We appreciate the
trust and confidence you
show by bringing your
pets to us. Our clients
often regard their pets
as family members. We
understand this and
strive to care for our
patients and clients
with the utmost empathy,
compassion and skill. We
care for your pet as if
he were our own.
Cruiser Diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis
Dr. Roberts and I had noticed that over the last few months Cruiser, our almost 13 year old Bouvier, seemed to be declining in health. He groaned a lot when he lay down, his walking was more difficult, even dragging a foot, stumbling, and then he fell on our stairs and couldn't get up. Fortunately for him, his 'daddy' is also his veterinarian so Dr. Roberts did x-rays and bloodwork, all of which came out within normal ranges. Then he decided to run a tick transmitted disease blood test even though we have not pulled a tick off Cruiser in over a year. Bingo. Positive for Ehrlichiosis. We were not surprised as the tick population in our yard seems to have exploded in the last few months. We are in fact worried about contracting these diseases ourselves.
A Few Not-So-Fun Facts:
Our doctors are currently treating several active cases of Ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Only one of the 4 tick transmitted diseases common in our area has a vaccine. The good news is that the Lyme Disease vaccine has been around for more than a decade, is safe for the pet, and is 100% effective at preventing Lyme Disease.
All of these diseases are potentially deadly if untreated, affecting the pet's joints and organ systems. The good news is when caught early, they are successfully treated with antibiotics.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Pets? A lot actually:
Use Frontline every month, all year.
It is STILL the safest and most effective protection against ticks.
Yes, it is not 100% protection because the tick must bite the pet in order to be killed by Frontline. However, most of the time, ticks will die before they can transfer the disease to the pet. AND using Frontline helps prevents an infestation of ticks (yes I said TICKS) in your house which puts at risk not only the pets, but also the humans in the household.
You may not see ticks on your pet before they either drop off between blood meals or are killed by Frontline and fall off. So don't wait until you find a tick to start using Frontline.
You can safely use Frontline as often as every 3 weeks if tick activity is high.
Vaccinate your dog against Lyme Disease.
Remove ticks from pets (and yourself) immediately by grasping them on either side of their body using tweezers and gently rocking side to side as you slowly increase the pull away from the skin. This helps break up the cement the tick uses to seal its mouth parts under the skin.
Discourage ticks in your yard by keeping grass mowed and leaves raked, reduce hiding places for ticks and the rodents on which they feed. For more details in creating a tick-free zone in your yard, visit our website or Facebook page.
Let your veterinarian know if you are finding a lot of ticks in your yard or on your pet. They will want to consider these diseases if your pet is exhibiting symptoms and possibly run a blood test.
Visit our Pet Tips page to view a short YouTube on Tick Transmitted Diseases and How to Apply Frontline.
New Videos Uploaded!
Ever wonder what happens when you drop you dog off for its Beauty Salon Treatment? Our dog grooming expert Kelli McGinnis shows us her technique for grooming Milk Dud the dog. We get to see Milk Dud's pedicure, trim, shampoo and conditioning and his ultimate coiffure.
Our Class IV Therapeutic laser is a non-invasive procedure used to speed the healing process and treat all types of conditions from arthritic joints (hips/knees/elbows/spine) to wounds, hotspots and chronic ear problems. The procedure takes minutes, is pleasant for the pet and involves no injections or oral medications. We have already seen some exciting results such as improved mobility in pets with chronic hip or back pain. We are also using it on our post-surgical patients to speed healing at the incision which reduces the likelihood of the pet licking/chewing at the incision. Call our office for more information. We will be posting success stories on our Facebook page as well!
We've also posted new videos on our You Tube Channel about laser treatments. Here are the links:
Our Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 7:30 am - 6 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 am - 8 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3 pm
Morning Drop Offs and Late Pick-Ups
If your pet requires medical attention
after hours, please call our main number
at 636-458-9010. The voicemail system
will provide instructions on how to
reach the doctor on call. In the event
of a voicemail system or pager failure,
you should contact the Animal Emergency
Clinic in Chesterfield Valley at
636-536-4991 or the Animal Emergency
Clinic in Kirkwood at 314-822-7600.
Manchester West Veterinary Hospital is
conveniently located just off Manchester
Road (Hwy 100), one mile west of
Clarkson Road at 16396 Truman Road,
Ellisville, MO 63011.
Our staff provides
your pet with
not found at all
Because of this
Care, our patients
receive the best
care at reasonable
Serving the cities of Chesterfield, Ellisville,
Wildwood, Ballwin, Eureka, St. Albans, Manchester, West
the greater St. Louis area since 1993.