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Wellness Care

We emphasize wellness and preventative health care from your first visit with a new puppy or kitten through your pet’s senior years. The foundation of your pet’s wellness and longevity begins with regular physical exams and preventative healthcare. Depending on your pet’s age and health condition, exams are recommended every 6 months. Pets with more serious concerns may need more frequent exams.

Our veterinarian performs thorough physical exams on all body systems from head to tail. With regular exams and preventative health care we can detect problems at the earliest stage and institute steps to correct any health issues that may arise.

Remember, pets age at an accelerated rate compared to humans. To a dog or cat, one year is equivalent to 5-7 human years! That’s why it’s so important to have your pet seen by a veterinarian twice per year.

For more information, see these topics:

• Healthy Pet Programs
Temple Heights Animal Hospital has a Wellness Program for your pet regardless of your pet’s age. It’s important to begin early. The foundation of your pet’s wellness and longevity begins with regular physical exams. Depending on your pet’s age and health condition, exams are recommended every six months. Once the patient becomes a senior, we may recommend examinations every 4-6 months. Pets with more serious concerns may need more frequent exams.

Our examinations are thorough, looking at all body systems from head to tail. With regular exams, our staff can identify problems at the earliest stage and institute steps to correct the problem. Remember that pets age at an accelerated rate compared to us. To a dog or cat, one year is equivalent to 5-7 human years.

• Senior Pet Programs
Temple Heights Animal Hospital has special programs for senior pets. Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets in excellent health. When dogs and cats enter the senior years, these health examinations are more important than ever. Senior care, which starts with the regular veterinary exam, is needed to catch and delay the onset or progress of disease and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and osteoarthritis. AAHA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing.dog in field
Just as aging humans begin to forget things and are more susceptible to mental conditions, your aging animals may also begin to confront age-related cognitive and behavior changes. Most of these changes are rather subtle and can be addressed in a proactive manner. Regular senior health exams can help catch and treat these problems before they control your pet’s life.

Keep in mind that every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to 5–7 human years. In order stay current with your senior pet’s health care, twice-a-year exams are a must. During the senior health exam, your veterinarian will ask you a series of questions regarding any changes in your pet’s activity and behavior. The veterinarian will conduct a complete examination of all of your pet’s body systems. Client education, laboratory testing and x-rays are also key components of the senior exam.

• Puppy Packages
Temple Heights Animal Hospital offers a puppy package that starts around eight weeks old depending on when you got your puppy. The packages include vaccinations, deworming, and intestinal parasite analysis. Regular office visits during your puppies first few months are a great way to be sure their health issues are addressed and any questions you have about adjusting to life with a new puppy are answered.

Vaccinations given during the puppy packages help to protect your pet from infectious diseases such as Parvo and Distemper. These diseases can be life threatening and it is important that your pet develops immunity to these diseases through a proper series of vaccinations to avoid serious disease.

By purchasing a puppy package, you will save over 20% off the price of each of the services if they were purchased individually.

• Kitten Packages
Vaccination is a highly effective way to prevent potentially life threatening diseases later in life. All kittens should receive Rabies, FVRCP (“feline distemper”), FELV (Feline Leukemia)and Calici vaccines. Kittens should be tested for FELV and FIV prior to vaccination. All kittens should receive a Feline Leukemia test to make sure they weren’t exposed to this virus in the early stages of their life.

Regular appointments are also an excellent opportunity to get the answers to any questions you might have about behavior, feeding, and any other concerns you may have about your kitten. Having a kitten in the household is definitely rewarding, and we want to help your kitten adjust to its new home as easily as possible.

We offer a great Kitten Package that includes the vaccines, parasite screenings, deworming and a FeLV/ FIV test. The package not only offers a savings of over 20% but will give your new kitten a great start to a happy healthy life.

• Flea Control
Temple Heights Animal Hospital offers a number of excellent flea control products. Fleas can be a major problem for cats and dogs. Fleas have four main stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The total flea life cycle can range from a couple weeks to several months, depending on environmental conditions.

Pets may be exposed to these blood sucking parasites anywhere: in your backyard, on walks, at the beach, or even in your own home. Fleas can cause great discomfort to your pet including biting, scratching, chewing, and restlessness. More seriously, they can cause anemia, tapeworm infections and flea allergy dermatitis to your pets, and other serious diseases to humans. We advocate flea baths for all pets and Bravecto, Credilio or Vectra flea control for your dog or cat. Although if you desire other flea control products that we do not carry you can have order them through our online pharmacy and have them delivered to your home.

