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  • back to menu EMERGENCY SERVICES

    A staff member is always available after regular clinic hours to answer your questions, and direct you accordingly with your small animal emergency needs by calling (360)757-3722.  We are excited to have staff on site around-the-clock to monitor our hospitalized patients.  Of course, we are also here for you during normal business hours for any type of emergency.

    For your large animal emergency needs, please call (360)757-3722 and a staff member will be available to help you and dispatch a veterinarian as needed.

    If you receive our voicemail when you call, it is important to leave a detailed message including your name and the phone number where you can be reached. If you have not heard back from us within ten minutes, please call back. One potential reason for delay could be when our staff is dealing with another emergency. We will do our best to serve you as quickly as possible. 

     

     For both small and large animal emergencies dial:

     

    (360)757-3722
     
     
    IMPORTANT: Never send an e-mail when you have an emergency. Although we check daily, emergencies cannot wait and you should call us immediately.
  • back to menu Acupuncture

    The art of reducing or eliminating sensation so we can perform procedures of all types in an efficient manner is a critical part of our every day practice.  See Companion Animal Specialties section for additional information regarding acupuncture.

    For additional inquiries, please contact Dr. Peter Brown.

  • back to menu Anesthesiology

    At CVVC, anesthesia does not stop once we roll our patients out of surgery.  Selective drug therapy and supportive care are continued for the entirety of hospitalization and post procedural care.

    Safety of our patients is our most important priority during any procedure.  The following critical steps are taken with every anesthetic patient at CVVC:
     
    a)  Thorough history and physical exam
    b)  Pre-operative blood work on all patients and sometimes pre-operative electrocardiogram
    c)  Intravenous catheter placement on all anesthesia patients
    d)  Pre-induction cocktails which make induction and recovery from anesthesia smooth
    e)  Pre-induction non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug therapy injections and fluid therapy where indicated
    f)   Using high quality gas anesthetics for maintenance of general anesthesia
    g)  Use of short and long acting local anesthetics to reduce the need for generalized drug therapy
    h)  Extensive monitoring equipment (continual pulse oximetry - measuring the oxygen saturation of his/her blood,  continual electrocardiogram, continual respiratory monitoring, and periodic core body temperature and blood pressure monitoring)
     i)  Extensive supportive care to maintain normal body temperature and organ perfusion with hot water pads, bear hugger blankets and intravenous fluid pumps, respectively
     j)  MOST IMPORTANT: Direct, full time Veterinary and/or Licensed Veterinary Technician monitoring during the entire anesthesia procedure
     
    Our anesthetic techniques range from specific local nerve blocks to general anesthesia.  Often times, our various anesthetics techniques are combined to provide the most optimal pain control with the least side effects and quickest return to normal function.  For example, our spays (ovariohysterectomy) have both an injectable narcotic cocktail injection and a non steroidal anti-inflammatory injection prior to induction of general anesthesia.  General anesthesia is administered using pure oxygen and isoflorane or sevoflorane gases. A post operative injection of long acting pain medication is given before the patient is removed from surgery to ensure comfort.
  • back to menu Behavior

    We, at CVVC, understand the very important role behavior plays in your pet’s life.  Behavior problems are the number one reason why pets are abandoned or euthanized.  Every behavior case is unique and our doctors will help diagnose as well as treat these issues.  Options include behavior classes, behavior modification training, as well as behavior modifying drugs when indicated.  Sometimes it can require a combination of those options.

  • back to menu Canine Reproduction

    When it comes time to welcome a new litter of puppies to your life we at CVVC are there to guide you.  The first step is to be sure your pet is healthy for pregnancy as well as to be sure she is not carrying any unwanted genetic traits that could be passed on to offspring.  This may include radiographs of her hips/elbows, heart evaluations, eye exams, and blood work.  Doing these tests prior to breeding will help assure that we are bringing healthy offspring into this world.

    The process of breeding your pet can be very consuming.  Consulting with one of our doctors can help direct you in the right direction.  There are many options today on how to proceed from natural breeding, artificial breeding, and cooled semen or frozen semen.  Which is best for you and your pet, is an individual decision.  We can discuss the pros and cons on each one.
     
    The best way to diagnose pregnancy is with ultrasound.  Ultrasound will give you a very accurate due date, a confirmation of viable fetuses as well as an estimate of how many are in the litter.  The ultrasound is best performed between days 25 and 40 after breeding.  The most accurate way to count how many are in the litter is with x-rays. X-rays need to be done after day 50 of gestation.  Most breeders do both ultrasound as well as x-ray.  When your pet comes in for her ultrasound or x-ray we will examine to be sure the pregnancy is going well.  It is also a great time to discuss the upcoming labor.
     
