Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix

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For 25 years, Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). This means we are regularly, voluntarily evaluated on over 900 standards of care set forth by the AAHA. AAHA members must meet stringent standards for comprehensive professional, medical and surgical care and are constantly striving for quality. Only 14% of small animal hospitals in the country are members of the AAHA, so we’re proud of this distinction that sets us apart. Our continued membership in AAHA shows that we’re dedicated to providing excellent veterinary medicine to your pets. We are dedicated professionals who combine compassion and concern with state-of-the-art practice techniques and diagnostics. We chose to be in this profession because we genuinely care for people and their companion animals, and our integrity is known throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix
3131 E. Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85016

Our Doctors

Dr. Carol Samson

Dr. Mark Halver

Dr. Stephen Bishop

Dr. Tara Temple

Our Services

  • Wellness Exams
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pet Emergency
  • Vaccinations
  • Nutrition
  • Parasites
  • Behavior
  • Dental Care
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laboratory Services
  • Senior Animals
  • Microchipping
  • Spay & Neuter
  • Laser Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Grooming
  • Boarding
  • Radiology
  • Preventative Care for Cats
  • Preventative Care for Dogs
  • Health Certificates

No need to worry. We have you covered.

Pet health begins with preventive healthcare. We recommend annual wellness examinations for young to early middle aged pets. Semi-annual veterinary exams are recommended on senior dogs and cats over 8 years of age. Semi-annual exams ensure that your pet’s health is always professionally monitored. Twice a year exams are needed to diagnose harmful diseases early as pets age much more rapidly than humans. The earlier it’s caught, the more successful treatment is, keeping your pet healthy and happy. Annual and Semi-annual Wellness exams are the most important aspect of pet health. Vaccinations are of course important but examinations are vital to longevity of our pets. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix’s veterinarian wellness exams comprehensively assess every aspect of your pet’s health, standard testing includes:
  • Body Condition
  • Ear Exam
  • Eye Exam
  • Dental Exam
  • Musculoskeletal Exam
  • Reproductive/Urinary System Exam
  • Skin and Haircoat Exam
  • Lymph nodes/thyroid Exam
  • Nose and Throat Exam
  • Internal Health Evaluation
  • Neurological Evaluation
  • Cardiovascular Evaluation
  • Lung/pulmonary Evaluation
  • Nutrition Consultation
  • Behavior Counseling
Schedule an exam today

Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix features some of the most advanced veterinary diagnostic technology in the Phoenix and greater Arizona area. Our internal medicine facilities include:

  • Laboratory. We have an in house laboratory in which we can perform many blood tests within minutes. In the event of an emergency this can give us the necessary information on how to proceed with treatment. Major blood exams are sent to Antech Laboratory which is a national veterinary laboratory.
  • ECG (electrocardiogram) Used for diagnosing abnormal heart beats and can be a screen for heart enlargement. Our ECG is performed using a computer and yields a very rapid diagnosis.
  • Advanced imaging. We have access to mobile (will come to our practice) experts in the field of ultrasonography (ultrasound) and echocardiography (ultrasound of the interior of the heart)
  • Oncology (cancer) treatment.
  • Digital Radiology (x-ray) These use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

After Hours Emergency please contact the Emergency Animal Clinic at 602-995-3757. They are located at 2260 W. Glendale Ave. Phoenix

Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix does offer Emergency services and we can handle the vast majority of emergencies ranging from poisonings to severe injuries. During our hospital's open hours we will accept any emergency and does not require an appointment. If an emergency arises after normal hospital hours please call the Emergency Animal Clinic at 602-995-3757

Young animals are like children; it’s a never-ending job keeping them safe and happy. Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections. Here in Phoenix, we aim to prevent deadly diseases like Canine Distemper and Parvovirus, Feline Panluekopenia and respiratory disease, Feline leukemia, as well as Rabies for both species. Vaccinations are most important while a still a puppy or kitten, when their immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Vaccinations are vital to pet health and should be administered to every animal. An Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian will help you with every step of the vaccination process, including:

  • Pet examination and introductory vaccinations
  • Necessary booster shots
  • Vaccine education
Keep your family member safe by scheduling their vaccinations today.

You are what you eat. Preventative care starts with food.

