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Arrow Animal Hospital Keeps Pets Happy and Healthy

By Pamela Sosnowski

Our pets are always there with unconditional love for us, so the least we can do is ensure their health and wellbeing. For pet owners in the Los Lunas area, Arrow Animal Hospital is committed to providing the very best of medical care to furry friends. The staff consists of three licensed veterinarians and several technicians that regularly attend continuing education seminars to stay up-to-date with the latest veterinary medical and surgical techniques.

"Arrow Animal Hospital is a progressive mixed animal practice, which means we strive to provide the highest quality medical services to a variety of animals in clinic or at your house," says Dr. Sarah Lopez, one of the facility's three DVMs. "Our services mainly encompass small animals (dogs & cats) and large animals such as horses, cattle, goats, and pigs."

The hospital is one of the only ones in New Mexico that uses laser surgery when performing many operations. The benefits of laser surgery include less pain, less bleeding, and less swelling which means the animal has a quicker and more comfortable recovery. It is an available option on most of the general surgeries performed at Arrow and can also be used to treat conditions such as cysts, tumors, warts, and infections.

"Our 3-doctor practice offers services that range from preventative medicine (vaccine and health checks) to routine surgeries (spay and neuters) and specialties such as orthopedic surgeries," explains Lopez.

Arrow utilizes the latest animal medical equipment including radiographs and ultrasound services and a Dentalaire dental machine for cleaning an animal's teeth and performing dental procedures. An in-house pharmacy carries many of the prescriptions that pets need, saving owners the time and hassle of going to an outside pharmacy for prescription drugs. The hospital also contains a laboratory that enables the staff to perform cytology, hematology and complete enzyme testing and have results ready within one hour.

In addition to the main building, Arrow Animal Hospital includes an equine barn for performing surgery and dental work on horses. The barn is equipped with an ultrasound, endoscopy equipment and digital radiography.

One of the more common medical issues that Lopez and her staff are seeing is canine allergies. "Allergies are VERY common in dogs and VERY frustrating to treat," she states.

"There are several types of allergies that your pet may suffer from and they may occasionally have two types of allergies at the same time. It is very important to schedule a visit with a veterinarian to determine what type of allergies your dog has in order to receive the proper treatment for your pet."

The staff is also committed to community service and educating the public about good pet care. "We believe that supporting and enriching the community through client education and community service is key," says Lopez. "When our doctors and staff are not hard at work in the clinic you can find them volunteering at 4-H and FFA events or at schools helping to educated the young minds of the future."

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