We are proud to offer a variety of services
Complimentary Humane Society Exam
One of the most beneficial services we offer is a thorough comprehensive Humane Society exam. This examination is performed by one of our experienced veterinarians. We recommend one annual examination per year for our adult companions. For our senior or compromised companions, we recommend every 6 months to stay on top of any changes. These examinations are essential for your companion and will enable us to diagnose health problems early, making treatment more effective, less involved, and ultimately less costly for you.
It is difficult to see your pet in pain or suffering and not know what’s wrong. Our team provides state of the art in house diagnostics to help us learn what’s wrong and provide an accurate diagnosis. A quicker diagnosis leads to quicker treatment! We do diagnostic testing both in-house and with an outside lab so we can provide results quickly and accurately.
A radiograph (X-ray) is a type of photograph that looks inside the body and reveals information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate your pet’s internal organs like the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as bones. When it comes to accurately diagnose your pet, radiology can be an extremely valuable tool in our diagnostic arsenal.
Digital X-rays are routinely used to diagnose and examine broken bones, obstructions, arthritis, masses, and tumors. We use digital X-rays to also confirm pregnancies or detect ingested objects.
Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (X-rays) and is often used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostics. It allows us to visualize certain organs very thoroughly, including the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, spleen, and intestines. It can also be useful to detect and monitor pregnancy. We work closely with specialists – people who have dedicated their entire lives to imaging – so you get the most out of this fantastic diagnostic tool.
Did you know that your pet can be obese or underweight, and these weight issues can be dangerous to the pet’s health? Here at Renton West Veterinary Hospital, we offer weight management and nutrition services. If you have a dog or cat and are concerned about their weight and nutritional intake we want to help you with professional veterinary care.
“BEG” boutique companies, exotic ingredients or grain-free diets & Heart Disease
In an ongoing investigation conducted by the FDA, a correlation between grain-free dog foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has been found. The study began in November 2018, with an update in February 2019, and the latest update in June 2019. The latest update contained a list of pet food brands that were consumed by patients in the study.
- This study noted a correlation between diet and DCM, not causation
- More than 90% of DCM cases reported were eating grain-free food
- 93% of all reported diets contained peas and/or lentils
- No correlation was found regarding protein source
- General cardiac reports submitted to the FDA that did not have the diagnosis of DCM were not included in the study
- Brands listed in the latest update were associated with 10 or more cases of DCM and may represent a more widely distributed product
- Ingredients were more significant than the brand, and the FDA urges pet owners to work with their veterinarian to find the right food
What To Do:
If your pet is showing signs of early heart disease which can include weakness, shortness of breath, coughing, exercise intolerance, or severe lethargy please give us a call to schedule a comprehensive physical examination with the doctor.
One of the most common weight management issues we treat at our animal hospital is being overweight or obese. When a pet is overfed, fed a diet high in fat, or suffering from lack of activity or exercise, the animal’s weight can creep up. All too often pet owners find this to be a characteristic of their pet and not a health problem.
Unfortunately, pets that are overweight or obese can have just as many health issues as an overweight human. Health issues include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypothyroidism. Obese dogs, in particular, lose mobility, increase the risk of knee and hip issues, increase their risk of cancers, and have a decreased lifespan.
Underweight Pets and Weight Loss
On the other end of the weight management spectrum is weight loss. For pets that lose weight while suffering from lethargy, diarrhea, redness, or hair loss, this combination is a sign of chronic disease. Chronic diseases could be stomach ulcers, diabetes, infected teeth, heart disease, tumors, or neurological disorders. In other words, if your pet is losing weight unexplainably, then it is likely a symptom of a serious health condition.
Improved Pet Nutrition
Treating obesity or weight loss in pets begins with a proper diagnosis and veterinary care. We can help your pet achieve optimal weight through pet nutrition. This typically involves doing a blood screen panel to check for signs of nutritional deficiencies, as well as kidney, bladder, or other organ failures. Our veterinary clinic includes an onsite lab and diagnostic digital imaging to process any medical testing for expedient results.
From there we can provide your pet with a more beneficial diet plan and food source, such as supplements for a pet’s food. If your pet is suffering from a chronic disease, our veterinarians are fully equipped to provide treatment. Whether your pet needs surgery, dental care, or pet boarding, we are available to assist you and your pet.
There are many conditions an animal can be diagnosed with, which require a prescription diet. These can include but are not limited to food allergies, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney & liver disease, lower urinary tract disease, and obesity. We carry a wide variety of these prescription diets from Hill’s, Purina, and Royal Canin. If we do not carry or happen to be out of stock of a prescription diet, we are happy to special order it in for you with a few day’s notice.
Senior Citizen/Military Discount
Discount on veterinary services for senior citizens age 65 and up and for military personnel.
For more details, call us!
We understand the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. We are experienced in small animal surgery, including both routine procedures such as spays, neuters, declaws, dental and growth removals, as well as more extensive soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Our surgical suite is equipped with Isofluorane anesthesia, pulse oximetry, EKG, blood pressure monitoring, a water circulating heating unit, electrocautery, and a CO2 laser.
Any pet undergoing anesthesia are monitored by an experienced veterinary technician. These technicians are trained in veterinary anesthesia as well as other diagnostic, surgery, and dentistry-related skills. They remain with the patient during pre-op, surgery, and recovery, monitoring vital signs and anesthesia planes, and administering any needed medications. Every surgical patient has a multi-modal pain control protocol tailored to their needs.
As a pet owner, you should be examining your pet’s teeth on a regular basis to check for signs of dental disease.
The symptoms of dental disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, inflamed gums
- Discolorations on the teeth and gums
- Discomfort while eating
- Reluctance to eat
- Sores in the mouth
- Loose, chipped, cracked or missing teeth
- Very bad breath
If your pet displays any of the above symptoms, this could be a clear sign that your pet needs to have his or her teeth examined and cleaned.
At Renton West Veterinary Hospital, we offer a range of pet dental care services. Whether you’re seeking dog dental care or cat dental care, we can help. We provide the following services to our patients:
Dental examinations – Routine dental examinations are performed on your annual wellness check-up. These examinations help us determine the state of your pet’s dental health, so we can make recommendations for treatment. If your pet needs to have his or her teeth cleaned, we’ll let you know.
Teeth cleaning – We offer dog teeth cleaning and cat teeth cleaning services to our pet patients to remove plaque and tarter then polish the enamel. For pet patients suffering from dental disease, we recommend tooth cleaning services once per year.
Tooth extractions – Sometimes pets develop infections and dental problems that can require a tooth to be extracted. We can perform tooth extractions skillfully and efficiently.
Pet owner consultations – Many pet owners need guidance regarding pet tooth brushing and pet dental care. We can answer your questions and help you take care of your pet’s teeth. We can also recommend a variety of products to help our clients care for their pet’s teeth at home.
At Renton West Veterinary Hospital, we’re committed to giving every patient the customized, comprehensive care they deserve. Our goal is to spare you and your pets from preventable pain and suffering while enriching your lives with many healthy, happy years together. Preventative care is essential to this mission, and it’s not limited to wellness exams and vaccinations. We also offer products and treatments that prevent parasites from infecting your pets.
Because every patient is unique (and we treat them as such), we can’t predict exactly what products your pets will need until we meet them. Parasite exposure risks depend on species, breed, age, exercise habits, geography, and a variety of other factors. However, we think it’s important for every pet owner to understand the following basics of pet parasite prevention.
Our veterinary hospital is equipped to prevent and treat parasite infestations, but prevention is always better and more effective. We carry a variety of parasite prevention products at our hospital, including prescription and non-prescription products, oral and topical application methods, and preventatives for internal and external parasites.
Here are the most common external parasites for dogs and cats:
- Ear Mites
- Mange Mites
Other parasites actually infest the intestinal system or other major organs. When pets have external parasite infestations, they may accidentally ingest eggs or larvae, causing infestations within their bodies. These internal parasites include:
If your pet already has parasites, they may be suffering in ways you don’t notice yet. If you suspect your dog or cat already has worms, it’s important to seek treatment right away. Symptoms of worms in dogs include coughing, vomiting, appetite loss, weight loss, and low energy levels. Cats don’t always exhibit the same symptoms, but cats may have worms in their stool, and kittens with hookworms may have bloody stool, diarrhea, weakness, and stomach pain.
We also treat flea infestations, ear mites, mange, and other external parasites. Ask your vet about shampoos, and ointments if your pet has external irritation or you’re struggling to eliminate pests from your home.
No pet owner wants to see their dog or cat suffer because parasites have taken over their body. Protect your pets from fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites by making sure they receive consistent doses of preventative products. Each veterinarian at our hospital offers customized parasite prevention for their patients.
Talk to your veterinarian about parasite prevention today. They will consider your pet’s age, health, and lifestyle before recommending the products they need to minimize risks and avoid painful, debilitating infestations later. We encourage you to act quickly to protect your new pets, then keep up with a lifelong schedule of regular parasite prevention.
At Renton West Veterinary Hospital, we treat your whole pet, never just a health condition or symptom. Our comprehensive approach to pet health care includes prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and referrals as needed. We believe in blending state-of-the-art technology and treatment with a personal touch. Every person on our staff is here because he or she has a special bond with animals and is committed to their health and well-being.
Our in-house pharmacy ensures that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications. Your pet receives the right medication, at the right dose, and in the right form as quickly as possible. We will provide detailed instructions on the medication’s use, discuss any side effects or interactions. You can feel confident that all medications we dispense were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under the right conditions.
Many of the diseases and illnesses that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations and annual wellness exams. The Renton West team is here to keep your pet happy and healthy through all stages of their life.
We start your pet’s vaccine schedule from your very first visit and work diligently to make sure they stay up-to-date. Vaccines are special proteins that prime the immune system to fight off specific infections. Vaccines work to reduce the severity of such diseases should they strike or to completely prevent infection.
It’s also important to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm. Fleas and ticks can harbor disease and adversely affect your pet’s health. Heartworm is a dangerous parasite that lives in the heart of dogs and cats, damages the heart muscle, and can be fatal. Monthly medication and annual testing are important to make sure that your pet is protected.
We’ll be there every step of the way.
Similar to specialists in human medicine, veterinary specialists have chosen to continue their medical education after graduation from a four-year accredited institution, in order to focus on a specific area of veterinary medicine. Your primary veterinarian will refer your pet to one of our referral services when a condition is particularly complex, when more than one disease is present, or when advanced technology is needed for treatment or diagnosis. We will work as part of your pet’s medical team, in conjunction with your primary veterinarian, to give your pet the best medical care possible.
Did you know pets can be tissue donors?
Pets can change the lives of animals around the world through the gift of tissue donation. Pets Helping Pets Tissue Donation Program partners with veterinary clinics in the Pacific Northwest, offering owners facing the loss of a pet with comfort knowing that the donation of their pet’s tissues will leave a legacy of healing for animals in need.
Compassionate veterinary care in Renton, WA.
At Renton West Veterinary Hospital in Renton WA, we have assembled an expert team of veterinary professionals to bring you the best possible healthcare for your pet. We have a state of the art veterinary facility which is clean, comfortable, and efficient.