We don’t believe in the one size fits all treatment at Animal House which is why we do not offer “Plans” or “packages” We feel quite strongly that each animal should be treated individually and receive those vaccinations and treatments that are needed for their individual lifestyle. We offer the best possible medicine utilizing the latest diagnostic equipment available. We tailor each treatment plan to the unique needs of each pet and their family.
Read below for our complete list of our services to care for your pet. If there is something that you don’t see or need more information, please feel free to give us a call. We love to take care of your pet family.
Laser therapy (photobiomodulation therapy), is fast-acting and versatile. This treatment modality effectively treats a wide variety of conditions including pre-surgical, post-surgical, acute, and chronic disease states.
Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy results are achieved when a sufficient dose of light energy reaches target tissue and results in decreased inflammation, decreased pain, and accelerated healing. Treatments are non-invasive, drug and surgery-free and can be administered in 1-10 minutes.
Laser therapy can effectively reduce pain and inflammation associated with a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including: Dental Procedures, Infections, Sprains & Strains, Post-Surgical, Osteoarthritis, Inflmmation, Degenerative Joint Diesease, Inflammatory Bowel Diesease, Fractures, Wounds, Lick Granuloma.
Dental x-rays are just as important in our pets as they are in us humans, even more so as they cannot tell us when they have a toothache! It is amazing how a tooth can appear completely normal on the outside yet have significant pathology unseen beneath the gum-line, from abscesses to fractures, and we would never know without the use of x-ray technology…this is why your own dentist recommends full mouth x-rays with every cleaning.
Many low-cost clinics now offer dental cleanings but many of these clinics do not have the capability to take dental x-rays if there is a suspicious lesion which often results in a diseased and potentially painful tooth being left in place and untreated and although the teeth appear cleaner and the odor may be lessened the actual disease is left untreated. At Animal House we have digital dental radiographs which are recommended anytime a suspicious pocket or fracture is found during an oral exam and is recommended in any patient with advanced dental disease. We want your pet to leave with not only a clean mouth, but also a disease-free and pain-free mouth.
Imaging is an important modality to help determine what is causing your pets illness and therefore help direct the best course of treatment to get your pet back to health asap. X-rays of the chest can help to identify pneumonia, heart failure, valley fever, cancer, and many other disease processes. X-rays of the abdomen can help to diagnose life-threatening conditions such as uterine infection (pyometra), bloat, GDV (gastric dilation and volvulus), intestinal obstruction, gastric foreign bodies, bladder stones, kidney stones, and many other disease processes.
In some instances more detail may be required in which case abdominal ultrasound is a non-invasive modality utilized on a regular basis at Animal House. Ultrasound allows us to take a very close look at each abdominal organ, from the kidneys, to the bladder, to the liver and intestines, to the spleen and is more sensitive at detecting soft tissue abnormalities that may be missed on x-rays. There are times when an abnormality or mass can be seen on x-rays and ultrasound can be very useful in these cases to determine exactly what is going on inside and therefore can help determine the best course of action for your pet. There are times when a radiologist may be required to view and interpret both x-ray and ultrasound images which is easy to accomplish with digital technology.
We have a full in house pharmacy and carry a large variety of prescription diets so that your pet can begin treatment immediately. We proudly guarantee all of the prescription diets we sell, if your pet won’t eat it or does not like it, or if you simply don’t like the way it looks or smells, you can bring the food back for a full refund no matter how much is left in the bag! This is especially helpful when trying to find a therapeutic diet that a finicky pet will eat. Written prescriptions are also available for those medications that can be purchased through a human pharmacy and may be available on the various discounted plans. We even have an online pharmacy providing delivery of medication to your home!
We have the capability to perform full diagnostic lab work in our clinic with results available within minutes. This is very helpful when your pet is critically ill and we cannot afford to wait the 12 hours for results from an outside lab. This is also a convenient option for pre-anesthetic blood work which can be performed the morning of your pet’s scheduled surgery.
