Shaw Veterinary Clinic
Our appointment scheduling is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for your pet. We utilize appointments for surgical procedures, exams of ill patients, and vaccinations. Our receptionists will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Illnesses are not handled on an appointment basis. However, please call (870) 856-3243 to determine a convenient time to arrive in order to lessen your wait. Due to the COVID-19 situation, clients must remain outside while we offer curbside service. We have had to distance ourselves for the health and safety of everyone. We do not know the future or how long we will continue with curbside service. We will rely on guidance from the American Veterinary Medical Association and will err on the side of caution to keep our doctors, staff, and clients safe. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this new norm.
Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such a snail/rat bait poisoning, hit by car, organ failure, or chocolate ingestion. If you feel that your pet needs emergency treatment please call the office (870) 856-3243 if possible before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency. If the doctors are not available due to other emergencies or being in surgery, we may recommend contacting another veterinarian to administer care for your pet. Several veterinarians are available in Mountain Home, Jonesboro, and Batesville that we highly recommend. For emergencies after hours, we recommend calling the doctors at their home (870) 856-3824. If they are available, they can make arrangements to meet you at the hospital. If they are not available, we recommend calling another veterinarian. On weekends, Allied Animal ER in Jonesboro (870) 316-6281 offers emergency services with a full staff available to care for your pet's needs. Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists (501) 224-3784 provides 24 hour hospitalization and complete surgical services during the week and also on weekends. After Hours Animal Hospital at (501) 891-5437 is another option for 24 hour emergency services.
We also treat sick pets for urgent care conditions when circumstances are not life-threatening. Call the hospital (870) 856-3243 before coming with your pet as many times the doctors can be involved with other emergencies or surgeries and your wait could be substantial. Our staff may be able to schedule an appointment that day or our veterinarians may be able to examine your pet in between scheduled appointments if at all possible. When you arrive, our receptionists can give you an estimate of how long you may need to wait in order to be seen.
Most pet owners do not realize their pets can develop dental disease. Gently lift a lip and look at your pet's teeth. Are they pearly white or covered with brown tartar? If your pet has foul breath, let us examine that mouth and advise appropriate dental care. The doctors utilize a state-of-the-art dental unit providing an ultrasonic scaler and mechanical polisher to clean your pet's teeth along with Laser Therapy treatments to reduce inflammation and increase healing speed. If you have questions or want to schedule an exam for your pet, call Shaw Veterinary Clinic at (870) 856-3243.
In the past, we offered bathing on an appointment basis Monday through Friday. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, we have suspended grooming services. We do offer limited medicated baths for those dogs with certain skin problems. Our staff will alert the doctors if they notice a problem with your pet's skin, eyes, or ears during bathing. The doctors may call you while your pet is in the hospital to discuss these problems and offer treatment options. To schedule an appointment, please give us a call (870) 856-3243. At this time, we are searching for a professionally trained groomer. If you know of a trained groomer who might be interested in a position with Shaw Veterinary Clinic, please give our number as we would like to find a groomer for our patients.
We offer state-of-the-art digital radiography and have the capability of copying radiographs to give you either a CD or USB with your pet's radiographs. With this technology, we can radiograph your pet in a timely manner and get results within a very short period of time. In addition, we are able to email your pet's radiographs to a specialist. We rely on Dr. LeaAnn Pack for our second opinions and she has been a great resource. To learn more about Dr. Lea Ann Pack, please visit her website www.southlandvets.com.
Blood testing provides a way for us to assess your pet's health to give us insights that we might not otherwise discover with a physical exam. We offer state-of-the-art blood analyzing equipment that allows us to check your pet's red blood cell count, white blood cell count, and evaluate kidney, liver, and other organ health. We are also able to perform in-house urinalysis and thyroid testing for your pet.
Ultrasound and Radiography Referral
We utilize Dr. LeaAnn Pack for a second opinion on your pet's radiographs or as an option for a mobile ultrasound. Dr. Pack received her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University and completed a diagnostic imagining residency at the University of Georgia. She is owner of Southland Vets based in Lake City and we are proud to partner with her to offer your pets the very best veterinary medicine. With her assistance, we can verify a diagnosis and get an expert opinion regarding your pet's veterinary care.
We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures ranging from spaying, neutering, and dentals to some orthopedic surgeries. Shelby Stout and JoDawn Carlton assist the doctors with all surgical procedures monitoring your pet's vital signs during each surgery. The doctors administer therapeutic laser treatments to your pet's incision site post-operatively to speed healing. If your pet requires a specialized surgery, we may refer your pet's case to a veterinary specialist. The photo shows Shelby monitoring a patient undergoing a dental procedure performed by Dr. Roger.
Therapeutic cold lasers work when photons from the laser interact with target cells to stimulate biochemical changes. Photochemical effects occur when laser light is absorbed by chromophores (the light absorbing part of a molecule) within target cells. This cellular mechanism initiates the reduction of pain, decrease in inflammation, and increases the healing of tissues. Therapeutic lasers are effective for treating conditions such as abscesses, tissue infections, anal sac infections, aural hematomas, fractures, dental disease, arthritic conditions, ear infections, and skin inflammations. Each spay and neuter pet receives cold laser therapy on the incision site to promote quick healing. The photo shows Dr. Roger and Kali administering therapy to Max Kunkel for treatment of his aural hematoma.
Shaw Veterinary Clinic operated an open hospital policy until the advent of COVID-19. In the past, we welcomed owners to be with their animals during minor medical procedures such as a simple vaccination or visit their pets when hospitalization was necessary. However, with the pandemic at hand, we have had to distance ourselves from our clients offering curbside service. While not optimal, it is necessary for the health and safety of everyone. We do not know the future or how long we will continue with curbside service. We rely on guidance from the American Veterinary Medical Association and will err on the side of caution to keep our doctors, staff, and clients safe. We will make all our decisions based on science and the recommendations of our veterinary association.
Shaw Veterinary Clinic accepts payment via Cash, Check, MasterCard, Discover, or Visa. In order to continue providing you high quality service utilizing the best medical technologies, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we prefer contactless payment (recommended by the governor of Arkansas) via a credit card or debit card.