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By Mike Falconer
Here at Craig Road Animal Hospital our goal is to provide great pets with great care. In order to serve you more efficiently we have upgraded our online services to include:
* Access to a new, easier to use, Pet Portal.
* Ability to schedule appointments online in real time.
* Mobile access through the MyPetsWellness app.
Pet Portal and Online Scheduling:
The online pet portal allows you to have quick and easy access to see upcoming appointments, upcoming reminders and lets you request refills for prescriptions.
In addition, you have the ability to schedule appointments online, in real time, through the pet portal. Utilizing our online scheduling allows you to schedule your pet(s) next visit with us no matter what time of day it is and see actual availability of your pet’s doctor.
That is right, you can book an appointment for your pet(s) without having to pick up the phone!
To access your record online or schedule an appointment online:
MyPetsWellness Mobile App:
MyPetsWellness, is now available in the App Store for iOS devices and in the Google Play store for Android devices. The app gives you access to all of your vital pet health information at any time, from anywhere. You’ll be able to see each pet’s upcoming appointments, vaccine reminders, and prescriptions. You can even book an appointment, request boarding for your pet, or refill a prescription. And you can upload your favorite pet photos.
To view the iOS version of the app, click here.
To view the Android version of the app, click here.
Or, from either the App Store or Google Play store, simply search “MyPetsWellness” and you should find it.
The username and password for the MyPetsWellness app is the same one you use for your online pet portal. If you have been using our existing pet portal please switch over to the new system as the old system will be going away soon.
If you would like to see a little more about our new system you can watch our video below.
We hope you enjoy these new tools and find them useful. If you have any questions you can, of course, call us on 702 645 0331, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or ask any of our staff next time you are in the hospital.
Craig Road Animal Hospital has an extern program for currently enrolled 3rd and 4th year veterinary medical students.
Craig Road Animal Hospital is a large multi – doctor, AAHA accredited, practice located in Northwest Las Vegas that provides high-quality veterinary care for dogs and cats with a focus on customer service.
On-site housing and a weekly stipend are part of our program in addition to professional mentoring and working in a busy, progressive hospital. Additional opportunities to work with specialists in soft tissue/orthopedic surgery, cardiology, oncology, and rehabilitation are available to those in the program.
In addition to the benefits of working at Craig Road Animal Hospital, and living in Las Vegas, Southern Nevada offers hiking and camping at Red Rock National Park, the Mt. Charleston Ski area, and Lake Mead. Las Vegas is just a short drive away from popular attractions in California, Phoenix, and Utah.
The hospital is over 11,000 sq ft., recently renovated and equipped with all digital radiology, digital dental radiology, ultrasound with color flow Doppler, in-house laboratory, two surgical suites, laparoscopic surgery suite, dentistry suite, oxygen cages, and paperless medical records computer system. Craig Road also features telemedicine capabilities, a full up to date library and an excellent close working relationship with a large veterinary specialty center. With a dedicated and professional staff, Craig Road Animal Hospital also provides an excellent and supportive working environment.
If you are interested in discussing extern opportunities please send us your resume and letter of application marked “Craig Road Animal Hospital Extern Program” or email them to email@example.com.
On-Site Student Housing
Due to an unforeseeable set of circumstances, one of our long time clients is unable to keep their two dogs and three cats and asked Craig Road Animal Hospital if we could help.
All five pets are currently boarding with us and have been patients for all of their lives.
If you are interested in meeting any of these pets, with a view to adopting one of them, please call our office to set up an appointment.
Thank you for checking out these pets, and if you are interested and would like to meet any of them please feel free to call us on 702 645 0331. Please share by clicking on the buttons below!
Luke was a rescue dog from Las Vegas Labrador Rescue.
Luke is an amazing ambassador for any dog owner with his kind nature, level of obedience, as well as ability to make everyone love him. He is well know here at Craig Road Animal Hospital as “the dog that sits in a chair without moving”. His family loves him so much and are amazed that even with Luke’s high level of training, he is still a wonderful family member that has never lost his personality.