A nutrition-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense. Proper daily nutrition is an important factor for keeping your pet healthy, bolstering the immune system and supporting normal development in younger animals. Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, making feeding them more complicated that it seems. Pet food education is a great way to learn important facts about beneficial nutrients, food safety, and breed-specific feeding requirements. Your pet depends on you to make the right nutrition choices for them, Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix wants you to know how. Pet Nutrition and Choosing Food Deciding on which food is best for your pet begins with research. Knowing your pet’s caloric and macronutrient needs will allow you to find the type of food that fits best. Proper nutrition allows your pet’s bodily processes to continue normally, supporting a strong immune system, muscle growth, organ health and to fight obesity. While most main macro-nutritional requirements (protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals) are the same for all dogs and all cats, some breeds do require more of specific nutrients. Bodyweight is a major factor in determining your pet’s nutritional needs. Larger animals require more calories and nutrients, while smaller animals require less. Overfeeding and underfeeding are two of the most prevalent mistakes owners make, leading to high levels of obesity and malnutrition among pets nationwide. Internet research is an excellent way to help you determine the requirements for your pet’s breed, gender and body weight, and trusted secondary pet food research sites websites will give you information on popular brands, allowing you effectively choose the best food for your cat or dog. Educational Resources Small Animal Veterinary Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines

Get rid of those pesky critters.

Your pet is an easy target for parasites and small insects. Common parasites like ticks, fleas and heartworm-carrying mosquitos feed on your pets, potentially infecting them with many dangerous diseases. Discover how these tiny pests can cause big problems. Fleas These bloodsucking insects feed on mammals and lay eggs in their fur. Fleas can transmit harmful parasites like Tapeworms and Bubonic Plague, as well as cause dermatitis and anemia. One flea can lay up to 50 eggs in one day, making a flea infestation a substantial threat to your pet’s wellbeing. Flea infestations often spread throughout your home — living in your carpet and furniture and making them tough to eradicate. Ticks The most common tick in the Phoenix area is the Brown Dog Tick. They favor vertical surfaces such as fences, walls, and also will attach to shrubbery. It is one of just a few tick species that lives exclusively on the dog and also can propagate indoors. One adult engorged female tick can lay approx 2000 eggs so control can be difficult. The brown dog tick transmits Ehrlicia Canis which is a rickettsial organism similar to Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. It is a treatable disease but our goal is prevention. Although rare, animal-to-human transfer is possible, making the tick hazardous to you and your family. Special care should be made to inspect your pet frequently. Heartworm Heartworm-carrying mosquitos represent a lethal danger to your pet. The mosquito’s bite transmits the heartworm larva to your animal, it then slowly develops over many months and makes its toward the heart. Once there it multiples within your pet’s pulmonary artery and right ventricle, leading to constricted blood flow, heart and lung disease and major organ failure. There have been estimates of approximately 600 dogs/year acquire heartworm disease here in the metro area. This is a very easy disease to prevent however treatment is difficult. Parasite Prevention Plan Regular use of anti-parasitic medication is a surefire way of keeping your pet free of nasty parasites. Consult with your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian to determine the best parasite control products for your pet. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix’s Parasite Prevention Plan includes:
  • Pet examination and testing
  • Parasite-control product consultation with a Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian
  • Access to industry-best medicine and equipment
Schedule an appointment immediately if you suspect that your cat or dog may already be infected.

While pets can’t tell directly us what is wrong, observing their behavior can reveal underlying issues that may need to be addressed. Behavioral problems are often a result of social, environment and medical conditions. Unwanted pet behavior can often be improved through pet education and consistent training.

Common Behaviors


Uncharacteristic aggression and dominance seeking is one of the most serious behaviors in dogs. Aggressive actions include biting, lunging, growling, baring teeth and barking. These can be highly dangerous for people and other pets. Aggression has a broad range social, environmental and medical causes that a Veterinary Behavior Specialist can help identify and begin to treat.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is believed to caused by pet distress during times when they are separated from you and others they feel attached to. When left alone, some pets can exhibit destructive behaviors including barking, chewing, digging, attempting to escape, and improper elimination.


Barking and howling are how dogs normally communicate; however, excessive vocalization can become a nuisance. Dogs bark for a number of reasons including as an alert; to seek attention; when they are excited, lonely or anxious; or when they are simply bored. Proper training can help control barking habits.

House Training

House training generally occurs when your pet is young, although it can be taught to older animals. This process teaches them to eliminate waste in a designated location rather than in your home. Remember, house training takes time and accidents will happen. Owners should use consistent, positive reinforcement to achieve the best results.

