Providing top-notch veterinary services including our state-of-the-art surgical suite for all procedures.
Senior Pet Care
As your pet ages, his or her veterinary medical care needs change. Most pets are considered “seniors” between the ages of seven and eight. Wellness examinations, blood work, and dietary counseling all are important steps you can take toward keeping your senior pet healthy and happy. Harbor View Veterinary Hospital strives to provide complete care for all older cats and dogs. Our senior wellness exams, laboratory tests, dietary counseling program, and treatment options are specially-designed for your older pet’s good health.
City Pet Health Care
Pets living in the city have special health care needs. Prevention is the key to keeping city pets healthy. At Harbor View Veterinary Hospital, we emphasize preventive care and education for all city-dwelling pets and their people. Vaccines are the cornerstone of your pet’s preventive health care plan. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, many common diseases once fatal to pets can now be prevented through the use of vaccinations.
At Harbor View Veterinary Hospital, we vaccinate your pet based on his or her unique individual needs and lifestyle.
Keeping your pet free of parasites (fleas, ticks, hookworms, etc.) is essential to his or her health. Parasites can also affect you and your family, as well. Parasites such as roundworms and hookworms are zoonotic, which means they can be transferred to humans. Harbor View Veterinary Hospital’s parasite prevention program protects your pet against heartworm infection, intestinal parasites, and other common pet parasites.
Fleas and Ticks: Ridding a pet and home from fleas can be costly and may be nearly impossible to get rid of as flea eggs can survive for a very long time. Similarly, ticks can carry a number of different diseases that affect dogs and cats, can be very damaging to a pet’s health, and can be very costly to treat. Dogs and cats that contract a tick-borne disease experience painful symptoms that can leave permanent damage. Prevention is the best course of action.
Heartworm: Heartworm is a parasite that can live in the heart of dogs and cats. Mosquitoes carry the worm from one infected animal to another.
Advanced digital radiology is one of the most effective tools available when diagnosing your pet’s condition. Harbor View Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art digital radiology to your pet.
X-rays are a powerful, versatile diagnostic tool. X-rays are used to identify the location and severity of fractures, detect signs of heart disease, identify foreign bodies in your pet’s stomach and much more. Digital x-ray technology greatly benefits your pet. Digital x-ray equipment produces high-quality, accurate images. This results in fast, more accurate treatment for your pet. These images can also be saved to a disc or emailed to a specialist, allowing for fast consultations and specialty care, when necessary.
Your pet’s safety and comfort are our highest priority at Harbor View Veterinary Hospital. Whether your pet needs a routine spay or neuter procedure or requires a more complicated soft-tissue surgery, the veterinary team at Harbor View Veterinary Hospital is ready to provide compassionate care using advanced veterinary surgical techniques. Our hospital is capable of performing a variety of surgical procedures. Some complex surgical procedures may be referred to a trusted outside specialist. It is our goal to make your pet comfortable and provide you with peace of mind. We encourage you to ask questions about your pet’s surgery and welcome you to call and check on your pet following surgery.
Prior to surgery, your pet undergoes a full physical examination; we use this examination to develop an anesthesia protocol for your pet. During surgery, your pet’s vital signs, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate, are monitor using advanced monitoring equipment. A trained veterinary technician is on hand to monitor your pet’s condition during surgery. All pets undergoing surgery are treated with multiple pain-management techniques. Surgical procedures are often a necessary component of your pet’s health care plan. We provide every pet in our hospital for surgery with kindness, compassion, and the highest-quality care.
International Health Certificate
Many countries require cats and dogs to have medical documentation before they enter the country. If you are planning to travel internationally with your pet, an international health certificate may need to be issued prior to travel by a USDA certified veterinarian. Keep in mind that every destination is different and other factors to consider include updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/ treatments. As soon as you know that you and your pet are going to travel, contact our office to schedule an international health certification examination.
For additional travel information, please see the USDA website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
Pet Identification and Microchipping
In a large city, pet identification is a must. A sturdy collar and identification tags are a great way to identify your pet and keep him or her safe, but sometimes, these items are not enough. Microchipping your pet is a safe, easy way to identify your pet and help ensure he or she returns home safely. About the size and shape of a grain of rice, a microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin in a procedure similar to a vaccination. Information about your pet is encoded into the microchip and veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. If your pet is lost, his or her microchip is scanned and the information is used to reunite you and your pet.
Harbor View Veterinary Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system. Please ask a staff member for more information about microchipping your pet.
Regular examinations keep your pet healthy. The Harbor View Veterinary Hospital medical team recommends that all pets undergo a complete wellness exam at least once a year. However, the more frequently your pet sees us for exams, the better – routine exams help us identify and treat diseases quickly.
Most importantly, a complete “nose-to-tail” examination allows us to develop a comprehensive health profile for your pet. This information aids us in future treatment of your pet and helps us identify medical problems at an early stage before they develop into serious conditions that are difficult and expensive to treat.
We believe that your pet is healthier when you know more about his or her health care plan. Exams are a great time to share information with you about your pet’s health. We may ask you questions about your pet’s diet and lifestyle and we encourage you to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s health. During an exam, we discuss vaccinations, nutrition, behavior and other topics that are important for maintaining the health and well-being of your pet.
Harbor View Veterinary Hospital partners with local veterinary specialty centers to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services for your pet. Whether your pet requires an ultrasound or an advanced endoscopic procedure, Harbor View Veterinary Hospital will refer you and your pet to a local, caring veterinary specialist.
We also use it postoperatively to control and alleviate pain, to treat contaminated wounds such as hot spots and ear infections, and many other conditions. Laser therapy has no side effects and is a cost-effective and convenient way to treat your pet’s medical needs.
Your pet’s dental health is extremely important! Veterinary dental care is about more than just preventing “doggy breath” – regular dental care can help prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to serious bacterial infections in your dog or cat’s liver, kidneys, and other organs. Our staff recommends dental cleanings if indicated as part of your pet’s overall health care plan. In an effort to keep your pet’s dental health affordable, we have bundled dental service packages available based on the severity of problems in the pet’s mouth. Please ask a staff member for updated pricing information.
Why Dental Care Is Important
Plaque and tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth can lead to gingivitis. Reddened, bleeding gums, difficulty chewing and bad breath are all signs of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can progress to a more advanced form of periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause the loss of teeth.
The same bacteria causing gingivitis and periodontal disease can be carried into the bloodstream and cause damage to your pet’s kidneys, heart, liver and other organs. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning
Your dog or cat’s dental cleaning is far different than the same procedure you undergo each year at your dentist’s office. Because anesthesia is required to keep your pet safe and still during the cleaning, we perform a thorough physical exam and blood tests to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for this procedure. These tests also help us develop an individualized anesthetic protocol that is specific for your pet.
Once anesthesia is administered, the cleaning begins. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. Our specially trained dental technicians polish your pet’s teeth, which creates a smooth, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque build-up. Finally, a fluoride treatment is used to help strengthen the enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Cleaning Your Pet’s Teeth At Home
Your pet’s dental care doesn’t end after he or she leaves the hospital. Our staff can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. This is an excellent way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up, promote good oral hygiene and, most of all, bond with your pet.
Exceptional Pet Care in Baltimore!
Your pet deserves only the finest veterinary care available and Harbor View Veterinary Hospital is committed to treating your pet with care, compassion, and the latest veterinary medical techniques.