Boarding: Boarding is available for cats and dogs. Our spacious cat condos in a dedicated cat environment are relaxing and comfortable for our feline visitors. Dogs are housed in either our dog ward with smaller cages or in our kennel runs (4'X8') for the larger ones. They are allowed exercise at least twice daily in our covered exercise yard. **Requirements: Cats 12 wks and older must have a rabies vaccination. It is recommended that they are also vaccinated with FVRCP vaccine that protects against respiratory viruses among other things. Dogs 15 wks and older must have a rabies vaccination and dogs 9 weeks and older must also be vaccinated for Kennel Cough (Bordatella). This disease is highly contagious and easily spreads through unvaccinated dogs in close quarters. Vaccines for adults must be current, within the preceding 12 months. Puppies 6-15 weeks boarding must be up to date in their DA2PPvC series. If your dog is coming to board and has never been vaccinated for Bordatella before, it is recommended to have the vaccine given at least a week before his stay to ensure time to mount an immune response to the vaccine.
- Fully Stocked Pharmacy: You and your pet will benefit from our well-stocked pharmacy. We maintain a large inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications, including flea, tick, and heartworm preventive products. You can rely on us whether your pet requires medication for a chronic medical condition or needs short-term medication while recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. When you purchase medications from our pharmacy, you can rest assured that your pet’s medications were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under optimal conditions. Certain medications come with guarantees available only if purchased through a veterinarian and we always recommend purchase through a hospital rather than online.
- In-House Bloodwork and Cytology: Sometimes more information than one can get from a physical exam of your pet is needed. We need to know what is going on inside the pet that they can't tell us. Often when we need that information, we need it fast. Also, we can perform screening bloodwork at different stages of a pet's life to monitor their health, especially as they age. We offer blood chemistry analysis and blood cell counts on site with results in 20 minutes or less. Microscopic exams of tissues and substances from an animal help us in diagnosing a problem. Many of these exams are done daily in our lab to expedite resolution of your pet's problems. In the event that further tests are needed that what we offer, we have relationships with several diagnostic laboratories to which we may send samples.
- Nutritional Counseling: We carry top of the line Royal Canin diets for life stages of your pet and for management of various health conditions. Sometimes knowing what to feed for different ages or illnesses can be a difficult decision, but we can help! And Royal Canin offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So if your pet won't eat it, bring it back to us and we'll refund your money.
- Parasite & Prevention Control: Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health. Let our knowledgeable staff provide you with a comprehensive parasite control program. We can recommend a schedule for parasite testing, discuss what signs of parasites you can look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home, discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites, and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future. Parasites are not just a nuisance. They can carry serious diseases that affect your pet’s overall health and longevity. Let us help you protect your pet. Call today to find out how!
- Radiology: Radiography is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. As we strive to offer high-quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer computerized radiology services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients.
- Vaccinations: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventative care including vaccinations can save you a lot of anguish and loss. Vaccine recommendations vary for different ages, species, and circumstances but all pets need to be vaccinated for something. Let us guide you through the best preventative health care for your pet.
- Blood Transfusions: Blood transfusions have many uses and can be critical lifesaving procedures. Blood loss that occurs suddenly due to trauma may require an emergency transfusion to save a patient’s life. However, not all blood transfusion situations are related to injury, sometimes parasitism or a disease process requires replacement of blood. Thanks to our resident Greyhound blood donor, we have a ready supply of lifesaving blood, should the need arise. He is kept in top condition with the highest quality preventative care so he is always ready to donate.
- Dental Care: Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health because dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual
examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.
- Hospice and Euthanasia: When we love animals, we face the decline and death of many in our lifetimes. They have shorter lifespans than humans and we have the ability and the responsibility to make their last days as pain-free as possible. If it's an aging pet that is in pain from arthritis or disease, we can manage pain until it is unmanageable. If it's a pet with failing organs, we can give supportive care to help until we cannot help anymore. But at some point, when the pain is too much or the organs are beyond function or a trauma is too severe, we can gently ease the suffering and bring an end to life with dignity to your pet. The decision is always difficult, let us help you make the right one.
