Compassionate care for your pet in Nimitz, WV.
At New River Animal Hospital, we emphasize client education, preventive medicine, semi-annual physical examinations, and vaccinations. We provide complete medical, radiological, dental, surgical, and nutritional services for cats, dogs and other small companion animals. We also provide professional grooming and boarding services.
Full-Service Animal Hospital
Below you will find a list of our services. With just a click, you’ll be able to learn more about each service that we offer. Our goal is to do the very best we can to keep your pet healthy and happy. We believe we must tell you what your pet needs and why so you can make the best decisions concerning their care. We want you to be actively involved as a part of the “care team” for your furry family member. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always here to help.
Immunization & Wellness Care
NRAH believes in giving your pet the best healthcare possible. That’s why we offer preventative vaccinations and parasite prevention as part of your pet’s yearly check-up/exam. At each exam, the doctor can note and assess any problems or changes in your pet’s health. Preventative care also means spaying/neutering your pet is very important in keeping your pet healthy. Pets can develop cancer in their reproductive organs, just like humans can. Below is a before and after photo of a cat who has just been spayed. We make as little of an incision as possible. We use dissolvable sutures which hide nicely under the skin behind a thin layer of surgical adhesive.
Click here to learn more about why vaccines are important.
Keeping an animal well groomed is an important part of its overall health and wellbeing. Haircuts are done according to the breed, owner’s preference, or the animal’s individual needs at the time.
Any health problem noticed by the groomer will be reported to the Doctor. Owners will be notified of all health concerns by phone or at the time of pickup so they can be addressed as soon as possible. We not only want your pet to look great, but we want them to live a long and healthy, happy life. CURRENT ANNUAL AND RABIES VACCINES ARE REQUIRED!
We offer sedation for animals who are overstressed by the grooming process. This sedation is a mild sedative, only given by the Doctor that calms the animal and slows down reaction time. There is an additional fee for sedation.
Prices vary according to the breed of the pet, condition of coat, and type of grooming requested. Appointments must be made in advance. Holidays and summer time are very busy so we recommend your appointment be scheduled at least 6 – 8 weeks in advance.
NRAH is now equipped with a digital x-ray machine. With digital radiography, we are able to see instant radiographs, making your pet’s diagnosis quicker and more convenient. We also have available:
Soft Tissue Surgery
Cryotherapy is the use of Nitrous Oxide to freeze away skin tags and lesions. This procedure allows the pet to be fully awake making this a great option for our senior pets who may be an increased anesthesia risk. Cryotherapy is quick and effective. The doctor will first make note of lesions that need removed and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. A return appointment will then be made for your pet to have the procedure done. We ask that you bring your pet back 2-3 weeks after the procedure so that the doctor can re-evaluate the lesions.
We provide high quality surgery techniques. All pets are given appropriate anesthesia and monitored while under and while recovering by highly trained technical doctors and staff.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Veterinary Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is believed to be caused by an imbalance or disharmony in the external forces (or life energy—“Qi”) at work on the body. By identifying these imbalances, a pet’s overall well-being can be restored. Our team is proud to offer acupuncture, herbal medicines, food therapy, massages, and more.
With veterinary acupuncture, small needles are inserted into the skin at specific points where life energy is believed to flow. When stimulated, these different acupuncture points cause specific effects on the body.
Most pets feel no pain during the placement of the acupuncture needles because they are so small. In fact, many pets become relaxed during treatments and can even fall asleep.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recognized acupuncture as a valid treatment modality. It can be used to treat specific conditions, and it can be used to help prevent health problems from occurring. Through modern studies involving advanced imaging techniques, acupuncture’s physiological effects have been proven. And, since acupuncture does not involve medications that need to be metabolized, it can be safely performed in almost all pets, even those with liver and kidney disease.
The benefits of veterinary acupuncture
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other therapies to treat a variety of medical conditions, including:
- Nausea, decreased appetite, and other gastrointestinal problems caused by metabolic diseases and cancers
- Pain and inflammation due to degenerative joint disease, traumatic injuries, or intervertebral disc disease
- Skin conditions
- Respiratory problems associated with feline asthma
Pets who undergo acupuncture may experience:
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved circulation
- Pain relief due to a release of hormones
- Relief of muscle spasms
- Nerve stimulation
Potential side effects of veterinary acupuncture
After an acupuncture treatment, the physiological changes can cause your pet’s health condition to seem worse for up to 48 hours before improvement begins. And, some pets may experience drowsiness or lethargy for the first day after an acupuncture treatment.