As mentioned above, the flea life cycle is quite variable. Pet owners should control populations inside the home as well as in yard areas. It’s important to remain vigilant, even when a flea problem is thought to be under control! We offer appropriate counseling for our clients.

*Credilio for dogs is an oral tablet given once every 30 days for flea and tick prevention. Credilio can be used in dogs as young as 8 weeks old

*Bravecto for Dogs is an oral chew that is given once every 90 days for flea and tick prevention. Bravecto can be used in dogs starting at 6 months of age.

*Vectra 3D for Dogs is a topical flea, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, mites and sand and biting flies that is applied once every 30 days and can be used in dogs starting at 8 weeks of age

*Vectra for Cats is a topical flea preventive that is applied once every 30 days and can be used in cats as young as 8 weeks old.

*Bravecto for cats is a topical flea preventive that is applied once every 90 days and can be used in cats 6 months of age and older.

• Vaccinations
Temple Heights Animal Hospital offers Low Cost Vaccinations for a full-range of diseases. We offer Low Cost Vaccines during our normal business hours. Vaccinations are important, even for indoor pets. Vaccinations protect your beloved pet from painful and often fatal diseases. They help ensure a long and happy life for your pet, with many hours of enjoyment for you with your animal companion. Your pet’s age, health, lifestyle, and environment can all affect the vaccination schedule.

An important part of Wellness Care is having your pet up-to-date with vaccinations. Along with wellness examinations, preventive vaccinations and regularly scheduled boosters are keys to good health and disease prevention. Today, many immunizations and preventive treatments are available that did not exist just a few years ago. Your pet can be protected from most major infectious diseases. And the cost of vaccinations is very small, compared to the cost of treating a disease or of losing your pet altogether.

Temple Heights Animal Hospital offers Low Cost Vaccines everyday! Our vaccine prices are less than most supposed Low Cost Vaccine clinics.

1. You do not have to wait in line.

2. Your pet is not exposed to other diseases waiting in line.

3. Your pet receives vaccines in a clean hospital environment under the supervision of a licensed Veterinarian not in a parking lot, in the hot sun

Give us a call today to discuss our Low Cost Vaccines and receive prices we encourage you to call and compare prices as we did.

Please feel free to discuss with the veterinarian which vaccinations and schedules are best for your pet.

• Microchip Implants

Temple Heights Animal Hospital recommends that you microchip your pet for its long-term safety. The number one cause of pet death is, surprisingly, getting lost. Ten million pets become lost every year. Without identification, 90% do not return home. Collars and tags are not enough, microchip implants are permanent.

The procedure for implanting the microchip is safe. We advocate the Home Again microchip which we implant under the skin with minimal pain. This microchip program provides you with nationwide 7/24 on-call support. It also provides lost pet insurance, a pet ID card, and a proactive pet recovery network. Visit their website at www.homeagain.com.

• Heartworm Control
Temple Heights Animal Hospital tests pets for heartworm disease. Fortunately, the risk to cats in Southern California for this disease is very low.

Dogs in our area, however, remain at risk for developing heartworm disease. The disease starts as a bite from an infected mosquito. The larvae enter the dog’s body and take up residence in the heart and large vessels of the lungs. Over time, this can affect blood flow throughout the body, impacting the heart, lungs, kidney, and liver. Heartworm disease is a silent killer that has been identified in all 50 states. This disease is preventable with monthly oral medications, or an injectable medication every six months.

Temple Heights Animal Hospital advocates yearly heartworm testing and heartworm preventative with Interceptor Plus. The added advantage of these medications is that they also treat for several intestinal parasites monthly.

If your pet is not protected with a preventable medication and contracts the disease, it can be treated. However, the treatment is very costly and your pet may have complications from this treatment, even death. Therefore, it is much safer and less expensive to treat with a preventative on a monthly basis.

Diagnostic Services

Temple Heights Animal Hospital is equipped with the best diagnostic technology that veterinary medicine offers.

Advanced diagnostic services are especially important in veterinary practice because your animal is not able to tell us where it hurts or how he or she feels. Veterinarians rely on various diagnostic procedures and lab tests to gain a complete picture of your pet’s health.

