What We Do
Cutting Edge Care
Aardvark Animal Hospital has been in the practice of veterinary health care in Downingtown since 2010. We have an enthusiastic and caring team ready to respond to the growing needs of our community and their beloved pets. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your pet.
Our hospital provides cutting edge veterinary care for annual wellness exams, vaccinations, advanced diagnostics, dental care, and surgical procedures. We have a full service pharmacy and a stocked inventory of Hill's prescription diet pet foods.
We care for a varieties of species, as Dr. Thomas has a passion for exotic animals. Our patients have included: dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, rats, ferrets, parrots, lizards, geckos, turtles, tortoises, snakes, pigs, goats, and chicken.
We offer both doctor appointments and technician appointments depending on the reason for your visit. Technician appointments may be scheduled for things like:
Vaccinations (other than Rabies)
Anal Gland Expressions
Subcutaneous Fluid Administration
All other appointments must be made with one of our three doctors. If you have a preference as to which veterinarian you'd like your pet to see, be sure to specify when scheduling and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
On the day of your scheduled appointment, please arrive 5-10 minutes early. This gives us time to go through your pet's medical history so that we can determine your pet's specific needs. If you are a new client, please have your pet's records faxed over to us ahead of time so we can get them entered into our system.
To learn more about our vaccination protocols and recommendations, click here.
Canine & Feline Distemper
The cost of all surgeries includes a pre-op bloodwork screening that is sent to the lab. Blood work is actually the easiest, fastest, cheapest and least invasive way to investigate, discover and monitor many health conditions. There are several reasons for this test, all with one goal in mind -- making sure that your dog is healthy enough for anesthesia and surgery. We can use your dog's blood work to get a clear picture of what is going on beneath the surface.
Canine Dewclaw Removal
Feline Declaw Removal
Major/Minor Mass Removal
Foreign Body Removal
Anal Sac Removal
Pyloric Stenosis Correction
Femoral Head Removal
... And more specialized, experienced orthopedic and soft tissue procedures!
Call to learn more or ask about a specific surgery your pet needs, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas.
Poor oral hygeine doesn’t just cause bad breath, it can lead to tooth loss, painful abscesses, difficulty eating, and other serious health problems. Without regular dental cleanings, the combination of food, saliva, and bacteria leads to plaque formation. If this isn’t removed, it mineralizes and becomes tartar. Tartar accumulation promotes bacterial infections below the gumline, which result in gum recession and destruction of the tooth’s support structures. Bacteria from a tooth infection can also enter the blood stream and spread to distant organs, like the kidney, liver and heart.
Dental cleanings involve the evaluation of the mouth and cleaning not only the surface of the teeth, but underneath the gumline where the majority of bacteria and tartar accumulate. Teeth are evaluated to check whether they need to be extracted or not, and finally polished to smooth the rough surface created by the cleaning. Without polishing, these irregular surfaces allow bacteria and plaque to adhere more easily and accelerate the recurrence of dental disease. Call to learn more or schedule your pet for a dental today.
Our hospital is fully equipped to handle all issues when it comes to animals. Our equipment allows us to complete a variety of diagnostic testing in-house so that we can accurately and quickly diagnosis for your pet and come up with a treatment plan. On site, we're able to run comprehensive bloodwork, process urine samples, and use advanced imaging equipment to determine your pet's diagnosis.
Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to produce real-time imaging of your pet’s internal organs, including the heart, liver, spleen, gallbladder, GI tract, bladder, and kidneys. It is also useful for assessing and monitoring pregnancy and fetal health in breeding animals and helps in diagnosing some forms of cancer. The real-time capability of ultrasound technology can be especially useful when detecting heart problems because it allows our veterinarian a non-surgical method of evaluating the heart as it beats.
Our on-site digital x-ray machine allows us to take a non-invasive look inside of your pet in order to form a diagnosis. Because our equipment is digital, we do not need to waste time waiting for images to develop and it's easy to burn your pet's x-rays to a CD for easy transport.
They are particularly useful for diagnosing fractures, arthritis, kidney stones, foreign bodies, congestive heart failure, and many other issues pertaining to the heart, hips, lungs, stomach, intestines, kidneys, bladder, and spleen. However, not all diseases and conditions are apparent through x-rays.
We do our best to maintain a fully stocked pharmacy to meet all your pet’s needs. We want our clients to get their pet's medications and products from reputable, trusted suppliers, so we have stocked our pharmacy with top quality brands and products that are properly stored under optimal conditions. We also carry a heartworm, flea, and tick preventative called Revolution, but we are able to write prescriptions for other lines and brands your pet might need.
An active patient-doctor is required for a prescription or refill. This means that your pet has to have been seen in the past 12 months for a comprehensive exam. Also, some medications require blood laboratory tests to monitor blood levels and potential side effects. Be sure to call us about a week before when you'll run out of medication to give us enough time to order the medication or schedule you for an appointment.
Wallace Avenue Emergency Services (WAVES) is the name for our specialized emergency services offered during specific weekly hours. To learn more about WAVES, or what to do in an emergency situation, click here.
The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive hand-piece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. Clinical studies and real-world use over several decades have proven that laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, stimulates nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair. Watch the animation below to understand how laser therapy impacts healing on a cellular level. Some conditions we commonly treat using laser therapy include:
Sprains, Strains & Fractures
Degenerative Joint Disease
To learn more about laser therapy, click here.
We know that some of our patients require specialized care every day, whether it be related to temperament or health. We offer veterinary-supervised medical boarding for animals that require daily medication administration, are aggressive or particularly anxious, or must be under the watchful eye of veterinary staff due to a chronic condition. To learn more about our boarding services, click here.
Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine. However, due to the size of the needle, we typically implant microchips during a surgery - like a spay or neuter - to minimize discomfort. Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall-off.
They work by receiving a radio signal from a scanner and transmitting the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner. With the chip identification number in hand, the vital contact information is only a phone call away. If your pet is ever lost and then found by someone, the chip can be scanned at any veterinary hospital or shelter which will provide the information to have your pet returned to you.