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Grooming

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Dog Grooming

MALIA RAMIREZ

Malia Ramirez is originally from Pennsylvania and has always had a passion for animals. She started working with dogs as a bather in high school and went on to improve her skills by attending a comprehensive grooming academy. With nearly 10 years of experience she couldn’t see herself doing anything else with as much passion. After grooming many varied dog breeds in the Raleigh area for several years, she has fallen in love with all the area has to offer. Her favorite part of grooming is seeing how much love the dogs have for their owners when they pick up, and how happy their owners are to see their babies after their spa day. She has one dog named Banx, and together they enjoy running, hiking and swimming. When she is not enjoying one of those activites in her free time, Malia is also passionate about fitness and works as a personal trainer. We are very proud to have Malia and her top-notch grooming skills as part of our team here at North Hills!

Daycare and Resort Stay

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Pet boarding, Daycare and Resort Stay

It’s important to leave your pet with someone you can trust when you can’t be there. The resort staff here at North Hills works 365 days a year to make sure your pet is happy, pampered, and completely content. We have ample space to accommodate resort guests of any size. Our accommodations provide luxurious areas for your pet to run, drink, eat, and play just like they were in your own home. Our daycare service offers your best friend the chance to play and be entertained all day either by themselves or with other pets. All dogs here for daycare and resort stay will be walked 3-5 times daily. For our feline friends, we have luxury cat condos in a secluded section of the resort that offers the quiet solitude that most cats prefer. For the safety of our day care and resort stay guest we require that pets be current on vaccinations and free of worms, fleas and ticks. We offer a special “TLC Deluxe Packages” that includes a free technician exam, cat tree or ball chasing time, nightly Kong with treat, and much more. On the day that your pet is scheduled to check out, we recommended that your pet receive a grooming package that includes a bath, ear cleaning, and pedicure.

We know that each pet is unique and comes with their own special needs. Many pets require medications, special diets or feeding instructions. Our resort staff is well trained to provide your pet with the personalized care, play, activity, and entertainment that they need. Additionally, our daycare and resort stay services come with the added peace of mind of having a veterinary staff overseeing and on call to take care of your pet should the need arise.

Please give us a call to schedule a resort stay. We look forward to meeting you and your special friend.

Medications and Diets

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Pet Supplies

MEDICATIONS

Our fully stocked pharmacy allows for easy prescriptions and one stop shopping for pet specific pharmaceuticals. Our pharmacy carries various formulations and strengths of drugs for ease of dispensing and accurate dosing. We carry drugs with the flavors that pets love like tuna, liver, or beef. We work very closely with various pharmaceutical companies to make sure our patients have the highest quality, properly stored, products on the market. Our prescription heartworm and flea products our backed with a direct guarantee from the manufacturer themselves. A refill on most medications can be taken care of quickly and easily so the medicine your pet needs is simply a phone call away. Medications can also be picked up through our drive through.

DIET

No two animals are the same and neither are their dietary requirements. We offer the finest Hill’s maintenance diets to meet the different nutritional and lifestyle requirements of different pets. We have puppy and kitten diets for fast growing, young animals, adult maintenance diets that come in both regular and a light form (for those pets with a more sedentary lifestyle), and senior diets for our geriatric pets.

On-Site Diagnostics

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On-Site Veterinary Diagnostics

Getting laboratory tests quickly means our doctors can begin a treatment plan immediately for your pet. Our facility is equipped with onsite blood analyzers that allow us to get quick and accurate results on everything from a full chemistry panel to simple blood glucose checks on diabetic patients. The results of many common tests (heartworm tests, feline leukemia/FIV tests, intestinal parasite analysis) are available in only a few minutes. Digital radiology is available if needed. We also utilize an external laboratory for more specialized lab tests. This laboratory provides us with results usually within 24 hours (with some tests taking longer). Once our doctors receive the results they will contact you to discuss a plan for optimal care for your pet. Our veterinary lab is constructed for the relaxation of your pet with a design that mimics the comforts of home with soft classical music playing and tranquil artwork.

THE LABORATORY

During your examination or appointment it may be necessary for your pet to visit our laboratory. Our veterinary lab is centrally located to each examination room for quick and easy access for your pet. Our trained technician staff will escort your pet to the laboratory where they will assist the doctor by having your pet’s blood drawn, assisting with advanced diagnostics, and providing assistance for in-depth treatment from our doctors. The laboratory is stocked with the medical supplies and materials needed to provide quick relief and treatment to our patients. Whether your pet needs simple grooming like a pedicure or anal gland expression, blood drawn for a blood panel, more advanced care like the diagnosis and treatment of a corneal ulcer, or an intra-venous catheter for hospitalization our doctors and technician staff will work together in the laboratory to take care of your pet.

DIGITAL RADIOLOGY

Often, our veterinarians will need to see radiographs (commonly called X-Rays) in order to get a better look at what is going on inside everything from cats to Great Danes. Radiographs are helpful for evaluating problems like lethargy, vomiting, coughing, and are essential for evaluating bone and joint problems. Having on-site state of the art digital radiology allows our doctors to view high quality images that makes diagnosis quicker and starting treatments for your pet faster.

 

If further investigation is required we will occasionally request an ultrasound or echocardiogram (heart viewing) procedure. These procedures are very similar to those that pregnant women undergo to produce images of children inside the womb. An ultrasound provides the doctor with more information and better imaging for certain disorders.