    Labor can be a very stressful event.  We are here to help guide you through this process.  We can offer advice over the phone.  When more than 2 hours occurs between puppies, it is time to call.  Also if strong contractions do not results in a baby within 20 minutes it is time to call.  Over the phone we can determine if intervention is needed.  Intervention may be a shot of oxytocin after an exam or a caesarian section.  C-sections are a very common surgery at CVVC and are done on both a planned basis as well as a daytime emergency.  We have the utmost anesthetics, as well a highly skilled newborn team to help ensure a successful outcome.
     
    Our recommendation with any breeding situation is to consult with one of our veterinarians.  We can outline a plan so that the experience is a very positive one.
  • back to menu Cardiology

    Our cardiology services include diagnosis and management of all basic heart disease.  Our digital x-rays and advanced electrocardiogram (ECG) machine allow us quick and accurate diagnosis as well as convenient consultations with board specialists in Cardiology.  This ability allows us to move quickly and accurately diagnose the problem as well as initiate appropriate treatment.

  • back to menu Coping with Loss

     

    Washington State University

    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Pet Memorial Program
     
    With the passing of each patient, we submit a donation to the WSU Pet Memorial Program in their name.  The WSU Pet Memorial Program is a way for you to offer meaningful comfort to those who have lost an animal companion or for those who want to make a lasting memorial of their own.
     
    For additional information about the WSU Pet Memorial Fund go to:
     
     
    For additional resources, check out Washington Pet Loss Resources at: 
     
  • back to menu Critical Care

     

    Critical care and emergency services are a large part of what we do on a daily basis.  At CVVC you can be assured that our advanced technology and state of the art diagnostics can help save lives when your pet is in a severe crisis.  Our advanced digital x-rays, in-house blood chemistry and hematology analyzer, ultrasound, and trained licensed veterinary technicians allow us to make a quick diagnosis and begin treatment when minutes count.  Our intensive care area is located in the center of the clinic making sure that patients who need constant observation are getting it. 

  • back to menu Dentistry

    Serious illness including heart failure and kidney disease can result from dental problems. Prevention and prompt treatment are necessary to keep your pet healthy. Routine brushing, proper nutrition, and periodic dental cleanings are all necessary for keeping a healthy mouth.

    As with most other areas of veterinary medicine, we stress preventative measures to maintain oral health.  Good oral hygiene is crucial for good and long quality of life.   Given correctly, oral maintenance products can prevent plaque and tartar that lead to gingivitis and tooth loosening.  These include appropriate diet, daily tooth brushing, water additives, specialized C.E.T. chews, and chew toys.

    We have a standardized oral health grading system that helps us consistently communicate the degree of pathology in the mouth.  Dentals include our typical general anesthesia work up (exam, pre-anesthetic blood work, IV catheter, IV fluids, pre-induction sedation and analgesia shots, induction, maintenance on gas anesthesia) and maintenance (forced air Bair Hugger heating blanket, constant Veterinary or Licensed Veterinary Technician monitoring, constant breath monitoring with respiratory meters, as well as external cuff blood pressure, continuous pulse oximeter, and heart rate and rhythm monitoring).  Our dental equipment includes dental digital radiography, and Dentalaire high speed water cooled drill, scaler, and polisher. 

    See additional information under Companion Animal Specialties. 

    For a copy of our Dental Brochure, please ask any staff member.

  • back to menu Dermatology

    An animal’s skin is a complex organ that contains moisture and structures, protects underlying tissue and vasculature, and provides an immune defense barrier.  The veterinarians at CVVC recognize the complex interactions the skin must balance and are skilled at dermatology.  Skin problems are sometimes as simple as a flea infestation, but are often multi-factorial having both primary and secondary pathology.  Skin pathology can also reflect underlying nutritional or hormonal imbalance.  Dermatology workups include:  extensive history, physical exam, skin scrapes, biopsies, and blood work.  Through IDEXX lab submission, we have access to board certified histopathology interpretation and case consultation.

    We also have established relationships with local board certified dermatologists as needed for referral.

  • back to menu Endoscopy

    This is a 1 cm diameter tube that contains a camera, a light source, suction, and lavage.  The tube is one meter long.  This tube allows us to non-invasively travel down the gastrointestinal tract of the anesthetized animal.  This instrument allows our veterinarians to remove foreign bodies and get biopsies of tissues and exudates for diagnosis without surgery.  Additionally, there are areas of the body which can be very difficult to reach without the endoscope such as the back of the nose and guttural pouch of the horse, the thoracic esophagus, and pelvic colon in the dog and cat.

  • back to menu Feline Boarding

    In our newly constructed Feline Wing, we are pleased to now provide  boarding for your cat in one of our cat condos. With spacious rooms and a full window to view the outdoors, your cat will be sure to enjoy their stay while you are away.  A quiet and safe area will keep them stress free and separate from any other animals within the clinic.  We specialize in medical boarding, with skilled staff at the veterinary clinic 24 hours a day to keep your pet company and ensure that medications are given accurately and on time.  