During your pet’s wellness exam at Temple Heights Animal Hospital, we allow ample time for the veterinarian to discuss your pet’s condition and answer your questions. If a wellness exam reveals potential concerns, our advanced diagnostic equipment helps your veterinarian make a complete and accurate diagnosis.

Some of our diagnostic services include:

• Laboratories

In-House Laboratory:

Our in-house pet diagnostic laboratory allows us to detect diseases and conditions such as intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, heartworm disease, skin infections and yeast and or bacterial ear infections. Routine annual or bi-annual pet blood testing can help us detect early signs of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function or simply provide a baseline for future reference.

Reference Laboratory:

For more specialized testing Temple Heights Animal Hospital has a close working relationship with one of the most comprehensive reference laboratories for diagnostic purposes. Our veterinarians usually get results within one day, so you don’t have to wait and worry about test results.

• Ultrasound

Temple Heights Animal Hospital performs ultrasound imaging for fast and accurate diagnostics. Ultrasound allows the doctor to achieve a depth of detail that is not possible with X-rays. It allows for precise biopsy and measurement of an organ.

Ultrasound is a painless non-invasive modern technique using safe sound wave energy. They produce very accurate real-time visual imprints of your pet’s interior organs. Ultrasound imaging is commonly used to scan various soft-tissue organs such as the heart, liver, spleen and kidneys. As with humans, ultrasound is also a very important diagnostic tool for evaluating a pet’s reproductive system and pregnancies.

Abdominal Ultrasound
Abdominal ultrasound allows the doctor to fully examine the stomach and intestines. Ultrasound examination of these organs is crucial when a diagnosis depends upon seeing inside an organ, or when surgery or anesthesia would not be desirable. Abdominal ultrasound is completely painless, and generally can be performed using no anesthesia or sedation. Abdominal ultrasound has revolutionized the study of liver disease, and is crucial in detecting many types of cancer.

Cardiac Ultrasound
The heart is a very complex organ. Animals can suffer from a wide variety of heart diseases just like humans. Most heart diseases are very treatable, and in most cases, animals can live normal lives once the nature of their condition is under control.

This is the area where ultrasound predominates. In order to correctly diagnose and treat these diseases, it is necessary to see inside the heart. The doctor can see the heart in motion, and examine precise chamber movement and view valve motion. It is possible using ultrasound to take accurate measurements of, for example, the heart’s size, wall thickness, chamber diameter, etc. Ultrasound also allows the doctor or technician to make before and after measurements of the heart, to help determine if a heart medication is working and/or how much we should adjust the dosage to help maintain optimum cardiac function.

• Radiology
Temple Heights Animal Hospital uses digital radiographs (x-rays) for diagnosing certain medical and surgical problems. Digital X-rays are safe and are performed routinely at our hospital. Pets can be x-rayed either being awake or anesthetized. The digital images are transmitted to the exam room for the owners to view almost immediately. We perform various types of diagnostic contrast studies to determine if certain pathological conditions exist. One very common use of x-rays is in evaluating hip dysplasia, arthritis, fractures, dislocations, skeletal abnormalities, tumors, etc.
• Electrocardiography
Temple Heights Animal Hospital uses electrocardiograms to assess pet heart electrical activity. EKGs, are they are referred to, are non-invasive and does not require shaving or sedation. EKGs may be performed for many reasons– heart arrhythmias being the most common ailment.

Probes are attached to the skin and waveforms are produced. The veterinarian is then able to determine how the electrical system of the heart is working. This is an extremely beneficial and painless procedure.

Surgical Procedures

Temple Heights Animal Hospital takes great care prior to, during and after pet surgical procedures. We view every surgical procedure as a major operation, from the more common spay to the complicated cases.

Surgery is performed only after an exam, pre-anesthetic blood panel, and anesthesia evaluation. Pain management is a priority in our surgical cases. We help your pet safely recover from surgery with comprehensive pain management, careful nursing care by our trained staff, special diets, and most importantly, gentle individualized attention and encouragement.

The Temple Heights Animal Hospital team remains current in the most recent advances in anesthesia and surgery by attending continuing education courses on a regular basis.

