Our staff at Kittel Family Veterinary Practice is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion every time they walk in the door!
- Laser Therapy
- Health Certificates
- Dental Care
- Preventative Care
- Advanced Digital X-rays
- Spay and Neuter
- Wellness Exams
- Nutritional Counseling
- Behavior Management
- Parasite Prevention
- Onsite Labwork
- Allergy Testing & Management
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Geriatric Care
- Honeybee Services
We are the only veterinary office in Elk Grove that offers Companion Laser Therapy as a service to patients. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, and drug-free treatment option for pets that suffer from a variety of conditions. Laser therapy can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment plans or as a stand-alone treatment.
Whether a patient is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or surgery, or simply suffering from the pains and effects of aging, they can benefit from Laser therapy. Since we began offering this service to our patients in late 2018, we have used Laser Therapy to improve the lives and overall health of dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Testimonials from our clients:
"Laser therapy is AMAZING—we were so impressed with the results after just one visit! We are truly sold on this therapyoption."- Franke W.
"I am so thankful I discovered that KFVP offers laser therapy. Laser therapy had been recommended to me to help my 10 year old bunny with pain management and severely limited mobility due to arthritis in his back legs and hips. My bun suffered an unknown medical event in August 2018 and has been virtually immobile since. I had to help him eat and drink, and he was no longer able to use his litterbox on his own. He has had three laser therapy treatments in the past week and within 24 hours of his first treatment he was sitting unassisted for almost an hour. He hasn't done this in six months. He is also able to hop three or four hops at a time now, uses his litterbox again, and is able to support himself on his hind legs long enough to groom his face and ears. This is amazing! Not only am I thrilled with the results I'm seeing from the laser therapy, but I'm relieved that the cost of treatment is manageable for me."
- Stephanie S.
If you want to travel out of the state or country with your pet, you’ll need to plan ahead. Since each state and country is different, you’ll need the proper paperwork to ensure your pet can travel safely along with you. Though every country has different requirements, most require a health certificate done by a USDA-accredited veterinarian, which both Dr. Kittel and Dr. Plagman are. Please visit this USDA site to see what is required for the state or country you are traveling to with your pet: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
At the time of your pets' examination, we will go over the forms and services your pet will need in order to travel. Some destinations require tests, medications, and/or services a certain amount of time prior to traveling. Your pet should be microchipped, which is something we can do if needed, and many countries require pets to be treated for parasites prior to travel. Health Certificates will serve as your pet’s proof of vaccination and statement of health, and are good for 30 days once signed by our veterinarian. Most airlines require the Health Certificate to be done within 10 days prior to travel, so be sure to check with your carrier as well as your destination, in case they each have their own requirements.
Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can cause bacteria to seep into your pet’s bloodstream, affecting their overall health. It has been shown that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats older than three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population. Ask our staff about our dental packages for dogs and cats.
We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular examinations allow us to establish a baseline in your pets' health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems. We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular examinations, every 6 months. Often health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so regular examinations are important, even when your pet appears healthy.
We are pleased to offer our clients the highest quality veterinary care. We want nothing but the best for our patients, especially during surgery and their recovery. That’s why it’s the goal of our office to make sure every surgical procedure is a success and that each patient recovers smoothly and safely from anesthesia. Our technicians work alongside our veterinarians to make sure our surgical patients get the detailed care they deserve all the way from pre-op to post-op.
Advanced Digital X-rays
Our office has digital radiology, which allows us to quickly take and interpret x-rays on our patients, allowing us to get a non-invasive look inside the body.
Spay and Neuter
Our office spays and neuters dogs, cats, and rabbits. Spaying/neutering is an important medical procedure that can enhance the quality of your pets' life and decrease certain undesirable behaviors, all while helping to control the homeless pet population.
At Kittel Family Veterinary Practice, we are happy to offer microchipping. We even register your pet’s microchip for you, at no additional fee. Every year, thousands of pets go missing, and many do not make it back home. Not knowing where your pet is or how to get them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet's safety and return home, should he or she ever become lost…microchipping. By implanting a tiny microchip underneath your pet's skin, we can increase your chances of your pet returning home to you if they ever get lost.
