Vet Services | Alta Bluff Animal Hospital Jacksonville FL

Alta Bluff Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized high-quality care for your pet. We provide complete care for many types of pets, including:

Pocket Pets*

*Select veterinarians only. Call us for more information.

We’re pleased to offer the following services:

Client Education and Preventive Health Care
Wellness Testing
General Surgery (including castration and ovariohysterectomy)
In-Hospital Bloodwork Diagnostics
In-Hospital Supportive and Urgent Care
Digital Radiography
Basic Dental Prophylaxis and Extractions
Puppy/Kitten Initial Care and Boosters Series
Yearly Dog/Cat Health Care and Diagnostics
Telemedicine Electrocardiogram Evaluation
Advanced Bloodwork Diagnostics Through Reference Laboratories
Limited Hospital Boarding
Bathing and Sanitary Trim
Referral Options with Board-Certified Veterinary Specialists

Wellness Testing — Our wellness testing for both canines and felines helps us to identify many diseases and conditions early, when treatment and prevention are most effective. Wellness testing may include radiographs, urinalysis and bloodwork to evaluate liver and kidney function, red blood cell/white blood cell counts, protein and electrolyte levels, blood glucose/cholesterol levels, and thyroid function. Tests are determined by your pet’s health and age. Additional tests may be advised if any abnormalities are detected. We recommend twice yearly wellness testing, since pets age faster than people and changes can occur rapidly.

Comprehensive yearly exams for canines – Our comprehensive yearly visit for canines, includes a complete physical exam, intestinal parasite check, a heartworm/lyme/ehrlichia check and appropriate vaccinations based on your pet’s age and health. Wellness testing is also offered during this visit. Many canines receive yearly vaccinations for rabies, bordetella, distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza, and four way leptopirosis. However, three year vaccinations are available for rabies, distemper, hepatitis and parvo in healthy adult dogs. Canines must be at least 1 ½ years of age and must have completed all their puppy vaccinations to begin using the three-year vaccines. Our staff can discuss your options with you. We will also take this opportunity to address heartworm prevention, flea and tick products, shampoo and diet.

Comprehensive yearly exams for felines – Our comprehensive yearly visit for felines includes a complete physical exam, intestinal parasite check and appropriate vaccinations based on your pet’s age and health. Wellness testing is also offered during the visit. We offer heartworm checks for all indoor and outdoor felines and advise yearly testing for feline leukemia (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) for all cats who go outside. Felines who go outside at any time should be vaccinated for FELV and cats who spend most of their time outside should also be vaccinated for FIV and be microchipped. Many cats receive yearly vaccinations for rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, calcivirus and virulent systemic feline calcivirus. Three-year vaccinations are available for adult, healthy, indoor-only cats. Our staff can discuss your options with you. We will also take this opportunity to address heartworm preventive, flea and tick products, shampoos and diet.

Dental Care – Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health. Dental problems can cause, or be caused by other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year. At Alta Bluff Animal Hospital, our state-of-the-art x-ray machine allows us to provide an extra level of care for your pet’s dental health. It helps us to evaluate the health of the jaw and teeth roots below the gumline, where most dental disease occurs.

Veterinary dentistry includes the cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction or repair of your pet’s teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. These procedures should be performed by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist. Veterinary technicians can perform certain procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian.

A thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia. The cleaning includes scaling to remove dental plaque and tartar, and polishing, which is similar to the process used on your own teeth.

You should have your pet’s teeth checked every year, but if you observe any of the following problems, have your pet’s teeth checked sooner.

Bad breath
Broken or loose teeth
Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
Pain in or around the mouth
Bleeding from the mouth
Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

The most common dental condition in dogs and cats is periodontal disease. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Other problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver and heart muscle changes.

Laser Therapy – We also provide companion therapy laser to treat your pet’s conditions. It is a drug free and surgery free way to get relief for your pet. Therapy Lasers have been scientifically proven and successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.

Canine Arthritis Case Study
Acute Conditions
Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
Sprains, Strains & Fractures
Post-Surgical Healing/Pain Relief
Chronic Conditions
Degenerative Joint Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Periodontal Disease
Lick Granulomas
Geriatric Care
Hip Dysplasia
Feline Acne

Emergency & Urgent Care – A veterinarian and personnel are on duty six days a week to handle emergency and urgent care. An emergency team typically consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet’s life. Emergencies can include numerous situations such as snail bait poisoning, if your pet is hit by car or has ingested chocolate or other dangerous foods. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment, do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. It is always best to call immediately so a team member can advise you on your emergency.

We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to get 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 to be seen.

If you have an emergency outside of our clinic house, you should call either Animal ER or Clay-Duval Emergency.

Animal ER (904) 642-4357 or Clay – Duval Emergency (904) 264-8281