Veterinary Services in Scottsdale
A Diverse Range of Services for Cats & Dogs
McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility. We are proud to provide in-house diagnostic equipment, including ultrasounds and digital dental radiology, as well as specialized areas for surgery, dentistry, hospitalization, cold laser therapy, grooming, and boarding. All of our equipment is brand new and meticulously maintained. Our goal is to provide high-quality services in a friendly atmosphere. We even offer low-anxiety options for nervous pets, such as medications, given under the supervision of a doctor, to help ease their visit. Please ask about this option when making an appointment and a doctor can call you discuss options prior to your visit.
Learn more about what we offer then call (480) 405-7810 to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat. We offer individualized service tailored to your pet’s needs!
Wellness Exams & Prevention
Regular examinations and wellness testing are vital to maintain your pet’s healthy life. Many diseases can be detected prior to the onset of any outward signs! Our pets age, on average, six times faster than we do, so regular care is necessary to keep them healthy and happy long into their golden years. We highly recommend wellness exams yearly for pets less than 6 years old and twice yearly for animals over 7 years of age.
At these visits, we will discuss blood panels, fecal parasite screening, heartworm screening and prevention, glaucoma testing, baseline radiography, early renal screening, and many other important issues.
Parasite Testing & Prevention
Heartworms are a blood parasite transmitted by mosquitoes. The larvae are injected by mosquito bites and the worms grow in the delicate blood vessels of the lungs and heart. Dogs show no symptoms until the heart/lungs are already compromised so regular screenings and monthly (yummy) preventative tablets are an easy and convenient way to protect our pets.
Pets are also exposed to skin and ear mites, fleas, ticks, worms, ringworm (actually a fungal infection), and many other “bugs” everyday. That is why regular examinations and screening tests are important. We tailor your pet’s wellness visits to their lifestyle and recommend routine testing for common ailments if needed.
Vaccinations & Titers
All puppies and kittens need vaccinations to prevent deadly and painful infectious diseases. Each vaccine is carefully selected by the veterinarian for safety and efficacy. Once completed, these vaccinations are 100% guaranteed to be effective and can provide immunity that lasts three to five years!
At McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital, we are proud to provide an alternative to annual vaccinations for our adult patients. Vaccine titers are simple blood tests that can check for the antibodies that provide protection from the deadly diseases that are prevented by the vaccines.
Allergy Testing & Treatment
Unfortunately, just like people, our pets suffer from allergies. Allergies are caused by a variety of things including foods (like meats or grains), pollens (from trees, flowering plants, and grasses), and even direct contact with normal objects (like grass, wool, or even plastics). We are happy to offer diagnostic testing that can lead us to understand and treat this uncomfortable condition. During our allergy consultations, our Scottsdale veterinarians will discuss all options and how we can provide relief to your pets.
The skin is the single largest organ in the body. Our pets’ skin and coat are very important to their overall health. Skin mites, infections, abrasions, allergies, immune-mediated disorders, or even cancer can be detected with a thorough exam. Pet owners are usually the first to notice hair loss, lumps, bumps, or rashes. Be sure to check your pet regularly and report any problems to your veterinarian.
Pets are living longer and happier lives, thanks to wonderful advancements in care. The heart is one of the most important organs in the body, working tirelessly, 24 hours a day to pump life throughout the body. Our doctors are trained to diagnose, treat and monitor many cardiac conditions. We even have access to board certified cardiologists in the area that can provide advanced testing, such as cardiac ultrasounds.
All pets are required by State law to have a certificate of health for interstate travel. This ensures that infections do not travel and spread. Not all airlines check these certificates for every flight, but all check stations (especially at the borders), all airport USDA enforcement, and most reputable hotels, require proof of health and vaccination including required current rabies vaccines. McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital is pleased to provide these valuable certificates. If your pet has been examined recently, he or she may be eligible for a discounted office visit!
Our pets are living longer and fuller lives with the help of modern medicine. By just seven years of age, pets are considered seniors and should be examined twice yearly. Cardiac (heart), renal (kidney), glaucoma/cataracts (eye), and many other specifics can be bundled into our senior wellness program.
