Medical Services

Hill Creek Veterinary Medical Services

Sometimes preventative care just isn’t enough, and your pet needs more in depth medical attention. We at Hill Creek Veterinary Clinic are ready for any problem that arises. We offer:

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Annual well exam

This exam is done when the animal is thought to be generally healthy and helps us to identify a variety of things that might not be obvious such new lumps which might be cancerous, skin infections, ear infections, heart murmurs, dental disease, external parasites, cataracts or other eye problems, unstable or arthritic joints, and weight loss or weight gain.

*Annual exams also form the basis for the doctor-patient-client relationship. This relationship is
required for us to prescribe medications for your pet. Veterinarians are bound by law to assess the
general health status of an animal before prescribing or dispensing prescription medications.

Laboratory Services

Fecal flotation test

This is a test for intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia. These parasites can be obtained without your knowledge and can have a very adverse effect on their health of your pet. Some of them can potentially be transmitted to humans as well, so we consider this to be a very important test.

Heartworm antigen (or antibody) test

This blood test confirms the status of a dog (or cat) for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease can cause several devastating outcomes such as heart failure, autoimmune disease, thromboembolic disease, and sudden death. It is recommended to know the heartworm status of your pet before starting heartworm prevention and annually after that.

Wellness blood panel

This is a blood (and sometimes urine) test to assess your pet’s organ systems. The results of this test can serve as a baseline for “normal” for your pet and is a way that we can monitor the inside from the outside. The tests included in this panel can give us information on many organs including the kidneys and bladder, liver and gall bladder, pancreas, spleen, and intestinal tract. It can also give us information blood elements such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. From this information we can diagnose infections, inflammation, anemia, clotting problems, and a variety of other diseases. All of this information is very useful in assessing your pet’s overall health and in identifying disease states early.

Imaging

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Our digital radiography system provides fast high quality films that can be instantly portable for referral centers, record transfer, and off-site interpretation.

Dental x-rays

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound service is provided by Dr. Gail Mackey of Eagle Mobile Veterinary Services on an appointment basis

House calls

Sometimes it’s a better choice to visit you and your pet at home. For the convenience of our clients and their pets we offer housecall appointments for routine wellness visits, euthanasia, and some sick pet visits. There is an extra charge for this service.

Alternative Therapies

When appropriate our doctors do sometimes recommend and use adjunctive therapies to complement traditional Western medicines. These alternative therapies might include the use of nutraceuticals, vitamins, and herbal preparations. We do offer acupuncture and laser therapy in our office, but we currently we refer patients to other area practitioners for homeopathy, massage therapy and Reike.

Hospitalization

Whether your pet needs follow-up care after an emergency hospital visit or has been diagnosed with an illness by us, we provide hospitalization and some levels of critical care management in our hospital. We are equipped with a separate isolation room for infectious disease cases, and our doctors and veterinary technicians provide excellent nursing care, IV fluid management, nutritional support, and monitoring of hospitalized patients during normal business hours.

Microchipping

Microchipping is one way to permanently identify your pet and increase the likelihood of a reunion with you should they become lost. We recommend this easy method of keeping your pet safe, and offer microchip implantation and registration as part of a regular appointment or as a limited service with a technician.


Testimonials

  • The care shown to my family and our beloved elderly dog was above and beyond expectations. I couldn't have asked for a better staff to care for us.

    Katie Chastain
  • Hill Creek Vet. and their wonderful, patient staff is beyond awesome.

    Gail Pederson
  • Hill Creek Vets and staff are awesome! They have always taken great care of our three dogs. I would recommend them without reservation.

    Melinda Goodwin
  • They treated our fur baby great! We were kept updated and advised of our pet's progress and instructed well for her healing after her treatment!

    Margaret Kirkman
  • We love Dr. Cindy. She truly cares about her patients and I don't know what we would do without her taking care of our Abby!

    Dena Graham
  • Wonderful, caring group of professionals. My first visit and will continue to take my dog there. She is in great hands. Five star treatment.

    Ellen Roby
  • I have been bringing my fur babies here since 2002. They are so compassionate....like family.

    Roberta Cole
  • Very nice people who obviously love animals. They make even scared animals feel comfortable.

    Debbie White Miller