Veterinary ServicesChristopher Beauchamp
Memphians choose Stage Road Animal Hospital for our veterinarians’ knowledge and genuine heartfelt care for their pets. We strive to provide individualized care that is right for each patient and his/her family.
Dogs and cats age at a much faster rate than people, they are considered seniors by the age of seven. Older pets can be prone for many of the same ailments that people get as they age, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, vision problems and even cancer. If detected early many problems can be managed and controlled so the pet can continue to live a quality life.
This is the most important aspect of the wellness visit. The doctor will completely examine your pet from nose to tail. A routine physical examination can reveal medical conditions, such as ear infections, skin infections, heart murmurs and arrhythmias, external parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, and mange), dental disease, obesity, arthritis, and various growths.
For cats, we recommend annual vaccination against rabies, upper respiratory infections (distemper), and feline leukemia. For dogs, we recommend routine vaccinations against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, corona, bordetella, influenza (if at risk) and Lyme (if at risk). We also recommend heartworm testing every 6 months until 3 years of age and then annually. Heartworms are so prevalent in our area that we want to catch the disease early and decide on a treatment that’s best for your pet.
Memphis has an ideal climate for parasites such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes to thrive. Some of these insects can transmit diseases such as heartworms and Lyme disease or cause a severe anemia. We recommend that every pet be on monthly heartworm prevention and flea and/or tick control to help prevent some of these diseases. We carry a variety of heartworm and flea preventions that will be suited to your family’s needs.
Checking periodically for internal parasites (Giardia, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and coccidia) is important, even if stools are consistently normal. Parasites can cause significant intestinal problems in both animals and humans (since some parasites can be transmitted from animals to humans.)
Laboratory testing is “a window into your pet’s body”, helping us see the health of the organ systems. Sometimes, a pet that appears healthy can often be hiding symptoms of disease. A physical exam may not be enough to diagnose your pet and additional diagnostic tests may be required.
Stage Road Animal Hospital is equipped with a complete, state-of-the art diagnostic laboratory with most results available the same day of the appointment. We also work with several outside laboratories should your pet require specialized testing. Complete blood counts, blood chemistry panels, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal examinations and heartworm testing are some of the many laboratory tests that we can perform at the hospital.
Whether performing bloodwork before a surgical procedure or on a yearly basis for maintaining good health, laboratory testing is one of the best ways to catch and treat problems before they become major and life-threatening.
At Stage Road Animal Hospital we have a complete digital radiology suite. This system does not use traditional film, making it faster, easier and safer to take high quality radiographs. X-rays can be taken and processed within minutes, helping us reach a diagnosis in far less time.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that works hand in hand with the x-rays, it picks up where the radiographs leave off as it will diagnose a wide variety of conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues of the body including the heart and blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus and ovaries.
Routine dental cleaning is an often-overlooked part of your pet’s preventative health care plan. At Stage Road Animal Hospital, we offer ultrasonic dental scaling and polishing, which is the most effective way of removing tartar and plaque. Tartar and plaque can cause your pet to develop bad breath, loose teeth, and painful gums. Gingivitis may lead to problems later on, such as difficulty eating, tooth root abscesses, and liver and kidney problems from trapped bacteria.
At Stage Road Animal Hospital we have the K-Laser. We feel that the effects of laser therapy are a great benefit to all of our patients. The painless application of laser energy promotes increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This creates an optimal healing environment reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored. Treatments can take anywhere from 4-8 minutes depending of the size of the area to be treated. The therapy is usually cumulative in nature again depending on the area of treatment. The doctor will sit down with you and discuss a treatment plan that is beneficial for your pet’s condition.
Numerous studies have shown that laser therapy can help with:
There is nothing more distressing than losing a pet. You search the streets for hours, even days. You tack up posters. You offer rewards. You wait by the phone in the hope that someone, somewhere, has not only found your pet, but has somehow managed to find you as well. The reality is, however, that most of these efforts will be in vain. Just over 2% of lost cats and 15% of lost dogs ever find their way home. Fortunately, these numbers are changing. Thanks to current technologies, it is now possible to provide your pet with a means of identification far superior to the name written on their collar. Microchips are becoming an increasingly popular way to help lost pets get found.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades during a process similar to a vaccination. Each microchip is encoded with unique information about your pet. This information corresponds to data in a national database. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. If your pet is lost, his or her microchip is scanned and the information is used to reunite you and your best friend.
Stage Road Animal Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip. HomeAgain provides an inexpensive lifetime registration with its information database. It is an international microchip (ISO standard), which allows for easy travel into other countries.
Skin disorders are one of the most common reasons for visiting the veterinarian, it can make pets uncomfortable, even painful, interfering with their quality of life. Sometimes complex and recurring, many skin conditions can benefit from care provided by our highly skilled veterinarians, who will diagnose and treat your pet with the most sophisticated and effective methods available.
Beyond treating the symptoms that causes discomfort the doctors will work to find the cause of your pet’s skin problem. Warning signs include licking, scratching, biting and chewing, which can cause skin irritation, scabs and hair loss. If left untreated, some pets can develop skin and ear infections as a result.
Our doctors can diagnosis and treat skin, hair, ear and nail disorders. We can evaluate patients for parasites and allergies as well as hormonal and immune-mediated skin diseases. Specialized diagnostic procedures we perform include microscopic examination of the skin and hair and allergy testing. Skin biopsies can be performed and we can interpret the results with the help of our outside reference laboratories. We can manage chronic skin and ear diseases with an emphasis on preventive medicine, early diagnosis and long-term control.
We schedule all of our routine surgeries on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but if need be, we will try to accommodate our patients needs on other week days. A technician will be present with the veterinarian during your pet’s entire anesthetic period. With specialized training and the help of our monitoring equipment, the technician and doctor will keep close track of your pet’s vital signs and stability while under anesthesia. Together, they keep a close watch on all our patients to ensure everything goes smoothly during surgery. After surgery, your pet is continually monitored until he/she is fully awake and has a normal body temperature. We know that surgical procedures are stressful for you and your pet. Our goal is to make your pet’s surgical procedure as safe and as comfortable as possible. In the majority of cases, your pet will leave the hospital alert and ambulatory the same day of the procedure. When your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care and medication instructions. If any questions arise after your pet returns home or at any other time during the postoperative period, call us. We welcome your questions and will do all we can to help your pet recover fully. Help is only a phone call away.
Pet health insurance has come a long way over the past several years, and it can be a real benefit to you and your pets. There are many providers out there, as well as several types of plans available – including wellness plans, emergency plans, and breed-specific plans.
Rather than trying to select which option is best for your particular needs, we prefer to provide you with resources to obtain unbiased information about all of them. Here is a website we have found extremely helpful: Pet Insurance Comparison
Payment is due at the time that services are rendered. We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, checks and cash payments. We also accept CareCredit®. If you are unfamiliar with CareCredit, it offers 6 month or 12 month, no interest payment plans to pet owners. This enables pet patients to receive the treatment they need while allowing their owners to pay for it over time with low monthly payments. Learn more by visiting CareCredit.com
and apply online today!