Veterinary Services

Puppy & Kitten Care

Getting your new puppy or kitten off to a healthy start sets the stage for their lives as healthy adults. Regular physical examinations, core and elective vaccinations, fecal testing for parasites, and deworming are all important elements of ensuring good health for your puppy or kitten. Our knowledgeable staff can help your family learn about potty training your pup, performing nail trims on your puppy or kitten, dietary recommendations, and potential health hazards for your new pet.

Spaying and neutering are additional topics to consider; the appropriate age for the timing of sterilization surgery may vary depending upon the species and breed of your pet. You may also want to consider pet health insurance — a great way to get your new little family member off to a good start. Last but not least, you’ll also want to consider whether your new puppy or kitten may need preventives such as monthly heartworm prevention and flea/tick preventives. We realize that adding a new family pet can come with lots of questions… but don’t forget, we’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to call.

Wellness and Preventive Care

We believe in preventive care to help your animals live longer, happier lives.

  • Annual visits are critical to assess a patient’s health; we look at weight, listen to their heart and lungs, assess their teeth, and give a full body exam at each visit.
  • Vaccines are crucial to prevent many contagious diseases – we assess an animal’s lifestyle to ensure your pet is only getting the vaccines it needs. Our core vaccines are DAPP, Leptospirosis, Rabies (legally required for dogs in the state of Idaho) and we also offer Bordetella (kennel cough) and Canine Influenza.
  • We also highly recommend annual bloodwork. Both dogs and cats are very good at hiding illnesses and we find many issues in routine bloodwork that were not suspected.
  • Annual heartworm testing and yearly heartworm prevention is recommended for all dogs. We offer Sentinel monthly pills and Proheart injections for prevention.
  • If your pet is not on heartworm prevention, we recommend deworming annually to help protect you and your family from intestinal parasites.

Parasite Control

Pets are a part of our families, and preventing parasite infestations is an important part of keeping them healthy. Both ectoparasites (external parasites) and endoparasites (internal parasites) can affect your pet at some point in their life. Ectoparasites, such as fleas and ticks, are not only a nuisance to your pet, but can transmit vector-borne diseases to humans and pets such as Bartonella (cat scratch disease, transmitted by fleas), Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Fleas can also cause a severe dermatologic condition for your pet resulting in very itchy, inflamed skin, due to flea allergy dermatitis.

Roundworms are the most prevalent endoparasite in pets. Others include hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Pets are typically infected with these parasites through accidental ingestion of parasite eggs (which are microscopic) from areas that have fecal contamination from other infected animals. Alternatively, some parasites are acquired through ingestion of intermediate hosts such as rodents (Taenia tapeworm species; Toxocara roundworm species) or fleas (Dipyllidium tapeworm species). These parasites are also a health risk to humans and are considered zoonotic – meaning they can be transmitted from animals to people. For example, if a person accidentally ingests roundworm eggs, the larvae can migrate into the body and cause organ damage and potentially blindness. Hookworm larvae in the soil and grass can infect bare skin and cause a condition in people known as cutaneous larva migrans.

Heartworm is another important endoparasite, but one which is not zoonotic. Heartworm infections result from pets being bitten by infected mosquitos. The larval form of the heartworm travels through the bloodstream to the heart where it develops into an adult. The adult heartworms live in the right side of the heart and if left untreated, result in progressive heart failure and death. In the initial stages of heartworm disease, pets may be asymptomatic. As the condition progresses, symptoms may evolve including a cough and exercise intolerance in dogs, and vomiting/coughing in cats.  Treatment of heartworm disease can be very risky for the pet, and very costly.

Because of the health risk to your family and pets, it is important to keep your pet on a year-round parasite-prevention program. There are several preventives that, when used properly, are very effective at greatly reducing the risk of your pet acquiring heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and tick-transmitted diseases. Additionally, you can help prevent the risk of zoonotic disease to your family by practicing good hygiene (frequent hand washing), avoiding eating unwashed raw vegetables or undercooked meats, and cleaning up pet feces in your yard. For more information about pets and parasites, visit, and consult with one of our friendly staff!

Emergency & Urgent Care

In an emergency, seconds count. When you arrive with your pet on an emergency or urgent care basis, our highly trained staff will perform an immediate triage assessment to assess the stability of your pet and the need for emergency medical intervention. In life-threatening situations, you may be asked for consent to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

The first component of basic triage is assessing your pet’s level of consciousness, airway/breathing (labored breathing or choking, lack of oxygen), circulatory status (pale gums or weak pulses, racing heart), and pain score. Patients needing urgent medical attention, upon consent will be moved to our treatment area for immediate doctor assessment and commencement of emergency care.

Placing an IV catheter and administering IV fluids, giving oxygen supplementation, and pain relief medications may be elements of the initial stabilization of your pet. As your pet is stabilized, your veterinarian will review a diagnostic plan which may include imaging (radiographs, ultrasound) and laboratory evaluation (blood and/or urine tests) to ascertain the severity of the situation and tailor treatment for your pet.


Oral health is a crucial part of maintaining an animal’s overall well-being. We will evaluate your pet’s teeth during an exam and recommend an anesthetic dental cleaning if warranted. During a dental, your pet’s teeth are scaled ultrasonically and polished just like your dentist does. We can offer extractions as needed to maintain your animal’s oral health. We will be happy to do a dental consult and even discuss some at-home dental care.


All of our doctors are skilled surgeons and we offer a wide array of surgical services. We offer both soft tissue (spay, neuter, mass removals, etc) and orthopedic surgeries (ACL, patella, simple broken bones). We utilize an anesthetic protocol tailored to a pet’s specific age, species, and special concerns. All of our surgeries are monitored by a technician and up-to-date monitoring equipment and all get IV catheter and fluids with surgery. We’re always happy to do a surgical consult to discuss the best options for you and your pets.

Diagnostics/Sick Pets

We have full capability for in-house bloodwork including chemistry, CBC, urinalysis, feline leukemia/FIV testing, parvo testing, and more. If a pet isn’t critical, we can also send out labs to a national reference laboratory for more in-depth testing. We offer in-house radiographs and minor in-house ultrasound with one of our doctors. For more extensive diagnostics, we do have the ability to schedule an in-house ultrasound with a board certified radiologist.

In-House Laboratory

We utilize state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to identify underlying health issues in order to keep our animal companions healthy and happy. When our animal companions are in pain, they cannot tell us where they are hurting. In order to establish what is happening, we perform lab tests to help identify common concerns such as dehydration, anemia, and infection, in addition to more extensive concerns such as kidney disease, liver disease, and pancreatitis.

We highly recommend annual testing for the following:

  • FeLV/FIV/Heartworm test (Feline Leukemia Virus & Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Heartworm / Ehrlichia / Lyme/Anaplasmosis test

We are able to perform common labwork and emergency labwork with our in-house equipment. The results are available to our veterinarians within approximately an hour.
Common labwork performed at Pet Health Clinic:

  • K9 parvo test
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Pre-anesthetic screening
  • Urinalysis
  • Chemistry panels

Certain labwork can only be performed by an outside laboratory. We utilize Idexx Reference Laboratory for this purpose.
Common labwork sent to Idexx Reference Laboratory:

  • Biopsy
  • Canine and feline young adult maintenance screening
  • Geriatric screening
  • Phenobarbitol level
  • Fecals

*Depending on sample sent, results are available to our veterinarians in approximately 24-72 hours

Senior Care

As our pets live longer, fuller lives, they require a little more care. Our staff is experienced at being gentle with your senior pets and making the best preventive recommendations to help expand their life span. We consider pets to be seniors between 6-10 years of age, depending on breed, and will definitely advocate for annual bloodwork and possibly annual dentals. When an end of life decision has to be made, our compassionate staff will help you through this difficult time. We do offer cremation services through a local pet crematorium.