If you are scheduling a senior visit, please have your pet fast that morning and try to obtain a fresh urine sample (we can get it in the hospital if you are unable). These two easy steps can provide invaluable information and allow for more accurate and convenient testing!
Day Hospitalization & General Surgery
Some patients will require hospitalization for monitoring, oxygen therapy, intravenous fluids, and diabetes testing. Many of our hospitalized patients can be effectively treated during normal daytime hours. We do not provide after hours after hours care or care on Sundays. If required, complete transfer of medical records can be provided to a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility.
We are also proud to provide a completely sanitized isolation ward to accommodate animals with potentially contagious conditions separated from other patients. This allows for safer hospitalization of all patients!
Surgery and general anesthesia are intimidating to most pet owners. We are proud to say that we do everything possible to minimize the risks or pain associated with these procedures. Through pre-anesthetic blood testing, IV catheters to support blood pressure and the internal organs, the custom use of high-quality human anesthetics, and meticulous intra-operative monitoring, our Scottsdale veterinarians provide the safest and highest quality services to our furry friends.
All pets should be spayed or neutered at six months of age. We are proud to provide this service, along with a variety of other surgical procedures. These include bladder stone removal, internal organ biopsy, mass removal/biopsy, intestinal foreign body removal, stomach tacking (gastropexy) for animals predisposed to “bloat”, laceration repair, and many others!
People often wonder why we recommend spaying or neutering your pet and there are many reasons. In females, advantages of this procedure include:
- No vaginal bleeding or heat cycles
- No unwanted pregnancy or puppies
- No chance of pyometra (a life-threatening uterine infection- this is very common in dogs)
- A marked reduction in the incidence of breast cancer (after 3+ heat cycles, 1 in 4 dogs will develop breast cancer)
In males, advantages include:
- Decreased tendency to roam (un-neutered males are our most common hit-by-car patients)
- No unwanted pregnancy or puppies
- 100% prevention of testicular cancer
- A marked decrease in prostate disease
- Decreased urine marking/ urine odor
The main reason we recommend spaying/neutering your pet is to help control pet over-population as millions of unwanted pets have to be euthanized every year in shelters.
Dentistry & Digital Full Mouth Dental X-Rays
Did you know that 70% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease by four years of age? Routine and daily brushing is highly recommended, but sometimes it is difficult for pet owners. Maintenance can also be enhanced with oral rinses, enzyme-treated rawhide chews, and proper nutrition. Even with these tools, most dogs and cats require some veterinary care as major problems can be lurking deep under the gums.
With our patients calmly anesthetized and carefully monitored, dental cleanings help us find and treat tartar, plaque and periodontal disease. This service includes probing and cleaning under the gums, x-rays of the roots and bones, removing tartar, and polishing teeth. Extraction of abscessed, fractured, or otherwise painful teeth can also be performed at the same visit. Our veterinarian can provide a FREE dental evaluation before anesthesia to let you know your options for your pet’s oral health. Please inquire about our services any time!
Urgent Care During Business Hours
Most pet owners would prefer to stay out of the emergency room, but problems can occur at any time. Injuries, cuts, limps, vomiting, diarrhea, hot spots, and many other problems happen suddenly and require immediate attention. If anything ever happens, please call (480) 405-7810 and head immediately to our hospital. Patients will be evaluated by our veterinarian or a certified veterinary technician and seen as soon as possible. The state of the art equipment, facilities, and a highly trained team make McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital ready for almost any emergency.
Our veterinarians in Scottsdale are proud to provide human-grade anesthesia on every surgery or dental procedure. Many advancements have been made over the past 25 years in medical safety and we are proud to adhere to the most advanced and safest standards. Our doctors and technicians attend yearly educational seminars and continue to strive to provide the most advanced care possible for your pets.
In-House Diagnostic Testing
We are happy to provide state-of-the-art, in-house diagnostic testing including testing for heartworms, feline leukemia, FIV, major organ functions, electrolytes levels, blood counts, and much more. We are proud to offer a full-service laboratory including biopsy, bacterial and fungal cultures, diagnostic cytology, blood testing, hormonal assays, fecal parasitology, and even x-ray consultations from a board certified radiologist. Our laboratory is local to Phoenix—providing quick results. We can even be called for immediate pickup if needed.
