Harbor Lights Animal Hospital

1710 Virginia Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459

(541)756-5156

harborlightsah.com

About  your  pet

We know that your pet's individual life style will dictate the care recommended for his or her particular needs, 
but below are some general guidelines.

PUPPIES AND KITTENS


All puppies and kittens need vaccines regardless of lifestyle choices to help protect them from many diseases.  Depending on the age, a series of vaccines will be recommended every 3-4 weeks until your pet reaches 16 weeks.  If they are older than 16 weeks a booster vaccine may still be required.  Your pet will need at least two vaccines 3-4 weeks apart if they have not been vaccinated before.  We also recommend deworming, flea and heartworm prevention, heartworm testing for dogs (depending on age), and feline leukemia / AIDS testing for kittens.  We also discuss behavior, obedience training, spaying or neutering, and any other questions or concerns that may arise.


SENIOR  CARE


All pets 7 years and older should have physical exams twice a year.  This provides early detection of any changes and allows us to track things like weight and dental disease.  We also recommend an annual comprehensive blood panel to help screen for early signs of disease and provide a baseline for any future changes.  We look at liver and kidney enzymes, screen for diabetes, thyroid levels, white blood cells, check for anemia, and more.  Routine preventative care is also emphasized with vaccine protocols tailored to each patient, deworming, flea prevention, heartworm testing and prevention (in dogs), heartworm prevention and feline leukemia / AIDS testing (in cats).


SURGICAL PROCEDURES


We perform elective procedures including spays, neuters, and declaws (on an individual basis).  We do not do ear cropping.  We also perform many other surgically necessary procedures including abdominal surgery, laceration repair, abscess drainage and repair, and many other surgeries.

Dental cleanings are also an important part of your pet's health.  Build up of tartar can lead to large amounts of bacteria in the blood stream causing damage to organs such as the kidneys and heart valves.  In addition to routine cleaning, we also do dental xrays and extractions when necessary.

With any surgery anesthesia is associated with risks and our main focus is to keep your pet safe as possible while undergoing any procedure, be it routine or emergency.  Recommendations for pre anesthetic blood work, intravenous catheter and fluids, monitoring heart rate, oxygenation, and blood pressure are all ways we can drastically reduce any anesthetic complications.  One of our trained veterinary assistants is always present to monitor your pet while under anesthesia.


 EXOTIC  CARE


We provide preventative and medical care for small mammals (rabbits, ferrets, rats, hamsters, etc.) and reptiles (turtles, snakes, lizards, etc.).  We do not have anyone who does avian medicine and refer those clients to another clinic that accepts avian patients.