Our Services

"We care for your pets as if they were our own"

Our boarding facility is a comfortable home away from home for your pet. Our facility is climate controlled and veterinarian supervised. You are able to pick up and drop off your pet during our convenient business hours. Your boarding stay includes:

  • Four daily walks
  • Play Time
  • Hill's Science Diet food is provided but if you do not feed this food, please bring yours along!
  • Comfortable Bedding and.....
  • Lots of Love and Attention!!

Feel free to bring anything your pet might enjoy from home. Having familiar treats and toys from home can help a pet feel more comfortable in a new place. We will also administer any medication your pet might need during his/her stay. Please note, injectable medication requires an additional administration fee.

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Boarding Requirements:

Current on the following vaccines:

  • Distemper
  • Rabies (1yr or 3yr)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) **Dogs only**
  • Negative Fecal sample within the last 12 months

Additional Services offered:

  • Baths
  • Nail Trims
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Dentistry:

As humans, we know how very important it is to maintain good oral hygiene. We visit our dentist twice a year, brush our teeth 3 times a day, floss regularly, and use mouth wash. It is a lot to do and remember but it soon becomes a habit to us. These same habits that we form for ourselves also need to be incorporated into our pet’s lives. Both cats and dogs form tarter on their teeth in the same way that we form tartar on our teeth. If we did not maintain our oral hygiene, we would start noticing inflamed or swollen gums, bad breath, tooth decay, bone loss, discomfort in our mouths, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and damage to our vital organs as they work harder to filter the bacteria we swallow from our mouths. This same process applies to our four - legged friends as well.

Genoa Animal Hospital offers a dental program that teaches you how to maintain the oral health of your pet. We teach you the basics such as how to brush the teeth, which foods to feed and alternative methods of oral hygiene. Since our pets age 6 - 7 times faster than we do, the importance of a good oral hygiene program for our pets is magnified. When significant amounts of tarter are left untreated a professional dental cleaning is required.

Usually when we visit our dentist, it is a quick procedure. A 30 minute to an hour cleaning is all it takes. This is because we can sit still and work with the dentist. Our pets unfortunately are not as still during their cleanings. Therefore, we sedate and intubate all pets for dental cleanings. This is also done to eliminate our patients from swallowing the bacteria that has just been removed from their teeth. Our dental cleanings also include an exam, blood work, IV, anesthesia, injectable medications, heart monitoring, nail trim, and post surgery hospital care. Patients go home that same afternoon or evening with a nurse consultation and training session on home care.

We use a grading scale that helps us evaluate the hygienic status of your pet’s mouth. The grading scale has four levels:

Grade Zero: No Tartar and No Gingivitis

Routine cleanings and/or home care can maintain this grade.

Grade One: Mild Tartar with or without Mild Gingivitis

Gums may appear inflamed and swollen. There is a small amount of tartar on the teeth. Routine dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment of the teeth can reverse this grade.

Grade Two: Moderate Tartar with Mild to Moderate Gingivitis

Gums appear inflamed. The mouth becomes painful and bad breath begins. There is a moderate amount of tartar on the teeth. Professional dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment of the teeth can reverse this grade.

Grade Three: Severe Tartar with Moderate to Severe Gingivitis and possible Periodontal disease

Gums now appear very red and bleeding may occur. Gums are now being destroyed by the infection and tartar. The painful mouth now starts affecting the eating habits and possibly the behavior of your pet. Bad breath gets worse. This is the beginning of periodontal disease which is not reversible. Professional dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment of the teeth can prevent further destruction. In addition, periodontal treatment and/or extractions may be needed.

Grade Four: Severe Tartar with Severe Gingivitis and Advanced Periodontal Disease

Gums are still very red and may have bleeding. Bacterial infection is now destroying the gums, teeth, and bones. Some research suggests that there is an increased risk for bacteria entering the blood stream at this point. These bacteria could potentially cause damage to the heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys. At this stage, it is very painful to eat and possibility the behavior of your pet may be affected. Professional dental treatment is a must!! Treatment includes dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment. In addition, periodontal treatment and/or extractions are needed.

