St Johns Veterinary Hospital and Cat Clinic

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Our Hospital

A 10,000 square foot Veterinary Center

State of the Art

Diagnostics provide answers because pets can't tell us whats wrong.

Compassion

We understand the bond you have with your pet.

Full Service for Pets

Playcare, Boarding, Grooming.

Our Promise to Wildlife

Veterinary care to wildlife at no cost.

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and Cat Clinic       904-824-8123

 

 
  • Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sarah Franz to our veterinary hospital!   For appointments call 904-824-8123
  • Bring your dog to have some fun this fall at group playcare. For info call 904-824-8123.  

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Dogs, Cats, Exotics

 

Specialized care for your dog, cat and exotic pet.

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Advanced Technology

 

Endoscopy, Acupuncture, Digital Dental Radiography, Ultrasound

Veterinarian performing surgery

Medical, Surgical

 

From routine vaccinations to advanced surgical care our team is there for you and your pet.

 

What's New

Cat holding a tooth brush in his paws

Pets need dental care too! 

 

80% of dogs and 70%

of cats have some form

of periodontal disease by

the age of 3.

 

Routine dental cleaning

removes plaque and tarter

from pet's teeth.

The procedure is performed

under general anesthesia

without any pain or discomfort

to the pet.

 

 

We Care

 

 Mother and son with their pet in the intensive care unit

If your pet becomes ill, our veterinarians are experienced in critical care.

If your pet needs surgery

 

Dr. Burkhalter holding a white cat 

Four staff veterinary surgeons provide a wide range of complex and routine procedures. 

Surgical and anesthetic protocols are individualized specifically for your pet.

Wellness Testing

 

What your pets lab tests tell us:

1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)

Red and white blood cells      The CBC tests for anemia, infection, inflammation and overall healthiness of the blood cells. It also evaluates the number and type of cells in circulation. White Blood Cells (WBC's) help fight infection or inflammation. Red Blood Cells (RBC's) carry oxygen to the tissues.

2. Chemistry Tests

     The chemistry panel surveys many of the organ systems of the body to make sure they are working normally. 

  • Liver (AST, ALT, Alk. Phos, T. Bilirubin, GGT, Cholesterol, Proteins)

This group of tests helps evaluate various functions and health of the liver. Decreased liver function, inflammation, infection and neoplasia (abnormal growth of cells) of the liver and gall bladder may be detected by one or all of these tests.

  • Kidney (BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus, Amylase, Albumin, Globulin)Test tubes used for pet laboratory testing

These tests monitor the function and health of the kidneys. They are the most helpful and sensitive for detecting kidney disease when combined with a urinalysis.

  • Pancreas (Glucose, Amylase, Lipase, Triglyceride)

These tests are abnormal when there is something wrong with the pancreas or carbohydrate metabolism (examples are diabetes mellitus and pancreatitis).

  • Muscle and Bone

Calcium and Phosphorus are helpful in determining the health of bone metabolism.

CPK and AST are abnormal with muscle damage, trauma, or inflammation.

 

Electroloytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus) are important in monitoring the electrical, water balance, and cellular health of the body. Deficiencies or excesses of these electrolytes are harmful to the animal's physical and mental well-being.

3. Thyroid Function Tests

     As the name implies, these tests are useful in diagnosing malfunctions of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) is common in dogs; whereas hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) is common in older cats. Because there is no single thyroid test that can diagnose all thyroid diseases in animals, a panel of several different thyroid tests are used to ensure proper diagnosis.

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4. Urinalysis

     The urine sample is tested for several chemical components (glucose, protein, blood and more), as well as any cells (WBC, RBC, epithelial, etc.) and crystals.  Urinalysis helps detect urinary tract infection, diabetes, and kidney failure.

5. Urine Culture

     The urine specimen is plated on agar plates and incubated for 24 to 48 hours to allow any bacteria that may be present to grow.  Any infection causing bacteria are further tested to determine what antibiotics are effective for treatment.

6. Parasite Exams

  • Fecal

A sample of stool is examined to look for hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, coccidia, Girardia and other intestinal parasites.

  • Blood

Serum is tested for the presence of heartworm on an annual basis. Whole blood can also be examined in anemic animals for other parasites, such as Babesia, Hemobartonella, or Cytauxzoon.

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