Comprehensive Dentistry

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Comprehensive Animal Dentistry

Routine dental cleanings are very important to the health and longevity of every pet. Keeping the mouth clean helps to prevent bad breath, tartar, tooth decay, gingivitis, and potentially help prevent heart disease and bacterial infections. A thorough dental cleaning will be performed while your pet is under full monitoring. The doctor examines any problem areas in your pet’s mouth and they will discuss with you if your pet needs additional dental work. Each dental gets fluoride treatment and a special gingival barrier sealant post cleaning. Using home dental care in between yearly cleanings can help reduce tartar buildup and keep your pet’s teeth cleaner and mouth healthier.

Spay and Neuter – Dogs

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Ovariohysterectomy in Dogs (Spay)

Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying a female dog. The procedure consists of surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus. If the ovaries are not removed, the bothersome heat periods still occur even though pregnancy is no longer possible. Surgery is usually performed at 6 months of age; right before the first heat periods begin. Though it is routinely performed, ovariohysterectomy is a major abdominal surgery requiring general anesthesia and sterile operating technique. Prevention of pregnancy and heat periods are the main reasons for this surgery. This procedure can often be necessary for the treatment of severe uterine infections, ovarian/uterine tumors, and some skin disorders.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?

A healthier, longer lived pet for you and your family.
There will be no more heat periods.
There will be no unwanted puppies.
The uterine infections common in un-spayed older dogs rarely occur.
Mammary gland cancer seldom develops in dogs spayed before their first heat.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.) Will it make my dog fat and lazy?
A.) While there is evidence that spayed and neutered animals may have a slightly slower metabolic rate; obesity is caused by excessive caloric intake. Weight can be controlled with proper feeding and exercise.

Q.) Will it change my dog’s personality, disposition, or intelligence?
A.) Dog’s personalities do not fully develop until one to two years of age. If there is a personality change in a dog spayed at a young age, it would have occurred without surgery.

Q.) Are there any problems associated with spaying?
A.) A very small percentage of dogs have trouble holding their urine as they become older. This is normally controllable with medication.

Q.) Shouldn’t my dog have a litter first?
A.) There is no advantage in allowing your dog to have a litter of puppies. In fact, having puppies is more expensive than many people are aware.

Castration in Dogs (Neuter)

Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles; usually around 6 months of age. Such surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities, render the dog sterile, and to prevent common testicular diseases. Castration usually reduces a male dog’s tendency to fight, roam, and their overall level of aggression. However, castration is not a replacement for obedience training by the owner. In older dogs, castration may be necessary because diseases and cancers of the testicle or prostate gland develop. Castration produces a healthier pet for both you and your family.

Spay and Neuter – Cats

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Ovariohysterectomy in Cats (Spay)

Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying a female cat. The procedure consists of surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus. If the ovaries are not removed, the bothersome heat periods still occur even though pregnancy is no longer possible. Surgery is usually performed at 6 months of age; right before the first heat periods begin. Though it is routinely performed, ovariohysterectomy is a major abdominal surgery requiring general anesthesia and sterile operating technique. Prevention of pregnancy and heat periods are the main reasons for this surgery. This procedure can often be necessary for the treatment of severe uterine infections, ovarian/uterine tumors, and some skin disorders.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?

A healthier, longer lived pet for you and your family
There will be no more heat periods.
There will be no unwanted kittens.
The uterine infections common to older cats rarely occur.
There is less chance of mammary gland cancer.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.) Will it make my cat fat and lazy?
A.) While there is evidence that spayed and neutered animals may have a slightly slower metabolic rate; obesity is caused by excessive caloric intake. Weight can be controlled with proper feeding and exercise.

Q.) Will it change my cat’s personality, disposition, or intelligence?
A.) Cat’s personalities do not fully develop until one to two years of age. If there is a personality change in a cat spayed at a young age, it would have occurred without surgery.

Q.) Shouldn’t my cat have a litter first?
A.) There is no advantage in allowing your cat to have a litter of kittens. In fact, having kittens is more expensive than many people are aware.

Castration in Cats (Neuter)

Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles; usually around 6 months of age. Such surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities, render the cat sterile, and to prevent common testicular diseases. Castration usually eliminates or dramatically reduces a male cat’s tendency to fight, roam, and spray urine (as well as the strong urine odor). Castrated males may still enjoy hunting activities. In older cats, castration may be necessary because diseases and cancers of the testicle or prostate gland develop. Castration produces a healthier pet for both you and your family.

Surgery and Orthopedics

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Surgery and Orthopedics by Experienced Veterinarians

We recognize that undergoing a surgical procedure requires special care for both you and your pet. We do everything we can to provide you with the peace of mind that you deserve. Once a surgical procedure is determined to be needed, whether it be a routine spay/neuter or a more advanced orthopedic procedure, our veterinarians will discuss why the procedure is necessary and provide you with pre-surgical instructions. The morning of the procedure our friendly hospitality staff will go over a variety of options to customize your pets’ surgical care. Each surgical patient is carefully monitored by the surgeon, our technical staff, and specialized surgical monitoring equipment throughout the procedure. You will receive a phone call after the procedure from the veterinarian to update you on your pet, explain their recovery, and discuss any post-surgical management that is needed.