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Vaccinations

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The staff here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer an array of vaccinations to all our patients. We recognize each pet has a different lifestyle and that lifestyle is why we need to vaccinate our pets.

Vaccinations allow young immune systems to be safely exposed to different diseases and start a memory to fight off any exposure in the future since mom’s immunity starts to drop drastically after 6 weeks of age.

Dogs and cats alike need vaccinations to protect their body from diseases that we can prevent. We understand that most vaccinations need a series or boosters for the pet to be completely protected, and then follow up re-vaccination every 6 months to 3 years. Again this all depends on the vaccine and lifestyle your pet has.

At each visit here to Buckeye we will ask what type of lifestyle your pet has so our team can make proper recommendations. Some recommendations come from the State and Federal Government, Rabies vaccinations, for example. Rabies is a disease that Humans can be exposed to and that is why we follow specific rule when administering this vaccine.

Core Vaccinations or non-lifestyle dependent vaccinations include:

  • Rabies – (required by law for any pet over 20 weeks of age) – Information on Rabies in Summit County
  • Canine Distemper – Adenovirus 2 – Parinfluenza, Parvo virus combination and Leptospirosis
  • Feline Respiratory disease combination (FVRCP) and Leukemia

Additional vaccinations dependent on lifestyle:

  • Canine vaccination for Bronchitis diseases called Bordatella
  • Canine vaccinations for Canine Influenza H3N8 & H3N5
  • Canine vaccination for Lyme disease
  • Feline vaccination for Virulent Calici Virus

Again we are proud of our AAHA accreditation and follow the recommended vaccinations protocol dependent on lifestyle of our patients.

Links & Resources

Feline Vaccinations (PDF)
Caring for Cats: general resource for cat owners
Canine Vaccinations (PDF)

Surgery

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Here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic we offer a wide array of standard surgical procedures, as well as options for more advanced procedures.

Our surgical procedures are performed by our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and they include:

  • Castration (neuter)
  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Medical Prophy Procedures (dentistry)
  • Lump removals
  • Other abdominal procedures like Gastropexy (stomach tacking to prevent the deadly condition of GDV)

*We also perform other procedures like bladder stone removal and limb amputations.

We are proud and honored to also offer in-clinic extensive procedures by a board certified surgeon Dr. Slawenski, the Owner of Cleveland Area Veterinary Surgery, (CAVS). He has a mobile practice and utilizes our staff and surgical suite for his advanced orthopedic and other extensive soft tissue procedures. Common procedures he performs for our patients include (extensive soft tissue) large hernia repairs, ear canal procedures, anal gland removal and (advanced orthopedic) knee operations including Patella Luxation corrections and Tibial Plateau Leveling Otsotomys (TPLO).

More About Surgery at BVC

  • We know that surgery is an art and we are proud to offer our clients the time and ability to see our surgical facilities as well as to meet the staff performing the procedures.
  • We are proud of our AAHA certification that holds us to over 40 documented policies and procedures to follow with each surgical case. This ensures safety and thoroughness from start to finish no matter what pet is being cared for or what procedure is being performed here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic.
  • Since we are a clinic and not a 24 hour facility, for more extensive or immediate emergency procedures we are fortunate enough to offer connections to several local specialty facilities and The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital to all our clients.

Partners & Specialty Facilities

Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

In Case of Emergency

Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
(330) 665-4996
1321 Centerview Circle
Akron, Ohio 44321 United States

Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
(330) 666-2976
1053 South Cleve-Mass Rd
Akron, Ohio 44321 United States

Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic (Emergency Only)
330-452-5116
2705 Fulton Drive NW
Canton, OH 44718
Hours: M-Th, 6pm – 8am | Weekend: F, 6pm – M, 8am

Radiology and Imaging

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Here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic, we are equipped to take digital radiographs (x-rays) of your pet to aid in our diagnoses of various problems. The veterinary technical staff members are trained in proper positioning and techniques to provide our veterinary team with the best images for diagnostic evaluation. Radiographs can not only detect broken bones, but can also show changes in organs that could indicate masses, heart disease, obstructions, and other medical problems.

We also have the capability to take digital dental radiographs. These detect problems with teeth and bone that exist below the gum line and are out of normal visual evaluation.

