Salina Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer a comprehensive range of services to address your pet’s specific veterinary needs.
At Salina Veterinary Hospital, we believe that it is much easier to prevent diseases than it is to treat them. We also believe that every patient is an individual and has a unique set of circumstances that may inform us of what their specific preventive care needs might be. Factors that we may consider include breed, age, lifestyle, health status, diet, reproductive status, and even the accompanying human preference. We believe that medicine is not a “one-size-fits-all” practice. As such, each patient will receive a tailored approach to best meet his or her preventive care needs.
We take a team-oriented approach, aiming to educate and empower you, our clients, to make the most educated decisions regarding your pets’ care based on a variety of factors.
- DAPP+/- L vaccines (distemper/parvo +/- lepto) – We begin these vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age and booster every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. This vaccination is then given on an annual basis. Distemper/parvo titers are available…
- Oral Bordetella vaccine (given by mouth now) – Recommended being given yearly to those dogs who frequent grooming facilities, boarding, or any communal dog areas to prevent the spread of kennel cough.
- Rabies vaccine – This vaccination is required by law to prevent this infectious disease and is required for city licensing. This vaccine is given at a minimum 12 weeks of age, bolstered 1 year after that, and then rotates every 2 years afterwards.
- FVRCP vaccine – We recommend starting kittens on this vaccine at 6-8 weeks of age and booster every 3-4 weeks, usually resulting in a series of three vaccinations. After the initial series, we recommend annual vaccination.
- FeLV vaccine – Following negative FIV/FeLV testing as a kitten, we administer 2 initial vaccines 3-4 weeks apart, then annually thereafter. The vaccine we utilize at our practice may be mixed with the FVRCP annual vaccine to give your cat the protection they need with one less needle interaction!
- Rabies vaccine – We offer the feline-specific rabies vaccine and it is given annually.
Thousands of pets go missing every year for multiple reasons, and many do not make it home. Even if your pet wears a collar and ID tag, they can’t ensure your pet’s safe return because collars can break off and tags can become damaged. Fortunately, we offer microchipping, which is a simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely. Along with kittens and puppies, adult pets can also receive microchips.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number.
We know that when boarding your pet, you want to feel confident that your furry family member is both safe and comfortable. We strive to make boarding at Salina Veterinary Hospital feel like your pet’s home away from home. We offer many options to make your pet’s stay relaxing and fun! For pets with medical needs, we also offer medical boarding.
Allergy Testing & Treatment
Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. They can be a result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. Most allergies appear after the pet is six months of age, with the majority of affected dogs over age two. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (e.g., coughing, sneezing, and wheezing) or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea.
Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. The flea-allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea’s saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.
Symptoms of Pet Skin Allergy
It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:
- Scratching, licking, chewing, or biting the skin, feet, and ears
- Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
- Bumps, crusts, or pus-filled vesicles on the skin
- Increased skin pigmentation
- Thickened skin
- Loss of hair
- Salivary staining (brown color)
- Head shaking
If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have them seen by one of our veterinarians at Salina Veterinary Hospital. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to run a wide range of tests and obtain accurate results very quickly. Most in-house lab tests can be done during your appointment with results before you leave. More specialized tests are sent to our outside laboratory.
Nutrition plays an important role in the life and health of an animal. We provide nutritional counseling to help you get the expert guidance you need to and answer any questions you have about your pet’s nutrition and weight.
We also offer prescription diets. These diets are formulated to cater for a variety of disorders, such as allergies, renal disease, liver disease, joint and bone health, dental health, urinary bladder health, canine alertness, etc.
Euthanasia & Cremation Services
We understand that saying goodbye to your best friend can be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make as a pet owner, and that is why the loving staff at Salina Veterinary Hospital will be there with you every step of the way. Whether your senior pet has a painful condition causing poor quality of life or your pet becomes terminally ill, there are times when all the capabilities of medical science have been exhausted and euthanasia is the only way to prevent further suffering.
As hard as it may be to make this choice, we want you to know that our hospice and euthanasia services are conducted with compassion, care, and respect.
Why is dental care so important? Recent studies have shown that 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. In fact, most pet parents are not aware that their pet is dealing with dental issues. Bad breath, plaque build-up, excessive drooling, sore or bleeding gums when eating or chewing, and decreased appetite are signs that your pet’s teeth may require veterinary attention.
Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for dogs and cats as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath; loose, broken, or missing teeth; yellow or brown teeth; red, inflamed or bleeding gums; difficulty or pain when chewing; pawing at the mouth; and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.
Flea & Tick Prevention
Fleas are gross, and they carry different diseases. They will carry tapeworms, hemobartonella (a blood parasite), plague, and other diseases to your pet and into your home. We didn’t even mention the diseases ticks can carry. Ticks carry Lyme disease and viruses and can leave your pet anemic and tired. So how do we prevent them from coming into our nice warm house to feast upon us and our pets?
So what do we do? We prevent it because an infestation means at least three months of treatment to break up the life cycle and treating for the secondary diseases that come with them. This can become expensive and tiresome. Especially if you get this infestation every year as soon as spring arrives.
We recommend the treatment and prevention of fleas/ ticks by the use of various products. The ones that we love and use are Bravecto and Revolution. Why do we like them? Because they have been proven to work and work quickly. They are great with prevention and treatment. They do double and sometimes triple duty, which means they do at least two to three things that we love and keep your pet healthy.