  • back to menu First Aid

    At CVVC we take pride in teaching pet first aid in the community.  Be sure to inquire about upcoming first aid classes as we hold these at least once a year.  This is a great get together where you can get important information about how to deal with an emergency when you are not nearby our veterinary clinic.

    For a minimal cost, we have first aid kits available for purchase.  The kit contains many things that can help you stabilize your pet until you can reach us.  These kits are wonderful for those who spend a lot of time hiking or hunting.  Being prepared and having the right tools and knowledge is very important.
  • back to menu Flea & Tick Control

    Fleas are a major problem in Western Washington. Not only are they an irritant to your pet, they also can cause major skin problems.

    Flea and parasite control is an important part of taking care of our loved pets.  Our pets contract these hardy organisms by eating infected debris, walking and swimming in infected environments, and from direct contact with other animals.  In addition to transmitting tape worms, fleas are the most common cause of itching and dermatitis in our pets.

    Not only important for our pet’s safety, fleas and parasites that our pets carry can also transmit to us, especially children under 10 years old and immune suppressed people.

    Just like vaccines, it is important to choose an appropriate flea and parasite control program for your pet’s lifestyle.  As you know, the choices one has when considering parasite control are endless.  New products are available every year and maybe inexpensive and tout great efficacy, but turn out to be ineffective or have inappropriate side affects.  Use our knowledgeable and experienced recommendation to decide whether topical, oral, water proof, broad or narrow spectrum, systemic or superficial products are best for your pets living conditions.

    We offer a full line of flea control products ranging from topical monthly treatments to an oral pill.  We recommend Frontline or Comfortis for dogs and Revolution for cats.

    Flea                        Brown Deer Tick

                

         

    For related information, see Zoonotic Parasites.                             

  • back to menu General Surgery

    Scheduled surgical patients should be admitted during the first hour of hospital hours the morning of surgery.  For your convenience, your pet may be admitted the evening prior to surgery.  All food should be withheld after 8:00 p.m. the night prior to surgery. 
     
    The surgical staff emphasizes the highest quality soft tissue and orthopedic surgery to ensure fastest return to normal function as soon as possible.  Pain management is of primary concern as it also enables faster return to normal activity along with making your pet’s surgery more enjoyable.
     
  • back to menu Geriatrics

    Your senior pet will need your help as he continues to age. Some of the changes to expect will include: graying coat especially around the mouth area, dental and gum disease, sleeping more, deterioration of vision and hearing, arthritis, body weakness and muscle shrinkage and decreased skin elasticity.

    Because of new pharmaceuticals and better nutrition, preventative care are allowing pets lifespan to increase. It’s important to not forget to take time to attend to your pet’s needs as he or she ages. Just as in people, doctor visits and testing is needed in order to catch things early to enjoy life. Since pets cannot voice their concerns, your veterinary partner can help detect health issues so that your pet can also live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
     
    To keep pets comfortable and happy there are many advances in pain management. Your veterinarian can come up with a plan that best suits you and your pet. Today there are various pain modalities to treat your pet.
     
    Also your pet’s nutritional need changes as he or she grows older. The liver and kidneys process waste products less efficiently.  Intestines loose the ability to absorb nutrients. It may be time to take a closer look at your pet’s diet.
     
    Our pets are our family.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about your pets aging process. We offer a Geriatric Wellness Plan that will cover basic care annually to ensure that any health concerns are caught as early as possible to that you can enjoy the many wonders your pet brings to your family.
  • back to menu Heartworm

    Although we are fortunate that we do not see many cases of heartworm disease in the Northwest, pets that travel or have been adopted from other parts of the country are susceptible.

    Heartworm disease in animals is a serious threat that can cause heart failure and even death. Dogs are the most common victims but other pets are susceptible also. Heartworms infect the heart and restrict blood flow causing organ failure.
     
    Prevention is key! Talk to your veterinarian to answer any questions you have and especially in advance of travel to areas where heartworm disease is prevalent. We can test your pet and prescribe a monthly medication to prevent heartworm.
     
    Our clinic recommends Interceptor to prevent against heartworm.
  • back to menu Hospice

    Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic is now offering a special service to our clients. Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides comprehensive, loving support for patients with terminal illnesses that have progressed beyond a doctor's expectation of a cure.  Hospice care helps the patient- your pet- to live with dignity, in comfort and peace, surrounded by their loved ones as they approach the end of their lives.

    Hospice care starts with a consultation in our hospital.  At that time you will meet your pet's Hospice Care Team and we will create a plan to help you and your pet through this challenging end of life period.  We will be available to help you make difficult decisions and provide appropriate care for your pet.  We can provide telephone consultations and at home visits to assist you every step of the way.

