2650 W Baseline Road
Mesa, Az 85202
We offer the latest techniques in animal healthcare, and a host of services ranging from surgery to boarding.
Regular wellness exams are a simple and effective way to monitor your pet’s health. They are one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. Since pets can’t tell you how they feel, a disease or illness can be present before symptoms appear. At Anderson Animal Clinic we believe preventative care is important.
During an exam, our veterinarians will take your pet’s vital signs and information about its health history. From nose to tail your pet will be examined. Physical examinations include listening to the heart and lungs, looking at the eyes, ears, skin and coat, examining the gums and teeth, and feeling the pet for abnormalities such as joint issues or lumps. Depending on a pet’s age this needs to happen once or twice a year, our veterinarians will help to determine how often your pets should be examined.
Additional blood tests may be performed or recommended depending on your pet’s state of health. Early detection and correction of a condition can help prevent a health problem from untreatable. Regular exams can help ensure your pet will live a healthy and active life.
Life Stage Exam
At Anderson Animal Clinic we can follow your pet through all stages of its life. From specialized and preventative care as a younger pet to regular examinations as they age, we monitor your pet’s health.
New puppies and kittens should be seen early for a complete physical exam. They should be screened for ticks, parasites and other health problems. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventative products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.
Adult pets should be seen at least annually to prevent and detect health problems.
Senior Pets (7yrs +) should be seen annually for a complete exam and lab work. As pets are living longer, they become susceptible to a variety of conditions and diseases including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes. Many of these can be detected much earlier from an annual blood test. And because pets age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly.
Vaccinations are important to the health of your pet. They are a preventative measure to help combat viral diseases like parvovirus, parainfluenza virus, distemper, Bordetella, feline leukemia virus, calici virus, and rabies. Vaccinations are accompanied by a physical examination to determine if your pet is healthy and can be vaccinated. Proper timing and administration of a vaccine is important to insure optimal protection. To keep your pet healthy, we recommend certain vaccinations for both cats and dogs. A young animal whose immune system is not fully developed should be vaccinated beginning at 6 weeks.
Starting at six to eight weeks of age kittens and puppies should receive their first set of vaccines, then booster visits every three weeks until four months of age. A series of vaccinations should be given every three to four weeks until the animal is four months old and is completely immunized. Annual or yearly vaccinations are recommended for pets older than a year. A vaccination against rabies is given at 3 months of age, one year, and then every three years.
Once a pet is an adult most vaccinations are annual with rabies given every 3 years.
Arizona requires that all dogs over the age of three months have a license and rabies vaccination. Registration can be completed at the website below, or any Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Shelter. More information is provided on the webpage below.
Heartworm preventative is important for every dog to be on. This disease is transferred through mosquitoes and takes months for symptoms to develop. Treatment is expensive, includes long periods of restricted activity, and can be harmful to the pet as well. A heartworm antigen test should be performed beforehand to confirm there is not an active infestation of heartworms. We offer forms of preventative medication and the test in house.
At AAC we perform many surgical services. These range from routine and soft tissue surgeries to more complex surgeries.
These services include, but are not limited to:
- Spay and neuter- a procedure for pets that will not be breed. Spay is the sterilization of a female pet. Neuter refers to the castration of male pets. Both procedures help control the pet population and extends the life of a pet by reducing the risks of disease.
- Soft tissue surgery- a procedure not involving bones or joints. They can include skin abscess, wounds, obstructions or blockages, tumors, bladder stones.
- Orthopedic surgery- procedures such as fracture or broken bones, ACL ruptures or torn cruciate, worn hip joint.
- Specialty surgery-procedures such as surgical insemination and caesarean section.
Occasionally we refer our patients to specialists to perform some complex surgeries.
Our doctors are skilled in the surgeries they do. They are concerned about the care of their patients. Emphasis is placed on safety and following the latest guidelines for surgical procedures.
Today’s surgery procedures involve modern anesthetic monitors making surgery safer. Prior to surgery we do an exam before giving anesthetics. Pre-anesthetic blood testing is recommended to help reduce the risks. These blood tests aid in determining if the liver and kidney can tolerate the anesthesia. Sometimes even healthy animals can have problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If a problem is identified surgery may be postponed. Older pets may need additional blood tests or x-rays before surgery.
Using state of the art equipment, a technician will monitor the pet’s vital signs during surgery. These will include heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygenation. IV fluids are administered during surgery to help keep the patient hydrated during the procedure.
All pets having surgery must have a pre-surgery exam, and current vaccinations prior to setting up a surgery appointment.
