Preventative Care Exam

You go to the doctor regularly, but does your pet? Regular veterinary wellness exams are an integral part of your pet's preventive health care program. A routine examination provides you and your Kanas city area veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.
For these reasons, Mill Creek Animal Hospital recommends a complete nose-to-tail physical examination once a year for young and adult dogs and cats. For our geriatric and senior patients, dogs ages 8+ and cats ages 10+, we strongly recommend a twice annual examination.
During your pet's wellness checkup at our Shawnee animal hospital, your veterinarian will:
Listen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.
Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Infections and other forms of dental disease can lead to very serious systemic health issues. We will also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.
Evaluate your pet's vision – Ocular conditions–such as glaucoma, corneal ulcers and dry eye–can be prevented or better treated through regular care and screenings.
Look into your pet's ears – Ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Regular examinations can prevent most forms of ear disease from developing or stop its progression.
Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling these areas, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating the skin for discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning, which could be signs of serious health issues.
Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs that may indicate developing orthopedic issues. In older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be treated if found early.
Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test and should include a full blood workup. A full chemistry panel and complete blood count can screen for the presence of underlying disease processes and create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations.
Parasite Testing – Checking your pet for intestinal parasites is an important component of any preventative care plan for your pet and your family. For example, parasites such as hookworms are considered zoonotic, which means they can affect humans too.
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Vaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Mill Creek Animal Hospital near Kansas City, follows American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and creates a carefully tailored individualized vaccination protocol for your pet based on his or her lifestyle and particular health needs. In addition to the core vaccines—rabies, lepto and distemper, for example—we also generally recommend that dogs receive Bordatella (the cause of Whooping Cough in people) and Canine Flu vaccine (yes, dogs have their own version of the flu!).
For our fabulous feline friends, we recommend Rabies and Distemper as core vaccines. Cats who regularly or periodically visit the outdoors, however, are at greater risk for potentially deadly viruses like Feline Leukemia and FIV. For this, we recommend the Feline Leukemia vaccine.
Our Shawnee veterinarians truly believe that our carefully balanced approach is the best means to prevent infectious disease and the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
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Does your pet have a microchip? Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades.
Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country and around the world are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. The information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.
Mill Creek Animal Hospital, serving Kansas City, uses the HomeAgain microchip system. HomeAgain provides a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.
At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we strongly recommend all your beloved pets be actively microchipped. It is an absolute insurance policy for the safe and secure return of your family member.
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Nutritional Counseling

We know how important a quality diet is to your pet's overall health. During your pet's comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations. Some pets require special food to maintain optimum health, but all pets benefit from a balanced, healthy diet.
We have trained veterinary staff at our Shawnee office available to help you with nutritional challenges for your pet and a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you. We can also offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies and senility-related changes.
You can also order a wide range of prescription diets and nutritional supplements from our online store.
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Internal Medicine

If your pet becomes ill or you suspect there may be something wrong with him or her, we cover all areas of veterinary internal medicine, including ophthalmology, neurology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, oncology, endocrinology, and other veterinary medical issues. In particular, we have developed some expertise in the areas of pet ophthalmology and pet cancer care.
To provide the best level of care, when a dog or cat presents with a high level or unique disease, we work closely with internal medicine specialists who assist in providing advanced specialized treatment and therapies for the most challenging medical conditions.
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Mill Creek Animal Hospital offers a full array of advanced diagnostic testing for the dog or cat with diseases and injuries to the eyes. We are able to evaluate and screen for: glaucoma and uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of the eye) with advanced digital eye pressure tesating (tonometry), dry eye, and corneal injuries or lacerations.

If we find evidence of glaucoma and/or uveitis, we are able to provide treatment. We also offer a wide range of ophthalmic surgeries such as enucleation (cherry eye repair), entropion/ectropion correction, and corneal ulcer debridement.
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Pet Cancer Care

For cancer care, Shawnee's Mill Creek Animal Hospital can provide surgical excision of a range of cancers (splenectomy and enucleation, for example) as well as chemotherapy with a full array of advanced chemotherapeutic agents. Though cancer is still a very dangerous disease, modern veterinary medicine has made great strides in its treatment. Most pets respond extremely well to cancer treatments and go on to lead happy, healthy lives. Additionally, pets do not experience the same side effects from chemotherapy that humans do, and often go on to lead healthy lives long after their cancer is gone. Read More


In numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Mill Creek Animal Hospital in Shawnee,we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy with guaranteed verified products which come directly from the manufacturer. Not only does our pharmacy mean you don't have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet's medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.
We also have medication compounding services available, such as adding flavors to medications in order to improve palatability.
Refills are easy too. Simply give us a call or visit our online pharmacy and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit.
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Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many veterinary medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose veterinary problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.
Mill Creek Animal Hospital utilizes modern X-ray technologies and is up-to-date on the latest radiographic procedures. These includes automated whole-body imaging and computer-enhanced dental radiography to give your veterinarian a view below the gum line where serious issues cannot be detected by visual inspection alone. We also work closely with board certified cardiologists, internists, orthopedic specialists, and radiologists to provide timely second opinions.
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Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body. It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, the bladder and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands.
Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.
Many of our veterinarians have advanced training to perfrom ultrasound studies and have advanced training in diagnostic ultrasound procedures. We offer routine as well as advanced abdominal, cardiac and obstetric ultrasound services for pets. We are also able to perform ultrasound-guided needle aspirates and biopsies.
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Onsite Laboratory

