Our staff at South Valley Animal 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:
It is a shocking statistic: the vast majority of pets (nearly 80 percent) over the age of three have some degree of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, the majority of pet owners are usually unaware of their pets’ suffering. Our South Valley veterinarian wants to raise awareness about how pet dental health is critical to a pet’s overall good health. The fact is, periodontal disease is very painful for pets, and the bacteria that lead to their pain can go on to infect a pet’s vital organs (heart, liver kidneys) if left unchecked. We urge pet owners to take a two-pronged approach to keeping their pets’ teeth healthy: come in for an annual pet dental checkup and learn how to brush your pet’s teeth at home every day.
Bacteria are the culprits behind all periodontal disease in both humans and animals. After we eat, tiny food particles mix with saliva and bacteria that gather around the gum line to form a film of plaque. This can easily be brushed away each day. Unfortunately for most pets, this plaque is not brushed away, but allowed to continue building up until it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed professionally here in our animal clinic.
South Valley Pet DentistryTartar is an excellent breeding ground for more bacteria that cause the gums to become inflamed. If left like this, the bacteria can invade the bone structures and roots of the teeth, leading to tooth loss, excruciating pain and severe bacterial infections. Signs of periodontal disease in pets include very bad breath, swollen and bleeding gums, loose or missing teeth, blood on chew toys and difficulty eating. All, some, or none of these symptoms may be present with pet dental disease.
If your pet has never had a pet dental checkup, please call our South Valley veterinarian today for an appointment. Our veterinarian will carefully examine and x-ray your pet’s teeth under safe anesthesia. Then we will clean away the tartar and polish the teeth so that tartar has less of a grip on the teeth in the future. If necessary, we can also perform extractions and other types of oral surgery.
Just as importantly, we will teach you how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. A daily pet dental hygiene regimen is your pet’s first line of defense against dental disease. We can recommend specially-designed pet toothbrushes, toothpastes, dental treats and water bowl additives (if necessary). Pick the same time and place each day and simply start by letting your pet examine the toothbrush while licking a bit of toothpaste off. Praise your pet effusively. After a few days, gently move along to the actual teeth brushing. With a lot of patience, praise and persistence, many pets learn to enjoy this part of their day as a bonding experience—and it helps them stay healthier!
Call us today at (505) 873-2590 for a pet dental appointment!
Here at South Valley Animal Clinic, our veterinarians have decades of experience performing pet surgery on dog and cat patients. Many of the surgeries we perform are routine surgeries such as spay and neuter procedures, but we also handle everything from emergency surgeries and complex orthopedic surgeries to soft tissue surgeries such as lump removals and gastrointestinal surgeries to remove blockages or untwist stomachs (particularly in large breed dogs). While pet surgery can be a stressful time for pet owners and pets alike, we do everything we can to make the process smooth, safe and successful.
Pet Surgery: From Routine to Emergency Vet Care
Whether your pet needs a routine spay or neuter surgery, or an emergency vet procedure, our pet surgery protocols are just as stringent as those in human hospitals. All equipment is carefully sanitized and all care is made to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable from pre-op to post surgery. We run a complete blood test from our in-house laboratory before any procedure to ensure your pet is safe for anesthesia. Our in-house diagnostics tools also enable us to get a clear picture of what is going on inside your pet so that we know ahead of time where the problem lies and how best to approach it surgically. Before we begin, we will discuss what we intend to do to help your pet so that you will understand what is going on.
While our veterinarian prepares for the surgery, one of our veterinary technicians assists throughout the procedure, constantly checking your pet’s vital signs, administering IV fluids if necessary, as well as any pain management medications needed to help your pet stay comfortable. Our veterinarians have years of on-going training and experience in many surgical techniques and are able to repair broken bones, remove tumors, untwist and unblock stomachs, or to remove reproductive organs. We always try to be as minimally invasive as possible and are constantly studying the latest pet surgery techniques.
Once your pet comes out of surgery, our vet tech will remain with and continue checking in on your pet as he or she comes out of the anesthesia. We make sure your pet has pain medications so that he or she remains as comfortable and calm as possible. When you come to pick up your pet, our veterinarian will explain how the operation went and discuss with you what you need to do to help your pet recover at home. We will explain any medications or wound-care procedures you need to know about and answer all of your questions so that you will feel confident in helping your pet’s recuperation process. We often issue pets a cone or Elizabethan collar to wear so they do not bite or lick their incision site.
Vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your pet’s health. Core dog and cat vaccines are generally begun at the age of six to eight weeks. Core kitten vaccines include those for panleukopenia, feline calicivirus and rabies. Core puppy vaccinations include rabies, parvovirus, canine distemper and infectious hepatitis. Your dog or cat may also need vaccinations against Feline Leukemia, kennel cough or other ailments, depending on the risk of exposure. Booster shots are needed for these core vaccinations at regular intervals. We can administer the appropriate dog or cat vaccines for a lifetime of good health.
Our Albuquerque veterinarian offers core vaccinations at a reduced cost. The core vaccination series are vaccines that every dog or cat should receive. These vaccinations are typically administered as a combined shot. For dogs, the core canine low cost vaccinations are distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus, collectively known as DHPP. For cats, the core feline low cast vaccinations protect against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (feline distemper); this vaccine series is known as FVRCP. We provide these vaccinations at a reduced cost for adult dogs and cats, as well as for puppies and kittens.
As part of our commitment to offering a wide range of vaccinations, our Albuquerque animal clinic also provides rabies vaccination, along with bordetella (kennel cough) and other affordable vaccinations. When deciding which vaccines are appropriate for your pet, our Albuquerque veterinarian will first evaluate your pet’s overall health and lifestyle, and then make recommendations. We work closely with each pet owner to ensure pets receive the right affordable vaccinations for their wellness needs.
Keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations is one of the most important steps you can take as a pet owner to reduce the risk for illness. Vaccinations are a smart investment in your pet’s health. Should your pet become ill from parvo, distemper or another preventable disease, emergency veterinary care can be very expensive. Worse, many older pets have weaker immune systems and are not physically able to sustain the rigorous treatments that would be necessary. Without adequate vaccination protection, illness can strike at any time. Since many of these diseases do not cause visible symptoms until several days after infection, your pet could visit a dog park, grooming salon, or kennel and contract this illness by interacting with a seemingly “healthy” dog or cat. This is why it is so important for pet owners to keep their pets up-to-date on core vaccinations. Low cost vaccinations are a far more affordable alternative to expensive emergency vet care!
Whether your pet needs a vaccination booster or a complete puppy/kitten shot series, the South Valley Animal Clinic Care team is committed to doing everything possible to keeping our vaccinations affordable and accessible. We know that pet owners want the very best for the special pets in their lives, but that regular pet care can be expensive. To learn more about our commitment to offering vaccinations at a reduced cost or to schedule an appointment, contact our vet clinic today at 505-807-9985.
At South Valley Animal Clinic in Albuquerque, NM , 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!
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 Valley Animal 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 or neutering, another dog and cat veterinary service provided at our clinic, also makes a big difference in your pet’s health. In addition to the obvious benefit of preventing litters of unanticipated additions to the already overburdened cat and dog population, surgical sterilization can prevent reproductive or urological infections and cancers. It also controls the spraying, aggression and other antisocial behaviors associated with sexual cycles.