Partnering With Families
to Achieve Optimal Health for Cats & Dogs

General Medicine for Cats and Dogs

At Marina Veterinary Center, we truly care about the happiness and well-being of everyone who comes to our hospital. We consider clients and pet patients to be like family, and our care and concern does not end when your appointment does. That’s why we believe in working closely with our clients to promote pet wellness through a combination of preventive care and maintenance measures.

Pet Wellness Exams

We recommend that our pet patients have wellness exams twice each year. These appointments enable our veterinarians to conduct a complete physical and detect any potential signs of trouble or disease. This is especially critical once pets reach the age of seven, when they are considered to be seniors.

As part of the exam, our veterinarians will run diagnostic tests—including a urinalysis and a blood panel—in order to check your pet’s blood counts and thyroid, kidney, and liver functions. In some cases, veterinary radiology may be used to obtain a closer look at your pet’s chest, abdomen, or skeletal system.

Your pet will also be screened for parasites and dewormed. In addition, our veterinarians will discuss flea treatments and prevention. Due to the Los Angeles area climate, we recommend that cats and dogs be placed on flea prevention year round. Not only will this protect your pet, it will also protect your family as well. Fleas can spread diseases such as bartonella.

Because your pet’s nutritional needs and activity level will change over time, it’s important to monitor his or her diet. During the wellness exam, our veterinarians will be happy to provide pet nutrition counseling to ensure that your pet’s food is appropriate for his or her current needs.

Purebred Screenings

If your cat or dog is purebred, our veterinarians will carefully review the potential health disorders that he or she may be predisposed to contract. We will screen for these conditions and, when necessary, recommend a board-certified veterinary specialist to assist in your pet’s care.

By taking preventive measures early, it may be possible to make adjustments to your pet’s diet or lifestyle in order to protect him or her proactively. In addition, your pet can obtain any necessary treatments before health problems escalate into something more serious.

Pet Vaccinations

In order to protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases, we recommend that all cats and dogs receive core vaccinations. For your pet’s safety, we administer vaccinations individually rather than all at the same appointment. This way, if a reaction were to take place, we will know which vaccination caused it. This practice also prevents your pet’s immune system from becoming overwhelmed.

Pet Dental Care

Taking care of your pet’s mouth is vital to his or her health. The majority of pets exhibit signs of dental disease by the time they reach the age of three. Our veterinarians and staff will be happy to advise you regarding at-home pet oral care. We also offer cat and dog dental cleanings when needed, as well as other veterinary dentistry services.

Spay or Neuter Surgery

Spaying or neutering your pet provides tremendous health benefits in addition to preventing unwanted pet pregnancies. Our animal hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art surgical tools to ensure the best possible recovery for your pet.

We use Luxar carbon dioxide laser technology to complete our veterinary surgery procedures, which results in reduced pain, swelling, and blood loss for pet patients. To learn more about the safety protocols we have in place, as well as the other types of surgical procedures we perform, please visit our veterinary surgery section.

Cold Laser & Other Therapies

At Marina Veterinary Center, we are committed to staying on the cutting edge of veterinary care so that our patients can benefit from the latest advancements in treatment. We were one of the first veterinary hospitals in the United States to offer cold laser therapy to our pet patients, and they continue to benefit from it today.

Our veterinarians provide this therapy using the Microlight 830 Cold Laser. The laser uses light waves to stimulate mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) and messenger RNA (mRNA) repair at the pet’s cellular level. This helps to increase circulation, healing, and regeneration of nerve tissue, while decreasing pain and swelling.

Cold laser treatments are quick and painless for pets and are used to treat a variety of conditions. These include anal sac infections, arthritis pain, back pain, hip dysplasia, hot spots, lick granulomas, oral ulcers, surgical incisions, and much more.

In addition to traditional veterinary therapies, we also offer holistic medicine and treatments such as veterinary orthopedic manipulation. Our veterinarians will be happy to discuss the variety of pet health care options available. We will work with you to determine which treatments will best suit your pet’s specific needs.