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.
Emergency & Urgent Care
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 your pet 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. Untreated dental disease can affect your pet's heart, liver, and kidneys. It is imperative to keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy in order to avoid potentially life-threatening disease conditions. If you have questions or want to schedule an exam for your pet, call Shaw Veterinary Clinic at (870) 856-3243.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have had to distance ourselves offering curbside service. While not ideal, it is necessary for the health and welfare of our doctors, staff, and clients. We do miss the interaction with our clients, but we must continue with curbside service until further notice. We appreciate your patience and do not know how long we will continue with this practice. Please, rest assured, your pets are treated with the utmost care, respect, and love while they are in our facility. We all love our jobs of loving your pets. We do rely on guidance from the American Veterinary Medical Association and will err on the side of caution as we make decisions regarding our practice to keep everyone safe. We will make our decisions based on science and the recommendations of our association. Please know that your pets are in excellent hands while they are being treated in our office. We take this pandemic seriously and strive to uphold all precautions to protect our staff, doctors, and clients. Wear your mask! Stay Safe! Wash Your Paws!
Radiographic images are used to diagnose a variety of conditions and ailments in both dogs and cats. We offer state-of-the-art digital radiography and have the capability of giving you a copy of your pet's X-rays. Radiographs help us diagnose problems with the bones and joints, such as breaks or swelling in the joints along with other abnormalities. X-rays can also be used to diagnose problems with the heart, lungs, spleen, liver, and kidneys. Once we understand the depth of your pet's illness, a treatment plan can be developed to restore your pet's health. If needed, we can email your pet's radiographs to a specialist for a second opinion. We rely on board certified radiologist Dr. LeaAnn Pack at Southland Vets for second opinions....her website is www.southlandvets.com. If you have questions or concerns about your pet's health, we would be happy to answer them and provide you with guidance to help make your pet comfortable during the healing process.
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. These tests may show your pet is anemic, has an infection, may be suffering from dehydration, or have specific organ failure. We are also able to perform in-house thryroid analysis, urinalysis, heartworm testing, electrolyte levels, and canine pancreatic lipase testing for your pet. If necessary, we can send your pet's samples to a reference laboratory for tests which we are unable to perform in our hospital getting results within a couple days. Having a sick pet can be scary and our in-house laboratory helps us diagnose your pet's illness quickly and efficiently.
Ultrasound and Radiography Referral
We utilize Dr. LeaAnn Pack for a second opinion on your pet's radiographs or use her 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 expert assistance, we can verify a diagnosis regarding your pet's veterinary care and develop a treatment plan to help restore your pet's health. If you have questions about your pet's health, we would be happy to offer guidance for you and your pet.
We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures ranging from spaying, neutering, and dentals to some orthopedic surgeries. JoDawn Carlton and Sidney Croft assist the doctors with all surgeries and monitor your pet's vital signs during each surgical procedure. JoDawn is pictured monitoring this pet's vital signs which include heart rate, oxygen saturation, and breathing. After surgery, the doctors administer therapeutic laser treatments to your pet's incision site which speeds the healing process and reduces inflammation. While our doctors are able to perform most surgeries, if your pet requires a specialized surgery, we may refer your pet's case to a veterinary specialist. Veterinary Emergency Specialists in Little Rock offers board certified veterinarians who are experts in orthopedic and ophthalmic surgeries.
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. At Shaw Veterinary Clinic, we try to provide comfort, genuine care, and high-quality medicine to our patients and their owners. Our team members celebrate a love of pets and people. We are committed to nurturing each team member’s talents to support personal growth and practice success. We will make every effort to educate our clients regarding all aspects of the care of their pets and in doing so, enable them to make informed decisions about the healthcare of their pets. We will also communicate to clients our commitment to helping pets live healthier, longer lives.
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.