Veterinary Health Care Services

Internal MedicineComprehensive Medicine for All Your Pet's Needs

At Valley Lyons Pet Hospital, our skilled and compassionate veterinary team is here to make caring for your pet as positive and stress-free as possible. Beyond our comprehensive wellness services, we offer treatment for eye disorders, allergy and dermatology treatment, laser therapy, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, behavior counseling, and more.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to high-quality pet care based on your pet's unique needs.

Internal Medicine

To best protect your pet's health and overall well-being, Valley Lyons Pet Hospital offers a broad range of veterinary services. While our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care, you can also rely on Dr. Garha and our skilled, compassionate medical team when your pet is sick. To that end, an important part of our practice is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems.

Dr. Garha, supported by Valley Lyons Pet Hospital's advanced diagnostic technology, has a wide variety of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases.

Glaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary or chronic glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary or acute glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation requiring immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

For your pet's comfort and safety, we use a handheld tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside his or her eyes. This is a non-invasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any discomfort or stress.

DermatologyAllergies and Skin Problems

Allergies are common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. For this reason, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting
    the skin, feet and ears, often leading
    to hair loss and open sores or scabs
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles
    on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by Dr. Garha at our animal hospital in Santa Clarita. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Class IV Laser Therapy

Reducing your pet's pain and promoting healing are two of our top priorities. To that end, we have invested in a class IV therapeutic laser, which we use on our patients following surgery or an injury and to help manage a range of chronic and acute conditions.

Laser therapy is a painless, FDA-approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body's cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level, as well as decreasing inflammation after surgery, injury or areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.

During each treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. In addition, it can accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve circulation and nerve function, reduce scar tissue formation, and help the immune system fend off infection. Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells.

As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.

What Conditions Does Laser Therapy Treat?

Wound healing, including:

  • Post-operative surgical incisions
  • Contaminated or infected wounds
  • Burns
  • Snake bites

Skin conditions, including:

  • Dermatitis
  • Cat bite abscesses
  • Eczema
  • Eosinophilic granulomas
  • Frostbite
  • Panniculitis (subcutaneous inflammation)
  • Pododermatitis (inflammation of skin on feet)
  • Pyoderma (pus in the skin)
  • Seborrhea (dandruff)

Pain caused by musculoskeletal
disorders such as:

  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of motor control
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative fracture repair
  • Degenerative joint disease
Laser Therapy

What You and Your Pet Can Expect

Pets typically do not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. Most pets do not need to have their fur clipped.

Improvement is sometimes seen after the first treatment; however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Generally, 4 to 8 treatments produce the best results. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. Your veterinarian will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.

Behavior CounselingBehavior Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Please don't make the mistake of believing you and your family must live with these issues. Valley Lyons Pet Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems.

Causes of behavior problems can be environmental, such as a schedule change or introduction of a new baby or pet; learned, as a result of unintentional positive reinforcement; or genetic. Furthermore, any painful disease or condition or degenerative change associated with aging can cause or contribute to behavior problems. Our assessment begins with your pet's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any medical problems that have been diagnosed will be treated. Addressing the underlying medical problem or providing pain relief, along with behavior modification techniques, can often resolve some of these problems.

Your Pet's Nutrition

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, is an essential ingredient for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control.

Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but may be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

Pet NutritionTo support your efforts, we will perform a thorough body evaluation during every physical examination and give recommendations including information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies based on what we see. We will also help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have weight challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more. For your convenience, Valley Lyons Pet Hospital sells a number of prescription products at our in-house pharmacy.

Treating Your Pet's Cancer

At Valley Lyons Pet Hospital, the standard treatment for your pet's cancer is almost always surgical removal of the mass. Surgery is also the best treatment for accessible benign cancers and the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Your pet's recovery from surgery is usually rapid and post-surgical pain can be controlled using appropriate medications.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all the relevant factors with your veterinarian so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, preserved quality of life and an improved outcome for your pet.

Telemedicine

When your pet is experiencing a medical problem, there is nothing more important to us than to be able to accurately diagnose and treat your pet. Occasionally, we use telemedicine to make that possible.

Telemedicine is the provision of health care by phone or computer. With telemedicine, we can provide you and your pet access to even more comprehensive medical care by connecting with doctors and specialists who can lend their expertise in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of specific cases. It is one of the many ways we work hard to provide the most advanced and carefully considered care.