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Top Quality Care for your furry companions


McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital offers a diverse range of services for cats and dogs.

MMAH is a state-of-the-art facility. We are proud to provide in-house diagnostic equipment, specialized areas for surgery, dentistry, hospitalization, grooming, and boarding. All of our equipment is brand new and meticulously maintained. Our goal is to provide high-quality services in a friendly atmosphere.

Wellness Exams

Wellness Exams

Regular examinations and wellness testing are vital to the maintenance of healthy lives. Many diseases can be detected prior to the onset of any outward signs! Our pets age, on average, 6 times as fast as we do—so one year can equal 5-7 years for your pet. We highly recommend wellness exams yearly for pets less than 6 years and twice yearly for animals over 7 years of age.

At these visits, testing can be tailored for your individual pet’s medical needs. Items that will be discussed may include blood panels, fecal parasite screening, heartworm screening and prevention, glaucoma testing, baseline radiography, early renal screening and many more services.


All puppies and kittens need vaccinations to prevent deadly and painful infectious diseases. Each vaccine is carefully selected by the veterinarian for safety and efficacy. Once completed, these vaccinations are 100% guaranteed to be effective Veterinary medicine has found through extensive research, many of our quality vaccines can provide immunity that lasts 3-5 years!

Heartworm Screening and Prevention

Heartworm is a blood parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The larvae are injected by mosquito bites and the worms grow in the delicate blood vessels of the lungs and heart. Dogs show NO SYMPTOMS until the heart/lungs are already compromised! In the past 10-15 years, we have seen the numbers of mosquitoes rising in the Valley.

The number of dogs who travel to the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, and even California is also increasing. All of these factors are allowing this deadly disease into our Valley of the Sun. Regular screening and monthly (yummy) preventative tablets are an easy and convenient way to protect our pets. Please let us know if you need heartworm prevention—it is available in 6 or 12-month supplies.

Parasite Testing

Our pets are exposed to skin mites, ear mites, fleas, ticks, worms (intestinal and other kinds), ringworm (actually a fungal infection) and many other “bugs” that occur in the environment. That is why regular examinations and screening tests are important. We tailor your pet’s wellness visits to their lifestyle and recommend routine testing for common ailments if needed. You can see each of these tests in detail in our “Diagnostics” section.

Vaccine Titers

At McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital we are proud to be able to provide an alternative to annual vaccinations for our adult patients. Vaccine titers are simple blood tests that can check for the antibodies that provide protection from the deadly diseases that are prevented by the vaccines. Please ask about your many options at your next visit!

Allergy Testing and Treatment

Unfortunately, just like people, our pets suffer from allergies. The one main difference is that the most common symptoms in dogs and cats is seen as itchy or reddened skin! Allergies are caused by a variety of things including foods (like meats or grains), pollens (from trees, flowering plants, and grasses), and even direct contact with normal objects (like grass, wool, or even plastics). It is very difficult to deduce what the cause can be. We are happy to offer diagnostic testing that can lead us to understand and treat this uncomfortable condition. During our allergy consultations, the doctors discuss all options and how we can provide relief to your pets.


The skin is the single largest organ in the body. Our pets’ skin and coat are very important to their overall health. Skin mites, infections, abrasions, allergies, immune-mediated disorders, or even cancer can be detected with a thorough exam. Pet owners are usually the first to notice hair loss, lumps, bumps or rashes. Be sure to check your pet regularly and report any problems to the veterinarian.


Pets are living longer and happier lives, thanks to wonderful advancements in care. The heart is one of the most important organs in the body, working tirelessly, 24 hours a day to pump life throughout the body. Our doctors are trained to diagnose, treat and monitor many cardiac conditions. We even have access to board certified cardiologists in the area that can provide advanced testing- such as cardiac ultrasound.

Low-Anxiety Options

Many pets, just like people, are nervous about going to the vet. We understand that it can be an intimidating place! We can offer medications, given under the supervision of a doctor, to help ease your pet’s visit. Please ask about this option when making an appointment and a doctor can call you discuss options prior to your visit.