We offer the latest in state of the art digital x-ray equipment which provides immediate digital x-ray images which will be shown to you via a computer monitor located in the exam room. This technology gives us the ability to adjust the x-ray image on the computer monitor rather than taking multiple x-rays of your pet which in turn results in less radiation exposure to your pet and less waiting time for you. Each X-Ray study taken with our digital equipment can be electronically transferred to a board certified veterinary radiologist for careful review and a written consultation with results available up to 30 minutes after submission. Each and every patient that has x-rays taken at our clinic will be furnished with a CD of these images upon request.
All surgical patients receive pain medications prior to and after surgery to aid in recovery and prevent unnecessary pain. We have the ability to perform blood work in our clinic the morning of your pet’s scheduled surgical procedure. We have state of the art monitoring equipment that is used on every anesthetized patient in order to closely monitor all of your pet’s vital signs and address any problems that may arise quickly and competently. All anesthetized patients will have an intravenous (IV) catheter placed and are maintained on IV fluids in order to maintain the patient’s blood pressure while also providing immediate venous access in case this is needed for administration of medications. Anesthetized animals have difficulty maintaining their own body temperature, therefore extra care is taken to be sure that our patients maintain their normal body temperature through the use of IV fluid warmers, special heat retaining pads, our heated surgery table, and forced warm air blankets. Patients are closely monitored until they are completely recovered from anesthesia at which time we will call or text you (your preference) with an update and an estimated time that they can go home. We promise to care for your pet as if he/she were our own from the minute they are left in our care until they leave with you that same day.
Surgical procedures routinely performed:
Ovariohysterectomy (Spay surgery for females)
Castration (Neuter surgery for males)
Routine soft tissue surgery
FHO (femoral head ostectomy)
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair – lateral suture technique
MPL (Patella luxation) Repair
Ultrasonography can be a very useful and noninvasive tool to closely examine the abdomen and heart and detect structural abnormalities that may not be detectable on x-ray. Ultrasonography should be performed by a board certified or very well-trained veterinarian as this is not a skill that is easily learned and subtle changes could be missed in the hands of an untrained individual.
Our veterinarians are able to perform abdominal ultrasounds in our clinic to gain valuable information that may not be detectable on x-rays. We also have the capability to bring in a board certified cardiologist (Dr. Chris Paige) to perform cardiac ultrasounds and examinations. We also have the capability to bring in a board certified internal medicine specialist (Dr. Jason Eberhart) for those cases requiring a specialist.
Dental care is extremely important for your pet’s health. Bacteria residing in the tartar on your pet’s teeth and in hidden abscesses of the tooth roots can spread through the body causing disease in other organs. A full dental cleaning can be performed in our clinic which will help improve your pet’s overall health and, in many cases, you will notice an obvious change in how your pet feels. All teeth are examined, cleaned, and recorded in their patient record. If there are any suspicious pockets around the tooth we have the capability to x-ray the affected tooth and be sure there are no problems lurking beneath the gumline where we cannot see. We offer the latest in digital dental x-ray equipment which provides us with immediate results in order to diagnose hidden pathology in your pets mouth. This allows us to address problems immediately which in turn results in less time your pet is anesthetized. Just as in our general surgery department we have the ability to perform blood work in our clinic the morning of your pet’s scheduled dental procedure. We have state of the art monitoring equipment that is used on every anesthetized patient in order to closely monitor all of your pet’s vital signs and address any problems that may arise quickly and competently. All anesthetized dental patients will have an intravenous (IV) catheter placed and are maintained on IV fluids in order to maintain the patient’s blood pressure while also providing immediate venous access in case this is needed for administration of medications. Anesthetized animals have difficulty maintaining their own body temperature, particularly dental patients, therefore extra care is taken to be sure that our patients maintain their normal body temperature through the use of IV fluid warmers, special heat retaining pads, and forced warm air blankets. Patients are closely monitored until they are completely recovered from anesthesia at which time we will call or text you (your preference) with an update and an estimated time that they can go home. Most pets will not “open up and say ahhh” when we ask them therefore our dental patients are sent home with before and after pictures so that you can see exactly what was found in your pets mouth prior to and after their dental cleaning. We promise to care for your pet as if he/she were our own from the minute they are left in our care until they leave with you that same day.
Our veterinarians are all fully accredited and able to provide national health certificates. All health certificates must be written within 10 days of travel and will also need to be submitted to a USDA veterinarian for signature (in New Mexico or New York) within this 10 day period as well. Prior to planning your trip out of country with your pet please visit www.aphis.org to learn all requirements needed for travel to all other countries.
