Health Maintenance Services

Internal Medicine

Internal MedicineTo maintain our high standards for our Kern County patients and clients, Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital offers a broad range of veterinary services beyond our comprehensive wellness care. Whether your pet is a playful puppy or a cat entering the golden years, he or she receives the best care possible at our veterinary hospital.

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask him or her what is wrong. To minimize your pet's discomfort and your worry, Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital has invested in the most advanced diagnostic technology. When your pet is not well, it is our job to find out what is wrong, and we take that responsibility very seriously. Along with providing your pet with a thorough examination, you can take comfort in knowing that along with our comprehensive diagnostic capabilities, we will be able to accurately determine what's wrong and how to make your pet better.

Glaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside your pet's eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. As with humans, glaucoma is relatively common in animals. There are two types: chronic glaucoma, which can develop as your pet ages, and acute glaucoma, which results from injury or illness. In many cases, glaucoma can progress quite rapidly, especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness, and is considered an emergency situation.

Symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that your pet be checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but it can also help set a baseline measurement. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal intraocular pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds, and even individual pets.

At Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital, we use an instrument called a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. Your veterinarian will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

Allergies and Dermatology

DermatologyIf left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

These problems can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust, or various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet in to Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital for an evaluation. If left untreated, these problems can become serious medical concerns.

At Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital, a visiting dermatology specialist sees patients at our facility once a month.

Oncology & Cancer Treatment

The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life. Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times because cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (X-rays, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, the disease may not be noticed until clinical symptoms develop.

Treatment also depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and rarely develop the side effects that humans experience.

Reproductive Medicine

Whether you are an experienced breeder or are breeding your pet for the first time, Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital can help, from initial planning and consultation all the way through birth. We provide the following reproductive medical services for your pet:

  • Progesterone testing
  • Vaginal smears
  • Pregnancy monitoring
  • Ultrasonography
  • Behavior CounselingPlanned Caesarian sections (when appropriate)
  • Follow-up nursing care

Behavior Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, and introduction of new pets into the household. Often a behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, and kidney disease).

At Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians help you recognize, validate, and categorize behavior problems. We work closely with you in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. The treatment plan often includes behavior modification and medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behavior specialist.

Your Pet's Nutrition

Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge connecting proper nutrition with overall good health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable that you, as your pet's caregiver, control.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. Our doctors can assist you with information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies so your pet can maintain his/her optimal body weight and nutritional health. We can also help you navigate through pet food producers' claims so you can make the most informed nutritional food choice for your pet.

NutritionFor example, dogs and cats are healthiest when they eat the whole, natural foods we would eat ourselves: USDA-inspected chicken, turkey, and lamb, whole grain rice and barley, fresh fruits and vegetables, and Grade A dairy products. Most cheap commercial pet foods contain filler ingredients and low-grade proteins. It is best to feed your pet a food that is denser, richer in nutrients, and without the added bulk. A high quality food provides more nutrition, with calories and fats formulated to fit the needs of your specific dog or cat.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If your pet is diagnosed with a specific condition, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more.

Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital carries Hill's and Royal Canin prescription diets. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.

Would you like to know more about all the ways the medical team at Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital can help your pet get well and stay well? Give us a call at (661) 327-4444 or send us an email today!