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Laboratory

The laboratory at Orchard Hills Animal Hospital offers:

Complete Blood Counts (CBCs)

Chemistries

Fecal analysis

Urinalysis

Cytologies

For more information, give us a call at 360-859-0476.


Pet Acupuncture & Laser

Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary acupuncture and laser therapy are two drug-free and surgery-free treatments—one ancient, the other modern—that help the body heal itself.

Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old Chinese practice utilizing hair-thin needles to stimulate the body’s nerve centers, improving blood circulation and releasing pain-relieving hormones. This virtually painless process relaxes muscle tissue and oxygenates the surrounding area, allowing the body to heal more rapidly. Acupuncture is one of the safest veterinary treatments available, and Orchard Hills Animal Hospital acupuncture specialists are licensed by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine.

Many disorders can be treated with acupuncture including:

  • Neurologic and soft tissue pain
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Musculoskeletal systemic problems
  • Skin conditions

Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation,” which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and increased healing speed. Laser therapy can be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by your veterinarian—including acupuncture.

Several conditions can be helped, or their symptoms alleviated, using laser therapy. They include:

  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Feline Acne
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Otitis

If you have questions about acupuncture or laser therapy for your pet, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Orchard Hills Animal Hospital.


Pet Emergency

Orchard Hills Animal Hospital has a veterinarian and personnel on duty seven days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet needs. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to stabilize pets that are in potentially life-threatening conditions. Emergencies can be things such as snail bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.

We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen. Seriously ill or injured pets are always given priority!

We also offer drop-off appointments, allowing you to leave your pet with us if your schedule is too busy for a set appointment time or if our appointment schedule is full but you need to get your pet in to be seen by the veterinarian.

For more information, give us a call at 360-859-0476.


Pet Vaccinations

Young animals are like children; it’s a never-ending job keeping them safe and happy. Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections, preventing deadly diseases like Canine Parvovirus and Rabies. Vaccinations are most important while a still a puppy or kitten, when their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Vaccinations are vital to pet health and should be administered to every animal.

An Orchard Hills Animal Hospital veterinarian will help you with every step of the vaccination process, including:

  • Pet examination and introductory vaccinations
  • Necessary booster shots
  • Vaccine education

Keep your family member safe and give us a call at 360-859-0476 or schedule an online appointment today.


Spay & Neuter

Support the fight against animal overpopulation

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. The unexpected offspring of these liaisons often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.

Spaying

Spaying is a common veterinary surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Orchard Hills Animal Hospital veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 3-6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat.

Benefits
Spaying has many notable benefits including:

  • Prevents unwanted animal pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Removes the possibility of life-threatening uterine infection (pyometra)

What to expect after surgery
Pet spaying is a major procedure that requires 10-14 days recovery time. Pain medication and potentially antibiotics will be sent home with you for post-operative care. Lethargy is common for the first couple of days following the procedure.

 

Neutering

Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 4-6 months old, but can be performed on older animals as well.

Benefits
Neutering generates many important health benefits:

  • Prevents unwanted animal reproduction
  • Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors

What to expect after surgery
Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major veterinary procedure that requires some recovery time. Following the procedure your pet will be sleepy from the anesthesia — this lethargy may last a couple days. Medication may be administered to combat pain. Owners must prevent the animal from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection.

For more information, give us a call at 360-859-0476 or schedule an appointment today.


Pet Radiology

Our veterinary laboratory facilities host precise diagnostic equipment used in preventative care and early detection.

Radiology

Veterinary diagnostic imaging creates composites of the internal body used to discover disease or injury. Orchard Hills Animal Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies accessed by board certified radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.

Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the pet body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

Orchard Hills Animal Hospital radiology services include:

  • Digital radiographs
  • Ultrasounds
  • Computed Tomography (CT) – We refer out for this
  • Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) – We refer out for this

Some specialized veterinary procedures may require anesthesia. Orthopedic radiographs and contrast studies require the patient remain completely still to work correctly, necessitating sedation in most cases. The duration of sedation is usually short and patient recovery is swift.

Radiology imaging services are available on a daily basis at Orchard Hills Animal Hospital.

For more information, give us a call at 360-859-0476 or schedule an appointment today.


Pet Boarding

Going out of town? We have you and your pet covered. Orchard Hills Animal Hospital now offers overnight boarding for your cat or dog!

Our guests enjoy safe, clean facilities under staff supervision.

Boarding Amenities

  • Outdoor runs
  • Three leash walks per day
  • 24/7 professional veterinary access
  • Food, water, and bedding for the duration of their stay
  • Your pet is turned out into one of our ample, individual outdoor runs on nice weather days

All guests are encouraged to bring personal items from home to help make your pet’s boarding stay as stress-free as possible. These can include:

  • Toys
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Treats
  • Food

Our spaces go quickly! Call us today at 360-859-0476 or schedule online to reserve a spot.


Pet Dental Care

Your pet’s world revolves around his or her mouth.

Regular dental care is essential for keeping your pet healthy and happy. Dental disease is a common issue among household pets that can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future complications.

Orchard Hills Animal Hospital offers complete pet oral health Services. Features include:

  • Semi-annual dental cleanings
  • Preventative dental care
  • Emergency oral services
  • Bonded sealants
  • Extractions
  • Advanced dental procedures

For more information, give us a call at 360-859-0476 or schedule an appointment today.


Pet Surgery

Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious pet injuries and disorders. While some surgeries are invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results to the field of pet health care.

Orchard Hills Animal Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain on the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures.

Surgery specialties

  • Soft-tissue
  • Orthopedic
  • Dental
  • Ophthalmic
  • Foreign body removal
  • Fracture repair
  • Fracture plating

Cruciate Repair

  • TPLO
  • Tight rope
  • Extracapsular

Animal patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Orchard Hills Animal Hospital’s experienced veterinarians provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free.

For your pet’s comfort, in addition to routine pain-control injections, we use:

  • Epidurals
  • Pain Control CRIs (continuous rate infusions)
  • Local pain blocks
  • Splash blocks

Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner and we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.

If you are considering veterinary surgery, please contact your Orchard Hills Animal Hospital veterinarian at 360-859-0476 or online to schedule an introductory consultation.


Dr. Casey Laukkanen

Dr. Casey LaukkanenI graduated with honors from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. It was a fulfillment of my childhood dreams to become a veterinarian as I was only 8 years old when I declared I wanted to be an animal doctor. I believe it was my love of animals, science and stubborn determination that helped me achieve my goals. I have worked in both Emergency 24 hour practices as well as general practice in Oregon, Alaska, Texas and now we finally moved back to the Pacific Northwest to settle in Washington when my husband was hired on by Alaska Airlines.
While I have enjoyed all aspects of practicing veterinary medicine, my special interests include feline medicine, geriatric medicine, and internal medicine cases. My goal with each visit is to help both the patient be as healthy, calm and pain free as possible as well as to educate their owners and help them achieve the best medicine possible for their pets.
Outside of veterinary medicine I enjoy hiking and running through the woods (I really missed the big trees in the PNW) and mountains with my dog Togo, reading and snuggling with my cats Orville and Wilbur, and playing chauffeur for my 3 human children. As a family, we love to travel, especially to National Parks and faraway lands.