Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of a physical examination at least annually and recommend an exam every six months as your pet ages. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help prevent, alleviate or slow the progression of serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best:
Preventative Healthcare: The Wright Animal Clinic promotes regular wellness exams: For pets under 5 years of age we like to perform a thorough physical exam at least once every year; for older pets we recommend a full physical exam every 6 months. Our pets age much faster than we do--in fact, for every year of their lives they age an average of 3-7 equivalent human years! So, having a complete physical exam performed every 6 months after the age of 5 years is similar to you having a complete physical every one to three years.
Vaccination: Vaccination of our pets has been a much discussed topic in veterinary medicine in recent years. It is not that they aren't needed: On the contrary, vaccinations have virtually eliminated certain diseases in our properly-vaccinated pet populations that often were fatal, such as canine distemper and canine parvovirus. They are certainly necessary to the good health of our pets. The discussion of late has centered on the frequency of administering certain vaccines and the potential risk of exposure faced by an individual pet. At The Wright Animal Clinic, we will ask many questions about your pet's lifestyle including home environment, access to water/swimming, travel locations, boarding, grooming, use of dog parks, obedience class attendance, etc. to develop an individualized vaccine protocol for your pet. In general, we follow AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) recommended vaccination guidelines for dogs and cats.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services: Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pet's complete health care needs.
Surgical Services: Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures.
Dentistry: Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery.
Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using new, modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. This includes blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, capnography, temperature, and ECG (heart monitoring).
Imaging Services: Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment and film processing provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. We offer on-site ultrasound and echocardiogram services. We can refer locally to board-certified radiologists as needed. Richmond now has magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) available to companion animals locally through veterinarian referral!
Internal medicine consults: We offer in-hospital ultrasounds and echocardiograms performed by a local mobile veterinary ultrasonographer and referrals to Board-certified Specialists when more complex diagnostics (eg., CT scans, MRIs) and/or expertise is required. Richmond now has magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) available locally to companion animals through veterinarian referral!
Electrocardiography Services: We provide ECG services and blood pressure monitoring on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Ophthalmology: We utilize a tonometer specifically designed for veterinary medicine for measuring intraocular pressure--a diagnostic used most importantly in early glaucoma detection. Complex eye diseases will be referred to a local Board-certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist.
Laboratory: We utilize commercial and university veterinary laboratories for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis, parasite testing, specialized diagnostics and consultations. Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for hematology, limited serum chemistry, cytology, urinalysis and parasite testing.
Permanent identification: We offer Datamars (PetLink) microchip implants with lifetime registration.
Pharmacy: We maintain an extensive inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry many of the most frequently recommended prescription diets. We recommend Hill's Science Diet, Purina, and Royal Canin prescription diets. If we do not currently keep your pet's prescription food in stock we will be happy to order it for you.
Individualized Flea Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
Dietary Counseling: We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance, weight loss, and performance.
Geriatrics: Our practice focuses on wellness and preventive medicine throughout your pet's life. As he or she ages, we will recommend twice-yearly physical exams and annual blood work-ups at a minimum for early identification of disease. Just as in human medicine, early diagnosis usually gives us more time and options to cure, control, or at least slow the progression of disease. Regular check-ups also allow our doctor to make therapeutic recommendations at the first signs of arthritis, senility or glaucoma.
Behavioral Counseling: We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression. When needed, we will refer you to local certified animal behaviorists or trainers.
Boarding/Daycare: We provide pet day-boarding, daycare, overnight and weekend boarding as a service to our clients. All boarders receive personal attention from our caring staff. Dogs are walked three or more times daily Monday through Saturday and twice daily on Sundays. Pets may be dropped off and picked up during regular business hours Monday through Saturday. Please note: Pets boarded overnight will be unattended after the clinic closes for the day until it re-opens the following morning.
Drop-off Service: For those clients whose schedules preclude accompanying their pet to the vet, we offer hospital admission for patients as early as 8 am each week day morning. Our doctor will examine your pet during the day as her schedule permits and call you and/or speak with you at evening discharge regarding her findings. This service is not recommended for first-time visits as we like to have you present with your pet during our first exam to obtain a complete medical history.
Chesterfield Dog Licensing Substation: The Wright Animal Clinic is authorized by the County of Chesterfield to issue dog licenses for dogs residing in the County. A current Rabies Certificate and proof of Spay/Neuter status is required for issuance of a license. The Lifetime License Fees are $10.00 for all dogs.
Emergency Care: If you have an after-hours emergency we recommend the Virginia Veterinary Center-South located at 2460 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, (804)744-9800 or Animal Medical Center at 13821 Fribble Way, Midlothian, (804) 639-3900.