Digital Dental Radiographcat digital dental radiograph


Above images: Top – Dog lower jaw (tooth with abcessed root) and Bottom – Cat upper jaw looking at canine tooth and sinuses

Radiographs can show subtle abnormalities therefore here at Buckeye we offer additional evaluation of radiographs by the Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist of VetRad. VetRad is a group which can further help our veterinary staff zero in on your pet’s problem.

Buckeye Veterinary Clinic also works with Heart to Heart Veterinary Cardiology Consultants run by Dr. Kirstin Boddy, a board certified veterinary cardiologist. Heart to Heart can be scheduled to come to Buckeye to evaluate your pet’s heart and determine what course of treatment is best.

Pharmacy

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Here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic we have an in-house pharmacy for your pet’s medical and nutritional needs. From antibiotics & pain medications to shampoos & conditioners and we are here for you and your pet’s needs.

We also offer online shopping with home delivery for over 1000 products from flea, tick and heartworm preventions to dietary needs!

Being sensitive to your pets needs, we can use an outside human pharmacy for some medical prescriptions, if the case warrants. These cases usually require several days’ notice and occasionally up to 1 week to have special items compounded for your pet.

We want to make sure all patients are given the proper veterinary approved medications and that is why our doctors may not be able to accommodate a request for a human drug equivalent. We also realize that finances can be a concern. Where approved for medical use, you can discuss with the veterinarian if this is a plausible option for your pet.

Please remember that your dog or cat IS NOT a small human and many human drugs are toxic or even deadly if administered to your pet so please call us before administering any medications that are not directly prescribed for your pet.

Client-Patient-Veterinary Relationships

There are laws that we must abide by regarding a client-patient-veterinary relationship. The brief summary is that a Veterinarian on staff here must have a current health evaluation of each patient that requires a prescription product. With some products this means an annual evaluation and with others this is twice a year. This applies to any medications that are not commercially available over the counter. For more information visit the AVMA page or visit this page for more information specific to Ohio.

Pain Management & Laser Therapy

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Though we never want to see a beloved pet in pain, accidents happen and diseases develop as our pets age which can cause pain. We here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic are always increasing our knowledge of what causes pain as well as the current methods and medical ways to alleviate that pain.

Pets are not small humans, and some medications which you might take for day to day pain can be deadly to a pet – so it is important you never give your dog or cat any medication without first consulting one of our doctors.

Occasionally, we need to do procedures that we know may increase pain – though the end goal is to minimize this pain. Here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic we offer a variety of pain relief (analgesia) options. By minimizing the pain following procedures like surgery (spay, neuter, dentistry, mass removals or radiographs), we can help speed your pet’s recovery.

Aging Pets

As our pets age, like us they can develop arthritis and this can be painful for your pet to experience and for you to witness. We can prescribe a long term pain management program and monitor your pet for any potential side effects long term medications might cause.

Injured Pets

Sometimes our pets get hurt and need a little relief for the short term to help them be more comfortable. Our veterinarians can determine the cause of the pain, and prescribe a treatment to help your pet get back to their rambunctious self.

We believe in a multi-modal approach involving prescription medicine, nutraceuticals, herbs and in some cases even referrals for acupuncture, water treadmill, or Chinese based therapies.

For dogs on long term medications we even have rewards programs that you can enroll in to receive rebates!

Laser Therapy

Videos for pet owners to watch

Laser Common Questions

Is laser therapy new?

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders. Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available and affordable for clinicians.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.

What can be treated with laser therapy?

If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What’s involved with treating my pet?

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.

How does it work?

The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.

Are there any side effects?

There are no known side effects with this treatment.

What can I expect at home?

You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.

How should I support this treatment at home?

There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as you pet’s condition dictates and is outlined by your veterinarian.

What to expect during a Companion Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?

Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.

What will my pet feel?

As the laser is administered, often pets will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.

Is there anything my pet should or shouldn’t do, or take, while on the treatment?

Just follow normal treatment protocols as outlined. You do not need to be overly cautious nor should you overdo any activities. Just business as usual.

When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?

You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.

Links & Resources

Rebate program for Rimadyl RimaDog (dog only)
Pain and Hospice care
Dancing Paws Animal Wellness – Dr. Neal Sivula

Nutritional Counseling

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Here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic we are honored to help your pet find the right balance of nutrition along with education for you on different diets, treats, and even people food that your pet can have!

We know that each pet comes with a lifestyle that is different from all others and we work with many companies to support health and proper nutrition.

