Our knowledgeable and experienced team of doctors --
Jim Beebee, D.V.M., Jill Oliveira,D.V.M., and Steve Jakobsen, D.C. -- and friendly staff provide a full spectrum of traditional care for your family dogs and cats. We offer preventative health care, leading edge diagnostics and monitoring equipment and alternative therapies. We have a special interest in dentistry, dermatology, cardiology, behavior problems, and surgery. In addition, we have offered chiropractic services since 1996 with Dr. Jakobsen, a licensed doctor of chiropractics.
Preventative Health Care
Annual Health Exams
Periodic checkups can be reassuring if no problems exist and are important in detecting medical problems at an early stage. The care and attention that start with a puppy or a kitten can pay extra dividends as your pet becomes older.
Puppy & Kitten Care
Our goal is to provide the very best preventative health care for your new addition. Routine well puppy and kitten exams include vaccinations, deworming, FeLV/FIV testing, heartworm tests, fecal examinations and spaying and neutering. On your pet's first exam, we will check for a healthy coat, skin, eyes, ears and mouth. We will also listen to the heart and lungs to ensure that there are no heart murmurs or other heart-related conditions. We will talk with you about vaccination, flea and tick control, heartworm prevention, and nutrition, including how many times to feed your pet, the amount to feed, and the best diet for your particular pet. This is also a good time to discuss any concerns about your pet's behavior and general health.
Vaccinating your dog or cat is a simple procedure that is routinely done by all veterinarians. Vaccinations are safe, effective and well worth the financial commitment. Many diseases that were once considered fatal to dogs and cats are now under control due to the use of modern vaccines.
Nutrition & Dietary Planning
Appropriate nutrition is essential for healing and for the maintenance of health. An improper diet for long periods can cause health problems for our animal companions by failing to supply their bodies with the nutrients needed for maintaining a healthy state. Diet requirements change with illness, stress, age and injury. Periodic reevaluation and adjustment of the diet will help to maintain your animal in a healthy balance. We can assist you by offering diet and water evaluation, identification of special nutritional needs, and formulation of individualized supplement plans.
Advanced Flea Control
Not all topical flea products are alike. There is a vast difference in what we dispense and what is available at the local pet shop or grocery store. We offer advanced flea control and will make a recommendation to you regarding which preventative will work best in your pet's particular case.
Heartworm is a serious, life-threatening disease of dogs. It is due to the presence of the adult stage of the parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, in the pulmonary arteries and right ventricle of the dog's heart. Until the early 1970s, the occurrence of heartworm in the United States was primarily confined to the southeastern part of the country. Today, it is found almost everywhere in the continental United States and is a major threat to the dog population of Canada. The heartworm prevention medication recommended is an oral monthly medication. It is effective for preventing heartworm disease. The once-a-month oral medication is highly recommended.
Senior Health Care Programs
It is especially important to schedule a physical examination for your older pet on an annual basis, or more often if needed. If necessary, the following testing can also help diagnose any potential issues with your pet's health:
- Complete blood and urine work-up
- X-rays, ECG or ultrasound
- Examination of chest and abdomen
- Thyroid profile and nutritional consultation
Currently there are over 100 different skin diseases recognized in dogs and cats, and more are identified each year. Some of the skin diseases that can be diagnosed and treated include flea allergy dermatitis, food allergy, mite infestation, bacterial skin infection, fungal infections, hormone imbalances, pigmentation disorders, compulsive licking, and skin cancer. If further diagnosis and treatment are necessary for your pet, we will be happy to refer you to a veterinary dermatologist for allergy testing or for diagnosis and management of various skin disorders.
We take the utmost care of your pet during anesthesia. Starting with a complete examination, we then select a protocol of anesthetic agents based on your pet’s current health and past anesthetic history. Our anesthetic patients have in intravenous catheter in place to administer fluids to help maintain normal blood pressure.
During anesthesia, your pet is monitored with the following parameters:
Monitored as an indicator of depth of anesthesia.
A measurement of exhaled carbon dioxide (ETCO2) values, providing both a graphical a numerical display. It is rapidly becoming a Standard of Care as a patient assessment tool, some authorities argue it is the ultimate patient assessment device.
A digital pulse oximetry is a noninvasive method of measuring blood oxygen levels and pulse rate gives a constant reading of the patient’s status while under anesthesia.
Heart rate/Electrocardiogram (ECG)
We have ECG equipment to help us monitor your pet’s heart rate and to better diagnose cardiac illness before it becomes serious.
