Wellness Checks

pet wellness checks Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination, even if your pet appears healthy. The best assurance for your pet's health is through education, prevention and teamwork between you and the Caring Hands Pet Clinic staff. The physical exam along with your observations of your pet can reveal disease early, giving your friend a chance of a better prognosis. If needed, we may recommend lab work or a follow-up visit. We will also ensure your pet is current on all necessary vaccinations.

Early disease detection programs for adult and seniors help allow your pets to live a longer and more comfortable life in their golden years. The earlier a problem is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome. For seniors, we recommend twice-yearly exams and appropriate diagnostics in order to detect any changes or illness in your pets as they age.

Dental Care

doggie dental careMany dogs and cats suffer severe dental disease. Just like humans, each dog or cat will have a different degree of tartar, inflammation, and infection in their mouth. Part of a complete physical exam is an oral exam. We will inform you of the degree of dental disease and what should be done to correct it. Caring Hands Pet Clinic sees this as one of the biggest health issues that is ignored or neglected in pets. Our comprehensive dental procedures involve dental probing and charting. Under anesthesia, the teeth are scaled above and below the gum line using appropriate hand and power instrumentation followed by polishing with a prophy paste. Infections in the mouth and gums can release bacteria into the bloodstream and over time affect the internal organs, including the heart, kidneys and liver. By addressing dental problems your pet will live a longer and more comfortable life. Can you imagine not ever having your teeth checked, cleaned or worked on by a dentist?

An astounding 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Periodontal disease is a common problem in dogs, particularly smaller breeds. About 28% of cats will develop painful resorptive lesions during their lifetime. Pet owners should be alert for potential dental health problems when any of the following signs are noted: drooling, unusual oral odor, pain or difficulty while eating, cracked or missing teeth, dental tartar on teeth or reddened, swollen gums.


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Adult dogs and cats may develop many different disease conditions. We use a combination of our physical exam, lab work, x-rays, and ultrasound to diagnose conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease, cancer, and infectious diseases. We regularly collaborate with a board-certified veterinary radiologist for consultations and on-site ultrasounds, using more advanced equipment. One of the best aspects of Caring Hands Pet Clinic is the excellent diagnostic capabilities of our doctors who use experience and common sense to cut the time and cost of diagnosing problems.

Ever confused as to what those x-ray images are actually showing you? Check out this link below for an interactive way to see the main things we are looking for when we take x-rays.

Here are some great links for common cat and dog diseases:

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Caring Hands Pet Clinic’s surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. In most cases, a client’s biggest concerns are comfort and safety.

Our highly trained doctors and nursing staff follow strict anesthetic protocols to ensure the safety of your pet. Prior to anesthesia, blood panels are evaluated to alert us to any potential difficulties. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. During the anesthetic procedure the patient is kept stable on temperature-controlled blankets and supported with intravenous fluid therapy.

Pain management is another integral part of every surgical procedure. What will cause you pain, will cause your pet pain. However, they tend to not show pain until it is very severe. Pain management may involve pre- and post-operative analgesic injections as well as local anesthetic blocks. Oral pain medications are often dispensed in order to maintain comfort levels at home. At times your pet may even go home with a pain “patch” on their skin. Studies show that actively managing pain before it becomes a problem actually helps speed up your pet’s recovery.

Here are some helpful links on our most common surgeries we perform:

Laboratory Services

photo using microscope in labOur highly trained nursing staff and technicians run routine diagnostics for internal and external parasites, as well as urinalysis testing. Caring Hands Pet Clinic doctors and technicians are capable of running numerous types of diagnostic panels, including evaluations for liver, kidney, pancreatic and heart disease, anemia and electrolyte imbalances. We can also test for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Heartworm disease and Parvo Virus in dogs.

Associated with our comprehensive diagnostic services, we contract with a nationally recognized reference laboratory and regularly consult with experts in the field of Internal Medicine, Pathology and Oncology.


photo of our pet pharmacyWe carry a full line of prescription and over-the-counter medications for managing the health of your pet. For less common medications, Caring Hands Pet Clinic has a network of national suppliers. We can order specialty drugs or even have them specially compounded (custom-made) just for your pet.

All of our prescription and non-prescription items have been obtained directly from the manufacturer or from reputable veterinary distribution houses to assure that all products are genuine and have been properly handled and stored.


photo of our pet grooming We offer bathing for both cats and dogs, nail trimming and anal gland expression. Caring Hands Pet Clinic offers limited grooming; we cater to pets with basic grooming needs such as those with matted coats, needing a basic clipping or needing medicated shampoos for skin conditions. If you do not want to wash your pet or they are simply too large for you to wash, let Caring Hands Pet Clinic wash them for you.

Our trained staff will often discover hidden problems such as skin or ear infections and alert you to your pet's problems so they can be properly addressed.

If you are searching for that special “show” clip we would be happy to refer you to more advanced groomers.


Saying goodbye to a four-legged friend is never an easy thing to do, but trying to make sure they go in a peaceful and pain-free way is our goal. We know how hard it can be to know when it’s the right time to say goodbye. Animals are very good at hiding pain yet we believe that they will let you know when it is time. You know your animal best and you are the one who can best tell us when you no longer think they are comfortable. We are here to help you every step of the way to comfort both you and your precious friend through this difficult time. We will do everything we can to help guide you to know some signs of when is the right time but we cannot make that decision for you. Please call us to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our doctors about making this difficult time the easiest it can be for everyone involved.

Here is a great link to help you know when is the right time to say goodbye to your dear friend in a peaceful and painless way.

Also see Quality of Life under our handouts tab for more questions to ask yourself.

Permanent identification

Caring Hands Pet Clinic recommends and offers microchip identification. Microchips are placed under the skin between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats. How the microchip works is if the animal is taken to the shelter or a local vet clinic they will use a scanner to look for a microchip. If the scanner finds a microchip a number will appear on the screen and that number corresponds with the Microchip Company. Any animal shelter or vet clinic can then call the microchip company and as long as your information is registered with the chip number they may obtain your information in order to contact you and reunite you with your furry friend. For smaller dogs and cats we often recommend a light anesthetic since the needle is quite large. If you have any further questions please call us and any of our staff would be happy to help you or visit the company website listed below.

Behavioral Counseling

The doctors at Caring Hands Pet Clinic want your pet ownership experience to be a happy one. The biggest reason animals are turned into shelters is behavior and lack of training. We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.

For after-hours emergencies, please call the Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic at (805) 489-6573.