Think your pet could benefit from acupuncture? Call our office to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Companion Laser Therapy
Our clinic has been using laser therapy for over 10 years so we have seen its effectiveness. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Laser therapy is scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and pain due to arthritis or injury but can also be used to help a number of other conditions such as:
Tooth extraction Pain Relief
Sprains, Strains & Fractures
Post Surgical Healing/ Pain Relief
Degenerative Joint Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
It is safe, painless and fast. Improvement can be seen even within 3 to 5 sessions. Please call for details and to schedule an appointment.
Going out of town? We can board your pet! We take extra care of your pet while you’re away! We supply Royal Canin Gastrointestinal diet, comfy blankets & toys, but if your pet is on a special diet, feel free to bring it with you or anything else to make your pet’s stay with us more enjoyable! (Note: NRAH is not responsible for lost items) Strict rules of cleanliness are followed at all times.
1. Large runs (approx. 3’x6’
2. Large cages (approx.. 34”x28”x28”)
3. Small cages (28”x28”x28”)
The kennel area is climate controlled and each run is separated by half walls of painted cement blocks. Chain link fencing is used for the top half as well as for the run gates. Cages are stainless steel with top, bottom, back and both sides enclosed and the front is open grate work.
TO BOARD, PETS MUST BE CURRENT ON ANNUAL & RABIES VACCINATIONS! If you cannot provide proof of current vaccinations and parasite control, we can give them to your pet at time of arrival. The usual fees for these items will be added to your bill. Any animal entering the facility with fleas will be treated at the expense of the owner. We cannot risk infesting the hospital or any other animals in our care.
Rates are charged per animal and by the number of nights spent in the facility. There are special rates for animals staying 7 or more nights. We also have multi-pet discounts available. Ask about these special rates. All fees for boarding must be prepaid.
Reservations should be made in advance to guarantee space for your pet. During the holidays please make reservations 4-6 weeks in advance!
We know how hard it is to lose a pet. You will never meet a more compassionate team when it comes to laying your family member to rest. We make this procedure as easy and as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. Services may include cremation with ashes returned to the owner upon request.
Microchipping is a way to recognize your pet when he/she becomes lost or stolen. It is a simple and inexpensive way to bring your pet back home. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is placed behind the neck. All veterinarians and shelters have a microchip scanner that can detect the microchip so that your pet can be safely returned to you.
We provide high quality dental care. With the use of ultrasonic instruments we are able to clean each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line. We then polish every tooth and seal with a plaque prevention gel. All patients are monitored by highly trained assistants. We also offer OraVet which are at home dental health chews and dental care food.
According to the Veterinary Dental Health Council, the key to management of gum disease (for humans or pets!) is prevention. As long as the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned frequently, the gums will stay healthy. Excellent oral health is maintained by daily oral hygiene. The gold standard is brushing. Daily chewing activities can also be effective in maintaining oral health. Daily use of products that have been awarded the VOHC Seal will help to keep your pet’s teeth clean and the gum tissues and bone around the roots healthy. VOHC recommends periodic veterinary examination of the mouth and teeth of your dog or cat. Many pets, particularly middle-aged and older cats and dogs, require periodic professional scaling in addition to on-going plaque control.
Stem Cell Banking
We will collect and store these powerful cells now, so down the road, we can help to alleviate the most common health problems your pet may face. We will also update you on new and potentially life-changing treatments as they become available.
While traditional treatments can require invasive procedures or merely manage symptoms, stem cell therapies address the root cause of injuries and age-related illnesses. Stem cell therapies have improved the quality of life of thousands of pets with common concerns.
Your preferred Nimitz veterinarian!
New River Animal Hospital is a modern small animal health facility dedicated to the well-being of pets as well as their owners. Our hospital has seen thousands of pets since opening in 1988.
Contact our friendly team today!
Tues: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thurs: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm