WHO IS MOUNTAIN VIEW ANIMAL HOSPITAL?
We are a dedicated team of veterinary health care professionals caring for animals and their people.
There is nothing in this world where one size fits all and this is very true in veterinary medicine. We provide compassionate care regardless of the circumstances and provide the best care possible within the means available. We have an experienced staff, and a state-of-the-art facility to offer exceptional health care for pets.
We provide 30 minute wellness exams for our patients and clients, longer than most veterinary hospitals. We feel that this allows our veterinary staff the time required to ensure a complete and thorough examination and also time for answering all your questions. It also allows time for discussing wellness and preventive measures that are specifically designed for your pet.
Vaccine protocols are designed specifically for each individual patient using the most current information and vaccines available. Our vaccines are chosen based on their safety and ability to provide protection. Different life stages and exposure warrants choosing different vaccines. Every pet has a protocol designed just for them.
Parasites in pets can pose a serious health threat and can affect the entire family. Many common internal parasites are zoonotic, which means they may be transmitted between species. To keep our pets and other family members healthy, we recommend year-round heart worm and internal parasite control for your cats and dogs. Our children and grandchildren are safest when our pets are protected from parasites.
It is never too early to examine blood chemistries on your pets. Wellness panels help to provide a baseline to compare to, as animals age. We use both our in house lab and the best reference lab in the world to provide the information we are looking to document and save. Often, blood values cue us into diseases that are not yet showing symptoms, while these diseases can still be easily and economically resolved.
Surgery Recent advances in veterinary medicine have resulted in dramatically increased safety for pet's undergoing surgical procedures. We are able to perform routine procedures like spay, neuter, and dental prophylaxis as well as more complicated surgeries like c-sections, mass removals, oral surgery and orthopedic procedures. We use our knowledge and experience to design the best individual surgical plan for each patient, and provide the highest level of patient monitoring during the entire process. Our hospital is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and utilizes advanced protocols and equipment to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety. All patients are provided with preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative pain relief. Often this is built into the cost of the procedure. We are able to do most companion animal surgeries at Mountain View Animal Hospital and can provide referrals for more complex procedures not performed at our facility.
Dentistry Routine wellness exams at MVAH includes an evaluation of the oral cavity. We will check the gums and lips for infection and tumors. We will also look for plaque, fractured or missing teeth and cavities. The doctors at MVAH have undergone advanced dentistry training with a board certified veterinary dentist to insure that we provide the very best care for your pets. We will help you with preventive care and with treatment of disease problems that arise. Our procedures follow the guidelines put forth by the American Animal Hospital Association. We provide routine cleaning, polishing, teeth charting, gum and teeth evaluation. Our piezoelectric scales provide the safest, fastest, and most effective cleaning of your pet’s teeth. Specialized hand instruments finish cleaning every part of your pets teeth. Polishing discs carefully smooth the teeth to prevent future tarter build up. Oragel and Doxirobe products are available for advance treatment of periodontal disease and plaque.
Most dogs and cats will require professional dental services at some point in their life. Often it will be scaling, cleaning of the teeth above and below the gum line. There are times when dental disease becomes too advanced for routine cleaning and oral surgical procedures are recommended. The Doctors at MVAH have undergone advanced training in surgical dental procedure under Dr. Tony Woodward at his facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr Woodward is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist. Because of this advanced training, your pet will receive the best care possible.
At MVAH we use digital dental x-rays. This type of x-ray machine provides increased clarity and detail making the diagnosis of dental problems easier . This equipment also exposes your pet to one third of the radiation of standard dental x-rays.
Most pets are reluctant to have their mouths completely evaluated at home. Our gentle, skilled veterinarians can painlessly evaluate your pet’s oral health. Then we can explore the easiest ways to daily brush your pet’s teeth and show you how. We can also discuss additional products and food to help keep your pet’s breath fresh. Caring for your pet’s oral health can help ensure a long and healthy life.
We offer prescription diets from Science Diet and Royal Canin. We will help you find the right diet whatever your pet’s requirements are.
Internal Medicine We are committed to diagnosing, designing treatment and evaluating response to treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. We'll work with you in finding solutions to medical concerns to help maintain or improve your pet’s quality of life. Commonly diagnosed medical problems such as diabetes, kidney disease , liver disease and thyroid disease can be treated with the most current medical protocols and medications. We also offer radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism and are home to the only feline hyperthyroid treatment facility in a five state area. We offer ultrasound, digital x-ray, endoscopy and surgical options to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many common and uncommon medical conditions. We are committed to providing the best services available for our clients and their pets.
Mountain View Animal Hospital is fortunate to have doctors experienced in diagnosing and treating cancer. Our services include western and eastern medical approaches, chemotherapy and surgery. Our staff understands the difficult circumstances that often surround patients and their families as they fight cancer and we appreciate the special bond that's shared.
Behavioral concerns are some of the biggest problems pet owners face. A large number of pets are given up every year to shelters due to behavior related issues. The veterinarians at MVAH have years of experience to draw upon in order to help you solve new and chronic behavioral problems. We can devise treatment, training and/or drug therapy plans to ease your pet’s anxiety and help improve problem behaviors.
Professional Grooming Mountain View Animal Hospital is proud to offer grooming services for both dogs and cats. Our groomers each have more than ten years experience and a great rapport with animals. The grooming facilities are on site and are equipped for healthy, elderly and medically sensitive dogs and cats. We can even provide for those patients who have allergy problems!
Trish Allred is our wonderful cat groomer. She is available by appointment on Mondays. She is able to groom many of our feline friends without using anesthesia; we call her our cat whisperer, and she is a truly skilled groomer.
Julie and Wynona are our amazing dog groomers. They can style any breed you can think of — from poodles, to Newfoundlands to rescue mixes— within a few hours. Both groomers are also versed in show grooms and can recommend the appropriate cut for your dog. They are available by appointment Tuesday through Saturday.
For the safety of all patients and the groomers, we ask that your pet be fully vaccinated before coming to the grooming facilities. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask! Please call today for a convenient appointment time!
24 Hour Patient Care At Mountain View Animal Hospital we provide veterinary nursing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our night time and weekend nursing staff care for hospitalized patients as well as boarding animals. They provide your pet with medications, monitoring, a clean kennel all night long and additional exercise. You can relax knowing that all animals staying overnight are being carefully looked after by our well trained staff with a veterinarian on call to manage any emergencies or illnesses.
Hyperthyroid Treatment Mountain View Animal Hospital is the home of The Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center of Utah. We have been treating hyperthyroid cats with radioactive iodine since 1998. The Center was opened by Dr. Tim Hassinger, and is now being run by Dr. Kanda Hazelwood. It is located in Sandy, Utah in the Salt Lake Valley serving Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and western Nevada. Since 1998 we have treated and cared for hundreds of cats with hyperthyroidism. Our first dose success rate is over 97%. We are proud of our hospital, our staff and the personalized care we offer.
What is feline hyperthyroidism? This is a disease that generally affects middle-age and older cats. It results in an increased production of thyroid hormones from a benign (noncancerous) tumor in the thyroid gland called an adenoma. Rarely, the tumor can be malignant. The high levels of thyroid hormone can have adverse effects on other organ systems. Hyperthyroidism, if left untreated can lead to heart and/or kidney failure or death.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTHYROIDISM
Clinical signs of feline hyperthyroidism result from an increased metabolic rate. Like many diseases, the signs of feline hyperthyroidism can be subtle at first. Often, owners are pleased to see some weight loss in overweight cats, but soon notice that the weight loss is excessive and happens in spite of a ravenous appetite. Other common problems seen at home can include vomiting, increased water consumption, increased urination, behavioral changes like irritability and hyperactivity, and changes in hair coat. The hair coat can appear unkempt and oily. While it is true that most hyperthyroid animals eat ravenously, a small percentage feel sick and have a decreased appetite.
DIAGNOSIS OF HYPERTHYROIDISM
The diagnosis of feline hyperthyroidism is made by a veterinarian, using a combination of physical exam and diagnostic testing. A complete physical exam is an important first step. Often an enlarged thyroid gland can be felt in the neck area. The increased thyroid hormone can cause a fast heart rate and a heart murmur. While the physical exam may suggest a thyroid problem, a blood chemistry including thyroid hormone level, complete blood count and a urinalysis can help to confirm the disease. T4 level are the most helpful and are usually elevated when hyperthyroidism is present. Occasionally, additional tests may be required for a definitive diagnosis. Remember, as we stated previously, thyroid hormone can affect many organ systems. The comprehensive exam including blood work and urinalysis, are important for a successful outcome.
