veterinary services Santa Barbara, CA
Here at Your Pals Pet Hospital, we are pleased to have a large amount of veterinary services available for our patients. We are proud to be able to serve Santa Barbara, CA and our surrounding communities to give your pet the best care that they deserve!

Our staff at Your Pals Pet 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 every time they walk in the door!

We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:

Laser Therapy Santa Barbara, CA

Cold Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy reduces pain and speeds healing.
Laser Therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s response. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.


What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments.
Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:

  • Abnormal sitting or lying posture
  • Circling multiple times before lying down
  • Restlessness
  • Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
  • Limping, unable to get up or lie down
  • Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
  • Lack of grooming
  • Won’t wag tail
  • Licking or biting area
  • Lack of appetite
  • Trembling

Applications for laser therapy include:

  • Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
  • General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
  • Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
  • Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
  • Dental procedures
  • Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)
  • Ear infections

How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.

Can I drop off my pet for therapy?
Yes, with advance notification, pets may be admitted in the morning and picked up by 6:00pm. The Laser Therapy treatment will be administered in the afternoon.

What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.

Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and canine companions will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again.” Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your companion.

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Health Certificates Santa Barbara, CA

Health Certificates

If you want to travel internationally with your pet, you need to plan ahead. Since each country is different, you will have to contact the embassy or consulate where you are going to find out what you need to do.

Though every country has different requirements, most require a health certificate that is done by a USDA-accredited veterinarian. Luckily, we have a USDA-accredited veterinarian. If you are not a client, you need to make sure you bring your pets’ records in with you to the examination.

At the time of your pets’ examination, we will go over the forms that you need. There are times when we will have to run some tests to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for travel. We may also have to treat your pet prior to traveling.

You will always need a health certificate and proof of vaccination. You may also need a microchip and blood tests. Many countries require that your pet get treated for parasites prior to travel. You may also need certificates for the airplane ride.

Since each country is different and we can’t stay up to date will all of the changes in each one, it is important that you call ahead and know what you need. Then, we will make sure that your pet is all ready to go!

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Preventative Care Santa Barbara, CA

Preventative Care

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.

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Dental Care Santa Barbara, CA

Dental Care

Regular professional teeth cleaning is important in maintaining Your Pal’s teeth and health.  Dental problems, if left untreated, can lead to systemic problems with Your Pal’s kidneys, heart, and liver.

Common signs of dental problems include:

  •     Loss of appetite or difficulty eating
  •     Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  •     Red, swollen and/or bleeding gums
  •     Yellow-brownish tartar on the teeth or near the gum line
  •     Drooling
  •     Pain or bleeding when Your Pal eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  •     Loose, missing teeth or broken teeth
  •     Cats stop grooming
Veterinary dentistry differs from when we have our teeth cleaned.  Caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember.  Consequently, a person’s visit to the dentist for teeth cleaning is short and does not require sedation. Veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex.  Cleaning Your Pal’s teeth requires general anesthesia and the skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinarian technicians. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Any needed tooth extractions are done with your prior consent by our veterinarians. Your dog or cat goes home on antibiotics and pain medication if needed.

Please be aware of advertised dental procedures done without anesthesia and done by hand.  It is now against the law in California because of the severe risk to dogs and cats. It is very dangerous for your dog or cat and is most likely performed by an unlicensed individual.  The hand scraping creates scratches in the non-replaceable enamel of the teeth giving bacteria a home to create cavities.  All the tartar and bacteria scraped off goes into the dog or cat’s mouth and is either digested or inhaled.  This can cause serious infections in the heart, lung, kidney, and other organs.

