Southwoods Animal Hospital

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Southwoods Animal Hospital
3005 Randleman Road Greensboro, NC 27406

Our Services

  • Ultrasound
  • Dermatology
  • Pet Emergency
  • Vaccinations
  • Nutrition
  • Parasites
  • Behavior
  • Dental Care
  • Health Concerns
  • Surgical Laser
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiology
  • Exotics
  • Grief Counseling
  • Internal Medicine
  • Laboratory Services
  • Pain Management
  • Pet Allergies
  • Wellness Exams
  • Senior Animals
  • Microchipping
  • Spay & Neuter
  • Laser Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Grooming
  • Boarding
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Preventative Care for Cats
  • Preventative Care for Dogs

An ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems, helping identify disease, blockages and internal injury. An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions. This tool is essential when assessing overall heart health and treating cardiovascular disease. Because an ultrasound doesn’t require radiation, it is also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets. When used in conjunction with other diagnostics tools like radiographs (x-rays), ultrasonography can detect a broad range of abnormalities including cardiovascular disease, skeletal fractures, some forms of cancer, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and organ disease. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds rank among the most precise diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry. To learn more about ultrasonography and other diagnostic tools, please contact your Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian today.

Skin problems can be caused by any one or a variety of the following: fungal infections, bacterial infections, allergic reactions, auto-immune diseases, yeast infections, parasites, systemic diseases and even certain types of cancer. Symptoms of a skin disease may include scabbing, pustules, hair loss, hair thinning, skin pigmentation, itching, redness, ear infections and even hot spots. Skin conditions may be diagnosed with tests such as fungal cultures, skin scrapes, allergy testing, skin biopsies, blood work and occasionally x-rays. Most of these tests are performed right at our hospital. Treatment options for skin disorders can vary from topical medicated shampoos, sprays or creams, to medicated dips, and even oral antibiotics, antihistamines, antifungals or in rare cases steroids. See the “Allergy” section for treatment options for skin allergies. If your pet is ailing from a dermatological or “skin” disease, please call for an appointment today.

We handle emergencies during regular business hours, but for after hours care, please contact one of the following trusted businesses:

Animal Emergency and Trauma Center 501 Nicholas Road Phone: 336.632.0605 Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic 2936 Battleground Ave. Phone: 336.288.2688

Young animals are like children; it’s a never-ending job keeping them safe and happy. Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections, preventing deadly diseases like Canine Parvovirus and Rabies. Vaccinations are most important while a still a puppy or kitten, when their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Vaccinations are vital to pet health and should be administered to every animal. A Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian will help you with every step of the vaccination process, including:

  • Pet examination and introductory vaccinations
  • Necessary booster shots
  • Vaccine education
Keep your family member safe by scheduling their vaccinations today. Vaccinations and Protocols

You are what you eat. Preventative care starts with food.

A nutrition-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense. Proper daily nutrition is an important factor for keeping your pet healthy, bolstering the immune system and supporting normal development in younger animals. Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, making feeding them more complicated that it seems. Pet food education is a great way to learn important facts about beneficial nutrients, food safety, and breed-specific feeding requirements. Your pet depends on you to make the right nutrition choices for them, make sure you know how. Have questions or concerns about pet nutrition? Schedule an appointment with a Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinary nutrition expert today.

Get rid of those pesky critters.

Your pet is an easy target for parasites and small insects. Common parasites like ticks, fleas and heartworm-carrying mosquitos feed on your pets, potentially infecting them with many dangerous diseases. Discover how these tiny pests can cause big problems. Fleas These bloodsucking insects feed on mammals and lay eggs in their fur. Fleas can transmit harmful parasites like Tapeworms as well as cause dermatitis and anemia. One flea can reproduce nearly 50 times a day, making a flea infestation a substantial threat to your pet’s wellbeing. Flea infestations often spread throughout your home — living in your carpet and furniture and making them tough to eradicate. Ticks Ticks are found lurking in shrubs and tall grass. They attach to your pet as they run past, biting them and feeding on their blood. Although nearly microscopic, the tick represents one of the most potent dangers to your pet’s health. A single tick bite can carry a host of potentially fatal diseases including Lyme Disease, Typhus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis Anaplasmosis. Although rare, animal-to-human transfer is possible, making the tick hazardous to you and your family. Special care should be made to inspect your pet, and yourself, after any woodland outdoor activities. Heartworm Heartworm-carrying mosquitos represent a lethal danger to your pet. The mosquito’s bite transmits the heartworm larva to your animal, it then slowly develops and makes its way toward the heart. Once their it multiples within your pet’s pulmonary artery, leading to constricted blood flow, heart disease and major organ failure.This condition can easily be prevented but is very expensive to treat and if untreated, this is a fatal condition. Parasite Prevention Plan Regular application of anti-parasitic medication is a surefire way of keeping your pet free of nasty parasites. Consult with your Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian to determine the best parasite control products for your pet. Southwoods Animal Hospital’s Parasite Prevention Plan includes:
  • Pet examination and testing
  • Parasite-control product consultation with a Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian
  • Access to industry-best medicine and equipment
Schedule an appointment immediately if you suspect that your cat or dog may already be infected.

