Our Services include
Our annual packages for Canines includes:
o Comprehensive physical Examination
o Core Vaccines (Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus, Hepatitis, +/- Leptospirosis depending on your Pet’s Risk factors)
o Rabies Vaccination
o Heartworm Test
o Intestinal Parasite Analysis (Fecal Exam)
o Complimentary Semi-Annual Physical exam 6 months later
Our Annual Packages for Felines includes:
o Comprehensive physical Examination
o Core Vaccinations (Feline Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus)
o Feline Leukemia Vaccine ( a second dose is required in 2 weeks for initial vaccinations)
o Rabies Vaccinations
o Intestinal Parasite Analysis (Fecal Exam)We at Berryhill Animal Hospital send a collection device for this sample from your cat’s litter pan. (Expert parasitologists have shown that it takes one gram of stool material to perform an accurate test)
o Complementary Semi-Annual Physical Examination 6 months Later.
We have a state-of-the-art Blood Analyzer Machine on site that can run most of the Chemical Tests and Blood counts rapidly within minutes. This allows us to make decisions and initiate treatment earlier. We also use it to monitor pets on chronic medications and determine therapeutic levels.
o Serum Chemistry Profiles for Diabetes, Liver, Kidney function, Pancreatitis, Thyroid levels, Bile Acids
o Cortisol levels to determine if a dog has an over active adrenal gland (a condition called Cushing’s disease in elderly dogs)
o Phenobarbital levels for monitoring serum drug levels on dogs who take this medication to prevent seizures.
o NSAID panel (Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory-Drug) to monitor toxicity or organ impairment which would require changing dose or switching to a different class of NSAID.
o Complete Blood Count to detect dehydration, anemia, infection, platelet disorders, and certain blood cancers.
Pancreatic Lipase Tests to detect pancreatitis
Total T4-screening test for too high or too low thyroid levels.
For urinary Tract infections, Bladder Stones crystals, Cancers of the bladder.
Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Testing
This blood test checks for two deadly diseases of domestic cats. It should be done one cats that are in any of these three categories:
- New kittens and especially prior to neuter and spay surgery
- Cats that have been bitten recently by another cat.
- Any cat that goes outside or where any cat in the household goes outdoors. In this case the test should be performed annually.
Spaying and Neutering
Our recommendation is to Spay or Neuter your pet early to prevent diseases and unwanted behaviors as well as unwanted puppies and kittens.
Dr. Meyer performs routine Spays and Neuters on dogs and cats. He recommends performing them at an early age such as 3 to 4 months old.
Breast cancer in dogs has been shown to be reduced by 200 times if spayed before the first Heat cycle (Which usually starts between 6 to 9 months of age).
Dr. Meyer performs an Ovariectomy spay on 3 to 6 month old kittens and puppies. Unlike the traditional Spay (Total Ovariohysterectomy) only the ovaries and a small section of the tip of each uterus is removed. This prevents the female hormones from being produced and prevents pregnancy. In recent AVMA journal studies, there was no difference in long term follow-up between dogs and cats that had Ovariectomy compared to traditional spay surgery.
We take great care that your pet recovers from surgery well. We perform a pre-surgical blood screening to ensure that your pet is likely to recover from anesthesia. Anesthesia is induced by a chemical injection. When your pet is at the sedated plane where a Tracheal tube can be inserted we maintain the animal on Isoflurane Gas and Oxygen (one of the safest methods) for rapid recovery. Electrocardiogram monitors are placed on your pet to monitor heart rate, rhythm and respiration. Antibiotics and Pain medication is dispensed for several days after surgery to provide prevention of infection and comfort during recovery.
Dr. Meyer has been performing this procedure since 2012. Our clients appreciate the shorter recovery time and less aftercare. Many pets are 95% functional 2-4 months after surgery.
Dr. Meyer performs many routine soft tissue surgeries such as growth removals, Entropion surgery, Aural Hematoma, Bladder Surgery and Urethrostomy, Declaws for cats, Amputations, Abdominal Exploratory surgery, and some Orthopedics such as repair of simple bone fractures.
When dogs and cats stop eating due to illness, an Esophageal Feeding tube can save their life. When pets are sick that is not the time for them to go on a diet. They need that protein and energy to heal and fight a disease. Dr. Meyer inserts a silicone feeding tube thru the neck into the esophagus to allow owners to administer a liquid diet and fluids to keep hydration as well as administering medication without having to struggle giving it orally. The dog or cat can eat with the tube in place and when it is eating enough on its own the tube is easily removed.
Microchip identification involves injecting a small, polymer-coated device under the skin or in the muscle of animals. It is about one centimeter long, and the diameter of a pencil lead. The chip can be scanned to detect a nine-digit number that identifies the pet. Once the number is read, a phone call provides the information needed to contact the owner and return a lost pet.
