We’ve been providing small animal veterinary services for the Lincoln, NE area since 1958 and offer expertise over a broad range of issues. We’re your source for friendly, quality care in Lincoln.
Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to make appointments for you and your pet efficiently. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us. If possible, it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency. For convenience, if you like, you can schedule with us through our app online or with your smartphone!
Emergency & Urgent Care
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, hit by a
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening most days. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to “squeeze” you in between scheduled appointments as a drop-off. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait to hear from the doctor.
Acupuncture and Laser Therapy
Medical Acupuncture works by using therapeutic effects of needling. The needles activate nerve fibers by the point of insertion, bringing changes that help to balance nerve signaling and neurotransmitter activity from the “periphery” of the central nervous system and autonomic system. