Ridgemont Animal Hospital

4200 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626

(585)225-2133

ridgemontanimalhospital.com

Puppy & Kitten Visits
We are always looking forward to meeting your new addition to your family.  At your kitten or puppies first wellness exam the doctor will do a thorough examination including listening to your pet's heart and lungs, examining their eyes, ears, and mouth, they will also palpate his/her abdomen to insure any health concerns.  Depending on vaccine history a vaccine may be given.  Along with your visit a wealth of information will be given to you.  We have folders filled with information on spaying/neutering your pet, proper ways to trim your pets nails, vaccine information, worming information, flea and heartworm prevention, and much more.  When available you will also receive a free bag of Science Diet food or Iams kitten or puppy foods.  We also recommend bring a stool sample to ensure that your pet is testing negative for internal parasites and worms.  Of course if you are having any concerns or questions about your new addition the doctor and technicians will be happy to answer them and get you handouts on issues also.

Annual Examinations
All dogs, cats, and pocket pets should have at least an annual examination.  At this annual exam the doctor will do a complete physical.  Upon a healthy check up the doctor will recommend you on the proper vaccines, wellness testing, and preventive medications.  It is encouraged that both dogs and cats have annual intestinal parasite exams done via stool samples.  Dogs should be annually "Heartworm" tested and placed on heartworm preventive year round to help prevent heartworms and intestinal worms.  Due to changing vaccine recommendations, the veterinarian will discuss your pet's lifestyles and determine the best vaccination protocol for you individual pet.  For more on vaccine information and standard recommendations by Ridgemont Animal Hospital click here.

Comprehensive/Sick Visits 
When you inquire about a problem concerning your pet you will likely be asked to set up a doctor appointment.  A thorough physical exam and historical assessment is done to attempt to determine the nature of your pet's problem.  Be prepared to bring certain specimen samples if needed, this may include stool or urine depending on the nature of the problem.  These things can be a crutial element in establishing the problem.

Complete Diagnostic Care
Ridgemont Animal Hospital is nicely equipped with modern technology needed to diagnose any medical problems that are occuring with your pet.  These services include Radiographs, Blood Analysis, and Electocardiography Services.

Laboratory Testing
Our extensive laboratory is an essential aid to diagnosing sick or injured pets.  Our facilities provide for hematology (complete blood counts), serum chemistry (blood panel), urinalysis, parasite testing, heartworm testing, and leukemia/aids testing.  We also utilize other veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnositcs such as tissue or stone analysis.     

Radiographs
Our on-site, X-ray equipment provides hight quality radiographs to help aid in diagnosis of many medical and surgical problems.  Routine x-rays as well as more sophisticated contrast studies can be done to provide for immediate diagnostic services for your pet.

Electrocardiography Services
We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.

Anesthesia
We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high risk patients.  Pre-anesthetic blood work is an essential aid in helping the veterinarian help tailor the best anesthetic protocol for your pet's individual needs.  We also use the most modern equipment to help monitor the patient's vital signs during all anesthetic procedures. 

Surgical Services

Our state-of-the-art surgical suite is well-equipped to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures. We are able to perform routine surgeries such as spays/neuters/declaws, along with more invasive surgeries such as tumor removals and orthopedic procedures (cruciate ligament repair, fracture repairs, etc).

Prior to surgery, each patient must have a physical examination by one of our doctors. This helps to ensure there are no existing medical problems. We also require pre-anesthetic blood testing to identify any concerns that are not detectable upon physical examinations.

Antibiotics and pain medication are an important part of surgery and may be used pre, post, and during surgery depending on the complexity of the surgery. Use of these will be determined by the doctor at the pre-surgical examination.

Bathing 
Therapeutic and cleansing baths are done on dogs and cats Monday through Friday by appointment. Defleaing services are also offered. The cost includes the stay for that day, technician examination, and pedicure. The pet is brushed out before discharge. All pets admitted for baths must be currently vaccinated and free of internal parasites. Vaccinations and parasite checks can be done at time of bathing if pet was previously examined at Ridgemont Animal Hospital. For more information click here.