Pet owners are often concerned about their pets having surgery. Up to date surgery protocols and equipment have made surgery less of a risk. However, a few things to consider when thinking about surgery for your pet is your pet’s age and health, problems with doing the surgery or not doing the surgery, post-surgery care or recovery time, and therapy.
Some frequently asked questions (FAQS) about surgery:
Will my pet have stitches? Most surgeries have sutures under the skin that are dissolvable. However, some surgeries have sutures in the skin to close the incision. These will have to be removed about 10 days following surgery. Pets may lick or chew at the site and will have to be watched.
What will I need to do for my pet before surgery? Surgery should be performed on an empty stomach. Food should be withheld at least 12 hours before surgery. Doing this lessens the risk of vomiting.
When will my pet go home? Surgeries are performed in order of priority and complexity. The veterinarian performing the surgery chooses the order of the surgery schedule. Owners should plan for their pet to be at the clinic all day. When the procedure is complete and the patient is recovered it may be released. The doctor’s staff will let you know when to come for your pet.
Will my pet stay overnight at the clinic? Most surgery is considered outpatient and the pet goes home that day. However, some surgeries require the pet to stay overnight for monitoring. If a pet needs 24 hour nursing care they may be transferred to another clinic.
Will my pet be in pain? Pets experience pain like people, but they may not show the same symptoms. Pain medication can be prescribed for post-surgery. The type of medication depends on the surgery performed. Today’s pain medication are less likely to result in an upset stomach. Medications are sent home with the patient at checkout.
One in three pets go missing in their lifetime. Getting your pet microchipped can help them return home. A microchip is a small chip the size of a grain of rice, implanted under the skin of your pet. For a cat or dog is it usually placed between the shoulders blades. We also microchip your pet bird. It is not much more stressful than receiving a vaccination.
The individual number associated with that microchip is then registered in HomeAgain’s database with the owner’s name, phone number, and address. The online database can be changed and a photo can be added for no charge. Any shelter or veterinary hospital will scan a found pet and will allow for a happy reunion of you and your pet.
We use both in-house and out-source laboratory services to provide a variety of tests for diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s health. We offer routine blood tests in our in-house laboratory. We will also prepare and send your pet’s blood samples to a comprehensive veterinary reference laboratory or a specialty laboratory at the veterinarian’s discretion.
Common laboratory tests are a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry, fecal samples, urinalysis, VF serology, pathology or biopsies, vital signs monitoring, and x-ray machines.
Outside veterinary laboratories and referral vet hospitals are used for further diagnostics and treatment.
Radiographs or x-rays are a valuable medical diagnostic tool. Our state of the art digital radiograph equipment helps our veterinarians identify many illnesses or injuries.
With an x-ray a variety of illnesses can be detected. Some of these are arthritis, tumors, lung abnormalities such as pneumonia, kidney stones and bladder stones.
X-rays can be used to evaluate bone damage, joint integrity, and identify ingested foreign objects. We provide OFA radiographs for joint and hip evaluation.
We use the lowest possible dosage of x-ray for the safety of your pet.
Our radiology equipment includes an ultrasound system that uses state of the art technology to diagnose and treat pets. Sometimes we utilize local imaging consultants or other advanced imaging diagnostics.
Many health problems begin in the mouth and spread to the organs in the body. The American Veterinary Dental Association says that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of three. Regular professional dental examinations and cleanings are recommended to help maintain a healthy mouth.
At Anderson Animal Clinic our dental services include cleaning and polishing the teeth, tooth extraction and minor oral surgeries. We offer sealants applied at the time of cleaning and a take-home application kit. This barrier provides a significant reduction of plaque and calculus buildup.
Anderson Animal Clinic uses a combination of ultrasonic scaler (similar to what your dentist uses) and hand instruments to fully clean and examine individual teeth.
Home dental care is another important step in controlling dental disease. Anderson Animal Clinic carries a variety of toothbrushes, paste and dental treats to help with your pet’s oral care. Brushing teeth on a regular basis with a pet specific toothpaste, is the best way to help control dental disease. A dental diet can be effective keeping the teeth clean. It allows the tooth to sink into the kibble and remove plaque.
If you are planning on flying to another state or country we can help. Each state and country has different requirements for travel. Health certificates are usually required for travel and are valid for 10 days from date of issue for the outgoing flight and 30 days for the returning flight. Each airline has its own regulations and you should check with them before you travel. Traveling out of the country or to Hawaii has specific requirements and many require planning in advance. It is best to contact the destination or country and the USDA for requirements.
