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. However, please call (870) 856-3243 to determine a convenient time to arrive in order to lessen your wait. Many times the doctors can be involved with other emergencies or surgeries and your wait could be substantial. If this is the case, our staff will offer you numbers for alternative veterinary hospitals in our area. In emergency situations if our doctors can not see your pet, we will refer you somewhere to provide medical treatment as soon as possible. Many times, the doctor's schedule is full and we are not able to take on another medical case. If our veterinarians are able to examine your pet in between existing scheduled appointments, then we will offer that option. When you arrive, our receptionist can give you an estimate of wait time for your pet to be seen.
Please understand that when we refer you elsewhere, we are in a situation where we cannot take on another medical case. If we take on too many cases in one day, then less focus will be given to each individual patient. We do not want to sacrifice quantity for quality. If we take on too much, then mistakes can be made and things could be missed. We know that every pet owner wants their veterinarian to treat their pet like their own, but it is difficult to pay enough attention to each ill pet when we have a full schedule plus surgeries, emergencies, and pets to work into the schedule. If we tell you that we cannot squeeze in another patient, we are concerned about all of the other patients we are caring for that day and want to make sure we can give them their full attention. We will offer alternative options of veterinarians in surrounding towns because we do want to make sure your pet receives the necessary veterinary care.
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 handling 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, Pocahontas, 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 hospital. 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, After Hours Animal Hospital (501)214-8003, and Memphis Veterinary Specialists (901) 676-7430 all provide 24 hour emergency services, hospitalization, and complete surgical services.
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.
Vaccines are not only safe and effective; they are an important piece of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. There are also vaccines—such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases—that help protect your pets and family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Our vaccination protocol is tailored to the lifestyle of your pet as well as to the diseases he/she is most likely to encounter. We also recommend various preventative medications to prevent Heartworm disease along with treating fleas and ticks to ensure your pet's optimal health.
Radiographic images are used to diagnose a variety of conditions and ailments in both dogs and cats. We offer state-of-the-art digital radiographs. These 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 board certified radiologist Dr. LeaAnn Pack at Southland Vets for second opinions. If you have questions about your pet's health, we would be happy to answer them.
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 RBC & WBC count and evaluate kidney, liver, and other organ health. These tests may show your pet is anemic, has an infection, may be dehydrated, 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.
We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures ranging from spaying, neutering, and dentals to some orthopedic surgeries. JoDawn Carlton and Micayla Corbitt assist the doctors with surgeries and monitor your pet's vital signs during each 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. If your pet requires a specialized surgery, we may refer you to a veterinary specialist who offers board certified veterinarians to treat your pet.
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.
Shaw Veterinary Clinic operates an open hospital policy but with the advent of COVID-19 we do require masks. We welcome owners to be with their animals during minor medical procedures such as a simple vaccination or visit their pets when hospitalization is necessary. However, with the pandemic still at hand, we require clients to wear masks in the hospital. 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.
"Several years ago, at one of the lowest points in my life, I reached out in desperation to the vets at Shaw Veterinary Clinic to help clear up an almost constant belly rash that had plagued my dachshund Maddie since we’d moved to Arkansas. Alan had just gone to live in the nursing home and Maddie and I were both a mess…mentally and physically. From the first day there we were treated like treasured family members. All the staff were friendly and welcoming and one of them was familiar because she used to be the friendly face I saw often at my bank’s drive-thru window. Lesley was now the friendly voice on the phone and usually the first smiling face I saw when I entered the vet’s office. She and the rest of the staff loved on Maddie and “made do” over her whenever I’d leave her there for the day when I had to travel for work, or for an extended trip or medical appointments or procedures. Now Lesley, and JoDawn, and Drs. Roger and Dr Donna are caring for my dachshund Carlie and I know that she couldn’t be in better or safer hands.." Linda Maraman