Our Services

Dental Services
Southland Veterinary Hospital offers full service dental care for your pet.

Dental disease of pets is more than just a problem of “bad breath”. Dental disease is painful and can lead to more serious problems elsewhere in the body . Heart and kidney disease are two of the common illnesses associated with poor dental health. Regular dental prophys or “dental cleanings” are an important part of your pet’s health care. Digital Xray equipment helps us to best evaluate your pets oral needs.

 

Emergency Service
Anytime our hospital is closed, you are provided with quality emergency care through the A.A. Small Animal Emergency Service, located at 150 Dennis Drive just a few blocks away from our hospital. Telephone 859-276-2505. Their web address is: www.SmallAnimalEmergency.com

At Southland we tailor our office hours to coincide with the AA Small Animal Emergency Service so that you are always covered with quality pet care 24 hours per day / 7 days per week / 365 days per year.

Endoscopy
Endoscopy can be performed on animals of all sizes and can help with diagnosing and treating many conditions.

Laboratory Services
Southland Veterinary Hospital offers a full service “in-house” laboratory. Quick accurate diagnostics are helpful when time matters. We also use the “outside” lab services of nationwide resourced laboratories when necessary.

Medicine
At Southland we take pride in providing the most up to date, quality, medical care for our patients. Our doctors and staff regularly attend continuing education events to hone their skills and expertise.

Oncology
Treatment for cancer is available for pets. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and laser treatments are some of the choices available.

We work along with board certified internists to take care of your pets needs when dealing with cancer. Often we are able to extend your pet’s life and to help your pet live as comfortably as possible with chemotherapy and other treatment modalities.

 

Preventive Care CANINE
Preventive Care for your pet is the heart of wellness and is the key to maintaining a healthy pet. Recommendations are usually specifically tailored to your pet’s individual needs. Your pet’s lifestyle determines what his/her wellness needs will be. Our doctors will determine what is necessary for vaccination, heartworm prevention, diet recommendations, flea and tick prophylaxis as well as any other needs your pet may have.

EXAMINATION

Our doctors use a systematic approach in physical examination where the pet is evaluated covering all the organ systems, step by step.

TESTING

•Heartworm testing annually and year around prophylaxis is recommended for all canines.

•Fecal testing for intestinal parasites is recommended yearly as well.

•Other tests may be performed should the doctor suspect any problems.

VACCINATIONS

• Rabies is administered, as required by law.

•DHPPL is the abbreviation for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis. This combination, vaccination is given to most adult canines based on individual need. It protects against deadly parvovirus and canine distemper. Fortunately, since puppyhood vaccination series and yearly vaccination of adults has become standard care we rarely see these diseases.

•Bordetella or “kennel cough” is given to canines at risk, such as dogs going to a kennel, dog show, playtime in the park, etc.

•Lyme disease vaccination is available for dogs as well. Dogs at risk are potentially exposed to wooded areas or other locations where tick infestation could occur.

PARASITE PREVENTION/CONTROL

Parasites are a concern in the pet world and tremendous products to control/eliminate them have become available in the last few years.

Internal Parasite Prevention

Currently for most canines we recommend either Revolution, which is a topically applied product or Heartgard Plus for heartworm prevention, which is a chewable treat given monthly. Revolution also control most intestinal parasites and fleas. Heartgard Plus also deworms your dog monthly for roundworms and hookworms. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta currently recommends that adult canines be dewormed every 3 months for roundworms and hookworms to prevent HUMAN TRANSMISSION. Giving your dog Heartgard monthly satisfies this recommendation.

Flea Control

The gold standard for flea control is a product called Frontline Plus. It is a topical flea and tick treatment used every 1-2 months. We usually recommend monthly treatment in the summer and fall, which are peak flea months, and every 2 months during the winter and early spring months. The exception would be a dog with flea allergies, when monthly treatment year around would be recommended to eliminate any chance of flea contact. Other products available are Program/Sentinel (oral pills), Revolution, and Advantage.

MICROCHIPPING
Your pet can have a microchip implanted at any time. The procedure consists of injecting the chip with a syringe much like any other type of injection. The registration that we use for the chips provides a national database for your pets identification. This is a great investment in your pets security and your peace of mind.

Preventive Care FELINE
Preventive Care for your pet is the heart of wellness and is the key to maintaining a healthy pet. Recommendations are usually specifically tailored to your pet’s individual needs. Your pet’s lifestyle determines what his/her wellness needs will be. Our doctors will determine what is necessary for vaccination, heartworm prevention, diet recommendations, flea and tick prophylaxis as well as any other needs your pet may have.

EXAMINATION

Our doctors use a systematic approach in physical examination where the pet is evaluated covering all organ systems, step by step.

TESTING

Fecal testing of your kitty’s stool is recommended yearly, even for “indoor only” patients. Some parasites are not visible to the naked eye.

Unlike dogs heartworm disease testing is usually performed only on cats that are suspect. we do recommend year around heartworm prophylaxis in cats living in KY.

Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunosuppressive Virus testing may be recommended on a yearly basis, depending on your kitty’s lifestyle.

VACCINATIONS

Most of our feline vaccinations are created by recombinant technology which makes them very safe and effective.

• Rabies is given to all cats yearly

• FVRCP is an abbreviation for Feline Viral Rhinovirus, Calivirus and Panleukopenia. The nickname for this vaccine is “feline distemper”. This vaccine is given to all cats as well.

• Feline Leukemia is given to most cats, depending on lifestyle.

• FIP or Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a vaccine administered by drops up the nose and is recommended primarily for cats that are exposed to a large number of other cats.

• FIV or Feline Immunosuppressive Virus vaccine is now available and may be recommended for some cats.

PARASITE PREVENTIVE/CONTROL

Heartworm prevention is recommended for ALL cats as the parasite is found in cats VERY OFTEN here in KENTUCKY. The incidence in indoor cats is equal to that of outside cats in the studies that have been performed. Heartworm prevention is available in 2 forms for cats. Revolution (topical drops used monthly) and Heartgard tablets. Revolution has the advantage of treating several parasites in addition to heartworms, such as ear mites, fleas and some intestinal parasites. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta recommends treating adult cats every 3 months for roundworms to prevent HUMAN TRANSMISSION. By using Revolution monthly for heartworm prevention your kitty is being treated monthly for round worms and many other parasites, complying with recommendations by the Center for Disease Control.

Radiology
Radiology services include digital radiography, dental radiography and ultrasonography.

Radiographs (x-rays) are an important diagnostic tool. At Southland Veterinary Hospital we have a full service Radiology Department . Our state of the art digital radiology imaging system helps our doctors to work quickly and accurately. Ultrasonography is available as well with our two ALOKA ultrasound units.

 

Surgery
Southland Veterinary Hospital offers soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

Most of your pet’s potential surgical needs can be accommodated at our hospital. Our staff of doctors and technicians are experienced as they focus on your pets safety and well being.The surgery suite at SVH is equipped with a vast array of anesthetic monitoring equipment as well as warming devices to keep your pet safe and comfortable. We offer CO2 laser capability to control bleeding , comfort and post surgical healing. When the need arises we also offer referral services to specialty practices most often within a 2 hour radius of Lexington.

 

Geriatrics and Senior Pet Care
At Southland Veterinary Hospital we care for a great number of older pets, some with multiple problems.

Geriatrics/Senior pet care is a large part of our practice. We encourage quality senior wellness care and are also available when your older pet develops new problems.
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