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K-Laser Therapy

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In an effort to provide our patients with cutting-edge veterinary medical care, we are excited to offer this alternative therapy. We had to see it to believe it too, but now we are convinced. Laser therapy really works. See our Laser Therapy Page for additional information.

Large Animal Pain Management

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Pain management affects large animals as well. Pain increases stress, which can delay healing and result in poor weight gains.

Cases that benefit from pain management:

  • both before and after surgery
  • in the event of trauma/wound therapy
  • disease management, such as lameness, arthritis, cancer, nerve damage.

We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet under any of the above circumstances.

Vaccinations

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On a regular basis we see the benefit of routine vaccination: deadly cases of Parvovirus that could have been prevented, pets who are in quarantine due to expired Rabies vaccine, even cases of Tetanus in large animals. Your pet faces enough threats to his or her health. Preventing the disease through vaccination makes humane and monetary sense. We will assess the risk your pet faces for each disease and will only recommend the vaccines we believe are appropriate.

 Vaccines we have available:

  • For Dogs: Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Hepatitis-Adenovirus combination, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, Bordetella/Kennel Cough
  • For Cats: Rabies, Feline Distemper, Calicivirus, Rhiniotracheitis combination, Feline Leukemia Virus
  • For Horses: Rabies, Eastern/Western encephalitis Tetanus combination, Flu-Rhinotracheitis, Pneumabort/Herpes, West Nile Virus, Salmonella, Streptococcus equi (strangles)
  • For Cattle/small ruminents: Rabies, Clostridial combinations; Shipping Fever (Triangle 9), E. coli, Pinkeye
  • Other: Ferret specific Canine Distemper and Rabies.

Why should you allow us to do your pet’s vaccinations?

Purchasing your vaccines from feed stores and catalogs is risky. Vaccine handling is essential to it’s effectiveness. With a store or catalog bought vaccine you have no certainty of proper storage prior to your purchase. Our vaccines come directly from the manufacturer to us, shipped on ice. We apply strict quality control.  Our manufacturers stand behind their vaccines. With store bought vaccines, if your pet contracts the disease they were vaccinated for you have little recourse. Furthermore, vaccines are not benign. They can be at least ineffective if not given properly or can even be harmful to your animal. The small cost savings you may receive from purchasing and administering your own vaccines will not be realized if you have one case of disease breakthrough or complication like a vaccine reaction or abscess.

Please contact us if you have questions about your pet’s vaccines.

Large Animal Pharmacy

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When choosing us for your pet’s medications, you will receive a quality product and same-day convenience. If you have any problems you can be assured that we address the situation, something not always true when purchasing from a local or online pharmacy or from a feed store. Our large array of medications are competitively priced as well.

In our hospital pharmacy we carry:

  • Antibiotics
  • Dewormers
  • Wound treatment products
  • Anti-inflammatories such as “Bute”
  • Vitamins
  • Joint supplements
  • Probiotics
  • Weight and coat supplements
  • Reproduction enhancing medications
  • Thyroid medications
  • Eye medications
  • Allergy medications
  • Shampoos

Coming soon: Our own online pharmacy with home delivery – exactly the right medication with the same high quality of our in house pharmacy but with the added convenience of home delivery

If you choose to purchase from a different pharmacy, be sure to do your research. Be aware that not all local pharmacies are familiar with animal medications and quality control has been a problem at some online pharmacies/feed stores. See these links for a more detailed discussion:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/online-pharmacies.aspx

http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/resourcesforyou/animalhealthliteracy/ucm203000.htm

Equine Wellness

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An annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can help reassure you that your horse is healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Horses often hide the signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behavior might be easy to overlook. And, depending on the disease, some pets don’t show any symptoms.

During your horse’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking them from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We will perform a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We may also recommend that your equine companion receive dental care. As horses age, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase. When your pet is nearing his or her senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup so we’ll know what’s normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.

Because you spend the most time with your equine companion, you are your horse’s expert, as well as his or her greatest advocate. Please let us know if you’ve noticed any physical or behavioral changes in your pet, as well as any other concerns you might have.

Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam! If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our adult wellness program in more detail.

Pharmacy

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When choosing us for your pet’s medications, you will receive a quality product and same-day convenience. If you have any problems you can be assured that we address the situation, something not always true when purchasing from a local or online pharmacy. Our large array of medications are competitively priced as well.

In our hospital pharmacy we carry:

  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea and tick control products
  • NSAIDs (such as Deramaxx/Metacam)
  • Vitamins
  • Shampoos
  • Greenies
  • Pet food (such as Hills Prescription Diet)
  • Probiotics
  • Antibiotics
  • Heart medications
  • Thyroid medications
  • Ear medications and cleaners
  • Allergy medications
  • Large animal medications

Prescription Refill and Food Order Request Form

Please use the form below to request your prescription refill or food item. This will save you time when picking up your order. Please allow 48 hours for order processing.(click your location)

Animal Medical Services, Mount Airy, NC Galax Veterinary Clinic, Galax, VA

Coming soon: Our own online pharmacy with home delivery – exactly the right medication with the same high quality of our in house pharmacy but with the added convenience of home delivery

If you choose to purchase from a different pharmacy, be sure to do your research. Be aware that not all local pharmacies are familiar with animal medications and quality control has been a problem at some online pharmacies. See these links for a more detailed discussion:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/online-pharmacies.aspx
http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/resourcesforyou/animalhealthliteracy/ucm203000.htm

Tranquilization/Sedation/Anxiety Medications

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Tranquilization or sedation is used to calm an animal under various conditions. The animal remains awake or may ‘sleep’ but is easily aroused when stimulated. Pet owners frequently request sedation for their animals during travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. We have both homeopathic/natural products that are quite effective and more potent prescription medications. Our goal is not to “knock out” your pet, but to use just the right amount of medication to keep your pet calm and happy. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk and each animal should be assessed prior to dispensing these medicines.

In Hospital “SNAP test” Reader

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Many animal hospitals use “SNAP” tests to test for infectious diseases that have antigens present or result in antibody production. These SNAP tests are judged to be positive or negative based on a color change read visually (kind of like a pregnancy test!). Galax Vet Clinic and Animal Medical Services both take this one step further by using a SNAPshot Dx Analyzer. This machine reads the test results for us at the appropriate time and automatically downloads them to the patient’s record. This automation reduces human error and provides your pet, once again, with state of the art technology.

Click here to learn how ELISA SNAP technology works.

Emergencies

We have a veterinarian on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the clinic and if your call is not answered directly you will receive a message instructing you how to reach the on-call doctor.