Veterinarian ServicesBoarding | Spay & Neuter | Gastropexy | Euthanasia | Dental Care | General Surgery | Ultrasound & Digital X-ray |Orthopedic Surgery |Diet
At Animal Medical Center we will do our very best to make your pet’s stay with us a happy and comfortable experience. We will take care of your pet and their needs as if they were our own. AMC staffers are highly experienced and trained to care for your pet and to report any problems to the attending doctors. Even with the best care, boarding can be stressful because your pet is in a new environment and its routines and habits are interrupted. Stress is minimized at Animal Medical Center by expert staff, attentiveness, proper handling and strict cleanliness. Additionally, all boarding pets are current on required vaccinations, protecting your pet from sick pets. Yet it is still possible for problems to occur despite all precautions we take.
If any problem such as decreased appetite, loose stool or vomiting should occur, it will be detected by our experienced caregivers. Additionally, at Animal Medical Center a doctor is nearby to handle small problems before they turn into large ones. If problems develop and are persistent, our kennel assistants may ask for a doctor to examine your pet at the cost of a physical exam. If the doctor feels that treatment is necessary, you will be contacted by phone and any additional treatments will first be authorized. If we are unable to contact you and the doctor feels there are serious problems, your pet will be treated and normal fees will be charged. It is very important that you leave a contact number so we can reach you in an emergency or to pre-approve any potential treatments.
Spay & Neuter:
Spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a longer, healthier life, minimize behavior problem and helps control the population of unwanted pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States each hour. Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates unwanted litters, which contributes to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals. It is important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best age to spay your pet. Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a spay or neuter. We use advanced pain management techniques, in conjunction with anesthesia, to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Our spay and neuter patients receive injectable pain medications during the procedure, and always go home with oral pain medication. Proper pain management makes the procedure as comfortable as possible and allows for faster recovery. All of our surgery patients have IV catheters placed and receive IV fluids. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic and a veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives.
Gastropexy: In addition to the spay and neuter, we encourage owners of large breed canines to consider this additional procedure at the time of spay or neuter. Canine gastropexy is a surgical procedure to prevent gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat. GDV is a life-threatening condition in which the stomach flips over and expands, trapping air and gases in the stomach. Circulation to the stomach and spleen is subsequently interrupted, resulting in shock which can be fatal.
In gastropexy, the stomach is tacked to the side of the abdominal wall, so it cannot shift or twist.
Gastropexy is an effective preventive against death from GDV in large dogs. In studies of dogs treated for GDV, of those with gastropexy, only 4.3% had a re-occurrence of GDV, compared to 54.5% of those dogs that did not have a gastropexy.
Deciding to euthanize a pet is an agonizing process. You will likely experience a wide range of complicated emotions as the time comes. It is important that you are prepared for this event and deal with the feelings as they come. There is great fear in not knowing what will occur on the day of the euthanasia. At AMC we understand the difficulty of this choice and endeavor to make this process as comfortable as possible both for you and your pet. Whether you choose to be with your pet during the procedure or not, be reassured that you have given them a lifetime of love and whatever decision you make is appropriate. We also offer cremation services through Ada Animal Crematorium(internet link) with the option of having the ashes of your pet returned to you in a container of your choice.
Imagine never brushing your teeth. How would your teeth look? How would your mouth feel? Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 75% when you look at pets over age three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can cause serious health problems for your pet.
At Animal Medical Center, we are committed to our patients’ dental health and implement the highest quality dental care. A dental exam is part of our annual health exam. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment, and prevention.
We have state of the art dental equipment, including digital x-rays, to help diagnose disease that is below the gum tissue, and therefore not always visible to the eye.
Our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Our highly skilled doctors place the utmost emphasis on sterile environment and adequate pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout any surgical process. Using advanced technology, your pet’s vital signs are monitored by our well-trained veterinary technicians, who will remain with your pet through recovery.
Ultrasound & Digital X-ray:
Animal Medical Center offers the use of an Ultrasound machine for diagnostic and biopsy procedures. The Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your pet’s body. The use of Ultrasound gives us the ability to diagnose and confirm many conditions not externally observable such as enlarged glands, thickened GI routes and tumors. Combined with the use of digital X-rays we are able to quickly identify and address areas of concern in your pet.
TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy): The TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery has become one of the most popular orthopedic surgeries performed on dogs that have torn their cranial cruciate ligament, also commonly referred to as the dog ACL. Read More Here
Dr. Gillis is also skilled in the use of the EX-FIX (External skeletal fixation) of long bones. This procedure consists of inserting two or more pins each in the proximal and distal bone fracture fragments. The pins are connected by clamps to an external connecting bar. They are useful to treat to a wide variety of fractures. They are particularly useful for infected fractures, comminuted fractures, certain osteotomies, and cases with delayed wound healing or when supplementation with other internal fixation methods is required.
External skeletal fixation of long bones consists of inserting two or more pins each in the proximal and distal bone fracture fragments. The pins are connected by clamps to an external connecting bar. They are useful to treat to a wide variety of fractures. They are particularly useful for infected fractures, comminuted fractures, certain osteotomies, and cases with delayed wound healing or when supplementation with other internal fixation methods is required.
A nutritious, balanced diet is essential to keeping your dog healthy and there are many wonderful diets available for our pets. For the normal healthy dog or cat, food choice is often determined by the current advertising blitz or price. As long as your pet is healthy and thriving on your choice of food, you should feel comfortable with your choice. However, there are many health issues in pets where diet is an effective treatment option and can make a difference in their wellbeing. At Animal Medical Center we offer diets specifically developed through years of scientific research from Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin to address these specific health needs.
In addition to these specialized areas the staff at Animal Medical Center of Boise, provides the following routine services:
Preventative Health Care
Heart worm testing
In-House Diagnostic Laboratory
Complete Blood Count
Microchip Application & Reading
House Call Euthanasia/Cremation (for established clients)