We're pleased to offer the following services at the Westside Veterinary Clinic:
Our receptionists will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible, it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
Acupuncture is a centuries-old integrative medicine that has benefited humans and animals alike. In humans, it is commonly used for pain management, neurologic conditions, and some reproductive issues such as infertility. Even mainstream institutions such as the US military, CDC, and American Medical Association are promoting science-based integrative methods such as acupuncture instead of medications such as opioids in light of the hundreds of thousands of deaths due to drug overdose and addiction.
For animals, acupuncture is commonly used to:
- Treat neurologic problems- such as intervertebral disc disease, which can cause front and hind limb paralysis
- Alleviate muscle and arthritic pain
Acupuncture also helps improve the quality of life for pets with:
- Hip dysplasia
- Respiratory conditions
- Urinary problems
- Behavioral problems
- Skin issues
- Aging concerns
Of course, not all animals benefit from acupuncture, as some conditions are not as responsive to acupuncture as others.
The initial acupuncture consultation includes a comprehensive review of your pet’s acupuncture form, previous diagnostics and treatments, and discussing your main concerns and goals for your pet. A physical exam and initial treatment will occur, then plans for the next treatments. Although needles are involved, most pets often don’t notice the placement of the needles as we offer treats or cheese during treatment. Many of our acupuncture patients are very excited about their appointments for this reason! Some pets become very relaxed during treatment, even falling asleep. Other pets have increased energy following acupuncture. After the needles are placed, they are usually left in for 10-15 minutes. Most pets are initially treated once weekly for a series of 6-8 treatments to determine their response. Some get further treatments depending on their condition and response to treatment.
Referrals are welcome, and we will provide updates to your current veterinarian so we can work together to help keep your furry family member as happy and healthy as possible!
If you have any questions about acupuncture or wonder if your pet would be a good candidate for this treatment, please contact Westside Veterinary Clinic at 573-893-7707.
We perform surgeries every weekday morning. Pets undergoing surgery should not be fed the morning of surgery unless other instructions have been given.
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 6 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as: hit by a car, blocked tomcats, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible, it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionist will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
After Hours Emergencies
In order for our patients to have the best overnight care, and our doctors and staff to have quality balance in their lives, we send emergencies between 10pm-7am to MU Veterinary Hospital. You can call there and speak with a person right away.
We still have after hours emergency care available from 5:30pm-10pm on weekdays, and 9am-10pm on weekends. If you call our number, (573) 893-7707, the doctors will respond during the daytime hours. After 10pm you will be given the number for the MU Veterinary Center (573) 882-7821, and directed to call MU as the clinic ER phone will be turned off.
We want to be our best for our patients and clients, and this schedule allows our doctors and staff to rest and be ready for the next day of all the challenges and joys of helping pets live long and happy lives.
Types of Pets Seen
Because we have three veterinarians that practice at Westside Veterinary Clinic, we can care for many types of pets:
- Pocket Pets*
*Select veterinarians only. Call us for more information.
Westside Veterinary Clinic accepts payment via cash, Debit card, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and Care Credit. So that we can continue to provide you high quality service utilizing the best medical technologies, payment must be made at the time services are rendered.
We provide estimates for all surgeries and hospitalizations. If you have not received an estimate, you are welcome to request one at any time for your expected charges.