    As Cicely Saunders, the founder of the hospice movement in human medicine, has said "You matter because you are you.  You matter to the last moment of your life, and we do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die."  Our desire at CVVC is to help your pet achieve this goal.  If you would like to know more about our hospice care program please inquire with one of our staff.

  • back to menu Hospitalization

     

    Inquiries concerning hospitalized patients should be made after 10:00 a.m. If there is an unexpected change in your pet’s condition, the Doctor will contact you immediately. Visiting hours may be arranged through the Doctor or a Technician.

    Pets will be comfortable during their stay in their own roomy kennel. We ensure a safe environment with separate areas in the clinic for dogs, cats, isolation, ICU, etc.
     
    We have trained veterinary staff in the clinic monitoring your hospitalized pet  24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  • back to menu Intensive Care

    When your pet is in serious condition, we are prepared. Between a very advanced intensive care unit (ICU) and doctors and technicians that are trained to deal with your pet, Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic will provide the best of care. While your pet is at CVVC we will keep you updated with their status. It is very important when intense medical conditions arise that your pet receives quick, complete and proper care. We also have staff on site to monitor your pet overnight.

  • back to menu Internal Medicine

    Whether your pet is suffering from heart disease, kidney disease or seizures (and everything else) we are prepared. The first step is to get a diagnosis. Without a diagnosis it is very difficult to develop a treatment plan as well as give a prognosis. CVVC has digital radiography, in-house blood work equipment, ultrasound and endoscopy to help in diagnosing. After diagnosis, treatment can be started immediately. Our clinic hosts a complete pharmacy including a large selection of prescription diets. As with all cases at CVVC we will provide you with a diagnosis/treatment plan that we will discuss thoroughly with you so we can partner together to obtain the best plan for your pet.

  • back to menu Internal Parasites

    Providing continuous protection against harmful parasites is vital to protecting the health of your pets. By bringing in a fecal sample, we can test for parasites and begin treatment immediately. 

    CVVC recommends Interceptor for both dogs and cats.
     
    Also see Zoonotic Parasites below so you can learn more about the risks of the parasites that can be transmitted to humans. Parents you will want to be informed!
  • back to menu Laboratory

    Our in-house laboratory facilities include serum chemistry, hematology, serology and parasite testing capabilities.  When necessary, we use university and veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics. 

    At CVVC we offer a complete in-house diagnostic center that includes the most modern laboratory equipment, the catalyst and the lasercyte.  We also can run fecal exams for parasites, complete urine tests as well as many cytologic exams.  Cytologic exams are looking at samples of tissue under the microscope to determine what is going on with your pet.
  • back to menu Microchips

    Did you know that 46% of lost dogs had been lost at least once before?

    Did you know 41% of lost cats were reported by their owners to be indoor-only?
     
    By having your veterinarian insert a small microchip, the size of a grain of rice, your pet will have a lifetime of protection. CVVC highly recommends getting your pet micro-chipped. This is the best way to make sure your lost pet has the best chance of being reunited with you.
     
    It is very important following the insertion of the microchip that you register your pet with his or her microchip number so this information can be recorded with PetLink. CVVC also keeps this information in their system base so that we can help identify lost pets.
     
    For additional information, please ask one of our staff or you may go to www.petparent.com or www.PetLink.NET.
     
    We offer microchip implantation for the added safety of your pet. Microchips are the only permanent form of identification available and greatly increase the chance that you and your pet will be re-united if they become lost. We offer Res-Q chips that offer a no charge registration process and are ISO compliant (these work internationally). 
  • back to menu Neurology

    Neurology services include basic diagnosis and medical management of neurologic problems.  Common problems that can be managed in clinic include inter-vertebral disc disease and vestibular disease.  Problems requiring surgical correction are referred to a nearby specialty center.

  • back to menu Nutritional Counseling

    Nutritional consultations are also available.  We specialize in formulating a strategic weight loss plan individualized to your pet.  During a consultation we will take into account your pets current calorie intake and show you where we can make changes to maximize weight loss, often using the same food you are currently feeding.  We have an easy to understand Chubby Chart for your use. 
     
    We carry some special prescription and non-prescription diets in our clinic.  You may also order on-line.
  • back to menu Obedience Classes

    We offer obedience classes for pets at all stages of life.  Our instructors have years of experience and are highly recommended.  See our Companion Animal Specialties Section for information on our upcoming classes.

  • back to menu Obstetrics

    We are here to help you during your pet's pregnancy.  Never hesitate calling us so we may answer any questions you have.

    You can find more information for dogs under Canine Reproduction.

  • back to menu Oncology

    At CVVC we offer diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Accurate diagnosis is made with the help of a pathologist and treatment is directed by the most current standards in veterinary oncology.  Treatments commonly performed include surgical removal of the cancerous mass or growth and chemotherapy.  If radiation therapy is the preferred treatment we have an excellent working relationship with referral centers that can offer this more advanced treatment modality.

  • back to menu Ophthalmology

    CVVC offers diagnosis and treatment of most eye problems.  Eyes are a common place of injury for our pets and quick treatment is required for obtaining the best results.  When referral to an ophthalmologist is in your pet’s best interest, we have a good working relationship with specialists and will transfer necessary records to the specialist that is right for your pet and his/her condition.

    With glaucoma being the leading cause of blindness in dogs, be sure to know some of the warning signs. Glaucoma is caused by increased fluid pressure in the eye. This can be from eye injury, eye diseases, or physical or physiological traits that predispose certain breeds of dogs and cats. Timely diagnosis and treatment can save your pet pain, suffering, and possibly blindness.

    Here are some of the warning signs:

    • Pain - pain can be characterized by loss of appetite and depression, or pawing at the eye
    • Dilated pupil
    • Cloudiness within the cornea
    • Red or bloodshot eye
    • Loss of vision
    Be sure and contact your veterinarian if your pet is showing any of the above signs or for any other questions you may have.
  • back to menu Orthopedic Surgery

    Orthopedic surgery is the repair of traumatic or congenital defects in the skeletal system, including bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and menisci.

    The canine stifle (knee) is subject to excessive trauma due to the high degree of mobility and because of the massive muscle groups, and therefore forces applied to it.

    The most common orthopedic procedure performed at CVVC is repair of the canine stifle due to rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament, meniscus damage, or patellar luxation.  These are specialized procedures where the joint is fully evaluated through a joint incision and appropriate repair instituted.

    For cranial cruciate ruptures, the patented Tight Rope procedure is applied in which specialized braided bands are fixed from the caudal lateral femoral epicondyl to the proximal cranial tibia to provide a balanced isometric knee support throughout the entire range of motion.  This is an extremely strong and comfortable repair for our canine athletes.

    Bone fractures and joint dislocations can unfortunately be a part of an active dog and cat’s life. The veterinarians and technicians at CVVC have pursued continuing education in the professional repair, pain management, and post operative rehabilitation of these traumatic events so that our loved ones can return to normal function as soon as possible.

    Our surgical repairs for bone fractures include bone plating, lag screw fixation, external skeletal fixator, intramedullary pinning, cerclage wire and casting/splinting.

  • back to menu Pain Relief Options

     

    Let’s stop the OUCH now!
     
    MANAGEMENT OF OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CHRONIC PAIN
     
    There are many treatment options for management of your pet’s chronic pain. It can be very confusing to know which treatment modality is best for your pet.   We often have the greatest success in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis and treating chronic pain using a multi-modal approach. This is much different than 20 years ago when our options were very limited. Consultation with our doctors and technicians about your pet’s specific needs can lead to a treatment plan to optimize care. Our goals are to provide maximum quality of life with minimal side effects. A few of the common options available include:
     
     
    Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) (Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Novox, etc):
    These drugs are very effective in decreasing swelling at the site of pain (joint or other tissue). By decreasing swelling we can dramatically decrease pain. Side effects are very rare but can be severe, including internal organ damage. For this reason we require frequent monitoring of blood work. These drugs are much safer for your pet than aspirin, Tylenol or other human pain relievers.
     
    Nutraceuticals:
    These supplements (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Omega Fatty Acids, and ASU) come in many different forms and concentrations. Joint health supplements may be able to help decrease the process of cartilage breakdown in joints as arthritis progresses. We have seen positive results with early and continued use of quality joint support supplements. Nutraceuticals are not all regulated by the FDA, therefore a product’s claims and ingredients may be false, so it is very important to talk with your veterinarian about a pure, high quality and safe joint health supplement for your pet. Trusted products are available at your veterinary clinic.
     
    Other Pain Medication (Tramadol, Amantadine, Gabapentin, etc.):
    Our doctors can prescribe additional pain relief for severe pain, in conjunction with other   therapies. Similar to all medications, side effects can be significant, and dosage needs to be carefully monitored by a veterinarian.
     
    Acupuncture:
    This treatment, using very small sterile needles, has been used for pain relief since ancient times. Recently it has been scientifically proven to aid in reducing your pet’s pain. For most dogs the process is very painless and simple, and can be performed during an office visit. Most pets require 4-6 sessions before significant results are seen. Acupuncture is performed regularly at our clinic by a trained veterinarian.
     
    Laser Therapy:
    Class IV Laser Therapy is FDA approved to help reduce pain and swelling in joints and muscles.    It is non-invasive and has no side effects, making it a nice option for pets who can’t tolerate othermodalities. 5-8 sessions are usually needed for initial improvement. We are pleased to be certified and have a therapeutic laser at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic, where a program will be tailored for your pet’s needs when treatment is started.
     
