Services We Offer


Parasite prevention is essential—not only for the sake of your pet but also for your family’s safety as well. Many parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans.

Because most puppies and kittens are born with intestinal parasites, we will start your new pet on a comprehensive deworming program during the initial exam. You will also be given additional medication, in the form of an appetizing liquid, to continue the process at home over the next several weeks.

As your puppy or kitten matures, our veterinarians will advise you regarding the best ways to prevent fleas, ticks, heartworms, and more.

Spay or Neuter Surgery

We recommend that pets be spayed or neutered between 6–8 months of age. When you bring your pet to our hospital, rest assured that he or she will receive the best possible veterinary care.

Some spay or neuter facilities promise lower prices, but there’s a reason for that. In many cases, pre-and postoperative pain medication and appointment costs are added in after the fact—if pain medication is provided at all. At SVH, nothing is more important to us than ensuring your pet is safe, comfortable, and secure. We have strict safety protocols in place, and we are very proactive when it comes to pain management.

We want your pet to have a successful surgery and a positive overall experience. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because this way he or she won’t be afraid to receive veterinary care in the future.


The chewing. The scratching. The licking. These behaviors are all too familiar to many pet parents, and they can be symptoms of a significant health problem. It could be food or environmental allergies, an infection, stress, or any one of many issues, and it’s important your pet see the vet when these symptoms start to happen.

Symptoms of Skin Problems in Cats & Dogs:

  • Excessive scratching, chewing, or licking
  • Rashes
  • Lesions
  • Irritated or dry skin
  • Scabs
  • Red or inflamed skin
  • Hair loss
  • Rubbing of face against furniture or carpets

If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment for your pet by calling us at  (805) 269-6696.

Pet Travel Certificates

Domestic & International Health Certificates

If you plan to travel with your pet to another state or country, he or she may need a certificate of veterinary inspection. We can provide a health certificate that ensures your pet has met specific health criteria. Health certificates for domestic interstate and international travel have stringent rules veterinarians cannot bend.

When you contact us about providing a health certificate, be sure to provide the following information:

  • The type of animal that will be traveling
  • The country of destination
  • The date of departure from the U.S.
  • Whether your pet will be traveling alone, as cargo, or with a person in the cabin of the plane

For travel outside the U.S., you can look up the country you are traveling to and get helpful guidelines here. For detailed information about the steps in obtaining an international health certificate for your pet, visit the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service USDA APHIS website.


There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing a beloved family member. Thanks to microchips, we have been able to successfully reunite lost pets with their families on numerous occasions. Please contact us to learn more about this simple procedure or to schedule an appointment today.

Digital Radiology

Radiographs (x-rays) provide an immediate diagnostic tool for many conditions and are usually interpreted by the examining doctor. When consultation with a specialist is indicated, images are electronically transmitted to radiologists at The Animal Medical Center or Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners for review.


Ultrasonography is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging technique that enables us to see soft tissue and organs under the skin. Ultrasonographers come to the clinic on an as-needed basis to perform abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms (ultrasounds of the heart). Patients should be fasted for abdominal ultrasounds so the gastrointestinal tract can be adequately imaged. In addition, their fur is shaved to obtain clearer images. Most animals do not need to be sedated for these procedures.

Emergency Medicine

Health problems, injuries, and illnesses can happen at any time, and may need immediate attention. Please don’t hesitate to call or come in! When your pet urgently needs to see a veterinarian, SVH offers quality emergency and urgent care.

Urgent care—Our staff will work with you to have your pet seen as soon as possible. If your pet needs emergency or urgent care, please call or come in immediately. Our number is (805) 269-6696.

Visit us to treat the following:

  • Laceration & cut repairs
  • Various injuries
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased/loss of appetite
  • Bite wounds
  • Parasites
  • Urinating blood & urinary changes
  • Toxin ingestion
  • Foreign body ingestion
  • Skin infection
  • Pain or limping
  • Infections
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Scooting
  • Hair loss
  • Toenail injuries
  • Chronic diseases
  • Rattlesnake bite

Pain Management

Just like people, pets can suffer lingering effects and discomfort from an injury or a surgical procedure. SVH takes treating pain seriously and offers several options to help pets feel better, including medication and laser therapy. We’ll develop a pain management program that’s customized for your pet’s condition and needs.

Physical therapy can be especially effective as it is proven to speed recovery and improve strength and mobility. By using rehabilitation therapy and offering instruction on at-home techniques and other pain management options, your pet will benefit from our expert care.

If you would like to know more about pain management for your pet, contact us at (805) 269-6696.

Computed Tomography (CT)

CT isn’t just for humans anymore. Widely accepted as the gold standard of care, CT is used by veterinarians for everyday diagnoses such as middle and inner-ear, sinus and metastatic lung disease and performs full-mouth dental radiographs, which has the added benefit of catching nasal cancers and tumors before they become a major issue. Also can be used to diagnose Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) which is a common spinal disease in Dachshunds and Frenchies.

If you want to schedule a CT please call us at (805) 269-6696.


We rely on an outside laboratory for most of our lab work and typically get test results back within 1-2 days for blood and urine, and 3-7 days for biopsy and cultures. We also have the ability to check certain blood tests on-site and frequently use our in-house lab to examine ear swabs, skin samples, skin scrapings, and fine needle aspirates.


Did you know that dental disease is the number one disease affected dogs and cats! According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal (dental) disease by the age of 3, and it often goes untreated.
In late stages, bacteria can enter your dog or cat’s bloodstream and may cause severe problems for the heart and other vital organs.

At SVH, we understand that dental disease is a preventable issue. We strive to provide you with the at-home tools and in-clinic treatment to maintain good oral health and prevent dental disease. In addition to regular dental exams, we offer:

  • Anesthetic cleaning and polishing
  • Non anesthetic dental cleanings
  • Digital dental X-rays to see below the gumline where most dental disease is present.
  • Extractions when necessary
  • Oral surgery

Call us today for a dental consultation with one of our trained veterinary staff!


Surgery is often the most effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders, and SVH is proud to offer state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Our hospital provides a full range of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures.

Surgery specialties:


  • Spay and Neuter
  • Exploratory
  • Splenectomy
  • Foreign Body Removal


  • Patella Luxation Surgery
  • Fracture Repair
  • Dislocated Hip
  • Spinal Surgery (hemilamenectomy)
  • Cranial Cruciate Repair

Rescue Medicine

Dr. Slaton has worked with rescues for many years, and does offer discounts to those rescues who show proof of their 501c3, and pay their bills at the time of service. Here at SVH we encourage people to adopt pets whenever possible, and will offer a free first exam for clients who can show adoption papers. Dr. Slaton also has a lot of connections in finding just the right pet to join your family. If you have questions prior to adopting, please call or email Dr. Slaton.

End-Of-Life Care

It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and we want to help make that difficult time more manageable by providing compassionate hospice and euthanasia services for your pet.

We provide a comfort room at the hospital where you can be with your animal companion through the process and when they pass, and we will give you the space and time you need to say goodbye. Dr. Slaton can also come and help your pet pass in the comfort of your own home. Please call to schedule an “at-home” euthanasia at (805) 269-6696.

Hospice care for pets means providing treatments, medications, and therapies to see that your pet’s pain is managed. We will work with you at our clinic to ensure that he or she is as comfortable as possible in the weeks or days prior to passing. When you’re ready to make that decision, we will be with you every step of the way, and our staff can help with recommendations for aftercare.

We know it won’t be an easy call to make, but please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can assist you with end-of-life care for your pet.

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