Grantline Veterinary Hospital
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday Closed
After Hour Emergencies:
Call our regular office number 916-686-6414, 24 hours a day. Our veterinarian on-call will discuss your pets’ emergency situation and advise you on the best course of action. This service is available after hours 7 days a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Loving Your Pet is Learning About Them!
At Grantline Veterinary Hospital, we strive to provide the best veterinary care to pets of all ages throughout Elk Grove, CA and the nearby communities. In doing so, it’s important to educate our clients on what they can expect from Dr. Leonard, our team and the services we perform. Please review these frequently asked questions, then follow up with our practice to ask any more you may have regarding your pets’ health and our care.
The prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) your veterinarian performs is the most effective means of treating tartar build up and preventing any further damage caused by periodontal disease. Some common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Sustained bad breath
- Bleeding or inflamed gums
- Loose, cracked, broken or missing teeth
- Tartar (hard brown material on teeth)
Many pets, even pets with extreme cases of periodontal disease, will continue to eat and drink normally. However, left untreated, periodontal disease can cause serious health problems including heart disease, liver disease, and kidney failure. Routine brushing at home and dental prophylaxis performed by your veterinarian are recommended to help prevent serious health problems and extend the quality of your pets’ life.
Twice a year examinations are very useful to your veterinarian. Dr. Leonard will evaluate your pets’ overall health status. For instance, your veterinarian is evaluating your pets’ general body condition, weight loss or increase, changes in the coat and skin of your pet, and lumps and bumps that may have appeared and/or gotten smaller or larger.
Dr. Leonard will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs and check their lymph nodes. He is palpating your pet’s abdomen and performing an oral examination – to rule out periodontal disease and oral masses. He will evaluate your pet’s mobility – hips, back, legs and joints.
During these examinations, the veterinarian will ask about any dietary changes and behavior changes. He will discuss the risk of your pet’s internal and external parasites and recommend appropriate prevention. Dr. Leonard will recommend a vaccination schedule depending upon your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors.
All of this information is recorded in your pet’s medical file, creating a “normal baseline” for your pet. As your pet ages, this information becomes vital. It helps the veterinarian notice of slight changes in your pet’s health status, which can alert your veterinarian to potential health problems before they become serious health issues.