Luke’s credentials include:
1. Professionally Trained Demo Dog
2. Dog Blood Donor with his brother, “Mack” on 24/7 Emergency call.
3. On his way to Therapy Dog with Nathan Adelson Hospice Center.
Luke is our Pet of the Month for November 2014!
Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs. Dr. Mychajlonka, also known as Dr. Mych – a veterinarian at Las Vegas’s own Craig Road Animal Hospital, in this third and final post in the series, discusses the various pharmaceutical options, and types of treatments that are available to treat this debilitating disease. Part one of this series on Osteoarthritis can be found here and part two which discusses nutraceuticals can be found here.
By Kurt Mychajlonka, DVM
5: Why does my vet wants to give my dog multiple injections over an extended period?
Adequin is an Injectable medication that is labeled as a chondroprotectant – meaning that it prevents, delays, or repairs degenerative joint injuries. Research suggests that Adequin also has pronounced pain relieving qualities. Adequin injections are given once or twice a week for six to eight weeks.
6: Can I use Aspirin, or another human NSAID, instead of one made specifically for dogs?
Your veterinarian is concerned about the possible side effects of NSAIDs specifically made for dogs. With Aspirin and other human NSAIDs the side effects can be significant: mucosal damage, toxicity, and blood loss. In addition, Aspirin is chondrodestructive meaning that it can actually damage the material in the joints that most Nutraceuticals are trying to protect.
7. How can a laser help my dog get around?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. It reduces pain and inflammation and accelerates the healing process. Your veterinarian will recommend a series of treatments that will only take a few minutes each time.
8. What are these other medications?
Tramadol, Gabapentin, and Amantadine are all medications that can help relieve the pain of Osteoarthritis. They will often be used in conjunction with NSAIDs and other treatments to help with chronic neuropathic pain.
Dr. Katherine Ballor graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in zoology with concentration in neurobiology and animal behavior. She also received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Michigan State.
Dr. Ballor has been researching laryngeal paralysis for past five years and also has interests in neurology and surgery.
With a love of travel, she has been to 23 different countries and spent 6 months living in Europe, Dr. Ballor is excited to live in Las Vegas and get away from the snow after living in Michigan.
When not working, Dr. Ballor loves to spend time with her two dogs; a chocolate lab called Dolce and a German Shepherd called Jetta.
Dr. Shane Murphy came to Craig Road Animal Hospital from Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Murphy completed his undergraduate education in animal sciences and music at the University of Missouri. He enjoyed his time in Columbia enough to stay and achieve his D.V.M. from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated as valedictorian. While in veterinary school, Dr. Murphy worked nights and weekends in the hospital’s ICU with emergency and critical care patients.
Dr. Murphy’s special veterinary interests include surgery, cardiology, and dentistry, though he enjoys all aspects of medicine and cherishes the opportunity to develop relationships with his patients and clients.
For leisure, Dr. Murphy enjoys playing music, biking, fishing, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Taylor, a registered nurse, and their two dogs Remi and Piper.
Dr. Roberts has California roots, but grew up in Oklahoma.
He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate education where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He then traveled to Missouri and earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Roberts professional interests are in the areas of general surgery, clinical pathology, and neurology.
In his spare time, Dr. Roberts he enjoys sports, traveling, and hiking. His best friend is Jaxon, an eight year old Basset Hound.
Gauge is a one year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He is very playful and thinks he is a lap a dog!
Gauge enjoys playing tug of war and going out shooting with his family.
Gauge is our Pet of the month for August 2014!
UPDATE: Opal has been adopted and is now named Draco!
“Opal” is a six week old male Siamese mixed kitten that we have available for adoption.
He has received his first shots, has been dewormed, and has been found to be healthy by our doctors.