While pets can’t tell directly us what is wrong, observing their behavior can reveal underlying issues that may need to be addressed. Behavioral problems are often a result of social, environment and medical conditions. Unwanted pet behavior can often be improved through pet education and consistent training.

Common Behaviors

Aggression Uncharacteristic aggression and dominance seeking is one of the most serious behaviors in dogs. Aggressive actions include biting, lunging, growling, baring teeth and barking. These can be highly dangerous for people and other pets. Aggression has a broad range social, environmental and medical causes that a Veterinary Behavior Specialist can help identify and begin to treat. Separation Anxiety Separation anxiety is believed to caused by pet distress during times when they are separated from you and others they feel attached to. When left alone, some pets can exhibit destructive behaviors including barking, chewing, digging, attempting to escape, and improper elimination. Barking Barking and howling are how dogs normally communicate; however, excessive vocalization can become a nuisance. Dogs bark for a number of reasons including as an alert; to seek attention; when they are excited, lonely or anxious; or when they are simply bored. Proper training can help control barking habits. House Training House training generally occurs when your pet is young, although it can be taught to older animals. This process teaches them to eliminate waste in a designated location rather than in your home. Remember, house training takes time and accidents will happen. Owners should use consistent, positive reinforcement to achieve the best results. Inappropriate Elimination Disorders This disorder has a wide range of causes that result in your adult pet improperly eliminating waste. Inappropriate elimination disorders are often a symptom of separation anxiety, excitement and urine marking, or have a physical cause like a change in diet, gastrointestinal distress, infection and incontinence. Storm Phobias Thunder, lightning, heavy wind and rain often frighten cats and dogs. This can lead to them seeking “safety” in locations around the home where they feel secure. While agitated, they may bark or eliminate waste. Cognitive Dysfunction Pet cognitive dysfunction syndrome is most often seen in elderly pets and those with dementia. It is characterized by persistent disorientation, difficulty following commands, unresponsiveness to external stimuli, sleep-wake cycle changes, improper waste elimination and a decreased level of activity. Many symptoms of cognitive dysfunction are seen in unrelated medical disorders. Only your veterinarian can determine if the changes in behavior are the result of cognitive dysfunction or an underlying medical condition. Destructive Chewing Chewing is a natural behavior in pets, but can easily become destructive if left unchecked. Inappropriate chewing often occurs in pets with separation anxiety, and who are frustrated, bored or stressed, leading to widespread damage around the home. Redirecting your pet’s energy into toys and edible bones is a good way to condition your dog to chew on appropriate objects. If you observe any of these behaviors in your pet, please contact us. After a comprehensive pet examination to rule out any medical causes, we may refer you our trusted, board-certified Veterinary Behavior Specialists to help identify and treat the source. Schedule Appointment

It is easy to forget that a pet’s world revolves around its mouth.

Poor dental hygiene can leave its mark on your pet. Surprisingly, bad breath (halitosis) is an abnormal condition in cats and dogs, often indicating a serious underlying condition called periodontal disease, which affects the mouth, gums, and teeth. Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease is the most common medical disorder among pets nationwide, affecting more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by age three. If left untreated it can develop into serious health problems. Advanced dental disease significantly impacts your pet’s quality of life, leading to oral pain that makes feeding difficult and resulting in chronic discomfort. In some cases, harmful bacteria originating in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, causing serious complications of the heart, kidneys, and liver, as well as other systemic disorders. Preventative Dental Care Fortunately, due to its generally slow rate of progression, dental disease is exceedingly preventable. Just like in humans, a good oral health routine is key to avoiding most types of periodontal disease. The first (and best) line of defense in preventative dental care are exams and cleanings. In addition to comprehensively evaluating your pet’s oral health, these appointments consist of hand scaling and curettage to remove plaque and tarter, polishing and rinsing, improving tooth and gum health significantly. Veterinary dentistry has developed rapidly over the past fifteen years and is now approaching the same sophisticated techniques that are available in human dentistry. Research has proven that pets who have received modern veterinary dental procedures and professional cleanings have an increased lifespan and quality of life. Digital Dental Radiography Digital radiography is a powerful diagnostic tool used to detect dental disorders and injuries. A quick and painless process, radiography uses a controlled dose of x-ray radiation to examine your pet’s mouth, using the varying densities of its contents (teeth, gums, ligaments, etc.) to construct a composite image. This digital readout highlights any present abnormalities, allowing diagnosis and treatment to commence. Veterinary dental x-rays are commonly used to identify tooth decay and cavities, malignant dental structures, bone loss, and other periodontal diseases. As the Greensboro area’s veterinary leader, Southwoods Animal Hospital utilizes updated digital radiograph technology. Digital x-rays require much lower doses of radiation and are processed almost instantly, becoming available for examination more quickly than traditional radiographs and improving pet safety. Dental Treatments Dental Nerve Blocks Southwoods Animal Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of comfort to our patients during every stage of oral treatment. Nerve blocks are a class of anesthetics administered to your pet during oral surgery to minimize discomfort during and immediately following the procedure. These are important components to overall pain management, reducing post-operative side effects like hypertension by easing the recovery period. Local blocks are used to remove pain sensation from the targeted area of the mouth, often being used in conjunction with other systemic pain medication to maximize effectiveness. Your pet will never feel undue pain or discomfort during their stay at our hospital. To learn more about pain management and patient comfort, please contact Southwoods Animal Hospital today. Tooth Extractions Tooth extractions are very common procedures that provide much-needed relief for our patients. While we try to provide alternative treatments first, dental extractions are necessary when oral disease or infection cannot be controlled by any other method. Common removal situations include:
  • Fractured teeth that are causing pain and are at risk of infection.
  • Tooth and its supporting structures have been rendered unusable by periodontal disease.
  • Making room for more important teeth by removing smaller secondary teeth, this makes the entire dental system more stable.
Types of extractions:
  • Single root. These simple extractions occur when the tooth, crowns, and roots can be removed in one section. This is a simple and easy procedure that requires little surgical intervention, only needed to properly close the extraction site.
  • Surgical and multi-rooted. Due to the anatomical makeup of canine and feline teeth, surgical extractions are often required. A cat and dogs teeth have deep roots that are tightly connected to the surrounding tissue. Due to these complex structures, surgical extractions are the safest and preferred method of removal for pets. A small incision is made to release the roots at their base and the surrounding tissue is cleaned out and treated, the tooth is removed and the incision is sutured closed.
The recovery process for extractions is relatively quick, with many patients being able to eat soft food soon after the procedure, and back to full health within several days. Oral Mass Removals While often not externally apparent, cats and dogs are at risk of tumors inside their mouths. Representing a sizable percentage of all cancerous masses in pets, oral tumors appear in the bone, teeth or soft tissue of the upper and lower jaw, tongue or throat. While tumors can be benign, their malignant counterparts necessitate that all oral growths be investigated. A biopsy is performed and the tissue is used to determine what type of mass it is. Tumors exist in a large variety of forms, each with specific characteristics. The most common types of oral malignant tumors are melanoma, carcinoma, fibrosarcoma, and osteosarcoma. For the majority of oral tumors, surgical removal is the most effective treatment. Oral mass removals depend on the type, size, and location of the tumor. Depending on the circumstances, tumors may be excised by themselves, or with a section of the surrounding area to ensure all malignant tissue is removed. How can I help my pet? Visual checks are a great, proactive way to discover oral masses in their early stages. Weekly inspections are recommended to note changes if uncharacteristic swelling is observed please contact your Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian immediately. Gingivectomy This dental procedure helps remove and remodel diseased gum tissue. Gingivectomies are performed to eliminate deep pockets that are formed between the base of your pet’s teeth and the gum line. These pockets increase the risk of infection and harbor bacteria that accelerate periodontal disease, leading to tooth loss. If left untreated, dental disease can do irreversible damage to your pet’s mouth as well as introducing harmful bacteria into their bloodstream that can damage their heart, kidneys, and liver. The procedure begins with root planning to eliminate bacteria from the gums, then the targeted tissue is traditionally removed using a scalpel; however, modern technology has allowed for the use of lasers in some cases, this results in a less invasive treatment with a quicker recovery period. Recovery time lasts an average of seven to 10 days. Pets should be limited to soft foods during that time. The risk of infection is still present, so the surgical site should be kept as clean as possible. Please consult your Southwoods Animal Hosptial specialist for more information on periodontal disease and overall gum health. Scaling Scaling “deep cleans” the target area from the gums down to the roots—a scraper or ultrasonic tool is used to remove harmful agents and stop the progression of gum disease. Scaling is relatively painless, but local anesthesia may be administered to your cat or dog. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, scaling may be a component of a larger treatment plan that includes oral surgery. Flossing and brushing your pet’s teeth is a good way to continue good daily oral health practices after the recovery period ends. Southwoods Animal Hosptial offers complete oral health services including:
  • Annual dental cleaning
  • Digital dental x-rays
  • Preventative dental care
  • Emergency oral services
To schedule dental services for your pet, please contact Southwoods Animal Hosptial. Schedule Appointment

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Pet health begins with preventive healthcare. Semi-annual veterinary exams ensure that your pet’s health is always professionally monitored. Twice a year exams are needed to diagnose harmful diseases early. The earlier it’s caught, the more successful treatment is, keeping your pet healthy and happy. Southwoods Animal Hospital’s veterinarian physical exams comprehensively assess every aspect of your pet’s health, standard testing includes:
  • Ear Exam
  • Eye Exam
  • Rectal Exam
  • Dental Exam
  • Skeletal Exam
  • Reproductive System Exam
  • Internal Health Evaluation
  • Neurological Evaluation
  • Cardiovascular Evaluation
  • Nutrition Consultation
  • Behavior Counseling
Schedule an exam today

A laser creates a specific tissue reaction depending on the wavelength of light it produces. Lasers have exceptional absorption properties by water molecules normally found in soft tissue. When applied, laser energy instantly targets the intracellular water, vaporizing the cells, while leaving the surrounding tissue virtually unaffected. This precision makes laser an excellent method for soft tissue surgery. Reduced Pain and Bleeding Laser energy automatically cauterizes nerve endings as it moves through tissue, resulting in less post-operative pain and bleeding. When defocused, the laser also acts as an effective coagulation device, allowing for better visibility during surgery and reduced risk of complications. Decreased Swelling During surgery, laser energy automatically seals lymphatic vessels, causing additional no bruising or tearing of tissue. This reduced tissue trauma minimizes inflammatory response and decreases swelling. Faster Recovery Decreased bleeding, swelling, and pain means your pet can return to normal activity and their home environment faster. Schedule an Appointment

Arthritis in Pets

Osteoarthritis is unfortunately common in older pets. Arthritis occurs when the smooth cartilage that protects the bones at their joints breaks down, causing chronic pain and inflammation. Exposed joints are subject to degenerative wear and tear that leads to irreversible damage, hindering flexibility and movement. Symptoms of arthritis include walking stiffly, limping, stiffness, discomfort, lameness, swollen joints, pain, inability to jump or climb stairs, and loss of flexibility. If you notice any these signs in your pet, schedule an appointment us today. Southwoods Animal Hospital will conduct a physical that includes x-rays and diagnostic tests to confirm the source of your pet’s symptoms.

Treatment

Treatment for pet arthritis primarily aims to manage symptoms. It can include prescribed antibiotics, pain and anti-inflammatory medications, nutritional supplements, dieting and exercise changes. Based off your pet’s medical history, lifestyle and environmental factors, your Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian will work closely with you to design an arthritis management plan that best suits the needs of your pet. Schedule an Appointment

Heart Disease Indicators in Pets

  • Difficulty exercising
  • Fainting or sudden collapse
  • Labored breathing or shortness of breath
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Limb pain or inability to walk
  • Coughing
If you observe any of these symptoms in your pet, please schedule an appointment immediately.

Southwoods Animal Hospital Cardiology Services

Blood Pressure Monitoring Patient blood pressure is an indicator of general heart health. High blood pressure is a symptom and cause of cardiovascular disease and other major disorders. Testing is a quick, pain-free process that uses a cuff filled with air to measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) An electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to evaluate your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, revealing and diagnosing potential disturbances called arrhythmias. This is a non-invasive procedure generally requiring no sedation. ECG’s may be coupled with other diagnostic tests to confirm results. Thoracic Radiographs Thoracic radiographs, or chest x-rays, are used to evaluate internal structures like the heart and lungs. Radiographs reveal the size and shape of the internal organs, as well as blockages and masses. In addition to being a powerful diagnostic tool, periodic x-rays are used to assess treatment progress. To learn more about Southwoods Animal Hospital’s cardiovascular services please contact us today! Our spaces go quickly! schedule appointment today.

Bring us your snakes and lizards, rats and rabbits, gerbils and turtles! Southwoods Animal Hospital welcomes reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Dr. Timmons has extensive experience with exotic and “pocket pets” of all kinds and looks forward to meeting your animal friend. She can advise you about proper care, feeding, and maintenance of your pet, as well as treat illnesses and conditions specific to their species. It’s important to remember that while many of these animals may be lower-maintenance than more conventional pets, they often require managed environments and have very particular needs that must be met in order to thrive. Dr. Timmons is happy to assist with a wide variety of animal companions, so if your pet is something smaller—or a little more exotic—than a cat or dog, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 336-790-4704">(336) 275-7266 or request an appointment online.

End of Life Decision

Letting go is hard. As an owner, the decision to end your pet’s life is the most difficult one of all. Rapidly declining health, through advanced age or terminal illness, has a major effect on their quality of life. It is important to remember that euthanasia can be the gentlest course of action to end your pet’s suffering. Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarians are there to guide you every step of the way. We compassionately assess your elderly pet’s general health and quality of life, and give you honest counsel on how best to proceed.

Southwoods Animal Hospital features some of the most advanced veterinary diagnostic technology in the Greensboro and greater North Carolina area. Our internal medicine facilities include:

  • Laboratory. We have an in house laboratory in which we can perform many blood tests within minutes. In the event of an emergency this can give us the necessary information on how to proceed with treatment. Major blood work is sent to Antech Laboratory which is a national veterinary laboratory.
  • ECG (electrocardiogram) Used for diagnosing abnormal heart beats and can be a screen for heart enlargement.
  • Ultrasound. An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder.
  • Oncology (cancer) treatment.
  • Digital Radiology (x-ray) These use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

While our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, we can use scientific testing and veterinary experience to discover underlying diseases and disorders. As one of Greensboro's diagnostic leaders, Southwoods Animal Hospital’s in-house laboratory features advanced analytic equipment used to examine and test tissue samples. This technology pinpoints the problem and allows the proper treatment to commence. Blood work is a particularly useful tool that can tell us valuable information about your pet’s red blood cells, immune system, digestive tract, circulatory system and internal organ function. This simple, inexpensive test can reveal evidence of disease before symptoms appear. Catching disease early dramatically improves treatment efficacy and improves quality of life. During veterinary emergencies, blood testing can mean the difference between life and death, directing our veterinarians towards the best treatment when time is of the essence. The Southwood Animal Hospital laboratory features state-of-the-art CBC, electrolyte analyzers and blood chemistry equipment. Complete Blood Count (CBC)

  • Red blood cells – anemia, bone marrow activity
  • White blood cells – inflammation, infection, blood borne diseases like leukemia
  • Platelets – low blood platelets can cause bleeding disorders
Electrolytes
  • Imbalances resulting from dehydration, kidney disease, vomiting and diarrhea, and other metabolic and hormonal diseases
Blood Chemistry
  • Tests liver and kidney function
  • Blood sugar – diabetes mellitus can cause high blood sugar. Sever infections, liver disease and malnutrition can cause low blood sugar
  • Blood proteins – dehydration causes proteins to increase. Liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract disease can cause them to decrease
  • Analyzes calcium, potassium, sodium, cholesterol and other blood components

How to Recognize Pain

Other than obvious injuries, recognizing pet pain is more difficult than you would expect, requiring a trained eye and keen observation to discover discomfort. Subtle changes in your pet’s behavior may indicate a hidden, underlying issue. Signs can include:
  • Becoming withdrawn or inactive
  • Uncharacteristic aggression
  • Decreased appetite
  • Whimpering or abnormal vocalizations
  • Stiffness, reduced mobility or inability to rise
  • Ears placed back against the head
These small, yet significant indicators are your pet’s only way of communicating that there is an issue. Stay alert for these signs and contact your veterinarian if you observe any abnormal behavior.

