Longer, Happier Lives

Because they belong by your side.

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Preventative Medicine

Nothing is more important than routine examinations and preventive medicine for your pet. Remember that your pet ages at a faster rate than we do. By 2 years old, they are similar to a 24 year old person, and then age about 4 years to every one of ours. This means that medical conditions can come on relatively quickly, hence the need for thorough physicals each year. Depending on the age and breed of your pet, an annual blood profile is recommended for all animals. When annual vaccines are given, your pet receives a complete physical to try and detect any potential disease before it worsens. Good histories are an important part of any physical exam, and we rely on you to provide us with as much information as possible about your pet’s normal routine. Common indicators of disease can be changes in weight, thirst, appetite, energy levels, breathing, coughing, urinary habits and stool character. Often times just by talking with you, we get hints about medical conditions that a physical exam might not reveal.
Preventative medicine such as labwork, annual exams and routine vaccinations is the best way to ensure your pet’s long term health. From your very first appointment, we can work with you to set up a preventative health care plan for your pet. As your pet matures, we offer more frequent check-ups and geriatric screening tests to detect many illnesses early, when they are easier to manage. We also recommend professional dental cleanings if needed, to treat periodontal disease and overall quality of your pet’s life.
If your pet becomes ill, medical services are provided to diagnose and treat your companion. Surgical services are also provided while utilizing safe anesthetic procedures.
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Pharmacy

Our pharmacy is stocked with a wide range of medications applicable to small animal medicine. This gives us the ability to send you home with any medications your pet may need that day. We also carry heartworm preventatives, flea control products and other supplies to give your pet the best care possible at home.

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In-House Laboratory

We have the capability to perform diagnostic blood profiles, urinalysis, cytology, serologic tests (e.g. Occult Heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus, Parvo), and routine parasite exams in-house. This means the results are available to us immediately which can be very important with a severely ill patient. We also use outside laboratory services for non-emergency laboratory tests. Read More

Digital Radiology (X-Rays)

During the last decade there has been a revolution in X-ray technology. Traditionally, X-rays have been recorded on photographic film and developed in a similar process used in normal photography. However recent advances in digital technology have been adapted to medical / veterinary radiography. This enables the images to be stored on a computer and magnified so that subtle changes that may not be visible on conventional films can be identified. We also can refer your radiographs electronically to the University of Florida for a veterinary radiologist review and written report. Read More

Digital Ultrasound

Ultrasound is the same technology that is used in human medicine to look at an unborn baby. As in human medicine, ultrasound technology has become invaluable at providing further insight into many veterinary diseases. It is non-invasive and can be performed in most cases without sedation. Read More

Dental Suite

Our dental suite provides comprehensive oral care for your pet. Dental care is a very important aspect of total health care for your pet. There is a statistical correlation in oral disease and the lifespan of dogs and cats. Our digital dental X-ray system is also crucial in our thorough analysis of your pet’s mouth, allowing us to decide if an extraction is required or other course of action.
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Companion Therapy Laser

With the use of the therapy laser, pets will receive instant relief of pain, inflammation and swelling associated with soft tissue injuries, trauma, surgery and chronic everyday disorders. A relatively new branch of medicine, the Class IV laser delivers light energy to a designated site of the body. When it interacts with damaged cells, healing is accelerated and pain diminished. As our best friends age, recover from trauma or surgery, or simply need relief from everyday aches and pains, this advanced technology offers: Drug-Free, Surgery-Free, Pain-Free Relief. We have many technicians that are certified in Companion Laser Therapy at this time, providing more opportunities to use this treatment to allow your pet to be more comfortable. Please visit the Companion Laser Therapy for more information. Read More

Surgical Room

By using inhalation anesthesia, continuous electronic patient monitoring, sterile surgical technique, and up-to-date procedures, we are able to offer safe and effective surgery for your pet. We routinely perform elective procedures, such as spays and neuters, as well as non-elective procedures. Our technicians are by your pet’s side from the time they go to sleep to when they wake up. We strive to make it a positive experience for your pet and make sure you are fully equipped for post-operative care. Read More

Recovery Room

This is a dedicated ward for post-operative cases and hospitalized patients, a place where patients can wake up from surgery comfortably and ill patients can be closely monitored throughout the day. We also have an incubator where smaller pets can be kept warm if hypothermic post surgery or from illness. Read More

Traveling Pet Health Certificate

Our doctors are USDA accredited and can provide health certificates require to travel both interstate and internationally.

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G.O. D.O.G.S.

In 2005, Shaffer Animal Hospital opened G.O. D.O.G.S. A place where your canine companion can participate in “total” wellness through training and grooming in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. Located just behind Shaffer Animal Hospital, you can drop your dog off and let them get pampered in grooming or help your dog become more confident, obedient, and well adjusted by taking them to obedience training hosted by DOG WILLING Positive Dog Training Solutions.
We're excited to announce our new dog daycare program!
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Euthanasia and Aftercare

To prevent needless suffering is a gift that we can give our beloved furry family members but is the most difficult decision a pet owner is ever faced with. Many owners struggle with guilt of making such a big decision and have many questions regarding the process. Our team is here to help you.

When will I know it is time?

Some families feel it may be time and are confident in their decision, while others need more guidance, due to emotions that can cloud rational thoughts and judgment. Even though the conversation of euthanasia can be sad and uncomfortable, it is important to include your family and your pet’s veterinarian in the final decision.

Is an appointment recommended for euthanasia? And how do I schedule it?

An appointment is strongly recommended. Our caring and compassionate veterinary staff will help you plan as well meet any special requests you may have, regarding the handling of your pets remains. You are not alone in this; we will walk you through the entire process.

What is involved in a Euthanasia Appointment?

  • We will assess your pet’s quality of life.
  • We listen to any concerns and questions your family may have surrounding euthanasia and aftercare.
  • If your pet is having any discomfort, sedation may be offered for comfort.
  • An intravenous catheter is often placed to ease the administration of the euthanasia medications. The actual procedure is often a peaceful one. When you and your family are ready, the doctor will administer the euthanasia medication, once given in most cases, your pet will pass peacefully in seconds.
  • We will ask if you would like a complimentary keepsake such as a clay or ink paw, and even fur clippings.
  • Afterwards you may spend as much time with your pet that you need.

Can I stay with my pet?

Staying with your pet is highly encouraged. If you do not wish to, you can say your goodbyes and our staff will remain with your pet. Every situation is different an what you and your family need is important to us.

Can children be present?

Each child is different and only you the parent can decide this. Take in consideration age, maturity, behavior and sensitivities of your child/children. Some of our staff have children as well, and we can share our experiences if needed.

Can pets be present?

Yes, our pets grieve, too. Remember to consider your pets temperament and behavior, when deciding whether or not they will be present.

What are my options for aftercare?

  • Private cremation provides you with the opportunity to keep your pet’s cremated remains as a permanent and personal keepsake. When you choose private cremation, your treasured pet will be the only pet in the cremation chamber during the cremation process. When the cremation process is complete, we ensure that you receive only the cremated remains of your pet.
  • Communal cremation consists of your pet is gently placed into the crematory together with other pets. When the cremation process is complete, the communal remains are collected and placed in a communal burial lot at one of our pet cemeteries. Because no cremated remains are returned to you when you choose a communal cremation, you may wish to consider one of our personalized memorial paw prints as a timeless remembrance.
  • Home burial is an option for some who own land. Our staff will help prepare your pet in accordance with local requirements.
If you should have any further questions or any other needs, our staff will be glad to help during this difficult time.

Click here to access pet loss grief resources.

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