Opal was named by the staff after he was brought to our facility. He and his litter mate were strays who were attacked by a dog, and brought to our facility by a good Samaritan. Unfortunately, Opal’s litter mate was killed; however Opel was unharmed but obviously in need of a home.
If you are interested in adopting Opal please contact Craig Road Animal Hospital on 702 645 0331.
Simba, a 2 month old Grey Tabby kitten.
He was found in a backyard, abandoned, at only 3 weeks old, and now lives with his loving family.
Simba loves grabbing your face and giving you kisses on your cheek.
He is a very energetic cat, who loves tumbling and rolling around like a gymnast.
His favorite toys are an empty Amazon box, his parents’ TV stand, and anything with strings and bells.
Even though he’s a little daredevil, and it sometimes means late night visits to Craig road Animal Hospital’s Dr. Whitcraft, he is a little angel who gives a lot of love.
Simba is our Pet of the month for July 2014!
Chloe is a 1 year old Great Dane.
Her favorite toy is water bottles- in ANY size! Her momma says shes a 120lb toddler who loves naps and car rides and that cheese and deli meat is her absolute favorite treats!
Chole is a big sweetheart that loves to stand up holding your shoulders while licking your ears.
Chole is our Pet of the month for May 2014.
Duncan came to his owners from a high kill shelter, as a foster dog with Las Vegas Labrador Rescue.
From the first day, it was clear that he was a special foster. Craig Road Animal Hospital’s Dr. Hagstette discovered that this strong and energetic boy actually had a broken femur. He received an FHO surgery at Craig Road performed by Dr. Mych and Dr. Tampira. His foster parents rehabilitated Duncan for four weeks, and prepared him for his adopting family.
Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, Duncan came back to LVLR a few months later, and his former foster parents were not letting the awesome dog go anywhere else but with them.
Since his adoption, his owner’s third Lab, he is so loved. You’d never know this boy had a broken leg, as he still loves to chase a ball endlessly.
He adores walks, taking car rides, and is a great big snuggle puppy.
Duncan is our Pet of the month for May 2014.
For almost two years, Craig Road Animal Hospital has been sending out surveys to every client who brings a pet to Craig Road and who has given us an email address . Hospital Administrator, Mike Falconer, talks about why, and introduces some results for April 2014.
By Mike Falconer
This month marks the return of “How well Are We Doing?” our monthly results from our client surveys.
In December we upgraded the service we use for getting feedback from you all, some of you may have noticed the extra bells and whistles, and it took a little time to fine tune the results in a presentable and accurate format.
If when you come in you are not getting a survey, make sure we have an up to date email address for you.
We had a pretty good April, particularly in the all important “how likely are you to refer a friend. Unfortunately we do fall down some times and we are working hard on plugging those holes and trying to resolve those problems before they arise.
After the diagrams for this month you will find some of our favorite comments.
Thanks to everyone for their feedback.
The entire staff at Craig Road Animal Hospital are always very happy, friendly, and helpful. Dr. Daniels does amazing work for my pets and her laugh can always make a bad day better. Every doctor that has seen my pets has been thoroughly helpful and kind. I appreciate everyone there!
Services provided to our pet is better than what we receive as humans. We really appreciate the prompt, tender loving care provided, explanation of what is being done and answers given to all of our inquiries. Thanks again!
We like the care that is given when Princess stays at the Craig Road Animal “Hilton.” Thank you!
We felt that our dog Lilly was in very good hands. Your staff is friendly and courteous, and we have been more than pleased with every doctor we have come in contact with. A great experience!
I love CRAH. Have been taking my pets there for 10 years and will continue to do so. Best vet hospital in Las Vegas.
I’ve already referred a friend. Charley is well taken care of and your staff is fantastic!
Your care has been excellent for the 15 plus years I have been going there. Dr. Mych should be proud of what he has been able to develop and build through the years!
I am very satisfied w/the service. My little girl is very precious to me. I would not take her to you otherwise. Thanks for the timely results to her lab work. Will be in next month for her dental work.
