From comprehensive wellness exams to diagnostic services, Lafayette Road Veterinary Hospital is a full service small animal clinic ready to help you take good care of your pets.
We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:
Preventive care services and wellness exams are available at Lafayette Road Veterinary Hospital. Our goal is to maximize your pet’s good health with regular examinations so we can proactively identify then treat and correct any issues that may affect your pet’s comfort and long-term quality of life. Our staff is dedicated to making your pet as healthy as possible and taking a team approach to make sure your pet receives the best care possible.
Preventive services include:
- Prenatal care
- Puppy and kitten exams
- Comprehensive medical exams
- Senior pet care
- Flea and tick control
- Spay, neuter and declaw services
Maintaining your pet’s oral health is an important part of your pet’s care. If you don’t already have one, start a dental care regimen at home; Dr. Keeker can talk to you about brushing your pet’s teeth and the use of dental chews and other oral products. We also recommend getting your pet’s teeth examined and cleaned regularly. Comprehensive dental checkups and cleanings at Lafayette Road Animal Hospital will identify and correct issues that could affect your pet’s overall health.
Over 85% of dogs and cats have some type of periodontal disease, which simply means that the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place are being destroyed by oral bacteria. Periodontal disease and oral bacteria can easily affect other organ systems including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. This disease is preventable, yet many animals suffer needlessly.
Surgery and Orthopedics
Surgical services performed by Dr. Keeker regularly include spay and neuter surgeries and cat declawing. Although no surgery is ever routine, Dr. Keeker offers great depth of experience as he has performed thousands of surgeries in his 30 years as a veterinarian. The following is a partial list of some of the surgeries and procedures he performs:
- Fracture Repair
- ACL Repair
- Joint Repair
- Tumor Removal
- GI Procedures
- Hernia Repair
Surgical services at Lafayette Road Veterinary Hospital feature:
- The latest and safest anesthetics
- Patient monitoring including ECG, pulse oximetry and, advanced capnography
- Advanced equipment for orthopedic surgery
- On-site laboratory, to enable same day diagnosis
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets’ life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets’ health, it’s also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
Lafayette Road Veterinary Hospital offers short-term boarding services for pets recovering from procedures. We also offer early drop-off and late pick-up services for owners. Reservations are required for boarding during school vacation time and holidays. Our boarding facilities are air conditioned and we have separate housing for dogs and cats.
For the safety of all pets in our care, we require that all vaccination be up to date before we can board your pet. Dogs are required to have current Rabies, DHPPL, and Bordetella vaccines. Cats are required to have current Rabies and FVRCP vaccines.
Lafayette Road Veterinary Hospital offers on-site diagnostic equipment to quickly and affordably diagnose and treat most diseases and conditions. Our diagnostic services include:
- In-House Laboratory
- Radiology (X-rays)
- Endoscopy (biopsy & foreign body removal)
We are very proud of our laboratory. We are able to perform many diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently in it. We can do many simple tests but are also able to offer some more complex ones, too! We are able to run heartworm tests, leukemia and FIV tests, and full blood work for those who are interested in it. There are also many other tests we offer our patients.
The best part of being able to run laboratory tests in our hospital is that we can diagnose your pets much sooner than if we had to send the blood work out to another laboratory. Whenever your pets are not feeling well, we can offer you results and a diagnosis in minutes instead of making you wait a day (or more) for the results.
Emergency and Urgent Care
Our staff is dedicated and well trained to handle emergencies of all types. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please call us immediately. Our team of professionals will be able to determine the best course of action for your pet.
Pets today are living longer and better quality lives than ever before thanks to improved nutrition, veterinary care and educated owners. Understanding the aging process and the most common problems that face the geriatric dog or cat are the first steps in providing the best possible care to geriatric patients. Lafayette Road Veterinary Hospital wants to help your pets live longer with the highest quality of life.
Well pet exams and routine check-ups with your veterinarian are key to long-term health. Specific tests and exams that may be recommended on a regular basis (depending on your pet’s underlying health concerns) may include biochemical blood profiles to check for diabetes and other diseases, weight management if your pet is considered obese, or tests such as blood pressure, thyroid function, urinalysis and echocardiography.
Dr. Keeker has special interest in helping owners bring the highest level of comfort to their pets by managing arthritis. Arthritis is an inflammation of any joint in the body and it can have many causes. The most common type of arthritis is due to wear and tear on joints from over use, aging, injury, or from an unstable joint such as which occurs with a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the knee. The chronic form of this disease is called degenerative joint disease (DJD).
Treatment for arthritis should address the cause if possible; orthopedic surgery may be needed to stabilize a joint. DJD may be treated with anti-inflammatories, pain medication or cartilage protective agents such as glucosamine.