Services

Laser therapy

Northside Vet Clinic is proud to offer the latest technology in pain relief for your pet. Laser therapy is a deep penetrating light that stimulates injured cells to heal faster.  The laser light is completely non-invasive, and provides a  soothing warmth to your pet.  Licensed technicians administer therapy laser for the following conditions:

  • Chronic ear infections
  • Arthritis
  • Lick granulomas
  • Post-surgical pain relief
  • Wound healing , including cuts and bites
  • Several dermatological conditions, including hot spots
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Stomatitis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cystitis
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Strains, sprains, or fractures

Laser therapy is usually used in conjunction with your pet’s pain medications to provide faster relief. Some conditions improve with a single treatment, while others require on-going sessions.  Multi-session discount packages are available.   Speak to your veterinarian to determine whether individual or multi-session laser therapy treatments will provide the most relief for your companion.

Soft Tissue Surgery

If it is determined that your pet requires surgery, you can rest assured that he or she will receive the very best possible care at our clinic. Our veterinarians and staff are highly trained professionals with extensive experience in performing soft tissue procedures. These include correction of hernias, removal of cysts and tumors, etc.

Surgical procedures require the administration of anesthesia. Specific instructions to be followed before and after the procedure will be provided.  For general soft tissue surgeries, your pet will spend the day with us, and be able to go home the same evening.

What to expect before surgery:

A client consent form will be sent to you by mail.  The form  offers you additional procedures that are available to your pet on his/her day of surgery.  Please complete the form at home, and bring it with you on the day of surgery so that we may streamline the admission process.  Selecting any of the additional procedures on the form will increase the cost of the surgery.  The form may be accessed from the main page of our website, under the FORMS heading, at the top of the page.  We ask that you do not feed or water your pet after midnight on the day before surgery. NOTE: if your pet is diabetic, please disregard this instruction and call the office for specific instructions.

What to expect on the day of surgery:

Drop off time is between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  Depending on the type of procedure, an overnight stay is generally not required, and your pet will be able to go home between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. Your pet may need to wear an e- collar  to prevent him/her from licking the stitches and causing the incision not to heal properly.   At pick up, your veterinarian will discuss what is found during the surgical procedure, and make biopsy recommendations on suspicious findings. Specific home care instructions will be reviewed with you by the staff at the time of discharge.  Always feel free to call our clinic if you have any questions before or after  the procedure.

Ultrasound

Our clinic offers state-of-the art testing mechanisms.  These include laboratory and radiographic tests. In addition to routine xray procedures, we are also able to use ultrasound technology to visualize your pet’s internal organs.  Ultrasound has been in use since the 1980s, and provides the advantage of allowing us to visualize problems not  seen using regular xray techniques.   An ultrasound may be ordered when a potential problem exists in the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, or stomach.  Often this test is the definitive way to determine whether your pet requires surgery. Also, an ultrasound is useful in verifying pregnancy in the early stages and fetal viability in the late stages of pregnancy.

Ultrasound exams usually do not require any anesthesia, and do not  involve invasive procedures. The hair around the area being examined may  need to be clipped, because a gel is applied to provide good contact between the ultrasound probe and the skin. Depending on the problem being evaluated, the exam may take up to 30 minutes.

No special preparation is required before the ultrasound, and there are no special instructions to follow after the procedure.  Ultrasound results will be ready as soon as the procedure is finished, although if biopsies are required of any suspicious findings, those results will not be available for several days.  We are pleased to offer ultrasound services to our own clients, as well as clients of referring veterinarians.

Spaying and Neutering

Our office recommends spaying or neutering all pets. The benefits of this sterilization procedure far outweigh the risks. The primary reason to spay or neuter your pet is to prevent overpopulation of unwanted animals. The younger  your pet is, the more benefits you will experience by having the procedure done.  Pets can be as young as four months old to be sterilized.  Spaying or neutering does not affect its personality, playfulness, or general temperament.

Specific benefits for spaying your female pet include:   Prevention of messy “heat” cycles; decrease in tendency to roam in search of a mate; prevention of  a serious, sometimes fatal, uterine infection called Pyometra; elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer; less than 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer if spayed before the first “heat” cycle

Specific benefits for neutering your male pet include:  Decrease in tendency to roam looking for a mate;   reduction or elimination of “mounting” or other unwanted sexual behaviors;  possible decrease in aggression toward other dogs and people;  reduction or elimination of tendency to “mark” territory with urine; elimination of the risk of testicular cancer;  reduction of the risk of prostate cancer

What to expect before surgery:

A client consent form will be sent to you by mail.  The form  offers you additional procedures that are available to your pet on his/her day of surgery.  Please complete the form at home, and bring it with you on the day of surgery so that we may streamline the admission process.  Selecting any of the additional procedures on the form will increase the cost of the surgery.  The form may be accessed from the main page of our website, under the FORMS heading, at the top of the page.

What to expect on the day of surgery:

These are same day surgical procedures (no overnight stay required). We ask that you do not feed or water your pet after midnight on the day before surgery. NOTE: if your pet is diabetic, please disregard this instruction and call the office for specific instructions.  Drop off time is between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., and your pet will be ready to go home anytime between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on the same day.

After care instructions will be reviewed with you at the office, and will be provided in writing for reference at home. A return appointment related to the sterilization procedure is usually not needed, but please call the office  at (937)399-1121 if you have any questions.