What You Can Do To Prevent Dental Disease in Your Pal:

  • Yearly examinations for younger pets and twice yearly examinations for pets over the age of 8.
  • Feed a good, healthy diet to Your Pal
  • Start puppies and kittens on a routine of brushing their teeth.  This keeps Your Pal feeling comfortable, and prevents tartar build up, infected gums, and the possibility of teeth extractions
  • Choose safe treats that can help keep tartar off of teeth. Toys are best that can bend in your hand   Watch Your Pal when he or she is chewing on a new toy for any signs of discomfort

Please call Your Pals Pet Hospital or email us with any questions or concerns

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Surgery Santa Barbara, CA

Surgery

We are pleased to offer our clients the highest quality veterinary care. We want nothing but the best for our clients, especially during surgery. It is our goal to make sure that our surgical team is prepared to offer our clients the latest medical procedures. We look forward to learning about the newest medical advances in surgery and actively partake in continued surgical education.

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Advanced Digital X-rays Santa Barbara, CA

Advanced Digital X-rays

Radiographs (X-Rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing medical and surgical problems. These problems can range from tumors, benign growths, foreign bodies (especially in the stomach or intestine), cancer, orthopedic problems including fractures, hip dysplasia, arthritis, urinary problems such as bladder stones, gastrointestinal problems, and heart and lung disease.

Digital radiology (X-Ray) is a new technology that produces better diagnostic images than the traditional film and plate radiographs. Digital X-Ray benefits you, Your Pal, and the environment. Fewer X-rays are needed, thus exposure to radiation is greatly reduced for Your Pal and our staff.

Fewer X-rays and no time for film development means less time that Your Pal remains on the X-ray table. Less time means less stress for Your Pal! There are no chemicals needed to develop the X-ray film, and thus no toxic chemicals will be disposed of that could be harmful to our staff and the environment. No X-ray storage since all digital images are stored on a computer. No X-ray films, so less waste with digital X-rays.

Using our Vet-Ray Digital X-Ray means less radiation exposure for Your Pal and rapid diagnostic capabilities. These studies in most cases can be reviewed within seconds of being taken. Not only will it save you time, but is also crucial in emergency situations allowing our staff to begin Your Pal’s medical care more rapidly. Our veterinarians interpret the study and explain to you their findings. This will help you understand the diagnosis and the treatment plan. The study is always interpreted by our staff board certified radiologist, you will receive a copy of the report and also given a CD containing Your Pal’s X-Ray study. You can view this CD on your own computer at home. Many of our clients have remarked how interesting it is to be able to do this at home and to share this with their family and friends. There is no charge for these additional services. At Your Pals Pet Hospital we feel that your understanding of Your Pal’s treatment plan is very important and believe that this will benefit you and Your Pal.

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Spay and Neuter Santa Barbara, CA

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.

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Microchipping Santa Barbara, CA

Microchipping

Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery, and nobody does it cheaper than Your Pals Pet Hospital.

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Vaccinations Santa Barbara, CA

Immunizations (Vaccines) & Wellness Care

We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness programs have rewards for both pets and owners. Our wellness programs are designed specifically for your pal and include: comprehensive physical exams; internal parasite testing, heartworm and flea control; vaccination programs, and specialized blood tests for all life stages.

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Nutritional Counseling Santa Barbara, CA

Nutritional Counseling

Some pals require special food, and all pals benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained staff is available to help you choose the right diet for Your Pal to keep him or her happy, healthy, and active.

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Parasite Prevention Santa Barbara, CA

Parasite Prevention

The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.

At Your Pals Pet Hospital, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. Pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.

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Ultrasound Santa Barbara, CA

Ultrasound

Your Pals Pet Hospital is now offering Ultrasound with a Board Certified Radiologist.
Ultrasounding is a quick and painless procedure. It uses sound waves to allow us to see inside your pets, without using the harmful radiation produced when we take x-rays.

We are pleased to be able to offer ultrasounds, along with all of our other diagnostic tools, to help your sick pets start to feel better soon. The quicker we can find the problem, the sooner your pets will be back to their normal selves.

“What is an ultrasound? Will it harm my pet?”

An ultrasound exam uses sound waves to produce images that show inside your pet’s body. It’s painless and noninvasive.

“Why is my veterinarian performing an ultrasound on my pet?”