We are happy to provide Home Again microchips which have an extensive network to help recover your pet in the case he/she becomes lost, this is more than just a microchip it is a network of people all dedicated to help recover your pet in case he or she becomes lost. Over 50,000 vets and animal shelters across the country are equipped with scanners that can read the Home Again microchip. Home Again representatives are available 24 hours a day to send out rapid Lost Pet Alerts along with Lost Pet Posters to members of their recovery network to help recover your pet. When your lost pet has traveled over 500 miles away they will cover up to $500 to fly your pet home! Our cost for microchipping includes the lifetime registration fee and we do all the paperwork for you! Unfortunately we see many lost pets brought in by good Samaritans that have a microchip that was never registered, in these sad cases the pet’s owners cannot be contacted. This is why we go the extra mile with this service to prevent this from happening and help more lost pets be reunited with their families.
We offer a multitude of outpatient services for your pet that do not require an office visit or examination by a veterinarian. Toenail trims, anal sac expression, microchipping, heartworm testing, and ProHeart injections can all be scheduled with one of our highly trained technicians on an outpatient basis. All vaccinations can be administered in an outpatient appointment (no exam will be performed and no office call fee will be charged either) if your pet has been examined by a veterinarian at Animal House within the past year and is currently healthy.
Pain management for many of our patients often requires a multimodal approach, especially with our arthritic geriatric patients. There are multiple medications that can be used along with diet, exercise, therapeutic laser, nutritional supplements, acupuncture, and physical therapy. All aspects of pain management can be discussed and implemented as deemed appropriate to each individual case.
We understand that many people have extremely busy schedules, therefore we offer “drop off” appointments which allow you to leave your pet with us for care and treatment at your convenience. This service gives you the ability to run errands or get to work knowing that your pet will be in the best possible hands and will receive all necessary treatment and will be ready to go home when you are finished with your tasks. We can even call or text updates through the day at your request.
We realize that many people work 9-5 Monday through Friday. This can make trips to the vet difficult to work into your schedule, therefore Mondays and Thursdays we will remain open until 7 pm for your convenience.
We are proud to be a practice offering alternatives to declawing cats as our veterinarians do not perform this surgical procedure. We offer “Soft Paws” which are soft rubber nail caps that are applied to your kitties nails to prevent destructive clawing. These caps typically last anywhere from 6-12 weeks. are very easy to apply, and are very well tolerated by cats of any age. We sell these in a variety of colors and are happy to apply these to your kitties toes for you or can teach you how to do this at home.
We take the time to perform a complete physical examination on each patient, examining all organ systems through use of diagnostic equipment, as well as thorough palpation. Annual physical examinations are recommended in order to address any potential problems early, when they are most easily treated.
Every patient is unique in their vaccine needs. This need is highly dependent on their lifestyle which dictates what virus they may or may not be exposed to. Some vaccines have been linked to cancer which can arise in the location where the vaccine is administered, this occurs primarily with adjuvanted vaccines administered to cats. We carry special vaccines (Feline Leukemia and Rabies vaccines) which are made specifically for kitties that do not contain adjuvants thereby decreasing the risk of vaccine associated tumors. Therefore, only those vaccinations considered necessary to protect your pet are recommended depending on your pet’s lifestyle.
We have all necessary equipment and staff to hospitalize your pet on intravenous fluids and medications during the day. Unfortunately, we do not have staff on the premises overnight, therefore, if overnight hospitalization is necessary we can transfer your pet to a 24 hour care facility for continued monitoring and treatment.
Grooming can be quite scary for some animals which is why it is so important to expose your pet to this at a young age in a safe environment during their critical socialization period (before 13 weeks of age). Carina is our excellent groomer trained in Fear Free techniques who takes the time to get to know each of the animals she beautifies. Carina is kind, compassionate, and gentle with all animals in her care. It is no wonder Carina is able to groom even the most grumpy animals turned away by other groomers. Carina is available by appointment only Monday 8-7 and Tuesday 8-5:30 at Animal House.
We are open 6 days a week and would love to see you pet. Even if you just have a question please call us now and we can help answer them for you.