    Physical Rehabilitation:
    Physical Rehabilitation has an established scientific basis in humans and companion animals to restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical function. It can also have significant benefits for older pets suffering from chronic pain, including slowing the progression of arthritis. A personalized plan can help to restore and maintain wellness and quality of life by decreasing pain and improving muscle mass and mobility, which is so often lost with pets that have arthritis. Our own Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner can evaluate your pet, design, and help you implement a complete program.  
     
                   
    We know how confusing it can be when it comes to making choices on how to successfully manage your pet’s chronic pain. We are here to help. Please contact any of our staff members or doctors to help develop the most appropriate and beneficial individualized plan for your pet.    
     
     
    ~ Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic
  • back to menu Pathology

     

    Pathology is the study of disease processes in the body.  Determining the pathology is often the first step in creating a diagnosis and treatment plan. 

    The disease process can be detected through fluid analysis (examples: blood work, urinalysis), aspirates/cytology (example: needle biopsies of a mass), tissue samples/histology (example: excisional biopsy) and even behavioral (example: an animal circles only to the right).

     

    We consult on as needed basis with boarded Pathologists to ensure our diagnosis is correct.  We can also perform a necropsy (autopsy) in the clinic to help identify or confirm the cause of death.

    By understanding disease processes, our trained veterinary team can understand and anticipate the consequences in our beloved pets.

  • back to menu Physical Rehabilitation

    Brandi Knapp, LVT, CCRP received her license to practice Canine Physical Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee.  She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.

    Physical rehabilitation has an established scientific basis in companion animals used to restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical function.  Treatment for dogs during recovery from surgery, or for progressive chronic and acute conditions can help to prevent or minimize clinical signs, permanent loss of mobility and function, as well as slow the progression of certain diseases such as osteoarthritis.  Brandi uses non-invasive techniques such as electrical muscle stimulation, joint mobilization, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, massage and stretching.  Additionally therapeutic laser compliments her physical rehab services.

    Therapeutic exercises designed to assist your pet by improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination include; cavaletti rails, physiorolls, therabands, treadmill, as well as trampolines and balance boards.  Common conditions which Brandi treats are osteoarthritis, post-fracture or dislocation repair, neurologic conditions that result in weakness or ataxia, and several other types of acute or chronic injuries.
     
    A referral from your primary care veterinarian is encouraged to begin therapy, and any significant health concerns will be referred directly back to them.  After the initial evaluation, a schedule of visits will be determined based on your pets needs.  Please call to discuss physical rehabilitation for your pet with Brandi.
     
    You can find more information under Canine Physical Rehabilitation.
  • back to menu Pre-Anesthetic Screens

  • back to menu Radiology (x-ray)

    Digital radiography is an instrument used to evaluate the function and integrity of structures within the body.  These diagnostics allow us to achieve 2 dimensional images of muscles, tendons, ligaments, vasculature, bones and organ systems.  The highly sensitive x-ray screen that records the digital image allows us to have the ability to magnify images, acquire specific measurements, and assess structures as fine as hair to as thick as vertebral bodies from the same image.

    The digital images are easily transferable to dicom and j-peg modes.  The digital x-rays are copied onto a CD and included with case summaries/write ups for you at the end of the animals visit.  Roughly half of our images are sent to our partner, Illumipet, for board certified veterinary radiology/ultrasonography analysis.
     
    Additionally, we have a portable ultrasound, available for farm visits, which is an important part of pregnancy diagnosis of small ruminants and horses.
  • back to menu Stem Cell Therapy

    This regenerative medicine is cutting edge technology at CVVC.  You can find more information under the Canine Specialties Section or at www.vet-stem.com.

  • back to menu Therapeutic Laser

    Cellular effects of Laser Therapy occur when photons of therapeutic laser light interact with cells.  Higher adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) levels are produced, cell membrane permeability is increased, and blood and lymphatic vessels are vasodilated.  These events then lead to a cascade of beneficial effects increasing cellular energy and health.

    During each treatment, laser energy increases circulation drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area.  This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.  As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved. 

     

    K-Laser Class IV Therapy Promotes:

              Increased Circulation
    Immune Stimulation
    Muscle Relaxation
    Improved Vascular Activity
    Accelerated Cell Reproduction and Growth
    Stimulation of Nerve Regeneration
    Increased Metabolic Activity
     
     
    See more information on CVVC's newer services we offer under the Canine Animal Specialites section.  
     
    If you would like a K-Laser Brochure just ask any staff member. 
  • back to menu Ultrasound

     

        

    Ultrasound with color flow Doppler allows us to assess blood flow, tissue density, real time motion (heart function/rate and fetal movement in utero) as well as aiding in specific guided deep needle biopsy.