Pharmacy 

We stock and operate a full pharmacy for the convenience of our clients. If the situation dictates, you may be directed to a drug store with a written prescription. We also carry a full line of prescription diets, therapeutic shampoos, flea products, and dietary additives.

Refills are not given on any medication without doctor consent or notation from your last visit. Please note we must maintain this policy so medications "inappropriate" to the problem are not prescribed. We appreciate 24 hours notice for all prescription refills.

Boarding
Boarding services are provided on a limited basis as a service to our clients.  For the safety of all pets under our care we require all pets to be currently vaccinated and free of internal parasites (intestinal worms and heartworm) and external parasites (fleas and ticks).  We also offer doctor supervised boarding for those elderly or special needs patients that require more medical care.  Our staff who love and care for your pet are also fully trained to recognize any problems with your pet's appetite, attitude, and urination/defication output.  Pets may be dropped off and picked up during regular business hours Monday through Saturday.  For more on our boarding please click here.

Referrals 
Anytime a complex medical or sugical problem arises which may require the care of a specialist, we will assist you with the referral.

Dental Services
Often dogs and cats require basic dental care.  It is recommended that owner's brush their pets teeth once a day with a specifically made animal toothpaste and brush.  As tartar and plaque accumulates on your pets teeth, gum infection and eventually periodontal disease ensue.  In addition proper dental care helps prevent minor concerns like bad breath, and major concerns such as permanent damage to the pet's liver, kidneys, and heart.  Dental prophylaxis is required to remove any build-up on your pet's teeth.  This can be accomplished in one day with your pet safely at home with you that evening.  At your pet's dental appointment we will also polish your pet's teeth.  If recommended we can also do minor and major tooth extractions along with dental radriographs to visualize the stability of certain tooth roots.  A pre-dental examinition is required to determine the necessity of antibiotics, pain meds, pre-anesthetic blood testing, and severity of tartar and plaque build-up. 

Hospitalization
We strive to treat sick pets mostly on an "outpatient" basis but if an animal needs more intensive treatments for illness or surgery, hospitalization may be warranted.  This provides closer doctor and nurse supervision and allows for the use of treatments such as IV fluid therapy and multi-injections needed throughout the day.  We will do our best to accurately quote you on the expense that may incurr during hospitalization.  Reports on hospitalized pets are provided daily.

Dietary Counseling
We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for every life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance, and performance.  We also carry and special order Hill's, Purina, Eukanuba, and Royal Canin - Waltham/IVD prescription diets for those patients needing speciality diets for certain medical problems. 

Behavorial Counseling
We can provide advice regarding the correction of certain behavioral problems. Behavior problems such as barking, chewing, digging, and aggression can often be corrected with the right guidance and or the help of a professional trainer. Some more serious problems such as house soiling, spraying, nervous anxiety, and extreme aggression may be treated with counseling, modification programs, and if warranted drug therapy can be used. Some behaviors require certain testing to insure that there are no medical problems causing the bad behavior. The veterinarian will assess the best plan at the time of your consultation.

Flea & Heartworm Control Programs
We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and environmental situations. We will happily assist you on the right medication and usage to help prevent fleas and heartworms with your pet. We offer products that prevent fleas and ticks alone, heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention alone, and also products that do a combination of all preventions. We recommend seasonal to annual usage. Seasonal usage in our area would be April through December.

Pocket and Exotic Pets
Our veterinarians are available to assist and examine some pocket pets. Our knowledge extends to animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, rats, and mice. For more exotic animals such as birds, lizards, and snakes, we would recommend pursuing other veterinarians that specialize in this critters.

Microchip Identification System 
A microchip is a permanent form of pet identification.  The microchip is injected by a veterinarian between the shoulder blades of a pet.  The microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice.  Every microchip contains it's own personal identification number that is read by a universal scanner.  Upon scanning the unique number a pet owner is found by calling the company and retrieving the owner information.  Most veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal controls have these universal scanners to help detect and find pet owners.  We use the HomeAgain microchip.

Emergency Services
We will happily see any emergency during our normal business hours.  If possible call ahead so the staff are prepared and have an estimate of your arrival time.  If you have an after-hours veterinary emergency please call the Animal Emergency Services at 424-1277.  For a map and directions to Animal Emergency Services please click here.