At every visit your pet is weighed and that weight is tracked in our computer system. We know that here in Northeast Ohio our pets’ weights fluctuate just like ours do due to the seasons. We understand that as your home, school or work schedule changes that your pets feeding and exercise schedule needs time to adjust too. Not to mention the concerns of any medical conditions that may arise in the life of your pet.

We are happy to have a nutritional counseling appointment where we can assess the diet, snacks and exercise your pet is receiving and fine tune a plan for increased longevity and a healthier life style. No matter what diet you are feeding your pet we can make a special plan you’ll both enjoy, including snacks and people food! We even have the ability to formulate homemade diets for renal or cardiac patients .

Companies we work with include Royal Canin, Purina, Hill’s and Iams/Eukanuba. Each of these companies has a wide variety of Veterinary Specific and over the counter diets for your kiddos!

Links & Resources

Resources from AAHA and Hills for recent information on nutrition and weight management
Nutritional Evaluation Form (PDF)
Royal Canin USA
​Hills Pet
Eukanuba
​Iams
Purina

Microchipping

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We never want one of our beloved pets to become lost, but it does happen. Collars and tags can come off, so rather than rely on bling to bring your pet home, there is another option. A microchip provides a form of permanent and non-removable method of identification.

A microchip is injected under the skin very much like a vaccination is given. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique code that can be read by a scanner which will identify your pet and increase the chances of them finding their way back home.

The scanners are in most veterinary clinics, animal control offices, and shelters – the places a lost pet is most likely to find themselves. The microchip number can even be looked up online at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website.

Even pets never intended to be let outside can benefit from a microchip, since accidents happen. Microchipping IS NOT a way to track your pet by GPS or satellite. That technology is still based off a collar the pet must wear.

Links & Resources

American Animal Hospital Association Microchip Look Up
HomeAgain

Laboratory Tests

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While a comprehensive physical exam can give the veterinary team a great deal of information about what may be happening with your pet, additional testing may be needed to for further information. Think of it in the same way as your own doctor visits. At Buckeye Veterinary Clinic, we utilize the latest tests to help diagnose and determine a treatment plan for your pet.

Laboratory testing is performed both in-house here at Buckeye and by outside laboratories. For example, when your dog comes in for a wellness screening, part of what is required yearly is the heartworm test. This test is run with two drops of blood by our quick in-house test kit and you will have results before you leave. Additional in-house testing before sedation or anesthesia are performed here at Buckeye.

Other tests we perform routinely in-house include:

  • Fecal Evaluation by Centrifugation
  • Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (feline AIDS)
  • Giardia
  • Urinalysis – microscopic cellular evaluation and chemical analysis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Packed Cell Volume – for base hydration or anemia evaluation
  • I-Stat chemical panel – this includes kidney values, electrolytes and protein level

More extensive testing is sent to an outside laboratory. Buckeye typically utilizes Marshfield Labs, but also uses other specialty labs. By sending samples (blood, urine, tissue, etc.) to other labs, the veterinarians can learn a great deal about what is affecting your pet as well as what is the best course of treatment. Many of the results from these tests are available in 24 hours, though some do take longer. Some examples are:

  • CBC and Chemistry: One of the most common tests sent out. These tests look at the type and number of blood cells, as well as chemical indicators of organ and system health.
  • T4: This is a thyroid hormone. This test tells us whether your pet’s thyroid gland is too active (hyperthyroid, relatively common in older cats) or not active enough (hypothyroid, not uncommon in older dogs).
  • Urine Culture: This test tells the veterinarian not only what type of bacteria is causing your pet’s urinary system infection, but also what antibiotic is the best choice for combating that infection.
  • Cytology/Histopathology: When your pet has a lump and the veterinarian uses a needle to pull (aspirate) some cells from it or to remove it, the sample is sent out to a lab for an expert to evaluate what type of lump it is and whether it is benign or malignant. In the case of a lump removal, this test can also help determine if surgery managed to remove all of the mass or whether some was left behind.

Links & Resources

Learn more about lab testing with this article from HealthyPet.com.

Hospice & Euthanasia

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The word “euthanasia” comes from the Greek euthanatos, meaning “easy death”.

We here at Buckeye veterinary Clinic understand that this is never an easy decision to make. If you feel it may be time but have questions, we can schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to consult with and educate you about the tough decisions ahead.

