Small Animal Clinic

Oakes Vet Service provides a wide range of services for your companion animals.  Our clinic strives to offer up-to-date information and the most current techniques to care for your pet. Please read below about the routine services and products we provide and please call with any questions you may have.  We are eager to help you and your furry family members stay healthy and happy.

Mitt and Duke are usually here to keep everything in order.

Wellness Appointments and Immunizations

We make it our goal to provide healthcare and prevent illness whenever possible. Our wellness appointments are specifically designed and focus on the overall well-being of your pet and include: a thorough physical exam, internal parasite screening, heartworm preventative and flea control, vaccination schedule customized to your pet, spay and neuter packages and blood chemistries for patients of all life stages. We also send out reminders by postcards, to help you keep your pet current


We offer a wide variety of surgical techniques and technology. We do many soft tissue surgeries, such as ovariohysterectomies (spays) and castrations (neuters), exploratories, and tumor removals. All patients, young, adult and geriatric, are carefully screened for safety before any procedure is performed. Anesthetics are specifically calculated and measured to your pet’s size and health status. Surgical services and facilities include: fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient procedures for your pet; each patient is carefully monitored throughout its entire procedure by an OVS technician; sterilization techniques; IV catheter and fluids for patients; oxygen saturation monitoring; full pre- and post-operative blood testing and post-surgical monitoring.

Laser Therapy

We now offer a therapeutic laser treatment with our surgeries to help reduce pain and inflammation associated with the incision site.  This treatment encourages increased blood flow to the surgical/injury site which may speed healing time. Additional benefits include increased healing in chronic wounds, soft tissue injuries, and pain reduction for patients with arthritis.

Emergency and Urgent Care

Emergency care is offered during regular business hours, as well as after hours, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. In any emergency, every second counts, which is why the OVS staff is ready, trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet needs. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment, do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. It is best to call prior to coming in, if possible, so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency. We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, we will work to fit you in when possible between scheduled appointments.

Radiology and Ultrasound

Radiology, also known as X-rays, help our veterinarians get a better look at what’s occurring internally in your pet. It helps to evaluate musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. We have the ability to perform contrast studies on your pet to help us see if there is a gastrointestinal obstruction or if there is a problem within the urinary tract. OVS uses the traditional photographic films, as well as now having digital radiology capabilities.

Digital Radiography provides the veterinarian with a radiographic image that can be viewed immediately on a large monitor without the need of chemically processing photographic films. Digital Radiography provides easy viewing and the ability to digitally enhance images for more detailed analysis. Due to their digital format, radiographs can be copied for clients if requested or can be emailed to veterinary specialists abroad to aid in diagnosis and treatment of your pet.

Ultrasound can be used to evaluate soft tissue conditions within the abdomen and chest, diagnose pregnancy in your dog or cat, and assist in diagnostic sampling.

Pet Dental Care

Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth, as well as its overall health. A thorough exam and cleaning of your pet’s teeth requires anesthesia. Before any dental procedure is performed, we examine your pet and evaluate the mouth conditions, as well as any bloodwork that has been run. If the doctor notices any problems regarding your pet’s health, the procedure may be postponed until after your pet receives care to reduce or resolve the risk.

We use modern dental instruments and safe ultrasound equipment to remove plaque and tartar, above and below the gumline. Severely diseased teeth often must be extracted.

Depending on your pet’s age and the severity of gum disease, antibiotic treatment may be needed to heal gums and keep infection from harming your pet’s internal organs. After the procedure, it may be necessary to leave your pet overnight for observation and recovery and to give your pet pain medication for a few days.

Schedule an appointment today to have your pet’s teeth professionally evaluated and cleaned at Oakes Veterinary Service.

Pain Management

Animals feel the same pain and discomfort as we humans do. It was once thought that animals did not experience pain, but we now know that this is not true. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in your pet is detrimental to its healing process. It has been proven that controlling pain, whether it is from injury, illness or surgery, will prolong the recovery process. Pain management will decrease the animal’s stress level and in turn give an increased sense of well being. By offering complete pain control we can improve your pet’s quality of life and longevity.