Inappropriate Elimination Disorders

This disorder has a wide range of causes that result in your adult pet improperly eliminating waste. Inappropriate elimination disorders are often a symptom of separation anxiety, excitement and urine marking, or have a physical cause like a change in diet, gastrointestinal distress, infection and incontinence.

Storm Phobias

Although less common in Phoenix, when it does occur, thunder, lightning, heavy wind and rain often frightens cats and dogs. This can lead to them seeking “safety” in locations around the home where they feel secure. While agitated, they may bark or eliminate waste.

Cognitive Dysfunction

Pet cognitive dysfunction syndrome is most often seen in elderly pets and those with dementia. It is characterized by persistent disorientation, difficulty following commands, unresponsiveness to external stimuli, sleep-wake cycle changes, improper waste elimination and a decreased level of activity. Many symptoms of cognitive dysfunction are seen in unrelated medical disorders. Only your veterinarian can determine if the changes in behavior are the result of cognitive dysfunction or an underlying medical condition.

Destructive Chewing

Chewing is a natural behavior in pets, but can easily become destructive if left unchecked. Inappropriate chewing often occurs in pets with separation anxiety, and who are frustrated, bored or stressed, leading to widespread damage around the home. Redirecting your pet’s energy into toys and edible bones is a good way to condition your dog to chew on appropriate objects. If you observe any of these behaviors in your pet, please contact us. After a comprehensive pet examination to rule out any medical causes, we may refer you our trusted, board-certified Veterinary Behavior Specialists to help identify and treat the source.

Periodontal disease affects approximately 85% of pets over the age of four. Dental disease is often a silent killer; many pet owners do not realize when their pets are suffering from it. Not only can dental disease cause tooth pain and tooth loss, but as it progresses, bacteria can also spread to the kidneys, liver and heart and cause severe organ damage and disease. These complications can even result in death. It is important to start your pets on dental hygiene routines when your pets are still young. Routine dental cleanings at Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix should be done in conjunction with daily at-home care, like toothbrushing. Caring for your pet’s teeth improves your pet’s longevity and quality of life. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix offers a wide variety of pet dental services, including:

  • Annual comprehensive oral health assessments and treatments (COHAT)
  • Routine dental cleanings
  • Polishing
  • Subgingival curettage
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Exodontics (extractions)
  • Periodontics (treatment of periodontal disease)
  • Orthodontics (repairing bite abnormalities)
  • Restorative dentistry, including reconstructive dentistry following trauma and fractured tooth repair
  • Treatment of oral cancers, including fibrosarcomas, melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas
  • Treatment of severe gingivitis, stomatitis and other inflammatory mouth disorders using a combination of medications, carbon dioxide lasers and cold laser therapy
  • Treatment of feline stomatitis disorders caused by the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and the feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
  • Digital dental x-rays, which allow us to see dental disease beneath the gumline

Dental Cleanings

During your pets’ dental cleanings, we use state-of-the-art anesthesia and monitoring equipment. We also use warm air blankets to maintain your pets’ body temperature. If needed, we can provide postoperative pain management. Your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian may recommend intraoral nerve blocks, narcotics or other medications depending on the amount of dental care your pet needed to be done. These may be needed if your pet had teeth extracted, for example.

At-Home Dental Care

Your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian can help you start at-home dental care routines for your pets. It’s best to start brushing your pets’ teeth daily when they are still young, as it is easier for them to get used to the process when they’re introduced to it early. There are numerous types of pet food that encourage dental health as well. Ask your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix vet for dietary recommendations based on all of your pets’ health needs. For more information about your pets’ dental health, schedule an appointment at Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix online or call us at (602) 955-5757.

We perform the vast majority of orthopedic surgical procedures that are commonly seen in veterinary medicine. We perform many types of fracture repair which may include the use of orthopedic plates, screws, wires, and pins. There are occasional cases that will require a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon to perform the procedure. In these instances, Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix refers our patients to trusted Phoenix-area specialists. Common Orthopedic Procedures

  • CCL Extra-Capsular Repair
  • Medial Patellar Luxation Repair

Cranial Cruciate Ligament

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is a primary ligament in your pet’s knee. The ligament helps hold the knee in its proper alignment, supporting your pet’s weight and preventing hyperextension and incorrect rotation of connecting leg bones: the femur and tibia. The CCL can rupture due to ligament degeneration or traumatic injury, leaving the knee unable to bear weight and dramatically reducing your pet’s mobility. If left untreated, CCL tears can lead to osteoarthritis and meniscus damage. Extra-capsular Repair There are several surgical options designed to treat CCL ruptures. Depending on the severity of the tear and patient-specific medical factors, extra-capsular repair may be the most effective method. Although this procedure can be performed on any dog, it is most often recommended for smaller breeds and senior pets. The extra-capsular repair procedure uses a robust suture material to reform the cranial cruciate ligament, securely binding the two halves together. Over the next several months, scar tissue develops along the suture, reinforcing the repair and stabilizing the knee. While not the sturdiest repair method available, the surgery is highly effective for smaller and less active pets and has the fewest complications compared to other CCL repair procedures. Recovery Extra-capsular repair is a major procedure that requires a recovery period of up to 12 weeks. Painkillers, anti-inflammation, and antibiotics are prescribed in the critical period following the procedure to manage discomfort and prevent infection of the surgical site Exercise must be limited for the first few weeks. Pets should be confined to a small area in the home to restrict unnecessary movement and prevent strenuous activity. Regular veterinary checkups (including x-rays) will monitor your pet’s recovery, assessing limb and joint function, as well as general mobility. As your dog heals, exercise may be gradually increased based on individual evaluation. Physical therapy is generally recommended after four weeks. Rehabilitation may include strength training, range of motion techniques, and aquatic therapy to help strengthen the joint and restore mobility.

Medial Patellar Luxation Repair

Patellar luxation occurs when a dog’s kneecap slips out of its proper position and becomes unable to fully glide down the groove of the femur. A medial patellar luxation (MPL), the most common type, occurs when the kneecap slides to the inside of the knee. This is normally caused by a congenital abnormality like a misshapen femur or tibia, shallow femoral groove or hip dysplasia, or as a result of knee trauma. Small breeds are especially prone to MPL, but it can occur in larger dogs as well. If left untreated, medial patellar luxations can result in osteoarthritis, cartilage damage and ligament tears. Medial patellar luxations are graded according to severity and frequency of displacement: Grade I: Occasional patella displacement, but remains in the groove the majority of the time. Symptoms may include skipping or kicking out of the leg. Grade II: Frequent patella displacement characterized by a persistent skipping gait and a mild degree of lameness; patella can be manipulated back into the groove. Grade III: Patella is always displaced, frequent lameness; patella can be manipulated into the groove but will pop out immediately. Grade IV: Patella is always displaced and cannot be manipulated back into the groove, constant lameness, signs of physical deformity and a bow-legged appearance. The knee cannot be extended. Diagnosis and Treatment Patellar luxations are often discovered during annual physicals and other general examinations. If an MPL is suspected, your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian will examine your pet’s knee for signs of displacement and use a radiograph to confirm the diagnosis. Surgery is recommended to treat MPL grades II, III and IV. The procedure aims to realign patella using a number of techniques including deepening the femoral groove, altering the alignment of the patellar ligament, readjusting the leg bones and fixing the joint attachments. Recovery This is a major surgery that requires up to a 12-week recovery period. Painkillers, anti-inflammatory medication, and antibiotics are prescribed to minimize discomfort and prevent infection. Your dog’s mobility should be restricted during recovery. Exercise should be limited to short walks for the first six weeks, then gradually increased weekly until your pet back to full strength. Physical therapy is often recommended to enhance the recovery process, and maximize joint strength and mobility.

The (non)cutting-edge of veterinary science

A laser creates a specific tissue reaction depending on the wavelength of laser light it produces. AccuVet CO2 lasers, emitting infrared light at 10,600nm, have an exceptional absorption by the water molecules normally found in soft tissue. This CO2 laser energy instantly vaporizes the intracellular water, vaporizing the cells, while leaving the surrounding tissue virtually unaffected. This action makes the AccuVet CO2 laser the best choice for general soft tissue surgery by producing the following benefits:

Less Pain

CO2 laser energy automatically seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. As a result, the patient feels less pain post-operatively.

Less Bleeding

Laser energy automatically seals small blood vessels as it cuts. When defocused, the laser becomes an effective coagulation device. Not only does the hemostatic cutting benefit the patient, it provides a clear, dry surgical field for the surgeon. Without bleeders continually obstructing the field, the overall procedure time may be decreased, and the visualization of the anatomy is unsurpassed.

Less Swelling

CO2 laser energy automatically seals lymphatic vessels. Additionally, because only a beam of invisible light contacts the tissue, there is no bruising or tearing of tissue. This reduced tissue trauma minimizes inflammatory responses, reducing swelling.

Quicker Recovery

Decreased bleeding, swelling, and pain means the patient can return to normal activity and the home environment faster. This provides benefits for the patient, client and veterinarian.


The unique ability of a CO2 laser to vaporize (ablate or “erase”) tissue sets it apart from any other surgical tool, even other lasers. With the proper tips and power settings, the AccuVet can be used to precisely remove tissue layer by layer (with layers as thin as 0. 1 mm), or to aggressively vaporize entire tumors.

While our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, we can use scientific testing and veterinary experience to discover underlying diseases and disorders. As one Phoenix’s diagnostic leaders, Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix’s in-house laboratory features advanced analytic equipment used to examine and test tissue samples. This technology pinpoints the problem and allows the proper treatment to commence. Blood work is a particularly useful tool that can tell us valuable information about your pet’s red blood cells, immune system, digestive tract, circulatory system and internal organ function. This simple, inexpensive test can reveal evidence of disease before symptoms appear. Catching disease early dramatically improves treatment efficacy and improves quality of life. During veterinary emergencies, blood testing can mean the difference between life and death, directing our veterinarians towards the best treatment when time is of the essence. The Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix laboratory features state-of-the-art CBC, electrolyte analyzers and blood chemistry equipment. Complete Blood Count (CBC)

  • Red blood cells – anemia, bone marrow activity
  • White blood cells – inflammation, infection, blood borne diseases like leukemia
  • Platelets – low blood platelets can cause bleeding disorders
  • Imbalances resulting from dehydration, kidney disease, vomiting and diarrhea, and other metabolic and hormonal diseases
Blood Chemistry
  • Tests liver and kidney function
  • Blood sugar – diabetes mellitus can cause high blood sugar. Sever infections, liver disease and malnutrition can cause low blood sugar
  • Blood proteins – dehydration causes proteins to increase. Liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract disease can cause them to decrease
  • Analyzes calcium, potassium, sodium, cholesterol and other blood components

Just like people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly 7 times the rate humans do. As your cat or dog gets older they require different nutrition programs, exercise routines and are prone to a variety of new diseases. Common Age-Related Diseases:

  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Endocrine disease including Diabetes and Hypothyroid
  • Bone and joint disease
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary disease
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Cancer
It is important to consider these changes throughout their lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasing difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on. Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age; the AAHA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Information about feeding and exercise changes is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your pet comfortable in their old age. We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix can help your senior pet!

Keep track of your pet Nearly 1 in 3 pets will become lost during their lives. Microchip implants are an incredibly simple, inexpensive and effective way to find lost pets, keeping them out of Arizona’s animal shelters and back where they belong. These tiny chips serve as a permanent pet identification system that cannot be removed or damaged, reuniting you and your pet quickly. By supporting this practice Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix hopes to prevent some of the nearly 8 million animals that enter US shelters each year. A simple process The microchip is contained in small biocompatible capsule smaller than a grain of rice, ensuring that the device is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and completely safe. An easy, nearly pain-free procedure then places the transponder just under the skin where a special biopolymer keeps the device in-place inside the animal. These microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning it never has to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime. The transponder works by passively transmitting radio waves with an animal-specific tracking number that, when connected to the central database, displays the pet’s name and owner contact information. Should your pet run away or get lost, a simple scan of the chip will allow the proper authorities to determine the owner’s identity and return the animal accordingly. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite hundreds of Phoenix area pets to their owners every month. To learn more about the benefits of pet microchips or schedule an appointment, please contact your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian today!

Support the fight against Arizona animal overpopulation

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States, including Phoenix. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. The unexpected offspring of these liaisons often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.


Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat. Benefits This procedure has many notable benefits including:
  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Remove the possibility of uterine infections
  • reduces the incidence of breast cancer
What to expect after surgery Spaying is a major surgery that requires 7-10 days recovery time and may include medication; lethargy is common for the first couple days following the procedure. A small, green tattoo is applied post-surgery that signifies that the animal is spayed should she ever get lost, or taken to a shelter.


Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 6 months old, but can be performed on older animals as well. Benefits Neutering generates many important health benefits:
  • Prevents unwanted reproduction
  • Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
What to expect after surgery Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires some recovery time. Following the procedure your pet will be sleepy from the anesthesia, this lethargy may last a couple days. Medication will be dispensed for post operative pain. To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian today.

Companion Laser Therapy. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s unique health status. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.

How it works

Low-level, also known as cold, laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cellular mass, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue the healing process by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation releases the bodies own pain-relieving hormones, while generating mild pain management properties. The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with the majority of patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session. Applications for laser therapy include:
  • Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
  • General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
  • Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
  • Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
  • Dental procedures
  • Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns, and lesions)
  • Ear infections
  • Abdominal Disorders such as Pancreatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Feline Megacolon Upper and Lower Respiratory Diseases such as chronic rhinitis, chronic bronchitis, asthma

Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders. While often invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results to the field of pet healthcare. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain on the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures. Surgery specialties

  • Soft-tissue
  • Orthopedic
  • Neurological
  • Dental
  • Ophthalmic
  • Foreign body removal
Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix’s experienced veterinary anesthesiologists provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free. Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner, we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease. If you are considering veterinary surgery, please contact your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian to schedule an introductory consultation. Contact Us

Pamper your pet.

Grooming is the best way to help your pet look and feel great. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix is proud to offer a complete range of veterinary grooming services for dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes. Spa and Grooming Services
    Pet bathing
  • Nail clipping
  • Ear cleaning
  • Deshedding treatments
  • Hair and coat trimming
  • Parasite control consultation and treatments
  • Anal gland expression
Besides obvious cosmetic improvements, grooming has many hygienic benefits. Grooming is recommended every 4-6 weeks to avoid painful matting of the coat, ear infections and parasite infestations. Medical Benefits
  • General cleanliness
  • Decreases the possibility of many dermatological conditions
  • Prevents and controls parasites
  • Seasonal hair removal for the hot Phoenix summers
Our salon professionals are experienced with all breed-specific requirements, allowing us to create customized grooming programs for each individual client. For more information on our grooming services, or to schedule your appointment, contact us today.

Our guests enjoy safe, clean facilities under constant staff supervision. All canine guests are walked in our outdoor patio area at least twice daily. For large dogs we have large indoor runs giving them plenty of room for their comfort, maintaining an optimal temperature for pets and helping them stay out of the hot Arizona sun. Boarding can be stressful and occasionally results in medical issues that need to be addressed by our veterinarians. If deemed necessary, our veterinarians will examine your pet and contact you for further instructions. We encourage you to bring personal items from home to make your pet’s stay as stress-free as possible. We are not, however, responsible for damage of loss of items during boarding.

Medical Boarding

Medical boarding at Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix is an option if your pet requires special medical attention that cannot be met at a typical boarding facility. Ideal for:
  • Pets on chronic medications – to be assured that they receive all their medications.
  • Diabetic pets or those requiring injections – to be assured that they are being administered by a skilled technician.
Our commitment to you and your pet: Accredited by AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) we adhere to the highest quality standards for nursing care, record keeping, anesthesia and surgery, facilities and staff training. Our spaces go quickly! Make a reservation today.

Veterinary diagnostic imaging creates composites of the internal body used to discover disease or injury. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix employs digital imaging technologies with access to board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients. Digital imaging is much easier to evaluate and is similar to digital photography. We can manipulate the image to improve our diagnostic ability. Radiographs, or x-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

The proactive approach to feline veterinary care

Preventative care is a cat’s first line of defense. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.

Preventive Health Measures

Annual Veterinary Exams: Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix’s comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat, ear and hearing acuity, lung and chest, internal health, oral hygiene, eye and visual responsiveness. Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like feline Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and rabies. Dental Care: Oral health is an important part of your pet’s life; annual teeth cleanings are the best method to maintain and improve dental wellbeing. Parasite Control: prevention and eradication is a simple and efficient process when anti-parasitic medication is used regularly. Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Skin and hair health prevents mange, matting, bacterial infections and more. Proper Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your cat’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal development. Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions, identifying these shifts help to identify and treat the root cause. Exercise: Regular workouts support skeletomuscular and cardiovascular health in cats of all ages.

Senior Animals

Preventative care becomes more significant for aging cats, Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix recommends increasing exams to twice a year for elderly animals. As pets get older they are prone to many age-related diseases that are increasingly difficult diagnose and treat. Many preventive health measures must be adjusted to better suit the medical needs of senior animals.

