Our Services

 

Wellness & Immunizations

We strive to provide the best medicine not only to your sick or injured pets, but also to those who are healthy. We recommend yearly wellness exams to monitor your pets health as they age. This helps us to establish a baseline when they are well, allowing us to better care for them when they are ill. Senior pets (over 7 years of age) may be recommended for 6 month wellness exams, as they age faster and may have more significant changes in their health over a shorter period of time. 

We individually tailor vaccination protocols based on your pet’s lifestyle, making sure your pet is fully protected while avoiding any unnecessary vaccines. All our vaccines are of the highest quality, designed for safety and a lower potential for reaction. In addition, we refrain from giving multiple vaccines at the same time, further lowering the risk of reaction.

Yearly blood-work is recommended for pets over the age of 7 to establish a healthy baseline as well as identify diseases before they become symptomatic. Animals are typically stoic, and often will not show signs of illness until they are very sick. If we can diagnose a disease before it reaches this point, we are often able to improve the quality and longevity of your pet’s life.

We recommend annual deworming for all pets. Gastrointestinal parasites (such as roundworms, hookworms, coccidea, giardia and more) can impair your pets' health & can also affect human members of your family, particularly children. It is important to diagnose and treat these parasites as they can impair not only your pet’s health, but also the health of your family, particularly children. Parasites such as roundworms and giardia can be transmitted to humans, and may cause symptoms ranging from severe gastro-intestinal upset to blindness. Puppies and kittens are most often the carriers of such parasites, but pets of any age may be exposed.

Heartworm testing should be performed every year on all pets. We recommend monthly heartworm preventative for all dogs and cats 12 months of the year. Yes, we do have heartworm disease in Sonoma County. It can be a deadly disease. Treatment for dogs is both painful and very expensive. There is currently no treatment for cats.

There is a new disease in Northern California The canine influenza virus (Canine flu.) We now recommend vaccination for your dog depending on his/her exposure. Please call us for more details.

 

Dentistry


Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s oral health and overall well-being. Periodontal disease develops when plaque and tartar build up under a pet’s gum line, separating gum from teeth to form pockets of bacterial growth. This can not only be very painful, but can cause infection, abscess, bone loss, and loss of teeth. This damage is irreversible, and can lead to other disease processes such as kidney disease and/or kidney failure. Therefore, we strongly recommend regular dental cleanings as well as preventive home care for all pets. We have extensive training in advanced canine and feline dentistry, performing procedures such as surgical extractions, crown reductions, bone grafting, care of stomatitis and abscessed tooth roots, and more.
 

Dental cleaning requires general anesthesia because of the necessity to clean under the gum line, where periodontal disease causes the most problems. Dental cleanings performed on awake animals are purely cosmetic, as they do not treat or prevent periodontal disease in any way. In fact, the process of chipping off tartar in an non-anesthetized animal can actually damage tooth enamel and cause further problems later in life. We offer discounted dental packages which incorporate the most advanced techniques in dentistry and anesthesia, including the following:

- Pre-anesthetic sedative to allow for comfortable IV catheter placement and anesthetic induction
- General anesthesia maintained and monitored by a licensed technician, (as listed above under our general surgery description.)
- IV catheter with fluid administration during anesthesia and throughout recovery. This allows for a safer, more stable plane of anesthesia as well as a safer, smoother recovery
- Circulating hot water blanket to maintain your pet’s temperature while under anesthesia.
- Modern and safe ultrasonic scaling to clean each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line
- Trained dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup
- Fluoride treatments to help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity
- Antibiotic injection to treat/prevent infection
- Digital dental x-rays (when indicated) to further determine the health of a pet’s teeth and whether extractions are needed.
- Pain injection for patients with more advanced dental disease to prevent sensitivity/pain associated with the cleaning and/or tooth extractions
- Extractions (only when indicated by x-ray findings). Most extractions are actually considered surgical procedures. They may require a surgical incision to expose tooth roots and allow for easy sectioning and extraction of each individual root. As with any surgical procedure, these extractions are performed only by our trained, experienced veterinarians – not veterinary technicians. We administer not only a 24 hour pain injection, but also a local anesthetic at the site of extraction. This allows us to maintain a lower level of gas anesthesia, and reduces post-surgical pain in your pet. When we find a significant amount of bone loss at the site of an extraction, we replace this with bone grafting material. In the case of severe infection or abscess at the root of a tooth, we administer a local antibiotic in addition to our routine systemic antibiotic injection. Extraction sites are healed within 2 weeks, after which a pet’s ability to eat should not be affected. Clients have often told us that their furry friend started acting acting like a puppy or kitten again, once their dental pain was relieved.

