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Southfork Animal Hospital is pleased to offer a complete range of health care services for all of our neighbors in Lakeville and the surrounding area.
We typically see our patients on an appointment basis. Our client service team will attempt to accommodate all appointment requests as best we can during clinic hours.
Medical emergencies are typically accepted any time our clinic is open. There can be an additional fee associated with these type visits since other appointments will be disrupted.
If you have an emergency after our normal hours, our voice mail message provides the number of the after hours clinic South Metro Animal Emergency Care in Apple Valley (952-953-3737).
Annual Wellness Exams
All pets should have an annual wellness exam. Since dogs and cats age approximately seven years to every one of ours it is important to do yearly. Pets hide any type of illness, therefore an annual wellness exam is important to help identify health problems before they become apparent. Furthermore at your appointment, we will discuss topics such as dental care, parasite control / preventative care, behavior issues, lifestyle, weight and feeding, etc.
Vaccinations are part of good health care for your pet and keep important diseases in check. We follow the current AAHA guidelines and recommend the distemper combination and rabies vaccine be given to your pet every three years once they complete their initial boosters.
Cats are more susceptible to developing a vaccination sarcoma (cancer) with normal adjuvented vaccines - therefore at Southfork we have an adjuvent free rabies that is given to cats every year.
A titer (blood test) is available to monitor your pet's immunity against distemper and rabies to perhaps vaccinate even less frequently, but most states will not recognize this protection against rabies if your pet bites someone. Other vaccines may be recommended based on your pet's lifestyle.
Dental care is an important part of your pet's health. As high as eighty-five percent of pets have tooth and gum disease by age three. Brushing, proper diets, sealants or chews, along with regular professional cleanings keep your pet happier and healthier longer. Our dental cleanings include gas anesthesia, IV catheter and fluids, an initial antibiotic injection, ultrasonic cleaning, a thorough dental exam, polishing, and oravet sealant. Post operative Cold Laser is also performed to help with any gingivitis or inflammation due to extractions. Dental disease causes pain and discomfort and leads to infection within the mouth and often spreads to other organ systems.
Surgery and Anesthesia
Routine surgeries are scheduled in the mornings Monday through Friday. Pets are to be dropped off M-W between 8 and 8:30am, Th-F between 7 and 8am, unless other arrangements have been made. Pre-anesthetic blood work can be performed beforehand but is also available same day and is required on every pet undergoing anesthesia. Each patient is placed under the strict observation of a Certified Veterinary Technician. They are also monitored electronically throughout their procedure with ECG, blood pressure, temperature, oxygenation and CO2 levels. We preemptively use pain medications to ensure your pets comfort during and after the procedure. Our patients recover in our treatment area under the doctor and technicians watchful eye. At the time of discharge, typically the technician overseeing your pet will take the time to explain post-operative instructions and answer any questions you may have.
Our lab is staffed by Certified Veterinary Technicians. We are equipped to do blood chemistry profiles, red and white blood cell counts, urinalyses, stool exams, heartworm tests, needle aspirates of lumps, and microscopic exams of ears and skin for mites or yeast. If we are not able to perform the test while you wait, we make it a priority to call you with results within 24 hours.
Emergency & Urgent Care
We have a veterinarian and medical support staff on duty Monday through Friday to be able to offer emergency care if your pet needs it. Saturdays we are minimally staffed and recommend if a true emergency you go straight to South Metro Animal Emergency Care in Apple Valley (952) 953-3737. Emergencies are situations such as rodent bait poisoning, hit by car, traumatic injury or chocolate ingestion, to name a few. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. Whenever possible, it is best to call before coming in so we can advise you on your particular emergency. This will also allow us to prepare properly to be able to more quickly respond to your pet's particular needs.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is non life-threatening and/or when you feel your pet needs to be seen before a normal appointment is available. Our staff will attempt to find a time in between scheduled appointments and options will be limited. There will be a higher examination fee for this as it puts a strain on other scheduled appointments. Examples of non life-threatening / urgent care situations are ear infections, bladder infection, limping, etc. (All should be treated sooner rather than later and we will do our best to accommodate your pet) Your pet will be assessed by a CVT immediately and a veterinarian as soon as possible.
