Ann Road Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital that cares for dogs, cats and birds. We are a walk-in clinic so you never need an appointment. Our services include exams, consultations, preventive care, low cost vaccinations, diet recommendations, junior and senior pet wellness care, dental and surgical procedures, boarding, and grooming. Additional clinic services include digital radiology, ultrasound, and breeding consultations.
Working with animals requires patience, understanding, and above all compassion; both for the animal and for their owners. For this reason all the staff at Ann Road Animal Hospital have a common bond: a daily goal to give our clients and their pets the most up-to-date and best possible medical care. Each one of our staff is committed to this goal, making Ann Road Animal Hospital a wonderful environment to work in. We hope you will feel this commitment from us when you visit, and come to trust us with all of your pet care needs.
There are both medical and behavioral reasons to have your dog or cat surgically spayed or neutered. Spayed and neutered pets are less apt to roam, decreasing risk of fights or traumas such as being hit by a vehicle. Cats that are spayed and neutered are less prone to urine marking behavior.
Spaying a female dog or cat decreases the risk of breast cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle. Other health benefits of spaying include avoiding uterine cancer and preventing the life-threatening uterine infection called pyometra.
Neutering male dogs has the benefits of eliminating testicular cancer, reducing prostatic disease, decreasing aggression, as well as decreasing behavior problems such as urine marking and roaming.
Please note there are various options when spaying or neutering your pet. Call to speak to a member of our veterinary team to discuss your pet's individualized needs. Additional costs may apply to pets in heat, pregnant, or with other health concerns.
A Junior Wellness Panel is advised for regular health monitoring of all pets less than 6 years of age. Junior Wellness testing allows our doctors to detect problems before becoming a major concern or greater threat to your pet’s health. Junior Wellness also establishes baselines that are important in monitoring your pet’s health trends. Junior Wellness testing includes:
- Dogs & Cats: Kidney and liver values, Blood protein levels, Red blood cell, white blood cell and platelet levels.
- Outdoor cats: In addition to the above, cats that visit outdoors are advised to have a Feline leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) test performed every 6-12 months.
Senior Wellness Panels should be performed annually on all pets over 7 years of age for routine monitoring, unless a problem should arise. Testing for dogs and cats includes: kidney and liver values, pancreas, electrolytes, protein levels, thyroid, blood pressure and urine. Senior comprehensive exams include the above-mentioned blood tests plus thoracic and abdominal radiographs to check for possible organ enlargement or tumors.
Did you know that obesity is a true disease process which can lead to complications that jeopardize your pet’s health? Conditions such as diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, cardiac disease, and respiratory disease all develop more readily in obese pets. During each veterinary exam, your pet’s body condition score is evaluated. If your pet is found to be overweight or obese, diagnostic testing may be advised to rule out underlying problems. Personalized weight management programs may include special therapeutic diets and an exercise plan. Weekly to monthly clinic weigh-ins are important to check your pet’s progress and stay on track.
Ann Road is always looking to make your experience with us more enjoyable, efficient, and convenient. We offer an on-site pharmacy that can fill your prescriptions while you wait, and you can even send your prescription refill requests to us on this website or via phone. Just log into Pet Portal on the top right of the page and follow the given instructions.
Having an on site pharmacy is important to us because the convenience of seeing your pet's doctor and being able to pick up your pet's prescription medication on a single visit reduces the time and cost you may incur, both on the original visit and any future medication refill visits. Also, having convenient and immediate access to the many preventive and therapeutic medicines at Ann Road ensures pets can start recommended medications right away. We offer a wide range of medications and can special-order prescriptions for your pet, so we are confident that our pharmacy will provide you with everything you need.
Our staff is dedicated to working with you to ensure your pet's health. One of the biggest problems we see is with proper nutrition, which is why we offer nutritional counseling to all of our clients. Developing and maintaining a balanced diet is paramount to good health, so we have a variety of different nutritional plans for your pet to go on. This might range from a special post surgery diet to a diet that helps combat or prevent disease, but rest assured that we have the right plan for your animal. With our weight management programs we can get your pet to its target weight, but we can also give you a lot of advice and tips on proper feeding, healthy snacks, and exercise.
Did you know that maintaining a pet at his or her ideal body weight can improve life expectancy by up to 20%? That means a 10 year old dog could live an extra 2 years at the right weight! When we examine your pet, we will evaluate their nutritional status and make specific recommendations regarding proper nutrition for your pet. We have a variety of prescription diets for each life stage and medical condition that we may be faced with. When we start your pet on a nutrition program, we counsel you on a continuing basis. We encourage monthly counseling sessions with our trained nutritional counselors.
