The Animal Clinic of the Humane Society of Sarasota County is open to anyone seeking quality, affordable veterinary care for their cats and dogs. There are no income requirements. The Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary hospital, offering wellness care, geriatric care, laser therapy, dentistry, diagnostics, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery.
The Animal Clinic follows the recommended care guidelines set by the American Veterinary Medical Association. At minimum, we recommend an annual examination, broad-spectrum parasite control and immunizations, and wellness bloodwork. Comprehensive bloodwork is strongly recommended for senior pets (7 years and older). Because every animal is unique, the Animal Clinic staff will tailor your pet’s care to its specific lifestyle, life stage, and medical history.
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The Animal Clinic bundles services into affordable packages. We offer packages for puppies and adult dogs.
Puppy Care Package
Canine Silver Package
Canine Gold Package
Canine Platinum Package
Common misconceptions about pet oral health: “Animals are supposed to have bad breath,” and “Brushing your cat or dog’s teeth is unnecessary.” In fact, bad breath is the most common indicator of dental disease. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, most pets have some degree of dental disease by age three, and it will get worse without proper treatment. Dental disease can cause pain, tooth loss, difficulty eating, and even problems in the kidneys, liver, and heart. Dental care is just as important for pets as it is for humans. While home brushing is very effective, pets still need to have their teeth checked once a year, and they may need professional cleanings.
The Animal Clinic’s dental services include:
All dental procedures require a separate pre-dental exam. After dental services, your cat or dog will have fresher breath, healthier gums, and improved quality of life.
The Animal Clinic always uses anesthesia for dental procedures. Your pet does not understand the importance of dental care and may react by moving, trying to escape, or even biting. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dentistry procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. Plus, anesthesia allows for a more thorough cleaning. Although anesthesia will always have risks, it is safer now than ever before. The risks are very low and are far outweighed by the benefits of dentistry. Most pets are on their feet within minutes of waking up and can usually go home the same day.
Radiology is an invaluable tool in assessing animals with all types of diseases. Our digital radiology equipment provides us with a quick and accurate method of diagnosing problems, while minimizing exposure to radiation. Most patients won’t need any sedation, and results can be discussed at the time of your appointment. At this time, the Animal Clinic does not offer dental X-rays.
The Animal Clinic bundles services into affordable packages. We offer packages for kittens and adult cats.
Kitten Care Package
Feline Silver Package
Feline Gold Package
Feline Platinum Package
Our staff will provide the best possible care when your pet requires anesthesia or surgery. We skillfully remove masses and foreign bodies and treat diseases and infections. Patients under anesthesia are monitored continuously by a veterinary technician and assessed with state-of-the-art equipment to adjust to any changes that might occur. We keep patients’ temperature regulated with special warming blankets. After surgery, a smooth recovery and pain control are our top priorities. Every pet is watched closely to ensure they are comfortable and recovering normally.
Finding a balanced wellness plan for your pet will allow them to live a long and healthy life. Pets seven years and older are considered geriatric (or senior) pets. We routinely consult clients with geriatric pets on diet, exercise, behavior changes, and quality of life. By using an integrative approach, we can help senior animals live longer than ever. When it’s time to make the hard decision to let your pet go, we are available to talk you through the process and make sure they are as comfortable as possible in their last days. For this reason, we do offer euthanasia as an end of life choice.
Diagnosing your pet’s problems and providing a comprehensive treatment plan is our main goal. Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform tests quickly and efficiently, lessening the time it takes to diagnose a disease. Our sophistical equipment includes a complete blood count and chemical analyzer, and a SediVue urine sediment analyzer. Results are ready in a matter of minutes.
When your pet requires more advanced treatments such as intravenous fluids and medications, or monitoring, our staff can help nurse your pet back to health. While we are not a 24-hour emergency care facility, we do routinely treat acute injuries and illnesses, and we will work to schedule treatment as soon as possible.
In veterinary medicine, better care begins by listening to our clients. We cannot stress how important you are in providing us with a history of how your pet is acting at home. With these clues and a thorough physical exam, we can discuss prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. We are here to help provide you with the tools you need to help your pet feel better.
The Animal Clinic is fortunate to offer drug-free, surgery-free advanced pain relief in the form of cold laser therapy. Our Class IV K-Laser delivers specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. Benefits include increased circulation, decreased swelling, reduced pain, and enhance tissue repair. Laser therapy is safe and effective. Laser therapy can help with conditions ranging from osteoarthritis, post-traumatic injury, post-surgical pain, post-orthopedic surgical recovery, and joint pain. There is no patient sedation or restraint required. In fact, the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to the pet. The doctor will discuss a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.
Feeding an optimal diet will prevent many health problems in your companion and is the best way to ensure that they live a long and healthy life. Skin and ear diseases as well as more serious conditions such as metabolic diseases, arthritis, and obesity can be controlled through proper nutrition. The Animal Clinic sells a variety of premium diets, treats, and whole food supplements for the optimal health of your companion.
We treat dogs and cats with injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, including hereditary joint disorders, cruciate ligament tears, patella luxation, FHO, and arthritis. Our facility is fully equipped to perform orthopedic surgery and procedures on your dogs and cats. Pet orthopedic surgery is tailored for your pet’s specific injury.
The Animal Clinic has a complete pharmacy available to provide your pet with a variety of pharmaceutical medications, supplements, and vitamins. All prescriptions require a physical exam.
Spay/neuter is the best way to control the pet population and keep pets out of shelters. Spaying your female pet prior to her first heat cycle (occurs around 4-6 months old) and neutering your male pet prior to maturity offers the best protection against serious health issues and the establishment of negative behaviors. The procedure is routine and safe.
Spaying your female dog or cat helps prevent serious medical conditions, such as uterine infections, uterine/ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. Spaying is far less expensive than the cost of treating an infection, having an emergency c-section, treating cancer, or raising a litter of puppies or kittens.
Neutering your male dog or cat helps prevent serious medical conditions, such as testicular cancer, and often has a positive effect on your pet’s behavior. Neutering also makes a male pet less likely to mark his territory or spray urine throughout the house. Neutering also tends to make a pet less aggressive and less likely to roam.
The Animal Clinic’s spay/neuter services include:
*Pets seven years and older require comprehensive bloodwork at an additional cost.
**Not included in feline neuter services.
Annual Wellness Exams
We truly believe that prevention is the best medicine. An annual wellness exam is an essential part of keeping your pet healthy. We strive to find the most appropriate treatments that are safe, successful, and the least invasive for your companion, all while providing you with enough knowledge to put you in control of their healthcare decisions.
Vaccinations, De-worming, Heartworm Prevention, & Microchipping
Our philosophy of care is focused on disease prevention and well-being. This includes the use of vaccinations to prevent serious diseases. We understand that vaccinations can be confusing, so we are always happy to discuss your pet’s individual needs and tailor a vaccination schedule based on their lifestyle. We also offer basic grooming, including anal gland expression, ear cleaning, and nail trims.