Your Pets Dental Needs

You may have heard about plaque (a combination of bacteria, saliva, and debris) from your dentist.  And you probably visit your dentist at least every six months to have tartar (hardened plaque) professionally removed from your teeth.  And as you may know, neglecting to care for your teeth regularly can lead to bad breath, red and bleeding gums, and perhaps even to heart disease.  BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR  PET NEEDS REGULAR DENTAL CARE ALSO?

Fortunately, you don’t need a separate caregiver to provide proper dental care to your pet; our friendly professional veterinarians and staff can take care of this in our office.  In addition to professional exams and removal of tartar as recommended by your veterinarian, you can also feed your pet firm, good quality kibble to help slow down tartar buildup. Dental bones, toys, and  brushing teeth at home are additional options to help your pet maintain good dental health.  Talk to your veterinarian for recommended toys and oral hygiene products.  And be sure to call the office for a dental exam if your pet exhibits any of the following signs of potential dental problems:

  • red or bleeding gums
  • yellow teeth
  • bad breath
  • loss of weight
  • runny nose or tears and swelling under an eye

For your pet’s dental health, just like for your own, prevention is the best action to ensure healthy gums and teeth.

Declawing

Perhaps the most difficult decision a cat owner faces is whether to declaw their cat. Though the procedure itself is safe, it should be given serious consideration. Our veterinarians can discuss options besides declawing to help your cat decrease its destructive habit of clawing furniture, etc. If you do decide to declaw, please be aware of the following:

  • The younger the cat, the less painful the procedure is due to the kitten’s decreased weight.
  • Older cats may be psychologically affected by a declaw.
  • Your cat should remain indoors following a declaw procedure because it will no longer have the ability to fully defend itself outdoors.
  • Your cat will need to spend a night in our clinic following the procedure to ensure that its pain is controlled, that it doesn’t try to climb or jump during the period immediately after surgery, and to ensure that its vital signs are stable.
  • Following the procedure, your cat will need to use a special litter formula for 10 days to two weeks to prevent painful buildup of litter on paws.
  • Our office performs only the laser declaw procedure – the least painful possible procedure.

What to expect before surgery:

A client consent form will be sent to you by mail or email. The form offers you additional procedures that are available to your pet on his/her day of surgery. Please complete the form at home, and bring it with you on the day of surgery so that we may streamline the admission process. Selecting any of the additional procedures on the form will increase the cost of the surgery. The form may be accessed from the main page of our website, under the FORMS heading, at the top of the page.

What to expect on the day of surgery:

These are same day surgical procedures (no overnight stay required). We ask that you do not feed or water your pet after midnight on the day before surgery. NOTE: if your pet is diabetic, please disregard this instruction and call the office for specific instructions. Drop off time is between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. All cats are kept overnight after the declaw procedure. You may pick up your cat anytime during regular business hours on the day after surgery. Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm or Sat 8am to 1pm.

After care instructions will be reviewed with you at the office, and will be provided in writing for reference at home. You will need to use a special litter for the 10 to 14 day period after surgery. We will send you home with a small bag of litter. Additional litter may be purchased at PetsMart or Walmart.

Boarding/Grooming

At King Kennels, we treat your pet like royalty!

Your canine companion will feel right at home in a spacious indoor/outdoor run (all under roof), with skylights, air conditioning, and heat. Each kennel run is 4ft x 8ft and features a separate feeding/sleeping area. King size runs are also available for extra large guests or for families who prefer to have their multiple dogs bunk together. Weather permitting, well behaved dogs will be exercised in the outside courtyard, which is cleaned daily and surrounded by a 7ft fence.

Our feline friends will enjoy their stay in our cattery, which is located in a separate area of our facility. Cat condos are available for guests who wish for additional space, or for families who prefer to have their multiple cats bunk together.
Reservations are required for kennel stays. Space fills up fast during holiday periods and the summer months. Be sure to call early to get a space reserved! (937)390-9999

Daycare is available for $12 per day Monday thru Friday, 8am to 6pm. All daycare dogs are able to play in the courtyard with their “friends” at least three times throughout the day. This is a great way for energetic puppies and dogs to burn off some energy and allows them a safe opportunity for socialization. Due to high demand, reservations are also required for daycare services.

All guests at the kennel must be current on vaccines. Proof is required at check-in. In addition to regular vaccines, dogs must be current on the Bordetella vaccine. Flea control is of the utmost importance at our facility. All pets will be given a fast-acting flea treatment to ensure a flea-free environment. (Mandatory--$5.00 to $5.50 depending on pet’s weight).

Should your pet become ill while in our care, veterinary services will be provided by Northside Vet Clinic, which is adjacent to our facility. You can rest easy knowing that, if needed, your pet will have the very best in medical care only a stone’s throw away.

All guests at our facility are treated to Hill's Science Diet brand pet foods. However, you are always welcome to bring your usual brand of food. We also encourage you to bring any bedding, blankets, toys, or treats that will help your pet feel more at home. No need to worry about geriatric or convalescing pets. We cater to our guests have special needs: our staff is trained and experienced in preparing special diets and administering medications.

Your pet doesn’t have to be a boarder to take advantage of our grooming service. Our groomers work under the direction of Joyce Taylor, who has been a professional groomer for over 20 years. Services range from basic bathing to full grooming. Call today for pricing and an appointment! (937)390-9999.