Our staff at Barnes Veterinary Hospital is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion they deserve every time they walk in the door!
We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:
Advanced Digital X-rays
At Barnes Veterinary Hospital in Highland, AR , we are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. Radiology is a technique and diagnostic tool that we use to look inside the body in an entirely non-invasive way. X-rays allow us to create images of all the body’s organs.
In other words, the use of radiology gives us a view of the internal organs in your pets’ body that we otherwise could not see. It is a valuable diagnostic tool that helps veterinarians detect and prevent illness.
Most pet owners do not realize their pets can develop dental disease. Gently lift a lip and look at your pet’s teeth. Are they pearly white or covered with brown tartar? If your pet has foul breath, let us examine your pet and advise appropriate dental care. The doctor utilizes a state-of-the-art dental unit providing an ultrasonic scaler and mechanical polisher to clean your pet’s teeth along with Laser Therapy treatments to reduce inflammation and increase healing speed.
Untreated dental disease can affect your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys. It is imperative to keep your pet’s teeth healthy in order to avoid potentially life-threatening disease conditions. If you have questions or want to schedule an exam for your pet, call Barnes Veterinary Hospital at (870) 856-3243.
Emergency and Urgent Care
Our staff is dedicated and well trained to handle emergencies of all types. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please call us immediately. Our team of professionals will be able to determine the best course of action for your pet.
Blood testing provides a way for us to assess your pet’s health to give us insights that we might not otherwise discover with a physical exam. We offer state-of-the-art blood analyzing equipment that allows us to check your pet’s RBC & WBC count and evaluate kidney, liver, and other organ health. These tests may show your pet is anemic, has an infection, may be dehydrated, or have specific organ failure. We are also able to perform in-house thryroid analysis, urinalysis, heartworm testing, electrolyte levels, and canine pancreatic lipase testing for your pet. If necessary, we can send your pet’s samples to a reference laboratory for tests.
Barnes Veterinary Hospital offers nutritional counseling for pet owners of Highland, AR and surrounding communities. If you have any questions about your pet’s diet or would like more information about your pet’s nutritional needs, please contact us today. We can set up a nutrition plan for your pet.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.
Pets that are in pain are miserable. For this reason, we will do whatever we can to keep your pets comfortable.
We have many different choices when it comes to treating apets’ pain. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which are very helpful with mild pain. We also prescribe steroids which can offer a lot of relief. We also have stronger pain medications if the non-steroidal medications are not enough. We also offer glucosamine in tablets and injections to help with arthritis.
We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pets’ health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems.
We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Getting a new puppy or kitten is very exciting. You have a lot to look forward to. The great companionship that a good pet can bring is very rewarding. However, puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and work. Here at Barnes Veterinary Hospital, we are here to help you with your new addition.
First, you should always bring your new puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail examination to make sure that you have a healthy new animal. You also want to get him or her familiar with our veterinary hospital.
If your dog has recently had surgery or been injured, one of the best ways to improve muscle mass and hasten your pets’ recovery is with physical therapy. Our knowledgeable staff can direct you in providing safe, muscle building exercises for your pet. These exercises may range from simple sit-to-stands to more progressive activities targeting specific muscles or groups of muscles. Whether your pet has had surgery to repair a cruciate ligament and requires rehabilitation therapy, requires passive range of motion after a back injury, or needs specific stretches for muscle sprains and strains, our staff is ready to work with you to develop a physical therapy program for your pets’ recovery.
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets’ life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets’ health, it’s also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
We offer a wide variety of surgical procedures ranging from spaying, neutering, and dentals to some orthopedic surgeries. Micayla Corbitt and India Mott assist the doctor with surgeries and monitor your pet’s vital signs during each procedure. Our assistants help by monitoring the pet’s vital signs during and after each surgical procedure. This photo shows Chastity monitoring the pet’s vital signs such as heart rate, oxygenation status, breathing, and pulse. After surgery, the doctors administer therapeutic laser treatments to your pet’s incision site which speeds the healing process. If your pet requires a specialized surgery, we may refer you to a veterinary specialist who offers board certified veterinarians to treat your pet.
We utilize Dr. LeaAnn Pack for a second opinion on your pet’s radiographs or use her as an option for a mobile ultrasound. Dr. Pack received her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University and completed a diagnostic imagining residency at the University of Georgia. She is owner of Southland Vets based in Lake City and we are proud to partner with her to offer your pets the very best veterinary medicine. With her expert assistance, we can verify a diagnosis regarding your pet’s veterinary care and develop a treatment plan to help restore your pet’s health.
Just like people, your pets need vaccinations to strengthen their immune systems and reduce the spread of harmful diseases. Vaccines protect pets from diseases that were once quite common, such as Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, and Feline Panleukopenia. Vaccines effectively reduce these diseases so they are rarely encountered in the modern age. Vaccinations now help prevent these devastating diseases while also reducing the spread of common diseases such as Rabies and Parvovirus. We have developed a recommended schedule outlining when pets should receive their vaccinations. Vaccines need to be administered yearly to effectively protect pets from potentially fatal diseases.
Canine Vaccination Protocol
The recommended schedule for puppies begins with core vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus at 6 to 8 weeks of age. These vaccinations need to be boostered for greatest immunity at 3 to 4-week intervals until the puppy reaches the age of 16 weeks. At 4 months, a puppy should receive a vaccine for Rabies administered by a veterinarian. This is mandated by Arkansas law. The following year, vaccinations are repeated to booster immunity. Dogs generally should receive a booster for the Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Rabies on a yearly basis for optimal protection. Non-core vaccinations include Bordetella Bronchiseptica or Kennel Cough and Canine Influenza. These vaccinations are recommended for pets who are at increased risk of exposure to these diseases through contact with other dogs such as kennels or dog parks, but are not recommended for all pets.
Feline Vaccination Protocol
Kittens receive antibodies from their mother’s milk (if the mother has been vaccinated properly) during the nursing period. This period usually ends after about 6 to 8 weeks of age. At that time, kittens should receive a vaccination commonly known as FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Panleukopenia-Chlamydia Psittaci Vaccine). This vaccine needs to be boostered at 3 to 4-week intervals until the kitten reaches 16 weeks old. At 4 months of age, the kitten should be vaccinated against Rabies by a veterinarian. Vaccinations for Feline Leukemia are recommended after a test confirms your cat is negative. Your cat will receive an initial vaccine for Leukemia then a booster in one month. All cats should receive yearly vaccines and examinations by a veterinarian. If you have questions, please give us a call at (870) 856-3243.
At Barnes Veterinary Hospital in Highland, AR , we believe that regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pets’ well-being. These wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their unique bodies and tendencies.
Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pets’ health, but they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. This thorough checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy!
Therapeutic cold lasers work when photons from the laser interact with target cells to stimulate biochemical changes. Photochemical effects occur when laser light is absorbed by chromophores (the light absorbing part of a molecule) within target cells. This cellular mechanism initiates the reduction of pain, decrease in inflammation, and increases the healing of tissues. Therapeutic lasers are effective for treating conditions such as abscesses, tissue infections, anal sac infections, aural hematomas, fractures, dental disease, arthritic conditions, ear infections, and skin inflammations. Each spay and neuter pet receives cold laser therapy on the incision site to promote quick healing.request an appointment