Health Certificates

All pets are required by State law to have a certificate of health for interstate travel. This ensures that no animals with infections travel around the country- potentially spreading disease to other animals. Not all airlines check these certificates for every flight, but all check stations (especially at the borders), all airport USDA enforcement, and most reputable hotels require proof of health and vaccination- as current rabies vaccines are required by all states for most pets. We are pleased to be able to provide these valuable certificates. Also, if your pet has been examined recently, he or she may be eligible for a discounted office visit!

Senior Care

Our pets are living longer and fuller lives with the help of modern medicine. Amazingly, by 7 years of age, our pets are considered seniors. These pets should be examined twice yearly and a full preventative plan for wellness can be tailored for each patient. Cardiac (heart), renal (kidney), glaucoma/cataracts (eye), and many other specifics can be bundled into our senior wellness program.

If you are scheduling a senior visit—please fast your pet that morning and try to obtain a fresh urine sample (we can get it in the hospital if you are unable). These two easy steps can provide invaluable information and allow for more accurate and convenient testing!

Early Diagnostic Screening

Hospital Services

Day Hospitalization

Some patients will require hospitalization for monitoring, oxygen therapy, intravenous fluids, and diabetes testing. Many of our hospitalized patients can be effectively treated during normal daytime hours. We do not provide after hours after hours care or care on Sundays. If required, complete transfer of medical records can be provided to a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility.

We are also proud to provide a completely sanitized isolation ward to accommodate animals with potentially contagious conditions separated from other patients. This allows for safer hospitalization of all patients!

General Surgery

Surgery and general anesthesia are intimidating to most pet owners. We are proud to say that we do everything possible to minimize the risks or pain associated with these procedures. Through pre-anesthetic blood testing, IV catheters to support blood pressure and the internal organs, the custom use of high-quality human anesthetics and meticulous intra-operative monitoring, we can provide the safest and highest quality services to our furry friends.

All pets should be spayed or neutered at six months of age. We are proud to provide this service, along with a variety of other surgical procedures. These include bladder stone removal, internal organ biopsy, mass removal/biopsy, intestinal foreign body removal, stomach tacking (gastropexy) for animals predisposed to “bloat”, laceration repair, and MANY others!


People often wonder WHY we recommend spaying or neutering your pet? There are many reasons. In females, advantages of this procedure include:

  • No vaginal bleeding or heat cycles
  • No unwanted pregnancy or puppies
  • No chance of pyometra (a life-threatening uterine infection- this is very common in dogs)
  • A marked reduction in the incidence of breast cancer (after 3+ heat cycles, 1 in 4 dogs will develop breast cancer)

In males, advantages of this procedure include:

  • Decreased tendency to roam. Our most common dogs that come in hit-by-car are un-neutered males
  • No unwanted pregnancy or puppies
  • 100% prevention of testicular cancer
  • A marked decrease in prostate disease
  • Decreased urine marking/ urine odor

The MAIN reason that I recommend spaying/neutering your pet is to help control pet over-population- literally millions of unwanted pets have to be euthanized every year in shelters.

Dentistry & Digital Full Mouth Dental X-Rays

Did you know that 70% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease by 4 years of age? Routine and daily brushing is highly recommended, but sometimes it is difficult for owners. Maintenance can also be enhanced with oral rinses, enzyme-treated rawhide chews, and proper nutrition. Even with these tools, most dogs and cats require some veterinary care. Most of our major problems are found deep under the gums.

With our patients calmly anesthetized and carefully monitored, dental cleanings help us find and treat tartar, plaque and periodontal disease. This service includes probing and cleaning under the gums, x-rays of the roots and bones, and removal of tartar and polishing of teeth. Extraction of abscessed/fractured or otherwise painful teeth can also be performed at the same visit. “Teeth Cleanings” provide by other facilities are considered to be practicing veterinary medicine without a license and are illegal. Our veterinarian can easily provide a FREE dental evaluation before anesthesia to let you know your options for your pet’s oral health. Please inquire about our services any time!

