Our Pet Services
Annual wellness examinations are very important to provide the best preventative care for your pet. We recommend annual examinations and tailor vaccine etiquette to fit your pets’ needs. By providing high quality pet health and wellness services we will assist your pet in living a longer, happier, and healthier life.
Below you can find our Dog & Cat Care Services
Providing your dog with complete care and nourishment starts with understanding of just what they need. What you feed your dog is essential; offering a balanced diet will help your dog avoid the risks of malnourishment and obesity. Basic routine care will keep your dog active and healthy. Don’t let your dog lay around all day! Dogs need plenty of exercise to keep fit, so play that game of fetch, and take that walk!
Dental disease is a common problem for dogs. Brushing your dog’s teeth will help significantly reduce dental problems. Feeding special formulated dog food may also help provide dental benefits.
Your dog will also need routine vaccinations throughout life; the core vacines we recommend are rabies, distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis and Bordetella (kennel cough).
By keeping a balanced and nutritious diet, maintaining an active lifestyle and visiting us for routine check-ups, together we can help your dog have a long, happy, healthy life.
Your cat might act independent, but he still counts on you to provide him with food, water, safe shelter, veterinary care, a clean litter box, love, and more. Take care of these essentials, and you’ll develop a rewarding relationship with your cat.
Cats, both indoor and outdoor, should visit a veterinarian annually for wellness checks and vaccinations. Routine medical care is as essential for your cat as it is for you. All cats, whether long-or short-haired, should be brushed regularly to keep their coats and skin healthy, prevent matting, and reduce shedding and hairballs. They need to have their claws clipped regularly to keep them from growing into their paw. Grooming is also a good way to discover any lumps, fleas, injuries, etc.
Routine care is important for your cat. Feed your cat a nutritionally balanced diet with fresh water. Cats often entertain themselves, but regular play sessions with your cat will provide him or her with the physical and mental stimulation he needs and strengthen the bond you share with your cat.
Regular dental cleanings, just like we get at our dentists, are important in maintaining not only your pet’s teeth but also for his or her overall health, as well. Our dental unit includes an ultrasonic scaler and polisher. Scaling your pet’s teeth allows accumulated plaque and tartar to be removed both above and below the gum line. Polishing with a fluoride paste is important, as it creates a smooth tooth surface that is more resistant to future plaque buildup. One of the big differences between us going to our dentist and your pet getting his/her teeth cleaned, is that animals need to be put under anesthesia to have their teeth cleaned. We cannot adequately clean their teeth and thoroughly examine the mouth for problems while they are awake. We take the appropriate steps to make sure that the anesthesia and dental cleaning are as safe as possible for your pet.
Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. South Sioux Animal Hospital carries HomeAgain microchips, the country’s most widely used microchip. Microchips are roughly the size of a grain of rice, and are implanted using a large needle just under the skin between the shoulders. Your pet does not have to be sedated or anesthetized for this, and it is a very quick procedure. Microchips are read by a special scanner that is waved over the pet’s back. All veterinary clinics, animal shelters, humane societies have microchip scanners, so if your pet is ever lost, they will be able to trace the specific microchip number back to you. It is important to note that microchips just contain a number specific to your pet; it does not contain any personal information or details. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information (phone number, address, email) up to date on the HomeAgain website so if your lost pet is found, the rescuer can get in touch with you.
While we will perform declaw surgeries on cats using careful dissection techniques with electrocautery, we do recommend several alternatives to declawing, such as regular nail trims (we do offer this service at our clinic), vinyl or plastic nail caps that can be glued over the regular nail, and useage of scratching posts with multiple textures. Please contact us to discuss these alternative options in more detail. We will not declaw cats over one year of age. We also strongly recommend that declawed cats be kept indoors, as they have minimal defenses if outdoors.
Wellness Care and Immunization
At South Sioux Animal Hospital, we strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness programs has rewards for both pets and owners.
Our wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include: comprehensive physical exam, internal and external parasite testing, heartworm and flea control, vaccination program, spay and neuter packages, and specialized blood tests for all life stages.
South Sioux Animal Hospital offers non-invasive, non-painful laser therapy to pets. This is part of our continued investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in veterinary medicine. Lasers have been used in human medicine for over 30 years, but are just beginning to appear in the veterinary field as doctors and pet owners learn more about the benefits they can provide.
Non-invasive laser allows the pet’s body to heal faster and enables your pet a quicker return to normal lifestyle. There are generally no side effects and will stimulate the body to help heal itself rather than using additional medications. Examples of conditions that can be helped with laser therapy include arthritis, wounds, post-surgical healing, tendonitis, skin infections, intervertebral disc disease, ear infections, hip dysplasia, and much more. The number of treatments depends on the severity of the condition. We provide laser therapy for cats, dogs, reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
Class IV laser therapy utilizes light with a wavelength between 600-950nm, which interacts with tissues at the cellular level. Metabolic activity increases within the cell, producing a cascade of beneficial effects. Laser therapy decreases pain and inflammation, promotes new cell and tissue growth, and promotes faster healing time.
What to Expect:
There is no sedation required and restraint is minimal. Most pets find the treatment pleasant and comforting; treatments are not painful. Treatment time typically lasts 2-8 minutes.
Although improvement maybe seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3-9) for the greatest benefit.
A multi -visit plan is recommended for most conditions.
Some pets exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12-24 hours after a laser treatment.
Class IV laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature.
The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition.
What Not to Expect:
Do not expect 100% resolution after one treatment.
