Services

Consultation

We offer ample appointment lengths for all consultations. This allows plenty of time to meet, greet and examine your pet, discuss your pet’s healthcare needs and answer any questions that you may have.

Surgery

SKAH is equipped with a dedicated surgical suite and our veterinary surgeons have decades of experience locally and internationally in both routine and advanced procedures such as tumour removals, soft tissue and abdominal, bladder, thyroid and trauma surgery.

 Routine desexing (spey and neuter) is advised to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to help control the stray population of dogs and cats in Hong Kong. Neutering your pet can also reduce risks such as fight injuries, animals straying, as well as some cancers and reproductive diseases. We are able to offer flank speys for cats.

At SKAH we use the latest anaesthetic and monitoring equipment to help ensure your pet’s anesthetic is as safe as possible. A dedicated nurse monitors the anaesthetic and the post-operative recovery making sure your pet is warm, comfortable and has appropriate levels of pain relief administered.

We offer a pre-anaesthetic blood test to check organ function and tailor the anaesthetic to suit your pet’s health status. We may also suggest intravenous fluids (an IV drip) to maintain blood pressure, hydration and electrolyte balance and speed up recovery.

Preventative health care

Vaccination

Vaccinating your pet against contagious and potentially fatal diseases is essential. We follow current vaccination protocols to ensure that your pet has the protection it needs, whilst ensuring we do not vaccinate more often than necessary. Our vets will make recommendations based on the area you live, your pets age, medical condition and lifestyle.

Dental Care

Poor dental hygiene in our pets is a common problem. It is not only a cosmetic issue. It can have more serious health implications such as heart and kidney disease. Dental disease can also be very painful and our pets hide this well. At SKAH, we aim to prevent dental disease with early intervention and regular checkups. However, sometimes dental procedures are needed to remove tartar, reduce halitosis (bad breath) and extract painful, diseased teeth.

Parasite Prevention and Treatment

For some parasite infections, prevention and early detection are critical to life. Our veterinarians can do routine preventative testing on your pets to help them avoid often fatal infections such as tick fever and heartworm infection. We will advise you about the different products available for your pet depending on lifestyle, age and where you live.



Wellness Checks

Like people, animals are now living longer. Significant changes in health can occur quickly, especially after the age of 8 years. As a cornerstone of preventative care, annual wellness examinations of your pets are advised for early detection of diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure), renal disease, heart disease, cancer and anemia. 

Early detection of diseases reduces the risk of your pet suddenly becoming ill or unexpectedly passing away. During a wellness exam, your pet will have a comprehensive check up with a general health blood test. A dental, urine and fecal exam, blood pressure measurement and a thyroid function test (cats) is also included.

Diet and weight loss advice

Sadly, obesity in pets is very common and can contribute to many serious diseases.  Overweight pets can suffer from reduced fitness, respiratory disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes and back pain. Heatstroke and collapse are life-threatening conditions common in obese pets in Hong Kong. At SKAH, our focus is on prevention; we want to avoid these conditions in the first place. As such, during every consultation, we will advise you about your pet’s body condition. We will provide weight loss goals and advice to keep your pet fit and healthy.



Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a non-medication form of treatment. Therefore, it does not have the side-effects that can be seen with other forms of medication. Acupuncture can offer fantastic results in overall health and disease prevention and can be used alone as a treatment therapy or in conjunction with other therapies.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) includes acupuncture, which focuses on restoring the body’s energy balance and aiding recovery. Acupuncture is an ancient treatment modality that involves inserting tiny needles into a pet’s body at specific areas along the meridians or energy channels. Acupuncture is used to assist the body in healing itself by correcting energy imbalances.

In terms of Western Medicine, acupuncture works by

  • Stimulating the nerves which inhibit the transmission of pain impulses.
  • Releasing endorphins. This increases the feeling of wellbeing and helps to alleviate pain.

 

The needles that we use are extremely fine and have a rounded tip that separates the muscle fibres rather than cutting through.  They are much less painful than needles used for normal injections. There is a slight sting, but most animals tolerate them really well and many animals visibly relax once all the needles are in. We can also offer aquapuncture (an injection of Vitamin B into acupuncture points) and electroacupunture (passing a small electric current through acupuncture points). Ask our staff if your pet is suitable.



Diagnostic Imaging and laboratory

Digital Radiography

We offer digital radiography (or Xray) which produces fast high-quality images. This allows us to investigate your pet’s potential illness or injury quickly and make an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan without delay.
XRays are vital for traumatic injuries such as broken bones, as well as heart and lung disease, bladder stones, arthritis and intestinal obstructions.

Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography is a non-invasive, diagnostic treatment for evaluating your pet's internal organs. These examinations are available at our facility for your convenience. Ultrasound is generally tolerated by the majority of pets and provides essential diagnostic information about the internal structures such as the heart, liver, kidneys, bladder and gastro-intestinal tract.

Laboratory

Our in-house laboratory is well-equipped, and we can carry out blood tests (biochemistry, electrolytes, complete blood count), skin and urine tests. In-house diagnostics are becoming increasingly advanced; we are also able to rapidly test for some viruses and organ biomarkers during a consultation. For more specific tests, we use both local and overseas laboratories to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

Allergy Testing

Allergies in our Hong Kong pets are common and are stressful for both you and your pet. Our vets can advise you on how to prevent, diagnose and manage your pet’s allergies using treatment modalities ranging from supplements, appropriate foods and shampoos to immune-modifying medications and immunotherapy (regular injections to desensitise your pet).

Life stage care

Puppy and Kitten care

Caring for a new member of the family is an important job that comes with its own challenges and responsibilities as well as a lot of fun. It is important to get it right as the choices you make early on regarding behaviour, diet, disease prevention and parasitic control can have serious implications later on in life. Our vets will work with your family to ensure that your new pet receives the best possible care and that you have all of the knowledge you require to care for your new family member properly.

Senior or Geriatric Care

Like people, our senior pets need regular monitoring for prevention and treatment of disease. Multi-organ diseases such as kidney, arthritis, hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart diseases require careful use of a combination of medicines and adjunctive therapies. It is very important to achieve the right balance and provide targeted treatment when and where it is most needed. At SKAH we prioritise patient comfort and we like to work with our patients (and their humans) to make a plan so that your pet can age gracefully, happily and pain-free. We are also here to discuss end of life issues and to guide you through the available options to ensure your pet receives comfortable and dignified care in the sad event that it is time to say goodbye.

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