Salt River Veterinary Clinic offers a wide variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Each pet receives a customized anesthetic regimen designed to reduce overall general anesthesia time. We use high-end anesthetics and suture material for all our surgical procedures. Your pet is monitored during surgery with a pulse oximeter as well as by the veterinary assistant. We also have extensive post-op monitoring by both the Veterinarian and the Veterinarian Assistant.
Radiographs (x-rays) are an essential, non-invasive means of helping to determine the proper way to treat your pet. When indicated, Salt River Veterinary Clinic has the capability of in-house radiography. This allows us the ability to quickly diagnose and determine the proper treatment approach for your pet. Radiographs can often be taken while you wait allowing for quick assessment to help your pet.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic is a full-service multi-species animal hospital. Services include a full range of diagnostics and treatment modalities, including laboratory, radiology, and ultrasonography. Salt River Veterinary Clinic additionally offers in hospital stays with IV fluid therapy and multi-modal medicinal capabilities made possible by our in-house pharmacy.
Hospital services include long-term internal medicine and post-op surgical care. We are excited to offer both Western and TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) methods of care for your pet. Hospitalized pets are monitored both by our trained Veterinary Assistant staff and the Veterinarian.
Being a full-service animal hospital allows patients at Salt River Veterinary Clinic to move easily from internal medicine and diagnostics to surgical care if needed.
Our goal is to provide as much as possible in the form of diagnostics and care in one location.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic staff are great at making your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible. We understand the importance of the bond between you and your pet, and so we encourage visiting your pet throughout their stay.
Having your pet’s teeth cleaned regularly improves their overall health and allows for frequent full oral exams. Our dental procedures are performed by the Veterinarian. We provide complete ultrasonic scaling and polishing as well as extraction services as needed including proper pain management. Radiographic dental assessments are provided when needed.
Proper dental care and check-ups are essential to the overall health of your pet. Just as in humans, liver, kidney, and heart disease can many times be traced back to dental disease. Wellbeing, attitude, and comfort can be improved greatly with proper dental care.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic provides a free dental assessment for your pet. This assessment often will lead to the prescription of antibiotics prior to a scheduled cleaning visit. In moderate to severe cases, beginning antibiotics prior to your pet’s cleaning visit allows your pet to be protected systemically when dealing with dental infections.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic utilizes a customized sedation during your pet’s teeth cleaning which is reversible, and in combination with local anesthetics, allows the use of less general anesthesia. This combination results in a quick pain-free recovery allowing your pet to go home the same day awake and feeling good.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic is excited to offer ultrasonic scaling to clean your pet’s teeth. We also provide polishing and a variety of post cleaning products designed to maintain your pet’s dental health ranging from toothpaste to tartar control treats.
We are glad to offer grooming for your pet! Our grooming services include bathing, shave downs, nail trims, and anal glands issues.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic provides the use of ultrasonography as a non-invasive, painless method of diagnosis for many conditions. By using ultrasonic waves, many organ systems can be imaged in real time to allow a window into their function and condition.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic offers a smooth transition from diagnostics to hospital admission. We are equipped to provide both short and long-term hospital care for your pets allowing for the continuation of care. Salt River Veterinary Clinic provides a variety of in-hospital care modalities from IV fluid administration to a full pharmacy of medications and oxygen therapy.
Behavioral issues can range from fear, separation anxiety, and inappropriate elimination in cats. Visit us for a discussion on how to deal with behavioral issues.
Behavior issues are the number one reason for pets to lose their home. The Human-Pet bond is the most important aspect of overall health to be nourished. Salt River Veterinary Clinic is happy to provide consultation services to assess the root cause and to allow for behavior modification techniques that will improve various conditions.
Headed out of town? We are happy to provide boarding for small, medium, and large dogs as well as cats and exotics!
Salt River Veterinary Clinic has various size kennels to accommodate your pet. We provide all necessities for your pet including, bedding, food, water, and lots of love. Salt River Veterinary Clinic serves a prescription intestinal diet to our boarders which allows for a smooth transition from their own food to ours. Boarders are welcome to bring their own food if they would like. Boarding dogs are provided time outside in a securely fenced area. Our veterinary assistants interact with your pets throughout the day, and our Veterinarian is there to check how everyone is doing as well. If your pet requires medication, Salt River can easily provide this service.
Puppy/Kitten Visits are recommended to begin at age 6 weeks. However, we can begin the series at other ages if necessary.
Salt River offers a 70% discounted puppy and kitten kit which contains a month of heartworm prevention and flea/tick to get your pet started on the right paw.
Many pets are dealing with pain in one form or another. The signs can often be difficult to see. Pain may appear to be a lack of activity or a decrease in certain behavior previously done, such as going up and down stairs or jumping on the bed or couch. Active pets may still be in pain and require an exam to pick up on more subtle signs. Often pain can be written off as “old age” or bad behavior. Pain can appear as inappropriate urination or other unwanted behaviors. Pain may also include severe dental disease (tooth pain).
Salt River is dedicated to a multi-modal approach to pain management. It is well accepted that pain when dealt with by different methods, including varied medications, exercise, massage therapy, etc. can be managed much more efficiently. We offer a full assessment and multi modal therapeutic approach to pain management. This can be accomplished by using combinations of medications and therapeutic techniques that will greatly improve your pet’s quality of life and increase their activity.
