Wellness / Preventative Care
Prevention is the real goal of wellness exams. When veterinarians see a pet on a regular basis, they can help pets avoid some preventable illnesses and diseases. Many pet owners are not aware that taking a dog or cat to the veterinarian once a year is the same as a person seeing their doctor once every seven years. It is recommended that pets have an annual wellness exam so their veterinarian can have the opportunity to detect, treat or, ideally, prevent problems such as obesity, arthritis, heart disease, metabolic problems, cancer, diabetes, and other serious conditions before they become life-threatening.
Our veterinarians cover all areas of internal medicine including: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Gastroenterology, Oncology and some Orthopedic Surgery.
Occasionally certain conditions arise that require a specialist's opinion or treatment. We are able to consult with a number of board certified specialists including: internists, surgeons, neurologists, ophthalmologists and critical care specialists.
Our skilled veterinarians perform surgeries on site that include, but are not limited to, soft tissue surgery, orthopedic procedures, dental and emergency surgeries. All surgical patients are examined by the veterinarian, have pre-anesthetic blood work, receive both IV fluids and anesthetics which are tailored to meet your pet's needs. The anesthetic we use is the safest available. Pets are always monitored by modern equipment including pulse oximetry, heart rate and temperature in addition to being physically monitored by a technician.
Modern technology allows our veterinarians to evaluate and diagnose medical conditions by taking radiographs (x-rays). Radiographs are helpful in giving insight as to what may be ailing your pet or causing discomfort. We have on-site developing so that results can be available, reviewed and discussed with the pet owner as quickly as possible.
Companion animals experience pain and discomfort the same as people do. Recognizing and alleviating pain is part of practicing good veterinary medicine. There are many forms of pain management and our goal is to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible while with us in the hospital and when recovering at home.
We stock a wide variety of the highest quality veterinary drugs in the animal health care field. Most medications are available in oral liquids or tablets for easy administration. Medications can be dispensed directly from the hospital so your pet will benefit from immediate treatment.
Each year, millions of dogs and cats are lost. In fact, this reportedly affects 1/3 of all pet-owning families. Of the millions of cats and dogs that are lost, only 10% are ever identified and returned to their owners. More pets lives are lost because owners did not identify them, than from all infectious diseases combined. All pets should wear traditional collars with identification and rabies vaccination tags. A traditional collar, however is not enough. Microchips are rapidly becoming a very popular method for identifying pets. Once the microchip is inserted, the pet is identified for life. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets.
Our hospital is familiar with handling and treating rabbits and other small pets including: guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, gerbils and ferrets. With better owner education regarding health care, nutritional requirements and good habitat management, these smaller species have an increased chance at living longer, healthier and better quality lives.
Emergency care is offered during regular business hours. After our regular business hours, we refer our clients to (R.E.A.C.H.) Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital at 677 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 at 828-665-4399 or Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital and Veterinary Emergency Hospital at 205 N. Highland Lake Rd., Flat Rock, Henderson County, NC 28731, 828-697-7767
Avery Creek Pet Hospital veterinarians work carefully to provide excellent dental treatment and preventative care to all of our patients. Did you know that approximately 85% of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are 4 years old? This can lead to severe pain, abscesses, bad breath and tooth loss. Dr. Casey Kersten has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and all of our doctors are fully trained in modern dental techniques and practices. Having your pet’s teeth cleaned is similar to having your teeth cleaned. First, your pet is put under general anesthesia. We begin by taking full mouth dental x-rays to check for abscesses and decaying roots. The veterinarian then does a thorough oral exam of the teeth and gums. A trained technician then scales and cleans the teeth. If any other treatments are recommended, our veterinarian will contact you. A regular teeth cleaning will reduce the risk of certain oral health concerns and bad breath. Avery Creek Pet Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the art dental care for your pet.
Puppy and Kitten Wellness
Our puppy and kitten wellness programs are designed to help get your puppy or kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your pets’ development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.
Congratulations on your new family member we look forward to meeting them!
Euthanasia and Cremation Services
Preparing to say good-bye to a special pet is very difficult. We do our best to make your pet as comfortable as possible and euthanasia is performed humanely with respect and dignity. Pet owners are welcome to stay with their pet during the euthanasia and are encouraged to take as much time as they need with their pet afterwards. We offer private cremation services for pet owner's who would like their pet's ashes returned. House calls can also be arranged for special needs pets or pet owners who would like their pet euthanized in the comfort of the home.
Alternative and complimentary services
Here at Avery Creek Pet Hospital, we offer a variety of alternative and complimentary services to enhance our quality of care. We use these services in addition to traditional veterinary care. We're excited to have teamed up with John C. Faherty, D.C who is a canine chiropractor who is excited to offer his service to our clients. Humans have enjoyed the benefits of chiropractic care for more then 100 years. People visit their chiropractor for more energy, improved sports performance, better resistance to disease and to help insure drug free lives for themselves and their families. This is known as wellness care. So ask yourself, "wouldn't my dog benefit from the same treatment?"
"Our Jack Russell, Zipper, was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease in her cervical (neck) discs in November of 2016. She would have pain flare-ups that would cause her to flinch and limp that we managed with laser and acupuncture treatments, pain relievers, and muscle relaxers. When Avery Creek offered a seminar on chiropractic care, I attended to see if it was another tool we could use for her. Dr. Faherty was very informative and even showed me a stretch that could help Zipper. Soon after, I scheduled an appointment and she got an evaluation and her first adjustment. We were sent home with more stretches and exercises and I immediately saw improvement in Zipper's mobility and strength. Since her visits with Dr. Faherty and our adherence to the exercise protocol, she has not had any bad flare-ups of pain. I am thankful that chiropractic care is an option for Zipper. It has definitely helped her and I'm so glad that Avery Creek Pet Hospital has made it available. "
- Jill, Zippers mom
Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy delivers a micro-current that targets the body's own natural inflammatory process. This micro-current enhances Nitric Oxide production to help speed healing of soft and hard tissues - including skin, tendons, ligaments, bones and organs. Your veterinary or chiropractic professional may recommend the Loop as a stand- alone treatment or as an effective adjunct to the other therapies they provide in clinic. This portable, easy to use device allows pet owners to bring the healing home.
ToeGrips are non-slip nail grips that fit onto dogs’ to Enable instant traction on hard-surface floors and
Stairs. ToeGrips are designed for indoor/outdoor use. They can be worn continuously, and typically need to
Replaced every 1 to 3 months.
Toe Grips help:
- Improve mobility & stability
- Reduce the risk of slip & fall injury
- Restore confidence
Dogs use their nails for traction. They flex their paws and engage their nails like soccer cleats digging into the
ground. Hard nails can’t grip hard floors.
ToeGrips work by allowing the nails to grip, unlike dog socks and boots, which interfere with a dog’s natural
gripping. If your dog is struggling on hard floors from arthritis, injury, surgery, or disability, ToeGrips can help!
ToeGrips create a “Grip Zone” where the toenail meets the floor to provide traction with every step.
Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called "photo-bio-modulation", which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and increased healing speed. The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel a gentle soothing warmth. Most treatments take a matter of minutes. Laser Therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions. Acute conditions include wounds, allergies, infections, cuts/bites, inflammation, tooth extraction pain relief, sprains, strains and fractures. Chronic conditions include degenerative joint disease, inflammatory bowel disease, periodontal disease, lick granulomas, hip dysplasia, geriatric care, feline acne, arthritis, otitis and many more.