    Ultrasound is a unique and advanced diagnostic tool that allows better visualization of the abdomen and a more thorough look at internal organs than x-rays in some cases.  At CVVC we are happy to offer advanced ultrasound services.

    Common procedures performed using the ultrasound include early pregnancy diagnosis, evaluation of the internal organs of the abdomen and aspiration (sampling) of abnormal masses in or around the abdomen.  For more advanced cases a boarded radiologist and ultrasonographer can come to CVVC to provide expert care.
  • back to menu Vaccines - Cats

    Pets come into contact with lots of potential illness on a daily basis.  This is why vaccinations are so important.  Keeping your pet current on vaccines is the easiest way to prevent some common diseases including kennel cough, parvovirus, and feline leukemia.  You can be assured that we follow a risk based vaccination protocol.  This means your pet is not going to be vaccinated for diseases they are unlikely to be exposed to and often decreases the total number of vaccines your pet receives. 
     
     
    Vaccines Recommendations for Cats
      
    The staff at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic is committed to your pet’s health.   Vaccinations are an important part of preventative medicine to ensure your pet has a long and healthy life.  The necessary vaccines are dependent on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure to other animals.  During your appointment we will ask a number of questions to ensure that only the necessary vaccines are administered.  Due to recent research the schedule of some vaccines has altered slightly.  The following is a brief overview of the available vaccines.  Please note that your pet may not receive all vaccines each year.
     
    Cats are at risk for a rare, but serious type of cancer known as injection site sarcoma, a very invasive type of tissue tumor.  This cancer has been linked to previous injection sites particularly those vaccines with an adjuvant which is a chemical additive that encourages an immune reaction to the vaccine.  Killed virus vaccines, such as some rabies and feline leukemia virus vaccines, must have an adjuvant added to induce immunity for the disease.  At our clinic, we assess your cat’s risk to ensure that only the necessary vaccines are administered and the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines for vaccine placement are followed.  
     
    Core vaccine/FVRCP (Feline rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia) This vaccine is considered “core” because all cats will require this vaccine.  It protects against several diseases resulting in respiratory disease and potentially fatal bone marrow suppression in the case of panleukopenia. This is a modified live virus vaccine and has no added adjuvant (chemical additive to cause tissue reaction).  Recent research has demonstrated that the protective immunity may last much longer than previously found.  Your cat will receive this vaccine several times as a kitten, again at 1 year of age and then likely every 3 years.
     
    Rabies- This vaccine is also considered “core”. Every cat must legally receive rabies vaccinations. The first vaccine is administered at 12 weeks and over, one year later, then on a yearly basis.  We recommend that even exclusively indoor cats receive rabies vaccines due to the potential indoor exposure of bats and the legal implications of human bite exposure.  We use a new type of rabies vaccine which does NOT have an added adjuvant.
     
    Feline Leukemia- FelV is a potentially fatal viral infection transmitted through bite wounds or prolonged exposure to an infected cat.  Cats that have exposure to a known carrier cat in the household or have unsupervised visits outside need this vaccine yearly.  Our vaccine uses a recombinant DNA, non-adjuvanted, needle free vaccine system (VetJet) reducing the irritation and inflammation of the tissue after vaccination
     
       
    Which is your cat?
     
    Outdoor Enthusiast
    Spends most of time outside, hunts wildlife, Contact (fights!) with other cats,
    FVRCP, FeLV, Rabies
     
    Outdoor/Indoor
    Enjoys unsupervised time outdoors, but also spends quality time on the couch, unsupervised contact with other cats outside
    FVRCP, FeLV, Rabies
     
    Indoor/Outdoor
    Majority of time indoors, occasional supervised trips outside, supervised (on leash?) no contact with cats outside the home
    FVRCP, Rabies
     
    Indoor Exclusive
    Never goes outside, no other cats or dogs in the household go outside.
    Rabies
     
    *all vaccine schedules are for adult cats which had all vaccines as a kitten and again at one year of age*

      

  • back to menu Vaccines - Dogs

    Pets come into contact with lots of potential illness on a daily basis.  This is why vaccinations are so important.  Keeping your pet current on vaccines is the easiest way to prevent some common diseases including kennel cough, parvovirus, and feline leukemia.  You can be assured that we follow a risk based vaccination protocol.  This means your pet is not going to be vaccinated for diseases they are unlikely to be exposed to and often decreases the total number of vaccines your pet receives. 

     

    Vaccines Recommendations for Dogs 

    The staff at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic is committed to your pet’s health.    Vaccinations are an important part of preventative medicine to ensure your pet has a long and healthy life.  The necessary vaccines are dependent on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure to other animals.  During your appointment we will ask a number of questions to ensure that only the necessary vaccines are administered.  Due to recent research the schedule of some vaccines has altered slightly.  The following is a brief overview of the available vaccines.  Please note that your pet may not receive all vaccines each year.

