Health Maintenance Services

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicInternal Medicine

To best protect your pet's health and overall well-being, the staff at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic offers a broad range of veterinary services. While our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care, you can also rely on our skilled and compassionate medical team when your pet is sick. To that end, an important part of our practice is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems.

Our experienced veterinarians, supported by Hadlock Veterinary Clinic's advanced diagnostic technology and skilled staff, have expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases.

Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Allergies are common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. They are often due to fleas, but can also result from food, inhaled irritants such as dust or pollen, and contact allergens such as grasses, weeds and plans. With our green and varied plant and tree life here in the Northwest, there are many allergens in our environment. Most allergies appear after the pet is six months of age, with the majority affected dogs being over two years. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin - either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (coughing, sneezing and wheezing) or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence or diarrhea.

Flea allergies are the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of the flea bite. The flea allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe itch-producing reaction when the flea's saliva is deposited on the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail. Cats can also develop allergies to food, cat litter, inhaled substances and environmental substances.

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns. It is important to note that even if you do not see fleas on your pet, these symptoms may still be due to a flea allergy. Many pets with sensitive skin immediately groom and remove fleas before we see them.

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicBehavior Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Please don't make the mistake of believing you and your family must live with these problems or worse, consider giving up your pet. The team at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems, including inappropriate urination or defecation, urine marking, aggression, nipping and biting, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, digging, chewing, and resistance to introduction of new pets into the household.

Behavior problems may be caused by changes in your pet's environment, such as a change in schedule or the introduction of a new baby or pet; learned, as a result of unintentional positive reinforcement; or genetic. Furthermore, any painful disease or condition, or degenerative changes associated with aging, can cause or contribute to behavior problems.

For example, a pet that is fearful of children may become more reactive, irritable, and aggressive as conditions such as dental problems, arthritis, or an infection make him or her more uncomfortable or less mobile. Addressing the underlying medical problem or providing pain relief, along with behavior modification techniques, can often resolve some of these problems.

Our assessment begins with your pet's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any medical problems that have been diagnosed will be treated. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behavior specialist.

Your Pet's Nutrition

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control.

Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein, but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

To support your efforts, the doctors at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination, and give recommendations based on what we see. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet. We will also help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more. Hadlock Veterinary Clinic carries a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products. We carry Purina and Royal Canin prescription diets. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicEye Diseases

Early intervention is the key to preventing many eye problems. Regular complete eye examinations for pets over five years of age are important to prevent ocular disease and to treat any conditions affecting the eyes.

Signs that your pet may need to see an ophthalmologist are:


Telemedicine is the provision of health care by phone or computer. With telemedicine, we can offer you and your pet access to even more comprehensive medical care by connecting with doctors and specialists who can lend their expertise in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of specific cases.

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicStem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy uses stem cells from your pet's body to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. Stem cell therapy is most commonly used to treat osteoarthritis in dogs and cats, but clinical research continues to explore other uses for stem cells, including repairing bone, ligament, and spinal cord injuries and treating kidney and liver disease.

How is stem cell therapy performed?

After a definitive diagnosis of the condition has been determined and your pet has been selected as a suitable candidate, there are essentially three steps in stem cell therapy:

  1. The first involves the collection of fat from your pet. This procedure is typically performed while the patient is under anesthesia. Fat cells are most often taken from a small incision in the abdominal or shoulder region.
  2. The fat cells are then transferred to a specialized laboratory, where stem cells are obtained and concentrated.
  3. The final stage of treatment is injection of stem cells into the affected area, such as a hip, elbow, or knee joint. This step also generally requires some form of sedation or anesthesia for your pet.

Most cases will be performed as an outpatient procedure. Other than rest and supportive measures, minimal special care is required after treatment.

Because the stem cells are from your pet, there is little risk of reaction or rejection. Any injection into a joint or tendon involves some risk of inflammation, infection, or injury. Your veterinarian will discuss your pet's risk factors with you before treatment.

How can I tell if stem cell therapy will help my pet's condition?

The decision to use stem cell therapy is based on your pet's condition, age, breed, previous treatment and response, severity and duration, and anesthesia/sedation risk. The laboratory providing the stem cells will also be consulted to help determine if your pet is a suitable candidate.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive way to predict which pets will benefit from stem cell therapy. Some patients respond favorably only to relapse in the future. Other patients experience remarkable improvement soon after treatment, while for others, it may take months for any appreciable changes to occur.

How long does it take to work?

Some patients will show improvement within several days, while others will require several weeks before any changes are seen. It is important to note that not all patients treated with stem cells will respond positively. Stem cell therapy can be repeated in cases where poor to no improvement is observed.

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicOncology

Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs designed to be damaging to cancer cells; unfortunately, these drugs also have some toxicity for healthy cells. Although much less serious than the effects felt by humans, some pets experience side effects such as anemia, reduced resistance to infection, and gastrointestinal upset. Our medical team will help you monitor your pet for these problems. When administering chemotherapy to animals, quality of life is one of our foremost concerns. Our pets must feel healthy and well overall for the chemotherapy to be acceptable to our team and to you. Our goal is for your pet to feel good while undergoing treatment.

Some cancers also respond well to radiation therapy. If your pet's cancer is best treated with radiation, we will give you information about what is involved and help you find a veterinary referral center that does the treatment.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action, please discuss all the relevant factors with our medical team so you can make an informed decision as to what is best for your pet. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, improved quality of life and better outcomes.

Laser Therapy

Reducing pain and promoting healing are two of our medical team's top priorities. To that end, we have invested in a class IV therapeutic laser, which we use on our patients following surgery or an injury and to help manage a range of chronic and acute conditions.

Laser therapy is a painless, FDA-approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body's cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level, as well as decreasing inflammation resulting from surgery, injury or the effects of chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.

During each treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Laser therapy can also accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve circulation and nerve function, reduce scar tissue formation, and help the immune system fend off infection. Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells.

As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicReproductive Medicine

Whether you are an experienced breeder or breeding your pet for the first time, the medical team at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic can help during all phases of the breeding process, from initial planning and consultation all the way through birth and post-natal nursing and management of associated diseases and complications.

We provide the following reproductive medical services for your pet:

  • Brucellosis testing
  • Progesterone level tracking
  • Vaginal cytology
  • Caesarean sections

Our veterinarians also treat other problems that affect your pet's reproductive organs, such as vaginitis, prostate disorders, and mammary disorders.