The proactive approach to veterinary care

Preventative care is a dog’s first line of defense. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.

Preventive Health Measures

Annual Veterinary Exams: Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix’s comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat, ear and hearing acuity, lung and chest, internal health, oral hygiene, eye and visual responsiveness. Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper, rabies and parvo. Dental Care: Oral health is an important part of your pet’s life; annual teeth cleanings are the best method to maintain and improve dental wellbeing. Parasite Control: prevention and eradication is a simple and efficient process when anti-parasitic medication is used regularly. Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Skin and hair health prevents mange, matting, bacterial infections and more. Proper Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your pet’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal development. Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions, identifying these shifts help to identify and treat the root cause. Exercise: Regular workouts support skeletomuscular and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages.

Senior Animals

Preventative care becomes more significant for aging dogs, Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix recommends increasing exams to twice a year for elderly animals. As pets get older they are prone to many age-related diseases that are increasingly difficult diagnose and treat. Many preventive health measures must be adjusted to better suit the medical needs of senior animals.

Traveling with Your Pet

Preparing your pet, or pets, for travel can be a convoluted and time-intensive process, even for our veterinarians. Nevertheless, it’s important to be aware of exactly what will be required for your animal companion to make the trip, no matter if you’ll be traveling internationally or across state lines. For pets, both international and domestic travel often require an official CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection), also referred to as a health certificate. While the certificate must be prepared by a USDA-accredited veterinarian, the requirements for entry are established by each individual country, state or territory. Some destinations require proof of additional vaccinations and testing. Others, such as Hawaii, will immediately quarantine pets regardless of health reports due to their rabies-free environment. To keep travel with your pet as stress-free as possible, please consider the following steps:
  • Research the most current requirements for your destination on the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) site. We recommend that you print all pertinent information and forms and bring these to all appointments for your pet prior to your travel day.

  • Alert our Client Service Representative that you are scheduling an appointment for a health certificate and please provide your specific destination. This information will allow us to be prepared to advise you regarding specific requirements and to schedule necessary future appointments.

  • Expedite the completion of required forms by providing us, via email, with important details of your travel, such as destination address, travel date and medical history (including vaccinations that were administered elsewhere). Arrive early to your appointments to complete important forms and allow us to confirm your needs.

    • Plan to schedule your pet's final pre-travel exam at the first possible date within the travel window required by your destination authority. For most destinations, a veterinarian must confirm current health status by performing a complete physical exam within 10 days of travel and completing this step as early as possible will ensure that your International Health Certificate will be completed in time. This appointment will involve completing the forms that you must then send to the USDA/APHIS office (out of state) for final endorsement, typically via overnight/FedEx (The nearest FedEx location is conveniently located at 3340 E. Thomas Rd.).

    • Be sure to express any concerns regarding medications to our veterinarians.
  • Please note that your airline may have different travel requirements than your destination. Check with your airline for specific requirements for your flight (e.g. pre-flight arrival times, travel carrier specifications, etc.).
International Travel It is essential to plan as far ahead as possible as some international destinations may require as many as 6 months to fulfill certain criteria for entry. If you have traveled with your pet internationally in the past, please bear in mind that rules and regulations may have changed. Continental Interstate Travel The USDA requirements for pet health and travel vary widely depending on which state you’re visiting. Because of the particular nature of each state’s requirements, the most reliable source of information when researching will be the destination state’s State Veterinarian office. Airline Requirements The policies of transportation services are finicky and likely to change frequently. Because of this, we are unable to provide current airline requirements. You will have to research which airlines are currently allowing pets and in what capacity (cabin, cargo, cargo plane, etc.), but it’s often most effective and reliable to communicate with the airline directly. Then, on the day of travel, it’s a good idea to contact the airline to make sure the weather is in your pet’s favor; you will also need a back-up plan in case the answer keeps your pet land-bound. Professional Pet Transport If you’re nervous for your pet to fly under the care of people who are used to handling inanimate cargo, and you have the funds, professional pet transport may be the way to go. The International Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA) is a collection of over 440 pet transport companies in over 84 countries. This is a great resource for finding the perfect service for you and your pet’s needs.
Making sure your pet is physically healthy enough for travel can be a process, but you don’t have to do it alone. As long as you come prepared, the veterinarians at Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix can assist you in getting your pet ready for your trip. If you have further questions or want to schedule an appointment for your pet prior to travel, call us at (602) 955-5757. Bon voyage!

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