How Pain is Managed

There are a wide variety of methods available to help manage pain. Prescription medications are the most common approach. Categories include anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), opioids and corticosteroids. Your veterinarian will prescribe medication based on your pet’s specific needs, creating a targeted drug regime. These are generally highly effective and will dramatically reduce pet pain and discomfort. Southwoods Animal Hospital only prescribes industry-leading medications from safe and reputable suppliers; however, like all drugs, there is a risk of adverse reactions and side effects. Alternative therapies are often used to supplement conventional pharmaceuticals. These treatments usually provide long-lasting, yet less concentrated benefits, helping manage chronic conditions, or hasten the recovery process. Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarians are committed to educating you about the your pet’s pain management options, fully explaining the risks and benefits of each method before treatment begins. If you suspect your pet may be in pain, or would like more information about our pain management services, please contact us today.

Allergies in Pets

One of the most common causes of pet dermatological and respiratory conditions are allergies! An allergic reaction occurs when your pet’s body has an adverse response to environmental substances, which can range from from hardly noticeable to potentially fatal. Most reactions occur when the allergen is inhaled, ingested or through skin contact. Common Allergic Reactions
  • Scratching or itching
  • Reddish, moist or scabbed skin
  • Runny eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Like humans, specific allergies are unique to each pet, but common allergens include pollens, mold spores, dust, cigarette smoke, foodstuffs, prescription drugs, household cleaners and shampoo. Unfortunately, determining the cause of your pet’s allergic reaction can often be difficult due to the large number of substances they interact with on a daily basis. If you suspect your pet has allergies, please contact Southwoods Animal Hospital. Using your pet’s medical history, a comprehensive physical examination, skin and blood tests and an elimination diet, we can discover what your pet’s specific allergies are. Once determined, we then design a customized allergy regimen that involves removing environmental and food-based allergens from your pet’s daily routine, as well as prescribing pet allergy medications if necessary, dramatically improving your pet’s quality of life.

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Pet health begins with preventive healthcare. Southwoods Animal Hospital recommends annual wellness examinations for young to early middle aged pets. Semi-annual veterinary exams are recommended on senior dogs and cats over 8 years of age. Semi-annual exams ensure that your pet’s health is always professionally monitored. Twice a year exams are needed to diagnose harmful diseases early as pets age much more rapidly than humans. The earlier it’s caught, the more successful treatment is, keeping your pet healthy and happy. Annual and semi-annual Wellness exams are the most important aspect of pet health. Vaccinations are of course important but examinations are vital to longevity of our pets. Southwoods Animal Hospital’s veterinarian wellness exams comprehensively assess every aspect of your pet’s health, standard testing includes:
  • Body Condition
  • Ear Exam
  • Eye Exam
  • Dental Exam
  • Musculoskeletal Exam
  • Reproductive/Urinary System Exam
  • Skin and Haircoat Exam
  • Lymph nodes/thyroid Exam
  • Nose and Throat Exam
  • Internal Health Evaluation
  • Neurological Evaluation
  • Cardiovascular Evaluation
  • Lung/pulmonary Evaluation
  • Nutrition Consultation
  • Behavior Counseling
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Just like people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly 7 times the rate humans do. As your cat or dog gets older they require different nutrition programs, exercise routines and are prone to a variety of new diseases. Common Age-Related Diseases: • Kidney and liver disease • Intestinal disorders • Diabetes • Joint and bone disease • Breast and testicular cancer • Cognitive difficulties It is important to consider these changes throughout their lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasing difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on. Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age; the ASPCA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Information about feeding and exercise changes is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your pet comfortable in their old age. We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways Southwoods Animal Hospital can help your senior pet!

Keep track of your pet Nearly 1 in 3 pets will become lost during their lives. Microchip implants are an incredibly simple, inexpensive and effective way to find lost pets, keeping them out of animal shelters and back where they belong. These tiny chips serve as a permanent pet identification system that cannot be removed or damaged, reuniting you and your pet quickly. By supporting this practice Southwoods Animal Hospital hopes to prevent some of the nearly 8 million animals that enter US shelters each year. A simple process The microchip is contained in small biocompatible capsule smaller than a grain of rice, ensuring that the device is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and completely safe. An easy, nearly pain-free procedure then places the transponder just under the skin where a special biopolymer keeps the device in-place inside the animal. These microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning it never has to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime. The transponder works by passively transmitting radio waves with an animal-specific tracking number that, when connected to the central database, displays the pet’s name and owner contact information. Should your pet run away or get lost, a simple scan of the chip will allow the proper authorities to determine the owner’s identity and return the animal accordingly. Southwoods Animal Hospital believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month. To learn more about the benefits of pet microchips or schedule an appointment, please contact your Southwoods veterinarian today!