I feel confident that Callie is well taken care of at Craig Road Animal hospital when she stays with me for the Winters. Callie is a “snow dog” and travels back and forth from here to Washington state with us. I appreciate that Craig Road is willing to partner with Animal Medical in Vancouver WA. for a complete atmosphere of health care for Callie. I am also very pleased that Craig Road is so accessible. You have wonderful vets, and friendly staff and great hours. Thank you!
Your staff is awesome! From the moment we walked in the door we were treated with courtesy and a high level of professionalism. The doctor listened to my concerns about Buttercup’s recent weight gain and gave me feedback on how to address the issue at home. It was a good visit from start to finish and we were in and out in no time.
Dr. Whitcraft is the best. I will always take my pets to her! She is caring and knowledgeable; I trust her unequivocally with my fur babies!
We have been customers of the Craig Road Animal Hospital for over ten years. The care and professionalism of their staff is “Second to None”. We are thankful our dog “Bullet” gets the same love and attention to his medical needs as we do in the human world. We would like to thank Dr. Mychajlonka and his staff for everything. Please remember your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Thanks to all.
Nicky is a 3 month old German Shepherd.
He is a sweetheart and recently got neutered at Craig Road Animal Hospital.
He loves playing with his rope – it’s his favorite toy. He also enjoys going for walks and rides in the car.
Nicky is a very loving and playful pup who is learning new things everyday!
Nicky is our Pet of the month for April 2014.
Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas, offers tours of their facility to interested individuals, groups, and educational establishments. Hospital Administrator Mike Falconer discusses these tours and what visitors can expect to see.
By Mike Falconer
Craig Road Animal Hospital is one of the largest and busiest animal hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley. Open seven days and week and seeing up to 150 pets a day, Craig Road Animal Hospital is staffed by 11 doctors and a total staff of 65.
Craig Road Animal Hospital offers tour to individuals, groups and educational establishments who have an interest in seeing the daily operation of a large professional veterinary hospital as well as the behind the scenes of animal care. The hospital has been designed to facilitate tours while providing a safe and educational experience for young and old alike.
As well as seeing the facilities, services and equipment that a modern animal hospital provides, a tour of Craig Road Animal Hospital will also explain the why of many of the procedures of veterinary medicine. Each tour is unique and is tailored to the interests and age level of those in the tour. Visitors will have the chance to ask questions and talk with the staff – including doctors. We can also incorporate class project materials and focus on particular subjects, and arrange for additional materials depending on the needs of any particular group or tour.
In addition to lots of dogs and cats, Craig Road Animal Hospital features the high technology side of veterinary medicine with endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery, ultrasound, digital radiography, digital dental radiography, Laser Therapy and in house laboratory.
There are no charges for tours and dates and times are flexible.
If you are interested in a tour of Craig Road Animal Hospital as an individual please just ask any of our staff. If you are interested in a tour for a group, school, or any other organization please contact Hospital Administrator Mike Falconer discuss your needs and scheduling.
Craig Road Animal Hospital in North West Las Vegas, recently completed a number of renovations to improve services and patient care – particularly in the areas of boarding and grooming. Hospital Administrator Mike Falconer goes over these and what they mean for Craig Road Animal Hospital.
By Mike Falconer
We are all very proud of what we do, and how we do it, here at Craig Road Animal Hospital. There are times, however, when we realize that there are things we could be doing better. Ultimately, that is what leads to new services and building projects like the one we have recently completed.
Ever since I started at Craig Road Animal Hospital we have brain storming about what we could use the large open area that was the hospital’s lobby before our expansion in 2008, an area we generically call the Sun Room. We have kept a small amount of boarding pets in there but in general it has been used as a multipurpose space. We have used it for unpacking large shipments of supplies, our annual Santa photographs, receiving tours, staff education – you name it. However, we have always felt that we could do more with the space.
