Because They’re Family

Gold-standard care for gold-hearted pets.

Slide We believe in truly comprehensive medicine. That means that, no matter what you bring your pet to us for, we are always going to look them over with fresh and thorough eyes. We look for the subtle signs of illness or pain. This is the road to a long, happy life by your side. Because the love you share with your pet is precious. Here, we will protect it. A Higher Standard

Prevention & Wellness

Prevention of illnesses is the key to a pet’s long-term health and quality of life – and it will save you time, expense, and stress. Comprehensive prevention/wellness programs for animals of every life-stage are the cornerstone of our practice. At Livingston Veterinary Hospital, prevention includes annual physical and dental exams, vaccinations for disease prevention, life-stage nutritional counseling, behavior modification, exercise recommendations, and client education.

We practice 360° medicine, which we like to call our “whole-istic” approach; that’s why, every time you visit, we’ll ask you lots of questions about your pet. We’ll use the information you provide, combined with observations from our examinations and diagnostic tests to suggest a wellness regimen for your pet based on many additional factors, including its age, body condition, lifestyle and activity level, and possible exposure to diseases.

As always, our goal is to help you keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible throughout all its different life-stages.
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Medical Care

Advances in veterinary medicine give us more and more opportunities to provide healthcare for animals that, in many instances, is as thorough and sophisticated as the care available for humans. As the pet population grows, though, and many of our companions live into their teens and even twenties, we continue to diagnose and treat a myriad of diseases and medical conditions – and sometimes we have to address more than one problem at a time. However, we’re regularly advised of new, more sensitive and accurate tests and equipment that allow for early and reliable detection and diagnosis.

While a diagnosis of cancer, heart, kidney or thyroid disease – or any other potentially serious condition – can be frightening, our team can often offer hope. And we’ll make sure that you have a complete understanding of your pet’s problems and options for diagnosis and care throughout the process. We focus on early detection and on working with experts to determine the best course of action for giving your animal a high quality of life while managing its disease. We’ll begin with step-by-step diagnostics that might include blood and urine tests, x-rays, or ultrasound. When we encounter questions that we can’t answer, or are working on particularly difficult cases, we’ll consult with internal medicine, orthopedic, and radiology specialists in Bozeman, Billings and Helena and at the Colorado State University and Washington State University schools of veterinary medicine.

Once we’ve diagnosed your pet, treatments could take the form of regularly-administered medications and monitoring, surgery, or even chemotherapy. Our goal is to make animals feel so good that they don’t even know they’re sick – and we strive to return them to their normal, active lifestyles.
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Senior Wellness

Just because your dog or cat is “getting up there in years” doesn’t mean he or she has to live in pain, settle for a lower quality of life, or give up favorite play-time activities. Thanks to progressive medicine and better home care, pets are living longer – and more comfortably – than ever. At Livingston Veterinary Hospital we strongly believe that age is not a disease.

Like older humans, senior pets are more likely to develop health problems. On average, dogs age seven years for every human year, while cats age about five years for each one of ours. With this accelerated aging, diseases can progress much faster. But our veterinarians have the diagnostic tools and treatment options to ensure that it’s a great time to be a senior canine or feline.

With a Senior Wellness Exam and Questionnaire, we can assess your pet’s current health and provide a baseline for monitoring changes in the years ahead. Diagnostic tests will detect many diseases before your pet displays any symptoms; studies have shown that 23% of dogs and 17% of cats over 7 years old that were normal on their physical exam had underlying diseases detected by blood and urine tests. Even cancer and kidney disease, the leading causes of pet loss, can often be discovered early, improving the chances of successful treatment.

Our staff will gladly work with you to make your pet’s Golden Years as happy, healthy and rewarding as they can be.
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Surgery

At Livingston Veterinary Hospital, we perform all types of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries – from spays and neuters, to removal of growths and fatty tumors, to knee and hip repair/reconstruction, and beyond. After thorough exams and proper diagnosis, but prior to any procedures, we’ll recommend screening tests to assess a pet’s ability to safely undergo anesthesia and its ability to heal. We’ll explain the procedure – and its benefits – in detail and answer any questions you have.

Surgical procedures are done in our exclusive, aseptic surgery suite, using a hot water blanket for the animal’s comfort, along with state-of-the-art pulse oximetry, EKG, and respiratory and blood pressure monitoring that enable our team to continually assess the patient’s status. Then, our team continues to monitor patients as they wake up from anesthesia, and provide TLC and reassurance during this important recovery period.

