Additional Services

Diagnostics

Alta Rancho Pet & Bird Hospital is a full service veterinary facility with high tech diagnostic imaging capabilities available for pets in Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Claremont, Fontana, and the entire Inland Empire. The combination of the different diagnostic modalities available to us here, allow for prompt and accurate diagnosis of your pets medical problem without leaving Rancho Cucamonga.

Radiology

We have a cutting edge 600 milli-ampere digital X-ray machine that is capable of taking radiographs of even the largest dog with a minimum of radiation exposure. Being digital, images are available in seconds and can be viewed throughout the hospital.

Ultrasound

When we need more detailed information about particular organ systems we turn to our Diagnostic Ultrasound machine. This machine allows us to detect abnormalities inside soft tissue organs such as the liver, kidneys, bladder, intestines and spleen. Ultrasound is also invaluable for the diagnosis of heart problems, as this modality allows us to measure not only the shape, but the function of the heart muscle.

Ultrasound can also be used to help obtain Ultrasound also helps us obtain biopsies of diseased tissue. With ultrasound guidance, we can be certain that our biopsy instrument is located in the appropriate place and is not causing any damage to nearby tissues.

Videoscoping

We have two video-arthroscopes that are used to visualize areas of the body normally inaccessible to us. We routinely use these scopes during physical exams to examine the inner recesses of the ear canals. They are also used to look down the trachea, as well as in the vagina and rectum. With the aid of working sheaths, we can use these instruments to guide biopsy instruments when we are trying to obtain samples for analysis.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Just about everyone has heard of MRI imaging. This technology (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is routinely used for humans when doctors need the most detailed information about the deep recesses of the body. It is particularly helpful in locating lesions within the central nervous system. With the aid of MRI imaging, we can locate ruptured inter-vertebral disks or tumors in the spinal canal or skull and direct our surgeons to the appropriate location for excision of the problem.

We now have the availability of doing MRI scans right here at our facility in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. A mobile MRI scanner can be brought to our parking lot and our patients are anesthetized and scanned without the need for travel to a referral center. Call (909) 980-3575 for more information.


Microchipping

At Alta Rancho Pet & Bird Hospital, we’re concerned about the millions of pets that go missing each year. If your pet runs away or gets stolen, there’s only one way for shelters and law enforcement to identify it and get it back to you. Pet microchipping in Rancho Cucamonga is like an insurance policy on your dog or cat, allowing others to help it get home when it’s lost. It’s a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes, but one that can save endless hours of worry about your furry family member.

Our Veterinarian in Rancho Cucamonga Supports Pet Microchipping

A microchip is a permanent way to identify your pet. The process is safe and only takes a few moments, and it lasts for the life of your dog or cat. Our veterinarian in Rancho Cucamonga recommends that all pets be microchipped during their first year of age.

The process of microchipping is very simple. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. Our veterinarian injects the microchip beneath your pet’s skin. It’s very similar to vaccinating your pet, and it shouldn’t create any more reaction than drawing blood would. The injection site may be sore for a few hours, but your pet shouldn’t notice the microchip at all after that short amount of time.

Rancho Cucamonga Veterinarian Explains How Microchipping Works

Once a microchip is injected into your pet, our Rancho Cucamonga veterinarian will help you to upload your contact information onto the database. It’s important that you keep this information up to date.

There’s no energy source in a microchip, but just a passive display like the page in a digital book. Once someone passes a scanner over a microchip, the contact information connected to it will pop up on a display on a computer. This unique ID number will positively identify your dog or cat.

If your pet gets lost and is turned into an animal shelter, or if it’s stolen and recovered by the police or animal control, the people in charge will use the scanner to look for a microchip. Once they find your contact information, it will be used to reunite you with your pet. In Rancho Cucamonga pet microchipping is fast becoming a standard part of first-year puppy wellness exams, just like vaccinations.

Schedule a Microchipping Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Rancho Cucamonga

If you have any more questions about pet microchipping, or if you’re simply looking for a professional, caring vet in Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Rancho Pet & Bird Hospital can be the answer to all your animal care questions. Call our office at (909) 980-3575 and make an appointment today.


Nutritional Counseling

Nutrition is one of the most important factors in maintaining good health for the pets in Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Claremont, Fontana, and the Inland Empire. Proper nutrients are necessary for every organ system in the body to function properly. Nutritional deficiencies as well as excesses are a major problem in veterinary medicine.

Did you know:

  • Over 60% of the pets we see over the age of 3 are overweight?
  • Maintaining a pet at his/her ideal body weight can improve life expectancy by up to 20%? That means a 10 year old fit dog could live an extra 2 years at the right weight!
  • Most skin problems have a nutritional component to them?
  • Pets can become hypersensitive (allergic) to feeds with too much waste product or additives?
  • Many gastrointestinal disturbances can be linked in inappropriate diet?
  • Nutritional issues are the number one cause of medical problems in captive birds and reptiles?

When we examine your pet, we will evaluate their nutritional status and make specific recommendations regarding proper nutrition for your pet. We have a variety of prescription diets for each life stage and medical condition that we may be faced with.

When we start your pet on a nutrition program, we continue to counsel you on a continuing basis. We encourage monthly counseling sessions with our trained nutritional counselors. They can help your pet achieve their ideal weight and condition. In addition, We have a number of aides available for you to help you keep the nutritional goals in the forefront of your mind.

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