Pet Wellness Exams are key to preventing health problems before they start. Our vet will ask questions about your pet’s behavior, eating habits, and current routines. The vet will also perform a hands-on physical assessment of your animal. He will then make the appropriate nutritional and health care recommendations for your pet.
Depending on the age, breed and medical history of your pet, we can perform a variety of diagnostic tests and procedures to ensure your pet receives the attention he/she requires.
Whether your pet needs routine surgery, such as a spay or neuter, or surgery due to injury or illness, we are committed to providing a safe and effective surgical environment for all pets. Sitka Animal Hospital understands that having a pet go through surgery can be worrisome for the owners who love them, so we have established our facility, staffing, and procedures for the most effective, safe, and state-of-the-art veterinary surgery.
Some of the surgeries commonly done at our hospital include:
Foreign body removal
Soft tissue repair
Sitka Animal Hospital is very excited to offer digital X-rays.
Digital x-rays help eliminate many of the disadvantages of traditional radiography. The image is stored like any computer file and can be viewed on a computer screen, transmitted electronically, or printed out on paper or transparent film.
Sitka Animal Hospital’s new digital X-rays are far superior than traditional chemically processed X-ray films. In emergencies, precious time isn’t wasted in the darkroom. Your pet receives less radiation because the exposure can be digitally manipulated and a better quality image can be emailed to specialists.
We firmly believe that providing the best possible pet food will give pets the highest quality foundation for good health. Pet nutritional needs change as a pet grows. When dogs and cats are young, their bodies require a different balance of nutrients than when they are seniors. As your pet comes in for his or her annual checkup, our veterinarians will assess them according to age, breed, and species and will advise you on the optimal pet food for your pet’s specific situation.
Diet plays a key role in the treatment of many pet health conditions and diseases. This includes everything from kidney, liver, and heart disease to cancer, pet dental disease, and urinary disorders such as bladder stones. We carry a full line of prescription and maintenance diets at our veterinary hospital for your convenience. Pet food companies have developed a number of prescription diets that address health conditions that affect many cats, dogs, and other companion animals.
Health Conditions That Benefit From Prescription Foods
- Food allergies
- Intestinal tract disease
- Thyroid disorders
- Joint pain (arthritis)
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Pet Obesity
Going out of town? We understand how difficult it can be to leave your pet behind. For pets with medical conditions or on daily medications, our veterinary supervised boarding kennel can give your pet quality care – and give you peace of mind.
Administration of medications for any health condition, including diabetes, is provided. For the safety of all our boarders, cats and dogs need to be free of fleas and up to date on vaccinations.
We take care of animals 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our kennels are a safe and secure, clean and comfortable place for your pet to stay. There are separate canine and feline indoor boarding areas and dogs are walked each morning and night. We supply all the bedding and food dishes and feed our premium Science Diet according to your pet’s needs. While you’re away, it’s a perfect time to catch your pet up on any necessary veterinary care from pet vaccinations and pet dental cleanings to nail trims.
For rates or reservations call 907-747-7387(PETS)
Dental health is an important aspect of a pet’s overall wellness, longevity, and comfort. Since there can be no clinical signs of oral pain or disease, regular examination by a veterinarian is key If we spot signs of gingivitis, plaque and tartar buildup, or other problems during routine exams, we will recommend a thorough dental cleaning.
Depending on your pet’s age and the current condition of the teeth, we may recommend an in-hospital dental cleaning under sedation. Sedated dentistry allows us to thoroughly clean the teeth and remove all plaque from under the gum line. Any necessary extractions can be done and we can assess the health of the gums and make recommendations for at-home care.
At-Home Pet Dental Care
There are many things pet owners can do at home to keep their pet’s mouth healthy.
- Dental chews—Good chew toys can help to scrape away plaque and pets have fun playing with them too.
- Dental diets—Some advances in pet food have allowed for diets that reduce the likelihood of plaque buildup. Be sure to contact one of our knowledgeable staff with your questions.
During office hours, we provide emergency and urgent care right away. We are open M -F 8-5. If an emergency happens after hours, please call 907-752-7387.
In a critical or acute situation, the need for urgent or emergency care is obvious. Others times, owners may be unsure, wondering if it can wait. You know your pet best and if you believe your pet is sick or hurt, please seek out emergency services.
Types of common emergency situations requiring urgent care:
- Bite wounds
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty urinating
- Ingestion of any toxins
Each year, millions of pets become lost or displaced. In fact, 1 in 3 pets will go missing sometime during their lifetime. The Avid® Microchip is an implantable medical device that safely and permanently identifies your pet. Since 1985 Avid Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically injected between the shoulder blades with a 12-gauge needle. The procedure is similar to receiving routine vaccination through a needle and most pets don’t even react when the microchip is injected. Because the microchip is biocompatible, the pet will not experience any adverse reactions. The microchip provides a safe, permanent form of identification.