Our team at Best Friends Animal Hospital provides a high level of veterinary care to the Great Falls community. Our level of care is maintained by the state of the art diagnostic equipment and highly-trained staff used to treat your pet.
We actively see the following types of animals:
- Pocket Pets (Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Hamsters, Rats, etc.)
Some of the services we provide include:
Often isolated incidents that can usually be cured with straight forward treatments, including (but not limited to) vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, anal gland infections, UTI, skin conditions and ingested toxins.
The anal glands usually automatically express liquid every time a dog or cat has a bowel movement. It’s quite natural. If a pet does have an anal gland problem, our technicians and/or vets can “express” the collected liquid from the gland and relieve the pressure.
(AI) is the deliberate introduction of sperm into a female’s uterus or cervix for achieving a pregnancy through in vivo fertilization by means other than traditional breeding.
Research shows that the number one underlying reason why pets are surrendered to shelters is because of a behavioral problems. Often, simple behavioral issues can spiral out of control to the point that owners become frustrated and feel powerless to improve the situation. Our staff offers advice and behavior modification tips to help owners solve such problems so pets and owner can establish a rewarding relationship. We may also recommend that you connect with a trainer or other outside source.
Unexpected work trip? Illness or family emergency? Put yourself at ease, Best Friends is trained and equipped to handle all pets from puppies to special need pets, as well as non-traditional pets such as: birds, pocket pets and reptiles.
If a mass is found on your pet, we will perform biopsies of the mass to determine if it is cancerous. If the mass is cancerous, the doctor will create a plan of care which may include chemotherapy and/or surgery.
Chemotherapy is a term given to a group of drugs that have the ability to kill cancer cells. The specific medication or combination will depend on the type of cancer your pet has, as well as his/her overall health. Our vets will monitor treatment to ensure that it is working well with minimal side effects as possible.
Persistent illnesses are managed with medications and treatments to help maintain your pet’s quality of life. Some examples of chronic illness include:
- Endocrine System
- Auto-immune Disorders
Cold Laser Therapy uses specific wavelengths of light (red & near-infrared) to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. This is done by encouraging blood flow to the treatment area. This increased blood flow improves healing time, reduces pain, and decreases swelling.
Please Note: we currently have a waiting list for our daycare program, please contact us to learn more.
Daycare is an excellent option as an alternative to staying home alone. Our dedicated staff provides regular outings, playtime and lots of TLC. We also offer socialization for those in need of extra attention. Our trained staff also monitors the safety and wellbeing of your pet.
Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. Approximately 80% of all dogs and cats have periodontal disease by the time they are two years of age. Dental disease affects much more than fresh breath. It frequently leads to more serious health problems such as liver, kidney and heart disease. That’s why more veterinarians are not just treating dental disease, but are taking new steps to prevent it. A major step in this process is encouraging owners to participate in their pet’s oral health at home.
Here is a list of some of the dental services we provide:
- Oral ATP (Assess Treat and Prevent)
- Dental packages: including cleaning and full mouth x-rays
- Surgical extractions may be necessary as well, however are in addition to the package
The procedure is performed by a veterinarian in puppies no older than three days old, during an emergency when injury occurs, or when your pet is undergoing a spay or neuter procedure and going under general anesthesia.
**Please discuss with one of our veterinarians to ensure this is the correct choice/procedure for your pet**
Tail Docking – Newborns Only
Tail docking is the surgical removal of part of the dog’s tail. This procedure is most often performed in healthy puppies between 3-5 days of age. A similar procedure may be performed in older pets, but this is considered a tail amputation, not a tail dock.
**Owners with older aged pets must have a consultation with one of our veterinarians to ensure this is the correct procedure for your pet(s)**
Best Friends Animal Hospital is proud to offer 24/7/365 emergency care services! No matter the time of day, or what day it is, our Veterinarians are on call for you when you need us the most. We ask that you call ahead so that a Doctor can meet you at the hospital. This ensures we will be able to treat your furry friend as soon as possible.Emergency? Call us now!
Whether your pet is approaching his or her golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s important to calmly guide the end-of-life experience and minimize any discomfort or distress.
Euthanasia is a difficult subject and decision, but this process allows you to say goodbye to your pet(s) in a peaceful manner while preserving their dignity and quality of life to the very end. When the time comes for euthanasia, our team will guide you through this very sensitive process and answer any questions you may have.
If you are interested in cremation for aftercare, we offer two options. The first is general cremation where your pet is cremated alongside other pets and no ashes are returned. The second is individual cremation where your pet is cremated by itself and the ashes are gathered and sent back for you to keep or take and scatter in their favorite spot.