    Core vaccine/DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2/hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus) This is considered a “core” vaccine due to the need for every dog to receive this vaccine.  Recent research has demonstrated that the protective immunity may last longer than previously known.  Your dog will receive this vaccine several times as a puppy, again at 1 year of age and then likely every 3 years. 
     
    Rabies- This vaccine is also considered “core”.  Every dog must legally receive rabies vaccinations.  The first vaccine is administered at 12 weeks and over, one year later, then on a 3 year basis.  This vaccine is required for traveling out of state.
     
    Bordetella Bronchiseptica- This vaccine helps prevent the disease known as “kennel cough”, a highly contagious respiratory infection causing coughing, fever, lethargy and possibly pneumonia. Dogs that come in contact with other dogs not in their household are at risk for contracting “kennel cough”.  The vaccine can help prevent the disease or diminish the clinical signs significantly if the disease is contracted.  The vaccine is available in an intranasal or injectable form. Immunity for this vaccine is approximately 6 to 12 months. 
     
    Leptosporosis-This bacterial infection causes vomiting, lethargy, and fever and can result in sudden liver or kidney failure.  It is transmitted through direct or indirect contact with wildlife.  The vaccine is protective against the 4 most common subtypes of leptosporosis.  It requires puppy boosters and yearly vaccination for at risk dogs.  Lepto vaccine is the most common to cause reactions and therefore is not recommended for most small dogs.
        
     

    Which is your dog?

     
    Outdoor Enthusiast
    Most of the time running outdoors unrestrained, roaming, hunting
    Core, Leptosporosis, Bordetella, Rabies
     
    Outdoor Socialite
    Some of time outdoors, may contact unknown dogs on a periodic basis
    Core, Leptosporosis, Bordetella, Rabies
     
    Indoor Socialite
    Multi-dog household, mostly indoors or confined but frequent contact with other dogs through boarding, showing, grooming
    Core, Bordetella, Rabies
     
    Indoor Elitist
    One or two dog household, indoors mostly, otherwise restrained, no contact with other dogs outside the household
    Core, Rabies
     
  • back to menu Weight Loss

    Obesity is an epidemic amongst our pet population. It is the single most important factor in life expectancy. The difference in life expectancy between a dog that is normal weight versus a dog that is 10% overweight is between 12-18 months. Not only is quantity of life effected, quality is also. Joint pain is dramatically affected by obesity in both cats and dogs. We at CVVC can help develop a weight loss plan that works for you and your pet. After ruling out a medical condition (i.e. thyroid disease) we will develop a diet plan as well as an exercise program. Frequent weight checks to monitor response are very important in success and the goal is to have weight loss without your pet being excessively hungry all the time.

  • back to menu Wellness Exams

              

    Our Spacious Exam Rooms

    The most important part of preventative care involves encompassing our complete physical exam with all of each patients breed, age, history, underlying conditions, daily activities, and exposure to environmental and infectious pathogens.

    With this information, our team of veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians develop a reasonable plan to optimize health, good quality of life, and the human animal bond.  This is generally through food and supplement recommendations, de-worming and vaccine schedules, as well as periodic wellness exams and laboratory diagnostics.

    Wellness care is important for all of our animals, from the neonatal Pixie-Bob kitten, to the 12 year old Black Angus cow, to the 32 year old Shetland pony.  Please inquire about our membership plans available for cats and dogs.  A CVVC Membership Plan is an affordable way to ensure your pet receives wellness care year round.

  • back to menu Zoonotic Parasites

    It is concerning that the majority of our population is uninformed about zoonotic parasites that can cause harm to humans.

    Did you know?  Between one and three million people are infected with hookworms by their pets each year, 34% of dogs are infected with gastro-intestinal parasites.
     
    We encourage pet owners to educate themselves by reading the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) guidelines
     
    Are you at risk?  Some people are uniquely susceptible to certain parasites.  People at risk include: Immunocompromised individuals such as those with HIV infection.  People who are or undergoing immunosuppressive therapy such as chemotherapy patients, organ transplant patients, and patients for autoimmune disease.  Also susceptible are people with advanced liver disease, diabetics, pregnant women, infants and young children, and the elderly.  This list is not all inclusive.  See CAPC guidelines for additional important information.
     
    What can you do?  CAPC recommends that your dogs and cats be placed on a year-round preventative flea/tick product as soon after birth (see specific product labeling) as possible and for the life of the pet. 

    Keep in mind that parasites can infect your pet any time of year.  External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, may be less prevalent outside during certain time of the year; however, they often survive in the house during the winter months, creating an uninterrupted life cycle.  Other internal parasites, such as worms, may affect your pet all year long.

    Annual examinations should be performed by a qualified veterinarian to best treat for parasites, along with an annual fecal test.