Our staff at South Grand Veterinary Clinic is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion they deserve every time they walk in the door!
We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:
- Advanced Digital X-rays
- Dental Care
- Geriatric Care
- Hospice and Euthanasia
- Onsite Diagnostics
- Nutritional Counseling
- Parasite Prevention
- Pain Management
- Preventative Care
- Puppy and Kitten Care
- Spay and Neuter
- Wellness Exams
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Orthopedic Surgery 20lbs or less
Advanced Digital X-rays
Diagnostic imaging is important in small animal practice. It enables the visual evaluation of normal and abnormal anatomy and the recognition and diagnosis of many diseases. Most practices use radiology (X-rays) as their major diagnostic imaging modality, although other modalities, such as ultrasound and endoscopy, are increasingly being used by many practitioners. All imaging modalities have enhanced the veterinarians level of diagnostic accuracy, and provide methods to more closely monitor therapy. As noninvasive studies, they provide excellent alternatives to more invasive procedures, such as surgical exploration.
X-rays are part of a complete clinical workups, as in lameness, cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal or genitourinary tract disease; assessment of body trauma; dental examination; metastatic survey before surgical removal of a malignant tumor; or in a search for multiple organ diseases.
Many veterinarians have their images reviewed by a veterinary radiologist. The radiologist provides an expert’s opinion in interpreting the images and may provide guidance for additional imaging examinations that could be helpful in diagnosis and treatment.
Here in Spokane we are very fortunate to have the services of Dr. Siems, a Board Certified radiologist, who works out of the Pet Emergency Center. He also has ultrasonography capabilities there as well.
South Grand Veterinarian Clinic offers Radiology treatment to pets in Spokane, WA.
We are highly skilled when it comes to c-sections for breeds such as English Bulldogs, Frenchies and Pugs. These breeds have large heads that can become stuck in the mother’s birth canal.
Over 80% of bulldog litters are delivered by c-section, and because of their body type certain breeds will typically need a c-section to give birth, or whelp.
That’s why we are proud to have expert surgeons who are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to performing c-sections on these breeds. As a pet owner you want the best for your pet, and that is what our surgeons provide.
Pet dental health statistics and facts you should know when considering dental disease:
- Most common disease in dogs and cats
- Tartar build up leads to gingivitis(inflamed gums)
- Gingivitis leads to loose, painful teeth and bone loss
- By 3-4 yrs. of age most pets have dental disease
- Bacteria from inflamed and infected gums can enter the bloodstream and result in infections of the kidney, liver and heart.
Dental care is as important for your pet as it is for you. Most periodontal disease and associated organ infections are preventable through a program of oral hygiene and regular professional care. The American Veterinary Dental Society endorses proper care for companion animals. Such care should be a joint effort between the pet owners and veterinarians. Daily tooth cleansing at home, frequent examinations of the mouth, and professional treatment as necessary, provide the framework for good oral health for animals.
Toothbrushing, medicines designed to retard plaque and calculus accumulation, hard diet, and chew treats or toys, may be very helpful in maintaining healthy gums and teeth. However, they are not a substitute for professional cleaning below the gum line as a means of preventing and treating gum diseases.
Best to Brush!
Of course, just as it is for us, toothbrushing is the best method of ensuring that our pets will enjoy good dental health. Remember, our toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and our pets don’t know that so when choosing a toothpaste make it pet friendly and remember to start early in life to train your pet for brushing.
Better to Rinse!
Yes, its true, some pets won’t tolerate daily brushing. In that case there are rinses that can be applied liberally to the oral cavity which contains enzymes which decrease the bacterial load in the mouth (C.E.T. enzymatic rinse).
Good to Chew!
For those pets which tolerate neither daily brushing or oral rinsing there are enzymatically treated chews. As the dog works the chew over, they unknowingly introduce the enzymes into their oral cavity (C.E.T. enzymatic chews). As we decrease the bacterial load in the mouth we decrease the rate of tartar buildup.
Hill’s t/d is a fully balanced diet that contains a matrix which keeps the kibble together. When the pet bites into the kibble the tooth actually sinks into it before it breaks which cleans the tooth surface with each bite.
Cleaning a pet’s teeth is very similar to cleaning ours. We scale tartar and plaque off, polish tooth surfaces and apply fluoride treatments. Unfortunately, pets are not as cooperative about keeping their mouths open and staying still for 20-30 minutes! Therefore, we must use a general anesthetic. For cats and small lap dogs this may be required once a year in order to keep the teeth healthy enough to keep in the mouth.
As you can see the choices for your pet’s dental care at home are varied and you are sure to find one that will work for you and your pet. Any of the products, if used regularly, along with periodic teeth cleanings will keep your pet’s teeth healthy, your pet happier and their breath more tolerable.
Your pets’ skin is the largest organ of the body. Allergies, parasites, infections, autoimmune diseases and cancers can all affect your pet’s skin.
We offer specific diagnostic tests like allergy testing, fungal testing, cultures and biopsies, along with the most cutting edge treatments to ensure the health of your pets’ skin.
Preventative medicine is important when our pets are young, but as our pets age, and become prone to certain disease processes, annual exams and blood work becomes even more critical.
Annual exams and blood work to check liver and kidney values, along with thyroid function have the potential to alert us to early changes that may give us valuable information about your pet’s health. We understand the changes your pet will have as they become older, and we also know the importance of keeping your pet healthy as they enter their golden years.
Please call us today at (509) 747-7333 to learn more about caring for your senior pet.
Hospice and Euthanasia
Saying goodbye to your pet can be extremely difficult. The process can be emotionally and mentally draining. We don’t want you to be alone at the end stages of a pets’ life, and we promise to do everything we can to make it easier on you and your pet. Most of all, we promise to treat each case with compassionate and understanding care.
Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize a pet, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. But every pet owner is inevitably faced with making that tough decision, and we want to be there alongside you to aid in any way we can.
If you have special requests, please let us know and we will be sure to accommodate them. Dealing with the end of a pets’ life is never easy, but we want to do whatever we can to make the process less difficult.
We have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that allow our staff to diagnose your pets’ condition or illness better. It is our commitment to stay on the cutting edge of diagnostic technology.
Having these advanced diagnostic tools allows us to examine specific areas more carefully and provide a quicker and more accurate diagnosis. We use many tools such as radiology, lab tests, and various other equipment and tests.
At South Grand Veterinary Clinic, we are happy to offer microchipping. Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often.
But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval should he or she ever become lost. Microchipping is a standard procedure that implants a tiny chip underneath your pet’s fur. It is a painless and relatively fast procedure and is completely safe.
South Grand Veterinary Clinic offers nutritional counseling for pet owners of Spokane, WA and surrounding communities. If you have any questions about your pet’s diet or would like more information about your pet’s nutritional needs, please contact us today. We can set up a nutrition plan for your pet.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.
The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.
At South Grand Veterinary Clinic, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. Pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.
Pets that are in pain are miserable. For this reason, we will do whatever we can to keep your pets comfortable.
We have many different choices when it comes to treating apets’ pain. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which are very helpful with mild pain. We also prescribe steroids which can offer a lot of relief. We also have stronger pain medications if the non-steroidal medications are not enough. We also offer glucosamine in tablets and injections to help with arthritis.
It is our goal to provide you with complete veterinary care in a professional and accessible atmosphere. That is why we offer a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your pets’ prescription needs.
Having an on-site pharmacy provides you with a more convenient way to get your pets’ medication. We hope that this will save you time and ultimately enhance your experience with us.
We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pets’ health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems.
We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Getting a new puppy or kitten is very exciting. You have a lot to look forward to. The great companionship that a good pet can bring is very rewarding. However, puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and work. Here at South Grand Veterinary Clinic, we are here to help you with your new addition.
First, you should always bring your new puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail examination to make sure that you have a healthy new animal. You also want to get him or her familiar with our veterinary hospital.
