Medical Care

Animal Hospital of West Chester is a friendly, full service veterinary hospital treating all types of cats and dogs. We specialize in providing the best possible care regarding every aspect of your pet’s life.  We strive to become a partner in your pet’s health to help them thrive through all stages of life. Some of our services include:

  • Wellness examinations
  • In-house lab for same day results
  • Emergency and critical care medicine
  • Digital X-rays
  • Therapy laser
  • Second Opinion Consultations
  • Blood pressure
  • Eye pressure
  • EKG
  • Overnight Hospitalization
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Behavioral Consultations
  • New Pet Consultations
  • Ultrasound
  • Senior Wellness Examinations
  • Geriatric Care
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hospice Care
  • Nutrition Consultations
  • Vaccine Titers

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do you recommend for after hours emergencies?

We are fortunate to live in an area with several after hour facilities. Our first recommendation would be MedVet of Cincinnati on Red Bank Expressway. 513-561-0069. They are open 24 hours. www.medvetohio.com.

What do I do if my pet ingests something poisonous?

As soon as you realize your pet may have ingested something toxic, you must contact us right away. If the hospital is closed, contact MedVet Emergency Clinic at 513-561-0069.

The key to successful treatment is early detection and treatment initiation. When in doubt-treat for it!

**The majority of toxins cause harm over time giving you the false impression that your pet is “fine” when they are not. The toxic effects are not always reversible, however the majority of them are treatable if caught early enough.

To research the possible exposure. Go to the ASPCA Poison Control website:   http://www.aspca.org/Home/Pet-care/poison-control.aspxp

Where should I buy my pet food?

The best pet foods are only sold by pet food stores such as PetCo or PetSmart. Grocery store pet foods are less expensive but are not ideal to maintain your pet’s optimal health. To save you money, grocery store foods use low quality ingredients, excessive processing, excessive amounts of grains and preservatives. Grocery store pet food is similar to us eating processed and/or fast food every day. High quality pet store diets are comparable to us eating home cooked meals every day. We must consider the health benefits of the diet rather than the convenience and cost.

We highly recommend the following brands: Prairie, Wellness, Evo, and Blue Buffalo.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards including; Debit cards, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. In addition, we accept Care Credit (Apply Online) for Veterinary services only.

We no longer accept checks.

What payment plans do you have?

If you are in need of a payment plan for your pet’s veterinary services we highly recommend and accept CareCredit. CareCredit is a credit card (GE Capital) only accepted and used for medical expenses. (Dentists, surgeons, hospitals, and some veterinarians accept this card.) CareCredit will provide you 6 months to pay off the charges interest free. You can apply for CareCredit online at home or in our hospital. If you have concerns regarding your applications acceptance, consider asking a family member or friend.

To apply for CareCredit; go to www.carecredit.com. CareCredit is an affordable way to make monthly payments over 6 months without interest.

Not only can you use CareCredit for routine check-ups for your pet but it’s a good idea to have CareCredit on hand for an emergency or unplanned care.

Will your doctors sign online pharmacy FAXED prescriptions?

If you would like to have a prescription filled through an online pharmacy please call the clinic to request a written prescription. Once the prescription is authorized by the doctor it will be waiting for you at the front desk. For your pet’s safety, we keep a copy of all prescriptions as we have had multiple health related issues due to poor pharmacy regulations and mistakes.

What is your policy regarding Online Prescription Sales?

We’ve all seen the commercials expressing how easy and inexpensive it is to purchase your medications from the internet pharmacies. However, not all pharmacies are the same.

The drug manufacturers only guarantee their products if they are purchased through veterinarians. This is to ensure an established client/patient/doctor relationship, which is required by law. This is to minimize and avoid any unnecessary complications regarding medications. Remember your veterinarian is prescribing medication based on physical health findings and current medical conditions. Your veterinarian is aware of all medications your pet is currently taking, and is experienced with possible complications or side effects of the prescription. Who will you call with questions regarding the medications? Human pharmacists do not understand veterinary pharmacology and are unable to answer any questions regarding the medication.

Remember one thing; the farther from the manufacturer you purchase the medications the more you should be concerned about product safety. Many online pharmacies are just 5th party distributors. Counterfeit medications do exist.

Why does my pet need an examination to receive vaccinations?

Surprisingly, vaccines are not always lifesaving. Vaccinations occasionally become life-threatening. To minimize potential complications from vaccines, we only vaccinate healthy patients after a thorough examination.

THE most important aspect of a thorough pet wellness preventive plan is the examination. When cost is a factor, we will always split the vaccines and tests so that the expense is divided over a 3 month time frame.

My pet had a vaccine reaction in the past, who do you recommend?

Once a patient has had an adverse health reaction to a vaccination, it should not be repeated. There are medications to give prior to vaccinating to diminish a reaction, however it is not advised. We highly recommend discontinuing the vaccine for life and submitting vaccine titers.

What are vaccine titers?

A vaccine titer is a blood test that determines the presence of antibodies that develop in response to a vaccine. Testing vaccine titers is done through a blood test that can identify the presence of antibodies. If the antibody levels are satisfactory, the pet is considered to have protective antibody and is considered to be sufficiently immune to the disease. The pet does not need a booster vaccine if he/she has adequate levels of vaccine titers.