Unfortunately, microchipping is not a Lo-Jack. It will not track your pet. Think of it more like a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for your pet. It can be inserted on any age of pet with minimal discomfort.
We regularly perform Cleaning and polishing of teeth for your pet.
- Prior to any sedation we check your pet’s blood for abnormalities in the blood count and a screening chemistry test for organ function.
- We administer an induction agent by injection and then insert a tracheal tube.
- We maintain your pet on isoflurane inhalation anesthesia (one of the safest methods) for the duration of the procedure. While your pet is under anesthesia we connect a monitor to watch heart rate, respiration and electrocardiogram (ECG) to control level of sedation.
- We will clean tartar and plaque above and below the gumline with an ultrasonic scaler, similar to your dentist.
- We will extract any diseased tooth, which can be a source of pain and infection.
- Afterward we will polish the cleaned teeth with a medium-grit pumice on a high speed rubber applicator cup to reduce the etches in the enamel from scaling.
- Then a fluoride foam is applied to the teeth to strengthen the enamel.
- Your pet will usually be recovered enough to go home mid-afternoon.
- A follow-up courtesy dental check-up is then scheduled 2 weeks later to examine for proper healing and review home care products and procedures.
We perform standard X-ray examinations and develop the films with an automatic processor.
Some of our cases require an ultrasound study to assist in diagnosis.
For cases that require a more detailed Ultrasound Imaging Study, we will call in a Specialist with advanced equipment to perform the evaluation and provide a diagnosis and recommendations.
Electrocardiography (EKG or ECG)-
This device is used for evaluation of Heart Arrhythmia diseases and the extent of heart failure in dogs and cats. This machine is also used for monitoring animals during anesthesia and surgery.
The device is a multiparameter monitor that can be used to measure Blood Pressure, Temperature, SpO2 Pulse Oximetry (% of Blood Oxygen Saturation), and Respiration Rate, as well as a 6-lead ECG.
It is similar to models used in human medicine. But because animals have fur, we attach the leads with non-painful alligator clips and wet them with alcohol to make the electrical connection.
These are some of the Internal Medicine Services we provide;
o Gastrointestinal Disorders
Prevention and control of pain in animals is very important to us. The Doctors dispensed pain medication with any surgical procedure. Because, “Let’s Face It! Surgery can be painful!”
We use a variety of pain control medications such as
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) that are usually given once a day or twice a day.
- Injectible Glycosaminoglycans
- Opioids such as Tramadol
- Narcotic pain control for very severe pain such as after orthopedic surgery
- Transdermal Gels can be custom made thru one of the local compounding Pharmacies we use, such as REGEL PharmaLabs, and People’s Custom RX.
- Gabapentin; a neuromodulator that can help as an adjunct to traditional pain medications by reducing excessive neuron stimulation caused by noxious pain at the receptor site. It’s method of action is not fully understood at this time.
Sometimes we diagnose diseases and cancers that are not curable or surgery is not an option due to age or organ dysfunction. We strive to make those pets as comfortable as we can so they can live with some quality of life.
We regularly counsel clients about the status of the pet and when we believe that the disease is too severe for the pet to enjoy any existence.
At that time we provide euthanasia services in a kind and peaceful way. We always administer general anesthesia prior to euthanasia to prevent undue pain and distress to both you and the pet.
We have access to cremation services that allow you to have your beloved pets remains with you or you may choose not to have ashes returned. We will always respect your wishes either way you decide.
We provide full service Baths including Nail Trimming, Ear Cleaning and Anal Gland expression.
You can also come in any time for a nail trim by our Kennel Technicians
We have some patients with dermatitis that require frequent baths such as 2 to 3 times a week with a medicate shampoo.
We carry most of the common medications your pet needs to maintain health.
All of our medications dispensed are clearly labelled for you.
Our Heartworm medications include:
- Advantage Multi
- ProHeart 6 – an injection that lasts 6 months.
If there is a medication you need that we don’t carry or are temporarily out of we will gladly write a prescription for you.
Some diseases or medical problems become so severe or complicated and are beyond the scope of our Doctors that we may need to refer you to a specialist.
We work closely with Memphis Veterinary Specialists, a referral hospital with a team of Board Certified Surgeons, Oncologists, Internal Medicine specialists, Cardiologists, Ophthalmologist, Dermatologist, Radiologist, and an Exotics Specialist.
We will provide critical and emergency care for your pet during our business hours. Some patients that are on critical care maintenance; such as IV fluids, Oxygen, Post-anesthesia monitoring may require after-hours care. We can arrange for transport of your pet for overnight care and return to our hospital the next day for continuation of treatment.
If emergency care is needed after hours we will refer you to PetMed Emergency Care located in the same building as Memphis Veterinary Specialists, 555 Trinity Creek Cove.