At Wills Animal Hospital, part of our mission is to help pets both large and small live the happiest, healthiest possible lives. That’s why we offer a full range of services for dogs, cats, and horses, keeping our patients in tip-top shape and allowing us to treat any health issues early, if necessary.
If you’re looking for a veterinarian in the Owensboro, Kentucky area to provide preventive care, surgical, diagnostic, or boarding services for your pet, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and click on the headers below to learn more about our services.
- Wellness Screenings
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Laboratory Diagnostics
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Laser Therapy
- Special Equine Services
Pet Wellness Screenings
To keep your pet happy throughout every life stage, we recommend that you bring them to a veterinarian at least once a year for a wellness screening. Each screening begins with a weight check and includes a comprehensive examination of the skin, coat, ears, nose, and teeth to determine if there any infections or other abnormalities. We also examine the legs, joints, and abdomen to check for certain reactions, such as lumps or pain. The heart beat and lungs are also examined to check for heart murmurs and unusual lung sounds.
We implement wellness screening blood work at every age, beginning with puppyhood/kittenhood, so we can create a trending laboratory profile and monitor organ function annually. If we detect any problems, these profiles allow us to address them sooner, increasing the chances of successful treatment. This allows us to get the full scope of your pet’s overall health so we can make treatment recommendations and keep your companion healthy well into their golden years.
Depending on your pet’s health status, age, species, and lifestyle, we may also suggest vaccinations, internal diagnostics, and lab work to examine them internally. This allows us to get the full scope of your pet’s overall health so we can make treatment recommendations and keep your companion healthy well into their golden years.
Vaccines are designed to help prepare the body's immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens that mimic these organisms, which then stimulate the body’s immune system, but without the actual disease being present. As a result, the body develops immunity to that specific disease, so if an animal is ever exposed to the real disease, the immune system can either fight it off completely or lessen its severity. To protect your dog or cat from potentially-fatal diseases and viruses, we recommend the following vaccines, beginning at 6 weeks of age:
- FVR-Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus (feline herpes virus type 1)
- C-Calici virus
- P-Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
- FELV-Feline Leukemia Virus
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
Vaccinations and schedules vary and are dependent on breed, age, and lifestyle. Our doctors can customize a schedule for your pet during their wellness exam.
Pet Diagnostic Imaging
Many pets are skilled at masking their health problems, especially cats, and there are many conditions that cannot be fully detected without the assistance of diagnostic imaging technology. That’s why Wills Animal Hospital uses ultrasound and digital radiology technology to examine our patients internally, allowing our doctors to make more accurate diagnoses.
Ultrasound: The ultrasound exam, also known as ultrasonography, is an imaging technique that uses ultrasonic waves to view internal body structures. This technique is non-invasive and is used to examine the liver, kidneys, and other organs.
Digital Radiology: Digital radiology allows us to safely and efficiently examine pets internally to detect fractured bones, foreign bodies, and other abnormalities. With digital technology, the process is much faster than with traditional X-rays, which means less time in the exam room for your pet.
Laboratory diagnostics allow us to detect the functionality of the internal organs and detect diseases and other health conditions that cannot be detected by the standard wellness exam. Below is a list of the three most common laboratory tests we conduct.
- Blood test (CBCs, chemistries, and cytologies): tests internal organ functions and detects problems such as anemia or infection
- Heartworm test: tests for the presence of adult heartworms
- Urinalysis: provide information about the bladder, liver, pancreas, and other organs
- Fecal exam: tests for intestinal parasites
Soft Tissue Surgery
The doctors at Wills Animal Hospital perform a variety of soft tissue surgeries on both our large (equine) and small (feline and canine) patients. All equine surgeries-which consist primarily of routine surgeries-are performed out in the field. For more complex surgical procedures, we refer patients out to a local specialist. Below is an incomplete list of surgeries we perform:
- Laser spay/neuters
- Tumor removals
- Laser declawing
- Anal sacculectomy
All surgical procedures are performed under general anesthesia. We strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for all pets, but it is required only for pets over the age of 7. Our staff monitors every patient throughout every phase of surgery until they are released from our care. For more intense surgical procedures, we may place a catheter and administer IV fluids.
Pet Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that uses a beam of light to treat a number of conditions in horses, dogs, and cats. This therapy option is proven safe and effective and backed by clinical studies both in veterinary and human medicine. Here at Wills Animal Hospital, we use cold laser therapy to treat arthritis, joint, and tendon issues; help heal wounds; treat lick granulomas; manage pain; and treat several other conditions.
Finding a reliable person to watch your pet can difficult for some people, but with our boarding options, it doesn’t have to be. Wills Animal Hospital offers boarding for dogs and cats in our climate-controlled facility. Our canine guests enjoy runs indoors and outdoors, weather permitting while our feline guests can relax in a separate ward in individual enclosures.
All of our guests can also enjoy individual play time and regular supervision by our caring kennel staff during our regular business hours. Our staff also provides food and bedding, but if you prefer to bring your own food, bedding, or other items, such as a toy, you are more than welcome to do so.
For your pet’s safety and the safety of our other guests, we require that all pets be up-to-date with their core vaccines. If your pet is not a patient of ours, we will need the vaccination records from their current veterinarian. All pets must be free of external parasites and have a negative fecal sample that was taken within 12 months of your pet’s boarding date. If necessary, we will conduct a fecal exam, and treat external/internal parasites for an additional fee. All dogs that stay with us for five nights or longer receive a free bath and nail trim on the day they go home.
Special Equine Services
In addition to our standard wellness services, we provide the following services for our equine patients:
- Reproductive (embryo transfers, artificial insemination, and frozen semen)
- Sports medicine
- Lameness treatment