Health Maintenance Services

Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital

Internal Medicine

Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital offers a broad range of veterinary services to best protect your pet's health and overall well-being. Our entire team is committed to ensuring your pet's safety should he or she ever fall ill. To that end, an important part of our practice is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems. Our experienced veterinarians and advanced diagnostic technology provide Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital with expertise in diagnosing and treating a variety of internal medicine cases.

Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Most allergies appear after a pet has reached six months of age and are common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. The majority of dogs don't begin showing symptoms until over the age of two. The most common symptom is localized or generalized itching of the skin; however, other signs can include coughing, sneezing, and wheezing or vomiting, flatulence, and diarrhea. Most dog allergies are the result of fleas, but they can also be caused by food or an inhaled irritant like mold, dust or pollen.

Flea allergy is also the most common allergy in cats. While a normal cat will experience only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite, the flea-allergic cat will have a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea's saliva is deposited in the skin. A single bite can cause such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.

Being able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions is important. These include:

  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Head shaking
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Loss of hair
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears
  • Thickened skin

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital. We will evaluate your pet, test for sensitivities, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

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Your Pet's Nutrition

Just like people, proper nutrition and a balanced diet are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. Since pets most often rely on their human caretakers for their daily meals, you are responsible for making sure your pet's nutritional needs are met.

The doctors at Cobblestone Animal Hospital perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every wellness examination and can give recommendations on serving size and nutrient needs of your pet based on what we see.

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being. Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more.

Our hospital carries a variety of pet food, including Hills and Purina prescription diets.

Glaucoma Prevention

Your pet relies heavily on his or her eyesight. Because of this, the experienced veterinarians at Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital recommend your pet receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care. Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness.

Contrary to popular belief, there are two types and causes of glaucoma. While primary, or chronic, glaucoma is hereditary and develops as your pet ages, secondary/acute glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Acute glaucoma is considered an emergency situation because it can progress rapidly. Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:

  • A bulging eyeball
  • A cloudy-looking eye
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge

We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the glaucoma exam. The procedure is simple, noninvasive, and should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort.

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Treating Your Pet's Cancer

At Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital, we consider many factors in advising the most appropriate course of treatment for your pet's particular case.

We offer some chemotherapy treatment options as well as surgical removal of benign and malignant (non-metastasized) cancers in accessible, well-defined areas. Complex procedures may require referral to a specialist. Additionally, any radiation treatment is only available at veterinary specialty centers.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all the relevant factors with our medical team so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, quality of life, and improved outcomes.