When to Take Your Pet to the Vet

Due to shelter in place a lot of us are working from home, teaching our kids from home and well… are home. This has given us plenty of time to observe our pets on a daily basis. Some clients jokingly remark, “Wow! I never knew my cat just slept all day.” While it’s true that the domestic cat does sleep a lot (the average is 18-20 hours daily) indoor-only cats also learn to modify their behavior based on our schedules, their feeding schedule, etc.  Just because we are home all day long, does not mean our pets are going to stop their routines. However, we might be asking ourselves “is that normal?” I would like to take this time to make owners aware of some behaviors that would necessitate a trip in to the clinic (even in this restricted climate).  Change in appetite: this is a big red flag for me. Most animals eat a certain amount of food daily and consistently. When your pet is suddenly “being picky,” I am concerned.  If this is only for one day, likely you could wait to come in, unless you have seen this behavior before as a result of illness. If it […]

What to Expect During Social Distancing

For all examinations, please fill out the pre-exam form on your clinic’s website. Please follow the CDC’s recommendations and help stay safe by wearing a mask. Our team will do the same. Stay in your car and call when you arrive. Inform the receptionist of your parking space number and the best phone number at which to reach you. Please be patient, as your assistant will call you to notify when your pet is ready to be brought into the clinic. The team may notify you to drop off your pet with us for a portion of the day, so that you do not need to wait at the clinic. Have your phone on you, and be ready to receive a call from your doctor or the team about updates and treatment plans. Pay over the phone. We will collect payment via credit card when you return to pick up your pet.

Important Message to our Customers

Since 1971, Seattle Veterinary Associates has been focused on making life better for people and their pets.   Our community is undergoing some dynamic challenges with respect to the recent COVID – 19 outbreak and we want to assure you that we are doing everything within our power to ensure that our clients, patients and employees stay safe and healthy. As a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, we already have cleaning protocols  in place that mitigate viral transmission to our patients . These same protocols and products are reported to be effective against COVID 19 and we are also following enhanced cleaning guidelines outlined by the CDC, WHO and our local health dept.   The following are some action items that have been taken with respect to your safety as well as the safety of our SVA family: 1.All public and treatment areas are being sanitized multiple times daily using proper protocol 2. Starting Tuesday, 3/17/20 we will be discontinuing all preventative/wellness care visits, surgeries and dental procedures  and focusing on emergent cases where animals are sick or injured.  We will also be instituting a drop off policy to minimize your exposure and that of our staff.    Staff members will […]


We understand the concern that Coronavirus has brought to the area and we want to make you aware of the steps we are taking to protect our valued patients, clients and staff. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no evidence that dogs can become sick with or spread COVID-19. We are now learning more that suggests some cats may be able to contract and become ill with COVID-19. At this time, we still strongly advise that contact between pets and sick people be avoided or limited whenever possible. We recommend you refer to the American Veterinary Medical Association for the most up-to-date veterinary-reviewed information about COVID-19 and pets.  Employees and pet owners who have symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, fever) are asked to stay home and not come to the hospital until they are free of fever (100.4 F [37.8 C] or greater) or associated symptoms for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medication. If you are experiencing these symptoms above, and your pet has a scheduled appointment, please reach out to us to reschedule your appointment. We ask all employees and pet owners to follow the […]

Top Twenty Best Veterinarians

The recognition keeps coming! We’re so proud to announce another of our veterinary clinics has been recognized as one of the top 20 veterinary clinics in all of Seattle. With the amount of competition, this is no easy task. Chosen be –because of our reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism Queen Anne Animal Clinic comes out on top!

Stressed Pets at the Vet

By Michael Balas, DVM Our veterinary practice prides itself on our commitment to fear free visits for your pets, and many of our staff members have undergone special training to make the hospital a more relaxing environment for our patients. There are multiple non-pharmaceutical techniques we utilize to help make your pet’s visit to the hospital a happier experience. Occasionally however, some pets will become so stressed they can become a danger to themselves or others and your veterinarian might recommend an anti-anxiety medication prior to visits. This does not mean your pet is being naughty or cannot be managed. It means that we have noticed your pet has a level of stress that we can potentially help with. There are a variety of pharmaceutical options that can be used to help with hospital- based anxiety. Two of the most commonly used medications in veterinary medicine are trazodone for dogs and gabapentin for cats. Trazodone helps increase serotonin levels within the brain which reduces anxiety. Given a few hours prior to an exam, it can lessen fear-based behaviors such as reacting to being approached or examined, cowering, and barking. It also aids in treatments such as blood draws and vaccinations, […]

Laparoscopic Ovariectomy in Dogs

By Catherine Gamber, DVM You likely know someone who has had, or perhaps yourself have had, a surgical procedure performed with laparoscopy and had a quick recovery afterwards.  Laparoscopic surgical techniques are now being used in the veterinary field with similar benefits.  A great example of this is a laparoscopic ovariectomy. Laparoscopic ovariectomy is a minimally invasive approach to spaying dogs. Two small incisions (approximately 5-10mm long) are made along the dog’s abdominal midline. One incision is used to pass the videoscope into the abdomen, while the other is for the surgical instruments. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide to aid in viewing of the abdominal organs and blood vessels.  A special device is used to seal the blood vessels and tissue around the ovaries so that they can then be removed. The incisions are then sutured closed. Due to the size of our laparoscopic tools and the incision size needed, this kind of spay is only performed on dogs who weigh over 25 pounds. Spaying your dog laparoscopically holds many benefits compared to the traditional procedure.  Visibility is improved with the videoscope, which can magnify and provide enhanced lighting. Compared to a traditional spay, where tissues connecting the […]