Exams and Consultations
Bringing your pet to Ann Road Animal Hospital for physical examinations is crucial to his or her health. We offer thorough physical examinations so that we can detect any potential problems ahead of time. There are many pet health problems that could be avoided through regular physical exams, which is why we recommend that your pet has at least two examinations with our staff per year. While physical exams are critical to animal health, you can do your part too by being a vigilant pet owner. If you notice any irregularities with your pet, take detailed notes and bring him or her to Ann Road for an examination.
What exactly does a physical exam include? Some things you can’t see, feel, touch, or hear without special tests and equipment, but many times you can gain a lot of information about your pet through simple observation. In a physical exam, your veterinarian looks for anything abnormal. What is considered normal is a combination of what is normal for the breed, and what is normal for your specific unique pet. Every pet is a little bit different, just like every human is different. Once the veterinarian does the basic physical exam, any areas of concern will be given more attention.
Diagnostic Lab Testing
Since not all animal health problems can be caught through a physical exam, we pride ourselves in having the best laboratory and diagnostic facilities in the veterinary industry. We have a vast array of laboratory tests and diagnostic equipment that help us give you the most accurate picture of your pet's health. Making sure we have this equipment not only makes our hospital better, it ensures that your pet has the best care possible, as quickly as possible.
Among the common types of diagnostic testing is the in-house cytology. Cytologies can be performed on the skin or the ears and determines whether the infection your pet is experiencing is due to yeast or bacteria. Other diagnostic tests, such as blood work and urinalyses, are increasingly important for your aging pet as well. They can also help uncover growing problems in your adult pet. Intestinal parasite tests, or “fecals,” are helpful as a diagnostic tool and a routine check for microscopic parasites.
Ultrasound offers a non-invasive, non-painful method for diagnosing many diseases. An ultrasound is different than an x-ray in that sound, rather than radiation, is used to create the image. This enables us to not only see the structure we are looking at, but to also see inside. Unlike conventional x-rays which can cause harm if used excessively, evidence shows that ultrasound is completely safe from these side-effects, and can be performed on the pet while they are fully awake. Ultrasound is an invaluable tool in assisting in the diagnosis of various diseases including heart disease, kidney and bladder disease, liver problems, and diseases of other major organs. We can also look inside the bladder for stones and growths.
Very often ultrasound is used in conjunction with x-rays in making the correct diagnosis. Ultrasound also allows the doctor to achieve a depth of detail that is not possible with x-rays. Organs that are difficult to see clearly on film radiographs can easily be seen with ultrasound. Internal abnormalities such as masses, cysts, and abscesses can not only be seen, but can also be identified and measured. Ultrasound evaluation of your pet after a severe injury can provide information almost instantly to determine if emergency life-saving surgery is required. This technology can also look inside the beating heart, helping assist us in diagnosing and monitoring heart conditions. Finally, ultrasounds can aid in diagnosing pregnancy earlier than radiology and more cost effectively than blood tests, and we can monitor the growth and number of puppies and kittens.
Ann Road Animal Hospital is proud and excited to offer the latest in x-ray technology - digital radiology. Until recently, x-ray technology had remained basically unchanged for almost a hundred years. New digital x-ray systems have vastly improved our diagnostic abilities by using computers to aid in the capture and manipulation of the image (including magnification) to see certain conditions more clearly. It also means you can view your pet's x-rays on the computer screen in the exam room and we can e-mail x-rays to specialists for review. The results are excellent! In addition, we no longer have to use the chemicals associated with processing x-ray film - a plus for the environment and our staff! Now x-rays are safer, quicker, and much more useful. They can be stored in a digital format and sent over the web for consultation with a specialist if necessary. Ann Road Animal Hospital has invested in this revolutionary technology to better serve you and your four legged companions.
At Ann Road Animal Hospital we want to make sure your pet is always comfortable, and that's why our Pet Hotel is second to none in service and accommodations. Our extensive boarding facilities include private dog runs that are perfect for large and even giant dogs. We have a number of runs as well that are comfortable for multiple dogs. And our cat condos provide ample room for felines to bask and relax.
Our staff is committed to the care and well-being of the pets staying with us. We have a deep love of animals and take care of all our boarders as if they were our own, giving lots of attention and TLC to help reduce the stress of being away from home. That's why our cat condos can be reserved individually, or two or more can be reserved which can be opened up above, below, or on each side to allow cats from the same family to mingle with each other. That's also why we walk all dogs three times per day unless requested differently by the owner. We feed dogs and cats Science Diet Sensitive Stomach brand food, or you can bring your own diet if preferred. All pets are fed per owner's instructions, and water is available to all pets at all times. Bedding is provided and, of course, is changed regularly. Quite simply, we want our Pet Hotel to be the best place your pet has ever had to stay while away from home.
