Our staff at Southwest Animal Hospital 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:
- Pocket Pet Services
- Pet Wellness Packages
- Bird Services
- Exotic Pet Services
- Laser Therapy
- Health Certificates
- Preventative Care
- Dental Care
- Advanced Digital X-rays
- Spay and Neuter
- Wellness Exams
- Nutritional Counseling
- Parasite Prevention
- Onsite Diagnostics
- In-House Laboratory
- Allergy Testing
- Pain Management
- Emergency and Urgent Care
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Puppy and Kitten Care
- Geriatric Care
- Dental X-Rays
- Laser Surgery
Not all pets are furry or four legged! We are proud to provide care for exotic pets including birds, reptiles, and pocket pets. Caring for exotic pets requires experience and special training, so we have a team that is equipped to provide our exotic patients with high quality care.
Caring for exotic animals can be very different from other pets, so it’s important for pet owners to be educated on the needs of their pets. Nutrition and a proper habitat are major components of properly caring for most exotic pets.
We are happy to provide care for pet birds. Our team is trained and experienced in caring for avian patients, so we want you to know that your bird is receiving top quality care.
There are many health issues associated with various types of birds, so it’s important to consult with us about your bird’s health. It’s also important for them to receive regular checkups so that we can establish a baseline in their body chemistry and detect any potentially harmful changes.
We know that pets come in all shapes and sizes, so we are happy to treat exotic pets. In addition to cats and dogs, we also treat animals like birds, reptiles, and pocket pets like hamsters and guinea pigs.
Our team is highly trained and educated when it comes to caring for exotic pets, so you can rest assured that your pet is in good hands.
If you have any questions or comments about how we can care for your exotic pet, please contact us today.
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A drug free, surgery free approach for pain managment. Therapy Lasers have been scientifically proven and successfully treat acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain. Laser therapy is a clinically proven modality in both human and veterinary medicine. Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.
If you want to travel internationally with your pet, you need to plan ahead. Since each country is different, you will have to contact the embassy or consulate where you are going to find out what you need to do.
Though every country has different requirements, most require a health certificate that is done by a USDA-accredited veterinarian. Luckily, we have a USDA-accredited veterinarian. If you are not a client, you need to make sure you bring your pets’ records in with you to the examination.
You will always need a health certificate and proof of vaccination. You may also need a microchip and blood tests. Many countries require that your pet get treated for parasites prior to travel. You may also need certificates for the airplane ride.
Since each country is different and we can’t stay up to date will all of the changes in each one, it is important that you call ahead and know what you need. Then, we will make sure that your pet is all ready to go!
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.
Annual dental cleanings are recommended for both cats and dogs 3 years and older. Dental cleanings consist of scaling tartar and plaque off the teeth and above the gum line. Next, the entire surface of each tooth is polished. This creates a smooth surface which helps prevent bacteria and plaque formation. We then apply a fluoride treatment to help fortify the tooth enamel, which is especially important in cats because they are more likely to develop cavities.
We offer several surgical options from routine spays and neuters to more complex surgeries like luxated patella repair and foreign body removal. Each pet is given individual attention and anesthetic monitoring. We monitor pulse oximetry (percent of oxygen in the bloodstream) and have a technician on hand during every procedure.
Advanced Digital X-rays
X-rays are an essential tool that provide valuable information about a pet’s internal organs and bone structure. This helps the doctor diagnose and treat problems quickly. With digital radiography, X-rays are available within 10 seconds and evaluated in-house for immediate results.
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.
Each year millions of pets become lost or displaced. In fact, 1 in 3 pets will go missing sometime in their lives.
To help reduce the risk of losing your pet, we recommend, The Avid® Microchip. This is an implantable medical device that safely and permanently identifies your pet with its own identification number. The chip is as small as a grain of rice, which is injected under the skin with a hypodermic needle. All you have to do is register your pet’s number into the national data-base with AVID.
Vaccines are one of the most important preventative care measures for your pet. Vaccinations protect your pets from numerous disease threats such as bordatella, parvovirus, distemper, and rabies in dogs and upper respiratory diseases, leukemia, and rabies in cats – just to mention a few. Many of these diseases can be passed on to humans, so vaccines help protect human health as well.
At Southwest Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, MO , we believe that regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pets’ well-being. These wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their unique bodies and tendencies.
Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pets’ health, but they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. This thorough checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy!
Whether it’s age appropriate food or a prescription diet, we have you covered. We keep the most common diets in stock, and receive shipments every week. Rest assured, if you need something we don’t have, we can get it in within a week.
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 Southwest Animal Hospital, 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.
Southwest Animal Hospital is proud to offer on-site ultrasound services for pets of the Jefferson City area. Ultrasound technology will allow for early detection of potential life-threatening abnormalities in the digestive, reproductive, and cardiovascular system. This early, prompt detection is often key to successful treatment and quicker recoveries. Our trained staff will conduct ultrasound testing in hospital, allowing for prompt diagnosis and treatment of your pet.
Southwest Animal Hospital is the perfect place to board your pet. Feel like something extraordinary?
Then try boarding your pet in one of our new Luxuary Suites, three penthouse style suites await. Try our cuisine or bring your own from home. Let our trained staff take care of your every need. Everyday enjoy walks in the sun relaxing view of the bird bath, and seeing Southwest Animal Hospital in full swing!
We offer services such as specific breed cuts, hair trimming, comfort cuts, baths, dips, toe nail trims, brushing, ear and eye cleaning, de-shedding baths and brush outs. Regular grooming appointments are important for a healthy pet.
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.
We are very proud of our laboratory. We are able to perform many diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently in it. We can do many simple tests but are also able to offer some more complex ones, too! We are able to run heartworm tests, leukemia and FIV tests, and full blood work for those who are interested in it. There are also many other tests we offer our patients.
The best part of being able to run laboratory tests in our hospital is that we can diagnose your pets much sooner than if we had to send the blood work out to another laboratory. Whenever your pets are not feeling well, we can offer you results and a diagnosis in minutes instead of making you wait a day (or more) for the results.
Dogs and cats can be allergic to almost anything, similar to allergies in people. Pets can be allergic to allergens in their household environment, outside environment, or even their food. Symptoms can range from itchiness and ear or eye infections to constant licking, and even vomiting or diarrhea. Many pets suffer from allergies which can directly affect their quality of life, as well as their owner’s.
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.
Emergency and Urgent Care
Our staff is dedicated and well trained to handle emergencies of all types. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please call us immediately. Our team of professionals will be able to determine the best course of action for your pet.
Emergencies are for current patients only – We are NOT a 24hr care facility.
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 offer all types of assistance with reproduction and breeding, from semen collection to vaginal cytology so you know when the best breeding day will be. We offer artificial insemination (AI) as well as assistance with natural breeding.
We can check for pregnancy with ultrasound and are able to determine the number of puppies fairly accurately on late term radiographs (safe for mom and the pups!) so you know exactly what to expect. We are of course ready to help if you have questions about any part of whelping, and will be close by in case of emergency. We are here to help you succeed.
We offer a variety of solutions and treatments for your pets’ orthopedic issues. We understand that orthopedic problems can be a big challenge for both pets and pet owners so we are dedicated to working with you and communicating with you throughout the process.
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.
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 Southwest Animal Hospital, 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.
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 (573) 635-5411 to learn more about caring for your senior pet.
Southwest Animal Hospital has provided laser surgery for over 10 years. This technique replaces the traditional scalpel and provides significant advantages to patients during a variety of surgical procedures. This includes less pain and a quicker recovery time.