 

Surgery


We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and equipment. All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. We assign a licensed technician to your pet in order to closely monitor him/her during anesthesia and recovery. Each patient will receive an IV catheter and fluid support, as well as pre-surgical blood-work when indicated. Our veterinarians are focused on providing the highest quality surgical techniques while maintaining the lowest amount of anesthetic time necessary. Our doctors are also extremely dedicated to ensuring the absolute best in pain control for every one of their surgical patients. Surgical services include:
 

- Fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet
- Constant, comprehensive anesthetic monitoring performed by a licensed veterinary technician, including: 

- ECG
- Heart/Respiratory Rate
- Blood Pressure
- Carbon Dioxide Levels
- Mucous Membrane Color &  

- Heated surgical table in our dedicated, sterile surgical suite
- Highest quality surgical instruments and suture material
- Pre-anesthetic sedative to allow for comfortable IV catheter placement and anesthetic induction
- General anesthesia maintained by a licensed veterinary technician.
- IV catheter with fluid administration during surgery and throughout recovery. This allows for a safer, more stable plane of anesthesia as well as a safer, smoother recovery.
- Advanced sterilization techniques
- Intensive post-surgical care and monitoring

Spay & Neuter

 

Preventing pregnancy and eliminating hormones contribute to your pet leading to a long, happy and healthy life. Since we are committed to our belief that this is best for your pet, we offer significantly discounted prices on ovariohysterectomies and neuters. In order to maintain the highest quality care for our patients, canine spays/neuters and feline spays include: 

- Advanced surgical monitoring with a trained surgical assistant. (See list of surgical monitoring equipment under general surgery description.)
- Advanced sterilization
- Heated surgical table in our dedicated, sterile surgical suite
- Highest quality surgical instruments and suture material
- Pre-anesthetic sedative to allow for comfortable IV catheter placement and anesthetic induction
- General anesthesia maintained by a licensed veterinary technician.
- IV catheter with fluid administration during surgery and throughout recovery. This allows for a safer, more stable plane of anesthesia as well as a safer, smoother recovery. At many hospitals this service is offered as optional and becomes an additional charge on the day of surgery. We are including it in our spays / neuters at no additional cost
- A pain injection which lasts 24 hours ensures your pet wakes up from surgery as comfortable as possible.
- Intensive post-surgical care and monitoring
- Suture removal 10-14 days after surgery

 

Puppy & Kitten Packages

 

Bringing home a furry new family member is such a joyful experience. Our pets provide us with companionship and love throughout their lives, while asking very little in return. One of the ways we can thank them for this lifetime of friendship is to establish healthy habits starting from day one. Our puppy and kitten packages are designed to not only provide all necessary initial medical treatments, but to give you one-on-one time with our doctors and technicians at each visit. We will offer education on topics such as nutrition, behavior, dental care, internal and external parasites, grooming care, and more. We will spend time thoroughly answering any questions you may have regarding the care of your new friend.

Puppy and kitten packages here at All Tails Wagging include three main visits. During these visits your pet will receive:

- Examination/consultation with a doctor
- All initial vaccination series including rabies
- Fecal parasite analysis to identify internal parasites
- Deworming for multiple types of worms
- Nail trims
- First dose of flea control
- Heartworm prevention
- Tote bag with samples and educational information

Geriatric Medicine

 

Radiology

Radiology (X-ray) helps our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. We have two digital x-ray machines, one for the main body and one for dentistry. This allows our doctors to see images instantly & make their assessments. 

 

Companion Laser Therapy

Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions. Laser reduces inflamation and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s response. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain. 

Applications for laser therapy include:
• Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
• General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
• Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
• Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
• Dental procedures
• Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)
• Ear infections 

How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process. 

What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate. 

Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and canine companions will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again.” Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your companion. 

What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
• Abnormal sitting or lying posture
• Circling multiple times before lying down
• Restlessness
• Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
• Limping, unable to get up or lie down
• Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
• Lack of grooming
• Won’t wag tail
• Licking or biting area
• Lack of appetite
• Trembling 

Contact our office today at 707-525-9445 to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.

 

 Ultrasound

It could save your pet’s life!
Some of the many indications where ultrasound is useful:

Applications for laser therapy include:

- Preventive health screening to detect and treat problems early on
- Kidney and liver problems
- Chronic urinary tract infections
- Heart murmurs
- Cardiac disease
- Vomiting patients
- Unexplained weight loss
- To avoid surgery – We can do ultrasound guided biopsies and cytologies!

This state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to examine specific internal organs in the abdomen and the heart. It is safe and painless for your pet, as there are no known side effects with the use of diagnostic ultrasound. There is no radiation exposure, as with x-rays. General anesthesia is not needed for an ultrasound exam unless we are using ultrasound to obtain a biopsy, (in order to avoid surgery on your pet.)

Our experienced ultrasonographer is able to identify many diseases that would otherwise be missed on x-rays or blood work. Ultrasound also allows us to see the heart valves in motion, and is the only way we can measure the size of heart chambers and the walls of the heart. This is essential to diagnose the cause of heart murmurs and other cardiac conditions, and get your pet on appropriate medications.

 

Hospice and Euthanasia

Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work hard to ensure a pet’s comfort and dignity as well as offer support to our clients during this difficult time. Often, we will sedate a patient prior to euthanasia and place an IV catheter, allowing the injection to be free of any struggle or difficulty. Your pet’s final moments will be peaceful and pain-free. 

Services include two types of cremation: Private cremation allows your pet’s ashes to be returned in a cedar urn. Communal cremation will mean your pet’s ashes are spread at a memorial park near the site of cremation. 

We also offer “Paw Prints in Stone.” We take an impression of your pet’s paw print and have it engraved in a stone along with their name. You may also include dates and/or a saying/phrase of your choice.

 

 
Microchipping Services

Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer Home Again microchips, and include their registration fee in the cost of initial implantation. Your pet will immmediately become part of the Home Again network.  All shelters scan animals for a chip and notify owners. Please remember to contact the company if your address or phone numbers change.

 

DNA Testing