Fear Free Certified | Advanced Pet Care Clinic | Valentine, Nebraska

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Here at Advanced Pet Care Clinic, LLC, we are pleased to have a variety of veterinary services available for your pet. Just as children (grown-ups, too) can be nervous or even scared to go to the hospital, some pets can have the same fear.

We became a Fear Free Certified clinic in 2016! Our staff was properly trained to treat pets in a low stress environment and were given tips for owners to bring their pets to the clinic in a calm manner.

If your pet is afraid to come to the vet,
give us a try or just ask around… 

You may just see a turnaround!

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Wellness Services
Surgical Services
Dental Services
In-house Laboratory
X-ray Services
Euthanasia

The closest thing to a pet’s heart is TREATS! We distract your pet with yummy treats allowing Dr. Huddle to examine and vaccinate them without being nervous, some do not even notice! By lowering the stress level, visits become a reward for your pet. 

Playing relaxing, classical music that mimics the resting respiratory rate of your pet helps to sooooooth the visit as well. We have nonslip mats for those whom are weary of the tiled surfaces and have arthritis. 

If your pet disappears at the thought of going to the vet, we have an anti-anxiety pill that will relax your pet for easier traveling and a calm vet experience. This medication can also be used at home for thunderstorms or for separation issues, to name a few.

Wellness Services

Wellness services | Advanced Pet Care Clinic | Valentine, Nebraska

People strive to provide the best preventive care possible for their family by seeing their family doctor at least once a year. We hope you treat your family pets with the same philosophy. Our wellness exams are done in a Fear Free manner and designed specifically for each individual pet, depending on species, breed, gender, age, etc. A dog does not have the same background issues as a cat, nor does a Corgi compared to a Weimaraner. During this examination, we emphasize an open client communication, honesty and compassion in a friendly and non-judgmental environment.

Wellness exams include:

  • Physical Examination
    • Heart, respiratory, teeth, eyes, ears, skin, joints, etc.
  • Internal and external parasite examination
    • Heartworm and flea control
  • Talk about vaccination programs according to age/risk factors
    • Spay and neuter packages
    • Importance of in-house blood work available for all ages
  • When given with vaccines, we offer a courtesy nail trim for your pet

And much, much more…

We believe one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet’s health is vaccinating him or her against potential diseases. A few vaccinations a year will provide immunity against a wide variety of diseases that are harmful and even deadly to your pet! There are two classes of vaccines; Core Vaccines and Non-Core Vaccines. Core vaccines are required for our area, non-core vaccines are ones we recommend depending on your pets daily life style; in-town dog vs. cattle dog.

Canine

  • Core Vaccines
    • Rabies
      • Caused by a viral infection transmitted through the saliva of another infected animal.
      • 1 booster shot, then 1 shot that will last for 2-3 years depending on local jurisdiction. 2 years for Cherry County.
        • 16 weeks
    • DHPP (Distemper-Hepatitis-Parvo-Parainfluenza)
      • Distemper causes flu-like symptoms with a fever and runny nose initially and can cause severe neurological symptoms, often fatal. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, resulting in lethargy, vomit, diarrhea, weakness, depression and disorientation. Parvo is a serious viral infection found in other infected dogs and their feces, where it can live up to a year in the soil. Parvo causes lethargy, vomit, foul smelling/bloody diarrhea and weight loss. Parainfluenza is a respiratory viral disease that causes coughing, fever, nasal discharge and respiratory infections.
      • 3 booster shots, then 1 yearly shot *another option listed below*
        • 6-8 weeks
        • 10-12 weeks
        • 14-16 weeks
    • * Distemper/Parvo Antibody Titers (recommended after 3 booster shots) – Followed by Dr. R.D. Schultz Laboratory, Univeristy of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medication
      • Antibody or titer testing is a safer option than re-vaccinating an immune animal.  Although, the potential for the vaccine to cause an adverse reaction is low, if the animal dose not need the vaccine, the risk is completely unnecessary and the dog should not be vaccinated!
        • This is Dr. Schultz opinion along with Dr. Huddles as well.
        • If the blood sample titer’s come back as protective then there is no need to re-vaccinate or re-draw titer for 3 years!
  • Non-Core Vaccines
    • Leptospirosis
      • Caused by a bacteria spread through water, soil, and the urine of infected animals, mainly cattle. If not treated early it can be deadly.
      • 2 booster shots, then 1 yearly shot
    • Bordetella
      • Caused from a bacteria and viral infection causing a hacking cough and snotty nose, aka “kennel cough.”
      • 1 yearly oral vaccination