We require that all patients be current on their vaccinations and free of parasites to ensure the health and safety of all animals. A 6-month negative fecal is required for all animals boarding with us. All dogs must be current for Parvovirus, Bordetella, Distemper, and Rabies. All cats must be current on Feline Leukemia, FVRCP, and Rabies. Proof of vaccines and fecal are also required before we can accommodate your pets.
1 out of 3 pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime. Without identification, 90% will not return home. The HomeAgain Microchip is a safe, non-migrating microchip with an unalterable 10 digit code which lasts the entire life of your pet. The chip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is injected between your pet's shoulder blades. While collars with identification tags are strongly recommended for all cats and dogs, they can be lost or removed leaving the lost pet with no means of verifying its owner.
The majority of shelters and animal hospitals now have microchip scanners by which they are able to identify an animal that has a chip, so long as that chip has been registered by the owner. There is a registration form that must be filled out and mailed in along with a one-time registration fee. However, Ann Road Animal Hospital waives the registration fee for all clients. Without this registration the chip is rendered useless. The HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to facilitate the recovery of lost pets.
Dental Care and Teeth Cleaning
Periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats and the importance of dental health is often overlooked by pet owners. More than 85% of dogs and cats over four years of age suffer from periodontal disease. Bad breath is usually the first sign of this condition. The same bacterium that causes bad breath, if left untreated, can spread through the blood stream and damage the kidneys, heart, and other organs. Other signs of periodontal disease include bleeding gums, loss of appetite, pawing at the face, irritability, lethargy, and depression. Your pet is never too old for routine dental care. You can reduce the risk of periodontal disease with a comprehensive dental examination, professional dental cleaning, and good home preventative care.
For pets with no prior periodontal problems we recommend a yearly oral exam and cleaning. For pets that have been previously diagnosed with periodontal disease, we recommend they be seen every six months to keep their mouth healthy and pain-free. Our dental services include: routine cleaning and polishing, extractions, digital x-rays, and oral surgery. We also have access to dental specialists. Home care is also extremely important and we offer many items to aid you in the care of your pet's teeth including flavored/edible toothpastes (never use human toothpaste), specially designed toothbrushes, weekly plaque prevention kits, oral rinses, and dental chews with enzymatic properties.
We also offer a special dental diet for dogs. All of these items can help to reduce tartar build-up on your pet's teeth before or after a dental cleaning. It is extremely important to start these preventatives at an early age so that your pet learns to tolerate them. However, not all animals will allow brushing which is why we offer so many other alternatives. It is never too late to start taking care of your pet's teeth; please call or come in to speak with one of our staff to discuss the best option for your pet.
Surgical procedures are performed at Ann Road Animal Hospital every day of the week, although it is preferred that we keep elective surgeries for Monday-Saturday. An appointment is advised. We ask that all patients check-in between 7-9 am on the morning of the scheduled surgery, and please allow for at least 15 minutes to meet with a veterinarian. The owner, or authorized agent, dropping off an animal for surgery must be at least 18 years old. It is important that no food be given after 11:00 pm the night before; please also limit water intake. Vaccines are required to be current for all patients having surgery.
We also advise pre-operative lab work to test kidney and liver functions (the main organs that metabolize anesthesia), complete blood counts, and blood glucose levels. Our patients are closely monitored throughout surgery using EKG/pulse oximeters. Fluids and pain medications are administered through an IV catheter. Pain management will be used for all procedures that cause some degree of pain or discomfort.
BASIC VACCINES ARE JUST $10!!!
All residents living within the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson are by law required to license their pets. People residing in the unincorporated area of Clark County are no longer required to have a pet license. In order to obtain a license for your pet you must have a current Rabies certificate. Other vaccines are strongly recommended for the protection and health of your pet as well as other animals they may come in contact with, i.e. grooming and boarding facilities, dog parks, etc. Puppies and kittens receive important nutrients and antibodies from their mothers' milk while they are nursing. However, once they are weaned, this passive form of protection is lost. It is at this point in their life that a vaccination program should be started.
Vaccines offer protection against major viral and bacterial diseases that cats and dogs may be exposed to. Pets are susceptible to disease at any age, and it's very important to have your young kitten or puppy vaccinated for maximum protection. Your veterinarian will set up a vaccination program for your pet to provide protection for the diseases of concern in your area. Kittens and puppies often require an initial vaccination with follow-up booster shots to ensure they are well protected against diseases. Vaccines are designed to provide disease protection for a limited amount of time, often one year. So it's important to take your pet for an exam every year with your veterinarian, which will likely include their annual vaccinations. Vaccinations in young animals are a necessary building block in the foundation of your pet's immune system. Following a proper vaccination schedule will help to ensure that you are doing your part to keep your new friend healthy. Additionally, we recommend that all dogs and cats be placed on a monthly parasite preventative and be tested bi-annually for parasites.