Urgent Care During Business Hours

Most people and dogs would prefer to stay out of the emergency room, but problems can occur at any time. Injuries, cuts, limps, vomiting, diarrhea, hot spots and many more problems happen suddenly and require immediate attention. If anything ever happens, please call and head immediately to the hospital. Our patients will be evaluated by the veterinarian or a certified veterinary technician and seen as soon as possible. The state of the art equipment, facilities, and a highly trained team make McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital ready for almost any emergency.

IV Fluid Therapy

Many medical conditions require hospitalization on IV fluids, such as kidney disease, diabetes, viral infections, pancreatitis, or dehydration. Our hospital is equipped with a state of the art hospitalization area for daytime care.

Human-grade Anesthesia

Our doctors are proud to provide human grade anesthesia on every surgery or dental procedure at the hospital. Many advancements have been made over the past 25 years in medical safety and we are proud to adhere to the most advanced and safest standards. Our doctors and technicians attend yearly educational seminars and continue to strive to provide the most advanced care possible for your pets.



In-House Diagnostic Testing

We are happy to provide state-of-the-art, in-house diagnostic testing including heartworm, feline leukemia and FIV screening, major organ functions, electrolytes levels, blood counts and MANY more. Some situations require immediate testing to allow for proper care of our hospitalized or severely ill patients.

Full Diagnostic Lab

We are proud to offer a full-service laboratory including biopsy, bacterial and fungal cultures, diagnostic cytology, blood testing, hormonal assays, fecal parasitology and even X-ray consultations from a board certified radiologist. Our laboratory is local to Phoenix—providing quick results and can even be called for immediate pickup if needed.

Heartworm Testing

Heartworm is a blood parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The larvae are injected by mosquito bites and the worms grow in the delicate blood vessels of the lungs and heart. Dogs show NO SYMPTOMS until the heart/lungs are already compromised! In the past 10-15 years, we have seen the numbers of mosquitoes rising in the Valley.

The number of dogs who travel to the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, and even California is also increasing. All of these factors are allowing this deadly disease into our Valley of the Sun. Regular screening and monthly (yummy) preventative tablets are an easy and convenient way to protect our pets. Please let us know if you need heartworm prevention—it is available in 6 or 12-month supplies.


Pets cannot express in words what problems they are having, so sometimes we need to check samples to ensure that we treat any illness properly. Urinalysis can give us a lot of information on your pet’s health. This information can be used to monitor kidney function, diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, bladder/ kidney stones, and even urinary tract infections. We recommend bringing a fresh urine sample for most senior visits (or if your pet is having any changes in urination). If you are unable to obtain a sample yourself, we are happy to get one at your visit!

Fecal Testing

Our pets explore the world with their mouths- that is how they are made. This allows them to smell and taste things that we would never even think of, but it also makes them susceptible to picking up parasites. Hookworms and roundworms are some of the most common parasites in dogs and cats, and unfortunately they can be passed to humans. That is why we recommend annual fecal parasite testing.

Our test is different than that at many other hospitals- we send all of our samples to a professional diagnostic laboratory that uses specialized techniques to analyze all samples. This improved technology, called Zinc Centrifugation, actually catches 5 times the parasites found in the older methods! We also include a specific test for Giardia, which is the most common parasite that we see in this area. Most other hospitals charge separately for this test, making our annual fecal testing an amazing value.


Dog and cats rely heavily on visual communications. The eyes are a very complex and sensitive set or organs. Glaucoma, cataracts, inflammation, allergies, eyelid problems, and “dry eye” are all common problems encountered in our furry family members. Please report any eye problems as soon as noticed. McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital is proud to be able to diagnose and treat many ocular conditions!


Biopsy is the examination of a small piece of tissue to see what kind of cells are involved in a patient’s illness. This test can be used for many different problems- skin conditions, liver problems, lumps, masses, cysts and lymph nodes. We also offer minimally invasive biopsy- using small, specialized equipment and ultrasound-guidance.