Annual Wellness Exams: Standard of Care
Regular wellness exams are one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. Just as annual physical exams are recommended for humans, they are considered a standard of care for pets as well. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends annual wellness exams and as your pet ages, they suggest an increase in the frequency of visits.
Different than an annual wellness exam, a diagnostic exam may be necessary when your pet is exhibiting a symptom of concern. These exams may check for different things than a routine wellness exam, and may be followed up by additional testing.
- Basic Ophthalmic Procedures
- Mass Removal
- Tumor Removal
- Urinary Bladder & Gastrointestinal Procedures
- Wound Care
Many states, as well as overseas locations, require an up-to-date Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from a licensed, accredited veterinarian when traveling. Your pet must be examined by a veterinarian prior to a health certificate being issued.
We offer state-to-state certificates as well as international health certificates.
**Make contact early with your Veterinarian Care Team to ensure all necessary documents are completed within proper time frames**
Laboratory testing is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. We strive to offer the highest-quality medicine, we are happy to be able to include in-house diagnostic laboratory services as means of providing excellent care to our patients. Although many important diagnostic tests can only be performed by outside laboratories, other tests can be performed in-house. Having access to accurate in-house diagnostic tests results can help our veterinary care team serve your pets’ needs by expanding the testing options available to all our patients.
Outside of diagnostic testing, we also offer allergy testing and DNA tests which are sent to an outside laboratory.
Give your pet a lifetime ID number. The ISO-compliant microchip contains a unique and unalterable identification number that is recognized in most countries around the world. Peace of mind, unique, unalterable, tamper-proof, permanent, reliable are just a few ways to describe what micro-chipping can do for you.
Vaccinations are an important part of your dog or cat’s health care routine. By vaccinating your pet, you help protect your family friend from contagious and potentially fatal diseases.
In Montana, the Rabies vaccination is required by law for pets. Outside of this, core vaccinations are important for a long, healthy life for your pet.
Ultrasound examination, also known as ultrasonography, is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows internal body structures to be seen by recording echoes or reflections of ultrasonic waves. Unlike x-rays, which may be potentially dangerous, ultrasound waves are considered to be safe.
Ultrasound is also beneficial for planned breeding. This imaging allows us to tell by 23 days, versus x-rays which cannot identify pregnancy until 45 days.
Spay and neuter describes the ovariohysterectomy of a female and the castration of the male. This renders the animal incapable of reproducing.
Spaying or neutering provides many practical benefits as well as preventing animal overpopulation. Your pet will be more content and far less likely to roam, bite, scratch, fight, mark territory or develop uterine, mammary or testicular cancer. The latest medical findings indicate that your pet, male or female, will be healthier and live a longer life if he or she is spayed or neutered.
Spaying females at an early age eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle and eliminates the risk of mammary cancer as well as completely prevents uterine cancer. Neutering males can prevent undesirable sexual behaviors like urine marking, humping, male aggression and roaming as well as preventing testicular cancer, perineal tumors & prostate enlargement.
We recommend spaying & neutering at 11-12 months of age to prevent weak joints and knee injuries as a result of spaying or neutering too early.
Any dog or cat which bites a person may need to be quarantined for a period of time as determined by Animal Control. All pets that are quarantined require a post-rabies exit exam, which Best Friends Animal Hosptial can perform. In this exam, we will ensure all necessary vaccines are updated, including the rabies vaccine, before returning your pet home.
Although we live in a colder climate, it’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about year round prevention
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. One mosquito bite is all it takes to infect an unprotected dog with heartworms.
Internal Parasite live inside the host animal’s gastrointestinal tract. Examples include roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and protozoa, such as, giardia and coccidian.
- ACL Repairs/Cruciate Ligaments
- Fracture/Broken Repair
- Hip Surgery
- Joint Disorders
- Patella Luxation
- Jaw Surgery
We are the only hospital in Montana that performs the most modern technique for ACL repairs, called an MMP procedure. With this procedure, your pet can be up and walking the same day.
OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, they are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.
Pets with certain medical conditions such as liver, kidney, bladder, heart disease, or obesity often require specific nutritional therapy to minimize symptoms of their disease. Other pets that may benefit from nutritional services include new kittens or puppies and, geriatric (senior) pets. In our hospital, we have Hills, Royal Canin, and Purina available for purchase.
**Obesity is the number one nutritional problem facing pets today**
Short nails are key to your pet’s rebalancing and are critical in long term health. We perform nail trims for dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds.