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Doctor David RobertsDavid Roberts,

Doctor Roberts founded the Manchester West Veterinary Hospital in 1993 . He's a 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Doctor Mary StauderMary Stauder,

Doctor Stauder is a St. Louis native, a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Doctor Matthew BechtelMatthew Bechtel, DVM
Doctor Bechtel is a 2002 graduate of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Manchester West Veterinary Hospital

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

Cruiser 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.

Kelli McGinnis with                                                  Milk Dud

Click here to see the video.

We've also posted new videos with lots of useful information:

Moving your Cat to a New home

Getting Ready for a Vet Visit

Cancer Chemotherapy Treatments

Microchip Your Pet

Insulin care for Cats

Cat Love Bites

Manchester West Now Has Therapeutic Laser!

Therapeutic Laser

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:

Laser Treatment Overview (Part 1)

Laser Treatment for Dogs (Part 2)

Laser Treatment for Cats (Part 3)

K Laser Link

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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

After Hours Emergencies
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.

Our Location
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.

The Manchester West Veterinary Hospital Our staff provides your pet with diagnostic and treatment options not found at all private clinics. Because of this Progressive Pet Care, our patients receive the best care at reasonable prices.

Serving the cities of Chesterfield, Ellisville, Wildwood, Ballwin, Eureka, St. Albans, Manchester, West County and the greater St. Louis area since 1993.

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