The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it from ever starting or identify it in its earliest stages. At Yerkey Veterinary Services, we believe prevention is the best way to promote overall health and longevity in your pet(s). We recommend thorough and routine wellness exams, vaccinations, fecal checks, deworming, and routine lab work, as well as, medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks. This method of prevention helps identify medical conditions early so that treatment can be started faster to help increase the longevity of your pet. We stay current with all the latest veterinary information to ensure your pet receives the best care.
If you have questions, concerns, or need to know if what your pet is experiencing needs emergency attention, Dr. Yerkey is available for after-hours consultation for your pet. If you have a true emergency, Yerkey Veterinary Services recommends immediate treatment at the Animal Emergency Center (AEC). The AEC is located at 2810 State Street in Bettendorf, IA. Their phone number is 563-344-9599.
Vaccinations are fundamental in the prevention of disease in your pets. We customize your pets vaccines based on their lifestyle and the diseases they are at greatest risk for. During the first year of your puppy or kittens life, we provide a series of vaccines to help boost your pets developing immune system and prepare them for diseases they are susceptible to.
The staff at Yerkey Veterinary Services understands that deciding to allow your pet to undergo a surgical procedure is not an easy one. The best way we can alleviate some of the stress your decision is to make sure you understand the procedure, why it is important to have the surgery, information on the proper postoperative care, and answer any questions you may have. The following are types of surgeries we perform, but are not limited to:
Spay and Neuters
We make referrals for complicated surgeries that require a higher level of skill and/or equipment to Kimberly Crest Veterinary Hospital, or specialists at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, or other Board Certified Clinics. Post-operative pain management is considered on an individual basis to not only comfort our recovering patient, but also relieves some of the stress involved and promote healing.
Class IV K-Lasers deliver specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. These include increased circulation, decreased swelling, reduction of pain and enhanced tissue repair. Laser therapy has been used in Europe since the 1970's and was cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2002. K-Laser has become the preferred choice for thousands of practitioners worldwide. Numerous studies have shown that laser therapy can help with:
Edema and congestion
A microchip is a small chip inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades of a dog or cat. This chip is registered in the owner’s name and is a way to identify a pet and their owner if a pet should run away from home, get away from their owner or is stolen. A scanner is used to identify the microchip number and pull up the owner’s information so that the lost pet can be reunited with their rightful owner.
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases we see on a daily basis in veterinary medicine. If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and lead to difficulty eating, but can lead to serious systemic illnesses that may threaten your pet’s health even before clinical signs appear. A complete oral exam and thorough cleaning are key in good dental care and keeping your pet healthy. Dental cleanings include: complete oral exam under anesthesia, assessment of periodontal disease, supra and subgingival scaling, polishing, tooth extractions (if needed), irrigation and rinsing. The veterinarian will chart all findings during the dental procedure and will discuss preventative measures in maintaining good oral health between dental cleanings at the time of discharge.
Radiographs (x-rays) are a helpful way for the veterinarian to take a more in-depth look inside your pet to assess and diagnose a medical condition(s) found in your pet on physical exam. Radiographs gives a more accurate way to visualize and further examine the bones, heart, intestines, lungs, or other body parts for abnormalities. It is not only a way to diagnose disease, but also serves as a way to monitor a disease process. When used in combination with other tests, such as blood work, it allows for a faster and more precise diagnosis making treatment faster and easier for your pet.
Yerkey Veterinary Services offers a variety of in-house diagnostic laboratory tests to quickly assess your pet(s) health condition without the wait of an outside laboratory service. Blood analysis, fecal analysis and urinalysis allows us to identify illnesses in your pet and get the right treatment started earlier in the disease process. It also screens for diseases or abnormalities a patient may not be showing symptoms for before a surgical procedure is performed. There are also tests to screen for diseases such as: heartworm, Tick-Borne Diseases, parasites, FIV/Feline Leukemia, and Parvovirus.
Proper and good nutrition is important in maintaining overall wellness in your pet. Some pets have specific medical conditions that can be corrected with diet alone, decrease the amount of medications needed for a disease, or help a patient heal faster with a specific prescription diet. Yerkey Veterinary Services offers a variety of Prescription Diets for your pet(s) specific dietary needs, such as Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin. We also have a variety of treats for your pets as well, including hypoallergenic treats and Pill Pockets.
Yerkey Veterinary Services offers a very compassionate approach to the very difficult decision of putting your pet to sleep. We also offer private or group cremation services for your beloved pet.