is an issue that can lead to serious skin problems. Our staff are experts at stopping fleas in their tracks using safe and effective flea preventive medications. Besides preventing flea related skin disease, flea control also prevents or reduces incidence of bites on people and other pets and reduces the risk of pets being infected with tapeworms.

Our veterinarians also provide care for pets with minor skin illness and severe skin disease as well as consultations on how to maintain healthy skin and coat. Check with your veterinarian if your pet is experiencing seasonal skin problems, has a skin injury or received some sort of skin trauma. Skin care is vital to the overall health and happiness of your pet.

Science Diet Pet Food

What your pet eats and how they behave is a part of everyday life, each day of your pet's life. Discussing pet nutrition and treats with your veterinarian gives you the knowledge to make powerful decisions for your pet’s short term and long term health. Poor nutrition leaves pets susceptible to skin problems, digestive problems, weight issues, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and other health concerns. At Baldwin Animal Clinic we feature Science Diet Pet Food as well as a complete line of pet care products to meet the dietary and lifestyle needs of your pet.

Pets that fit well into a family's everyday life are happier and better adjusted. The veterinary professionals at Baldwin Animal Clinic are a great source of information about general pet behavior, training tips and resources for correcting unwanted pet behaviors. Since some undesirable behaviors can be directly linked to an illness, any change in a pet's behavior should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian. Our team has the experience to assist you in uncovering any underlying illness and getting your pet the help he or she needs to recover and get back to the being the great family companion you love.

24 Hour Emergency Care

Baldwin Animal Clinic offers 24-hour emergency care, 7 days a week through our network of experienced on-call veterinarians. For trusted pet emergency care during night time hours and around the clock, turn to us for all your emergency needs.