Performing preventative veterinary medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.
As a full-service American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited hospital, Mill Creek Animal Hospital maintains a complete, in-house diagnostic laboratory. Our lab is capable of providing a wide range of evaluations for ill or critically injured pets as well as wellness profiles for our surgical and senior patients.
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We understand that surgery is not an easy experience for you and your pet. At Mill Creek Animal Hospital we strive to ensure your pet's surgical procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. To that end, we also endeavor to provide our clients with a clear understanding of why a particular procedure is necessary, what the procedure entails, proper post-operative care, and convey any other information you may need to feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.
Staffed by a team of highly trained Shawnee-based veterinarians and experienced veterinary technicians, we are proud of the quality of veterinary surgical care we provide and the wide range of surgical procedures we offer. We also have access to a board certified veterinary surgical specialist for consultations in complex cases.
Beyond the above, our surgical resources and services include advanced oral and ophthalmologic surgery, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, pre-anesthesia blood testing, and compassionate after-surgery care that includes pain management, nail trim and brush.
As your pet is being discharged from our Shawnee animal hospital, we will also provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home. Please call us at (913) 268-0900.
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Anesthesia & Monitoring

Anesthesia and cardiovascular monitoring are important, integral aspects of every pet surgery we perform. For this reason, your pet has access to the best and most advanced anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols. Prior to anesthesia all pets are examined by a doctor and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.
During anesthesia and surgery, your pet is constantly monitored by a trained veterinary technician, using our advanced monitoring system. This system continuously monitors your pet's arterial oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature. We can also apply heat therapy to ensure a safe body temperature is maintained throughout the procedure.
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Pain Management

Mill Creek Animal Hospital also believes that identifying and relieving pain is essential to the recovery of your pet. Therefore, pain management is an important aspect of our intra- and post-surgical protocols. Our advanced techniques include nerve blocks, constant rate infusions, multi-modal drug approach, and Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy gives your pet soothing, non-invasive and drug-free pain relief. We perform this procedure to speed healing, reduce pain and decrease inflammation. It can treat a number of health conditions such as arthiritis, various injuries, surgical sites and more.
Mill Creek Animal Hospital near Kansas City, is also a proud member of the Veterinary Pain Management Society and shares the Society’s belief that pain management should be proactive and comprehensive.
At discharge, we may also send additional pain management medication home with you and your pet after providing a thorough explanation of its proper use and dosage.
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Dental Care

Did you know that you can add two to four years to your pet's life with proper Shawnee pet dental care? Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health and can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems in dogs and cats can lead to larger systemic issues due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by three years of age.
Dental disease and its serious consequences can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and dog/cat teeth cleanings.
At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, in Shawnee KS, we use state-of-the-art technologies to clean each tooth thoroughly, above and below the gum line. We also have computer-enhanced dental radiography to give your veterinarian a view below the gum line where serious issues cannot be detected by visual inspection alone.
Should we find a problem, we are fully capable of providing your pet with a range of dental procedures that includes advanced oral surgery. For complicated cases, we may refer your pet to a veterinary dental specialist.

Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian at Shawnee's Mill Creek Animal Hospital. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home — by brushing your pet's teeth as part of a home dental care regimen. We also have several products to help you with your home pet dental care.

In addition, any member of our Shawnee veterinary staff can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth as well as help you select from our wide range of dental products.

It is also important for you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dental problems, which include:
    • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
    • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
    • Red and swollen gums
    • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
    • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
    • Loose or missing teeth
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Why rely on a friend or untrained pet sitter to take care of your pets while you go on vacation or travel for business? Mill Creek Animal Hospital in Shawnee, KS offers an affordable and convenient Shawnee pet boarding kennel for your dog or cat. We can provide you and your pet with a safe and comfortable place for your cat or dog while you are away.
Our highly qualified kennel attendants will provide your pet with tender loving care as well as leisurely outdoor walks to keep your furry friend happy and active. In addition, our boarding facilities are veterinarian supervised seven-days-per-week in order to provide you with an extra measure of peace-of-mind while you are away.
All Shawnee Mill Creek Animal Hospital pet boarding guests are fed Hill’s Science Diet foods, though you are welcome to send your pet’s favorite food in with him or her as well as a favorite toy from home. As a veterinary supervised facility, our Shawnee animal hospital can also provide specialized diets and medical care or medication for guests with special needs.
We encourage you to call for a reservation during holidays, but reservations are not necessary other times of the year. For the safety of all our guests we also ask that your pet be up-to-date on all vaccinations and have had a recent clear test for internal parasites.
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Proper pet grooming is essential for keeping your pet comfortable and ensuring its skin and fur are healthy. So why not let Mill Creek Animal Hospital's grooming salon in Shawnee provide your dog or cat with some healthy pampering? Because we believe cat/dog grooming is important to your pet's health we take it very seriously, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be fun or feel good. We have the latest products, technology and equipment to ensure that your pet emerges from his or her appointment feeling and looking great.
We feature two full-time, professional pet groomers with more than 45 years of combined experience.
Our Shawnee animal hospital veterinary grooming services include:
  • High-quality specialty shampoo treatments that remove dirt, debris and that doggie pet odor and will bring out the fur’s natural color as well as leave your pet feeling fresh and revitalized.
  • Coat shaving or trim.
  • Ear cleansing and plucking.
  • Breed appropriate styling.
  • Nail clipping.
  • And more.
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