Pain medication is offered to every surgical patient during the morning of their check-in and often times is prescribed and sent home with pain management regardless, depending on the procedure performed.

Oakes Veterinary Service carries a wide variety of medicinal options to alleviate your pet’s surgical pain and/or arthritic pain. Pain medications are safe and effective, and many are now formulated just for your pet.


A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected by a needle under your pet’s skin. It can be done during a regular wellness exam and does not require anesthesia. Each microchip carries a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. If a microchipped pet is ever lost and is turned in to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The veterinary clinic or animal shelter can then contact the company that made that particular microchip to find out the name, address and phone number of the owner so that they can be reunited again. Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip known as Home Again. Microchip your pet today, it can help save your pet’s life!

In House Laboratory

Oakes Veterinary Service is equipped with extensive in-house laboratory capabilities to assess urine, blood, feces and cytology. Most of these procedures can be performed in-house, which gives us test results rapidly. Having an onsite laboratory gives us a major advantage in assessing a patient’s health status quickly and efficiently, especially in instances when obtaining fast results have an impact on the course of emergency treatments. For those particular patients that may require more specific testing, we have a network of reference laboratories, to which we send samples out to for analysis. OVS is equipped with the basic centrifuge and microscope, and a blood chemistry machine, which provides us with chemistry, electrolyte and total T4 values. We have capable trained staff that is educated in running lab work manually, such as parasite screening, urinalysis, cytology; including ear swabs, fine needle aspirates and impression smears, complete blood counts and other microbiologic samples. We also have the ability to test and receive results for diseases such as heartworm disease, lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis and feline immunodeficiency virus within a matter of minutes.

Fully Stocked Pharmacy

We stock a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, supplements, flea and tick products, heartworm preventatives, shampoos and a variety of other items for the needs of your pet. We have access to the best compounding facilities for those difficult to find medications, which also have the ability to flavor the medication to your pet’s liking. We are also able to find different ways to give your medication to your pet, such as applying a topical gel or ointment instead of administering pills.

Nutritional Counseling

We encourage good nutrition to all of our patients. We can provide the guidance needed to meet the nutritional requirements for each life stage and help you feed the necessary amount of food for growth, maintenance and performance. Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active. Oakes Veterinary Service carries Hills Science Diet and Hills Prescription Diet foods and treats.

End of Life Services

Whether your pet is a faithful senior facing the end of a long, happy life or a victim of accident or illness, the Oakes Veterinary Service is here to support and guide you.  We are available to answer your questions and concerns about euthanasia and help you in accessing the quality of your pet’s life to determine when it’s time to say goodbye.

Euthanasia provides a painless, peaceful end for a pet who would otherwise continue to suffer.  The veterinarians and staff here at Oakes Vet Service can provide your pet with a humane and gentle death. During the procedure, your doctor will inject your pet with a sedative followed by a special medication. The animal experiences no awareness of the end of its’ life—the process is similar to undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure and takes about 10 to 15 minutes.  You may chose to be with or without your pet during this procedure and you may take as much time as you need with your pet afterwards.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make things easier for you.

For your convenience, we offer cremation services if you would like your pets ashes returned to you.  We also have a selection of urns available, which we will gladly show you.

Pet Memorials

Oakes Veterinary Service knows how hard it is to lose a beloved pet and a memorial is a beautiful testimony to the life of a pet that has passed on. It can be just the right touch for expressing compassion to someone who has had a loss. A memorial donation to Service Dogs for America (Great Plains Assistance Dog Foundation, Inc.) is made in memory of your beloved pet. The donation will help enhance the outstanding programs and services they provide.

Service Dogs for America (Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation, Inc.) is located in Jud, ND. (34 miles south of Jamestown, ND).  This facility trains service dogs for people with disabilities.