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Victorville, CA Pet HealthCompassionate Medical Care for Pets
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Apple Valley Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital staffed by skilled, experienced and dedicated veterinarians and pet care professionals. Beyond our comprehensive wellness examinations, we offer a full range of services including treatment for eye disorders, orthopedic problems, allergy and dermatology treatment, cancer treatment, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, behavior counseling, laser therapy, ultrasound and more.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to the highest quality pet care based on your pet's unique needs and your expectations.

Internal Medicine

Despite the very best preventive care, your pet can become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for you and your pet, especially because you can't simply ask your companion what's wrong. You need a skilled veterinarian whom you can trust for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

While the focus of our medical practice at Apple Valley Animal Hospital is your pet's wellness, an important part of our services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems. Our veterinarians address all internal medicine issues using a combination of a thorough examination and diagnostic technology such as laboratory work, digital X-ray, endoscopy, eye pressure testing, blood pressure testing and ultrasound technology.

Health Maintenance Services of Apple Valley Animal HospitalAllergies and Dermatology

Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections or parasites such as fleas and mites. Most allergies appear after the pet is six months of age, with the majority of affected dogs over age two. The most common symptom associated with allergies is localized or generalized itching of the skin. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (coughing, sneezing and wheezing) or digestive problems, which cause vomiting, flatulence or diarrhea. These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.

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

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

We can diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. However, many dermatologic diseases or conditions require additional tests to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet's symptoms and the results of his or her physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Health Maintenance Services of Apple Valley Animal HospitalGlaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary or chronic glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary or acute glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation.

Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

At Apple Valley Animal Hospital, we recommend your pet receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care. The exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet’s normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eyedrop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

Health Maintenance Services of Apple Valley Animal HospitalLaser Therapy

Eliminating or minimizing your pet's discomfort is one of our medical team's top priorities. To that end, we have invested in a therapeutic laser, which we use to stimulate and accelerate the healing of damaged cells relating to many conditions, including arthritis, acute and chronic pain, infection, injuries, sprains & strains, inflammation, edema and wound healing. Almost any medical condition can be improved by laser therapy.

During each painless, noninvasive treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. In addition, it can accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve circulation and nerve function, reduce scar tissue formation and help the immune system fend off infection. Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.

What Conditions Does Laser Therapy Treat?

Wound healing, including:

  • Post-operative surgical incisions
  • Contaminated or infected wounds
  • Burns
  • Snake bites

Skin conditions, including:

  • Dermatitis
  • Cat bite abscesses
  • Eczema
  • Ulcerated or non-ulcerated eosinophilic granulomas
  • Frostbite
  • Panniculitis (subcutaneous inflammation)
  • Pododermatitis (inflammation of skin on feet)
  • Pyoderma (pus in the skin)
  • Seborrhea (dandruff)

Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders such as:

  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of motor control
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative fracture repair
  • Degenerative joint disease

What You and Your Pet Can Expect

Your pet does not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. Improvement is often seen immediately after the first treatment; however, we recommend several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Your veterinarian at Apple Valley Animal Hospital will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition. Therapeutic laser treatment can be combined with other medications your pet may be taking for a particular condition. For more information about this exciting treatment, please speak to one of our staff members.

Treating Your Pet's CancerHealth Maintenance Services of Apple Valley Animal Hospital

The veterinarians at Apple Valley Animal Hospital consider many factors in advising the most appropriate course of treatment for your pet's particular case and work with you to determine the best course of action available. The standard treatment for almost all pet cancers is surgical removal of the tumor. Benign cancers in an accessible, well-defined area are almost always permanently cured by surgical removal. Surgery is also the best treatment for the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Once surgically removed, growths may never return.

Chemotherapy for pets has been designed to improve their quality of life and maximize their lifespans. Protocols are developed to minimize side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea and lowered resistance to infection. These effects can be moderated or eliminated by use of appropriate medications and adjustment of the chemotherapy protocol. We consider your pet's case individually and determine what treatment program is best. Often this is referred to a Board Certified Oncologist.

Radiation treatment is the use of high-energy radiation that injures the DNA of cancer cells. Unfortunately, normal healthy cells can also be damaged or destroyed by the radiation, particularly cells that make up your pet's intestinal lining, bone marrow and immune system. This type of treatment is only available at veterinary specialty centers.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all of the relevant factors with our medical team so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, preserved quality of life and improved outcomes.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy uses stem cells from your pet's body to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. Stem cells have the unique ability to mature into cells with specialized functions, which makes them extremely valuable for repairing certain body tissues damaged by injury or disease. Stem cell therapy is most commonly used to treat osteoarthritis in dogs and cats, but clinical research continues to explore other uses for stem cells, including repairing bone, ligament, and spinal cord injuries and treating kidney and liver disease.

To make this promising and exciting treatment available to your pet, Dr. Jessen has been certified to perform stem cell therapy. The decision to use stem cell therapy is based on your pet's specific condition, age, breed, previous treatment and response, severity and duration, and anesthesia/sedation risk. A full examination and consultation are necessary before proceeding with this innovative medical treatment.

Health Maintenance Services of Apple Valley Animal HospitalNutrition Counseling

Nutrition is just as important for your pet as it is for you — after all, "We are what we eat!" At Apple Valley Animal Hospital, counseling about nutrition starts with your pet's first visit with a veterinarian. We talk to you about the food choices available for your pet, and we also discuss the proper frequency and amount of food he or she should receive. We can also counsel clients whose pets are overweight or have special dietary requirements.

Feeding your pet the highest quality food 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 the 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 affects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life. The benefits of nutritional counseling with one of our Apple Valley veterinarians include weight loss, increased energy levels and a healthier lifestyle. Ask us today about nutritional counseling for your pet!

Behavioral Counseling and Training

Apple Valley Animal Hospital has partnered with Inside Out Dog Training in Apple Valley to help our clients and their pets. Learn more about Inside Out Dog Training and their positive training methods at

Reproductive Medicine

Whether you are an experienced breeder or breeding your pet for the first time, the medical team at Apple Valley Animal Hospital can help during all phases of the breeding process, from initial planning and consultation through birth and post-natal nursing and management of associated diseases and complications.

Reproductive services provided at Apple Valley Animal Hospital include examinations, consultations, progesterone testing, Brucella testing, artificial insemination, prenatal care, ultrasound, gestational X-rays, birthing assistance, caesarean births (if appropriate), radiographs for OFA certification prior to breeding and follow-up nursing care. If you have any questions about your pet's reproductive health or pregnancy planning, please ask any of our doctors.


As a part of our commitment to provide you and your pet with the best veterinary care in Apple Valley, we use telemedicine to support our in-house capabilities. With telemedicine, we are able to transmit ECG readings to veterinary cardiologists; consult with specialists; research cases; communicate directly with our pet owners; and send reminders.

If you would like more information about the greater Victorville area veterinary health services that Apple Valley Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Apple Valley, please call us at (760) 490-0635.

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