Animal Clinic Hours

Mon, Thu, Fri: 8am - 6pm Tue & Wed: 8am - 5pm Sat: 8am - 12pm

Closed daily for lunch from 1-2 PM (Mon-Fri)

Pet Wellness Services

Wellness ServicesThe Keys To A Healthy Pet

Prevention is the key to the long term health of your pet. Preventive care also minimizes the cost of health maintenance over the course of your pet's life. We recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks to keep your pet's health on track.

Most tests can be done during your dog or cat's regular exam. These visits are a chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

The yearly wellness exam we recommend:

  • Examining the heart and lungs
  • Checking teeth and oral cavity
  • Assessing vision, eyes, and ears
  • Palpating the lymph nodes, abdomen, and examining the skin
  • Palpating the joints and muscles

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are present in almost any environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. We normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms with cats and dogs, but people can also be infected with the same parasites. Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.

Routine Blood Work

A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Blood work is necessary if we recommend a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

Our other recommendations include regular blood chemistry, electrolyte, complete blood count and thyroid screening for any patient over 7 years old. We also recommend yearly fecal exams for cats.

For outdoor cats we recommend FELV and FIV (immunodeficiency virus) monitoring. Our recommendation for deworming differs for indoor and outdoor cats. We recommend that outdoor cats be vaccinated 3 times per year and indoor cats be vaccinated once yearly. We also recommend monthly flea and tick control. Our other recommendations include blood chemistry, electrolyte, complete blood count, and thyroid screening for any patient 7 years or older.We also recommend complete blood testing annually for all pets over the age of seven.

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Vaccines

Wellness ServicesVaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are also an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily treatable in many cases. There are also vaccines – for rabies and other zoonotic diseases – that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses.

The key to using vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases each particular pet may be at risk for, then vaccinate for those diseases no more than necessary.

We believe that our balanced approach to vaccines is the best way to protect your pet from disease and minimize the risk of an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Puppies

We recommend a series of three puppy vaccines followed by adult vaccines with a rabies booster. Puppies are given the first vaccine between 6 and 8 weeks, followed by vaccines at 10 weeks, 13 weeks and 16 weeks. Puppies are given the first lepto vaccine at 13 weeks, and lepto is boostered again at 16 weeks.

Adult dog vaccines and rabies are given at 16 weeks. We recommend an intranasal kennel cough vaccine at 8 weeks followed by a booster with an injectable kennel cough vaccine at 16 weeks.

For dogs, core vaccines include: Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Adenovirus, Lepto, and Rabies. We also recommend an injectable Kennel Cough vaccine yearly.

Kittens

We recommend a series of three kitten vaccines and then adult vaccines with rabies. The first kitten vaccine should be given at 8 weeks, then 11 weeks, 14 weeks and an adult booster with rabies at 17 weeks.

Kittens should be tested for FELV at 14 weeks before the first FELV vaccine is administered.

For cats, core vaccines include: FVRCP, FELV and Rabies.

We also provide canine influenza and Lyme disease vaccines.

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Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional CounselingPets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and part of that success is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition. Nutrition is one of the biggest health variables controlled by a pet's caregiver.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets, our recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We will also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we will offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and other conditions.

SAC carries a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.

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Dermatology & Allergies

Dermatology & AllergiesIf left untreated, allergy-related and dermatological conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. Therefore it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

All of these can indicate a serious dermatological condition or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust, and various foods. If you notice any of these issues it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because if left untreated they can become severe medical concerns.

We test for and treat a number of allergic and dermatologic conditions in pets. For allergies, this may include hyposensitization in which your pet is exposed to small doses of an allergen to prompt immunologic tolerance to the specific allergen.

We will also take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences, and the proper method of home treatment.

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Care for Your Senior Pet

Care for Your Senior PetPets in their senior years – those of about six years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care that offers your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health.

Preventative care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors, and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you can't control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

The best time to begin your pet's senior care program and recognize the need for a little extra TLC is well before age related conditions begin to set in. SAC recommends regular senior wellness exams, which should include specialized lab work to detect the early signs of disease processes. Dental care at this point in life becomes even more important as well. We recommend routine dental exams and cleanings for all pets, but especially those in their senior years. Diet and weight gain are also important issues to keep an eye on. When you bring your pet in for a senior wellness visit we will evaluate his or her weight and offer recommendations based on what we see.

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Our Pharmacy

PharmacyEnsuring that our clients have convenient access to competitively priced medications for their pets is an important aspect of our veterinary practice. Medications play an important role in helping treat a sick animal, relieve pain after an injury or surgery, and manage chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. Without these medications we would see higher mortality/morbidity rates, shorter lifespans, and degraded quality of life in our companion animals.

SAC maintains a comprehensive pharmacy within our practice and we are able to quickly access any medication that is necessary for the care of your pet. Because we are the prescribing veterinarian, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. Your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

Refills are easy, too. Simply visit our online pharmacy or give us a call and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit.

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Veterinary House-Calls

Veterinary House-CallsAn important piece of ensuring veterinary care accessible to our clients is through reviving the lost art of the veterinary house-call. We make house calls under certain circumstances.

Our house-call service means you and your pet can remain at home, where you are most relaxed and comfortable, and receive a personal visit from one of our veterinarians and a technician. Services we are able to provide include wellness examinations, vaccinations, routine medical care, blood draws for lab testing, and other general services that do not require diagnostic or other equipment.

Oxygen Therapy Cages

In cases of respiratory distress, we offer oxygen cages which can greatly assist breathing challenges due to injury or illness.

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Behavior Counseling

The number one reason why pet owners give up an animal is because of behavior issues. There is probably no greater factor that can determine the strength of the bond you share with your pet than how he or she integrates with your family, home, and other pets. Shawnee Animal Clinic incorporates behavior counseling into our wellness exams in order to resolve or head off any potential behavior-related issues.

Pet Isolation Wards

Our job is to make your pet well, not expose your companions to disease. We are committed to keeping our patients healthy.

We often care for pets that are sick with contagious diseases. Shawnee Animal Clinic has a protocol in place to help prevent the spread of infectious disease between our patients.

We have a dedicated Isolation rooms for patients with a contagious disease. These patients are kept separate from healthy elective patients, thereby reducing exposure.

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Microchip ID

Microchip IDGetting lost is the number one cause of pet death. How would you find a lost pet if it its tag becomes lost or unreadable, or if you are traveling? Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent wouldn't be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification.

Microchips are the standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips offer a safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets.

We use the ResQ microchip system. This system comes with a number of valuable benefits for you such as no registration or annual fees; customer service seven days per week, 24 hours per day; and worldwide coverage since ResQ's microchips can be read by any International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliant scanner in the world.

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