Why they are an
expert in Veterinary Medicine?
State Road Animal
Hospital has been in existence for over 40 years.
Dr. Tom Armstrong has owned the practice since 1993.
Since then, State Road Animal hospital has grown into a three
doctor hospital that includes Dr. Laura Weber and Dr. Catherine
Collins. In addition to
wellness and preventive care for pets, State Road Animal Hospital
also provides a wide range of diagnostic and surgical services,
including orthopedic surgery, cardiac and abdominal ultrasound,
endoscopy, therapeutic laser treatments and behavior training. In June, 2012, we became accredited by the American Animal
Hospital Association (AAHA). In
order to become AAHA accredited, a hospital must pass an evaluation
that requires the highest standards of veterinary care to be
practiced, and re-evaluations happen every two years.
The newest service that began in January of 2013 is Weekend
Urgent Care at State Road Animal Hospital…because pets get sick on
the weekends, too. Urgent Care hours are from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM
both Saturdays and Sundays.
Q: Why should I get my
female dog spayed when I don’t own a male dog?
A: Female dogs that are
not spayed have a much higher risk of developing mammary cancer or a
serious, life-threatening uterine infection call a pyometra. So,
getting your female dog spayed is better for her long term health
Q: Why should I use a flea prevention product on my cat if it never
A: Because fleas will
come inside, either on our other pets, or on us!
All we have to do is walk past some flea cocoons, which are
found everywhere outdoors in the summer and fall, and our movement
causes those cocoons to hatch into young adult fleas that jump on us
and our outdoor pets. We
then unknowingly carry those fleas indoors where they find our
Q: Is the flea prevention I see at the store as good as the flea
prevention from a veterinary office?
A: There are so many
flea medicines on the market now that it is difficult for the
consumer to know what to buy. The temptation is to go to the store and find the cheapest
flea medicine available. That can end up being very expensive,
however. Every year we
treat toxic reactions (skin burns, liver disease, seizures) as a
result of over the counter flea medicines that either have
antiquated chemicals in them or have been misapplied because the
owners received no instructions or support from the store they
purchased it from. Products
purchased through a veterinarian are the safest and most effective
products available, and the veterinary staff is trained to instruct
you on how to properly use it.
Q: My dog is itching all the time, but I don’t see any fleas.
What could that be?
A: Itching is a very
common symptom of allergies in pets.
In humans, allergies cause respiratory symptoms, like
sneezing and coughing. In
animals, these same allergies (ragweed, pollen, etc.) will cause
itching. A pet does not
have to go outside to develop these symptoms because these allergens
are in the air around us, both indoors and outdoors.
Signs of itching can also be caused by other insects, such as
skin mites. Certain
autoimmune diseases may also cause itchiness and skin problems.
A veterinarian can determine the cause and come up with the
most effective treatment plan.
Q: My cat stays inside all the time.
Does he really need vaccines?
We get phone calls all the time about unvaccinated cats that
have been exposed to a bat that got in the house or that have gotten
outside just one time and done battle with another animal.
Because of so many unvaccinated cats compared to dogs, the
incidence of rabies in cats has now surpassed that of dogs.
So, why take the risk of your cat being exposed to rabies or
other deadly viruses by unforeseen circumstances what it is so easy
to prevent it with vaccines.
Q: Is dry or canned food better for my dog?
A: Dry goods are just
fine for dogs, but cats should have more of a canned food diet.
The reason is that cats metabolized carbohydrate differently
than dogs, converting the majority of it into fat.
As a result, veterinarians are seeing increasing incidence of
diabetes and liver disease in our feline patients.
Canned foods are mostly protein, which mimics a cat’s
natural carnivorous diet. Always
make sure that the food you get for your cat or dog is a high
quality brand name food, and not a cheap generic food that does not
have adequate nutrients.
Do not give any
human medications to your dog or cat without consulting with your
veterinarian. A Tylenol tablet will kill a cat, for example.
Q: Can I give my pet an aspirin or Tylenol?
of the Month:
you give your pet any human medications, ask your veterinarian
first. Just because a medication is safe for people, does NOT mean
it is safe for our pets.