We're pleased to offer the following services:
Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Our doors open at 7:30AM and close around 5:30PM. We do lots of baby sitting, so you can drop your pet off to allow for work or running errands.
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 5 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Emergencies can be things such as any type of poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
If our clinic is not open and you have an emergency with your pet, you may call the office, which will send you to an answering machine with an after hours phone number to call.
Boarding & Babysitting
We made the decision a long time ago to be a hospital and not a hotel, therefore we do not board, however our neighboring business next door does Mt. Pleasant Pet Resort. We feel that this allows us to provide the best medical attention possible for our hospitalized patients. Please ask if you need information about recommended boarding facilities in the area. We will, however, babysit your pet for the day if you are unable to make an appointment during regular office hours. Our doors open at 7:30AM and close at 5:30PM to make it possible for you to drop your pet off before work and pick them up after work. Also, we do not close for lunch so we have appointment slots available during that time.
At Mt. Pleasant Animal Clinic we insist all of our patients have a microchip. If your pet already has one we will record the information in our electronic record system. If your pet does not have one, they will get one. The microchip is about $35.00 but the fee is included in the puppy, kitten, or annual exam.
We offer a wide variety of diagnostic procedures. We have in house lab machines that allow us to perform blood work on your pet and get results back the same day. We have a digital x-ray machine allowing us to obtain radiographs instantly and manipulate them for a more efficient diagnosis. Our ultrasound machine is a great addition to conventional radiographs as it allows us to view more soft tissue structures as well as diagnose pregnancy. We also have digital dental x-rays which allows us to find problems with your pets teeth that would otherwise go unknown. Our "ear looker" is a high tech, high power camera that allows us to examine the deep part of your pets ears and it also has a magnification power of 28X making objects (grass awns, ticks, mites) more visible.
Our surgical suite is fully stocked with gas anesthesia, full anesthesia monitoring, and IV fluid support. We offer a wide variety of surgeries from minor mass removals to routine spays and neuters to emergency procedures. All of our patients have a surgical plan developed specifically for them. Each patient is fully examined by a veterinarian prior to their procedure. Pre-operative blood work is performed on each patient to ensure they are a good surgical candidate. All patients will receive pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative pain medication. Patients undergoing minor procedures such as simple mass removals will get pre-operative sedation and local anesthesia blocks to minimize pain during the procedure. For all other procedures our patients receive an IV catheter with fluid support, full anesthesia monitoring, an endotracheal tube with gas anesthesia, and local anesthesia as needed. Any patient having abdominal surgery will also receive an epidural that will block pain during and after the procedure. A technician is available at all times to monitor anesthesia, assist when needed, and make sure the patient is comfortable during surgery and recovery.
We offer a wide variety of dental procedures from routine dental cleanings to surgical extractions. We examine your pets teeth during the annual exam and will decide when it is time to perform a dental cleaning on your pet. We use the same balanced anesthesia, endotracheal tubes, gas anesthesia, local anesthesia, and IV fluid support, that we give our surgical patients. Each tooth is scraped with a hand instrument. Each gum line is probed for foreign material. Then each tooth is ultrasonically cleaned, both sides and top. Finally, each tooth is polished with pumice and a rapidly rotating rubber cuplet.
Suspected periodontal disease, abscessed roots, or missing/abnormal teeth will be radiographed with a special dental x-ray machine. Hidden tooth disease can only be discovered via radiography. Here the economics can get complicated. Diseased roots, bone loss, abscesses discovered by the dental x-rays means extractions. Dental extractions are surgical procedures, complicated, difficult, and of course expensive. Several extractions can easily result in a bill of $500 to $700 .
The dental procedure in an otherwise healthy animal usually costs about $165. Extra paraphernalia such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwashes, antibiotics, etc. will add a little more. The real winner here is your healthier, sweet-smelling friend with a nice smile for a change.