When a disease has taken its toll on your pet, and the knowledge and skills of the veterinary professionals can no longer alleviate the pain and suffering, we can provide a peaceful and dignified end to that suffering; euthanasia. At our appointments, the veterinary staff will discuss with you what you are seeing and thoroughly examine your pet. We will then have a conversation about your options and your wishes for your pet’s quality of life – which is what is most important. We cannot make the decision for you, but we will give you the necessary information to help you make a very difficult choice.

When the time comes, our veterinary staff will strive to make the process as peaceful and gentle as they can for not only your pet, but also for you. We can provide you with a clay paw print as a physical memento of your pet – though they will always be with you in your hearts and memories.

Option for At-Home Service

Some people would rather have this service performed in the familiar surroundings of their home. We can put you in contact with Dr. Sarah Ford, owner of, Stay@home Mobile Vet Clinic LLC, she is a local veterinarian who will perform services at your home or an additional facility to contact is A Gentle Farewell.

Dignified Cremation and Burial

Afterwards, Buckeye Veterinary Clinic works with Paws Awhile to take care of your pet with dignity. Paws Awhile offers a variety of services, including cremation and return of your beloved pet’s ashes.

Links and Resources

Read through this AAHA article for more information on Hospice and Pain.

Dentistry at BVC

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What is Medical Prophy and what is it all about?

When you walk into the exam room here at Buckeye and see one of our veterinarians or credentialed veterinary technicians may talk about that ferocious feline breath or that disgusting doggie breath. If this is the case, the conversation will turn into a recommendation for a Medical Prophy or a dental procedure. Let’s discuss what this means in a few key areas, first will be pre-procedure testing, then the procedure itself and finally home care.

Pre-Procedure Testing

Any patient who is cared for here at Buckeye will have a few options depending on breed, age and medical history. All patients have base blood work to ensure that their organs and immune system are in a healthy state to process anesthesia and pain medications that accompany the procedure. Our testing includes verifying that your dog is free from Heartworm diseases or your cat is cleared from Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Heartworm Disease (FELV, FIV & FHW). Once all our testing is completed the veterinarian makes a protocol for the needed medications and anesthesia is readied.

Procedure Time

All patients will receive a pain medication combination specific for them. This will make them relaxed and less anxious so we can place an IV Catheter and start fluids into their body. We will start to administer anesthesia and place an airway for them to breathe oxygen and anesthesia during the procedure. All patients have a dedicated team member (veterinarian or technician) monitoring heart rate and rhythm, respiration rate, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen levels, pain response and physical comfort.

A second dedicated team member (technician) starts the procedure by digital x-rays of all the teeth, then a digital close up of the teeth. They do this by applying a cleaning gel. After that, they will start the physical process of scaling by ultrasonic methods the entire tooth surface, including under the gum line followed by charting and polishing. Once we are done, we take a shiny pearly white digital close up photo.

The veterinarian will review the digital x-rays of the teeth looking for signs of hidden disease and infection. Should these be a concern, the Veterinarian will perform Oral Surgery to remove the diseased, damaged or infected teeth. When a tooth is removed second set of digital x-rays are performed for the “after” verification of a healthy extraction! Then the team takes the final close up digital photos and we start the recovery process.

Home Care

Our patients go home on pain medications and antibiotics. Working in the mouth is a delicate area and gum tissue is sensitive; pain control as well as infection control is key to quick and healthy recovery of gum tissue and bone! We will also provide you with a home care plan which may include brushing, chews, water additives and/or dental diets. This will help your pets Medical Prophy benefits last longer and therefore spread out the time between needed procedures!

Financing

Finances unfortunately come with the responsibility of pet ownership and the Medical Prophy Procedure here is an in-depth day procedure so here at Buckeye. We do not want the price to be a stopping point.

We understand that our procedures can be extensive and therefore, offer a convenient 2 month plan, which will automatically debited from your banking account each month. ***This plan requires 1/2 of the invoice paid in full at the time your pet is discharged from the clinic. The remaining balance will be debited in 30 days.***

Links & Resources

Check out where we get our annual training by the Veterinary Dental Forum
Video: Periodontal Disease, from one of our great mentors Dr. Brook Niemiec, DVM (Some images in this video might be considered graphic)
Video: Stomatitis, an oral disease commonly seen in cats (Some images in this video might be considered graphic)
Video: Real Client Communication “Our Patients Don’t Show Pain” from another mentor of ours, Dr. Brett Beckmann