Health Exams

In order to lengthen lifespans and improve quality of life, dogs and cats should have routine physical exams. Preventative medicine is important because it allows us to find and treat problems or conditions early on, when treatment is simpler and less invasive. During your pet's exam, we will thoroughly check the different important systems in your pet's body, such as their vascular (heart), respiratory (lungs), skin, eyes, ears, and mouth. This also helps us establish a baseline of health for your pet, so that it will be easier for us to notice if/when something becomes irregular.


At the Animal Hospital of Oceanway we believe that good oral health provides a solid foundation for your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Without the proper care and attention, your pet’s mouth can become a haven for dangerous bacteria that can lead to everything from bad breath and tooth loss to heart and kidney disease. In fact, periodontal disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in adult dogs and cats. The good news is: WE can prevent your pet from becoming a statistic, By YOU making a commitment ongoing dental care.

Our goal at the Animal Hospital of Oceanway is to make the professional care we offer both affordable and accessible. We’re also experienced in the treatment and management of existing dental problems, and can perform the necessary procedures, such as extractions and minor surgery, to get your pet back on the right track to good oral health.

Early intervention will avoid significant long term costs for the care of advanced periodontal (gum) disease. We have structured our fees to enable you Pet Parents to engage in care at the early stage of gum disease. Please call today to schedule an exam for a dental estimate!

Grade I & II Dental Exam and Cleaning includes:
  • Intravenous catheter
  • Anesthesia
  • Thorough exam & cleaning
  • Brief stay in hospital
Services required prior to dental care:
  • Current exam (within prior 6 months)
  • Current heartworm prevention
  • Internal parasite free (exam within past year)
  • External parasite free (no fleas/ticks)
  • Pain medication
  • Extractions
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Gum surgery
  • Grade 3-4 gum disease
  • Requirement for preliminary blood tests (veterinarian to determine)
***Any of these exclusions may significantly alter the cost of dental care***


Microscope for laboratory research
When your pet isn’t feeling well or has suffered an injury, they cannot speak to tell you what’s wrong. This can make it challenging to recognize that there’s something wrong so that the problem can be addressed in a timely manner – especially when the illness or injury cannot be easily detected on the surface of the skin. Veterinary diagnostics are important tools which allow our doctors to look beneath the surface to identify, diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions that are not easily identifiable through an external exam. The sooner we can determine what’s bothering your pet, the better the chances of a positive outcome.

Animal Hospital of Oceanway offers a wide range of diagnostic services to help manage the ongoing health of our patients, including digital radiography (x-ray), in-house testing for blood counts and serum chemistries, tonometry (glaucoma testing) and blood pressure assessment. Rest assured that whatever is ailing your animal companion, we’re well equipped and fully prepared to get to the bottom of it so we can get them back on the path to good health again as soon as possible.

For those special cases where more advanced testing is required or the opinion of a doctor with more specialized training is recommended, we are also able to provide referrals as well as arrange for these specialists to perform on-site diagnostic services right at our facility, for your convenience. This allows your pet to receive the highest level of care without having to travel or be seen in an unfamiliar place where he or she may feel nervous or uncomfortable.

The diagnostic services available through Animal Hospital of Oceanway allow us to get to the bottom of whatever condition, disease or symptoms your pet may be experiencing so that we can properly diagnose and treat the underlying cause with speed and accuracy. Our goal is to get your pet back on his or her feet and feeling better again as soon as possible.


At the Animal Hospital of Oceanway we understand that any surgery, no matter how minor or routine, can be a stressful experience for you and your pet. You want to be sure your cherished companion will be well cared for and receive the best possible chance at a positive outcome. We understand the questions and concerns you’re dealing with and we want to put your mind at ease. Rest assured that when you bring your furry family member to us for surgery, our team of highly skilled, caring and compassionate professionals will provide the very best available surgical care.

The surgical procedures performed at the Animal Hospital of Oceanway include a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries, such as lacerations, bite wound repair, abscess surgery, tumor removal, spay, and neuter procedures. We carefully monitor our patients before, during and following all procedures to ensure their safety and comfort at all times while in our care.

Before we ever even admit your pet for a surgical procedure, we take several precautions to reduce risk at every turn. We’ll examine your pet and run a series of diagnostic tests to make sure he or she is well enough to undergo surgery. This is especially important for animals that are older or that suffer from existing medical conditions. Once we know it’s safe to proceed, we’ll develop a customized pain management plan that is tailored specifically to your pet.

