Health Maintenance Services

Health Maintenance Services of Pennington Animal HospitalA Personalized Approach
to Veterinary Care

Pennington Animal Hospital is a full-service, state-of-the-art animal hospital staffed by a skilled and caring veterinary team. Beyond our comprehensive wellness services, we offer treatment for glaucoma, allergies and skin problems and cancer, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, behavior counseling and more.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to high-quality pet care based on your pet's age, breed, lifestyle and medical history. At Pennington Animal Hospital, your pet receives the best care available in a professional and loving environment. As a part of our commitment to you and your pet, we are also here to address any concerns you may have.

Internal Medicine
for Your Huntsville Pet

Despite the very best preventive care, your pet can become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for both 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 pet.

While the focus of our medical practice at Pennington Animal 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. Dr. Harry Pennington and Dr. Wendy Pennington, supported by Pennington Animal Hospital's advanced diagnostic technology, have expertise in diagnosing and treating many complex internal medicine cases.

Dr. Wendy Pennington is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and has a special interest in all aspects of Internal Medicine with a feline focus. The AAFP has recognized Pennington Animal Hospital as a "silver level" cat-friendly practice, which means our animal hospital meets the essential criteria established by their Cat Friendly Practice initiative.

Health Maintenance Services of Pennington Animal HospitalAllergies and Dermatology

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

These problems can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet into Pennington Animal Hospital for an evaluation. If left untreated, these problems can become severe medical concerns.

Dr. Harry Pennington and Dr. Wendy Pennington take the time to explain your pet's condition, and the proper method of treatment, and how to prevent future occurrences.

Health Maintenance Services of Pennington Animal HospitalGlaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside your pet's 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
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

The veterinarians at Pennington Animal Hospital recommend that 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.

Your Pet's Nutrition

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with 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 source, 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 Pennington Animal Hospital perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination and give recommendations based on what they see. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs and feeding strategies as well as help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choice for your pet.

Health Maintenance Services of Pennington Animal HospitalPrescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that 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. Pennington Animal Hospital carries a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products, including prescription diets from Hills, Royal Canin and Purina. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

Behavior Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. If your pet is exhibiting unwanted and troubling behaviors, we can help. Pennington Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for many problems, including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking 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 diagnosed medical problems will be treated. We then work closely with you to develop a plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior.

Health Maintenance Services of Pennington Animal HospitalTreating Your Pet's Cancer

The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine, many pets are living longer with a 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, we will removal your pet's tumor surgically.

Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and only in rare instances develop side effects similar to humans. If additional treatment beyond surgery is recommended, we will refer you to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine or Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners.

Referrals

In some cases, it is in the best interest of your pet to seek care outside of our practice. As a part of our commitment to make sure you have access to all the medical services your pet needs, our experienced veterinary team refers to Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Animal Allergy and Dermatology and Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine depending on the treatment required.

If you would like more information about the Madison County pet health services that Pennington Animal Hospital in Huntsville offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment, please call 256.883.4148.

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