Veterinary Care Services

Our veterinarians are available to examine, diagnose, and treat a wide array of problems for many pets. See our service options below.

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Our veterinarians, technicians, and staff are available during business hours to help you get your pet the medical attention it needs. We can accommodate same-day appointments in most cases, depending on the urgency of the situation. Our family of seasoned staff are here to help.

For after hours care, please contact the Fredricksburg Regional Emergency and Referral Center to get directed to the nearest available animal care center.

If your pet has ingested something that is potentially poisonous, call the 24/7 Animal Poison Control number – (888) 426-4435

Consider the Symptoms

If you suspect your pet is undergoing an emergency, consider their visible symptoms.

Observe:  Is your pet acting unusual, or doing something out of the ordinary?

Orient:  Focus in on the primary symptom(s)

Decide:  Contact us or an emergency clinic for assistance!

Act:  After speaking with our staff, follow our timely triage process and recommendations to get your pet the care it needs.

If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms from this list, they should be treated immediately.

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Loss of consciousness or Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Inability to urinate or defecate

In some cases, it may be recommended that your pet is transferred to an emergency center based on the severity of their condition.  No matter what, we can assist you in getting the proper care for your pet.

 

Veterinary Care for Dogs and Cats

Annual Physical Exams, Checkups, Vaccines, and Preventive Wellness Care

Preventive Wellness Care

Keep your pet in peak health with our health screenings for cats and dogs. Every animal is different, and your cat or dog’s visit will be tailored to suit its lifestyle, health history, and any special needs. Screenings may include a physical examination, tests, and relevant vaccines. Also, our veterinarians and technicians will provide you with nutritional and behavioral advice.

For Canines, or Dogs

Puppies

Your puppy will receive a series of vaccinations every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. At each visit a physical examination, fecal examination, and vaccines specific to your puppy/kitten’s lifestyle will be given. Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention will started on your first visit. Deworming may be recommended. Please remember to bring a fresh stool sample and any medical history/previous vaccinations to your visit.

Adult Dogs

Adult dogs need annual wellness exams in order to stay healthy. During each checkup, Gayton Animal Hospital’s veterinarians will determine your dog’s health status by talking to you about its nutrition and lifestyle, as well as through physical and dental examinations. Based on what our vets find, they will update your pet’s vaccines, recommend any relevant treatments, and provide you with all the care and nutrition you need to keep your best friend healthy for another year.

Senior Dogs

Dogs age much faster than humans, and as they become senior citizens they need special care. We recommend you bring dogs older than 7 years in for semi-annual checkups. In addition to the regular tests, vaccines, and caregiving, our veterinarians will evaluate your dog’s organ functions to identify all age-related changes going on internally.

For Felines, or Cats

Kitten

Your kitten will receive a series of vaccinations every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. At each visit a physical examination, fecal examination, and vaccines specific to your puppy/kitten’s lifestyle will be given. Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention will start at your first visit. Deworming may be recommended. Please remember to bring a fresh stool sample and any medical history/previous vaccinations to your visit.

Adult Cats

Adult cats need annual wellness exams in order to stay healthy. During each checkup, Gayton Animal Hospital’s veterinarians will determine your dog’s health status by talking to you about its nutrition and lifestyle, as well as through physical and dental examinations. Based on what our vets find, they will update your pet’s vaccines, recommend any relevant treatments, and provide you with all the care and nutrition you need to keep your best friend healthy for another year.

Senior Cats

Cats age at a much faster rate than humans. Feline senior citizens (10 years+) should visit the veterinarian twice a year, to ensure their organ functions are working well.
Contact us to schedule a wellness visit with one of our veterinary professionals.

Veterinary Care for Small Mammals

We provide veterinary care to small mammals, or “pocket pets”, too!

Small Mammals

Gayton Animal Hospital treats and can provide expert advice for the following pets:

  • Small rodents, like mice and rats
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Gerbils
  • Chinchillas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Ferrets
  • Sugar gliders.

Our care options vary depending on the species, but we ensure each client receives attention that is appropriate for its nutrition, lifestyle, age, and special needs. Please contact us to discuss the right options for your pet.

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Surgical & Specialty Procedures

Whether your cat needs its teeth cleaned, your puppy is ready to be spayed, or your pet needs special care beyond regular wellness checks, Gayton Animal Hospital has you covered. As a full-service veterinary clinic, we are equipped for nearly any surgical, medical, or dental need. We also have state-of-the-art imaging technology to help us discover, diagnose, and understand more complex conditions during the triage process.

If your pet’s medical care requires it to spend the night, you can rest easy! Gayton Animal Hospital’s pet boarding is comfortable, quiet, and cozy, for those pets that need extra recovery time or extended monitoring.

Pet Laser Surgery

Our modern surgical suite is available to meet most of our patients’ surgical needs. We routinely perform spay and neuter procedures on cats, dogs, and several exotic mammal species. Our surgical services include but are not limited to: growth removal, ocular (eye) surgeries, foreign body removal, wound closure, and hematoma surgeries.

Pet Dentistry

Regular dental care is a smart pet care investment. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by 3 years of age. These diseases can be life-threatening, expensive to treat, and can lead to worse health problems down the line. Gayton Animal Hospital offers comprehensive oral assessments and treatments. Including:

  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Polishing
  • Tooth extractions, if needed

 

Dermatology

Sometimes an itch is more than an itch! If your pet is excessively scratching themselves, they may have fleas, scabies, lice, allergies, or even cellular diseases or immune disorders. Gayton Animal Hospital can diagnose the cause of your pet’s itching and develop a treatment plan to suit. Schedule an appointment if your pet is scratching excessively or losing tufts of hair.

Cardiac Diagnostics

Heart disease can be life-threatening to your pet. Gayton Animal Hospital has the equipment and expertise to help. We use electrocardiogram, chest radiographs (X-rays) and ultrasound to determine the full extent of cardiac disease. Schedule an appointment to today if your pet is lethargic, has difficulty breathing, or is showing any strange behavioral changes.

Digital Radiology (X-Ray)

Gayton Animal Hospital uses x-rays and other technologies to view bones, joints, organs, and other important internal structures. We are also PennHip Certified to help in the evaluation of your pet’s hips (for Hip Dysplasia). Schedule an appointment today if your pet is suffering from a mysterious limp, belly whimper, or any other invisible conditions.

Ultrasound Imaging

Digital Ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive procedure used to painlessly visualize many internal organs, to capture their size, internal structure, and identify potential abnormalities—like tumors. The digital ultrasound is not a replacement for X-rays and radiography, but rather complements the information obtained by the other imaging methods to assist our veterinarians in their diagnoses.

Laser Therapy

Is your cat having a hard time recovering from surgery? Does your dog have arthritis? Zap the pain away with laser therapy! Gayton Animal Hospital uses a state-of-the-art Companion Therapy Laser, a proven way to alleviate your pet’s pain from these, and many other acute or chronic conditions. Contact us to learn more!

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