We’re a full-service veterinary hospital in Sumner, WA.
We pride ourselves in offering full-service veterinary care to our clients and will promise to be there through good times and bad. Whether it’s a simple vaccination or rehabilitating your pet from an injury, we’re here to help in any way possible. Click below to learn more about the services we offer.
WELLNESS & PREVENTIVE CARE
Annual wellness exams evaluate your pet’s overall health, detect problems before they become serious and keep them on track to living a long, healthy life. We follow your pet through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventive care during their younger years to regular wellness checks as they age in order to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your pet is important to you, and that’s why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives.
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Annual dental exams and cleanings are recommended to protect your pet from many health problems and help them maintain a healthy and clean mouth. Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 80% in pets that are three years of age or older. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to serious health problems like microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Because of this, we recommend an annual veterinary dental health care examination for all pets.
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We’re equipped to perform routine radiography services to identify many types of illness or injury when pets are sick or suffer a trauma.
Radiography, also known as X-rays, is one of the most common and valuable medical diagnostic tools. X-rays are highly useful for screening areas of the body that have contrasting tissue densities or when evaluating solid tissues.
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Spay & Neuter
Spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a longer and healthier life, minimize behavior problems, and help control the population of unwanted dogs and cats. We believe this decision about your pet is between you and your doctor and should be considered carefully.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States each hour. Spaying females or castrating males eliminates unwanted litters, which contribute to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals. Additionally, these procedures can minimize behavior problems and help your pet live a longer, healthier life by reducing the likelihood of certain cancers and tumors.
Soft Tissue Surgery
We perform soft tissue surgery for a number of medical reasons. This common surgery can be used for most anything non-joint or bone-related.
Orthopedic surgery can help pets who suffer from joint problems, torn ligaments, and broken bones and even help correct congenital problems.
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END OF LIFE CARE
The decision to say goodbye is never easy. With the support of Sumner Veterinary Hospital, you will never have to make it alone. We promise to make your goodbye as easy and as comfortable as possible for you, your pet, and your entire family. Our empathetic and compassionate team will guide you from start to finish.
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No matter where you’re going, or where you’re coming from, rest assured that our priority is keeping your furry friend happy, healthy, and safe.
When it comes to choosing where your pet should stay while you’re away, look no further than Sumner Veterinary Hospital! Our convenient location, specialized care, and calm atmosphere make us the top choice for boarding among pet owners. We strive to make this feel like your pet’s second home.
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We care for pets seven days a week, including on holidays. Convenient location, specialized care, and well-trained, compassionate staff make us the top choice among pet owners. We treat every pet as if they were our very own family pet and strive to make their stay with us as comfortable and fun-filled as possible. We hope that they will think of our facility as a home away from home.
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While grooming should be done on a consistent basis, the frequency to which your pet needs to be groomed will depend somewhat on daily routines, coat type, age, and general health. In addition, your pet will benefit from regular brushing to remove any loose hairs and dead skin cells to rid the coat of debris and external parasites and to disseminate skin oils that form along the hair shafts.
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We now offer telemedicine consultations for select non-emergency services.
Through telemedicine consultation, you and your veterinarian will discuss your reason for scheduling the appointment and go over any questions and concerns you may have. As telemedicine consults are video calls, your doctor will be able to view and observe your pet for a better understanding of your pet’s health.
Telemedicine is an excellent extension of hospital capabilities that we are excited to offer to our pet parents.
Please call us to schedule a telemedicine appointment. Please note not every type of appointment is eligible to be handled via telemedicine.
If your pet is suffering from an injury or illness related to the neurologic and musculoskeletal systems, physical rehabilitation can be extremely beneficial.
Rehabilitation services are vital to ensuring that your pet can eventually regain their comfortability in order to live a happy and healthy life. We can create and implement a rehabilitation plan for your pet to help them recover from an injury, manage a condition, and increase mobility.
Why would my pet need rehabilitation?
Most pet owners decide that veterinary rehabilitation is necessary for their pet after an injury or to manage their pet’s chronic health condition. It is important to note, however, that your pet does not need to be in any immediate pain to consider the benefits of rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation has been particularly useful in reducing and managing pain, improving athletic performance, treating injury, reducing the risk of further injury, restoring and maintaining movement and mobility, as well as improving the overall daily functions of your pet.
