Additional Services

Cranial Cruciate Ligament

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Reduce Joint Damage, Relieve PainCranial Cruciate Ligament: Extracapsular Repair

This procedure is used to help stabilize the knee joint following an injury to the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) and as a result will also help to reduce permanent joint damage and relieve pain.  The CCL (also known as anterior cruciate ligament in humans) is a one of several ligaments in the knee that connects the femur bone to the tibia bone and stabilizes the knee from abnormal movements. When torn, the tibia bone can thrust forward when weight is applied to the joint, it can also rotate inwards and over-extend at the knee joint. These abnormal movements are a source of pain when your dog walks and leads to arthritis.

There are several options for treating patients with CCL injuries and for some the extracapsular repair is an appropriate option.  This procedure is most successful in patients that are small to medium breed dogs and those who will be amenable to the requirements of post-op care. 

This surgery is performed by using a special type of suture material which is positioned at the back of the knee joint and looped through an anchor hole just below the knee.  This loop of suture material stabilizes the knee and prevents the tibia from sliding back and forth against the femur.  The anchor hole is drilled into the tibia to hold the suture at the front of the knee, a tensioning device is used to tighten the suture to an appropriate degree and then special crimps are used to secure the suture ends together.

During this procedure the joint capsule will be opened to allow inspection of the cartilage meniscus that cushions the joint.  If the meniscus is torn the damaged portion will be removed.  The joint capsule is then closed and the extracapsular suture is placed as detailed above. 

If an animal requires this surgery there will be a plan in place for the recovery period that will involve strict exercise restriction and rehabilitation exercises.  This plan is in place to help with healing and to help ensure the desired outcome is achieved.

Tick Identification

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Ticks are a growing concern in our area, along with many other areas our clients and patients travel to. Some of these ticks can carry and transmit diseases. Currently the most prevalent issue in our area is Lyme disease spread by the blacklegged tick, aka the deer tick – Ixodes scapularlis.

If you find a tick on your dog – please bring them into us and we will remove the tick for you. It is important to ensure you remove all of the tick, including its mouth parts to avoid creating an abscess in your pet.

After the tick is removed from your pet we can help to identify the species and whether or not your pet may have been at risk for transmission of diseases. In order for transmission to occur – the tick had to be attached and engorged (have your pets blood in it); and as mentioned, certain species of ticks are associated with specific diseases.

If there is risk of disease transmission, we will discuss testing options – either sending the tick out for testing, or testing for your pet in 4-6 weeks. The delay in testing your pet is because we have to wait to see if antibodies are created, secondary to exposure.

Finally, if your pet has been bitten by a tick, it is clearly going into areas of risk and can benefit from a tick preventative product. We have several very effective products to choose from based on your pets lifestyle and can guide you as to which will be best for you and your pet. Ticks can become active anytime over 2o Celsius, and thus we are recommending that cats and dogs that are active outside be on a preventative product between Mid-March/April through to November.


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Cytology is the study of cells under the microscope. We use cytology daily here – including checking your pets’ ears for bacterial and yeast infections, looking for mites and also checking whether or not your pets’ lumps are cancerous or not. Having this available in-house allows us to ensure appropriate and timely treatment for your pet.

Health Screenings

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Accurate Results through Health Screen

At Minden Animal Hospital we are proud to have a state-of-the-art in-house laboratory. We work closely with an international company called IDEXX Laboratories. We have their brand of CBC (complete blood count) and chemistry analyzers as well as their urine analyzer. These in-house machines allow us to get accurate results on your pets’ bloodwork and urine testing with same day results. This is especially important when your pet is sick and we need this information right away to make a correct diagnosis. We are also able to check your pets’ stool for intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia or giardia and get their treatment started immediately.

Even in apparent health, these tests can catch disease processes early. Many diseases will only show clinical signs once your pet is quite far progressed. By having a baseline of normal for your pet at a young age and trending changes, diseases such as diabetes, pancreatitis, Cushings, liver disease and kidney disease can be caught and treated at an earlier stage and improve their prognosis long-term.

Because the kidneys are your body’s filter system, checking a urine is another way to catch early signs of disease. Checking your pets’ urine sample can screen your pet for diabetes, bladder stones, infection, kidney disease and more.

Ask us about our wellness plans which include bloodwork and urine testing with various payment options so that you can be confident your pet is as healthy as you think they are!