Becky has been grooming at Craig Road Animal Hospital since it opened and the space that she works in has not really changed in all that time. We need to improve her area and with the addition of Lynee as a groomer who also works with large dogs it became even more obvious that we needed to upgrade our grooming facilities.
We have cordoned off a space in the Sun Room specifically for grooming, complete with two new tubs, one of small dogs, and another for the very largest dogs.
The space also has a lot more natural light, better drying facilities, and a larger work area. It is also enclosed with glass and waterproof cladding stopping the spread of pet hair to the rest of the hospital.
By moving our grooming area into the sun room we were able to free up an entire room where grooming used to be. We have dedicated this new room in improving the quality of our cat boarding by adding 12 cat suites.
Each suite, or condo, feature two smaller rooms suitable for sleeping, or just hiding out, and a larger main room with a perch. Each suite can be connected to up to three others allowing owners of multiple cats (or owners who just want a lot of space for their cat) to book a large, enclosed environment that they can explore while still being safe and contained.
The cat suite room is a cat only space, and is very quiet to make things as comfortable as possible for our feline friends.
Craig Road Animal Hospital has had large 6’ x 7’ dog suites for many years. We have now tiled each suite to make a warmer and more pet friendly space for the large dog, or multi-dog, households that make use of the suites. Not only does this look a lot nicer of an environment for our bigger boarders – it makes it easier for our kennel staff to keep clean.
Our exam rooms are directly next to the Sun Room and this has meant that the occasional noise from this boarding area can be overheard and often at the most inconvenient times.
We have added a significant amount of additional sound proofing between the sun room and exam rooms to combat this problem and I am pleased to report that it has been a great success. This is particularly great news as it allows us to look at adding some additional boarding into the sun room in the New Year.
All of these renovations, rather than adding new services, are about improving the environment and the quality of what we already do. As always, you are welcome to have a tour of our entire facility (or just see our recent renovations), please just ask any member of staff and they will arrange it for you and we also welcome tours by groups. Please feel free contact me directly to schedule a group tour.
By Dr. Debbie White
Here is some summarized info on Circovirus in Dogs:
Back in August and September of this year, Circovirus was suggested as a cause of death/illness of dogs in the outbreaks in Ohio, Michigan and California, but researchers no longer consider it to be the primary cause of illness.
Circovirus is thought to possibly be a co-infection in some cases, but is still being studied to determine if and how it played a role in the dogs. It’s important to know that Circovirus has been isolated out of completely healthy dogs. In one study Circovirus was isolated from the stool of 14 out of 204 healthy dogs- so just testing positive for the virus doesn’t mean the pet is going to become sick.
In November in Las Vegas a dog became sick with bloody vomiting and diarrhea at a boarding facility. The dog was promptly taken to a veterinarian, tested negative for parvovirus infection and treated aggressively with intravenous fluids and supportive care. The dogs condition worsened and it subsequently died. Post mortem tests revealed the dog was positive for Circovirus. Other post-mortem pathogen tests were not performed.
With the identification of Circovirus in Las Vegas, pet owners and veterinarians should consider Circovirus in cases of severe gastrointestinal illness, particularly if the symptoms worsen suddenly, if shock symptoms set in, or if bleeding develops into the chest or abdomen cavity.
The identification of Circovirus in a Las Vegas dog is of concern, but should not cause dog owners to panic. There are a lot of reasons why dogs have vomiting or diarrhea. Here are some tips for dog owners:
· Keep your dog current with other recommended vaccinations. A pet with weakened immune system or not up to date on other infectious illnesses may be at greater risk of illness with Circovirus.
· Avoid contact with obviously sick dogs.
· Be watchful for vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Contact your veterinarian if suspicious symptoms arise.
· Seek prompt veterinary care including intravenous fluids for suspected cases. Early treatment seemed to help improve survival of sickened pets in the earlier outbreaks.
I invite you to read more information about Circovirus on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s webpage at: https://www.avma.org/KB/