Feline

  • Core Vaccines
    • Rabies
      • A viral infection transmitted through the saliva of another infected animal.
      • 1 booster shot, then 1 shot that will last for 2-3 years depending on local jurisdiction. 2 years for Cherry County.
        • 16 weeks
    • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Panleukopenia Vaccine)
      • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is an upper respiratory infection caused by the feline herpesvirus. Calicivirus causes upper respiratory infections and oral diseases. Panleukopenia, ‘feline distemper,’ can be similar to canine distemper or parvo with signs of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and seizures.
      • 3 booster shots, then 1 yearly shot
        • 6-8 weeks
        • 10-12 weeks
        • 14-16 weeks
  • Non-Core Vaccines
    • Feline Leukemia
      • A disease that can weaken the immune system and can cause certain types of cancer. It is transmitted from an infected cat to another by personal contact, bites, litter boxes and can be passed to the kittens from their mothers milk.
      • 2 booster shots, then 1 yearly shot

Every year thousands of pets disappear from their homes.  It is a terrible feeling when you can’t find your pets and it happens more often than it should. There is one way to help!

Pet microchipping is a relatively simple procedure.  A veterinarian simply inserts a microchip about the size of a grain of rice beneath the surface of your pet’s skin. This is placed between the shoulder blades.  The process is similar to an immunization given for routine vaccination and will have little to no side effects.

The microchip has an unique dog or cat ID code that is read when a microchip scanner is waved over the shoulder area.  We will have you fill out a form with your personal information, then give you a card with the microchip number, a pet-link tag, and the capability of others to direct your pet back to you when found.

Microchips are not only recommend for those escape artists but also for simple peace of mind for your pet’s safe, happy and quick recovery.  This service is offered for all animals brought to our facility.

Is your pet old, young, large, small, overweight or skinny?

Does he/she have skin problems, allergies, metabolic problems, urinary problems, or is just plain picky? Does your pet like to work, exercise, play or be a couch potato/ cuddle bug? Good deal! Our experienced doctor and staff will offer advice to help you choose the right diet to keep your pet happy, healthy and active.

Pet’s nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives.  Many products lack the high-quality ingredients your pet deserves, but we have several alternatives specifically for his or her lifestyle.

Please contact us at (402) 376-2273 to set up an appointment to evaluate your pet’s optimal nutritional needs. We would love to speak with you.

Pain is a terrible thing. We want to alleviate as much pain and discomfort in our patients as possible. In an effort to bring you the highest quality care, we are dedicated to provide the most natural and top notch pain management.

Our hospital pharmacy is stocked with the best veterinary drugs available in the animal healthcare field.  We emphasize the need for adequate pain control for our patients whenever necessary. Pets feel pain and discomfort on the same level as humans do. Whether the pain is surgically related or if your pet has a hard time getting up in the winter, we take pride in recognizing and alleviating animal pain, as we know you feel their pain, too. If Dr. Huddle recommends a product that we do not have on hand, we are able to obtain this within the next business day!

Check out our online pharmacy! It allows you to fill and receive your prescriptions right from home! To top it off, AutoShip is a convenient option and you can receive free shipping if your order is over $49.00!

You may have experience with a dog or cat that goes a little crazy before or during thunderstorms. These pets usually do all they can to escape the fear of the storms. This is just one example of a behavioral problem that many pets exhibit. Not all illnesses have a physical cause. Other examples include separation anxiety, obsessive behavior, inappropriate urination and many others. We like to help determine the cause of these behavioral problems and individually map the best treatment regimen for your beloved pet while keeping your personal circumstances in mind.

As we grow older, our pet companions do, too. Pets generally age 7 times faster than humans, therefore it is very important for owners to watch them closely to make sure they remain healthy. This is especially true with cats, who hide their illness well. Sometimes, by the time you realize your cat is sick, it is too late. Due to this aging acceleration, blood work with a urinalysis should be done yearly to review certain values.  Taking these preventive steps with your senior pet, will allow us to better manage and even prevent illnesses including kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, certain cancers, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and Cushing’s disease, to name a few.

