Altoona Veterinary Hospital - Our Veterinary Services
Looking for veterinary services in Altoona, IA? You’ve come to the right place!
We often receive calls asking if we provide specific procedures or services. Here is a break down of the services we offer for our clients. If you have a special request that isn’t shown in the list below, please give us a call at 515-967-4281 and we will be glad to discuss it with you.
- Wellness Care/Immunizations
It is our belief that helping pets live longer, healthier lives begins with having regular wellness care visits so that we can determiine what immunizations may be appropriate and develop an internal/external parasite prevention plan based on your pet’s lifestyle. Regular visits also help us keep watch over your pet for any early signs of potential problems. Early detection and management of medical issues such as dental disease, weight loss/gain, heart murmurs, and many others, helps improve the likelihood that you and your pet will have more time with better quality and less costs for more serious medical care.
We are strong proponents of spaying and neutering all pets at some point in their lives. For most pets this should and will be when they are young, prior to reaching sexual maturity. Those few pets who are used for breeding programs should be spayed or neutered eventually once they have reached an age where breeding is no longer in their best interest. Sterilization is not only an important part of reversing the pet overpopulation issue, it is an invaluable part of prevention of many medical issues that can be life threatening.
It has been reported that an estimated 10 million pets are lost each year and 90% of those who do not have identification will not be returned to their owner. Microchipping provides a safe, reliable, and permanent way to connect you and your pet no matter where he/she may roam.
- Pet Boarding
Have to leave town for the weekend, vacation, or just want your furry friend to have some company during the day while you work? We are here to help! We provide pet boarding/day care services for our four legged friends when their pet parents have to be gone. We even have a cozy kitty room for our feline friends to stay away from their canine counterparts.
- Puppy/Kitten Care
New pet owners usually come to us with lots of good questions and we are ready with all the answers they need. Our doctors and staff will take the time to review your new pet’s health history, develop a plan for their future, and discuss any questions or concerns you might have about their behavior, house-training, feeding, or care. We believe that making sure our clients have the knowledge they need makes them better pet owners and allows them to enjoy their pet parenthood more!
- Internal Medicine
Sometimes our skills are needed for more than just preventive medicine. When problems occur, our doctors and staff are ready for the challenge of helping your pet get back “on their feet.” We have the equipment and expertise to provide diagnostics and treatment for diseases, such as kidney, heart, liver, lung, urinary, and musculoskeletal issues.
Beyond the basics of spay/neuter/declaw surgeries, we provide a wide range of surgical services for patients who are in need. Our doctors routinely perform a number of soft tissue procedures including, but not limited to, tumor removals, bladder stone removals, gastrointestinal foreign body retrievals, and certain ophthalmic procedures.
- Dentistry/Dental Radiology
Regular dental care is just as important to your pet’s quality of life as it is for your own. We are equipped to help you and your pet with everything from daily home care techniques, routine dental cleanings/polishing (prophylaxis), and/or addressing tooth fractures/advanced dental disease with oral surgery (extractions). To help us in evaluating the severity of some dental issues, we have the capability to perform digital dental radiographs and look at what problems may lie below the gum line.
Many medical issues are best identified through the use of different types of imaging. Many of us have ourselves had radiographs (x-rays) taken or ultrasonography performed to help evaluate a medical issue. Our patients are no different and we are equipped with digital radiography and high quality ultrasound equipment to provide quick and clear images for our doctors to interpret.
- Behavioral Medicine
We all have our bad days, but some pets seem to have a little harder time than others following the rules. Our doctors and staff are well versed in many behavior modification techniques as well as pharmaceutical options to help your pet become the best he/she can be.
- Pain Management
There are times when our pets have aches and pains that may be temporary, but can also become a regular part of their daily life. In either scenario, our doctors can discuss with you several different options for helping them through the short term or making life bearable in the long term.
- End of Life Care
Saying goodbye to a dear friend is never easy, but when it comes to end of life choices for our pets, it is one of the most compassionate decisions we will make as pet parents. When that time comes our doctors and staff will be here to help make the experience as painless as possible for you and your pet.
- Nutritional Counselling
Our doctors and staff highly qualified to help advise you on what food is best suited to your pet’s nutritional needs. We carry a wide variety of Royal Canin and Science Diet products designed for everything from maintenance feeding to managing specific medical issues.