Welcome to the Delmar Animal Hospital. Our goal is to treat each pet and their owner as we would want to be treated. We are here to provide personalized and preventative medical, surgical and dental care for your dog and cat. Our aim is to be there to guide and advise you through all aspects of your pet’s life: growth, behavior, nutrition, exercise, health maintenance, acute or chronic disease, aging and death.
In addition to offering lifelong preventive health care, we have a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for our sick pet. If your pet’s problem requires knowledge or diagnostics beyond our expertise, we routinely arrange for consultation or referral to appropriate specialists.
The backbone of well-care is the physical exam. Annual physical exams are important because dogs and cats do not tend to communicate problems to us. Also, every year of a pet's life is equal to 5-7 years for their owners. A thorough nose-to-tail examination allows the veterinarian to find problems that even the most caring owner may be unaware of.
Preventative care encompasses all aspects of your pet’s well-being. Nutrition and exercise are paramount in the well-being of all creatures! Proper vaccination for your pet’s risk factors can prevent deadly diseases. We are proud of our history of 3-year vaccines (see Our History on Dr. Vaughn's career)! Prevention of internal parasites (heartworms, intestinal worms) and external parasites (fleas, ticks) are important to your pet’s health and comfort, and your family's health as well.
Our in-house laboratory enables us to do a wide range of diagnostic testing for monitoring and diagnosing your pet’s health with results often available within hours.
Additional diagnostic aids available include radiology (x-rays), limited ultrasound, EKG and Doppler blood pressure monitoring.
Hospitalized patients are housed in individual cages or runs with comfortable bedding. Cats are housed in a separate ward from dogs to decrease their stress levels. Each patient is examined daily by a veterinarian and monitored during the day by our trained kennel staff.
Nursing care available includes:
Medical care boarding and medically necessary grooming and bathing are available to our patients.
We perform a wide range of surgeries including, but not limited to:
We utilize the safest, modern anesthetic agents with multiparameter monitoring by the surgical team and state of the art monitoring equipment. Appropriate pain medication and warming beds are used to keep our surgical patients as stable and comfortable as possible. Electrocautery or cryosurgical units are utilized when appropriate.
All surgery patients are admitted and discharged by appointment with a veterinarian, so that we can answer any questions or conerns you may have about the procedure.
What happens when you bring your pet in for surgery?.....
Good oral hygiene is very important for your pet's health and well being. While bad breath and trouble chewing food and treats can be a sign of dental problems, many pets show no signs, while suffering from potentially severe dental disease.
Daily tooth brushing is ideal for keeping your pet's teeth in good shape, however many pets will not tolerate it. Most pets will eventually develop tartar and gingivitis, requiring a dental cleaning. A comprehensive dental cleaning is done as an out-patient, anesthetic procedure, allowing you to drop your pet off in the morning and get them back home later in the day.
Our comprehensive dental cleaning includes:
Our Dentalaire high speed drill allows safe removal of any diseased teeth with minimal trauma to your pet.
We suggest you visit Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) for diets and treats that promote stronger teeth and better breath.
Our pharmacy includes a complete inventory of medications, nutriceuticals, shampoos, and paracitides including heartworm, flea and tick products. We carry Royal Canin, Purina and Hills Science Diet prescription diets.
Our technician, Kathy, has completed training in pet massage. She offers pet massage for dogs.
Euthanasia is never an easy decision for any pet owner. Our veterinarians will help you decide when the time is right for both you and your pet and then guide you through process. We always give clients the option of staying with their pet during the procedure or saying their goodbyes and leaving beforehand.
We have our own crematory on the premises. Your pet’s cremation is handled in a caring and professional manner by Dr. Stuart Lyman. We offer a private cremation which allows us to return your pet’s remains to you for subsequent burial or scattering.
Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin shares her veterinary expertise with local wildlife rehabilitators to the benefit of our diverse wildlife population. Birds of prey and other wildlife are vulnerable to injury, often by cars because they fly over or sit on or near roadside. Some injuries require nursing care, others major orthopedic surgery to return the patient to full health needed to be returned to the wild. Sadly, not all patients can be fully healed. But most of these patients have been returned to the wild with Dr. O’Loughlin’s skill and the tender, loving, constant attention of caring wildlife rehabilitators.
Dr. O’Loughlin has volunteered many days and over $10,000 worth of veterinary care for wildlife patients.
What do you do if you find injured wildlife?.....