Our job is far from over when a surgical patient goes home. Our staff maintains close contact with clients – to monitor the animal’s progress, address any concerns, and answer questions. We also provide written “go-home” instructions for patient care, which may include what and when to feed the animal, how much exercise to provide, how and when to administer medications, and what potentially troublesome signs to watch for. And we will provide follow-up exams to assure complete recovery.
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Dentistry

Imagine how your mouth would feel if you never brushed your teeth or visited your dentist. Although many people don’t realize it, pets also need regular dental care to ensure a lifetime of good health. Periodontal disease in dogs and cats is one of the most common conditions seen by veterinarians today, and it can lead to some very serious health problems. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over age three are affected by periodontal disease.

At Livingston Veterinary Hospital, we understand how important dental health is. We are proud to offer dental cleaning and polishing treatments, bonding and sealing, extractions and digital dental x-rays. Digital dental x-rays make it possible to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.

The problems start when plaque and bacteria build up in your pet’s mouth and tartar forms, causing gum infections, bone loss and tooth root exposure. This leads to pain and eventually tooth loss. The bacteria can also affect other organs, including the heart, kidneys and liver. The good news is that regular dental examinations, digital dental x-rays and cleaning – followed by consistent dental care at home – will make your pet feel better and significantly reduce the chances that he or she will develop related diseases later in life.

Following any dental procedure, our certified veterinary technicians will give you the information and education you need to keep your pet smiling. They will show you before and after photos, go over post-procedure care and feeding instructions, and schedule your pet’s re-check exam. And they will call you a few days after the dental procedure to answer any questions you might have and make sure your pet is doing well. Keep in mind, too, that we have a variety of products to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy at home. (You might be surprised to see that the dental scaling and polishing machine we use is a lot like the one your dentist uses.)

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Pain Management

Nobody likes to see companion animals suffer from pain or discomfort. That’s why we believe pain management is an important part of quality medicine and surgery. Our team is trained to closely observe patients in our hospital, and to respond quickly when they note any signs of pain or discomfort. Whether your dog or cat is in pain due to trauma, surgery or disease, we’ll do everything we can to make him or her comfortable. Some animals are innately stoic and hide pain, whereas others demonstrate it readily. Signs of pain may include obvious changes in behavior, posture or gait, restlessness, vocalization, and loss of appetite. The good news is that pain can be minimized and, in some cases, prevented.

Pain control is an important part of your pet’s well-being during surgery, or during recovery from a traumatic injury or illness. And at Livingston Veterinary Hospital we know that controlling pain speeds recovery and improves your pet’s life. For surgery, we preemptively challenge the pain response, then administer medications during and after the procedure, as needed. We use these same safe, effective medications to alleviate pain from trauma or illness. Even chronic pain such as arthritis can be effectively managed. We’ll assist you in making your pet feel as good – and pain-free – as possible. And that’s something to feel good about.

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Anesthesia & Patient Monitoring

Many people worry about their dog or cat undergoing anesthesia, but it’s a necessity for surgeries and dentistries that improve the quality of life for pets. And, with today’s new drugs, monitoring technologies and our staff’s skills, it’s much safer than it was 20 years ago.

At Livingston Veterinary Hospital, we emphasize reducing the anesthetic risk by performing complete physical exams and diagnostic tests to reveal any underlying problems prior to a procedure. These exams and tests allow our doctors to design an individual anesthetic plan for each pet.

We use a combination of injectable anesthetics and pain-relieving medications, along with isoflurane anesthetic gas. Isoflurane is similar to the sevoflurane used for humans, and it’s quickly metabolized and very safe. Once an animal is under anesthesia, our doctors and technicians use pulse oximetry to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation of the blood, combined with blood pressure, respiratory and EKG monitors to continually evaluate a patient’s status. Pets at Livingston Veterinary Hospital also benefit from being on a hot water blanket and receiving warmed IV fluids during anesthesia. Plus our fully-trained, certified veterinary technicians closely observe and comfort each pet as it wakes up in recovery. Lots of technology, lots of TLC, lots of positive results… and safety first for your pet!

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Laser Therapy

At Livingston Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to offer Class IV Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy is often utilized to reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing. This includes but is not limited to wounds, arthritis and other musculoskeletal injuries.

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Holistic Therapies

Animal Chiropractic: Just like humans, our furry friends benefit from this type of therapy. Primary goals are to restore normal biomechanical function and mobility and reduce pain.

Acupuncture: A complimentary therapy with many applications. It can reduce pain and inflammation, improve immune health, improve neurologic function and much more.

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