Guntersville Animal Hospital
Services

At Guntersville Animal Hospital we offer a full range of veterinary health care for your pets. From adolescence to the geriatric patient, we can treat, diagnose, and prevent many diseases and conditions that can affect man's best friends. These are just some of the services that we provide.
Internal Medicine Because our focus is on identifying the exact cause of our pets abnormal symptoms, Dr. Young keeps up with the latest in medical care and recommendations in regards to cardiology, endocrinology, dermatology, and gastroenterology just to name a few. Dr. Young also closely works with local veterinary specialists to provide even more advanced care when needed.
Surgery Guntersville Veterinarian Surgery PhotoShould your dog require surgery, you can be certain that they will receive the utmost care from our staff. With every surgery we first address the need for pain medication and decide upon the right pain management protocol. Also we will evaluate your pet's blood values prior to surgery to ensure they are a healthy candidate for the procedure. Our state-of-the-art surgical suite was designed with the patient in mind and includes features such as IV fluid administration, isoflurane anesthesia, and advanced anesthesia monitoring. Dr. Young is experienced in a wide range of surgical procedures including routine spays, neuters, declaws, ear trims, as well as all types of soft tissue surgery (abdominal, ophthalmic, skin). Dr. Young also provides a wide array of orthopedic procedures and has had a special interest in cranial cruciate repair and medial patellar luxation’s for many years now, having preformed hundreds of these procedures he would like to discuss any needs that you might have concerning your individual pets needs. We receive many referrals from veterinarians around the surrounding counties and Dr. Young makes sure each patient returns with complete instructions for the referring veterinarian to know what was performed, the potential outcome, and problems to watch for. Regardless of what surgical procedures are performed, our entire staff will deliver compassionate care to your pet as they recover and spend the day with us.
Laparoscopy We offer laparoscopic procedures as a none invasive way of treating abdominal surgical disorders including laparoscopic artificial insemination. Dr. Young also utilizes rigid endoscopy to biopsy or remove things from hard to reach places in the body. As well as arthroscopy to diagnose and treat different orthopedic joint disorders.
Pain Management In recent years, veterinarians have made great progress in understanding how dogs and cats feel pain and the best ways to manage that pain. Many dogs and cats will instinctively hide their pain as a survival mechanism, which, in the past, lead to incorrect assumptions about the ability of them to feel pain. Because we now understand more about how they feel pain, we now know how to recognize and manage it. With obvious injuries or after surgical procedures, we can reasonably assume that they will experience pain. Although the signs may be subtle, careful observation will often reveal signs of pain in most dogs and cats. Most dogs and cats experiencing pain will change their behavior patterns. Pain is something that no pet should experience needlessly. By closely observing your pet for subtle signs of pain and by working with us, your pet can enjoy a long, pain-free life!
Anesthesia Whenever your four legged family member requires anesthesia or sedation, we understand the apprehension you feel. That's why we use only the safest available gas anesthetics, like isoflurane. Also, because our clinic focuses mainly on the health of dogs and cats, we're aware of some of the special needs certain breeds require for surgery. We have a state-of-the-art electronic monitor that allows us to continually monitor blood pressure, EKG, heart rate, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry, and body temperature throughout the procedure. In addition the veterinarian and the veterinary assistant continually monitor your dog or cat during the procedure and the post-op recovery phase.
Dentistry Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Over 68% of all pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal or dental disease. Most pets might have bad breath, red, bleeding and swollen gums, discolored, missing or loose teeth. There is substantial scientific evidence that bacteria from tartar are absorbed into the blood stream and deposited in various organs. Heart and kidney disease often result. Second, tartar builds up along the gum line. As the tartar enlarges, it pushes the gums away from the roots of the teeth. Eventually, the teeth will loosen and fall out. To prevent this from occurring we offer complete state-of-the-art ultrasonic teeth scaling, followed by full polishing, and performed while your dog or cat is under anesthesia. Our dental services are performed with the same high-quality dental equipment (high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers, and polishers) found in most human dentist offices. It cannot be emphasized enough that regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's health. Upon completion of the teeth and gum cleaning, we will provide you with home dental care instructions to help your pet preserve a healthy smile! You may schedule a dental appointment for your dog by simply calling us.
New Puppy and Kitten Visits As soon as you get your puppy or kitten home, it is important to have us evaluate the health of your new family member. In fact, we recommend that breeders give you at least 72 hours for you to bring your new pet in to see us in order to ensure a healthy animal. A thorough examination is necessary to detect any possible congenital defects or early signs of disease. A series of vaccinations will be determined for your new pet. We recommend a series of four puppy vaccines, and three kitten vaccines, starting at 6-8 weeks, and continuing through 9-10 weeks, 12-14 weeks and 16 weeks. These are administered to prevent potentially fatal infectious diseases. Internal and external parasite examinations are performed to detect and treat parasite infestations. We will also begin puppies on heartworm prevention upon their third vaccine visit. Prophylactic de-worming of all puppies and kittens are performed as recommended by the CDC in order to prevent potential zoonotic parasite transmissions. Advice is given regarding care of your new pet including feeding, exercise, house training and more.
Boarding We offer a full range of heated and cooled boarding facilities for dogs, cats, exotics, and birds. Our caretakers will always try to find a way to usually accommodate any specific requests. Contact our secretary for reservations.
Nutritional /Weight Management Counseling We will provide guidance on your pets nutritional needs and identify an appropriate diet based on their overall health, life stage, activity level, and environment. We also provide the special foods necessary for the pets which have certain conditions or diseases. Our trained staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.
Also nearly one-third (33%) of all adults in the United States are obese. Unfortunately, this same number now applies to our pets. Obesity leads to several diseases both in pets and people. Type II diabetes, heart disease and arthritis are the most common weight-related disorders. Diet and weight reduction are the key to ensuring that your pet lives as long and healthy a life as possible. We have several diets that are especially made for pets that are obese. Please ask our staff for more information.
Grooming We offer professional grooming to our clients through our accredited groomer. She has many years of experience and can trim any breed to any style desired. Please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling us, or stopping by to talk with her. See our grooming page under special services for more information.
Preventative Medicine Wellness visits
At Guntersville Animal Hospital we believe the most important part of your annual visit is the exam our veterinarian will perform on your pet. It's easy to forget that one year for your pet is equivalent to approximately seven human years. Our veterinarian is trained to feel, listen, and look for things that may go unnoticed by owners. Laboratory tests for internal parasites and heartworms will also be checked. We will advise you on diet, exercise, and lifestyle through all stages of your pets life.