A partial list of surgeries that Temple Heights Animal Hospital performs includes (but not limited to):

 

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Castration (neuter)
  • Lacerations and Abscesses
  • Tumor Removal/Biopsies
  • Anal Sacculectomy
  • Abdominal and Intestinal Surgery
  • Cystotomy, Urethrostomy
  • Uterine Infections (Pyometras)
  • General Ophthalmic and Eyelid Surgery
  • Stomach: Tumor, Outflow Obstructions, Torsions
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Hernia Repair (Diaphragm, Inguinal)
  • Tooth Extractions
For more information, see these topics:
• Anesthesia
Temple Heights Animal Hospital uses only the highest quality anesthetics available, with sophisticated monitors to detect any irregularities, to provide that extra margin of safety. All anesthetized patients are monitored by our experienced veterinary staff from the moment of induction until they are fully recovered. We monitor each surgery patient’s heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, body temperature, arterial oxygen levels (using pulse oximeters), and end tidal carbon dioxide levels.
• General Surgery

Temple Heights Animal Hospital performs various types of surgeries that fall into the “general surgery” category. General surgery is that category of surgery dealing with procedures outside of some of the specialty surgeries such as neuro surgery, ophthalmic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and plastic surgery. The majority of general surgery procedures involve the abdomen, skin, urogenital system, ears, and mass removals.

• Arthroscopic Surgery
We perform arthroscopic surgeries at Temple Heights Animal Hospital. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for the diagnosis and treatment of joint problems. Telescopes with diameters of 1.9 – 2.7 mm are used for small animal arthroscopy procedures. Over the past few years, many different surgical procedures are now preformed with the arthroscope. Prior to this, the joint had to be opened via an incision. This increased morbidity and longer recuperative time. Arthroscopy allows the patient to return to full function much quicker.
• Spay/Neuter Surgery
Spay/Neuter surgeries are common and recommended types of surgery performed at Temple Heights Animal Hospital. When you elect to have your pet spayed or neutered, you are not only helping your pet to live a longer and healthier life, but you are also saving the lives of other animals.

There are many benefits to spay/neuter surgeries. Spay/neutered pets have less desire to roam the neighborhood in search of mates. This is helpful for pets since they are less likely to be injured, lost, or get into a fight. Spay/neutered pets are also less likely to bite or acquire other behavioral issues. Males have less desire to spray or mark their territory. Lastly, removal of the reproductive organs decreases the incidence of certain cancers as the pet ages.

In the larger picture, spaying and neutering is necessary to help with pet overpopulation. Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized yearly in this country because of overpopulation or not being adopted.

Pet Dentistry

Temple Heights Animal Hospital performs many standard pet dentistry services, from simple cleanings to oral surgery. Pets can have dental disease just like humans. Naturally, we highly recommend preventive care. If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to tooth loss and cause other infections throughout the body. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least twice a year by a veterinarian to check for early signs of dental disease and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Your pet’s mouth should be checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in areas surrounding the mouth
  • Inflamed gums
For more information, see these topics:
• Dental Disease

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Indications of oral disease include bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face or mouth, or depression. If your pet is older than 1 year, or if any of these signs are present, please schedule your pet for a dental exam at Temple Heights Animal Hospital.

Just as in humans, bacteria, saliva, and food accumulate on your pet’s teeth, leading to the formation of plaque. If plaque is not removed with frequent brushing, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) can develop. Plaque can lead to a buildup of tartar. Without proper dental care, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to serious periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontitis can result in tooth loss. Your pet may not exhibit outward signs of pain. However, if your pet is experiencing later stages of dental disease, your pet is feeling discomfort and pain.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include yellow/brown tartar buildup along the gum line, red inflamed gums, and persistent bad breath. The infection caused by periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream, and potentially affect the heart, liver and kidneys.

Recommendations

  • Schedule a dental exam and, if needed, a professional dental cleaning.
  • Establish an at-home dental care regimen that includes regular brushing and a proper diet.
  • Schedule regular follow-up checkups for your pet with the Veterinarian.
• Teeth Cleaning

Temple Heights Animal Hospital provides professional teeth cleaning under anesthesia. We measure for dental pockets, clean the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler, polish, and fluoride to treat your pets’ teeth. We also administer antibiotics and pain medications as needed.