Support the fight against animal overpopulation

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. The unexpected offspring of these liaisons often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.

Spaying

Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 3-6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat. Benefits This procedure has many notable benefits including:
  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Remove the possibility of uterine infections
What to expect after surgery Spaying is a major surgery that requires 10-14 days recovery time and will include medication; lethargy is common for the first couple days following the procedure.

Neutering

Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 4-6 months old, but can be performed on older animals as well. Benefits Neutering generates many important health benefits:
  • Prevents unwanted reproduction
  • Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors
What to expect after surgery Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires some recovery time. Following the procedure your pet will be sleepy from the anesthesia, this lethargy may last a couple days. Medication will be administered to combat pain. Owners must prevent the animal from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact your Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian today.

The (non)cutting-edge of veterinary science

Laser therapy is an innovative new technology used to treat acute and chronic injuries. The non-invasive treatment stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the targeted area. This is used to accelerate the healing process following surgery, alleviate joint pain and treat degenerative diseases.

How it works

Low-level, also known as cold, laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cellular mass, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue the healing process by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation releases the bodies own pain-relieving hormones, generating mild pain management properties. The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with the majority of patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.

Conditions benefitted by laser therapy

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
  • Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Neuromuscular disease
Low-level laser therapy is normally combined with other types of veterinary medicine including pharmaceutical regimens and alternative therapies. The broad biochemical benefits, and lack of adverse side effects, have made laser therapy the preferred post-operative rehab method in veterinary medicine. If you would like to know more about laser therapy please contact Southwoods Animal Hospital

Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders. While invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results to the field of pet healthcare. Southwoods Animal Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain on the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures. Surgery specialties

  • Soft-tissue
  • Orthopedic
  • Dental
  • Ophthalmic
  • Foreign body removal
Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Southwoods Animal Hospital’s experienced veterinary anesthesiologists provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free. Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner, we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease. If you are considering veterinary surgery, please contact your Southwoods Animal Hospital veterinarian to schedule an introductory consultation. Contact Us

Pamper your pet.

Grooming is the best way to help your pet look and feel great. Southwoods Animal Hospital is proud to offer a complete range of grooming services for dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes.

Spa and Grooming Services

  • Pet bathing
  • Nail clipping
  • Ear cleaning
  • Deshedding treatments
  • Hair and coat trimming
  • Parasite control consultation and treatments
  • Anal gland expressions
Aside from the obvious cosmetic improvements, grooming has many hygienic benefits. Grooming is recommended every 4-6 weeks to avoid painful matting of the coat, ear infections and parasite infestations.  

Medical Benefits of Regular Grooming

  • General cleanliness
  • Decreases the possibility of many skin conditions
  • Prevents and eliminates parasites
  • Seasonal hair removal

New Groomer and Expanded Grooming Availability

Meet our new groomer, Lisa!

               

"I have always had a love for animals as far back as I can remember . When I started my apprenticeship back in Arizona for grooming, I knew I had found my passion in life! I trained under Amber Starr for 9 months, became pet CPR certified in 2013 and have been grooming for 5 years now . I have always enjoyed volunteering at shelters and rescues throughout my life and wanted to take the extra step in doing something more to help them. I adore the one on one time I have with these animals! To see a glimpse of their personalities and to make them feel good again is what makes me happy in life. I also enjoy creative grooming( hair dye, stencils, etc) using only animal safe products for a fun extra touch to the groom . In my spare time I’m usually hanging out with my own pack of fur kids or out in nature. I look forward to meeting you all and your fur babies and please know they are in great hands when you book your appointment with me."

For more information on our grooming services, or to schedule your appointment, contact Southwoods Animal Hospital today.

Going out of town? We have you and your pet covered. Southwoods Animal Hospital offers overnight boarding for your cat or dog!

