Health Care Services
Internal Medicine for Valley Village Pets
Despite the very best preventive care, your pet can become sick. This is a stressful event for you and your pet, especially because you can't simply ask your companion what's wrong. You need a skilled veterinarian whom you can trust to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your loyal four-legged companion.
While the focus of our medical practice at Aloro Pet Hospital is your pet's wellness, an important part of our services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems. Our experienced veterinarians, supported by advanced diagnostic technology, are exceptionally skilled at identifying and effectively treating a range of complex internal diseases.
Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats
Allergies are quite common in dogs and cats and if left untreated they can become serious health concerns for your pet. In San Fernando Valley allergies are typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:
-Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears
-Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
-Bumps, crusts or pus-filled vesicles on the skin
-Increased skin pigmentation
-Loss of hair
-Salivary staining (brown color)
If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians at Aloro Pet Hospital. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.
Glaucoma is a common condition for many pets, in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary, or chronic, glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary, or acute, glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation.
Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:
-Redness in the eye
-Tearing or discharge
-Eye sensitivity to light
The veterinary team at Aloro Pet Hospital recommends your pet receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care. The exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet's normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.
This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet remains completely comfortable during the exam.
Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Please don't make the mistake of believing you and your family must live with these problems - or worse, consider giving up your pet.
The experienced, knowledgeable staff at Aloro Pet Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, urine marking, aggression, nipping and biting, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, digging, chewing, and introduction of new pets into the household.
Causes of behavior problems can be environmental, such as a schedule change or introduction of a new baby or pet; learned, as a result of unintentional positive reinforcement; or genetic. Furthermore, any painful disease or condition, or degenerative changes associated with aging, can cause or contribute to behavior problems. Addressing the underlying medical problem or providing pain relief, along with behavior modification techniques, can often resolve some of these problems.
Our assessment begins with your pet's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any medical problems that have been diagnosed will be treated.
Your Pet's Nutrition
Proper nutrition, a balanced diet and fresh, clean water are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable that you control.
Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.
To support your efforts, the doctors at Aloro Pet Hospital perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination, and give recommendations based on what we see. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet. We will also help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.
Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions and may benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.
Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and more. Aloro Pet Hospital carries Hill's, Royal Canin and Purina prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.
The experienced and skilled veterinarians and medical team are here to help your pregnant dog or cat during all phases of the gestation and birth process. We provide the following reproductive medical services for your pet:
-Pregnancy monitoring and evaluation
-Planned Caesarian sections (when appropriate)
-Follow-up nursing care
As a part of the reproductive services offered by the veterinary team at Aloro Pet Hospital your pet can be treated for other problems that affect your treasured companion's reproductive organs, such as vaginitis, prostate disorders and mammary disorders.
Treating Your Pet's Cancer
The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, there is hope if your pet is diagnosed with the disease. New advances in veterinary medicine have made possible much longer lives and greatly improved quality of life. Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult because cancer may not present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If possible, our veterinarians will removal your pet's tumor surgically.
Your pet's cancer, depending on the specific type, may be responsive to chemotherapy, including a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and rarely develop side effects similar to humans. If chemotherapy is recommended, we will be happy to refer to you an experienced oncologist to consult regarding your pet's treatment.
Telemedicine links us to doctors and specialists via phone and computer so we can offer you and your pet access to not just our expertise and experience, but the knowledge of colleagues who enhance our ability to accurately diagnose and treat specific cases. Our veterinarians transmit EKG results and X-rays to specialists for consultation and second opinions in certain cases when needed.
To best meet you and all your pet's needs in San Fernando Valley, the veterinarians at Aloro Pet Hospital refer patients to specialists in certain cases, including specialty surgery, CT scans and MRIs, radioactive iodine treatments, oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology, acupuncture and herbal medicine and emergency care.
If you would like more information about the veterinary health maintenance services Aloro Pet Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Village Valley, please call (818) 766-8197.