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets’ life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets’ health, it’s also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
Ultrasounding is a quick and painless procedure. It uses sound waves to allow us to see inside your pets, without using the harmful radiation produced when we take x-rays.
We are pleased to be able to offer ultrasounds, along with all of our other diagnostic tools, to help your sick pets start to feel better soon. The quicker we can find the problem, the sooner your pets will be back to their normal selves.
At South Grand Veterinary Clinic in Spokane, WA , we believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet’s health is vaccinating him or her against possible diseases. There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets, and other animals, so proper vaccination is vital to protecting them from many types of illnesses.
It is important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.
A Complete Lifecare exam begins with a comprehensive physical exam which looks at eyes, ears, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, skeletal system and skin for any abnormalities. Blookwork can be performed if necessary to augment the physical exam. Bloodwork assesses Bone Marrow activity, Kidney/Liver/Pancreas function and Endocrine systems to include the Thyroid and Adrenal glands. A Urinalysis can also help asses the Renal system. If the pets conditions and the physical exam warrents Imaging, then radiology (x-rays) can be done. We also have the option of having a Board Certified Radiologist read your pet x-ray’s. Other diagnostic tests may include Surgery.
A heart problem can affect your pet at any age and signs of heart disease may be present even if the animal is not in a state of heart failure. Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure. If a pet is suffering from congestive heart failure, they usually accumulate fluid in the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Coughing in the older pet is usually the first sign of Congestive heart failure. Some causes of heart failure include valvular heart disease (leaking heart valves), congenital (pets are born with the defect in the heart), arrhythmias and heartworm infestations.
Many heart problems can be picked up by a physical exam. The Doctors look and listen for cardiac murmurs, rhythm disturbances, jugular pulsations and cardiac enlargement. Other signs you might see at home on a day to day basis may be collapsing after exercise, coughing or breathing difficulties, inability to exercise without being winded.
Further evaluations using chest radiography (x-rays), Electrocardiography (ECG), Echocardiography ( chest ultrasound) is usually indicated when signs suggestive of cardiovascular disease are present.
Heart disease is a serious life threatening condition but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life.request an appointment
Procedures done on dogs and cats are challenging for a variety of reasons, one being that they often don’t want to be still while doctors and staff are trying to help the animal. They also have a level of stress that comes from being in an unfamiliar environment. Because of this, the use of anesthesia is a beneficial way to give pets the care they need.
The use of anesthesia is safe, and we are expertly trained in administering it and caring for patients that are under. If you have any concerns about anesthesia for your pet, please call us today at (509) 747-7333. We would be happy to speak with you and assuage any fears you may have.request an appointment
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser is a state-of-the-art alternative therapy to assist with pain and healing. It can be used after surgeries to help increase blood flow to local areas, improving healing. It can also be used for chronic pain, helping to increase blood flow to those areas. Ask your pets’ veterinarian how your pet would benefit from our Cold Laser Therapy.request an appointment
Orthopedic Surgery 20lbs or lessy
Here at South Grand Veterinary Clinic, we are proud to offer orthopedic surgery to our patients.
Common orthopedic surgeries include cruciate repairs, complex bone fracture repairs, and arthroscopic procedures. Our veterinarians treat bones, joints, and spines to allow pets to move the way they should.
Orthopedic surgery requires more care throughout the whole procedure than other types of surgery. We are here to discuss the surgery in detail before you fully decide to proceed. We will take the best care of your pets during the procedure and while they are staying in the hospital. We will also talk you through the post-op care. We require follow-up appointments so we can make sure your pets are healing the way they should be.
As animal owners, we understand how stressful surgery can be. We are here for you, too! We will talk you through the whole process and what you should expect. We will answer all of your questions. We will also keep you informed while your pets are staying with us. We are only a phone call away if you have any questions after you get your pets home.
If you have any questions about surgery or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us today at (509) 747-7333.request an appointment