To provide our clients with the best possible service, Shelden Vet employs the use of advanced diagnostic technology and remains current with the leading practices and discoveries in veterinary care.
We provide a range of diagnostic tests including:
- Stool analysis
- Identifies the presence of parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms
- Urine analysis
- Detects various urinary tract diseases and the presence of bacteria or infection
- Blood tests
- Used to diagnose a multitude of conditions and diseases including anemia and leukemia
Shelden Vet also maintains an in-house laboratory, which allows us to provide you with results quickly and efficiently.
We use both radiography (X-ray) and ultrasound technology to help us ensure a thorough examination of your pet’s internal health. Similar to human-centered care, both procedures are very safe, but each offers its own advantages in different situations.
X-rays are especially useful to show changes in bone, irregular shapes in the abdomen, or the presence of foreign objects. Ultrasounds are valuable when we need to monitor real-time organ or blood activity. No matter the situation, you can rest assured that our staff has the knowledge and experience to make the right recommendation for your pet.
Shelden Vet is proud to provide you with digital X-ray technology to increase our ability to effectively diagnose and treat your pet. Digital X-rays require less radiation than conventional methods and enable us to immediately examine, adjust, and share the images we acquire of your cat or dog. Similar to the transition from film cameras to digital photography, the use of digital imaging is a great advancement in veterinary care, and Shelden Vet is at the forefront of this change.
Receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness in your pet can be overwhelming, and the staff at Shelden Vet is here to support you every step of the way. With our experienced team and access to board-certified specialists, we ensure that your pet receives the highest level of service and compassion during this difficult time.
What Is Internal Medicine?
Broadly speaking, internal medicine refers to all the systems and organs you find on the inside of your cat or dog.
This includes the following areas of study/ treatment:
- Studies diseases and abnormalities of the heart
- Deals with diseases related to glands/hormones
- Includes the diagnosis of cancer and various treatment options
- Addresses conditions of the urinary tract and related systems
The staff at Shelden Vet can help you prevent and identify diseases in any of these areas. We also use Pet Health Network 3D (PHN3D) which is an interactive tool that allows us to explain conditions using three-dimensional graphics and animations. This technology can enhance your understanding of an illness and ensures an accurate interpretation of your pet’s situation.
Making a Referral
Following a conclusive diagnosis, the team at Shelden Vet will work with you to develop a plan and refer you to one of our trusted specialists for treatment.
Common examples of conditions for which we might make a referral are:
- Endocrine diseases
- Liver and gall bladder inflammation or infection
- Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
- Complicated pancreatic diseases
- Coughing and breathing problems
- Infectious diseases
- Anemia or other blood disorders
- Kidney or bladder diseases
- Unexplained weight loss
We may also recommend specialized treatment/consultation in the following situations:
- The disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing.
- Current treatments are not going well or as expected.
- A sophisticated procedure is required that is only available through a specialty hospital.
The impending loss of a pet is among the most difficult times in every owner’s experience, and our team is here to offer compassionate guidance to you and your family. Whether your pet is entering his or her golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, we help you determine the appropriate course of action to minimize any pain and discomfort that may occur during the end-of-life experience.
How To Know When it’s Time
In some situations, the staff at Shelden Veterinary Care is able to make a definitive recommendation regarding euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make the decision based on our medical prognosis and what you observe in your pet’s behavior.
The following are common signs that your cat or dog is no longer experiencing a high quality of life:
- Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
- He or she has stopped eating or will only eat by force
- Frequent incontinence
- Loss of interest in all or most of his or her favorite activities
- Chronic labored breathing or coughing
- Unable to stand or walk independently
What You Can Expect
Once you’ve made this very difficult decision, the team at Shelden Vet will review the procedure to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives.
Euthanasia is often a two-step process. First, a sedative is administered to make your pet calm and comfortable. A medication is then injected that functions so your pet is no longer aware of the end-of-life experience. The process takes 10 to 20 seconds and is similar to what you would feel when undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure.
It’s an individual choice whether you or your family are present that day, and our staff can help counsel you through the various decisions that must be made. While we’re always sensitive to our clients’ needs, we’re aware of how extremely painful this loss can be. Shelden Vet is here to provide the gentle, compassionate care you, your pet, and your family deserve.