When should I consider physical therapy for my pet?
If your pet is suffering from pain due to an injury or chronic health condition, rehabilitation may be the answer. Although pain-related symptoms are the most common indicators of a need for rehabilitation, if your pet is not living as comfortably as they could be, rehabilitation should be considered.
How does physical therapy work?
Based on the condition of your pet, our veterinarians will create and implement a rehabilitation plan to restore mobility and eliminate any pain your pet may be feeling. We may recommend any of the following for rehabilitation treatment.
- Treadmill work
- Electrode stimulation
- Exercise programs
- Kinesiology taping
- Drug therapy
- Laser therapy
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Joint mobilization
- Spinal manipulative therapy
- Orthotics, prosthetics, or assistive devices
- Trigger point therapy
As your pet progresses, our team will keep careful records and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the rehabilitation process is successful. Pain medications can also be prescribed if necessary. With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we dedicate ourselves to providing the best possible rehabilitation service for your dog, cat, or other animals. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your pet so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.
Physical therapy can be extremely beneficial for your pet to help extend their quality of life, mobility, and comfort.
From athletes to senior pets, veterinary physical therapy can help animals with a diverse range of conditions. We can help create and implement a physical therapy plan for your pet to help extend their quality of life, mobility, and comfort.
Why would my pet need physical therapy?
Pet owners generally select physical therapy as a treatment option after an injury or to manage chronic health conditions such as obesity or arthritis.
When should I consider physical therapy for my pet?
Although most people seek out physical therapy for their pet after an injury or to manage a chronic health condition, your pet doesn’t have to be suffering to seek the benefits of physical therapy. If you are looking to improve or restore mobility, manage pain, treat an injury, or maximize physical potential, contact us to set up an exam.
How does physical therapy work?
Based on your pet’s condition, we will create a therapy plan for your pet. Some activities may include treadmill work, electrode stimulation, exercise programs, massage, hydrotherapy, orthotics, or assistive devices.
As therapy sessions progress, we will keep careful records and make adjustments as necessary to ensure progress is being made. We can also prescribe pain medications if necessary. With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we are committed to providing the best possible physical therapy for your pet. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your pet so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.
Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, and noninvasive treatment to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and speed the healing process. Veterinary laser therapy has been scientifically proven to help treat post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.
Laser therapy uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue, absorbing into the cell without damaging it and inducing a response called photobiomodulation, which helps reduce pain. While treating the affected area, the laser light generates a feeling of gentle and soothing warmth.
Why would my pet need laser therapy?
Therapy lasers are primarily used to reduce swelling, pain, and speed the healing process. These mechanisms allow us to successfully treat a wide range of conditions noninvasively and without drugs.
Studies indicate that laser-treated wounds heal in a third to a half of the time faster than the typical required healing time. Just a single laser treatment can reduce swelling and speed up the healing process post-surgery. Skin wounds, abrasions, bite injuries, dermatitis, and burns all respond well to laser therapy as well.
Our laser therapy uses a more modern and high-powered therapeutic laser that can deliver adequate dosages of laser energy (photons) painlessly and efficiently to deeper tissues. This laser is extremely beneficial in treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back disease or injury, and degenerative joint diseases. This is a great therapy option for geriatric patients who suffer from one or more of these chronic painful conditions, as well as the aches and pains that come naturally with aging. There are many reports of pets returning to normal or almost normal function after laser therapy. More chronic and severe cases may require multiple treatment sessions to fully benefit.
When should I consider laser therapy for my pet?
Laser therapy can be useful for your pet in a number of ways. The following are common clinical conditions where veterinary laser therapy may be used as treatment.
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Traumatic wound healing
- Surgical wound healing
- Increasing the metabolism of specific tissues
How does laser therapy work?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition, varying in time, complexity, and cost. Laser therapy can also be used to enhance other treatment plans we recommend.
Fortunately, laser therapy can be administered without touching the painful area, providing immediate pain relief and edema control to sensitive tissues. We also use therapeutic lasers to stimulate muscle and acupuncture points painlessly and without needles so your pet is as comfortable as possible. With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we are committed to providing the best possible laser therapy for your furry friend. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your pet so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.
Water therapy can decrease recovery time from surgery, enhance cardiovascular fitness, and improve joint pain through low impact exercise.
Water therapy, also known as hydrotherapy, utilizes an underwater treadmill. It provides an optimal rehabilitation setting by utilizing the warmth, buoyancy, and resistance of water. This form of therapy can decrease recovery time from surgery, enhance cardiovascular fitness, and improve joint pain through low impact exercise.
Why would my pet need water therapy?
Veterinary water therapy may be used for a number of reasons. It can simply be used to help keep a pet in shape during cold months or used as a treatment option for post-surgery recovery. Water therapy uses include:
- General exercise and fitness
- Weight loss
- Surgery recovery
- Joint work for arthritis
When should I consider water therapy for my pet?
Water therapy has a low impact on the joints and bones, making it a great outlet for post-surgery or post-trauma patients and pets with arthritic conditions to exercise, build endurance, and maintain muscle mass. Arthritic pets will have the ability to walk and move easier in an underwater treadmill, allowing for a better exercise than they would normally be able to achieve on the ground.
Overweight pets benefit from this type of exercise as they are able to work longer with less stress on their joints. Athletic pets who compete also benefit from this form of exercise, as it is a safer and quicker way to build stamina and muscle mass. If any of these qualities describe your pet, water therapy may be the right choice.
How does water therapy work?
We use warm water in the underwater treadmill during therapy to help relax and stretch the muscles and water jets to help stimulate circulation and further increase relaxation during a long exercise. To ensure progress and tailor the therapy to your pet’s needs, parameters need to carefully be adjusted per patient such as water depth, turbulence, speed, directions, and temperature. We will create a plan specifically for your cat, dog, or other animal and work with them to achieve their therapeutic goals.
With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we are committed to providing the best possible water therapy for your pet. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your pet so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.
Massage therapy focuses on restoring a pet’s mobility when dealing with discomfort related to aging, orthopedic issues, or sport-related injury.
Massage therapy is a form of treatment to help any pet that is dealing with minor pain and loss of mobility. Mobility can be negatively impacted by the aging process, orthopedic conditions, and sports-related injuries. Massage therapy seeks to restore both comfort and mobility by eliminating the negative effects of the aforementioned conditions.
Why would my pet need massage therapy?
Veterinary massage therapy could be beneficial to your pet for a number of reasons. This treatment is typically used to help combat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and can be used alongside other forms of treatment. If your pet is suffering from a recent injury, massage therapy could be used as a form of rehabilitation to help boost your pet’s mobility and stimulate healing in the affected areas.
When should I consider massage therapy for my pet?
If your pet is in noticeable discomfort or just not moving and enjoying life the way that they used to, then massage therapy for your pet might be worth considering. As a popular form of rehabilitation, this treatment has been used to combat orthopedic issues as well as sports-related injuries for the more athletic pet. Additionally, massage therapy has been used to help senior animals who are suffering from a loss of mobility, a natural occurrence of the aging process.
How does massage therapy work?
Your pet will be treated by a pet massage therapist who is educated on both your pet’s anatomy and their present physical condition. Therapy typically begins with the therapist performing a pain and mobility assessment. During this initial stage, the therapist will also feel for any abnormalities that could be impacting their condition. Once the condition of your pet has been properly assessed, the therapist will begin to treat your pet by massaging the affected areas of their body. The duration of treatment can vary depending on the condition of your pet. It is recommended for your pet to undergo a series of treatments in order to fully benefit and regain their mobility more effectively.
Our It’s A Dog’s World training facility is a part of our three-acre dynamic complex located in Sumner, WA.
We’ve been training canines for over 25 years and have become the most premier dog training facility in the Northwest. This 18,000-square-foot training center teaches dog owners the most current, science-based dog training techniques and offers classes that include Pet Dog Classes, Obedience Classes, K9 Nose Work® Classes, Agility Classes, and Fun & Fit Classes.
Behavior & Obedience Training
We design personally tailored behavior and obedience training programs to nourish healthy relationships with pet companions and their owners for life.
Pets can develop undesirable behaviors that can be tricky to correct. Just as we all have personalities, so do our pets. Sometimes those personalities can clash with a certain environment, other pets, or even people, especially when introduced to a new home.
We offer Manners Foundation courses as well as Manners Next Level courses for dogs and handlers who attain the needed skills to take more advanced classes.
Why should my pet go through behavioral training?
At some point, all dog owners need to administer behavior training (also known as behavior modification). Common behavioral problems that may arise in your dog’s life are:
- Compulsive behaviors
- Human-directed aggression
- Inter-pet aggression
- Separation anxiety
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Inappropriate elimination
We offer various behavior training methods to correct undesirable behavior. We’ll help you decide on a behavioral training program that is best for you and your pet.
When should my pet start behavioral training?
We offer a variety of different training options and levels. Whether you want to start your puppy or adult dog in behavioral training, we can work with a dog. If your pet has a behavior issue related to aggression, private lessons are recommended.
Training your dog requires patience and commitment. During training, it’s beneficial to keep up with the lessons at home, so practice with your dog for a couple of minutes every day.
How do you conduct behavioral training?
We will first begin by conducting a behavioral evaluation. A training evaluation allows our trainers to determine what method and type of training will be most suitable and successful for you, your dog, and your family. We will observe your dog in a natural setting to evaluate and understand their personality as well as their relationship with you. After observing their behavior, we will recommend a program that best fits you and your pet’s needs and goals.
Our intro manners course helps you teach your dog important life skills like impulse control, focus, polite leash walking, coming when called, down, stay, and more. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with your dog to achieve superior training results and forge a strong relationship with your dog.
This class is an excellent foundation for both pet and performance dogs (agility, competition obedience, etc.). Manners Foundation is a 55-minute class that meets once a week at a set day and time for seven consecutive weeks. Appropriate for dogs and puppies of all ages (preschool ALSO recommended for puppies 8-14 weeks of age). Please note that the first class is an orientation session for you to attend without your dog.
Manners Next Level
Manners Next Level continues to build on the skills introduced in the Manners Foundation class by improving your dog’s ability to perform with duration, distance, and distraction. You’ll help your dog improve important life skills like impulse control, focus, polite leash walking, coming when called, down, stay, go-to place, and more. You’ll also learn how to communicate effectively with your dog to achieve superior training results and forge a strong relationship with your companion dog.
Manners Next Level is a 55-minute revolving class (just pick your start date at registration) that meets once a week at a set day and time for four consecutive weeks. New students wishing to start at this level must schedule a separate evaluation session beforehand (30 minutes for $30) with a Manners Next Level instructor.
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We offer socialization classes to help your pet become friendly, familiar, and well-adjusted to a multitude of environments, people, and animals.
Socialization is the learning process through which animals become accepting of and enjoy interactions with other animals, people, places, and activities.
We can help develop a solid foundation for confidence, communication, patience, and respect to guarantee healthy interactions between your companion pet and others. It’s important that your dog is taught the foundational skills that will result in confidence and respect to have a healthy relationship with others.
Why should my pet go through socialization training?
Proper socialization helps make puppies more tolerant of changes in their environment and prevents common behavior problems related to fear, anxiety, or aggression. Early socialization increases the chance for a dog to be friendly and well-adjusted in a multitude of environments later in life. Proper socialization can also ensure that they will get along with a new pet that is introduced into the family.
When should I start the process?
Socialization is the easiest for puppies and kittens, with the best time for this to start being between 3-14 weeks of age. The earlier they can experience positive socialization and familiarization, the better.
How do I socialize my pet?
There are a number of ways that you can help your pet socialize. It can be as simple as taking them on their daily walk. Walks give them great outdoor exposure and the ability to cross paths with all kinds of different people and other animals. This can help them grow more comfortable with the world and the people around them. Taking different routes or paths gives them an opportunity to meet new friends and experience new sights to enhance their overall familiarization.
Getting your pet familiar with the following at a young age can be very beneficial:
- Unfamiliar people
- Unfamiliar clothing
- Unfamiliar noises
- Other animals
- A variety of outdoor environments and landscapes
- Different kinds of ground surfaces
- Common objects
We offer certified group socialization classes as a great way to expose your pet to others with various activities and stimuli. Training is offered in a group class setting to help your pet learn and play well with others. At the completion of socialization training, you will have a better understanding of dog behavior, how-to guide your dog to make the right choices, how to correct bad behavior, and significantly improve the relationship your dog will have with others.
Diet & Nutrition
Proper diet and nutrition can help your pet fight against disease, maintain a proper weight, and promote the overall well-being of your pet.
