Preventive Care

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Norway Veterinary Clinic has preventive care as a primary focus.  We offer a complete preventive care to your pet, close to home.  We base our preventive care recommendations on guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

We recommend:
  • A complete physical exam every 12 months for animals 6 years old and under, and every 6 months for senior pets aged 7 years and older.  This exam is “nose to tail” and assesses the eyes, ears, heart, lungs, abdomen, dental, skin, and musculoskeletal health of your pet.  We also evaluate their body condition score and make nutritional recommendations based on your pet’s needs.
  • Vaccinations, dependent on the lifestyle of your pet.  Some pets are exposed to more pathogens than others, so we make sure you are getting exactly what you need for your pet.
  • Parasite control products- this is again dependent on the lifestyle of your pet.  We worry about ticks and fleas in our area, so if your pet is exposed to them, we will discuss how to best protect your pet during the exam.  In dogs, 27% of the dogs we test are positive for a tick disease in our area.  Tick disease is an extremely important concern of ours in this area.
  • Diagnostic testing- dependent on the age and health status of the pet, but in general we recommend tick and heartworm screening for dogs in our area, and feline viral disease screening for cats that spend any time outside.
  • Other services as needed- like microchipping, dental cleanings, etc, that your pet may benefit from will be discussed during the exam.
We know pet parents sometimes have financial concerns when it come to doing all that is recommended for their pet.  We are proud to offer Wellness Plans as a way to offer a discount and to spread out the cost of preventive care throughout the year for your pet.  To learn more about our Wellness Plans, click here.

Our senior pets also have special considerations. They should be monitored a little more closely when it comes to several parameters, such as blood values, blood pressure, and eye pressure.  Knowing this, we developed our Senior Health Screen Package, which includes everything we recommend for a senior pet at a discount.  To learn more about our Senior Health Screen Package, click here.

Diagnostics

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Norway Veterinary Clinic offers high quality diagnostic medicine.

Our diagnostic capabilities include:
  • Full In-House Laboratory Services- We can perform most blood and urine analyses in house in just a few minutes.  The ability to rapidly perform tests means that your pet receives the care they need, faster.  If we cannot perform the test in house, we send to our reference laboratory, who has most results back to us within 24-48 hours.
  • Digital Radiography (X-Ray)- digital radiography allows us to see a more accurate picture of your pet, more quickly than standard film radiography.  Since the picture is digital, we can also share the x-ray with a board-certified radiologist for an immediate consult if necessary.
  • Microscopy- for rapid evaluation of certain parasitic, bacterial, and other infectious disease.
  • Paperless medical records- because all of our medical records are “paperless”, we have the ability to immediately share medical information between our two clinics, so no matter where you are, there is no interruption in care.
We also have the ability to refer your pet to our sister hospital, Iron Mountain Animal Hospital, if an ultrasound or endoscopy procedure is needed.

Surgery

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Norway Veterinary Clinic has the ability to perform some of the more common surgeries, such as spays, neuters, and small mass removals. Dental cleanings and more complicated surgeries would be be performed at our sister hospital, Iron Mountain Animal Hospital. Just like our sister hospital, any surgery performed at Norway Veterinary Clinic is monitored closely by a doctor/technician team, using the standards of care our industry has come to expect. This includes constant heart rate, internal temperature, and oxygen saturation rate monitoring using an ECG, an IV catheter and fluid support, and temperature support during and after surgery.

Before surgery, we recommend pre-anesthetic blood work to evaluate the internal organs and ensure they can process the anesthetic agents we use. Our pre-anesthetic blood work also evaluates the red and white blood cells to ensure there is no anemia or active infection that can complicate surgery. While we recommend the blood work for all patients, we require it in those patients who are 7 years or older.

During surgery, we use an intravenous catheter to provide fluid support for your pet. This helps the body recover better after anesthesia, and it makes anesthesia safer. Placing a catheter in the vein also allows us immediate access so we can give emergency medication quickly in case complications should arise.

Norway Veterinary Clinic also believes that a comprehensive pain management program is vital to a successful surgical outcome. We administer pain medication before, during, and after surgery to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during and after their procedure.

Nutritional Management

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Norway Veterinary Clinic recommends all pets are on a good quality pet food. While there are many great options out there, our clinic primarily uses Royal Canin as our prescription diet line. This is because we feel Royal Canin offers the best option of prescription diets on the market, and we are impressed with the level of research that goes into their prescription diets.

One question we get all the time is “what food should my pet be eating?” The honest answer is that as long as it is a high-quality food, and your pet is doing well on it, then you should stick to that food. However, if you are looking for a brand recommendation, we would recommend Royal Canin’s line of non-prescription diets as well, which can be found in your local pet store. We would recommend them because we know how high-quality their diets are, and because research shows that when you have to switch foods, the kibble size, shape, and texture are the factors that matter to a pet and whether or not they will accept the switch. The size, shape, and texture of the non-prescription foods and the prescription diets from Royal Canin are very similar, so if we ever have to switch your pet to a prescription diet later on, they will be more likely to accept the change. This is an especially important consideration for cats, since cats are much more finicky than dogs about food changes.

The most common nutritional problem we face in pets today is obesity. In fact, over 50% of the patients we see are overweight or obese. Just like obesity in people, pets who are overweight face a large array of health problems that can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight. These problems include but are not limited to arthritis, knee injuries such as ACL tears, diabetes, skin problems, respiratory disease, and heart disease. Pets that come in to see us are evaluated on a 9-point body condition scale, where 1 would be extremely underweight, 5 would be perfect, and 9 would be extremely overweight. Your doctor will discuss your pet’s individual body condition score with you during the exam, so you can develop a plan for best health together.