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Planning to travel with your furry family member? Prior to an airline accepting your dog or cat for transport, a representative from the airline must see a recent health certificate supplied by your veterinarian. 

A certified veterinarian will need to examine your pet in the consulting room before they are capable of filling out the health certificate. The exam determines whether your pet is in good health and fit to travel. Depending on the destination, specific requirements are a must for eligibility.

Check the airline you wish to travel for the latest rules on how far in advance you may obtain your pets health certificate or if they have any additional paperwork required for the destination you wish to travel. Most health certificates are valid for a limited period then expire. Your pets' examination date should be scheduled around your travel date. 

COVID - 19 Grooming Update May 7, 2020

Following our COVID - 19 protocols we will now be offering grooming again. Due to the high demand for grooming we are working off a list and priority is going to those pets with a medical necessity. Also for further safety we are requiring all groomed pets receive our medicated bath with antiseptic shampoo, this does come at an additional cost.

We ask that you call for specific hours, days, pricing and availability. 



A grooming day at Clinton Veterinary Hospital leaves your pet looking and feeling great!

Our groomer is trained with years of experience. Professional grooming offers many benefits such as keeping your pet's coat, skin and ears in good condition, increased comfort, social acceptability, and eliminating pet odor. Frequent and regular grooming makes your pet feel better too, and has definite health benefits in cases like allergy and sensitive skin problems. A day with our professional groomer might just be what your precious pooch needs! We provide grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats. We provide basic bath, brushing, and blow out that includes bathing with an aloe & oatmeal-based or medicated* shampoo, hair trimming, toe nail trim and grind*, ear cleaning and plucking, and anal gland expression. We also offer a custom design cut to your specifications, including body shaves and lion cuts. **Additional fee may apply for these items**

If your pet has a medical concern, why not combine the visit and schedule your pet's grooming appointments around its doctor examination?

Grooming services are offered during regular hospital hours on certain days of the week. Please call the Clinton Veterinary Hospital to schedule a grooming appointment for your pet as we do grooming on a drop off basis in the morning between 8:00am-10:00am.

Grooming policies

Grooming services are available by appointment. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Grooming charges are based on the size of your dog, its breed, current coat condition, degree of matting, and specialized grooming needs unique to your pet.

Drop off and pick up times

Grooming pets should be dropped off on the day of their appointment between 8:00am-10:00am. The groomer will either meet with you or call you to discuss any special needs you may have. You should plan to pick up your pet after 2:00 pm, but before 5:00pm that day. If you need to pick up later, it may be arranged before the closing time at the end of the day depending on staff availability.

Medical and vaccination requirements

For your pet's safety and the safety of our other guests, we require that all grooming pets be up to date on their vaccinations and free from internal and external parasites at the time of grooming. If the Clinton Veterinary Hospital has not provided these services, you will need to provide proof that your pet is up to date on the following:


Dogs Requirements:


DA2PP (Distemper)




Cats Requirements:


FVRCP (Distemper)

We reserve the right to refuse grooming to any pet that does not meet these requirements.


Payment Policy

Payment in full is due at the time of the pick up. We encourage you to ask for an estimate of the grooming services so that you are prepared when you arrive for pick up. We accept cash, checks with valid ID or driver's license, and credit cards (Master Card and Visa).

Our Sedation Policy

Most of our grooming cats are sedated to prevent injury to the cat from excessive movement or to calm aggressive cats. Aggressive dogs can also be sedated if the option of muzzling is not working. However, we will not sedate without your permission. Sedated patients are monitored closely until grooming is over and they are waken fully. Sedation is an additional fee and we do require current bloodwork before sedation is performed, bloodwork is also an additional fee.

Our patients often mask their symptoms since they cannot tell us where it hurts, so we use these laboratory analyzers to find early signs of disease or infection. By utilizing the available technology, we can diagnose problems early and begin treatment immediately. 

Our laboratory is very well equipped. We have the necessary in-house resources to help your pet maintain its best physical health. State-of-the-art laboratory analyzers enable us to diagnose diseases and infections in as little as 15 minutes. Results are quick and accurate - often within 15 minutes, allowing our doctors to make a diagnosis on your pet and institute the proper treatment without further delay. We also maintain links with IDEXX laboratory, to allow us to run special tests we are unable to do in-house or need a more extensive workup.


 Our in-house lab gives us the capability to perform a urinalysis and routine blood chemistry, CBC, and electrolyte panel on your pet. For more involved tests, diagnostic samples are sent out to the laboratory IDEXX, to allow us to run special tests and receive test results next day to majority of the time.

With our in-house pharmacy, we can dispense any necessary pain relievers, antibiotics, or other medication your pet may need. Before surgery, we can run bloodwork to test for enzyme levels of the kidneys, liver and other organs, a test which helps us determine your pet’s ability to process the anesthesia. We can also diagnose other diseases such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease, along with thyroid problems. 


Early detection of disease or infection is critical for the effective treatment of your pet, and thus can greatly increase your pet’s quality of life and longevity. Our in-house veterinary laboratory features diagnostic testing for the following:


  1. Stool intestinal worm check

  2. Parvo

  3. CPL

  4. Glaucoma, eye staining, tear test

  5. Heartworms, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma

  6. Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) blood tests for cats

  7. Complete blood counts

  8. Screening organ function tests - for liver, kidney, pancreas, blood sugar, etc.

  9. Urinalysis & SA

  10. Cytology of ears, tumors, skin scrapes

And much more

Clinton Veterinary Hospital advises that all animals undergo an annual health check examination. This is carried out at the time of the annual vaccination to enable early detection of diseases. 