When your pet has been safely anesthetized, our veterinarians will get to work to diligently complete the procedure as efficiently and effectively as possible. Throughout the entire process, our compassionate, well trained nurses and assistants closely monitor your companion using the most modern equipment available. This monitoring will continue once surgery is complete and your pet is relocated to our quiet, comfortable recovery area.

You can expect a phone call/or text shortly after surgery is finished, at which point one of our staff members will explain how everything went and arrange a time for you to come for your pet. Before bringing your companion home, we’ll carefully go over any aftercare instructions we may have, which may also include an appropriate plan to manage your pet’s postsurgical pain. We want to help get them well and on the road to a speedy, comfortable recovery.

Whatever your pet’s surgical needs, you need not worry. The team at the Animal Hospital of Oceanway is prepared to provide you both with a positive, stress-free experience and have your furry friend back on his or her feet again as soon as possible.


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If you’ve ever had to deal with a skin problem, you know how unpleasant it can be. Did you know our animal companions can suffer from many of the same dermatological conditions that we humans do, including allergies and infections? Having to deal with itchy, dry or painful skin can significantly diminish your pet’s quality of life. We can help make them more comfortable with our professional veterinary dermatology services. Our team of highly skilled professionals is experienced in identifying the root cause of a wide variety of skin conditions, including those that affect the ears, nails and foot pads.

Some of the dermatological disorders we can assist with include:
  • Allergies
  • Parasites
  • Skin infections
  • Paw infections
  • Skin cancers
  • Severe dandruff
  • Acute or chronic ear infections
  • Hair loss
  • Paw and nail disorders
  • Autoimmune and/or hormonal skin diseases
  • Any other problems with the skin, ears or paws
Once we reach a definitive diagnosis, we can then develop a plan to address and overcome the problem once and for all. We rely on a broad range of treatment methodologies, including topical creams, oral medications, therapies and, in extreme cases, surgery. We may even recommend making some changes at home. In many cases, simply making modifications to your pet’s diet and removing common items within your home that may be acting as irritants to your pet can reduce or even eliminate the problem altogether. Whatever the problem, rest assured we’ll get to the bottom of it and treat it in an efficient and effective manner to achieve the best possible results.

If you notice your dog or cat exhibiting any of the following symptoms, it may be time to schedule an appointment with us for a dermatological evaluation:
  • Excessive itching, scratching or chewing
  • Scabbing
  • Hot spots
  • Hair loss
  • Lumps
  • Rashes
  • Redness
Whether it’s an allergy, a parasite infestation, an infection or something else, if you suspect your companion is dealing with a skin, nail or paw problem, don’t make them suffer a moment longer. Bring them to our experts for assistance. Let’s help make your pet as healthy on the outside as he or she is on the inside.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a noninvasive treatment designed to reduce pain and inflammation, and to speed healing. This treatment is quickly becoming standard of care in both human and veterinary medicine. Our staff members administer laser therapy via a handpiece that emits this therapeutic infrared light in a fast, drug-free, and soothing treatment.

The light can treat surface problems such as wounds, as well as deeper structures, penetrating through fur, skin, and fat if necessary to reach damaged tissue.

The therapeutic infrared light targets the mitochondria in damaged cells and stimulates them to regenerate and stimulates them to return to optimal function. This regenerative process is called photobiomodulation (PBM). PBM does not impact normal cells, but can help damaged cells to recover from injury faster. Laser therapy can be utilized as an adjunct to existing treatments, often reducing or replacing the need for pain medications.

What are treatments like?
Laser therapy treatments are fast and pain-free, making them well-tolerated by most pets. There is no clipping or shaving required for the treatment area. When your pet arrives for therapy they will be situated in a comfortable position, and may be outfitted with laser-safe doggles. You will also receive laser-safe eyewear to wear during treatment if you remain with your pet during therapy.

Treatments take approximately 5 – 10 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area and the condition being treated. During this treatment your pet will experience a soothing warmth that often relaxes patients, and sometimes makes them go to sleep!

Some conditions require several treatment sessions for optimal outcomes. When your pet’s condition is evaluated your veterinarian will discuss their recommendations with you.

Can Laser Therapy Help My Pet?
  • Wounds
  • Skin Conditions
  • Pain Relief
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Dental Conditions
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Pain & Inflammation
  • Post-Operative Recovery
  • Geriatric Care
  • Otitis
  • Fractures
  • And Much More!