LAKE COUNTY VETERINARY CLINICS
Serving Two Harbors & Grand Marais, MN
Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available.
The veterinarians and staff at Lake County Veterinary Clinic are ready to provide your pet with cutting edge veterinary medical care. From wellness exams and vaccines to advanced diagnostics and complex surgical procedures, your dog or cat will receive high quality care at our hospital.
Our practice strives to provide the best comprehensive pet care, including supporting you with your pet’s behavioral welfare. Supporting your pet through behavioral training can strengthen your bond with your pet and improve your quality of life as well as theirs.
If your pet presents unwanted behaviors, whether they recently emerged or have been present since you adopted your pet, we can help. We can provide screening, guidance, training, insight, and treatment for behavioral problems. From anxiety to stress, we can help your pet achieve a better quality of life through prescription and behavioral intervention.
We provide comprehensive care for your pet’s oral health. We can provide your pets with oral health wellness checks, cleanings, polishings, fillings, tooth repair, extractions, and oral surgery. We know that dental pain and problems can go deeper than the gums, which is why we use effective, cutting edge digital dental radiology to diagnose your pets’ dental needs.
We recommend annual dental exams to verify healthy gums and teeth. Regular dental exams and maintenance support a healthy mouth and prevent pain, discomfort, and other health issues.
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Emergency and Critical Care
From potential bone fractures to broken teeth, we provide veterinary trauma care, emergency dental care, poison treatment, and critical care during our regular business hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat, Sun: Closed
Tue and Thurs: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Please call us on your way, so we can prepare for your pet’s arrival.
Tel: (218) 834-4234
557 Scenic Drive
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Tel: (218) 387 1383
4 Genes Way
Grand Marais, MN 55604
For after-hour emergencies, we recommend:
Hospice and Euthanasia Services
Saying “good-bye” and coping with end of life care for your pet is never easy. To help you and your family when parting with your beloved pet due to terminal illness or age, we provide your pet with dignity, comfort, and respect during the euthanasia process.
Understanding the “why” when making the decision to say “good-bye” is important. We emphasize patient education during this solemn time to help you feel more confident and at peace with the difficult choice.
Pet Hospice care can give you days, weeks, and sometimes months to spend with your pet before he or she passes on. Our Hospice services include education on your pet’s health, the possibility of a natural death option, pain recognition, supplemental nutrition, understanding terminal diseases, incontinence, wound care, and the end-stage process. We can also help alleviate your pet’s pain.
Puppy and Kitten Care
During the first months of your pet’s life, he or she requires the most veterinary care. Why? This is when they are the most fragile, vulnerable, and require immunizations to help prevent disease. As your puppy or kitten grows and develops into a strong and healthy dog or cat, we can make the journey smooth and safe with everything your pet needs to stay healthy.
Puppies and kittens require exams and vaccines at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year. These exams routinely include:
- Vaccines: Rabies, Bordetella, FVRCP, Feline Leukemia #1 & #2, DHLPP #1 & #2
- Stool examination
- Nutritional counseling
- Dental Assessment
- Behavioral training guidance
- Spay or neutering
- Preventative care: intestinal parasites, heartworms, fleas & ticks
Your pet deserves the best and most thorough care. Our highly trained staff uses the latest radiology equipment and techniques to diagnose your pet. X-rays allow us to see what’s below the surface. Digital X-Rays are a non-invasive tool we use to assess your pet’s skeletal health, organs, and body while providing you with images to better understand your pet’s physical condition for better prevention and treatment.
From our state-of-the-art surgical technology to our extensive experience, we take pride in our ability to perform safe and skilled surgeries for your pet.
For pets and their owners, surgery is stressful. We want you to feel confident that your pet is in good hands during surgery. To make the process less stressful, we communicate with you at all stages and provide extensive education for preparation and aftercare.
We use ultrasound technology to create images (or sonograms) of your pet’s body for an accurate analysis. Ultrasound provides us with a means of non-invasive evaluation of your pet’s physical condition. From emergencies to organ health, we can see below the surface with our ultrasound equipment to provide quality veterinary care for your pet’s wellbeing.
Vaccines and Preventive Medicines
We provide both core and optional vaccines for dogs and cats. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that all dogs receive canine distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and rabies vaccinations. Core vaccines for cats include feline distemper, feline calicivirus, feline herpes, and rabies. Puppies and kittens should receive their first set of vaccines by eight weeks of age. We also offer Bordetella, leptospirosis, chlamydia, feline leukemia, and Giardia vaccinations.
We recommend annual wellness exams for adult dogs and cats between one and seven years old. Puppies, kittens, and senior pets should have more frequent examinations. At each check-up, we record your pet’s weight and temperature, ask about eating habits and exercise and discuss parasite control. Our veterinarians also check for specific health issues, such as diabetes and signs of cancer. You also have the chance to get help with any behavioral concerns.
From nose to tail, we want your pet to enjoy the benefits of good health. Annual veterinary exams for adult pets and routine visits for puppies, kitties, young pets, and senior pets can do just this. Your pet may not be able to speak, but wellness checks can speak for them and support the best quality of life for your companion animal.
During your pet’s wellness exam our veterinarians and team will:
- Check your pet’s heart health, including, heart murmurs, abnormal heart rhythm, and signs of heart disease
- Provide a dental check, examining for infection, impaction, gum soreness and disease, plaque, and tartar
- Listen to your pet’s lungs
- Evaluate your pet’s eyes and ears
- Assess the health status of your pet’s skin, abdomen, lymph nodes, joints, and muscles
- Administer vaccines and prescribe preventative medicines
- Consult you on your pet’s behavior, diet, exercise, and answer any questions you may have
- Perform blood tests and other lab tests to analyze your pet’s overall health and to check for parasites
This veterinary specialty deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that originate in specific body systems. These include the endocrine, gastrointestinal, immune, lymphatic, renal, respiratory, and urogenital systems.
Although the age at which dogs and cats are considered a senior can vary by breed, we like to start seeing pets for bi-annual exams around age seven. Like people, older pets have an increased risk of kidney disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, senility, and general weakness. Staying on top of these issues helps improve the quality of life for your pet in the senior years. Mobility challenges and behavior changes are also more common with older pets.
Spay and Neuters
Spaying your female pet and neutering your male pet helps to control pet overpopulation. Unfortunately, millions of pets are euthanized every year because there are not enough homes for all of them. Additional benefits of sterilization include a longer lifespan, reduced risk of mammary gland and testicular cancer, no heat cycles or roaming behavior, and less aggressive behavior by both males and females.
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