Maintaining healthy body weight is a very important aspect of a pet’s overall physical health. Good nutrition can help provide your pet with a happier, safer, and longer life. There are many nutritional supplements that can help fight against disease, maintain a proper weight, and promote the overall well-being of any animal.
Why is maintaining a healthy weight important?
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a pet that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animal and can cause health problems as they get older. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a specific diet for your pet and their lifestyle. Our staff will help your pet battle unhealthy weight gain and counsel you on the best nutritional options available.
When is a diet change needed?
Pets should be fed a balanced wellness diet based on a number of factors, including their life stage, breed or size, activity level, and any health issues they have. Diet changes are recommended when they enter a new life stage. For example, transitioning is recommended from puppy or kitten to adult or from adult to senior, which is usually around age seven. Diet changes may also be recommended if your pet develops any issues that could be treated with a prescription diet, such as obesity or a food allergy.
How diet and nutrition can help your pet
We will help you make the right dietary changes for your pet so that they can stay on track living their happy and healthy lives. A healthy diet and good nutrition can reduce or even eliminate the following problems:
- Pet allergies
- Itching and scratching
- Dull coat
- Joint and hip problems
- Intestinal disorders
Skin and coat supplements are a great way to keep your pet looking and feeling their best. Arthritis and joint supplements can be helpful for many pets as they age.
Traveling with your pet—both domestically and internationally—takes special planning and preparation.
Be sure to check with your destination for any special pet requirements well in advance of your trip, and call us to schedule time for any necessary paperwork, examinations, or testing prior to your departure.
Domestic Travel Certificates
Are you traveling domestically within the USA? As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, we can issue travel certificates for your healthy pet so they can travel with you.
If you are planning on traveling by plane, boat, or car with your pet to another state, your pet may require a domestic health certificate.
As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, we can issue travel health certificates (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) for your healthy cat, dog, or other animals so that they may travel with you.
Why does my pet need a certificate to travel?
Health certificates are federal documents that indicate your pet is healthy to travel and won’t pose a health risk to other pets or people.
Animal health requirements may differ from state to state; even airlines may have their own pet travel requirements. Check with your airline and the states you’re traveling to see if they require a health certificate. We highly recommend checking https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/interstate-pet-travel.
When should I start the process?
Since animal health requirements may differ between states and airlines, we encourage you to contact our accredited veterinary practice to obtain a health certificate as soon as your travel dates are solidified.
Certificates must be issued within 10 days of travel. It is important to note that a pet must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned before traveling. Again, we highly recommend looking at the APHIS website for specific information. The process should be started early to allow time for meeting requirements.
How can I obtain a domestic health certificate?
First, check with your airline and destination states to see if a travel health certificate is required.
If a certificate is required, your pet must have a passing health exam and up-to-date rabies vaccinations to travel. If all of these requirements are met, we will issue a travel certificate for your pet.
We will work with you to determine your needs, based on your travel destination. Since requirements differ by each state and airline, we encourage you to gather information as early as possible.
International Travel Certificates
Going out of the country? As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, we can issue travel and acclimation certificates for your healthy pet so they can travel internationally with you.
We understand that your pet is family and that when you travel, you want them right by your side. As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, we can issue travel health certificates (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) for your healthy cat, dog, or other animals so that they may travel internationally with you.
Why does my pet need a certificate to travel?
Only pets in good health are permitted to travel by plane or boat. The country you are traveling to may have specific health requirements that must be met before your pet can enter. Certain health requirements may include up-to-date vaccinations, a passing health exam, etc. Health certificates ensure that your pet is healthy to travel and isn’t susceptible to transferring diseases to other pets or people.
When should I start the process?
Certificate timing varies greatly by country—for example, rabies-free territories such as Australia and New Zealand take six months. We strongly encourage checking the APHIS website as early as possible.
How can I obtain an international health certificate?
Before you start the process, you need to determine the destination country and dates of travel.
We will work with you to determine the health certificate requirements based on your travel destination. Since requirements are determined by each country and can change frequently, we suggest you check the current pet travel health requirements for your destination country on the USDA website.
We will perform a health exam to determine if your pet has any sign of disease or health risks that could pass along to others while traveling. We will also ensure that your pet has all the required vaccinations to travel. Once all requirements are met, we will issue a certificate indicating that your pet has been cleared to travel.