Urinalysis & Fecal Testing
Pets cannot express in words what problems they are having, so sometimes we need to check samples to ensure we properly treat illnesses. Urinalysis can give us a lot of information on your pet’s health which can be used to monitor kidney function, diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, bladder/ kidney stones, and even urinary tract infections.
Our pets also explore the world with their mouths which makes them susceptible to picking up parasites. Hookworms and roundworms are some of the most common parasites in dogs and cats, and unfortunately they can be passed to humans. That is why we recommend annual fecal parasite testing.
Our test is different than many other hospitals because we send all samples to a professional diagnostic laboratory that uses specialized techniques. This improved technology, called Zinc Centrifugation, actually catches 5x the parasites found in the older methods! We also include a specific test for Giardia, which is the most common parasite that we see in this area. Most other hospitals charge separately for this test, making our annual fecal testing an amazing value.
Dog and cats rely heavily on visual communications. The eyes are a very complex and sensitive set or organs. Glaucoma, cataracts, inflammation, allergies, eyelid problems, and “dry eye” are all common problems encountered in our furry family members. Please report any eye problems as soon as noticed. McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital is proud to be able to diagnose and treat many ocular conditions!
A biopsy is the examination of a small piece of tissue to see what kind of cells are involved in an illness. This test can be used for many different problems including skin conditions, liver problems, lumps, masses, cysts, and lymph nodes. We also offer minimally invasive biopsies using small, specialized equipment and ultrasound-guidance.
Our veterinary technicians are trained to use this vital instrument to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Cytology is the examination of a thin layer material under the microscope. Skin infections, ear infections, bowel infections, and even small needle biopsies are all routinely examined on site. This allows our patients a speedy diagnosis and proper treatment of many illnesses.
Microbiology is the study of micro-organisms, usually performed via a culture. These organisms include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses. We are proud to offer this service to help us diagnose and properly treat each infection. Some conditions that we use microbiology in treating are ringworm, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, abscesses, and bladder stones.
Valley Fever Testing
Valley Fever is one of the most common ailments in Arizona. It is an infection that enters the body through the lungs and is caused by a fungus that lives in the soil of the Sonoran desert. The good news is that it is not contagious from pet to pet, but at some point, we are all exposed to the organism. If infected, the most common symptoms are coughing, fever, loss of energy, loss of appetite, weight loss, and less commonly – limping or seizures. The proper diagnosis of Valley Fever can be a bit complicated and may include blood testing and x-rays. With treatment, we see a very high success rate for our patients!
McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital is proud to provide a new way to relieve your pet’s aches and pains. Laser therapy uses a Class IV cold laser to administer laser light into painful and inflamed tissues. This therapy relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and speeds up the healing process. It is both safe and effective for many common ailments such as arthritis, wounds, ear infections, post-surgical incisions, and much more.
Full In-House & Online Pharmacy
Many pets require prescription medications to treat medical conditions. Some human medications can be used, but the majority of the time, animal-specific doses are required. We can conveniently provide these vital medications at the time of your visit.
We can also provide:
- Specialized compounded referrals custom-sized or flavored to ease administration.
- A full line of premium and well-researched prescription pet foods carefully formulated for nutrition, quality, and taste.
- Frontline Plus® to effectively and easily prevent flea and tick infestations.
- Generics medications for a cost-effective alternative to name brands.
Our pets experience pain, they just don’t show it in the same ways that people do. With chronic pain, pets slow down, are reluctant to jump, they do not want to go for long walks, they are slow to rise or settle down and do not want to jump up and down. They usually do not cry or whine. Arthritis, pinched nerves, sprains, strains, trauma and surgery can all be uncomfortable for our patients. We have high quality x-ray equipment that is specially designed for pets. Our doctors are happy to discuss multiple options for pain control and have many different medications and supplement options.
Grooming Is a Vital Part of Your Pet’s Health
Every dog and cat, regardless of size, breed, age or coat type, needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Regular grooming can prevent problems such as excessive shedding, skin and paw disorders, painful mats, and bad breath, as well as help you identify other problems that might go unnoticed without the extra attention. At McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital, you’ll find the most caring professional in the industry.
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