Whether you’re bringing home a new puppy or kitten or spending the golden years with your senior pet, we’ll be there.
Veterinary services in Savage, MN.
We provide services for cats and dogs of all ages. Depending on your pet’s age, overall health, and lifestyle, we’ll put together a health plan crafted just for them. The Gentle Doctor Veterinary Clinic has in-house diagnostic tools like digital x-ray services and blood chemistry equipment to help provide same-day results and treatment in most cases. We also partner with local specialists for referrals for ophthalmology, dermatology, internal medicine, and oncology appointments.
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We proudly offer a wide range of services so that your pet can get the care they need in a calm and comfortable environment.
From your pet’s first visit, we’ll set up a schedule for wellness exams, vaccinations, and anything else they may need. Preventive health and wellness care at The Gentle Doctor Veterinary Clinic is based on breed, age, activity level, and lifestyle. This includes appropriate vaccines, parasite control, microchipping and nutritional counseling.
Many of the diseases and illnesses that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations and annual wellness exams. We start your pet’s vaccine schedule from your very first visit and work diligently to make sure they stay up-to-date.
Vaccines are special proteins that prime the immune system to fight off specific infections. Vaccines work to reduce the severity of such diseases should they strike or to completely prevent infection.
It’s also important to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm. Fleas and ticks can harbor disease and adversely affect your pet’s health. Heartworm is a dangerous parasite that lives in the heart of dogs and cats, damages the heart muscle, and can be fatal. Monthly medication and annual testing are important to make sure that your pet is protected.
We understand that surgery can be a source of anxiety for you and your family. That’s why it’s important to trust the people who will be taking care of your pet.
Our team is trained on the latest surgical techniques and provide basic surgery options like spay, neuter, and soft tissue surgery in a clean surgical suite with the latest monitoring equipment.
Spaying your female cat or dog will reduce problems such as: pyometra (deadly infection of the uterus); breast tumors (benign or cancerous); the pet overpopulation and massive euthanasia of unwanted strays.
Neutering your male cat or dog will reduce problems such as: testicular cancer, some diseases of the prostate, unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering.
Before the operation, our team will provide day-of instructions to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch. We’ll be there to answer any and all questions you may have.
After the procedure, our team tailors a recovery plan for your pet and guides you through the recovery process.
When pets cannot tell us what is wrong, certain tests can help us come to a diagnosis quickly. We don’t like to run unnecessary tests, and we’ll make sure you understand the reasoning behind every test we recommend.
We utilize these tests to assess your pet’s overall well-being. This helps us detect the trouble brewing in the internal organs by providing important clues to disease.
We provide tests like:
- Blood Tests
- Urine Tests
- Fecal Tests
- Parasite Tests
- Digital X-rays
- …and more!
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. Dental disease can lead to infections that can spread through the bloodstream to affect major organs such as your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart. We recommend annual dental exams to get a baseline of your pet’s oral health. We’re also able to schedule dental cleanings when appropriate.
If you are unsure if your pet is having dental issues, there are signs to watch for. Symptoms like bad breath, plaque build-up, excessive drooling, sore or bleeding gums when eating or chewing, and decreased appetite are signs that your pet’s teeth may require veterinary attention.
Be sure to chat with our team about at-home dental care. We can provide products and instructions that will help you take care of your pet’s oral health on a daily basis.
Quick diagnostics lead to quick treatments.
We offer digital radiography in-house to make sure that our team is able to see what cannot be seen by the naked eye.
A radiograph (X-ray) is a type of photograph that looks inside the body and reveals information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate your pet’s internal organs like the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as bones.
When a case requires special attention, our referral partners will ensure that your pet gets the care they need.
We partner with local specialists for referrals for ophthalmology (eyes), dermatology (skin), internal medicine, and oncology (cancer) appointments.
Please note that not all cases will need a specialist, and we’ll work to diagnose and treat to the best of our ability. Our veterinary team examines your pet’s eyes, mouth, nose, skin, and overall health during every single wellness visit. We are able to treat common disorders and look forward to making sure that your pet gets the treatment they need when it’s needed.
Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 6 PM
Most Saturdays: 8 AM – 12 PM
Every 5th Saturdays of the Month: Closed
Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day – CLOSED
Savage, MN 55378
South Metro Animal Emergency Care
14690 Pennock Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Call: (952) 953-3737
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