The options for successful treatment of hyperthyroidism are limited. The three treatments available are medical management, surgery, and radioactive iodine. There is probably not one treatment that is right for every cat in every situation. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages and their use will depend on the individual circumstances. Alterations to heart and kidney function are two important considerations.
Medication can be used to lower the T4 level circulating in the blood stream. Generally the medication must be given twice a day and side effects can be difficult to manage including anorexia, vomiting, an itchy face, lack of energy, and fever. The medication does not cure the disease, but it does treat the symptoms and is needed for a lifetime. Many feel that medical therapy does not protect the heart from ongoing heart damage. The medication is relatively inexpensive and easily obtained. Additional costs include periodic blood work that monitors the effect of the medication on the thyroid hormone level and kidney function. One of the most difficult aspects of medical therapy is the lifelong administration of pills or liquid, which can interrupt your relationship with your cat. At first glance medical management can seem less expensive but yearly exams, blood tests, and continued medicine cost up to 750$/year and medical therapy does not cure the tumor so it continues to grow.
Surgical removal of the thyroid gland is another option. Removal of the gland is curative. One complication is that fact that thyroid tissue can be found in abnormal areas and thyroid nodules can’t always be felt, so one or more may be missed. Additionally, nodules too small to be felt would be missed. Unfortunately, the general anesthesia or surgery may result in added risks to the patient. Most hyperthyroid cats are older and the thyroid disease can cause problems with the heart and kidneys as well as other organ systems making them poor anesthetic candidates. Another potential complication is compromise or accidental removal of the parathyroid glands that are located close to the thyroid gland. Removing both parathyroid glands can result in death of the cat.
Radioactive iodine is the treatment of choice for hyperthyroid cats. It provides the best results with the fewest side effects. A small amount of radioactive iodine (I-131) is injected into the patient. The I-131 is concentrated in the diseased portion of the thyroid gland and the radiation destroys the nodule leaving the normal tissue healthy. In a short time, usually within a couple weeks, the normal tissue resumes T4 production and blood levels go back to normal. This procedure results in a cure with a success rate greater than 95%. The treatment has almost no serious side effects and does not make the patients ill. Observation has shown us that the patients usually act like they feel better within a couple days. The State of Utah requires that our patients stay until their radiation levels reach an acceptable level (generally 5 to 10 days depending on the I-131 dose). Those rare thyroid tumors that do not respond to the initial dose can be retreated at a reduced cost.
The Hyperthyroid Treatment Center of Utah uses a standard protocol with all the hyperthyroid patients that are referred to us. We ask the referring doctor to fax any pertinent blood work or history. Owners are encouraged to talk directly with Dr. Kanda prior to scheduling the treatment. Next we schedule an appointment with Dr. Kanda. During the appointment the patient is given a physical exam and there will be time for you to ask any questions you may have. You will be asked to leave the patient for diagnostic testing that will include blood testing, urinalysis, blood pressure measurement, and an EKG. The patient will stay with us overnight. Considering all the information we have collected, the appropriate dose of I-131 will be ordered and administered. The patients will be monitored with 24-hour hands-on nursing care from our caring staff. Daily phone calls with progress reports will be provided by our thyroid technicians. Testing to meet the release criteria will begin 5 days after the I-131 was given. Patients are released when they meet radiation level criteria previously established by the state of Utah, usually in 5 to 10 days.
HOME CARE AFTER TREATMENT
There are a few rules that are required by the state that need to be followed when your kitty gets home. They must remain indoors for 2 weeks. They also have some contact restrictions. There can be no contact of any kind for pregnant women for 28 days or children under the age of 18 for 14 days. Other persons should minimize contact for 14 days but brief periods of contact are acceptable. Cat litter can be disposed of normally and other animals in the house can interact without restriction.
WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mountain View Animal Hospital
9414 South 1335 East
Sandy Utah, 84092