Our Practice

As part of its mission, Christmas City Veterinary Hospital promises to provide small animal owners with quality care at affordable prices. With this in mind, we have designed a great wellness regimen for every dog and cat that will keep them living longer, healthier lives and reduce the chances of major, unexpected illnesses. Please take a look at some of the services we offer below.

Annual Wellness Visits

We have an affordable plan to examine every dog and cat at least once a year. We perform risk assessments for infectious and hereditary diseases. We also offer early detection blood profiles that look for diseases in the initial and most treatable stages. It is a plan that we have built based on the recommendations of some of the most knowledgeable and prestigious veterinary organizations in America as well as Dr. Cawley’s own, rich and diverse veterinary experience. Our wellness visits will keep your pet living a longer and healthier life. This is at the core of everything we believe in.

Spays and Neuters

It’s no secret that dog and cat overpopulation is a sad problem in our society. Spaying or neutering is essential not only to help curb the overpopulation problem but also to keep your pet healthier, more obedient, cleaner in the house, and less likely to roam. We believe that it is very important that you spay or neuter your pet. Because we are so eager to help owners do this important surgery, we have designed a protocol that’s both thorough and affordable. Each surgical procedure we do is performed by Dr. Cawley and monitored by our experienced veterinary nursing staff. For more information on our canine and feline spay or neuter procedures, give us a call!

Microchipping

Our pets, unfortunately, sometimes stray from home. Collars can break or slip off and those rabies or name tags that are attached to the collar can get pulled loose if the animal is running through brush. A microchip is a rice-grain-sized implant that we painlessly secure under the patient’s skin with a simple injection. It is safe, un-reactive, and wholly successful at identifying your pet. Nearly every animal shelter and veterinary office in the nation possesses the necessary equipment to read the chip and fully identify your pet. Travelers are especially encouraged to microchip their pets. For any pet that will be taken out of the country, microchipping is required.

Dentistry

Though veterinarians have been educating clients for years about the benefits of dentistry, there is still a widely held belief by owners that dentistry for pets is simply not necessary. An astonishing 80% of dogs and cats will develop dental disease by the age of two! In many ways, dogs’ and cats’ mouths are just like ours and foul breath may reflect serious metabolic problems or pronounced infection and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease will cause extreme pain, a low grade, systemic infection and a shorter life span. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that good oral health can keep most dogs and cats living two years longer than they otherwise would. We want to help you keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Vaccines

Everyone knows that their dog or cat is supposed to go to the vet annually to get its vaccinations, but at Christmas City, we’d like to take some time to talk with you as well as examine your pet before we make any recommendations. Simply put, we want to make sure you understand the illnesses these vaccines prevent and learn about the risk factors for your pet so we can guide you in the right direction.

Declaws

Most people have a strong opinion about cat declaws. I would like to give you my thoughts on the matter based on my almost twenty years of experience in the field.

It is part of a cat’s nature to scratch. They scratch for play; as a way of practicing motor skills used in hunting; to hone the nails on their paws; and also to communicate. Many people do not know that cats have scent glands in their feet and when they paw at something, they are actually leaving trace chemical signals behind informing other cats about territory and sex. So scratching is something that cannot be trained out of a cat. At best, it can only be redirected. Many owners have some luck with buying a scratching post for their cat, a wood or metal column covered in fabric that cats naturally enjoy pulling at with their paws. Some cats prefer a natural tree branch or log to scratch on.

But for other owners, their expensive furniture is too much to risk for the sake of their indoor cat and its scratching tendencies, however natural and innocent they may be. Other owners may be seriously concerned about being scratched themselves. In these situations, declawing the cat may be the only reasonable option.

One thing is certain; the decision to declaw your cat should not be taken lightly. It is not, as many believe, just a severe nail trim, but an actual surgical procedure. If you are considering declawing your cat, I hope you’ll give me and my staff a chance to talk to you specifically about your situation. Based on your concerns and the lifestyle of the cat, I’ll be able to help you make an informed decision. If surgery is the route you would like to pursue, I’ll walk you through the declaw process we perform at Christmas City that keeps any pain and associated risk with the procedure to a minimum.

Living Longer and Healthier

It’s no secret that eating well, staying fit and regular check-ups go a long way in keeping us living longer and feeling better. The same is true for our pets. Obesity, for example, is common in pets whose owners either don’t recognize the additional weight as a problem or feel helpless in trying to curb their pet’s seemingly endless appetite. Early disease detection is another example. Most cats and dogs will eventually succumb to only a handful of the same diseases, almost all of which can be treated relatively easily and inexpensively for years. Just waiting for the day that your pet gets older and frailer is not the best way to proceed. By having your pet examined annually and running an annual blood test you may not only be adding years to your pet’s life, but vigor and vitality as well.