Country Vet... Mending Creatures Large & Small
We know how much pets can truly enhance our lives and often become valued members of the family. At Country Vet we strive to provide the best care in all areas of service. Most often our services begin with Annual Exams and Preventive Medicine, leading into our other veterinary services as needed.
Pets of all ages, from youngsters to seniors and any age in between can greatly benefit from annual wellness exams. These thorough physical check-ups make it possible for us to detect potential future problems and keep your pet as healthy as possible. At Country Vet our annual exams are non-invasive and include a calm evaluation of your pet's organ systems, behavioral traits, eating practices, and exercise habits.
During the annual exam we will take some time to discuss any preventative treatments that may be due such as vaccinations or diagnostic tests. These appointments are also great opportunities for you to ask questions or bring-up any concerns you may have about your pet.
Everything performed and discussed during our annual exams assists us in learning more about your pet as an individual and works toward making him or her a part of the Country Vet family.
We encourage you to schedule regular wellness exams so you can play an active role in your pet's health and happiness.
At Country Vet we routinely provide microchip services for new and seasoned pet owners. We also have a pet microchip reader, assisting us with reuniting owners with lost pets that may be brought to our vet clinic. By opting for a pet microchip - a device the size of a grain of rice - you'll be giving your cat or dog the best and quickest chance for coming back home to you.
Unlike ID tags, which can become unreadable, lost or easily removed, a microchip acts as your pet's 24-hour permanent ID. Residing beneath your pet's skin, micro-chipping is performed in a very similar method as giving a vaccine. At Country Vet we believe every pet owner should consider microchipping. It provides safety of your pet and peace of mind for you. Contact us to learn more about our pet micro chip services.
At Country Vet we place great emphasis on preventative veterinary medicine because there's nothing better for your pet than preventing negative health issues, before they have a chance to develop. From regular vaccinations to tick prevention, we provide a full-range of preventative medicine to help your pet live a long and healthy life.
- Vaccinations - Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Lyme and other specialty vaccinations for dogs and cats
- Heartworm Prevention
- Flea & Tick Prevention
- Dental & Oral Health Checks (Teeth & Gums)
- Feeding Nutrition - Going beyond which brand you should buy, we strive to assist you with how much you should be feeding, how often you should feed, and which dietary supplements you may want to consider for your pet based on their breed, age, exercise habits and existing health issues.
- Weight Management - While your pet may love the extra treats, those excessive calories can lead to negative health issues. By following proper weight management advice given by our veterinarian you can help keep your pet healthy and active.
Geriatric (Senior) Pet Care
Your pet ages much faster than you, by the time they are seven years old (equivalent to age 50 in humans) they can be considered "seniors". While your cat or dog may not seem old to you, their health care needs must continually be adjusted to keep in stride with their rapidly advancing age.
Older pets are more likely to encounter health problems, have different dietary needs, and may require alternative exercise or therapy treatments. Fortunately at Country Vet we are specialized in providing geriatric care for your senior cat or dog. Just because your pet is older doesn't mean they can't be happy and as healthy as possible. Contact us to schedule an exam of your senior pet to determine if behavioral changes are common symptoms of aging or if something more serious may be going on.
At Country Vet we maintain modern, in-house equipment for providing common pet diagnostic testing. Our in-house diagnostics allow us to work quickly and effectively to determine exactly what is going on with your pet when they present with signs of illness or injury. Through accurate diagnostic findings we can often provide great treatment options and speedier recoveries. Our in-house diagnostic tests include:
- Dermatological Analyses (Skin Conditions)
- Urinalysis & Fecal Checks
- Ear & Skin Cytology
- Tissue Biopsy
- Thyroid Function Tests
- Digital Radiology (X-Rays)
Surgery, while a scary term, is often a preventative health method for many pets. At County Vet in Alexandria, MN we routinely perform a variety of standard surgical procedures for cats and dogs. Our certified and experienced veterinarian, Dr. Dan Hartsell, can accurately perform spays, neuters, AI services (artificial insemination), de-claw procedures, dental surgeries, and injury repairs
Much like surgeries for humans, veterinary surgeries are taken very seriously. At Country Vet we follow standard surgery protocols; utilize modern monitoring equipment throughout the duration of the procedure; perform pre and post-surgery evaluations; and place great emphasis on proper pain management.
Whether for preventative health reasons or due to injury, we can perform and oversee your pet's surgical needs. Contact us to discuss your pet's condition, surgery options, and any concerns you may have.