Since the late 1950’s
Why Choose Clinton Veterinary Clinic?
Clinton Veterinary Clinic has been serving pets and clients in the eastern Iowa and western Illinois areas for nearly 60 years! Our clients come from the Clinton and Fulton area, and many travel from outside those areas as well. We emphasize the importance of preventative care, but when trouble arises, our clinic offers modern diagnostics as well as outpatient and hospital care for your pet. Clinton Veterinary Clinic also provides a great range of surgical procedures for your pet.
Clinton Veterinary Clinic now offers ultrasound as part of our diagnostic line up. Using this equipment, we can look inside your pet’s organs without the risks that come with exploratory surgery.
Cold Laser Thearpy
Laser Therapy is used to decrease pain and speed healing in our surgery patients.
Cats and dogs experiencing pain from back problems, arthritis, or other conditions can also benefit from laser therapy. Most of these patients require lower doses of pain medications after treatment, and some will even stop receiving pain medication altogether.
Puppy and Kitten Examinations and Vaccinations
Young puppies and kittens should receive their physical examination and first set of vaccinations at six to nine weeks of age. Additional exams and vaccinations are given every two to four weeks until they are twelve to sixteen weeks old. Thereafter regular booster vaccinations should be given. During your pet’s initial examinations you will also receive behavioral advice, nutritional counseling, and recommendations on disease prevention. This advice can go a long way towards preventing problems in your pet’s adult life.
Comprehensive Physical Examinations
Early detection of health problems can allow for prompt treatment. At least once, and perhaps twice per year, your pet should have a complete physical examination. Remember, your pet’s lifespan is shorter than ours and their health can change significantly over a 12-month period.
Senior Pet Care and Geriatric Pet Evaluations
In recent years, great strides have been made in recognizing the special needs and requirements of our “senior citizen” dogs and cats. Our veterinarians are well equipped with the knowledge and diagnostic tools to identify age related problems and formulate realistic strategies to allow our pets to live longer and healthier lives. If your dog is seven to nine years of age or older (depending on breed) or your cat is ten years of age or older, it is now in its geriatric years. We will be happy to discuss with you our recommendations for geriatric testing and geriatric diets.
Pet Identification and Microchip System
A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet’s entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned the registry is called and the owner can be contacted.
Spay and Neuter
Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there are not enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them.
In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve your pet’s health and life expectancy. The idea that pets become fat or lazy when they are spayed or neutered is a myth. Sterilized pets lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces the risk of prostate disease and testicular cancer. Neutering also may make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.
Other Surgical Services
Our hospital is well-equipped to perform most surgical procedures from spays and neuters to more complicated, orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.
Prior to surgery, each patient receives a thorough physical examination to identify any existing medical conditions that might endanger your pet’s health. Because not all problems can be detected on examination, we also suggest preanesthetic blood testing. This test not only gives us a more complete picture of your pet’s health, but also allow us to tailor an anesthetic regime that is specific for your pet.
We offer a wide variety of anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet’s individual needs. We use state-of-the-art anesthetic machines offering both isoflurane and sevoflurane anesthesia.
Please ask questions of our staff if you have them.
In addition to the Spay and Neuter surgeries, our doctors offer:
- Dewclaw Removal: Removing the dewclaws from most dogs will prevent tearing or ripping if they get caught on carpet or brush.
- Thyroidectomy: Removal of the thyroid glands to treat thyroid disease in cats.
- Anal Saculectomy: Removal of the anal sacs for patients having chronic illness related to anal sac impaction and infection.
- Abdominal Exploratory: To diagnose various diseases through visual inspection by collecting biopsies and foreign bodies (things your pet swallowed).
- Stifle Surgery: Used to treat cruciate disease in may dogs.
- Basic Orthopedic Surgery: We are capable of repairing simple fractures.
Dental Services and Teeth Cleaning
Proper dental care is as important for your pet as it is for you. In addition to preventing bad breath and periodontal disease it can also prevent infection from spreading through the blood stream to your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart. This bacterial shower can lead to permanent organ damage affecting your pet’s overall health.
We stock an extensive drug inventory so medications can be dispensed before leaving the clinic. We also offer an online pharmacy for your convenience.
Our hospital is well-equipped to perform most minor and major surgical procedures from spays and neuters to more complicated emergency, orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.
Prior to surgery, each patient receives a thorough physical examination to identify any existing medical conditions that might endanger your pet’s health. Because not all problems can be detected on examination, we also suggest preanesthetic blood & urine testing. These tests not only give us a more complete picture of your pet’s health, but also allow us to tailor an anesthetic regime that is specific for your pet.
We offer a wide variety of anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet’s individual needs. We use state-of-the-art anesthetic machines offering both isoflurane and sevoflurane anesthesia. Please discuss these options with our staff. We also utilize a variety of anesthetic monitoring devices including Doppler blood pressure monitors, respiratory monitors, and other cardiac monitoring equipment.
Pain management is an important part of our pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative anesthetic and medical protocol. All surgical patients, including those undergoing routine procedures such as ovariohysterectomy or castrations, receive pain control medications. We urge you to discuss operative pain management options with our staff.
Complete Diagnostic and Ancillary Care
We offer a full range of diagnostic (radiography, blood analysis, etc) and ancillary services to diagnose and manage both minor and major health problems. Our team of experienced veterinarians and support staff are here to assist you with the outpatient and inpatient care needed throughout the life of your pet.
In-House (Same Day) Laboratory
We are equipped with sophisticated instruments that allow us to measure many laboratory values. Our in-house diagnostic capabilities allow us to accurately diagnose many diseases the same day. This timeline allows us to initiate special treatment for your pet quickly. We can check blood, urine, and feces for disease when you come in for an appointment.
Radiology (In House)
Our clinic offers to ability to take quality radiographs (X-rays). Radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical problems.
Behavioral problems are the number one reason pets are taken to animal shelters. If you are experiencing a behavioral problem with your pet we offer examinations, counseling, behavior modification programs, and sometimes drug therapy to help resolve the issue. We can also refer you to veterinarians specializing in behavior medicine as the situation warrants.