Health Maintenance Services

Health Maintenance Services of Cottage Veterinary CareHigh Standards and Compassionate Care

You love your pet. When your pet is sick, you want to find the best care possible. Dr. Wilkins and the entire veterinary medical team at Cottage Veterinary Care provide the best possible care for your pet in a compassionate and loving environment. The entire staff is committed to medical excellence and prides themselves on open communication with all their clients.

Cottage Veterinary Care is a full-service animal hospital and wellness center staffed by compassionate and caring individuals. To maintain our high standards, we offer a broad range of veterinary services to our patients. Our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care. Through our preventative care program, your pet receives a comprehensive “nose-to-tail” physical examination so we can establish his or her specific overall health profile. We use a personalized approach to high quality pet care based on the lifestyle you share with your pet.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy, a cat entering the golden years, or a fun-loving ferret, he or she receives extraordinary care at Cottage Veterinary Care. We offer a full range of treatments from traditional spays and neuters to more advanced diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures. Our highly qualified and skilled veterinary staff performs advanced diagnostic tests for your pet. Test results are usually available promptly, allowing us to treat your sick or injured pet as quickly as possible.

Internal Medicine

When our pets are sick, it is frustrating that we cannot simply ask them what is wrong. When your pet is not well, we need to find out why. After performing a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests is often necessary to identify the medical condition.

All the veterinarians at Cottage Veterinary Care are knowledgeable at diagnosing and treating internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases. For difficult or complicated cases, we may refer you to a local board-certified internal medicine specialist.

HomeAgain Microchipping

Health Maintenance Services of Cottage Veterinary CareAll too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible, frightening situation. We have all seen the heart-wrenching lost pet notices posted throughout our neighborhoods and social networking sites. Getting lost is more than an inconvenience; it's the number one cause of pet death.

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owners without some form of permanent lost pet identification.

Once, Dr. Wilkins witnessed a dog reunited with his owner 10 years after it had gone missing. The dog, found in California, was originally from Virginia!  Somehow the pet made his way from Virginia to California and, thanks to the microchip, back to Virginia and his original owner!

The team at Cottage Veterinary Care views microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of protection for your pet. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.

We use the HomeAgain microchip system. The HomeAgain ID system uses microchips that register the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.

HomeAgain membership also offers benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. HomeAgain also comes with a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.

HomeAgain uses technology that is standardized around the world so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.

Combating Pacific Grove Allergies

If 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
  • Flaking
  • 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 and various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet to Cottage Veterinary Care for an evaluation. Evaluating and treating many food and environmental allergies can be a long, often frustrating process with no quick fixes. If left untreated, these problems can become severe medical concerns.

Health Maintenance Services of Cottage Veterinary CareAt Cottage Veterinary Care, we take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences and the proper method of treatment.

Oncology & Cancer Treatment for Your Pet

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 as 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; they rarely develop side effects similar to humans.

Cottage Veterinary Care veterinarians will take the time to go over all your options with you, making the best treatment plan for your pet. We may refer more complicated or severe cases to local board-certified oncologists.

Cold Laser Treatment

Cold laser therapy is used for post-operative care, treatment of arthritis, skin wounds, and other selected conditions. It is a valuable tool that we offer as part of our commitment to providing the highest standards of care for your pet.

Therapeutic lasers supply energy to the body as light is transmitted through the layers of skin and stimulates and accelerates the healing of damaged cells with no adverse effect on healthy cells. Laser therapy also decreases inflammation and eliminates pain, which allows your pet to quickly return to his or her regular routines and activities.