Health Maintenance Services

Pet Health in BakersfieldStiern Veterinary Hospital and Southwest Veterinary Hospital are full-service animal hospitals staffed by skilled, compassionate, and caring individuals. Beyond our comprehensive wellness examinations, we offer a full range of services, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, reproductive medicine and more.

At Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals, your pet receives the finest professional health care at a reasonable cost and in a pleasant, efficient, and friendly manner.

Internal Medicine

Our hospitals offer a broad range of veterinary services to best protect your pet's health and overall well-being. While our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care, you can also rely on our skilled, compassionate medical team when your pet is sick. To that end, an important part of our practice is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems.

Our experienced veterinarians, supported by our hospitals' advanced diagnostic technology, have expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases.

Allergies and Dermatology for PetsAllergy Treatment

Allergies are common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. While allergies are typically due to fleas, they can also be the result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. The majority of dogs effected by allergies are more than two years old and most allergies don't appear until after a pet is six months of age. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and wheezing, or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea.

Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat will experience only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. The flea-allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea's saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions in your pet. These include:

  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Head shaking
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Loss of hair
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears.
  • Thickened skin

If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns. At Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals, we carry several safe, effective medications for treating allergies. We also offer allergy blood testing and customized desensitizing treatments if needed. For more complicated dermatological cases, we can refer you to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist.

Dog and Cat FoodYour Pet's Nutrition

Your doctor has probably advised you of the importance of proper nutrition and a balanced diet. The same is true for your pet. Ensuring your pet is meeting its nutritional needs and is provided with ample fresh, clean water, is the most significant health variable you control as your pet's caregiver. Proper nutrition is an essential ingredient for your pet's overall good health.

While more expensive doesn't always mean better, feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of their ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

The veterinarians at Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination, and give recommendations based on what we see. We can provide you with guidance on proper serving size and nutrient needs for each stage of your pet's life as well as when faced with a medical condition.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more. Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals carry a full line of prescription, hypoallergenic and weight-reducing diets.

Pet Reproduction HealthReproductive Medicine

Whether you are an experienced breeder or breeding your pet for the first time, our veterinarians can help during all phases of the breeding process, from initial planning and consultation all the way through birth and post-natal nursing and management of associated diseases and complications.

Our available services include ultrasounds, X-rays and hormonal testing to check for pregnancy or determine optimal windows for breeding.