Emergency & Critical Care
Our veterinary team is trained and equipped to handle emergencies. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, being hit by a car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call immediately. If an emergency occurs after business hours, we encourage you to seek help from Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center 785-532-5690 located at 1800 Denison Ave. Manhattan, KS 66506 or the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita 316-262-5321 located at 5618 W 21st St N. Wichita, KS 67205. Another helpful resource if your pet has ingested a toxin is the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarian may be able to offer an “admit exam” or may be able to work to fit you in between scheduled appointments.
Our veterinarians at Salina Veterinary Hospital are proud to offer a wide range of grooming services to keep your pet looking and feeling his/her best. Our hospital offers bathing, nail trims, anal gland expressions, ear cleaning, and clipping. It’s always a great time to schedule a spa day at our animal hospital that proudly serves Salina and the surrounding area.
When you trust our animal hospital with grooming services, you can always expect your pet to receive quality, compassionate care. Whether your pet is just here for a quick bath, nail trim, anal gland expression, or more extensive treatment, such as a medicated bath, de-matting, ear cleaning, or a sanitary clip, our veterinary team will always treat your pet as one of their one. For those requiring full sedation for grooming (in particular our feline friends), we offer bloodwork prior to sedation to screen for underlying disease that may put your pet at risk. Also, if you are a new client requesting a feline sedation groom, we will first schedule an appointment to meet with one of our doctors. This allows them to do a thorough physical exam, review required vaccinations, and discuss any questions or concerns regarding the sedation event prior to the groom appointment.
We also offer mild sedation (given at home before the appointment) for those fur babies that stress easily. We strive to keep your pet as comfortable and relaxed as possible throughout the grooming appointment, and we’ll give you a call as soon as your pet is ready to be picked up.
Spay & Neuter
Spaying your pet early on offers the best protection from diseases like uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. Other added benefits include:
- Your female pet will not go into heat once they are spayed.
- Your male pet may behave better after the operation.
- Your male dog will be less likely to run away from home, as un-neutered dogs will do anything to find a mate.
Our vets are happy to have an open discussion with you about the benefits of these important procedures, any concerns or questions you may have, and help decide the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
We are proud to offer orthopedic surgical procedures on a case by case basis. Such procedures include cruciate ligament surgeries for small to medium-sized canine patients, femoral head and neck excision to help patients suffering from certain hip pathology, and amputations if needed, just to name a few. Our doctors recognize that some orthopedic conditions are best addressed by veterinary orthopedic surgeons who have completed extra training and/or completed residencies to give your pet specialized care. When these more complicated situations arise, we are happy to help coordinate your pet’s referral to give them the best care possible.
Soft Tissue Surgery
We are also proud to offer soft tissue surgical procedures ranging from the more routine laceration repairs and mass removals to the not so routine intestinal surgery to retrieve foreign objects or emergency Cesarean sections. While it is easier to accommodate the routine soft tissue surgeries among other scheduled services, we do our best to work with emergency cases as well.
Radiography is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. As we continually strive to offer the highest quality of medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer radiology services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients.
A radiograph (sometimes called an X-ray) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones.
Radiography is painless, safe, and completely noninvasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography. Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.
Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our radiology service is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise.
We carry a full line of Hill’s Prescription Diets for your convenience and can access other prescription diets such as Royal Canin, by special order. We also have a variety of treats, including several weight control, dental care, and hypoallergenic options, for both dogs and cats. Please call ahead to ensure we have the diet you wish to purchase. We are happy to place a special order for you!
Along with a variety of foods in stock, we are also excited to offer the “Hills to Home” feeding program! With this program you may register through our hospital to conveniently order your pet’s prescription or regular Science Diet food and have it delivered straight to your door. No minimum purchase and free shipping every time!
Laser therapy is a cutting-edge technique in veterinary medicine for managing many conditions, including chronic pain in pets. Class IV (cold) laser therapy is especially effective for treating pets that struggle with osteoarthritis pain whether or not they have orthopedic surgery.
Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate blood flow and increase circulation. It is not a surgical laser which cuts tissue but a laser with different wavelengths to help heal tissues. The laser may even be used as a part of acupuncture in place of the needles.
Your veterinarian will first assess a pet’s pain management needs to determine whether he or she is a good candidate for laser therapy. It is not recommended for pets with cancer to have laser therapy as it could worsen or spread the malignancy. The doctor will create a custom treatment plan. Dogs and cats generally receive the greatest pain relief benefits from a series of eight to ten sessions, usually starting two to three times weekly, tapering down to weekly appointments.
Treatment sessions are tailored to each pet’s individual needs. Smaller dogs may only need 8- to 10-minute sessions. A larger dog that suffers from arthritis in multiple joints may benefit from a longer 30-minute session. During a treatment session, the pet reclines on a table or may even lie on a blanket on the floor. Your veterinarian may allow you to be present for these sessions, but you will need to wear special goggles to protect your eyes.
Pets that undergo orthopedic surgery may need up to six months of recovery time. Physical therapy helps the pet to recover and become active again. Laser therapy is a common adjunctive treatment that allows faster healing of the surgical incision and also helps to relieve the arthritic pain.
Many arthritic pets respond positively to laser therapy. In fact, some pets even fall asleep during treatment sessions as it is the first time they are finally able to relax and not be in pain.
In addition to helping manage arthritis pain, veterinary laser therapy has numerous other applications. Treatment with a Class IV laser may help heal wounds, treat skin disorders such as lick granuloma, and help surgical skin incisions heal faster.
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