Periodontal disease results from the action of oral bacteria in conjunction with your pet’s response to that infection. Both are responsible for the creation of periodontal pockets. Once a pocket forms, it serves as a hiding place for food, plaque, and calculus to accumulate. Eventually, the tooth will loosen, and if allowed to continue, this will result in the loss of supporting bone and the destruction of supporting gingiva.

• Digital Dental X-Rays

Temple Heights Animal Hospital offers state-of-the-art digital dental x-rays for a more precise diagnosis and quality care of your pets’ teeth. This provides a clear view of the underlying bone and tooth roots or any other pathology. Digital systems enable veterinarians to manipulate images on the screen. The specific area of concern on the x-ray can be enhanced or enlarged for better visualization of the pathology.

• Oral Surgery

Temple Heights Animal Hospital offers oral surgery for several types of procedures:

  • Restoration of caries and enamel defects
  • Feline dental resorptive lesions
  • Tumors of the maxilla, mandible, and facial areas
  • Surgical extractions of diseased teeth
  • Therapy for oral inflammation
• Spay/Neuter Surgery
Spay/Neuter surgeries are common and recommended types of surgery performed at Temple Heights Animal Hospital. When you elect to have your pet spayed or neutered, you are not only helping your pet to live a longer and healthier life, but you are also saving the lives of other animals.

There are many benefits to spay/neuter surgeries. Spay/neutered pets have less desire to roam the neighborhood in search of mates. This is helpful for pets since they are less likely to be injured, lost, or get into a fight. Spay/neutered pets are also less likely to bite or acquire other behavioral issues. Males have less desire to spray or mark their territory. Lastly, removal of the reproductive organs decreases the incidence of certain cancers as the pet ages.

In the larger picture, spaying and neutering is necessary to help with pet overpopulation. Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized yearly in this country because of overpopulation or not being adopted.

Pharmacy

Our Temple Heights Animal Hospital maintains a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Pharmaceuticals
For your convenience, we have an in-house pharmacy that is stocked with most of the medications, dermatological products, and nutritional supplements that your pet needs. We can also have certain medications compounded into flavored suspensions to help with successful administration in difficult patients.

Pet Foods and Prescription Diets
We carry a large variety of Royal Canin and Purina prescription diets. These diets are usually intended for specific health conditions. Examples are kidney failure, diabetes, obesity, urinary stones, skin allergies, pancreatitis, colitis, etc.

Flea control products
We currently carry Vectra and Bravecto flea control products. Our staff can educate you on all of these products and make the best choice for your pets. Our pricing is competitive and is usually less than local pet supply stores. If we don’t carry a specific product you need, we can get it and send it directly to your home. We currently have great promotions running on all flea medications just ask us today and we will discuss which product is best for your pet.

For more information, see these topics:
• Online Pharmacy
Temple Heights Animal Hospital has an online pharmacy. If we do not have the medication your pet needs we can order it through our online pharmacy and have it delivered to your home.

Pet Behavior Counseling

Behavior Issues
Behavioral problems are the number one reason pets are taken to animal shelters. If you experience a behavioral problem with your pet, we offer examinations, counseling, behavior modification programs, and sometimes drug therapy to help resolve the issue. We can also refer you to veterinarians specializing in behavior medicine as the situation warrants.

Training
Temple Heights Animal Hospital refers pets with behavioral and training needs to Kindred Spirits Dog Training. Their contact information is:

Phone: (760) 630-4824
Website: www.kindredspiritsk9.com.

Urgent Care

When it comes to pets, accidents happen. And they don’t usually make an appointment. With that in mind, our staff tries to accommodate last-minute, urgent injuries, and medical problems. Please call us if your pet needs a same-day appointment–we will do our best to get you in!

If your pet requires more care than we are able to provide, we will refer you to one of the following hospitals:

California Veterinary Specialists
(760) 670-4283
2310 Faraday Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008
Click here to visit their website.

Ethos Veterinary Specialty Hospital
760-466-0600
2055 Montiel Road #104 San Marcos, CA 92069
Click here to visit their website.

CONTACT

Phone: (760) 630-3590
Fax: (760) 630-1596
Email: info@templeheightsanimalhospital.com

HOURS

Mon-Fri: 7:30am-6:00pm

Sat-Sun: Closed

LOCATION

4750 Oceanside Blvd.
Suite A2
Oceanside, CA 92056

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