Whether your pet is sick or needs ongoing monitoring for preventative purposes, you want to have answers quickly. That’s why Rockford Animal Hospital has the most common laboratory testing services right at our hospital: Routine Blood and Urine tests, Heartworm//Tick Borne Disease testing, Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV) & Feline Immunosuppressive virus (FIV) tests, Skin/Ear Debris evaluation for mites/bacteria/yeast infection. This allows us to make the correct treatment decisions in just a few minutes. Also, through a partnership with Idexx laboratories, we can provide more complicated and unique testing with results often available within 24 hours. If you have questions about what tests are recommended for your pet’s individual health needs, please call us at 866-9589.
End Of Life Care
The decision to euthanize a pet may be one of the most difficult choices you will ever make for them. Although it is a personal decision, it doesn’t need to be a solitary one. Along with your family and friends, our veterinary team at Rockford Animal Hospital can help you decide if this decision is the right one for your pet.
If your pet is in extreme pain, won’t eat/drink, can’t walk, isn’t eliminating in the proper location or is exhibiting behavior that is a danger to themselves or others and there is nothing that can be reasonably done to change these circumstances, then it may be the kindest choice to end their suffering.
If a humane death (euthanasia) is best for your pet, then you have choices as to how this is performed. You can choose to do this at home or at our hospital. If you bring your cat or dog to our hospital, we have a special place that is quiet and comfortable, where you can be with your pet during the procedure if you choose to do so. Once your pet has passed, you can take them home for burial or we can help you make arrangements for cremation &/or burial at Noah’s Gardens, a local pet cemetery.
Click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions about euthanasia.
For information about grieving a pet’s death and connecting with a pet loss support group, click here.
When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use digital x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.
To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In most cases, we will sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia.
If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.