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Annual Exams – Listening to a history of our patient’s activities and performing a thorough physical exam are the most important tools to diagnose problems and detect disease early. With young patients, we often discuss strategies for prevention of disease and with older patients, our goal is to diagnose problems as early as possible to improve treatment outcomes. Vaccinations are recommended on an individual basis depending upon life style and risk factors for your individual pet.

Dentistry – The most common disease of dogs and cats of all ages is dental disease. Chronic infections in the mouth have been shown to affect other organs in the body and many pets endure oral pain without being able to tell us. Cleaning teeth above and below the gum line and treating diseased teeth requires anesthesia. As with our surgical patients, we use advanced anesthetic agents and monitors to make the procedure as safe as possible. We also have digital dental radiology to quickly detect disease below the gum line.

Diagnostic Testing - A large part of the information we gather to diagnose and treat your pet comes from testing of blood, urine, fecal samples and tissue samples. Our in-house laboratory is able to give us quick information on a variety of tests. We also rely heavily on Phoenix Central Laboratory, a veterinary-specific commercial lab with extremely high quality standards and several pathologists we can consult with.

Surgery - All surgical patients at Woodhaven receive IV fluids during their procedures and are monitored for vital signs such as ECG, oxygen blood levels, blood pressure, carbon dioxide levels and respiratory rate. We perform many surgical procedures here but also refer patients to a board-certified veterinary surgeon for more complex procedures such as orthopedics.

Radiology and Imaging – Taking a radiograph is often the first tool we use to look inside the body. The doctors here at Woodhaven interpret the films we take but we also refer all films to a board-certified veterinary radiologist for interpretation. When ultrasounds are required, we have a radiologist come to the clinic to perform them or refer patients to a nearby specialty center. We also can refer patients for procedures such as CT scans or MRI’s when appropriate.

Specialist Consultation and Referrals – Veterinary medicine has advanced significantly and many patients benefit from the expertise of a specialist for their problems. Woodhaven has board-certified veterinary specialists come to the clinic on occasion to perform echocardiograms, ultrasounds and surgery. We also work closely with many of the specialists in Puget Sound and provide referrals when needed. These services inlude:


  • Behavior

  • Surgery

  • Cardiology

  • Radiology

  • Dentistry

  • Ophthalmology

  • Internal Medicine

  • Oncology

  • Neurology

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