There are many reasons to perform an ultrasound exam. Although it can be used for routine screening, an ultrasound is most commonly recommended after blood work or radiographs indicate a possible problem. Your veterinarian will use the ultrasound to evaluate your pet’s organs, chest cavity or other bodily structures to obtain an accurate diagnosis. If your veterinarian finds any suspicious fluids or masses, he or she may use a needle to obtain a sample to evaluate.

“Should I change my pet’s daily routine on the day of the ultrasound?”

Your veterinarian may instruct you to not feed your pet during the 8 to 12 hours leading up to the exam. Doing so can produce a more accurate image of your pet’s gastrointestinal tract and can ensure the safety of your pet if it needs to be sedated. Because a urine sample is often obtained during the ultrasound, it’s best to have your pet arrive with a full bladder. If that isn’t possible, your pet may need to wait around for a bit or return few hours later when the bladder has had time to refill.

“What will happen to my pet during the ultrasound?”

Your pet will be laid on a padded table on either its back or its side. If it can’t be safely and comfortably held for the procedure, the veterinarian may recommend sedating your pet. It’s common for the ultrasound location to be shaved, especially if your pet has medium or long hair, because sound waves don’t move as well through fur. Your veterinarian or veterinary technician will then apply a warm gel or rubbing alcohol to your pet’s skin and move the ultrasound probe along the area being examined. The average exam takes around 15 to 30 minutes.

“What happens after my pet’s ultrasound exam?”

The veterinary team will return your pet to you after the exam. Once the veterinarian is able to review the images, he or she will discuss the results and any necessary follow-up care with you. Upon request, the images and results can be put on a disc for your personal records.

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Pain Management Santa Barbara, CA

Pain Management

Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort just like we do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.

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Pharmacy Santa Barbara, CA

Complete Pharmacy & Compounding Services

We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field, including custom compound pharmaceuticals that are flavored for your pet. We offer both liquid medication as well as tablets and pills.

Email or call us at (805) 695-8387 to get your prescription filled and we will have it waiting for you to be picked up.

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Puppy & Kitten Care Santa Barbara, CA

Puppy and Kitten Care

We offer great kitten and puppy packages for your newest Pal at a great price. These packages include thorough wellness examinations, all vaccines, deworming, fecals, nail trims, leukemia and FIV testing for kittens and a goody bag for Your Pal.

We are also here to help you raise him or her to become a well-behaved and healthy adult by discussing many topics with you. Our friendly staff is well prepared to discuss vaccinations, nutrition, behavior, socialization, neutering, and much more! No question is off limits so please bring any questions along to your appointment. We are here to help you succeed at raising a good pet!
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Geriatric Care Santa Barbara, CA

Geriatric Care

Preventative medicine is important when our pets are young, but as our pets age, and become prone to certain disease processes, annual exams and blood work becomes even more critical.

Annual exams and blood work to check liver and kidney values, along with thyroid function have the potential to alert us to early changes that may give us valuable information about your pet’s health. We understand the changes your pet will have as they become older, and we also know the importance of keeping your pet healthy as they enter their golden years.

Please call us today at (805) 695-8387 to learn more about caring for your senior pet.

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Internal Medicine Santa Barbara, CA

Internal Medicine

We cover all areas of internal medicine, including: Cardiology; Ophthalmology; Neurology; Dermatology; Gastroenterology; Orthopedic Surgery; Oncology; Endocrinology; among others. We have state-of-the-art blood analyzing equipment and our outside referral laboratory is known nationally. We utilize the veterinarian’s diagnostic skills and the high tech equipment found in our hospital to diagnose and treat your pal.

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Soft Tissue & Orthopedic SurgerySanta Barbara, CA

Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery

Our veterinarians offer the most advanced surgical techniques and our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. All patients are carefully screened for safety and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. Surgical services and facilities include: board certified surgeon available for surgery and/or consultation; fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet. Your pal will enjoy: heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ECG and oxygen saturation monitors; intensive after surgery care, and full blood testing.
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Hospice and Euthanasia Santa Barbara, CA

Hospice and Euthanasia

Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with our clients to ensure their pet’s comfort and dignity. Services include taking care of the remains as directed by the client.

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