Thank you for visiting our About HSMC Clinic page, we look forward to providing medical care for your companion animals and having you as a client of the Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic.
If you are a current clinic client please know that we appreciate your business and hope to continue providing your cat or dog with high-quality, low-to-moderate-cost veterinary care. There are many qualities that make our clinic unique, but one quality that we are very proud of is the ability to help those in our community who are facing financial hardship and provide subsidized or no-cost services to help keep their pets healthy and remain a part of their family.
Every client in our clinic is part of making this type of help available to those in need, as all revenue above our expense costs goes back into providing more services for the animals here in Manatee County. This revenue generation also benefits the more than 800 Second Chance Adoption Center animals by providing funding for their medical care and rehabilitation costs. Every clinic client is helping provide care for animals in need and helping save lives four paws at a time.
The Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic is open to the public by appointment and offers high-quality, low-to-moderate-cost veterinary care for cats and dogs in Manatee County and surrounding counties. The veterinary clinic, located at 2415 14th Street West in Bradenton, offers a full range of veterinary services. The clinic is open six (6) days a week (Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) for wellness appointments, vaccines, and spay and neuter surgery.
Since opening its doors in September 2015, the veterinary clinic has evolved from a high-volume spay and neuter clinic and vaccine clinic into a full-service veterinary clinic. The expansion of clinic services has continued and includes wellness services, preventative medicine, dental services, x-ray, diagnostic blood, and serum analysis, heartworm treatment, and minor surgeries. Pet meds, flea, and tick prevention products, and prescription cat and dog food are available for purchase at the clinic or online by current clinic clients.
In the past 12 months, more than 13,500 cats and dogs have received medical care at the Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic, including more than 6,400 spay and neuter surgeries. As Manatee County’s human population continues to grow, outpacing the growth rate in the state of Florida, the number of companion animals continues to rise as well. There are currently 200,000 owned cats and dogs in Manatee County and in five (5) years that number is expected to reach 250,000. The clinic services are not restricted to owned animals, Feral, or community cats also benefit from the services at the Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic. The TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for feral and community cats is growing to meet the demands for spay and neuter and vaccines to help control this population and provide needed medical care.
The expansion of clinic services also includes the expansion of staff that includes two full-time staff veterinarians and a well-trained and professional medical support team of Veterinary Technicians and Assistant Vet Techs. Our Customer Services Representatives team has grown as well and our call center (941-747-8808 Option #1) is open six (6) days a week to better serve our community. The expansion of services has been facilitated by the acquisition of a digital X-ray machine as well as blood and serum analysis equipment that allows staff to do full blood work on-site.
The Humane Society of Manatee County has and will continue to lead our community’s efforts in spay and neuter services and educating the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering animals. Spaying and neutering your companion animals are the humane solutions to reducing the number of homeless animals and reducing the animal population in our community’s overcrowded shelters. Our medical team, comprised of our staff veterinarians, contract veterinarians, and our highly trained and compassionate medical support team, performs more than 6,000 spay and neuter services each year.
Several times each year, the Humane Society of Manatee County receives grant funding that allows us the opportunity to offer low-cost and no-cost surgeries to the public. Call 941-747-8808 Option #1 to speak with a Customer Service Representative or email email@example.com to get information about the available funding and scheduling an appointment.
Spay and neuter surgeries are veterinary procedures that require minimal hospitalization and yet offer lifetime medical and behavioral benefits for the animal.
Spaying a female animal involves removing the ovaries and uterus, and the benefits include preventing reproduction, as well as preventing uterine infections, uterine cancer, and breast cancer.
Neutering a male animal involves removing the testes, and in addition to stopping reproduction, it also prevents testicular cancer as well as reducing perineal fistulas. Neutering a male dog also has numerous behavioral benefits, minimizes marking, and reduces mounting and roaming behaviors. Common myths associated with spaying and neutering animals, such as weight gain or negative behavioral changes are simply just that, myths. A proper diet and appropriate exercise following surgery will ensure a fit and healthy pet for many years to come.
The health benefits related to spaying and neutering your animal can also help reduce the cost of your animal’s veterinary care. Fixed animals are less prone to a variety of diseases and spaying and neutering your pet costs less than raising a litter of kittens or puppies. Spay and neuter surgeries are same-day services, you drop off your companion animal in the morning 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and return the same day after 4 p.m. for discharge.
Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic is open to the public, and offers low-to-moderate cost vaccinations and vaccine packages six (6) days a week by appointment.
Pet vaccinations play an essential role in keeping your pet healthy. Vaccinating your pet can help prevent pet diseases, prevent the spread of certain diseases and help you avoid costly treatments for preventable animal illnesses. Vaccinating your pets annually lessens the spread of infectious diseases in our community’s pet population. Zoonotic diseases (these are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans) such as Rabies and Leptospirosis can be prevented by getting your pet vaccinated and will protect you and your pet.
If your pet is already spayed or neutered, your pet will qualify for our low to moderate-cost vaccine and wellness pricing. If your pet is not yet spayed or neutered, please call us to schedule a surgery appointment today. You will be able to update their vaccines at the time of their surgery.
The cost of prevention is often a fraction of the cost of treating a disease or problem once it has become more advanced, and early diagnosis and treatment of developing problems or diseases can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.
Preventive healthcare involves a multi-faceted approach that includes veterinary evaluation of your pet’s overall health and risks of disease or other health problems. Our staff veterinarians will review everything from your pet’s posture, behavior, weight fluctuations, and onsite laboratory results and examine the ears, eyes, and overall physical condition of your pet for any possible concerns.
Based on the findings, your veterinarian will provide you with recommendations for your pet’s nutrition, dental care, vaccinations, and heartworm/flea/tick prevention, as well as recommendations specifically tailored to your pet’s health status and risk factors. If you have a senior dog or cat, additional testing may be performed to look for common signs of geriatric or degenerative diseases typically found in an older pet.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease primarily affecting dogs, and it is most prevalent in moist, humid regions along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Canine heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) are potentially fatal parasites that infest the cardiovascular and respiratory systems of dogs. Heartworm infections have been reported in all 50 states and, on average, 1 in 80 dogs become infected.
Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. When they bite an animal infected by heartworm, they take a blood meal containing microscopic baby heartworms called microfilaria, which then develop into an “infective stage” larva over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when this infected mosquito bites another dog, the larva enters the new dog host through the mosquito’s bite wound. In the early stages of heartworm disease, dogs show little signs of infection. The longer the infection remains untreated, however, the symptoms begin to appear, which can include:
- A mild, persistent cough
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
The dental procedure includes cleaning, scaling, polishing, and minor extractions. A thorough dental cleaning is performed while the animal is under anesthesia under the supervision of a veterinarian. Make your pet’s dental health a priority. Dental problems can cause, or be caused by other health issues, which is why your pet’s oral health is so important.