- What are your hours of business?
- Where are you located?
- Do I need an appointment?
- What forms of payment do you accept?
- Do you allow payment plans?
- How can I reach OKAH after hours?
- Can I visit my pet in the hospital?
- Why should I schedule an annual exam?
- What food should I feed my pet?
- Is human food bad for pets?
- Is my pet overweight?
- Can I use human shampoo on my dog?
- Why does my dog "scoot" across the floor?
- At what age is my dog considered a "Senior?"
- Do you treat birds and reptiles?
- Do you offer laser surgery?
- What is involved in a "Dental Treatment?"
- Why is dental treatment necessary?
- What pet foods do you sell?
- Do you microchip pets?
- What's the benefit of microchipping?
- What is a "Pre-Anesthetic Blood Screen?"
- Do you offer boarding?
- Do you provide after-hours emergency care?
- What do I do if my pet ingests a poisonous substance?
- What vaccines does my pet need regularly?
- Do I really need to vaccinate for Lyme
- Is it a good idea to let my dog or cat
have one litter prior to spaying her?
- How does a dog get heartworm disease?
- How do I prevent heartworm disease?
- How is heartworm disease treated?
We are open Monday through Friday from 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 8am – 12noon. We are closed on Sundays.
We are located at the intersection of Dakota Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park . Click here for a MAP.
Yes, we prefer to schedule appointments to minimize client wait times. We also understand that there will be emergencies that cannot be scheduled. We do our best to accommodate emergencies in a timely manner. Please call us at 952-929-0074 to schedule your pet’s appointment.
We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and CareCredit.
We do not offer after-hours emergency service at Oak Knoll. If your pet needs emergency medical care after normal business hours, we recommend the Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service in Golden Valley (763-529-6560) or Eden Prairie (952-942-8272).
We understand how stressful it can be when your pet is hospitalized for an extended period of time, so we encourage you to schedule a time to visit with your pet when he/she is here. A visit from a loved one often speeds up the healing process and helps a pet get back to normal more quickly.
Annual exams are important to ensure that healthy pets stay healthy. At the annual visit, the doctor will determine the pet’s vaccine requirements, based on age, health and lifestyle. Recommendations will be made regarding diet, exercise, grooming and behavior modification. For animals that are debilitated or geriatric, it is important to examine and assess their overall health and response to medical treatment at least once a year, maybe more.
There are many good pet foods available through retail outlets, but some pets require a specially formulated prescription diet. Our veterinarians will recommend an appropriate diet at your pet’s scheduled visit.
Some foods, such as grapes, raisins and chocolate, are toxic to dogs and cats, and may cause organ failure, seizures, or heart arrhythmias. Other human foods, while not directly toxic, may cause gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea and vomiting. This, in turn, may lead to inflammation of the pancreas, which can be life-threatening. If your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous “food,” please call us, at 952-929-0074 to consult with a doctor and to schedule an appointment.
Pets that eat more calories than they burn through exercise will become overweight. Obesity, in animals as in people, can lead to diabetes, heart disease and shortened lifespan. Our veterinarians utilize an objective scale, called the Body Condition Score, to evaluate your pet’s overall body condition/weight, and make diet recommendations accordingly. You can view the Body Condition Scale for dogs and cats by clicking on this link.
We do not recommend using a human shampoo to bathe your pet, as the pH level of dog/cat skin is different from human’s. Bathing your pet with your own shampoo may cause excessively dry, flaky skin that is itchy and uncomfortable. Our veterinarians can recommend an over-the-counter pet shampoo or a specially formulated prescription shampoo, depending on your pet’s skin needs.
One of the most common reasons that a dog “scoots,” or drags his/her rear end on the ground, is to empty the anal sacs. The anal sac is a type of gland that resides just inside a dog’s rectum and discharges an odorous scent when the dog has a bowel movement. Sometimes one (or both) of the glands does not discharge appropriately, causing a build-up of fluid within. At this point, it is important to bring your dog in for one of our staff members to express the dog’s glands. If not expressed, the fluid can become thickened , causing pain and inflammation and occasionally infection in the gland. Once an infection is established, sedation is often required to open up and flush the glands out with an antiseptic. It is always more effective to deal with scooting before it becomes a medical problem.
