Pet Health Services
Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of a physical examination at least once a year. For senior pets or those with ongoing medical issues, we prefer to see them every six months or more, depending on their general health status. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of pet health services to keep your companions feeling their best:
Available during our regular business hours, for our valued clients and for new clients as scheduling permits. After hours and on holidays, contact Valley Animal Medical Center in Indio at 760-342-4711.
Types of Pets Seen
Country Club Animal Clinic’s services are limited to dogs and cats at this time.
As a certified Cat Friendly Practice (CFP), we consider the unique obstacles cats battle in the waiting and examination rooms, therefore we have a separate cat-only waiting area for our feline friends. As a CFP-designated clinic, pet owners will experience cat friendly features. These features include: Skilled staff, individualized health care plan, low stress environment, and more.
As nutrition and early intervention improve, our pets are living longer, healthier lives. We are here to help! Let us recommend a program tailored to your pet’s needs. This will entail regular physical exams and various screening tests based on age, breed, and health status.
Especially important for younger patients, we offer up-to-date vaccination programs tailored to your individual pet. We stay informed about emerging diseases and new vaccine products, so we can offer what they need, when they need it!
We offer Datamars ISO microchip implantation (ISO frequency, the internationally preferred choice). Learn more @ www.datamars.com . All microchips are registered at the time of implantation, and this is included in the fee. All local shelters and many veterinary hospitals can scan for these chips if a loose or injured animal is brought to them.
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite enables us to perform most soft-tissue surgical procedures, whether elective, diagnostic, or emergency. By special arrangement, we can also offer an on-site surgical specialist for many orthopedic procedures. We also work with a number of veterinary specialty centers and can provide referral for those pets who need it.
Laser therapy is approved for treating humans with chronic pain, and Country Club Animal Clinic has the advanced equipment and expertise to offer the safe and effective treatment to dogs in the Rancho Mirage, Indio and Indian Wells areas. Dog laser therapy is just one of the high-tech services available at our state-of-the-art animal clinic in Palm Desert, which has long served the needs of dogs and cats with the most advanced techniques performed by vet clinic owner and veterinarian Dr. Lillian Roberts backed by a compassionate and knowledgeable animal hospital staff.
Should your pet require general anesthesia or sedation, Country Club Animal Clinic’s team will tailor a protocol to meet their needs. We utilize the safest available agents to maximize control and comfort, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Intravenous fluids are administered throughout, in order to support blood pressure and kidney function, and allow immediate access to the circulatory system in the rare event of an emergency. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.
Our on-site, digital X-ray equipment from http://foveadr.com/ provides high quality radiographs at some of the lowest exposures in the industry, to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. If needed, we can quickly send copies of x-ray images to specialists anywhere in the world. Just ask, and we’ll give you a copy to take home! In addition, if a specialist’s opinion is warranted, we can easily upload the images and request a consultation, often getting results in a few hours or less.
Available on-site by pre-arrangement. Helpful in evaluating abdominal problems without (or prior to) surgery, or assessing a heart malfunction, this is the same technology that might be used to assess fetal health or check behind an abnormal eye. We contract with VetImage, a traveling veterinary ultrasound practice, to perform this often invaluable diagnostic procedure on site. Visit their website for more information: http://www.vetimageinc.com/
Pet dental care is one of the most important services we provide. Depending on the amount of calculus and other factors, general anesthesia may or may not be required. We routinely perform full-mouth intra-oral x-ray studies, professional cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatment and complete assessment of oral health. We offer a range of treatments to reduce future problems and in some cases can salvage diseased teeth. However all levels of dental extractions are available and full pain control is always provided. Call for a consultation.
This is one of the most difficult decisions that we as pet owners will ever have to make. Country Club Animal Clinic will be there when it’s time to say goodbye. We offer a variety of options, and will customize our procedure to meet your needs.
Where time is of the essence, we can perform most routine laboratory tests in house. To save money, routine tests are usually sent out with results reported a day or two later. We also utilize Idexx Laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations: www.idexx.com/corporate/home.html
We maintain an extensive inventory of pharmaceuticals, shampoos, and supplements as well as flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a wide range of veterinary specific diets from Hills, Iams/ Eukanuba, and Royal Canin.
Beginning in 2020, Country Club Animal Clinic offers acupuncture treatment for pets for a variety of conditions.
Acupuncture is the ancient practice of benefiting the body’s ability to heal itself, through the application of tiny needles in precise locations. Dr Roberts completed her training in February through IVAS – the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She will be pursuing final certification this year by completing a publication-style case report.
Acupuncture is one of several components of so-called “Traditional Chinese (Veterinary) Medicine” (TCVM). Other aspects of TCVM include food therapy, Tui-na massage, and herbalism. In addition to being used for our regular patients, acupuncture may be incorporated into a general rehabilitation program or as part of a therapy regimen for cancer patients and post-surgical pets.
It’s important to recognize that acupuncture is an additional modality, not a substitute for good diagnostics or “western” medicine. The practice was developed over thousands of years, in China and other regions of the world – incorporating new knowledge and spinning off a range of styles and theories over time. Without a doubt, had modern x-rays and lab testing been available in ancient China, they would have been put to use! But we also honor the brilliant observational skills of early practitioners who recognized how the body responds to certain types of touch and needling. It is our intention to incorporate acupuncture into our existing menu of available ways to help our pet patients. Acupuncture is very safe; side effects are rare in pets and are mostly limited to local discomfort. Already we have seen a tremendous response in a number of dogs and cats, typically patients who have not responded to more traditional modalities.
Conditions that may respond favorably to acupuncture include:
• Vomiting/ Nausea
• Upper respiratory problems
• Back pain
• Weakness or limping
• Muscle soreness
• Scars or burns
• Itching or nonspecific pain
• Side effects to medications such as chemotherapy
Wondering if acupuncture will help your pet? Request an appointment today!