Acupuncture is offered at BEMC Small Animal Division as a complementary treatment modality. Acupuncture can be useful for a variety of conditions in cats and dogs. Prescribed treatments are neuroanatomically based with emphasis on musculoskeletal conditions such as orthopedic pain (backs, necks, elbows, shoulders, hips, and stifles), neurological conditions and hindend weakness. Acupuncture can help these conditions as well as others by increasing blood flow, relieving muscle tension and promoting relaxation. Electroacupuncture and massage techniques are often incorporated into treatments. While acupuncture is a very effective treatment for a wide variety of problems it is not a "cure-all" and is often integrated into a complete treatment plan that includes but is not limited to acupuncture alone. Appointments can be scheduled either at BEMC Small Animal Divison or at your home.
At Home Visits, including In-Home Euthanasia
Sometimes it is more convenient to have your veterinary exams and treatments performed at your home or farm, especially when you have a large dog that hates to ride in the car or barn cats that have never left your property. If it is easier for us to come to you, we provide ambulatory services.
When you do come to the difficult decision that it is time for humane euthanasia, know that BEMC Small Animal Division is here to help you. We are willing to put your pet to sleep at your home if that would be best for you and your family.
Oral exams are an important part of any pet’s annual examination.
An alert (unsedated) oral exam allows for visualization of the external structures of the head for abnormalities (swellings, dis-charge, assymmetry, malodor) and, depending on the animal’s compliance, an evaluation of plaque and tartar accumulation on the teeth and the presence of worn, broken, or discolored teeth. A complete oral exam can only be performed under general anesthesia and includes physical examination of the oral and dental structures, periodontal probing, dental charting and intraoral radiography. Dental radiography is the standard of practice this day and age...we are very excited to be able to provide intraoral radiography as a complimentary service with every comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment at BEMC Small Animal Division. The doctors and staff are committed to continuing education in the field of dentistry. We now offer the following dental services: intraoral radiography, routine ultrasonic scaling/cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction, root canals, and flouride treatments.
Dermatologic conditions, including ear infections, are common in our small animal friends. We offer cytologic sampling and treatment of superficial skin diseases. We also offer allergy testing and immunotherapy shots/drops for allergic dermatitis.
Digital radiography is cutting edge technology that allows instant visualization of x-rays on a computer screen, and eliminates film. The difference between digital radiography and traditional radiography is analogous to the difference between digital photographs and film photographs. Results can be read instantly, and radiographs can also be manipulated to provide optimal contrast and brightness. Digital radiography also allows electronic storage of images; images can now be e-mailed to owners or other veterinarians, and stored on CD-ROMs. BEMC Small Animal Division is equipped with two x-ray units. Our portable unit provides the capability for radiography at your home. We also have a dental radiography unit for evaluation of your animal's teeth during a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment.
Gait evaluation for discomfort is an important part of our practice. Whether discomfort is originating from a sore or arthritic joint, a soft tissue injury (ligament or tendon injury), or neck/back pain, diagnosis requires a multi-modal evaluation, including thorough physical exams, lameness exams (typically including manipulation and flexion of joints), and knowledge of current therapies and treatments are necessary. A combination of radiography and ultrasound may be needed to determine the source of discomfort. Once the cause of the lameness is diagnosed, treatments can include intraarticular therapy, shockwave, mesotherapy, antiinflammatory medications, PSGAG therapy, acupuncture, etc. Lameness examinations are best performed at BEMC Small Animal Division, which allowsfull use of our equipment and facilities.
Dr. Schmotzer is experienced in the management of most ocular (eye) infections, immune-mediated, corneal and uveal diseases, glaucoma, and surgical conditions of the equine and small animal eye. We are well-equipped with all necessary advanced ophthalmology equipment, which includes a Heine hand-held slit lamp biomicroscope, a Tonopen tonometer, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy, and specialized ophthalmic surgical instruments.
BEMC Small Animal Division has special interest in managing pain, especially in our older patients. Arthritis or pain from an old injury is common in our geriatric friends. Treatment can include oral pain medications and antiinflammatories, but alternative therapies are also available. Acupuncture is a great adjunctive therapy for painful joints, sore backs, and some clients claim that it has changed their pet’s overall demeanor. We also offer intraarticular pain management where appropriate.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a new therapy that can help heal and repair injured joints, tendons and ligaments on a cellular level. PRP is a blood by-product produced by special centrifugation of the patients blood. Rich in growth factors, PRP is a natural, patient-derived product that is safe, effective, and is a great way to enhance joint healing. The procedure to completed with your animal under sedation and with administration of a local nerve block.
We offer both radiographic evaluation (after 45 days) and ultrasound evaluation of your pregnant pets - mainly to determine the number of puppies or kittens to be expecting when it comes time to deliver!
Providing routine examinations for overall health is a great way
for our veterinarians to help identify any concerns with your animal's health. Preventative care also includes vaccinations and parasite control. We provide both internal (roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms) and external parasite control (fleas, ticks, mosquitos) parasite control and also offer heartworm preventative care including heartworm testing.
BEMC Small Animal Division offers routine surgical procedures including spays, neuters, tooth extractions, and mass removals. Abdominal exploratories may also be performed on a case-by-case basis by one of our board certified surgeons.
Ultraonography is a wonderful diagnostic tool that is non-painful and non-invasive to the patient. Ultrasound is used to image the internal organs, including kidneys, liver, spleen, intestines, heart, and uterus. Ultrasound allows us to look at different internal organs to examine their health, any underlying diseases, and take ultrasound-guided diagnostic samples.
BEMC Small Animal Division is now offering respiratory videoendoscopy to evaluate your animals throat, airway, and lungs. We can identify problems, take diagnostic samples, take bacterial cultures, and perform specialty therapeutic procedures. This procedure is essential in diagnosing the cause of chronic respiratory diseases and infections.