At Anacapa Animal Hospital, we believe preventative pet care is the best way to enhance your pet’s health and longevity. We also believe that each pet is a family member and an individual with unique medical, surgical, dental and nutritional needs.
As a member of your family, we want your pet to remain a loving part of your life for as long as possible. Our dedicated team contributes to maintaining the health of your four-legged family member through the following services:
Examinations are critical to help veterinarians find diseases early, before they become too advanced and more difficult to treat or control. We offer a comprehensive physical exam that helps to evaluate the overall health of your pet and to detect any problems that may have potential to become serious illnesses.
Dogs and cats age about seven times as fast as we do – so as pets age they should be examined even more often. Depending upon the age of your pet, blood tests or other diagnostics may be recommended as part of regular wellness care and disease prevention. Examinations also give you an opportunity to ask questions about your pet’s health to minimize disease or injury and ultimately enhance the quality of your pet’s life.
Vaccinating your dog or cat protects him or her against a wide variety of infectious diseases. At Anacapa Animal Hospital, we do not believe that one vaccination program is correct for all pets. Therefore, our vaccine protocols are as individual as your pet itself. During your exam our veterinarian will discuss with you a vaccination program that is based on the particular lifestyle of your pet.
Heartworm and Parasite Prevention
All dogs in the Ventura County area should be on an effective heartworm preventive year-round. Administration is easier than ever with once-a-month tasty chews. Cats, too, should be treated for parasites on a regular basis. The heartworm medication recommended at Anacapa is also effective in preventing other parasites, such as hookworms and round worms – so each month you are protecting your pet against multiple parasitic infections. For more information regarding parasites and your pet’s visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council online.
As your pet grows older we recommend that “wellness visits” become more frequent and that we see your pet at least twice a year (every 6 months) for senior blood work and senior care. Blood work for seniors may include urinalysis, kidney and liver functions, complete blood cell counts, and thyroid functioning. It is important to have this blood work performed as it is the only way to identify systemic abnormalities that a physical examination may not detect.
Many older dogs and cats suffer from osteoarthritis. Safe and effective pain medications can make these pets comfortable and help them live longer, happier lives with your family. Many of the pain medications belong to a class of drugs call NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). All pets should undergo a thorough history and physical examination before initiation of NSAID therapy. Appropriate laboratory tests to establish baseline blood values prior to, and periodically during, the use of any NSAID are required at our clinic. We would never want to cause harm with the medications that we prescribe – For a handout on NSAIDs click here.
Puppy and Kitten Plans
Anacapa Animal Hospital provides a package of services specially created to provide an essential baseline of immunity and wellness care for puppies and kittens. The services include examinations, vaccinations, dewormings and special nutrition and educational consultations – all for one basic discounted fee. Additional discounts on microchips and neutering your pet are available to patients participating in these plans. Our goal is to have the healthiest pets in Ventura County and these plans ensure that we are all putting our best paw forward. Pricing is based on the age of your pet.
Shelter Voucher Exams
Adopting a new pet? Anacapa Animal Hospital honors vouchers from local shelters.
Ventura County Dog and Cat Licensing
Anacapa Animal Hospital is authorized by the County of Ventura Animal Regulation to issue licenses for most cities in the county. For more information on Licensing your pet in Ventura County click here.
At Anacapa Animal Hospital, we recommend all pets have a form of ID on at all times. A microchip is a permanent ID that will ensure your pet can always be identified if lost. A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is placed just under the skin of your pet (usually between the shoulder blades) making it a quick and easy procedure – and providing priceless peace-of-mind for you. Since there are no negative side-effects to this procedure we recommend all pets have a microchip.
It has been our experience that certain physical problems with our pets stem from the types of foods they eat. We offer the following
- Obesity Management
- Diabetic Management
- GI Distress Management
- Allergy Management
- Organ Insufficiency Management
- Urinary Tract Management
Emergency Care Service
Anacapa Animal Hospital is available to care for emergency situations during our normal business hours. After hours emergencies are handled by the local urgent care facilities. More on where to go for an after hours emergency
For more information about what constitutes an emergency go to the American Animal Hospital site.
If you have any concerns at all, we encourage you to bring your pet in and have us evaluate him or her. Call us at (805) 644-5521 to schedule an appointment.
Our hospital includes a state-of-the-art surgical suite and advanced surgical equipment that enable us to perform a wide range of surgical procedures including elective surgery, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery and corrective ophthalmic surgery. All patients are carefully screened for anesthetic risks, and the anesthetics used are specifically tailored to your pet. Our general surgical services include: fully-trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; continuous heat and temperature monitoring for greater comfort; continuous ECG, carbon dioxide and oxygen saturation monitoring, blood pressure monitoring; and comprehensive in-house blood testing. A dedicated and fully-trained surgical technician continuously monitors each patient during anesthesia and elective surgeries such as spays and neuters are performed with the same care and dedication as more complex surgeries.
