Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Pets that are over 7 years old may begin to need twice a year check-ups. Dr. Haberstroh will help you decide the best examination protocol for your pet. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best:
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services: Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets' complete health care needs. Our facility is a newly renovated, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital with the latest equipment to help treat your best friend. Peninsula Animal Hospital and Orthopedics has complete in-house laboratory testing including a wide variety of blood testing with results that can be ready within minutes if your pet has an urgent medical problem. We are proud to provide the latest radiology equipment that features a direct digital radiology system. This advanced X-ray equipment allows us to obtain more detailed X-rays of your pet with less total X-ray exposure during the procedure. Direct digital radiography also gives us the ability to quickly review our X-ray studies with a board certified veterinary radiologist.
Surgical Services: Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Dr. Haberstroh has 13 years of experience performing orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery. She offers a wide range of orthopedic services including bone plating and intramedullary pinning to repair bone fractures. Dr.Haberstroh has successfully repaired complicated hip joint (acetabulum) fractures using bone plating techniques. A common injury among companion and working/sporting dogs is the rupture of an important knee ligament called the cranial cruciate ligament. Dr.Haberstroh has extensive experience diagnosing and treating this common problem, and offers several surgical techniques to best help your pet according to his/her specific needs. The most advanced surgical repair of a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament is the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement. This surgery uses a special titanium bone plate and spacer to stabilize your pet's knee. Dr.Haberstroh has performed hundreds of cruciate ligament repairs and has been performing the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement for more than three years helping more than 90 patients with this state-of-the-art surgery. In addition to orthopedic surgery, Dr. Haberstroh has a wide range of soft-tissue surgery experience. She routinely performs spleen removals for pets with cancer or hematoma of the spleen. Dr. Haberstroh has helped many patients having a common problem of male cats with life threatening urinary tract blockages. This condition is managed with a surgery called the perineal urethrostomy. Bladder stones are also removable through a surgical technique called a cystotomy. Tumor removal is also available and ranges from basic skin tumor removal to more extensive internal tumor removal. Emergency surgical procedures are also available to correct stomach bloating and twisting (gastric-dilatation-volvulus/GDV), and to remove foreign objects among other conditions that occur suddenly.
Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Prior to going under anesthesia, your pet will be examined to assess his/her anesthesia safety. Dr. Haberstroh will then decide if your pet requires pre-anesthesia diagnostic testing such as blood testing or radiographs to further assess his/her anesthesia risk. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs (electrocardiogram, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate, temperature, and respirations) are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. Our patients are also closely monitored in the post-operative period. We have specially designed recovery cages that can supply oxygen therapy and heated flooring to enhance patients safety in the post-operative period when their oxygen needs and body temperatures are vulnerable to change. If any concerns are discovered or were pre-existing prior to surgery, Dr. Haberstroh will discuss the situation with you prior to the procedure being performed or as it occurs. It is our goal at Peninsula Animal Hospital and Orthopedics to keep you informed about your pet's treatment plan. If you have any concerns about your pet's procedure or illness, please do not hesitate to ask questions. We want you to be comfortable and confident in your pet's care.
Radiology Services: We are proud to offer the latest radiology equipment that features a direct digital radiology system. This advanced X-ray equipment allows us to obtain more detailed X-rays of your pet with less total X-ray exposure during the procedure. Direct digital radiography also gives us the ability to quickly review our X-ray studies with a board certified veterinary radiologist. Except in unusual cases, most pets can have his or her X-rays taken without any sedation. Our experienced veterinary technicians will gently position your pet while he/she lays on top of our new, floating-top X-ray table for this brief procedure. When necessary, some patients may need the help of deep sedation to allow full relaxation of their bodies to aid in the proper positioning for their procedure. Some pets that have painful conditions, such as broken legs, hips, or injured joints may also benefit from deep sedation prior to their X-ray procedure. It is our goal to make your pet's care as gentle and as comfortable as possible.
Electrocardiography Services: We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Dentistry: Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery.
Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology (virus testing including parvovirus and feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus), urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Permanent identification: We now offer microchip identification. A microchip is a small, rice grain-sized bar coded chip that is inserted under your pet's skin at the nape of his/her neck just like when he/she receives a vaccination shot. The microchip syringe needle is a bit larger than the one used to give your pet a vaccination, but most pets tolerate the quick procedure without much problem. Some pets that are more sensitive to pain may require sedation to implant the microchip. This is unusual, and the vast majority of pets tolerate the quick pinch that is experienced with the microchip implantation with gentle restraint from our experienced technicians and doctor. Once implanted the microchip is then registered, with your completion of an easy application form, through a company that stores/registers your pet's unique bar code found within the microchip. This unique bar code will then identify your pet permanently and let anyone who scans his/her bar code know that he/she belongs to you so that you may contacted for your pet's safe return and identification.
Pharmacy: We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets. Peninsula Animal Hospital and Orthopedics is proud to offer a convenient on-line pharmacy and prescription pet food ordering system that will allow you to receive refills of your pet's medications and special food delivered directly to your home. (See button on home page for VetCentric.com)
Individualized Flea Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
Dietary Counseling: We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.
Behavioral Counseling: We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.
Emergency Care: Please call our main telephone number (302) 846-9011 for instructions for after-hour emergencies. Emergency calls will be forwarded to Dr. Haberstroh after hours. Dr. Haberstroh is available to discuss your pet's emergency over the phone and will determine how to best care for your pet during his/her emergency problem.
Typical problems that require after-hours assistance include:
Breathing problems (labored breathing, persistent coughing or wheezing, severe congestion/nasal discharge)
Extreme weakness (pet is unable to rise, walk, staggers, is not able to lift head or move)
Allergic reaction (swollen face/eyes/nose; hives; welts; severe itching that came on suddenly)...this sometimes can progress to difficulty breathing if the throat swells and narrows.
Persistent Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite associated with weakness and inactivity.
Known poison exposure (antifreeze, rat poison, accidental human medication ingestion, accidental illegal drug exposure, chemicals/pesticides, poisonous plants, noxious fumes, smoke inhalation)
Seizures/convulsions: A pet that has a seizure lasting more than 2 minutes or having multiple, brief convulsions is an emergency.
Severe ear pain...very red ears with severe pain (biting when you try to touch ears, foul odor with large amounts of discharge in ear canal)
Orthopedic emergencies: Sudden accident/trauma and now pet is not bearing weight on his/her leg, constant whining and pain of a leg.
Urinary Problems; Straining to urinate without the production of any urine. Severe pain associated with attempting to urinate. Blood visible in urine. Attempting to urinate without production of urine can quickly become life threatening. Young, male cats are especially at risk for complete urinary blockages. If your male cat has been straining to urinate and is crying while in the litter box and becomes lethargic call promptly....this is an emergency.
Reproductive Emergencies: Difficult labor. If your dog or cat has been having strong contractions for more than 30 minutes without the production of a puppy or kitten, if there is bloody discharge visible from the vulva, if there have been weak contractions for more than an hour without the production of a puppy or kitten, if there is difficulty birthing a puppy or kitten and assistance is needed during the birth, or if there is a problem with the newborns or the mother please call for advice.
Any problem that is unusual and worrisome to you, and not ordinary behavior for your pet which concerns you after hours is considered an emergency. Please call Dr. Haberstroh for advice.