Southgate Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which is the highest honor an animal hospital can achieve. This means that our hospital has been successfully evaluated by an outside consultant on over 800 standards that directly correlate to the care we provide your pet, including continuing education, medical record-keeping, pain management, diagnostic equipment, radiology, anesthesia, surgery, dentistry, and facility maintenance. The staff does OSHA safety inspections on a monthly basis. To maintain our accredited status and to make sure we are keeping up with industry updates, we are evaluated every three years.
At Southgate, we believe proper nutrition contributes to a healthy, longer life for your pet. For this reason, we have nutritional counselors on staff to assist you in implementing and maintaining a nutrition regimen. There is a full line of prescription and non-prescription foods available.
No creature, great or small, deserves better individual attention than your pet. Your concerns are our concerns!
Local Medical IssuesYour pet can't tell you when something's wrong. Our veterinarians are trained to recognize the subtle signs that can indicate that an animal has a problem. They use the same diagnostic tools as your own physician—blood tests, urinalysis, X-rays, ultrasonography, and more—to help pinpoint or rule out problems.
An annual visit includes the following:
A health consultation, hands-on examination, vaccinations, fecal exam, additional diagnostic tests, and recommendation on routine wellness care.
Pets age four to seven times faster than we do, so their health problems can progress much more rapidly than ours. Have your pet examined at least every 12 months; don't put off a veterinary visit if you suspect a problem. Your pets are family members. Like any member of your family, it's important to keep your companion healthy and free of parasites. Parasites can affect your pet in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritation to life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites carry zoonotic diseases, diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans. For example, some worms can be transmitted in the environment. Our doctors recommend routine fecal samples from your pets with every exam.
Canine Flu Alert!
Many of our clients have asked about the threat of canine influenza to their dogs. Canine flu is a highly contagious respiratory virus with nearly all dogs that are exposed becoming infected within a few days after exposure. This disease is highly contagious, so dogs that are around other dogs (boarding, grooming, dog shows, dog parks, contact with neighbors’ dogs) are at increased risk.
About 80% of exposed dogs will go on to develop signs. Typical symptoms resemble those of kennel cough: a persistent cough (often accompanied by a nasal discharge). Some dogs go on to develop pneumonia and can become critically ill.
A new vaccine is available that can reduce this risk. Call NOW to discuss this threat to your dog!