Digital Dental Radiographs (X-rays)

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Find the Iceberg in Your Pet’s Mouth

Just like an iceberg – with its mass hidden under the water, dental disease is hidden beneath the gum line. Only with dental x-rays are we fully able to evaluate the problems in your pets’ mouth.

At Minden Animal Hospital we are proud to include full-mouth digital x-rays in every dental procedure. This allows us to identify and treat all issues when your pet is under anesthetic – and send them home with a healthy and disease-free mouth.

We hear over and over again how just a few weeks after the dental procedure pets are acting years younger – playing with their toys again and have a bounce back in their step. Dental disease is painful and often goes undiagnosed and confused for an aging pet. With regular cleanings and screening with dental x-rays, we can keep the teeth in your pets’ mouth longer and ensure they stay healthy for years to come!

Dental x-rays also allow us to determine the difference between missing versus an un-erupted tooth. While under anesthetic for other procedures such as a spay or a neuter, we take the opportunity to count your pets teeth (which can be difficult to do in a bouncy puppy or a feisty kitten). If there are missing teeth, only an x-ray will tell us if it was never there or if it did not come up to the surface. Teeth that do not come up to the surface often form a dentigerous cyst – a cyst that forms in the bone around the tooth. This cyst may look like a bony cancer in the jaw to the naked eye and could require costly high-risk surgery – something that could easily be prevented by identifying and removing these un-erupted teeth at a young age.

Could a RAW Based Diet Help Your Pet?

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Feeding a RAW based diet has gained popularity in the last decade or more. The premise of doing so is that dogs will be healthier eating a diet closer to their wolf ancestors. A RAW based diet involves feeding raw meat, organ, meaty bones and sometimes vegetables and fruit. It is a diet naturally very low in carbohydrates – an energy source generally fed in excess that can lead to inflammation within the body. By design, kibble has more carbohydrates than needed for dogs and cats which are natural carnivores.

As with any diet, there can be a lot of variability in quality and nutritional make up of different brands of food. It is important to be very knowledgeable and experienced if you are going to be formulating your own diet or have researched the company you are buying your commercially available RAW food from. Important factors to consider is the percentage of fat in the diet and the appropriate ratios of Calcium to Phosphorous, along with other macro and micro nutrients.  

A RAW based diet is not appropriate for every patient or household. There are risks associated with feeding RAW food, as with any raw meat, they contain potentially dangerous bacteria. For immunocompromised animals, or households with immunocompromised people in them, we do not recommend this diet.

At Minden Animal Hospital we offer RAW food from Tollden Farms. They offer patties that are triple ground and include the proper ratios of meat, organs and bones. They offer mixtures with vegetables or botanicals as well as DIY packages. Visit their website at:

If you are wondering if a RAW based diet is right for you and your pet, please come in to visit with us, we are happy to discuss all options further with you.

Acupuncture – A Safe and Effective Alternative

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Acupuncture is the insertion of small needles into specific points on the body. These points are stimulated to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and improve the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Acupuncture can be traced back to China and has been used in humans and animals for thousands of years.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to medications or surgery, or can work in conjunction with Western/ Conventional medicine to improve patient outcomes. In most cases, acupuncture is relatively pain free and once the needles are placed, most pets become very relaxed and sometimes even fall asleep!

What Does Acupuncture treat?

  • Acute Musculoskeletal Inflammation
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Diarrhea
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Pain – Acute or Chronic Back & Neck Pain
  • Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vomiting – Acute or Chronic Vomiting

Mobile Home Euthanasia

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Just like any member of our family, we never want to see our pet suffer. We can examine your pet to help you understand your options, and when all other options have been explored and the decision is made to say good-bye, we’ll do our best to make the process as stress free as possible – for both you and your pet.

It is important that you and your pet are in a comfortable, private environment of your choosing. Euthanasia is a service that is available in your home, or in a location of your choosing. Sedation will be administered prior to performing the euthanasia so that your pet is at ease and free of fear. We can discuss pet cremation services and other available options.

The decision to euthanize is difficult – even if it is a gift of love to let your pet go with peace and dignity. We are here to help you through this transition, and make the process easier for you.

Pain Management and Control

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We know the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pet’s pain both before and after surgery and in the event of trauma. We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet under any of the above circumstances.