Digital Oral X-rays:

Tartar and plaque can hide problems and concerns with our pet’s teeth. A good oral examination once tartar has been removed can uncover concerns. Tartar has a way of creating deep pockets which enables the tartar to get underneath the gum tissue and start to deteriorate the tooth root. X-rays are then needed to help see what we cannot. X-rays can tell us how stable a root is and if there are any pockets around the root that might be harboring bacteria. X-rays are also recommended for teeth that are fractured and discolored, as the tooth root can start to become absorbed. X-rays are also important when oral or facial swelling occurs. Tooth roots that are not stable and are deteriorating can cause abscessing and tooth loss; it is recommended that these teeth are extracted.

Oral Surgery / Extractions:

Oral Surgery is performed to remove diseased teeth that are not yet loose.

First a mucogingival flap is created. Then infected bone around the tooth is removed. Any multi-rooted teeth are sectioned to allow removal of each root completely. After each root is removed, the sockets are flushed and packed when necessary to promote healing. Any sharp bony projections are made smooth. Finally, the mucogingival flap is placed over the sockets and sutured in place with absorbable sutures. The flap prevents dry sockets and infection of the underlying bone. No suture removal is needed. A free recheck is included 2 weeks post surgery to ensure continued proper healing.

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Laboratory/Diagnostics:

In Hospital Laboratory:

Our in-house laboratory allows us to run a wide range of tests and obtain accurate results very quickly. Most in –house lab test can be done during your appointment with results before you leave. More specialized tests are sent to our outside laboratory.

Heartworm Testing:

A rapid in-house blood test which detects the presence of adult heartworms. (Remember, heartworm disease is carried by mosquitoes). Our heartworm tests also test for E.Canis and Lymes disease, which are both transmitted by ticks. This test should be done once a year, even if heartworm prevention has been used on a regular basis.

FeLV / FIV testing: Another rapid in-house blood test, this screens cats for two very serious viral infections. Feline Immunodeficiency virus and Feline Leukemia are spread from cat to cat through saliva and/or urine.

All stray cats should have 2 negative tests 3 months apart. All outdoor cats should be tested yearly.

Routine blood panels: This is a great way to perform basic health screening for your pet at all life stages; the blood panel(s) performed will be based on your pet's age and breed and can help detect early signs of diseases.

Pre-anesthetic blood panels: All patients undergoing surgery have pre-anesthetic blood work performed. This is so potential problems can be picked up prior to surgery and can be dealt with accordingly.

ERD Screen: This is a simple urine test run through our lab to test for small amounts of protein called albumin in the urine. Significant amounts of albumin in the urine are an early predictor of kidney disease in dogs and cats. We recommend this test yearly and can be done during your appointment with results before you leave.

Fecal Floats: This quick in-house test allows us to detect most internal parasites such as roundworm, hookworms, whipworm, and coccidia, which can be treated with various de-wormers. A fecal sample should be tested at least once a year.

Urinalysis: performed through both our in-house and outside labs. A small sample of urine can help detect urinary issues such as infections, crystals and can help diagnose liver and kidney disease (caused by the liver containing abnormal levels of by-products from organs such as the kidneys, pancreas and liver) as well as diabetes.

Schirmer Tear Test: This is a very simple test that detects “Dry Eye.” Dry eye is a disease in which tear production is absent or decreased. The cornea dries, and becomes painful. Loss of vision can occur. By measuring how much each eye tears with the Schirmer tear test, we can determine if dry eye disease is present.

The exact causes in individual cases may be unknown. However, typical causes include trauma, chemicals, infections, tumors, nerve degenerations, and immune reactions.

Radiology:

Our in-hospital x-ray machine and automatic processor help in the diagnosis of many orthopedic, respiratory, cardiac, or abdominal and intestinal problems. Sedation may be required in some cases to allow for accurate positioning with minimal stress to the animal.

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Laser Surgery:

To continually provide our clients and patients with high quality medicine we have incorporated laser surgery as an advanced way to perform all of our surgical procedures. The benefits that laser surgery has over the scalpel include:

Less pain – the laser seals nerve endings as incisions are made, therefore, there is less pain after surgery

Less Bleeding – the laser seals small blood vessels which results in less bleeding, quicker procedures, and minimal trauma to surrounding tissue and therefore, also causes less swelling

Quicker Recovery – for all of the said reasons, your pet will feel less discomfort post surgery, and return to being his/her spunky self sooner.

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Specialty Surgery:

Orthopedic:

Cruciate Repiar

The cranial cruciate ligament is an important ligament in the knee. It stabilizes the knee and provides the pivot point for proper knee movement. Rupture of the ligament is a common injury in dogs causing rear leg lameness. Athletic and overweight dogs are at higher risk. When the ligament is ruptured, the knee becomes unstable. This leads to pain and inflammation in the knee and will eventually lead to arthritis of the knee. Surgery should be performed to re-stabilize the knee.

Luxating Patella:

Patellar Luxation is a dislocation of the kneecap (patella). The kneecap may dislocate toward the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) of the leg, or may move in both directions. It may result from injury or congenital (present at birth). Both legs maybe affected. Symptoms of Patellar Luxation include pain and limping. Treatment often includes surgical repair.

Dr. Seneczko has performed these procedures for 20 years with excellent results. Please contact us if you have any questions or you require a consultation concerning this procedure.

Eye Surgeries:

Cherry Eye Repair

The gland of the third eyelid lies within the substance of the third eyelid and occasionally protrudes over the free edge of the third eyelid. As a result, the exposed, sensitive tissue becomes very irritated and inflamed, causing considerable discomfort. The reddened, swollen tissue resembles a cherry; hence the common name of this condition. Since this glad produces up to 30% of the tear film, surgical removal is not advised. A surgical procedure to return the glad to its normal position is the treatment of choice.

Entropion Repair:

Entropion is a rolling inward of the eyelids. It may cause the eyelashes to rub against the sensitive front layer of the eyeball (cornea) and is often uncomfortable or painful. It can also cause serious eye damage. Surgical correction of the inward roll is the treatment of choice.

Ectropion:

Ectropion is the turning out (eversion) of the eyelid. Ectropion can cause irritation because it exposes the sensitive inner lining of the eyelids and eyeball to irritants. It also allows drying of the eyeball due to increased tear evaporation. It may also prevent efficient spreading of the tears during the blink reflex. Causes include inherited factors, birth defects and injuries. Surgical correction of the eversion is the treatment of choice.

Otoscope:

At Genoa Animal Hospital, we offer a new procedure that can significantly help in the treatment of ear infections. This procedure is formally called Otoscopy but we commonly refer to it as "scope cleaning."

Otoscopic exam must be done under a small amount of sedation because of the close proximity to the ear drum.

This is typically an outpatient procedure. The procedures are performed in the morning and patients can usually go home in the afternoon. A doctor consultation and home care instructions are scheduled at pickup.

Common Questions

How is this procedure done?

A fiberoptic otoscope is placed in the ear canal and a cleaning tube is guided by the scope to thoroughly clean the canal all the way down to the ear drum. Sedation is required because of the depth of the cleaning.

Why is it better to clean the ears with the otoscope?

Without the scope, the ear canal cannot be cleaned all the way to the ear drum. Only by using the scope can the whole ear canal be flushed cleaned.

Why is such a thorough cleaning important?

Any debris that is left when manually cleaning can serve as the source for continuing or repeat ear infections. By using the scope, this source can be removed, potentially reducing the risk for repeat infections.

Other specialties:

  • Palate repair
  • Stenotic nares
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Routine Surgery:

Genoa Animal Hospital continues to offer excellent general surgery services. Our routine procedures include spays, castrations, tumor removals, declawing of cats, tail docking, and dew claw removal. We use state of the art anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring systems, and a surgical laser on all procedures. Pre-anesthetic blood work, intravenous fluid support and pain management are done on all patients receiving general anesthesia. Most procedures can be done in an outpatient basis and do not require an overnight stay. Please call the hospital for any additional information.

Spay
Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying. It is the surgical procedure of removing the uterus and ovaries. This procedure is routinely performed at 5-6 months of age. Prevention of pregnancy, heat cycles, uterine infections, ovarian and mammary tumors, and some skin disorders are the main reasons for this surgery.

Neuter
Castration is the medical term for Neutering. It is the surgical removal of the testicles. This procedure is routinely performed at 5- 6 months of age. This surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities and render the pet sterile. It can also reduce the tendency to roam, fighting, aggression, and some diseases of the testicles and prostate gland.

Feline Declaw
Onychectomy is the medical term for Declaw. It is the surgical removal of a cat's nail bed (amputation of digit). The surgery can be performed on the front paws, rear paws, or all 4 paws. Procedure is routinely performed at 5-6 months of age. Recommended for indoor cats only!! Procedure eliminates the cat scratching at items in your house and people. The surgical laser is used on all declaw procedures to reduce bleeding and postoperative pain.

Tail Dockings
Tail docking or surgical shortening of the tail can be performed in order to comply with breed standards (performed at 3-6 days of age), to improve the animal's appearance. Tail docking might also be necessary to treat an injury or disease.

Dew Claw Removal
Dew Claws are the small nails located on the inside of the front paws and occasionally the rear paws. Since these claws do not touch the ground, they do not wear down. If not regularly trimmed, they may curl and or grow into the foot. The Dew Claws are prone to injury because of their location. This procedure can be performed at 3 - 6 days of age, at the time of spay or castration, or at a later date if the pet is having repeated problems.

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Vaccinations:

Feline:

FVRCP (Feline distemper): This is a combination vaccine for cats. It is given once a year after an initial series of 3 - 4 vaccines as a kitten.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR):This is a highly contagious upper respiratory virus that is very serious in kittens although it can affect cats of any age. It is transmitted through any bodily fluids, including nasal and eye discharge or saliva. Symptoms include fever, tearing, discharge from the eyes and nose, coughing, and salivation. Recovered cats become carriers for life. They may or may not experience signs of the disease, but will continue to shed the virus intermittently.

Calicivirus: It is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease transmitted by bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, pneumonia, and ulcers or blisters on the tongue. Just like Rhinotracheitis, the recovered cats will be a carrier for life.

Panleukopenia (feline distemper): This is a highly contagious viral disease. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, depression, diarrhea, and dehydration. Recovered cats can shed the virus for up to 6 weeks and infect unprotected cats.

Feline Leukemia (FeLV): The highly contagious immune deficiency disease. It is the leading cause of death in cats. It is a fatal disease on its own, but it also breaks down the cat's protective immune response so that the cat cannot fight off infections it would normally be able to resist. The virus dies very quickly outside the body so it must be transmitted by direct contact with an infected cat. We can administer a vaccine yearly after the initial series of two vaccines give three weeks apart. This vaccine is recommended for cats that go outdoors.

Rabies: Of all animal diseases, rabies is probably the most feared. It is transmitted by a bite. The rabies virus attacks the brain and is always fatal. This disease affects all mammals, including humans. Skunks, raccoons, foxes, and bats are the most common carriers of the rabies virus. All pets are at risk, even those that are not allowed outside. If for some reason a pet escapes accidentally from the home and encounters a wild animal infected with rabies they will not survive if unvaccinated. The vaccine is offered in a 1 year or a 3 year shot. The initial vaccine must be a 1 year. After that, you have the option between the 1 and 3 year vaccine.

Early vaccination is the key to prevention of these diseases.

Canine Vaccinations:

DHPP (Canine distemper): This is a combination vaccine for dogs and is administered yearly after an initial series of 3 - 4 shots given three weeks apart as a puppy.

Distemper: Is a highly contagious viral disease affecting respiratory and nervous systems. It is contract through vomit, diarrhea, wild life feces, and ANY bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Hepatitis: Is a contagious disease of the liver. It is contracted by direct contact with bodily fluids, blood, or urine. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It can also cause severe kidney damage.

Parvovirus: Is a highly contagious disease contracted by contaminated feces. The disease can be carried by the dog's hair and feet, contaminating cages, shoes and other objects. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting and often leads to death.

Parainfluenza: This is a highly contagious airborne viral respiratory disease that lives in the lungs.

Lyme: This is a bacterial disease transmitted by ticks. This vaccine is highly recommended if you live in, or go to heavily wooded areas, or will be taking your dog camping, hunting, hiking, or fishing. Symptoms of this disease include: Lameness or stiffness, swelling of limbs or joints, fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and vomiting. The first time this vaccine is given, includes a series of two vaccines three weeks apart. After that, it is boosted once a year.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough): This is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the upper respiratory tract that is transmitted through the air. It causes a harsh, dry cough that is often followed by gagging and coughing up foamy mucus. The vaccine is usually mandatory for pets who go to boarding facilities, are groomed, those that are enrolled in puppy classes, and dogs that attend dog parks frequently. This is a yearly vaccine

Rabies: Of all animal diseases, rabies is probably the most feared. It is transmitted by a bite. The rabies virus attacks the brain and is always fatal. This disease affects all mammals, including humans. Skunks, raccoons, foxes, and bats are the most common carriers of the rabies virus. All pets are at risk, even those that are not allowed outside. If for some reason a pet escapes accidentally from the home and encounters a wild animal infected with rabies they will not survive if unvaccinated. The vaccine is offered in a 1 year or a 3 year shot. The first time a rabies vaccine is given, it must be a 1 year. After that, you do have the option between the 1 and a 3 year vaccine.