All of our doctors are very comfortable caring for cats and dogs. Dr. Katherine Belisle has further training that allows us to offer high quality, experienced care for pet birds, rabbits, reptiles and a variety of other exotic or pocket pets. These unique pets need annual wellness exams to review housing and feeding practices, and to discuss any medically appropriate tests.
It is difficult to recognize and assess pain in our companion animals. They do not exhibit pain in the ways we think they should which makes it challenging to: 1 - Know they are painful 2 - Quantify their level of pain and 3 - Manage their pain appropriately. As we know from our own experiences with pain, it can be very challenging to adequately manage and there is no "one size fits all" strategy for managing pain in any species. Pain, both acute or chronic, is very complex and ever-changing.
Dr. Kimberly Lentz DVM, DAAPM, CVA, CVPP is now offering advanced pain management consultations at Southfork Animal Hospital. Initial appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes. During this time she will conduct a thorough musculoskeletal exam and pain assessment, while also reviewing pertinent medical history, assessing client expectations to ultimately devise a customized strategy for managing your pet's pain. A multimodal approach is always indicated for managing pain: this may include multiple medications (both common and novel), supplements, acupuncture and/or laser therapy as well as stretches, exercises, etc. Follow-up examinations will be made as necessary.
Dr. Lentz is one of only a few veterinarians across the country that has achieved certification through the AAPM, IVAPM and completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course. Her advanced certifications include: Diplomate status through the American Academy of Pain Management, Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist.
What is medical acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of placing extremely small needles into various areas of the body.
Medical acupuncture is taught and practiced using a neuroanatomical approach to treatment. Acupuncture works because the specific points being used are stimulating underlying nerves, blood vessels, lymphatics, muscles, etc.
Medical acupuncture is not related to "energy" or "stagnant chi." The focus is on the structures affected by a disease of illness (arthritis of the knee or gastrointestinal motility disorders for example) and what nerves supply these areas or can be influenced by stimulation elsewhere in the body.
How does it work?
Needle placement has local as well as generalized effects. Local effects: Increased blood flow. Activation of tissue repair factors. Decreased local inflammation. Effects on the spinal cord: Signals coming from the needle site go into the spinal cord and cause stimulation of more signals within several spinal cord segments. The result is dulled pain signals sent up to the brain. The spinal cord stimulation increases "communication" between other nerves in the spinal cord at that level, which in turn can regulate signals being sent to other areas of the body. This is why we can affect internal organ function by needling an area just under the skin on the back. Effects on the brain: The brain receives nerve signals from the needling point, through the spinal cord, which activates the release of endorphins (natural painkillers) and serotonin.
What types of conditions can acupuncture help manage?
Arthritis, general support with chronic illnesses, intervertebral disc disease (back problems), gastrointestinal disorders, some urinary disorders, muscle tension/trigger points, pain management, wound management, some allergenic disorders, post surgery care, some neurologic disorders. * As with any treatment modality, there is extreme variability in response to treatment. Acupuncture can be used in a variety of situations, the above list is by no means all-inclusive.
What do I need to do to prepare for my pet's consultation?
If we do not already have your pet's medical records, labwork, radiographs, etc. please fax those to us PRIOR to your appointment.
List of all medications and supplements including doses, response to these medications, etc.
Information on food type, amount fed, treats given.
Overview of other pertinent information regarding your pet's health history.
An initial consultation with Dr. Lentz is scheduled for 60 minutes and will include an examination, medical history review, discuss whether acupuncture is appropriate for the patient and the initial treatment (if indicated). Follow-up treatments are scheduled for 40 minutes.
A "typical" treatment schedule is 1-2 treatments per week for 2-4 weeks then will depend upon the pet's response to treatment. Treatment frequency and number will depend upon the patient's condition, severity of dysfunction, length of time pet has been affected and response to treatment. Each treatment schedule is tailored to the individual patient and their needs.
Southfork Animal Hospital accepts payments by cash, check, MasterCard, Discover, Visa, American Express and Care Credit. In order to keep our focus on offering excellent medicine with exceptional service, payment is expected at the time services are rendered.