It is important to maintain normal body temperature during anesthesia. We achieve this by placing your pet on a warm water blanket or covered, heated surgical table. A warming quilt of forced warm air is placed on top of your pet, creating a cocoon effect.
Protecting the teeth and gums is as important for your pet as it is for you. Your pet's teeth should be examined and cleaned on a regular basis. Our specialized services include prophylactics, periodontal treatment and endodontics.
Linda, head RVT, performing a canine dental cleaning
Dr. Beebee performs a gingivectomy to treat Gingival Hyperplasia
Having your pet spayed (ovariohysterectomy) or neutered (castration) is an inexpensive and realistic method of pet population control. The number of unwanted adult and young animals that are euthanized each year in the United States is astounding. Aside from the pet overpopulation problem, neutering a male dog and spaying a female help prevent (and even eliminate) medical problems associated with hormonal imbalances.
Leading Edge Diagnostics & Monitoring Equipment
In-Hospital Blood Analyzer
Diagnostic lab work is a vital key to understanding and treating your pet's illness. We are capable of running many important lab tests in-hospital, including FeLV/FIV, complete blood counts, blood glucose and blood chemistry profiles. Immediate test results are very important for critically ill patients seen on emergency and for preoperative blood work.
Special Lab Diagnostics Outsourcing
Rapid, accurate results are important in expediting your pet's treatments. If we cannot diagnose your pet's illness through in-hospital testing, we use a local professional veterinary laboratory for specialized, diagnostic blood work and histopathology.
Linda administering chemotherapy.
Radiology is an noninvasive method of examination, to help us pinpoint your pet's problems. We have a state-of-the-art standard, digital x-ray machine that is capable of taking quality radiographs of any size dog, cat or smaller pet. If necessary x-rays are reviewed by a board-certified radiologist to help make the correct decisions about your pet's treatment. We also have digital dental x-ray equipment for on-the-spot assessment of problems below the gum line.
Shown to the right is a patient getting dental x-rays.
More specialty x-ray equipment, including an InnoVet Digital Radiography Machine and a computer monitor to view digital x-rays
We offer both abdominal and cardiac (heart) ultrasound services. Ultrasound is a wonderful technique that allows a completely safe and noninvasive method of visualizing the interior of the body. Unlike conventional x-rays, which can cause harm if used excessively, recent evidence shows that ultrasound is completely free from these side-effects. In addition, ultrasound allows the doctor to achieve a depth of detail that is not possible with x-rays.
Chiropractic care has been found to be very successful in treating household pets for a variety of joint, muscle and nerve-related problems. Conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia respond very favorably in dogs and cats. Typically, chiropractic care for these animals improves mobility and reduces the levels of pain associated with these conditions and without the need for medication and surgery. Regular and ongoing chiropractic care for these particular problems can significantly improve your pet's quality of life.
Both feline and canine patients enjoy and benefit from chiropractic adjustments.
We can treat dogs and cats with holistic medicines that provide relief for your pet without many of the unwanted side effects that conventional medication can produce. In today's world, our pets face the same environmental challenges that we humans do. Toxins from the environment as well as commercially packaged foods containing hormones and artificial preservatives may cause an increase in degenerative diseases, skin problems, allergies and cancer. Our goal is to provide a quality product to better enable you to care for your pet.
Orthomolecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances that are natural to the body. It has been found to be successful in treating pet ailments just as it has in treating human conditions. This modality incorporates whole food and supplemental minerals, nutrients and vitamins, in the same manner but with more caution than when treating humans. This caution is recommended because of the lack of verbal feedback from the patient to the caregiver.
Calm Assertive Anchoring: Animals learn to trust is you give them the time to trust from a positive experience; i.e. we don't wrestle dogs nor do we scruff cats.
We use holistic supplements for calming and treating behavioral problems, as well as standard medications if required.
Patient models a lick prevention shirt:
End of Life Decisions
Heaven Bound: At times our pet’s quality of life is compromised through disease and aging. While these circumstances are challenging, our pets have complete trust that we will make the necessary decision with sensitivity and courage. Nothing is more important to our pets than their loving owners. We provide compassionate support for our clients and peaceful care to their family-animal companion, when life-ending decisions are required. Private and individual attention is given for either in-hospital or at-home euthanasia.After-Care if offered through Bubbling Well Pet Cemetery, located in the foothills, approximately five miles from Napa. Group and private cremation is available along with burial plots and urns as desired. Each of these decisions can be discussed with our doctors and staff in an effort to make your family and pet as comfortable as possible.