Breeding management services are available for both male and female dogs. Common tests we recommend include Brucella testing, sperm evaluation, heat cycle and ovulation timing by blood hormone levels. This helps us to know the best time for breeding and the expected date of delivery. For some breeds, assistance in becoming pregnant is need. We offer artificial insemination. For pregnant pets we offer quality ultrasound and digital radiology that allow us to evaluate the status of your pet’s pregnancy and number of puppies or kittens to expect. If deemed advisable from a pre-partum exam sometimes a caesarean section may be recommended and scheduled.
Euthanasia and Cremation
Deciding to euthanize a pet is not an easy decision. The decision is very personal and private. No matter how prepares you are, the decision will be difficult. At Anderson Animal Clinic we can help you understand the options available for a sick, elderly or terminally ill pet and what happens during and after euthanasia.
When the time comes to euthanize a pet, you can decide to be present or not during the procedure. If you choose to be with your pet, a scheduled appointment time with the doctor will be made. If you choose not to be present, you will bring your pet to the clinic and leave it with us.
Facts about euthanasia:
When a pet is suffering or unlikely to make a recovery, euthanasia offers a way to end a pet’s pain and suffering. The decision is difficult for both the pet owner and veterinarian. Understanding how the procedure is performed may help in the decision to be present during the euthanasia.
A euthanasia solution is injected into the animal’s vein. The solution is like a general anesthesia. At a higher concentration the solution provides the same effects as general anesthesia-loss of consciousness, loss of pain sensation. It suppresses the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. As the solution is injected the animal loses consciousness and within seconds the heart and lungs stop functioning. The doctor will listen for the absence of a heartbeat. After the pet is “gone”, the eyes remain open in most cases. Sometimes the last few breaths might be involuntary muscle contractions. Then there will be complete muscle relaxation that can be accompanied by urination and defecation. Chemicals stored in nerve endings can be released causing some muscle twitching.
Cremation or burial options:
Following the euthanasia there are several ways to take care of your pet’s body. These include:
Private Cremation – Your pet is individually cremated and its ashes returned to you in a special container of your choice. Some items such as a collar or blankets can be cremated with your pet.
Group Cremation –You pet is cremated with a group of animals and the ashes are not returned.
Personal Disposal – After euthanasia you may take your pet’s body with you. There are pet cemeteries for private burial.
Anderson Animal Clinic uses a reliable cremation service for body disposal. However, you may contact another service and make arrangements for cremation with them.
Coping with pet loss:
The bond we form with animals is very deep and fulfilling. The loss of a beloved pet can have as great an impact as the loss of a family member or friend.
After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience. However, not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.
Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.
We offer boarding as a service to our clients whose pets need medical supervision. For their safety boarding pets must be current on their vaccinations.
We board cats, birds, and small to medium sized dogs.
We feed Science Diet food, but feel free to bring your pet’s regular diet. You can bring any beloved toy or blanket. Pets are kept indoors in a temperature-controlled environment. Dogs are walked twice a day.
Provide your email and we’ll send you a daily update while you are gone. Drop off and pick up your pet during regular office hours Monday through Saturday. Make a reservation for your pet by calling the clinic. Call early as space is limited.
It can be difficult to know when your pet’s health problem is life threatening and needs emergency treatment. It can be quite frightening to see your pet suffering, especially if you are unsure the situation should be considered an emergency.
Common emergencies can include:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea.These can be problems and while they can be signs of serious illness, the majority are simple stomach upsets typically resolve within 24 hours. If other symptoms develop or the vomiting/diarrhea continues contact us.
- Trauma emergencies. These can include road traffic accidents, falls, and bites.
- Collapse.Collapsing animal describes a loss of strength resulting from many causes.
- Breathing.You may notice wheezing, choking, weak and raspy breathing, shallow breathing or coughing. In cats, open-mouth breathing is also a concern. Breathing difficulties can result from foreign bodies in the throat, allergic reactions, asthma, heart disease or lung disease. Breathing problems are serious and potentially life-threatening so get your pet seen as soon as possible
- Trouble passingurine or urine with blood. These can be life threatening.
- SeizuresSeizures that occur multiple times within 24 hours or lasts longer than a couple of minutes.
- Stings, bites, allergic reactions. These can result in difficulty breathing, hives or puffy eyes that are swollen shut.
- Pain.Pain can occur in pets for several reasons and can be displayed in a variety of ways. Pacing, agitation, restlessness, panting, rapid heart rate, or even aggression, are all symptoms of possible pain.
These situations are most often considered emergencies.
Please note: This advice is not a substitute for a proper consultation with a vet and is only intended as a guide. Please contact us for advice or treatment immediately if you are worried about your pet’s health. Call us and we will do our best to advise you. However, an accurate diagnosis is often not possible without seeing the pet.
If we are closed, there will always be out of hours services available at an emergency clinic.
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