Annual Health Screening
This important test is a screening profile to determine organ function (i.e. liver, kidneys), and a complete blood count to look for infection or anemia. If your dog or cat is over seven years of age we will also perform a more advanced study of organ function, including a thyroid screening. Please call our office to schedule your pet's annual health screening today.

Vaccinations
We recommend Rabies, Distemper/Parvo/Corona/Lepto, and Kennel Cough vaccines for all indoor and outdoor dogs. We recommend Rabies, Distemper, and Kennel Cough vaccines for all indoor cats but in addition to these we add Leukemia and FIP vaccines for our outdoor felines. We highly recommend that all new feline additions added to your household are Leukemia/AIDS tested before bringing them home to your other pets.
In House Pharmacy For your convenience, our in house pharmacy allows us to send you home with the appropriate medication the same day of your appointment. We have a complete inventory of veterinary pharmaceuticals, heartworm/flea prevention, shampoos, and pet prescription diets.
In House Laboratory With our in-house laboratory facilities, we can provide immediate serum chemistry, complete blood counts, serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing while you wait. For more specialized diagnostics, we work with a national veterinary laboratory which supports us with timely (usually next day) lab results and excellent veterinary specialists for consultation.
Parasite Prevention There are several types of internal parasites that cause problems in dogs and cats. These include nematodes, or roundworms, of which Toxocara canis (intestinal roundworm) and Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm) are the main examples, and cestodes, or tapeworms of which Dipylidium caninum, Taenia species and Echinococcus species are important examples. Ancylostoma species (hookworms) are also common internal parasites in many parts of the United States. Also, heartworm disease is a major life-threatening problem. It is considered to be one of the most serious conditions seen in small animal practice. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. There are many effective products available for the prevention and control of these parasites. Ask our staff for a recommendation to prevent these harmful parasites. .
Behavioral Counseling We can provide advice on a wide range of canine behavioral problems including aggression, obedience, house training/crate training, and separation anxiety. We can also offer guidance on introducing a new dog or cat into your home, traveling with your dog, and many other issues. If you have a specific behavior problem with your dog, we are at your service!
New Pet Selection Many times new pet owners need guidance on certain breeds of dogs and cats that might best suite your family's needs. This is an all too important decision that sometimes gets overlooked. Certain breed's become popular overnight in our society due to television shows or movies. Please give us a call before you make such a long-term decision on the choice of your next best friend.
Pet Adoption/Shelter We are the holding facility for the Guntersville City and Marshall County animal control. We receive many different breeds, sizes, and shapes of dogs and cats on a weekly basis. Please stop by to see our selection and consider adopting a pet for your household. Adopting saves the lives of loving animals that just need a home.
Microchipping A microchip is a tiny transponder, about the size of a grain of rice, which is encoded with a unique identification number. It is injected under the skin and used for permanent identification. The procedure is fast, safe, and is applied with only as much discomfort as a vaccination injection. The chips are usually inserted without incident, even in the smallest of puppies. The microchip can be 'read' with a microchip scanner, which detects the specific electronic code embedded in the chip, and displays the identification number on the scanner's screen. Most, if not all, humane societies and animal shelters now have microchip readers, and routinely scan all stray and injured animals.
Cremations For those who lose a beloved family member we offer cremation services for all species of animals. The staff takes extraordinary care in making sure that your pet’s remains are returned to you in timely fashion and in as small a container as possible
Digital Radiology Our modern, on-site digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders. With digital processing, all films may be taken, developed, and read all within several minutes. Radiographs are extremely helpful in the diagnosis of many canine and feline diseases.
Ultrasound Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool we use to look inside different organs systems of the body for changes in architecture associated with pathological diseases.
EKG We provide EKG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Pet Foods We carry the full line of Science Diet maintenance and specialty diets. We will gladly order any food that we do not normally stock for a special needs patient.
Emergency Care If our staff cannot be reached after hours (256-673-0573) we are associated with the Animal Emergency Clinic of North Alabama. They can be reached any hour we are closed (weeknights, weekends, or holidays) throughout the year and can be contacted at 256-533-7600. See the map on our contact page.

Mission Statement

At Guntersville Animal Hospital, we believe pets are a special part of God’s creation and that we as God’s people, created in His image, have been placed in dominion over them. As such, we are charged with caring responsibility for each one, and to that end, this hospital staff will strive to provide competent and compassionate medical and surgical care for your companion, as well as kind and courteous service to you.”

Address:
1609 Henry St, Guntersville, AL‎ 256.582.3184
New Patient Forms
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Special Services

In addition to our full line of services, we offer the following specialized services. Click to read more about each one below.

Products

We offer a wide range of products of cats and dogs for heartworm preventive and flea control. See the full list on our Products page.

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