As in human health care, preventive care is the single most important thing you can do to safeguard your pet's health. Your pet ages much faster than you do, so a yearly physical examination, stool check for worms, and a heartworm blood test for dogs, allow the doctor to spot conditions that need treatment. In addition, all dogs, cats and ferrets should have their vaccination status evaluated annually. Vaccinations are are an important tool for the prevention of serious and even deadly diseases in both pets and people. The doctor will establish an individual vaccination protocol for your pet based on his species, age and risk factors. Rabies is a very real threat in Black Hawk County; it is vitally important, and required by law, that all pets be vaccinated against rabies, unless medically inadvisable. In addition to reducing the number of orphaned and abandoned pets, spaying and neutering are important to protect your pet from reproductive cancers and life-threatening infections. These surgeries are usually done before your pet's first birthday.
Boarding is available for our client's pets. There is limited space, so call ahead of time to make a reservation! We have runs for larger dogs and cages of different sizes for smaller dogs and cats. Boarding cats and dogs receive Science Diet Sensitive Stomach food. If your pet requires a particular diet, you will need to bring an adequate supply of that food. We request that no personal belongings such as toys, blankets, and food dishes be left with your pet when it is in the hospital for reasons of safety and sanitation.