A general examination consisting of inspection and observation is performed. The experienced clinician often makes this general examination while simultaneously obtaining verbal history from the owner, should further observation or diagnostics be necessary, pricing and recommendations will be discussed. As part of the general examination, the clinician needs to establish the habitus—the attitude, condition, conformation, and temperament—of the animal.

During the health evaluation, our veterinarian will examine: 

  • Obtaining the animal's medical history.
  • Evaluation of the pet's vitals; Weight, temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate.
  • Thoroughly listening to the heart and lungs to ensure there are no possible infection or irregularities.
  • Methodically examining every part of the animal from nose to tail to document any abnormalities.
  • Observing the pet sit, stand and walk, to see if there are any indications of pain, stiffness, weakness or wobbliness.
  • Limbs are examined and appropriately rotated for causes of lameness swelling and pain along with indications of arthritis and tumors. 
  • Assessment of the pet's face for any signs of eye or nose discharge, swelling or asymmetry.
  • Assessment of the pet's ears signs of inflammation, infection, or other disease.
  • Assessing the overall alertness and appearance of the pet.
  • Abdomen is palpated for any indications of herniation, 0painful areas or abnormalities associated with internal organs.
  • Evaluating the pet's skin and hair coat for any areas of hair loss, inflammation or parasites such as fleas, ticks, lice, mites and tumors. 
  • Nails are trimmed and anal glands evacuated as necessary at an additional cost. 

We ask our clients to bring a urine or fecal sample from their pet when applicable if addressing an issue such as urinary concerns, gastrointestinal concerns, or any association with yearly exams.

We advise that elderly animals are examined twice a year as problems can often develop quickly at this stage of life. If problems are detected, further investigation will be discussed, and any further appointments will be made as necessary. 

Early detection is vital to prevent unnecessary pain and distress. Often, early treatment also enables the progression of a disease, ensuring a better quality of life.

Pets today can live longer, healthier lives than ever before—in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious diseases. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to dogs and cats that are unvaccinated.


Although vaccine programs have been highly successful and vaccines are considered routine today, we (as caregivers) and you (as pet parents) cannot afford to become complacent about keeping pets up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet’s life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have.

We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. Let us develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, risk for exposure to infectious disease, and other factors.

Vaccines help pets live longer, healthier lives. Protecting your pet is our primary goal, so developing an appropriate vaccine schedule for your pet is important to us. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs.


Canine Vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • DA2PP (Distemper)
  • Bordetella
  • Influenza
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme

Canine Annual Testing:

  • Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrilichia, Anaplasma
  • Intestinal Parasite Panel
  • Wellness Bloodwork (Ages 1-5)
  • Senior Bloodwork (Ages 6 & Up)

Canine Prevention:

  •  Heartworm prevention 
  • Flea & Tick prevention


Feline Vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP (Distemper)
  • Leukemia

Feline Annual Testing:

  • FIV, Leukemia, Heartworm
  • Intestinal Parasite Panel
  • Wellness Bloodwork (Ages 1-5)
  • Senior Bloodwork (Ages 6 & Up)

Feline Prevention:

  • Flea & Tick prevention


Puppies are vaccinated against distemper, infectious hepatitis, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis.

The first vaccination is given after 8 weeks of age, the second vaccination is given at 8 weeks, then the third and annual in 2-5 weeks after that.

Then they receive an annual booster vaccination to maintain a good level of immunity.

This can be given ideally at least 10 days before being kenneled but as protection lasts for 1 year, this can also be given annually or after the first year can be given every 3 years.


Kittens need to be vaccinated against cat flu (feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus), panleukopenia (also known as feline enteritis) and feline leukemia (a common cause of cancer in cats).

The first vaccination is given at 8 weeks old and the second vaccination is given 2-5 weeks later, and the third and annual given 2-5 weeks after that. 

Cats also need annual boosters to give them a good level of immunity. 


Dogs and cats need to be vaccinated against rabies. This is given through 1 injection after 12 weeks old. Boosters are given annually or after the first year can be given every 3 years

For pets travelling abroad, a blood test is taken 30 days after the vaccination to ensure there has been an adequate immune response. (Depending on travel destination!)


Our Clinic offers education on several Parasite Control Programs

The most common parasites pet deal with are fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting infection and diseases to pets through a single bite. Many pets also suffer from severe allergic reaction to the bites of fleas and ticks. Internal parasites (such as worms) are also capable of causing severe illness in pets. It is imperative that owners use one of the many commercially available products that protect pets from these parasites in order to maintain their pet’s health.

Our staff and veterinarians will help you choose the correct product based on your pet’s risk factors and health status.

In addition, because of the damages posed by intestinal parasites to both pets and people, all dogs and cats should have at least one fecal examination per year to test for intestinal parasites (e.g., roundworms, hookworms, giardia).

We generally recommend to deworm puppies when first getting them. Otherwise deworming is done for positive fecal testing.

Please contact us for further details.

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