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We have four general appointment exam rooms in which we do full physical exams, medical history, vaccinations, microchipping, and most other routine procedures. We also have a full-service dental suite that features general anesthesia and ultrasonic scaling. We offer a full line of prescription and non-prescription veterinary diets including both Hills and Science Diet as well as treats, oral health products, hygiene products, leashes and collars. We also have large animal antibiotics, vaccines, dewormers, and other large animal medications. *Payment policy: Payment is requested at time of services. We now take care credit. Our Doctors Dr. Dave Filkins grew up in rural Wisconsin where he cultivated his love for science and animals at an early age. He attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for his pre-veterinary undergraduate coursework. After graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975 he joined the Hastings Veterinary Clinic. Over his long career Dr. Fillkins has developed a unique appreciation and love for the challenge of surgery. Together with his wife Diane, whom is a first grade teacher in Hastings, they have two sons. Dave enjoys fishing, canoeing, backpacking, skiing, and following his German Shorthair Emma through field, forest, and frost.…
Our Staff Jill Martin: has been with the clinic for 11 years. She attended the Medical Institute of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She has 2 sons and enjoys watching their sporting events, going to movies, campfires, and fishing. Emily Ekblad grew up on a hobby farm in Red Wing, Minnesota. She received a Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology, from Ridgewater College, in Willmar, MN. Emily has a border collie named Lucy and a cat named Hailey. Marty Schommer grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota. She received an Associate of Applied Science degree from Waseca. Marty has worked at the clinic since it was established. She enjoys listening to music and jamming out with Gertie her Chihuahua. She is really sad that Aerosmith has not come to see her in her house. Melinda Doyle grew up in Hastings, Minnesota. She Received a Associate of Applied Science degree from Argosy University in 2001. She worked in 2 different clinics until she found her home here at the Hastings Veterinary Clinic in 2004. Kelly Matzke is our front desk manager. She has been working at the Hastings Veterinary Clinic for nine years. She grew up…
Featured Services Annual Wellness Exam: This is a free exam for our patients when scheduled with routine vaccination and heartworm checks. Our wellness exam includes internal and external parasite monitoring and control, as well as overall physical health analysis. Dental Care: We will give your pet a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity to determine whether there are any underlying problems or tartar build-up. Very poor dental health could require selective tooth extraction. Our dental procedures include: Ultrasonic Scaling Polishes Extractions (if necessary) Deciduous Tooth Extraction (baby teeth) Surgery: We perform a range of surgical procedures for our small animal patients. We offer and recommend pre-surgical bloodwork, and post surgery pain control. Our most common surgical procedures include the following: General Abdominal Surgery Spays and Neuters Orthopedic Repair (ACL & Fracture repair) Bladder Stone Removal (Cystotomy) Ophthalmic Surgery Soft Tissue Surgery (lesion removal, biopsies, laceration repair, cosmetic procedures) Tumor Removal Amputations Anal Gland Removal Feline Declaw Radiology & Digital Ultrasound: We offer both standard radiology services (X-ray) as well as digital Ultrasound. Ultrasound allows for more specific diagnostic images of the urinary bladder and abdominal organs (liver, spleen, kidneys ) as well as helping to more accurately biopsy these…
Care Recommendation for cats While cats do not need the same level of exercise that dogs do, regular play sessions with your cat will provide it with the physical exercise and mental stimulation they need, as well as strengthen the bond you share. Be sure to provide your cat a nutritionally balanced diet, including constant access to fresh water. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how often to feed your cat. Cat Vaccination Schedule FVRCP – Feline Rhinotracheitis Calici Panleukopenia Vaccine given at 6, 12, and 16 weeks of age, then every other year. Rabies – Given at 12 weeks of age then yearly Feline Leukemia Care Recommendation for dogs Your dog is an additional member of the family and, like children, depend on you for everything – food, water, shelter, medical care, exercise, and of course a loving household. The most basic health care for your dog includes regular health screening by your veterinarian, vaccines, and spay/neuter. Dogs must get exercise, so proper leashes and collars are needed, along with identification. ID tags, microchipping, or tattoos are common forms of dog identification. Dogs also need to wear collars with licenses, and rabies vaccination tags. Dog Vaccination Schedule…
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Top 10 FAQ’s
Top Ten FAQ’s Q. When do my pets get their first vaccines? A. We recommend that puppies and kittens get their first vaccinations at 6, 12, and 16 weeks. Q. When should I consider getting my pet “fixed”? A. We recommend at approximately six months or before their first heat cycle (female). Q. How do you test for heartworm disease? A. We draw a blood sample that evaluates for the presence of adult heartworms. Q. What is wrong when my dog or cat is itching? A. There are a variety of causes for pruritus (itching) in dogs and cats, some of them being parasitic (fleas, mange, mites, ticks), allergic, or psychogenic. An appointment should be made to evaluate the cause of your pets condition. Q. Why do dogs eat grass? A. Dogs being naturally omnivorous will eat small amounts of grass out of habit; however, in excess it can cause vomiting or digestive distress. Q. What is the gestation length for dogs? A. 63 Days Q. What should I do if my cat is inappropriately urinating around the house? A. There can be a variety of causes for this behavior including, stress, urinary calculus, environmental changes, dirty litter boxes, urinary…
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