All surgical patients receive a physical exam prior to anesthetic induction, pre-surgical medications to eliminate any possible stress, and IV fluids during their surgical procedures. Pain management protocols (see below) are an important part of every surgical intervention. Fluid therapy is provided to all patients to support their vital organs during surgeries. We pride ourselves on our detail and safety-oriented approach to anesthesia and intra-operative surgical support.
- Presurgical bloodwork is recommended for all anesthetic patients (Full-panels within the last month)
- Consent forms must be signed prior to surgery – please allow yourself 15 minutes to review these forms when you drop off
- No food after 9PM the night before surgery (water is OK)
- Arrive at the hospital by 9:00 AM the morning of surgery
- Please provide us with accurate contact information for a responsible party available throughout the day.
At admission, our staff will review a detailed treatment plan for the procedure which includes estimated costs for the services. Estimates may be requested in advance as well.
During the Day
- It is generally difficult to give you a specific time for your pet’s surgery. Feel free to call during the day to check on your companion’s surgical and recovery status. Your pet will be assigned a technician who can update you regularly.
- Follow your discharging veterinarian’s instructions
- Monitor your pet’s incision for swelling and redness
- Monitor your pet’s appetite
- Maintain bandages and administer medications as instructed
- Return for follow-up as directed
Dental hygiene, an important part of your pet’s health, can often be the cause of serious illness. After consulting with the veterinarian, our highly trained technicians regularly perform cleaning, scaling, assessment of tooth and gum health, and extractions. Dentals are day long procedures that allow your pet to go home after fully recovering from anesthesia.
We are fully equipped to take and evaluate dental x-rays. Our services include restorative procedures and extend to complete surgical extractions.
If at any time your pet is in need of continuous medical care due to illness or injuries, Anacapa Animal Hospital can provide top quality inpatient care. Some of our services include: blood pressure monitoring; intravenous catheters; urinary catheters; intravenous or subcutaneous fluids; intravenous, subcutaneous and intramuscular medicine injections; ECG monitoring; oxygen therapy and thermoregulation.
Managing your pet’s pain is one of our highest priorities. It has been shown again and again that pain impairs healing and, more importantly, is inhumane. We place utmost importance on your pet’s comfort and well-being.
At Anacapa Animal Hospital, we utilize numerous protocols for controlling pain. These can include oral medications, injections, constant infusions, nerve blocks, regional analgesia and sustained release pain patches.
Laser Therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cells and increase blood circulation. Effects of this treatment include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.
There are many alternative therapies available that offer relief to pet patients that don’t respond to traditional treatments. One such therapy is acupuncture. Anacapa Animal Hospital is pleased to offer acupuncture services to our pet patients. Learn more about our acupuncture services and how they could be useful in helping your pet!
Radiology (X-ray) technology is important in evaluating bone and soft tissue and is essential for diagnosing certain medical and surgical problems. Performed routinely, most often with your pet awake, radiographs can be developed on-site to quickly help diagnose the problem. Due to the nature of x-rays, it is important for your pet to remain still with minimal restraint. If this is not possible, a short acting sedative is generally used. At Anacapa Animal Hospital, we offer routine and special technique radiographic services. The special techniques we offer include: all gastrointestinal procedures, cardiac studies, pulmonary studies, intravenous urography, arthography, vascular studies, cystogram and fistulograms. To ensure quality care, our critical case radiographs are reviewed by a board certified radiologist.
This noninvasive, state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs. Often more exact and less harmful than an x-ray, ultrasounds are extremely useful in diagnosing diseases and other health problems quickly and efficiently; especially those related to the function of the heart. Ultrasound also allows us to biopsy intra-abdominal structures without surgery. Pregnancy exams are also available.
Laboratory testing is the foundation of diagnostics in veterinary medicine. As a dedicated provider of quality veterinary care, we provide our patients with both referral laboratory and on-site services. General laboratory samples are entrusted to the experts at our outside reference laboratory. However, rapid results are crucial for emergency care. Our modern in-house laboratory equipment provides us with the necessary information for treating our emergency patients promptly and running important pre-anesthetic panels. In addition, our on-site laboratory equipment enables us to continuously monitor critical patients’ blood values as needed.
Anacapa Animal Hospital has a full in-house pharmacy for your pet’s prescription needs. In addition to prescribed medications, we also carry various over the counter medications for heartworm, flea and tick prevention.
Need a refill for your pet? Visit our prescription refill request page