Our office believes one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet's health is vaccinating them. There are a variety of illnesses and diseases which affect our pets that proper vaccination can eliminate. Our office believes in individualized patient care, so our staff will consult with you about the unique risks your pet faces in your area, so we can make sure your pet is protected for their individual lifestyle.
We believe that regular checkups and examinations are critical to your pets' well-being. Having your pet examined when they are “well” gives us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their unique body and tendencies. Not only do wellness exams keep us up-to-date with your pets' health, they also allow us the best chance to detect potential problems before they become serious.
Obesity is a common problem among pets. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause significant health problems as well as decrease their lifespan. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range. To ensure our patients are as healthy as possible, we offer nutritional counseling. If you have any questions about your pet's diet or would like more information about your pet's nutritional needs, please contact us today. We can set up an individualized nutrition plan for your pet.
We work with our clients to offer solutions to a variety of pet behavioral issues. Behavioral problems can be challenging and frustrating for pet owners, which can reduce the human-animal bond in the long run, so it is our goal to help find a solution sooner rather than later. There are many pet behaviors that can be negative or destructive; we want you to know that we’re here to help overcome them.
The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it's also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for pets and the people they live with. That’s why we emphasize the importance of regular routine parasite prevention. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet and human members of your family as well.
Ultrasound is a quick and painless diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to allow us to see inside our patients. Whether we’re confirming pregnancy, locating the bladder for a urine sample, or evaluating organs, ultrasound is a tool we use daily in caring for our patients.
We have state-of-the-art lab equipment onsite that allows our staff to diagnose your pets' condition or illness quickly. It is our commitment to stay on the cutting edge of diagnostic technology, which is why we use Idexx as our in-house labwork system. Having advanced diagnostic tools and onsite labwork capabilities enables us to examine specific areas of our patients more thoroughly so that we may provide a quicker and more accurate diagnosis.
Allergy Testing & Management
Similar to people with allergies, dogs and cats can be allergic to almost anything. Pets can be allergic to allergens in their household environment, outside environment, or even ingredients in their food. Symptoms can range from itchiness and ear or eye infections to constant licking, and even vomiting or diarrhea. Many pets suffer from allergies which can directly affect their quality of life, as well as their owner’s. If you think your pet is experiencing allergies, our staff can work with you to help find a therapy that brings them some relief.
Pets experience pain much like people do, so for this reason, we will do whatever we can to help keep your pet comfortable. We have many different options when it comes to treating a pets' pain, including but not limited to medications and laser therapy. We tailor our recommendations to each pet, taking into account their lifestyle, health, and pain score.
It is our goal to provide our clients with complete veterinary care in a professional and accessible atmosphere. That is why we offer a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your pets' prescription needs as well as utilize our online pharmacy that offers home-delivery. Having both an on-site and online pharmacy provides our clients with more convenient ways to get their pets' medications, foods, and supplies.
Saying goodbye to your pet is never easy, that’s why we promise to treat each case with compassion and understanding. Knowing when it’s time to euthanize your companion is a difficult choice, one that our team will help guide you through. While there are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize a pet, it is a personal decision that differs from person to person, and our staff will be there to help you along the way.
We offer a variety of solutions and treatments for our patients, which is why we work with a mobile orthopedic surgeon who visits our office to care for patients in need of her specialized services. We understand that orthopedic problems can be a big challenge for both pets and their owners, so we are dedicated to working with you throughout the orthopedic surgery process well past your pet’s full recovery.
Preventative medicine is important when our pets are young, but as our pets age, and become prone to certain disease processes, annual examinations and labwork become even more critical. We understand the changes your pet will face as they become older, and we also know the importance of keeping your pet healthy as they enter their golden years. Our office would love to assist in caring for your senior pet to help ensure they live as long and healthy a life as possible.
In 2017 the FDA federally mandated that hobbyist and commercial beekeepers would no longer be able to purchase antimicrobials over the counter. The mandate was part of the FDA’s reform on the way antimicrobials are used in food-producing animals. Honeybees are the only insect listed as a food-producing animal, so bee-keepers now need a veterinarian to manage the health of their hives and prescribe antibiotics. Local beekeepers are in luck, because Dr. Kittel is a hobbyist apiarist. Familiar with honey bees, and experienced with his own hives, Dr. Kittel can provide expert veterinary care for any beekeeper in need of medical care and/or antibiotics for their hives and bees.