Our guests enjoy safe and clean facilities. Your pet will get plenty of exercise with our fenced in outside yard (dogs only). Cats get to enjoy quiet time away from dogs in our feline only boarding area. Boarding Amenities
  • Climate controlled kennels / runs
  • Professional veterinary care access
  • Water, food, and bedding for the duration of their stay
  • If your pet is on medication, we will administer all medications during your pet's stay
  • Dogs staying five nights or more will receive a complimentary bath prior to going home
Request Your Stay Prior to requesting your stay, please review our Boarding Policies & Procedures.  You can request your stay online by filling out our Boarding Request Form.  Check-in Drop off times* for boarding are between 10am - 1pm for weekdays, or 7am - 9am for Saturday & Sunday. To help us provide the best experience possible, please indicate any special instructions or specific needs that our new guest (your pet) will require during their stay. Check-out Pick up times* are between 2pm - 4pm for weekdays, or 11am - 12pm for Saturday & Sunday. Please provide an estimated checkout date when you schedule your pet’s stay. To make a reservation, please contact us today! *Special Drop Off and Pick Up times may be arranged for an additional $25 fee.

Veterinary diagnostic imaging creates composites of the internal body used to discover disease or injury. employs digital imaging technologies with access to board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.

Digital Radiographs

Radiographs, or x-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

Ultrasounds

An ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems, helping identify disease, blockages and internal injury. An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions. This tool is essential when assessing overall heart health and treating cardiovascular disease. Because an ultrasound doesn’t require radiation, it is also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets. When used in conjunction with other diagnostics tools like radiographs (x-rays)], ultrasonography can detect a broad range of abnormalities including cardiovascular disease, skeletal fractures, some forms of cancer, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and organ disease. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds rank among the most precise diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

Digital Dental Radiography

Digital radiography is a powerful diagnostic tool used to detect dental disorders and injuries. A quick and painless process, radiography uses a controlled dose of x-ray radiation to examine your pet’s mouth, using the varying densities of its contents (teeth, gums, ligaments, etc.) to construct a composite image. This digital readout highlights any present abnormalities, allowing diagnosis and treatment to commence. Veterinary dental x-rays are commonly used to identify tooth decay and cavities, malignant dental structures, bone loss and other periodontal diseases. Digital x-rays require much lower doses of radiation and are processed almost instantly, becoming available for examination more quickly than traditional radiographs and improving pet safety.

The proactive approach to feline veterinary care

Preventative care is a cat’s first line of defense. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.

Preventive Health Measures

Annual Veterinary Exams: Southwoods Animal Hospital’s comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat, ear and hearing acuity, lung and chest, internal health, oral hygiene, eye and visual responsiveness. Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like feline Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and rabies. Dental Care: Oral health is an important part of your pet’s life; annual teeth cleanings are the best method to maintain and improve dental wellbeing. Parasite Control: prevention and eradication is a simple and efficient process when anti-parasitic medication is used regularly. Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Skin and hair health prevents mange, matting, bacterial infections and more. Proper Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your cat’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal development. Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions, identifying these shifts help to identify and treat the root cause. Exercise: Regular workouts support skeletomuscular and cardiovascular health in cats of all ages.

Senior Animals

Preventative care becomes more significant for aging cats, Southwoods Animal Hospital recommends increasing exams to twice a year for elderly animals. As pets get older they are prone to many age-related diseases that are increasingly difficult diagnose and treat. Many preventive health measures must be adjusted to better suit the medical needs of senior animals.

The proactive approach to veterinary care

Preventative care is a dog’s first line of defense. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.

Preventive Health Measures

Annual Veterinary Exams: Southwoods Animal Hospital’s comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat, ear and hearing acuity, lung and chest, internal health, oral hygiene, eye and visual responsiveness. Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper, rabies and parvo. Dental Care: Oral health is an important part of your pet’s life; annual teeth cleanings are the best method to maintain and improve dental wellbeing. Parasite Control: prevention and eradication is a simple and efficient process when anti-parasitic medication is used regularly. Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Skin and hair health prevents mange, matting, bacterial infections and more. Proper Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your pet’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal development. Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions, identifying these shifts help to identify and treat the root cause. Exercise: Regular workouts support skeletomuscular and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages.

Senior Animals

Preventative care becomes more significant for aging dogs, Southwoods Animal Hospital recommends increasing exams to twice a year for elderly animals. As pets get older they are prone to many age-related diseases that are increasingly difficult diagnose and treat. Many preventive health measures must be adjusted to better suit the medical needs of senior animals.

Southwoods Animal Hospital located in Greensboro, North Carolina provides the highest quality of veterinary care services and diagnostics for your pet. Our services include ultrasound, soft tissue surgery, laser surgery, orthopedic surgery, endoscopic ear treatment, and wellness care & more.

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