- Microchipping: We use AVID Friend Chips. When your pet is implanted with an AVID microchip, the procedure may be done during a surgery or with a local anesthetic. If the chip was placed while the animal is awake, then a local anesthetic is used before using the large needle required to implant the chip. No aftercare of the injection site is required but you may note a small amount of blood. Sometimes due to the size of the needle, the site bleeds a bit. A uniquely numbered chip is implanted under the skin just above the area of the shoulder blades that can be found and the number identified with a scanner. This number is linked to your pet in our computer at
the time of placement. If someone found your lost pet and scanned the chip and then maybe because of a rabies tag linking the pet to our hospital or just due to where the pet was found, the locator called our office, then we could direct the finders to you. There are a lot of contingencies in that plan. So, the most effective way to assure that your lost pet is returned is to register your pet and its number with the AVID company. If your lost pet is scanned, then the finder can call AVID directly with the number and track the pet immediately to you.
Pain Management: From routine procedures (such as spays or dental cleanings) to more advanced medical treatments (such as bone surgeries) to chronically painful conditions (such as arthritis or back pain), we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient. We will also help you recognize signs of pain in your pet so that we can modify his or her pain management plan when necessary. Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is at the heart compassionate patient care.
Puppy and Kitten Care: Pediatric visits are of utmost importance! Puppies and kittens should start their vaccines after weaning at around 6 weeks of age. At the first visit, you will receive a schedule of future visits to complete a series of vaccinations to protect your new baby. Each visit includes a full physical examination that could reveal congenital or developmental problems that may need attention or behavioral issues that may be addressed with training exercises. An exam will be performed on the pet's stool to look for evidence of parasitism and dewormers administered. The visits will allow you to discuss questions with staff about housebreaking, training, diet and future procedures such as the benefits of spaying/neutering your pet.
Surgery: We perform many surgical procedures at North Blount Animal Hospital. From elective spays/neuters and gastropexy to prevent gastric dilatation/volvus; to soft tissue surgeries such as tumor removal, reconstructive surgeries due to trauma, removal of ingested foreign bodies; to orthopedic surgeries such as: fracture repair, joint repairing procedures, and amputations we do every procedure with great attention to detail. We carefully select an anesthetic protocol based on the individual patient and carefully monitor each pet throughout surgery and recovery. Dr. Brothers will personally call after surgery to give a report and an expected pick-up time for your pet.
Wellness Exams: A comprehensive physical exam in a time of wellness vs. illness is very important. It allows us to know your pet's “normals”. So when you bring in your puppy or kitten for their vaccine series or your adult dog or cat for its annual tests and vaccines, they will have a full physical exam. It is at these visits when we find deviations from “normals” that we may catch the disease early. At the very least, we establish baselines for comparison if your pet comes in with an illness. We will see as you do a difference in his behavior or stance, whatever the case may be, that we may not be able to appreciate as well if we do not know the pet in a good state.
Emergency Services: Pets receiving routine vaccinations, wellness exams, screening tests and deworming are much less susceptible to illness. However, sometimes accidents happen and emergency services are required. Emergencies during office hours are always given priority. Please be patient if your appointment runs late due to another emergency. You would want the same priority given to your pet should the need arise. After hours emergency services provided by North Blount Animal Hospital are a privilege reserved for clients with pets receiving regular preventative health care from us. The cost of an after-hours emergency office visit is $98. Estimates will be given for services treatments at the emergency evaluation. Please make note of our Payment Policies. If your pet does not receive regular preventative care from North Blount Animal Hospital or in the event that the office is closed and Dr. Brothers is unavailable and your pet needs emergency services, these are area emergency clinics:
Animal Emergency Clinic of N. Alabama HSV
Huntsville Veterinary Specialist & Emergency
Emergency Pet Care in Trussville
Steel City Emergency Vets (Hoover)
Cremation: Sadly, we all have lost pets. For those who would like cremation services for their pets when they pass, North Blount Animal Hospital has this capability. Ashes will be returned to you in the container that you provide to us. Call for quotes based on the animal's weight.