Lone Mountain Veterinary Hospital is here to help when you need us most.
Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available. During every single visit, we want to make sure that your entire family (pet included) is comfortable. We practice the Fear Free method, which is a novel approach to alleviating stress and anxiety around providing veterinary care, putting your pet’s emotional well-being first.
Spay & Neuter
Ovariohysterectomy (spay) and castration (neuter) of your pet are important in managing his/her health. Certain types of cancer risk can be lowered by spaying and neutering, in addition to eliminating the risk of accidental breeding and subsequent offspring. Also, spaying your female dogs and cats (and even exotics) will prevent a life-threatening infection called pyometra. LMVH requires a pre-surgical visit and pre-anesthetic blood work before your pet has surgery. During this visit, we discuss what age is appropriate for your pet to have surgery, along with answering other questions you may have regarding the surgical procedure or healing time. LMVH also creates a personalized anesthetic and pain management plan for your pet. Click on the links below for more information from VeterinaryPartner.com.
Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your pets and community safe from infectious diseases. We follow the vaccination guidelines set out by the American Animal Hospital Association. During your exam, we will discuss any additional vaccine recommendations based on your pet’s individual lifestyle and risk factors. Did you know that the rabies vaccination can only be given by a licensed veterinarian? It is also a requirement for all cats and dogs in the state of Nevada to be current on their rabies vaccination status.
*An exam is required before vaccination*
Dental disease and tartar are one of the most common health problems diagnosed in pets. By three years old, most pets will show signs of early periodontal disease. We follow the American Animal Hospital Association’s dentistry guidelines and provide Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) on our dental patients. After an evaluation by a veterinarian, we will create a personalized treatment estimate for your pet. All patients are anesthetized to examine every surface of the tooth. A Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) will clean the teeth and take radiographs of your pet’s mouth. The veterinarian will examine the mouth paired with radiographs to create a treatment plan for your pet’s oral health. At LMVH, veterinarians perform oral surgery to extract any necessary teeth. LMVH also provides bonding of teeth surfaces and subgingival antibiotic placement.
Pain assessment and management is important to the doctors and team members at LMVH. Pain level will be assessed before, during, and after all dental procedures. A multi-modal pain management approach is used as needed: opioids, local anesthetic blocks, constant rate infusions, cold laser therapy, and anti-inflammatories. A dental evaluation is required before a dental procedure is scheduled.
Every patient at LMVH receives a customized anesthetic protocol made by his or her surgeon after a pre-surgical exam and pre-anesthetic blood work. Our doctors ensure a multi-modal approach to anesthesia and pain management. Your pet will be designated one of our licensed technicians or assistants to monitor his or her vital signs using multiple parameters. We monitor blood pressure, end-tidal CO2, inspiratory CO2, spO2, heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, body temperature, and mucous membrane color. Our equipment includes a respiratory ventilator that is used when patients undergo long procedures or if our doctors feel they need a little extra help breathing while anesthetized.
Radiographs are the images created by using X-rays on a sensitive plate. We utilize digital radiography to capture our images onto a computer. From here, we can easily view, manipulate, and share the images captured. Radiographs can be taken to evaluate the bones or soft tissues of your pet. Common reasons for radiographs are for lameness exams, coughing patients (heart and lung health), bladder stones, and to look for an intestinal blockage (intestinal foreign body) or even abdominal masses. LMVH can also easily access a board-certified radiologist to interpret the radiographs obtained.
All our doctors are USDA-certified to evaluate pets for intrastate and international health certificates. Each location’s government will have different requirements with specific guidelines.
You can research requirements for your pet on the USDA website.
Hawaii has very stringent and time-sensitive requirements to travel with your pet. Please research here.
Microchipping your pet is a simple procedure. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice (12 mm) with a unique ID code that is injected into your pet. LMVH uses HomeAgain Microchips with an anti-migration feature to ensure the microchip will stay in place. Our current microchips have the capability to scan your pet’s body temperature, so say goodbye to rectal thermometers! A microchip is placed by one of our veterinarians or licensed veterinary technicians (if seen by a doctor recently). Our staff at LMVH will register the microchip for you using a completed information form. Check out the HomeAgain website for more details and features associated with a HomeAgain Microchip.
While our goal is to keep your pet healthy with preventive care, we know that there will be times when your pet will feel unwell for unknown reasons, or perhaps he ate something he shouldn’t have. We are here for you and your pets. LMVH offers in-house, on-site blood work evaluation in addition to radiographic and ultrasonographic evaluations. While we are not an emergency hospital, we will triage and prioritize emergency situations and illnesses. There will be times when a case will be better served by our local 24-hour pet emergency hospital and we refer to Animal Emergency and Specialty Center. We thank our clients for their understanding when an emergency situation arises.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Our veterinarians perform soft tissue surgery (non-orthopedic or non-bone surgery). This surgical service is provided Monday through Friday. If a procedure is beyond our doctors’ surgical capabilities, we will discuss referral to a board-certified veterinary surgeon in Reno, NV.
Soft tissue surgery includes but is not limited to:
- Lumpectomy/tumorectomy (mass/tumor removal)
- Cystotomy (for bladder stone removal)
- Gastrotomy, enterotomy (stomach or intestinal surgeries for gastrointestinal foreign body removal or some tumor removals)
- Splenectomy (removal of the spleen)
- Biopsies (punch, wedge, or excisional)
- Mastectomy (mammary gland removal due to tumor)
- Episioplasty/vulvulopasty (correct recessed vulva in females)
- Onychectomy in cats (declaw surgery)
- Abscess debridement/drain placement
- Trauma surgery: laceration repair, dog bite wounds
- Limb amputation
- Dewclaw removal
- Eyelid correction surgeries, including “cherry eye”
We provide splint and casting services for appropriate orthopedic injuries. If a fracture requires surgery, we refer to a board-certified veterinary surgeon in Reno, NV.
Ultrasound is an imaging modality using high-frequency sound waves to produce images of your pet’s body. These images are interpreted by your veterinarian at LMVH in real-time. Common reasons for ultrasound are to evaluate bladder stones, abdominal organ tumors, fluid in the abdomen or chest, and abscesses. Ultrasound can also be used to evaluate the heart, but this requires referral to a veterinarian trained in this specialized procedure.
Exceptional care for the pets of Carson City.
At Lone Mountain Veterinary Hospital, we strive to provide the best care possible to each and every patient. Our team is fun and compassionate. We are experts in our fields. We're here to help when you need us most!