We provide a full assessment of your pet’s body condition and a custom exercise and feeding regimen to allow for a healthier longer life.
Salt River Veterinary Clinic provides an assessment of your pet’s weight from growth to adulthood, and beyond. Specific calorie calculations can be determined to deal with all aspects of weight and nutrition. Managing your pets’ weight is one of the single most important aspects of care you can provide your pet. Many ailments from improper growth, intestinal issues, allergies, and arthritis can be traced back to weight. Besides providing assessments and consultations on weight management, Salt River Veterinary Clinic also provides a full range of prescription diets to help your pet achieve and maintain an ideal weight.
We are proud to offer many aspects of TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine). Acupuncture is a painless treatment technique that has usefulness for many diseases and conditions, including arthritis and internal medicine issues.
The mechanisms of Acupuncture are wonderfully complex. The benefits, however, are easy to see. This wonderful ancient medical technique allows your pet’s own body to help itself. Acupuncture releases stagnant Chi (energy) to allow overall body wellness. It also allows your pet’s body to release endorphins or natural pain managing elements to either manage some conditions solely or to enhance Western modalities.
Therapeutic laser is a non painful effective method for treatment of any inflammatory process, including arthritis, spinal issues, and wounds. It is also incorporated in pain management and decreases the time necessary for post op healing. Therapeutic laser utilizes light in the infrared spectrum and can be targeted to any specific area. This light spectrum helps the body release it’s own natural pain management chemicals and anti-inflammatory components. In your presence, your pet will experience a warm soothing sensation that is specifically tailored to their needs.
We are a full-service animal hospital caring for companion, exotic, and large animals. We provide hospitalization, internal medicine, preventative medicine, surgery, and a complete in-house pharmacy.
We are care motivated! Our friendly staff, individual care, and convenient location combine to create a family-like atmosphere, designed to make you and your pet feel at ease.
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"Dr. Bension and the staff at Salt River Vet have cared for my many pets for years. They are a very caring staff and Dr. Bension truly cares about his patients! Their goal is always to make sure that you have healthy and happy pets!"
"Only vets office I want to use."
"You guys are the best!" -Robin and Tim, Koda, Lucky, Para, Eliza, Bear, Star, Pluff, Blaze, Thelma, Joey, Barney
"Everyone has been very helpful with all of my animals. Office is very warm and homey. Love the colors and items. Keep up the good work!"
"I love this place! Couldn't be happier with the service and friendliness of the staff!"
"This place is great - I have been bringing my pets here for years, and would never go anywhere else. When I lost my cat Scarlett after 17 years, I couldn't have asked for more support then they gave me."
"I want to thank you for all that you have done for our family in regards to our sweet cat Sadie Mae. She was everything to us. With the accident happening while we were on vacation and you calling us to keep us informed made it go a little easier. It’s never easy when you lose a pet but I know you did the best with her. My heart is still broken but I know she was given the best care possible there. There’s a reason we followed you from Louisville to Taylorsville. Your compassion for the animals you care for. Thanks again for all that you do!"
"Thank you so much for answering my call and giving advice on my border collie Patty yesterday. And that was very thoughtful of you to call and check on her this morning!! I will be down there soon to get her checkup and shots!! Thank you!!!"
"We have been using Salt River Veterinary since moving to Spencer Cty, 13 years. Dr. Bension has always been gentle and caring with our cats; even Audrey "The Biting Cat". Dr. Bension has taken care of Fuzzy, Audrey, Knobbie, Harley, Marvin and now Hazel through bites, wounds, abscesses, feline aids, eye infections, inflammatory digestion and kittenhoods. Wouldn't take our "children" anywhere else."
"Dr. Bension is wonderful with our Golden Retriever Jake. You can tell that his staff treats Jake like their own. They go out of their way to be the best VET possible and because of that Jake enjoys his visits to the clinic!"
"Our beautiful 10 year old German Shepherd, Soca, would not be alive if it was not for the fabulous care and support Dr. Aguirre and his staff provided to her last Wednesday (Feb. 1st). She was crashing from a ruptured tumor on her spleen. They stabilized her and diligently found a surgical facility that could take her immediately. God bless all of you for saving our baby girl."
"Dr. Bension is compassionate, honest and the best vet I've ever taken my pets to. I live in Crestwood and it's worth the 45 minute drive, plus the scenery is nice."
"Have taken all my fur babies there for many years. Great service and staff! Thank you for all that you do!"
"I like the care an professionalism that is given to my fur babies with every visit. I appreciate also the kindness with every visit an recommend anyone to go to SALT RIVER VETERINARY CLINIC with their fur babies. Thank you SRVC!"
"Lifelong client that feels like family."
"Salt River Vet is the best! They’ve been part of our family for 14+ years!"
"You guys always take great care of my dogs!"
"Very good, Vet listens, and is concerned."
"Salt River Vet has the best staff. Very friendly, Very Attentive, Great Follow up, and I feel like they really care about my pets. I would never go anywhere else."
"Five stars because me and my dog love Salt River. They have been taking great care of her for a decade. We went for follow up blood work this visit."
"Dr. Bension is so nice. We love him."
"They were so caring for someone they had never seen. I am so happy that they were recommended to me."
"My 11 yr. old baby was very ill w/ several different issues and stayed almost a week & I knew she was in great hands. Encouraged to call to check on her. My family has been with Doc Bension over 14 yrs. - always a five star!"
"Bension goes above and beyond to take care of my pet."