Why Your Vet is Out for Blood

If you’ve ever brought your pet in for a routine check-up, chances are the veterinarian has wanted to start with blood work—also known as a blood screening or blood panel. That’s because just like in humans, the cells and chemicals present in your pet’s blood can give the doctor a wealth of clues about what’s happening in various organs of the body. Once a blood sample is drawn, veterinarians will usually request a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and then a chemistry panel specific to your pet’s needs, such as a liver panel, an electrolyte panel, a geriatric panel or...

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day | Kimberling Animal Hospital

Chances are you don’t think about rabies much. However, rabies is as deadly as ever and still very much a danger for pets and people. We’ve recently had a string of rabid raccoons in our area and our hospital housed a cat in rabies quarantine just last month.  September 28th is World Rabies Day, and we want to remind you that one of the most important things you can do to protect your pets is to keep their vaccinations current.   Missouri state law mandates that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies. This includes indoor cats which can also be exposed to rabies should...

Plan Ahead for a Healthy Pet

September is Pet Health Insurance Month, and it’s a great time to consider coverage for your furry family member. At Kimberling Animal Hospital, we believe in pet insurance—we’ve seen it help families take better care of their animal companions and afford life-saving procedures for their pets.There are many plans and options available and we suggest you do some research before choosing one for your pet. You should also be aware that with most policies, the pet owner must pay the vet bills in full, file a claim, and then wait for reimbursement from the insurance company.Some questions to ask before...

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month | Kimberling Animal Hospital

Pets feel pain much like we do, but they can’t really tell us where or how bad it hurts—and they often instinctually hide illness or injury. That’s why the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management has selected September as Animal Pain Awareness Month, to educate people about the symptoms of chronic pain and discomfort in animals. Some signs to look for include:Heavy panting Decreased activity Reluctance to jump up on surfaces (cats) Overgrooming or licking a particular area Difficulty standing after lying down While acute or urgent pain is obvious, chronic pain can be subtle and pet owners may see it as simply...

National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunization Awareness Month | Kimberling Animal Hospital

 August is National Immunization Awareness Month, created to remind people how important it is to keep their vaccinations up to date. But that advice isn’t just for humans—it’s vital for pets as well. Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can keep your pet and family safe from diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. Core vaccines include: Rabies (dogs and cats) ...