The invention of the microscope changed science as we know it. Our doctors and technicians are trained to use this vital instrument to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Cytology is the examination of a thin layer material under the microscope. Skin infections, ear infections, bowel infections, and even small needle biopsies are all routinely examined on site. This allows our patients a speedy diagnosis and proper treatment of many illnesses.


Microbiology is the study of micro-organisms and is usually performed via a culture. These organisms include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses. We are proud to offer this service to help us diagnose and properly treat each infection. Some conditions that we use microbiology in treating are ringworm, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, abscesses, and bladder stones.

Valley Fever Testing

Valley Fever is one of the most common ailments in this state. It is an infection that enters the body through the lungs and is caused by a fungus that lives in the soil of the Sonoran desert. The good news is that it is not contagious from pet to pet, but at some point, we are all exposed to the organism. If infected, the most common symptoms are coughing, fever, loss of energy, loss of appetite, weight loss, and less commonly – limping or seizures. The proper diagnosis of Valley Fever can be a bit complicated and may include blood testing and x-rays. With treatment, we see a very high success rate for our patients!

Digital X-Ray
In-House Ultrasound

Laser Therapy

McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital is proud to provide a new way to relieve your pet’s aches and pains. Laser Therapy uses a Class IV cold laser to administer laser light into painful and inflamed tissues. This therapy relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and speeds up the healing process. It is both safe and effective for many common ailments such as arthritis, wounds, ear infections, post-surgical incisions, and so much more.


Full In-House and Online Pharmacy

Many pets require prescription medications to treat medical conditions. Some human medications can be used, but the majority of the time, animal-specific medication or doses are required. We can conveniently provide these vital medications at the time of your visit. We can also provide specialized compounded referrals—some medications need to be custom-sized or flavored to ease administration.

Please let us know if you have ANY special needs or concerns about your pets’ medications! Medications cannot work if you are unable to give them as directed.

High-Quality Rx Diets

In recent years, nutrition has been found to be critical to health. Cats, dogs, and people all have very different nutritional needs. We are proud to carry and prescribe a full line of premium and well-researched pet foods. The foods have been carefully formulated for nutrition, quality, and taste! Many diseases can be treated or cured with proper nutrition and selected ingredients.

Please inquire about our high quality, medically researched maintenance and prescription diets. We stock them in the hospital for your convenience!


Frontline Plus® is an effective and easy way to prevent fleas and ticks from infesting your pets. Frontline Plus killed 100% of fleas within 12 hours of application. Long lasting: continues to kill fleas and ticks all month long. It is safe and effective, approved for use on puppies and kittens 8 weeks of age and older and on breeding, pregnant or lactating cats and dogs. Also, it is waterproof: effective even after swimming, bathing and grooming- if properly applied!

Pain Management

Our pets experience pain, they just don’t show it in the same ways that people do. With chronic pain, pets slow down, are reluctant to jump, they do not want to go for long walks, they are slow to rise or settle down and do not want to jump up and down. They usually do not cry or whine. Arthritis, pinched nerves, sprains, strains, trauma and surgery can all be uncomfortable for our patients. We have high quality x-ray equipment that is specially designed for pets. Our doctors are happy to discuss multiple options for pain control and have many different medications and supplement options.


Medications are getting very expensive and we understand. That is why we strive to keep quality medications, but also look for generic options whenever they are available. We are proud to provide our patients the convenience of an on-site pharmacy with a variety of cost effective options!

Heartworm Prevention
Flea and Tick Prevention


Grooming is a vital part of your pet’s health

Every dog and cat, regardless of size, breed, age or coat type, needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Regular grooming can prevent problems such as excessive shedding, skin and paw disorders, painful mats, and bad breath, as well as help you identify other problems that might go unnoticed without the extra attention. Here at McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital, you’ll find the most caring professional in the industry.

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