Pet Care

Not much is more important to you than your pets. At Trusty Vet, we strive to educate the public about pet care. Below are useful articles on taking care of your pet and please check often as we will continue adding more and more information.

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Pet Surgeries

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We know that surgery can be a very difficult and stressful time for both you and your pet.  It is our goal at Trusty Vet to provide your pet the best in care throughout the stay for their surgery.  Let’s take a closer look into the day of your dog’s or cat’s surgery.

  • It’s early in the morning, and your dog or cat is begging for breakfast, but you have been informed by the staff from a reminder phone call yesterday that your pet needs to be fasted before surgery.  You also remember to take away any water that your pet may have access to as soon as you get up. 
  • The staff at Trusty Vet requires that your pet arrive at the hospital very early to allow proper preparation for its surgery to be completed.  Luckily, it’s not quite as early as they would require for you at Huntsville or Crestwood hospitals, but we need to see your pet’s darling face between 7-7:30 AM.  During the check-in process, the veterinary technician goes over the surgery consent form and answers any last minute questions you may have.
  • Your dog or cat is weighed the day of surgery to allow for accurate calculations of anesthetic medications.  The veterinarian then performs a pre-surgical examination. 
  • Blood samples are collected from your pet if you elected to have pre-anesthetic bloodwork performed allowing the veterinarian to be aware of any potential risks or complications involving anesthesia or the surgery.
  • An intravenous catheter is placed in your dog’s or cat’s arm for your pet to have IV fluids during surgery to keep his or her blood pressure from dropping dangerously low and for fast administration of emergency drugs if an emergency were to arise.
  • The veterinarian and technicians are now ready to administer “premeds” which allow your pet to relax in preparation for the surgery.  After 10-15 minutes, the veterinary technicians then assist the veterinarian with administering induction anesthesia.  At Trusty Vet, we use two very safe anesthetic drugs available, either Propofol  or Isoflurane gas. 
  • After your pet is asleep and unable to feel anything, the veterinary technician scrubs the surgical site with a strong antimicrobial agent and alcohol.  The veterinarian sterilizes his or her hands and dresses in a sterile cap, mask, gown, and gloves in preparation for the surgery.
  • Your dog or cat is transported into the sterile surgery room where the veterinarian performs the time-efficient procedures discussed below.  During the surgery, a veterinary technician monitors your pet, keeping a very close watch on his or her vital signs including heartrate, blood pressure if necessary, body temperature, and gum color.  We utilize a ventilator to assist in maintaining your pet’s breathing and appropriate oxygen levels during the anesthetic procedure.  Knowing how your pet is doing under anesthesia is very important.  Proper monitoring provides greater safety during surgery.
  • After the surgery is complete, your dog or cat is moved to a recovery area that is warm and quiet.  The veterinarian and technicians continue to monitor your pet closely until he or she is able to sit up well on its own.  This is also when you would expect a phone call from the staff reporting that your pet is through with its surgery.  Your dog or cat is given a post-operative pain injection and allowed to “sleep off” their anesthesia until it is time for discharge later in the afternoon.
  • At your pet’s discharge, the veterinarian will go over post-operative care instructions and any medications that may be sent home with your dog or cat.  The veterinarian will also answer any additional questions you may have for taking care of your pet.  A follow-up appointment will also be made before you and your pet leave for 10-14 days later.

A decision was made by the Trusty Vet founders early on that our services will be offered at an affordable rate and in a timely manner.  In order to maintain that mission, we will provide limited surgery capabilities at our facility.

Spays and Neuters

We encourage responsible pet ownership by spaying (aka an ovariohysterectomy) and neutering (aka a castration) of adolescent or adult pets.  Trusty Vet offers these services at about a 20% cost savings from surrounding veterinary hospitals in Madison, Alabama.  While there are a number of low cost alternative facilities that can provide these same services for less, we feel that our standard of care including IV catheter placement and IV fluids, EKG and oxygen saturation equipment monitoring, heated surgery table, ventilator that provides breaths for your pet while he or she is anesthetized, and full sterility practices justify our fees for what would are considered significant surgeries when performed in the human medical field.  

Emergency or Elaborate Surgeries

After careful evaluation of your pet’s condition, it may be determined that your dog or cat requires surgical care that is extra time-consuming or beyond the scope of capabilities of the veterinary surgeon.  If this were to be the case with your pet, the Trusty Vet veterinarian would explain to you that the best treatment plan for your pet would be to transfer their care to a more full-service hospital that would allow the opportunity for your pet to receive the critical or emergency care that it deserves.

Surgeries performed at Trusty Vet

Surgeries such as simple tumor removals, urinary bladder stone removal, front paw declawing in cats, laceration or abscess repairs, and other time-efficient procedures as determined by the veterinarian are also available at Trusty Vet.

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Pet Vaccinations

9129728 sThe veterinarian and staff at Trusty Vet stand behind annual vaccinations protocols 100%.  Vaccines have allowed pets and humans alike to live longer and healthier lives.  Today’s vaccines have undergone elaborate medical research to ensure that they are safe to administer and effective in preventing fatal diseases.

Our goal is to make the decision on which vaccines to give to each pet easy for our clients.  We will break your pet’s exposure risk to infectious diseases down into two categories.  There will be pets that have regular exposure to possible infectious diseases including those that attend boarding or grooming facilities and also spend a lot of time outside in the backyard or on trails or greenways.  The group of pets in the other category,  typically spend the majority of their life inside of the home with limited exposure risk to infectious diseases.  The veterinarian and technical staff will ask a few questions at your pet’s initial vaccination visit to determine which category your dog or cat would belong to and will offer the appropriate vaccination package.  Vaccinations offered at Trusty Vet include:

Canine

  • Rabies
  • Distemper Virus, Adenovirus, and Parvovirus combo.
  • Bordatella-Intranasal or Injectable
  • Leprospirosis & Lyme combo
  • Influenza

Feline

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP-Upper respiratory combo.
  • Bordatella-Intranasal
  • Leukemia
  • We don’t vaccinate for Feline Aids.

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Sick Pet Care

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Having an ill or uncomfortable pet can be very concerning to most pet owners.  As our dogs and cats become more like family, we wish them to be happy and healthy members of our household.  Trusty Vet is similar to a clinic where you would take your child for a mild illness.  The most common reasons that pets visit the veterinarian include:

  • Skin and ear problems
  • Respiratory infections with sneezing and coughing
  • Gastrointestinal upset like vomiting and diarrhea
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Strains, sprains and arthritis pain
  • Cuts or hot spots
  • Endocrine diseases like diabetes in cats and hypothyroidism in dog.

At Trusty Vet, our aim is to help your pet with these typical sicknesses.  If a discovery is made that your pet has a more extreme illness or injury, a referral will be made to a more full-service hospital where critical care and hospitalization can be provided so that your pet has the best chance for recovery.

When your dog or cat is sick, diagnostic testing can provide additional information that may not be evident during the veterinarian’s physical exam.  At Trusty Vet, we make every effort to provide a rapid diagnosis to ease your pet’s discomfort as quickly as possible. 

Digital radiographs or “x-rays” help to identify changes in your pet’s chest, abdomen, and  bones that may be causing them to be ill or uncomfortable.  With the digital software, the radiograph images appear on a high resolution screen instantly.  The veterinarian can then zoom in to get a better look at the image and also rotate it or change how dark or light an image appears to aid in diagnosis.  If an image is difficult to interpret, it can easily be sent by internet transmission to a board certified radiologist who can further analyze the radiograph and present a report in a matter of hours.

Laboratory testing covers not only the traditional bloodwork you would expect for an ill pet, but also microscope analysis and other symptom specific testing.   The veterinarian has the             option to order blood testing to be performed in the hospital to receive results within an hour or  to be submitted to an outside laboratory at a reduced cost with an expected turn-around of 1-2 days.  The choice will be based on a discussion with the pet owner and the severity of the pet’s symptoms. 

The microscope is a valuable tool in the veterinary setting allowing specific diagnosis of many skin, ear, intestinal parasite, and urinary problems.  There are a number of additional tests that the veterinarian may perform at Trusty Vet including checks for glaucoma or corneal ulcers of the eyes and blood pressure monitoring to name a few.

Every effort will be made to allow you and your dog or cat to leave Trusty Vet feeling better.  The diagnostic and treatment decisions will be made after a discussion with the veterinarian and we will aim to answer any questions you may have before you leave the hospital. 

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Huntsville, Alabama 35806