Our Veterinarian 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
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.
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.
Pharmacy - Onsite and Online
Whether your pet is on a therapeutic diet, a prescription to alleviate pain, or an antibiotic to help fight infection, South Sioux Animal Hospital’s well-managed pharmacy is essential for the health of your pet. Please note, that we cannot prescribe medications without first examining your pet.
Wellness Care and Immunization
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.
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.
Surgery & Anesthesia
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 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
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.