Do not expect a cure for arthritis.
Do not immediately increase your pet’s activity level. No Frisbees, tennis balls, etc. Your veterinarian will direct you as to when and what types of activities are allowed.
Do not stop treatment after 2 or 3 sessions if you don’t think its “working”. It takes time for decreased inflammation and heal tissues. Most pets do feel some relief after the first treatment.
What to Watch for:
Renewed energy and freedom of movement. Getting up and down the stairs easier, hopping on the couch, etc.
Rapid tissue healing
Improved quality of life
Reintroduction to Activity:
Consult with your veterinarian before your pet returns to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to ensure the pet does not aggravate the condition.
Laser Therapy FAQ:
Q? Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
A. There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Q?Are there any side effects or associated risks?
A.During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
Q?How long does each treatment take?
A.The typical treatment time is 2 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
Q?How often should a patient be treated?
A.Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
Q?How many treatments does it take?
A.This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 9 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
Q?How long before the results are felt?
A.Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often noticed after 3 or 4 sessions.
Q?Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
A.Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including pain medications, antibiotics (if needed), acupuncture, physical therapy and herbals.
Our in-house testing includes heartworm disease, Lyme disease, parvovirus, fecal parasite exams, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). We also offer in-house comprehensive and pre-operative bloodwork testing. Commercial veterinary laboratories are utilized for specialized diagnostics such as histopathology and consultations.
Surgery & Anesthesia
At South Sioux Animal Hospital we know that having a pet undergo a surgical procedure can be overwhelming. That is why we offer patient-tailored anesthesia, pre-anesthetic blood screenings, coagulation profiles, and post-operative pain management.
Your pet will be examined during check-in to ensure that he or she is in top shape for surgery that day. We encourage owners to voice their questions and concerns with our technicians and doctors.
During surgery, your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, oxygen saturation, respirations, blood pressure and temperature will be carefully monitored. Our technicians will stay with your pet until they are fully awake from surgery and will always call to let you know your pet is recovering well.
Our clinic offers a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries from spaying and neutering to exploratory abdominal surgeries to orthopedic procedures.
Our digital radiology equipment takes radiographs (x-rays) to help our veterinarians evaluate musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. This invaluable service can be done while you wait.
Our veterinarians will review the x-rays with you so that you can better understand your pet’s specific problem. Radiographs can also be sent to a board-certified radiologist for review if there are further concerns.
Spaying & Neutering
We typically recommend spaying and neutering your pets once they are 6 months of age. Some dog breeds may benefit from spaying a slightly older age. Spaying your pets can help reduce the risk of developing mammary and ovarian cancers, and uterine infections. Neutering your pets can help reduce urine spraying behaviors in cats, eliminate the risk of testicular cancer, and help decrease the risk of your pet roaming the neighborhood looking for a mate. Spaying and neutering your pets will help alleviate the crowding problem in animal shelters. Our spay and neuter packages include a pre-operative physical exam, anesthesia, surgery, post-operative pain medications, one night of post-operative hospitalization and a recheck exam one week after surgery. We also offer complimentary nail trims and in-house fecal exams (to check for intestinal parasites) with spays and neuters. Any time a pet has to go under anesthesia for a procedure, we do recommend pre-operative bloodwork to help detect any potential problems; it is not mandatory, but it is recommended, and this cost is not included in the spay/neuter package. If your pet is in heat, pregnant or obese at the time of the spay, there will be an additional charge. Please contact us with any questions, and for pricing. (402) 494-3844
We understand that our patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. It is our belief that alleviating pain in animals is vital to excellent patient care.
Spay and neuter package costs include pain medications because we feel your pet’s comfort should not be a matter of expense. Patients are carefully evaluated post operatively to ensure that a pain management program is adapted to his or her specific needs.
We offer full service pet health care that includes the bathing and grooming of dogs and cats.
We require your dogs and cats be up to date on their vaccinations in order to be groomed. This is for their health and safety, as well as that of our other patients. Dogs must be current on rabies, distemper, parvovirus and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines. Cats must be current on rabies, FeLV and FVRCP vaccines. Should your pet require any of these vaccines, we’d be happy to vaccinate them the day he or she is scheduled for grooming. If fleas are found on your pet at the time they are groomed, they will be treated at the owner’s expense.
We offer boarding services for both dogs and cats. We require that boarding pets are up to date on their vaccinations; this is for the health and safety of your pet and our other patients. Dogs must be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and Bordetella (kennel cough). Cats must be vaccinated for rabies, FeLV and FVRCP. Should your pet require any of these vaccines, we’d be happy to vaccinate them when they come in for boarding. If fleas are noted on your pet, they will be treated at the owner’s expense. We do provide food and bedding while your pets board with us, but you are welcome to bring your pet’s own food, blankets, bedding, toys if you would like. Boarding pick-up and drop-off times are Monday through Friday 8am-5:30pm, Saturdays 9am-12pm and 2pm-3pm, and Sundays 9am-11am.
Here are the boarding fees:
Cats – $15.20 per day per cat if client. If non-client, $17.30 per cat per day.
2 cats together – $27.40 per day if client. If non-client, $35.18 per day.
3 cats together – $41.10 per day
Dogs – $16.25 per dog per day if client. If non-client, $18.50 per dog per day.
2 dogs together – $29.30 per day if client. If non-client, 33.10 per day.
3 dogs together – $43.94 per day
One day minimum for dogs and cats: $17.20.
If pets require medication while boarding, there is an additional charge of $3.
**Prices subject to change.