Diet is very important for senior pets. Their needs change, so they should be fed a senior diet (mature adult). It is also important to feed them high quality food. Many pets start to get picky as they age so it is very important that owners monitor how much their pets really eat and their overall body condition.

Arthritis is a very common problem with older pets. We are equipped with high-quality medical options and surgical intervention to minimize or eliminate any discomfort.

We emphasize the need to keep our senior patients comfortable and give them better quality of life than their grandparents were given. If you have any questions about the care of your senior pet, please contact us today. One of our dedicated staff will help you answer your questions.

Surgical Services

Surgical services | Advanced Pet Care Clinic | Valentine, Nebraska

We pride ourselves on practicing top quality surgical techniques in soft tissue surgery and minor orthopedic and ophthalmic procedures. Our surgery room is designed to meet the American Animal Hospital Association standard of care. All preparation work for surgery is done outside the surgery area to allow for a more sterile surgery room. The technician monitoring your pet wears proper attire including: scrubs, foot covers, cap and mask. Dr. Huddle will follow proper protocol involving sterile scrub, sterile gown, cap, mask and gloves to decrease intra-operative contamination. Our surgical equipment is sterilized using ultrasonic cleaning, high temperatures and pressure steam cleaning. Continue reading anesthetic monitoring as we further explain the top quality care your animal will receive during surgery.

Anesthesia is a very important and crucial part of a surgery. Without it, your pet could have a poor chance of survival. Our anesthetic equipment is top of the line and your pet is monitored by the areas only, small animal, Licensed Vet Tech! We adhere to strict anesthetic protocols for all patients requiring anesthesia, due to our AAHA recommendations and care for your pet. We have provided a condensed version or our process is listed below. To compare our process to AAHA’s recommendations visit AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines. You will be thrilled!

Our Anesthesia Process

  • Equipment review
  • Physical exam
  • Offer in-house pre-anesthetic blood profiles (ensures the doctor your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia)
  • IV Catheter (easy vein access port for fluids and surgery drugs/emergency drugs)
    • Can you see the vein?
    • The IV Catheter is ready for fluids/drugs!
  • Offer IV Fluids (just like at the hospital, it keeps them hydrated through surgery and stabilizes blood pressure)
  • Pre-meds (relaxation for surgery, along with pain control
  • Intubation
    • Endotracheal tube/mask
    • Isoflourane and oxygen
  • Monitor
    • Heart rate
      • ECG (Electrocardiogram, measures electrical conductions through the heart)
      • Stethoscope
    • Blood pressure
    • Pulse oximeter (measures concentration of oxygen in the blood system)
    • Respiration
    • Temperature
      • Heated surgery table
      • Thermometer
      • Bare hugger (blanket air heater)
    • Physical observations (eye position, gum color, chest excursion, bag volume, movement with ventilation, pulse quality, jaw tone, reflex, heart beat, respiration, equipment function)
  • Caring tech wake-up method
  • Post-op meds and physical monitoring is continued until the patient goes home
  • Offer take-home pain meds
  • Follow up recovery call from Dr. Huddle

Dental Services

Dental services | Advanced Pet Care Clinic | Valentine, Nebraska

Would you let years go by between dental cleanings? Do you love stinky doggy or kitty breath?  Probably not! Unlike humans, our precious pets are unable to brush their teeth twice a day. That stinky breath that you “tolerate” could be the first sign of something more serious. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show dental disease by the age of three. Regular professional dental cleaning is a very important and often overlooked area in maintaining your pet’s health. Dental disease not only affects their mouth but is also directly related to the proper function of their heart, kidneys and other organ systems. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Dental Care Guidelines recommend regular oral examinations and dental cleanings under general anesthesia for all adult dogs and cats. AAHA recommends these procedures at least annually, starting at one year of age for cats and small-breed dogs and at two years of age for large-breed dogs.

*Dr. Michelle is referred difficult dental cases from all over Nebraska and South Dakota *

When performed under general anesthesia, dental cleanings achieve the best results and outcomes. The equipment used at APCC is human grade and safe. Modern and safe ultrasonic equipment cleans each tooth above and below the gum line to visibly show a new bright, white tooth. First, we recommend using digital dental radiography (Dental X-Rays) to evaluate each patient’s individual tooth and provide a more complete diagnosis of the oral disease. A licensed veterinary technician, then polishes the teeth to provide a clean, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque build-up. A fluoride treatment is then placed on the tooth to ensure strength of the enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. For those super-cooperative pets and for client’s education, we teach each one the correct procedure for dental care, including correct food, tooth brushing, oral health and appropriate treats.

Dental Disease

Does Your Pet Have…

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow or brown discolored teeth
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Whimpers or have a difficult time eating
  • Reluctance to play or chew toys
  • Swelling around the muzzle or jaw

If your pet shows any of these symptoms, call us right away. He or she may be suffering from painful dental disease. Our doctor can give an accurate assessment of your pet’s oral health.

Why Does My Pet Have Bad Breath?

After your pet has eaten a meal, plaque begins to accumulate on teeth within four hours. This plaque consists of bacteria, saliva and food particles. The bacteria excrete toxins and enzymes that break down the gum tissue. As a result of this bacterial infection, the gum line becomes inflamed, and you will notice a very foul-smelling odor from your pet’s mouth.

Grade 4 Disease

Bad breath is not normal – It’s a sign of disease!!

Over time, if plaque is allowed to remain on your pet’s teeth, it mineralizes into visible brown tartar. This tartar contributes to abscessed teeth, which must be extracted. Plaque and tartar accumulation leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Other serious medical problems may develop from the buildup of bacteria, which can spread to your pet’s vital organs. Bacteria spread through the bloodstream, infecting the heart, kidneys and liver. (We would show you a picture, but it is far too graphic and disturbing to be shown.) At this level of the disease, your pet’s life is at serious risk.

Don’t Let Your Pet Suffer In Pain!

You’re probably not aware that your pet may be suffering in silence with dental disease. Some pets may
experience severe or sharp pain while eating. Others may act depressed. Bad breath and drooling are the most frequent signs of dental disease. Remember: pets can’t tell you when they hurt. Natural instincts will eventually overcome their pain, and they will continue to eat, breath and live, whether it hurts or not.

Why Is Professional Dental Care So Important To You And Your Pets?

Dental disease is the most common illness encountered in veterinary medicine today and affects eight of ten pets. Unfortunately, it is also the most untreated disease.

Pets often go for years with painful gingivitis, fractured teeth or severe tooth root abscesses without noticeable clinical signs to the owner.

Dental disease puts tremendous demands on your pet’s organs, weakening the liver, kidneys and heart. This conditional stress can lessen your pet’s quality of life and his life expectancy.

APCC acquired Dental X-Rays with specialized equipment in 2014 and are loving every bit of it!

Dental X-Rays

If you are thinking about getting your pets teeth cleaned without Dental X-Rays, Think Again!

Dental x-rays for pets are just as important as those taken for humans. You wouldn’t get your teeth cleaned from your dentist without X-Rays, would you? Would you even be able to? An estimated 80% of dental disease is missed without using dental radiographs, because a veterinarian can see everything on the outside but nothing on the inside. An x-ray machine, using small amounts of radiation, is used to “see” the inside of your dog’s teeth and the areas below the gum line that are hidden from view. Cleaning your pet’s teeth without x-rays can often result in missed perio-pockets, fractured teeth, retained roots, cracked roots, cavities, bone loss, etc., which, if left, can result in serious diseases and major pain for your pet. In many cases, x-rays are the only way for a veterinarian to know if you pet has a dental problem. Advanced Pet Care Clinic uses dental radiographs to ensure your pets have a healthy smile!

However, unlike most humans whom hold still and are patient, pets are not, and need to be under general anesthesia for dental x-rays and the cleaning.

 Anesthesia For My Pet Scares Me!

The risk of allowing dental disease to continue untreated far outweighs the risks associated with anesthesia in all but a few very sick patients. It is true that anesthesia cannot be 100% risk free for people or pets, but it is possible to make it a very controlled, very low-risk event. We utilize the best available anesthetic agents, sophisticated monitoring equipment, and licensed, trained technicians assigned to monitor each patient to create the safest procedure possible for our anesthetized patients. To understand more about anesthesia, visit our Surgery and Anesthesia page, under the Vet Services tab, on the Home page.

At Home Dental Care

Ask Us! Numerous home dental care products are available to help you with your pet’s dental care. These include such products as Hills Prescription Diet t/d, Maxi Guard Oral Gel, CET Chews, etc.

How We Clean Your Pet’s Teeth

  1. Before and After

    Pre-anesthetic Blood Work: This is a blood test that detects major organs and metabolic abnormalities that may complicate the dental procedure, anesthesia and recovery.

  2. Anesthetic Monitoring: The inhalant gas anesthesia provides a safe and comfortable dental cleaning. We monitor the heart, respiration, blood pressure and temperature.
  3. Intravenous Catheter and Fluid Therapy: Allows access for injectable drugs. Maintains cardiovascular support.
  4. Dental Radiographs (X-Rays): An estimated 80% of dental disease is missed without dental radiographs.
  5. Dental Scaling: The process that removes the calculus and plaque from the tooth surface and below the gum line.
  6. Sealants & Perio-Pocket Therapy: Sealants will fill in superficial cracks in the teeth. Pocket therapy allows slow releases of antibiotics to heal recessed gum lines.
  7. Extractions: The health of each tooth is individually assessed via radiographs.  Any tooth that is diseased should be extracted or referred to root canal therapy.
  8. Dental Polishing: Necessary for finishing the scaling and cleaning process. Provides a smooth tooth surface after scaling and delays the reattachment of plaque-causing bacteria.
  9. Pain Management: Required for tooth extractions. Otherwise, it is based on the needs of your pets.

Please contact APCC at (402) 376-2273 to schedule your pet’s dental examination. For further information on dental disease, you can also visit AAHA Dental Guidelines

In-House Laboratory

Laboratory | Advanced Pet Care Clinic | Valentine, Nebraska

Dr. Huddle excels in the field of internal medicine by covering areas including cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, endocrinology, oncology and many more.

The best part of being able to run laboratory tests in our hospital is that we can diagnose your pets immediately! We are proud to have the ability to offer not only simple tests, but also more complex tests as well!

A few tests we are able to run include the following.

  • ECG evaluations
  • Blood tests
  • Complete blood counts
  • Chemistries
    • Wellness (annual bloodwork)
    • Comprehensive
    • Thyroid
    • Prep
  • Hematology
  • Urine tests/cultures
  • Test for viruses (parvovirus, feline leukemia virus, and feline immunodeficiency virus)
  • Heartworm disease
  • Fecal examinations (testing for the presence of hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and roundworms)
  • Skin scrapes
  • Ear cytology
  • Mass cytology
  • Skin cytology

We also utilize a very reputable, outside laboratory for performing urine and skin cultures. This laboratory is Antech Diagnostics Labs, the nation’s premier veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Antech Diagnostics Labs can provide us with quick results for a wide variety of diseases, including the following.

  • Bacterial cultures
  • Fungal cultures
  • Tick panels
    • Vaccine titers
    • Cytology
    • Histopathology
  • An example of when lab work is needed includes if your pet is having “piddle” accidents in the house. Our licensed technician can take a sample of its urine to evaluate under a microscope to see if there is an infection, crystals, miniature stones, etc. Once a diagnosis has been concluded, Dr. Huddle can decided on the correct type of medication to give your pet. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (402) 376-CARE (2273) if you have any questions or concerns about our in-house laboratory.

X-Ray Services

X-ray services | Advanced Pet Care Clinic | Valentine, Nebraska

We like to stay up to date with our x-ray machines, to keep in link with other clinics.  We have a full digital flat panel radiograph machine which delivers a clean quality image every time. Our radiograph machine is also capable of sending the images to our Board Certified Radiologist, Pet Rays. Just like all human doctors, we sometimes will send our radiographs to them to ensure nothing is missed!

Euthanasia

Euthanasia | Advanced Pet Care Clinic | Valentine, Nebraska

Here at Advanced Pet Care Clinic, we are here for you and your pets, even in the end.

We know how hard it is to say goodbye to your pets. Making the decision is emotionally and mentally draining. However, we want you to know you are not alone. Our entire staff is here to do anything we can to make the whole process easier on you and your family member.

Even though we wish our beloved pets could stay with us forever, saying goodbye is an inevitable occurrence. We have a dedicated room within the clinic that is quiet, comfortable and away from other clinic happenings to allow for a more personable time to say goodbye.  This room has its own separate exit to avoid the inconvenience of navigating through the busy waiting room.  We also offer the service of in-home visits to make both your pet and your family more comfortable.

If have any questions about the euthanasia process, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (402) 376-2273 (CARE).

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us today.