Countryside Veterinary Hospital


Acupuncture is one of a variety of therapies that may be used to treat your pet. It is frequently combined with conventional Western medicine to manage a variety of conditions.

What is acupuncture?Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for 4,000 years in humans and animals. It consists of inserting thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into a patient at precise locations and depths to alter the body's biochemical and physiological properties, primarily through stimulation of the central nervous system. Acupuncture is thought to increase circulation and cause the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones (some of which are known as endorphins, the natural "pain killing" hormones). It can also relieve muscle spasms and stimulate the immune system.

What responds to acupuncture?

How often will my pet need acupuncture?

Acupuncture is performed once or twice per week for 4-8 treatments or until the desirable effect is reached. Treatments are then tapered according to the patient's response.

How long does any acupuncture treatment last?

The length and frequency of treatments depends on the condition of the patient. The initial consult and treatment will take 60 minutes. Subsequent treatments may take approximately 30 minutes.

Is an acupuncture treatment painful?

While some pets may feel a little bit of discomfort as the needles are inserted, most relax during treatment and may even fall asleep.


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Attached to Countryside Veterinary Hospital is Countryside Pet Center, which offers boarding and Science Diet cat and dog food. Our boarding facility offers small kennels to large runs. It is air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. We pride ourselves on offering a facility that is clean and comfortable, and a staff that is attentive in caring for your pets while you are away. Feel free to swing by for a tour!

Countryside Pet Center can be reached at 208-522-9011.


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Closed for the observance of New Year's Day and Christmas Day.Open Sunday hours on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.

Cancer Treatment

Like people, many pets may develop cancer at some point in their lives. Some cancers can be removed through surgery alone, while others may require more extensive forms of therapy. Although we are not board certified oncologists, we do have experience administering chemotherapy to pets with lymphoma and other forms of cancer. Not all cancers will respond to chemotherapy; talk to our doctors to determine if your pet's cancer can be treated with chemotherapy.

Most pets respond very well to chemotherapy. Very few lose their coat and the side effects we see are mostly minor and consist of primarily nausea and diarrhea. If gastrointestinal upset proves to be problematic, we can pretreat with medications to alleviate these side effects.

In some cases, referral to a university veterinary teaching hospital may be indicated for radiation or other advanced treatment options.


Periodontal disease is the number one health disorder that pets over the age of three suffer from. Dental disease can lead to tooth loss, gingivitis and oral infections. Over time and left untreated, these infections can spread to vital organs such as the kidneys or heart and shorten the life span of your pet.

Our staff is trained to not only recognize these potentially painful conditions but also to help treat and prevent them with thorough dental cleanings. When extractions are necessary, potent narcotics or local anesthetics are administered to help with any discomfort your pet may feel. Annual dental cleanings will ensure your pet's teeth remain healthy throughout their life.

Dental beforeDentistry

Pet teeth, before and after a dental cleaning.

In-House Diagnostics

Blood Analysis:Diagnostics
Our blood analysis machines allow us to run tests immediately on sick and critical patients, to provide potentially life-saving answers in minutes.

Digital X-Ray:Digital XRay
Our digital x-ray system allows our doctors to view images just 6 seconds after taking the X-ray. This also allows us to burn a copy of the films to a disc for owners to view at home and easily send images to specialists for review

Laser SurgeryLaser

Advances in veteinary medicine and laser technology now make laser use during surgical procedures available to our clients and their pets. We continually strive to provide the best possible care for your pet. We feel that laser surgery helps us achieve that end. The main reasons we feel that laser surgery helps us to provide the best care are as follows:


Over 10 million pets are lost each year in the United States. Many of these pets do not find their way back home because they lack the proper identification or they have lost their collars or tags. Now there is a way in which your pet can be identified even without tags.

Microchipping is a permanent pet identification method in which a small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is placed between the shoulder blades of your pet. It is not a tracking device. The microchip number is recorded in a nationwide database that is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. If your pet becomes lost, shelters and veterinary hospitals nationwide have scanners that read the microchip and return the animal to its rightful owner.

Orthopedic Surgery

When an unfortunate accident happens that leaves our companions with broken or dislocated bones, rest assured that we can offer the expertise needed to get them up and running again. Services include:

Mended leg

Broken leg

  • Broken paw

  • Orthopedics

  • Plating
  • Hip and kneecap luxation surgery
  • External fixator placement
  • IM platting
  • ACL surgery including TPLO surgery
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Soft Tissue Surgery Surgery

Countryside Veterinary Hospital is pleased to offer a wide array of soft tissue surgeries including:

Therapeutic Laser Treatment

Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared modality that reduces inflammation and that results in pain reduction. Laser Therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative


Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Treatments to deeper tissues

are administered in 5 to 10 minutes. Typically, even chronic patients exhibit

improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s

own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Despite short treatment times,

laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce

inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.

All of our routine surgical procedures receive a post-operative therapy

laser treatment to help speed up the healing process and reduce pain

and inflammation.

  Some common conditions that are treated using laser therapy include:

Acute Conditions
Cuts/ Bites
Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
Sprains, Strains & Fractures
Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
Chronic Conditions
Degenerative Joint Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Periodontal Disease
Lick Granulomas
Geriatric Care
Hip Dysplasia
Feline Acne

For more information about the power of cold laser therapy click

Wellness Care

We recommend that all pets be seen at least annually by one of our veterinarians. For pets over the age of 12 we recommend that they be seen twice yearly.

Our wellness evaluations allow us to thoroughly examine your pet's teeth, eyes, ears, heart, lymph nodes, skin and musculoskeletal system. During these evaluations, we may find ear infections, cataracts, arthritis, skin tumors, allergies, dental disease and many other conditions that may need to be addressed for the health of your pet.

Senior Panels and Wellness Panels

Panels are basically blood tests which help us to complete a thorough evaluation of your pet. Our physical examination tells us a lot, but it doesn't indicate how the internal organs are functioning. By completing blood tests we are able to check for diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, liver disease, pancreatic and adrenal problems, infections, anemia and a host of other conditions. Detected early, we may be able to reverse some of these conditions or at least slow down how fast they progress.


We realize that not all pets have the same risk factors. Some are strictly indoors, some spend time outside, some are boarded or groomed frequently, others are not. Therefore, the vets at Countryside will tailor a vaccination protocol which suits the lifestyle of your pet. For those uncomfortable with vaccinations, we offer titer checks: blood tests which can help assess a pet's immune response to certain core vaccines.