Minnesota Valley Veterinary Services is a full service animal clinic. We are here for your pet as they grow for wellness and preventative healthcare, as well as when medical conditions arise throughout their life.
Below are detailed descriptions of the service areas we offer. Scroll through to learn more about our capabilities and as always, call us if you have any questions.
Dental disease, also called periodontal disease, is one of the highest killers of our pets. When periodontal disease is not addressed, the bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream. This leads to bacteria moving throughout the body and most commonly causing disease or failure in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
When you pet has a dental cleaning with us, they will have a full physical exam in the morning, and then be placed under full gas anesthesia. This allows us to get the most extensive exam, perform radiographs (x-rays), and offers protection of their airway. They will be monitored constantly while one of our veterinary technicians takes radiographs. Each surface of each tooth will then then scaled, polished, and probed to clean and check for any potential problems.We pride ourselves on having digital dental radiographs, which is the highest standard of care today. Radiographs allow us to “see” beneath the gumline, where the majority of the problems and pain lie! If we see a problem on our exam or x-rays, we will notify you and may need to schedule a second procedure. This is for the safety of your pet, so they can be under anesthesia for less time at one sitting, and it allows us more planning of the surgery or care needed.
Why do we use general anesthesia?
Simply put, because it is the best and the safest. Anesthesia free dentistry is not a good or safe option for a few reasons. The first is that we cannot tell our pets when to open wider, so cleaning the very back molars and inside surfaces of the teeth would be impossible. It also doesn’t allow us to clean under the gum-line, which is where bacteria often lie and create a source of infection and gingivitis. The third reason is it can be dangerous if the animal moves unexpectedly. Finally, a lot of dental problems can be missed when you only can take a quick look. Fractured roots below the gum-line, abscesses at the root base, and more require a thorough exam and especially radiographs to be able to diagnose. By missing these problems, your pet would have to deal with pain much longer than necessary. For these reasons, we consider “anesthesia free dentistry” to be just a cosmetic procedure and not a real treatment for dental disease.
DermatologyItchy dogs and cats are one of the most common reasons owners bring their pets to the vet. We understand itching is not only irritating for them, it's very frustrating for you as the owner! The most common causes of itching are fleas and allergies. Allergies can result from food, the environment (hay fever, dander, molds etc.) and from surfaces or fabrics. Our primary goal when working up dermatology cases is to make your pet comfortable. This is achieved primarily through different diagnostic tests to understand the cause of the itching so we know how to stop it. We utilize a multimodal approach to treat your pet including topical therapy like shampoos, supplements such as fish oils, and new advancements in pharmaceuticals. These drugs target the messenger molecules that cause itching, making them safer than previous drugs such as steroids.
Internal MedicineFrom heart disease, endocrine disease and gastrointestinal disease to ophthalmology, our doctors are well equipped to diagnose and treat your pet’s health issues. We commonly use different diagnostic modalities including specialized blood tests, calibrated instruments, skin or mass biopsies, and diagnostic imaging to fully understand your pet’s illness.
LaboratoryWe have a fully functional lab to help diagnose ailments right away, leading to faster treatment and a quicker return to normal for your pet. We have the capability to run routine blood work, perform ear cytologies, fecal float examinations, cytologies of skin masses (FNA), and analysis of the urine sediment. There are also many other laboratory tests we can send off to a reference lab to help diagnose a specific condition. These typically take 1-3 days to get results back, and can sometimes be more cost effective.
We have a variety of commonly used prescriptions kept on hand so your pet can have the medications they need right when they need it. We also work with different compounding companies to acquire products that are less common and more convenient dosing. For example, some pills can be made into gels that are applied to the skin for easier administration, or into “tiny tabs” so they are smaller in size. If there is a prescription product your animal needs that we currently do not carry, we can write a prescription for you to fill at a local pharmacy. If you’d prefer to fill a prescription that we do carry at an online pharmacy instead of with us, we a have a once a year $15 prescription transfer fee to offset the time of transferring the prescription paperwork.
RadiologyWith our wide array of imaging modalities, we can get the most comprehensive internal look at our patients. This allows us to better determine what is going on and how we can treat any disease or abnormality found. Our imaging modalities include digital dental radiographs, radiographs with both CR digital processing and traditional film, and portable ultrasound for reproductive work and focused abdominal scans. For some cases, when advanced imaging such as echocardiography, CT or MRI are indicated, we will refer you to one of our local specialty centers.
SurgeryWe offer a wide variety of both orthopedic, soft tissue, and elective surgeries in our surgery suite. Our clinic is well equipped with two gas anesthesia machines and monitoring equipment. This is so we can keep a close eye on your pet’s vital parameters, such as heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, carbon dioxide output, and ECG during surgery. The following are just a sample of some of the routine surgeries we offer:
- Sterilization: also called spaying and neutering, this procedure removes the reproductive organs in an animal and prevents a wide variety of both medical and behavioral problems.
- Declawing: this is the surgical amputation of the third phalanx of each toe (10 total) performed in cats. We only declaw the front paws, and your cat must be spayed or neutered prior to, or done at the same time, as this procedure. All cats undergoing declaw must also be indoor only cats for the rest of their lives.
- Soft tissue surgeries include mass removals, both from the skin and internally from the abdomen, surgeries to remove foreign objects from the stomach, intestines, or bladder, excision of the spleen, and more.
- Our orthopedic surgeries include fracture repair with intramedullary pins, femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) for arthritis, cruciate repair using the lateral fabella suture technique, and amputation if necessary.