The old adage that one human year is equivalent to 7 dog years is not completely accurate. Depending on the breed and size of a dog, becoming a senior citizen is variable. Many toy and small breed dogs live to approximately 12 to 14 years of age, while large breeds such as Labrador retrievers generally live 10 to 12 years. Most giant breeds are expected to live 7 to 8 years.
No, we specialize solely in treating dogs and cats.
Yes. The doctors at OKAH utilize the laser for various surgical procedures to reduce post-operative bleeding and pain. The laser is especially beneficial for use in cat declaw surgery. Click here to learn more about Laser Surgery.
At the time of your pet’s wellness exam, a veterinarian may recommend a dental cleaning to remove dental plaque and to prevent or treat gingivitis. This procedure requires that your pet be placed under general anesthesia so that a thorough exam of the teeth, gums and oral cavity can be done. Then the veterinary staff scales and polishes your pet’s teeth, and applies a fluoride treatment. Dental x-rays are performed on teeth that are deemed unhealthy, and based on the results, the doctor determines the best course of action for those teeth. Sometimes that results in extraction of unhealthy teeth. After the procedure, the veterinary staff will advise you on the best way to maintain your pet’s healthy teeth and gums.
At some point in your pet’s life, a dental cleaning will likely become necessary to remove the buildup of tartar that forms on the surface of the teeth and under the gum line. This can progress to more significant gingivitis and periodontal disease. Not only can this affect your pet’s comfort, but periodontal disease can allow bacteria to spread from the mouth to the rest of the body, potentially causing disease in other organs.
OKAH carries the prescription diets from Hills Pet Foods, Royal Canin, and Purina. Our diets are available only with a prescription. Many foods are kept on-hand, but some need to be special-ordered.
Yes. We use the Datamars microchip, one of the most trusted and widely recognized pet microchips available. The microchip is inserted under the skin with a special syringe and needle. It can be done at a routine appointment or at the time your pet is spayed or neutered.
A microchip provides permanent identification of your pet’s ownership. Most animal hospitals, shelters and humane societies in the country are equipped with a microchip scanner. If your pet is found, he/she can be scanned and the microchip information will allow safe return home.
It is a blood panel that is performed prior to anesthesia that measures kidney and liver values, blood sugar and blood protein levels. These values are measured before an animal is anesthetized so we can help ensure that his/her organs will metabolize the anesthetic drugs appropriately.
No, we do not routinely board animals on site. However, we can recommend a boarding facility in your area.
We do not admit emergency patients after hours. If your pet needs emergency medical care outside of our normal business hours, we refer you to the Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service in Golden Valley (763-529-6560) or Eden Prairie (952-942-8272).
If your pet ingests a substance thought to be toxic, please call us immediately (952-929-0074). If this occurs after our normal business hours, please contact the Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service in Golden Valley (763-529-6560) or Eden Prairie (952-942-8272). Another resource is Pet Poison Control Hotline 855-764-7661.
Vaccines, like any medical treatment, will be tailored to each individual pet, based on his/her lifestyle and exposure to other animals. At least once a year, our doctors will perform a wellness exam to assess your pet’s overall health and to determine the most appropriate vaccination schedule.
If your dog spends time outdoors (i.e. dogs parks, paths, hunting), he/she should be vaccinated for Lyme Disease. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, tick-borne diseases are common, so annual vaccination for Lyme Disease as well as topical or oral tick control (Frontline or Revolution, Nexgard) help prevent Lyme disease infection.
No. There is substantial medical evidence that spaying a female dog/cat prior to her first heat cycle, helps prevent the development of mammary cancer as well as potentially life-threatening infections of the uterus. Early sterilization for males and females helps keep pets healthy.
Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted between dogs by mosquitoes. When an infected dog is bitten by a mosquito, the immature heartworms, called microfilariae, are taken up by the mosquito, and can be transmitted to another dog when the mosquito feeds again. The microfilariae migrate into the dog’s blood vessels, where they eventually mature into adult heartworms. These adult worms are capable of causing severe heart and lung disease in dogs. For more information click here.
An annual blood test is performed on all dogs to detect the presence of heartworm infection. If your dog’s heartworm test is negative, we recommend monthly heartworm prevention with Heartgard Plus all year. It is an easy, relatively inexpensive chewable medication that we carry in our pharmacy.