Heartworm Disease: Your Pet’s Deadly Enemy

Heartworms are one of the most dangerous parasites for both dogs and cats. Mosquitoes transmit infection that may lead to the development of adult worms in the heart and lungs. Common signs of heartworm infection in dogs can include fatigue, coughing and weight loss. Heartworm disease is becoming more common in many parts of the United States. Failure to treat heartworm disease may result in heart failure and/or serious disease of the liver and kidneys. Untreated heartworm disease is usually fatal.

Heartworm Testing:

Heartworm testing is important. The American Heartworm Society recommends periodic testing for all dogs, including those already on a preventative. We recommend testing pets annually. Our heartworm test is an in-house test that requires a very small blood sample. It not only detects heartworm but also tests for E. Canis and Lyme Disease which are tick borne diseases.

Cats & Heartworm Disease:

Heartworm prevention in cats is just as important as dogs. Unlike canine heartworm disease, 1 or 2 worms can cause serious or even fatal disease in cats. Common signs of heartworm disease in cats can include coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting and even sudden death. There is no testing or treatment for a cat diagnosed with heartworm disease, but it is easily prevented with Revolution.

Heartworm Prevention is Key:

Treating adult heartworm infection in dogs can be difficult and costly – yet prevention is simple. There are several products available for heartworm prevention. We recommend and carry Revolution for both cats and dogs. In dogs, Revolution not only prevents Heartworm Infection, it also prevents and controls Flea Infestations, treats and controls Ear Mites and Sarcoptic Mites and controls American Dog Tick infestations. In cats, Revolution prevents heartworm as well as treats roundworm, hookworm, fleas and ear mites.

There are several additional types of heartworm, flea and tick preventatives.

Please visit our online pharmacy at vetsfirstchoice.com to shop and compare.

Weight Management:

Hi, my name is Amy Daniels. I am the weight consultant at Genoa Animal Hospital. I know how very easy it is to put on a couple of unnecessary pounds. I also know how it feels. I'm more sluggish and tired. My energy level is way down and I become very lazy. These are exactly the same "side effects" in overweight pets. As a pet owner, I know how hard it is not to spoil your pet with fun treats, and I too get that sad little face when there is no more food left in the bowl. And yes, I have a dog that wants everything to do with food! But as a weight consultant, I have the power and knowledge to know what is right for my pet.

It is crucial that your pet stays at the weight appropriate for her or his own breed, not only to reduce the risk of obesity, but to also reduce the risk of hip, joint, and ligament problems and other diseases. Dogs and cats are much more active than humans. They can fetch that same ball more times than a human has the energy to throw it. Pets love to run, jump, and play. Any excess weight cannot only seriously damage their joints and tendons, but can also make it very painful for them to do the activities that they love to do. This is happening at an age much earlier that it should be. There is no reason at all a pet should have to slow down because of a weight issue.

As a weight consultant, I want to help my clients with these issues. I have a program for pets that have put on a couple of pounds. I'm also available to clients who have concerns about weight gain. Our weight management program consists of many things. First of all, your pet will need to have a full physical exam by Dr. Seneczko. His evaluation of your pet will help me structure a diet and exercise program. I like to work closely with both the client and the pet to track their progress. After the initial consultation, we will set up a convenient schedule to monitor his/her weight loss and address any concerns or questions you might have along the way.

As with humans, our body needs constant change when it comes to workout programs. This constant change is what helps our bodies from forming a plateau. If the body plateaus or remembers the same workout day after day, there will be no results. This is no different for our pets. This is why it is important to take some time for your pet and schedule consults on a regular basis. This way, we can offer the best program tailored specifically for your pet.

For any questions, or to schedule a free consultation, please call the hospital at (815) 784 - 6109.

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Did you know? Cat owners are more likely to have university degrees than dog owners. This is because degree holders work long hours, which limits the time they have available for pet care, and cats need less than dogs.