We treat your pet like family.
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. Scroll down to learn more about our veterinary services.
Medical emergencies may be accepted when our clinic is open. There can be additional fees associated with these types of visits since other appointments will be disrupted. Whenever possible, please call to let us know if your pet is in need of emergency care as we may refer you to another facility that may be better equipped to handle the care needed.
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).
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 adjuvanted vaccines – therefore at Southfork, we have adjuvant-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.
Surgery and Anesthesia
Routine surgeries are scheduled in the mornings Monday through Friday. Pets are to be dropped off M-W between 8 and 8:30 am, Th-F between 7 and 8 am 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 pet’s 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.
You can request a telemedicine consult by calling our office.
Teleconferencing visits can be used for
- Behavioral consultations
- Medication consultations
- Dietary/weight discussions
- Post-surgical rechecks
- Puppy/Kitten consultations
- Quality of Life discussions
- Rechecks for conditions such as skin, lameness, or dental procedures
Teleconferencing cannot take the place of a physical examination, so even if you request a tele visit, it may be necessary to schedule a physical visit depending on your concern.
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.
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
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.
Types of Pets Seen
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.
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.
We offer payment plans using VetBilling to help you comfortably manage your pet’s health care costs. Click here to learn more about VetBilling.
At Southfork Animal Hospital, we understand that caring for beloved pets can sometimes come with unexpected costs. That’s why we offer a third-party payment plan system called VetBilling to help you manage your pet’s health care expenses.
VetBilling allows you to divide your balance into manageable, interest-free installments that are made through secure and automatic withdrawals. These payments are sent to Southfork Animal Hospital on your behalf, and automatic withdrawals stop once your payment arrangement is complete or when your bill is paid in full. There is no penalty for early pay off.
To determine the length of your payment plan and down payment amount, you will need to complete a soft credit check using your social security number. The down payment can vary from 20-65% of the total invoice, and payment plans are 3-6 months long. Please note that VetBilling requires a $25 non-refundable processing fee at the time of setting up the plan, and this amount is separate from your down payment.
Each automatic payment will have a $3 convenience fee added to it. To sign up for VetBilling, you will need your social security number, driver’s license, and two forms of payment. The easiest way to do this is at Southfork Animal Hospital.
Please be aware that some restrictions may apply, and terms and conditions may change. VetBilling is designed to help you manage your pet’s healthcare costs comfortably, and Southfork Animal Hospital is here to assist you every step of the way!
Providing exceptional care since 1989.
Whether you need to ask a question, make an appointment, or you’re ready to come see us – our contact information is below. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Tues: 8 am - 6 pm
Wed: 8 am - 6 pm
Thurs: 8 am - 1:30 pm; 3 pm - 6 pm
Fri: 8 am - 6 pm
Sat: 8 am - 12 pm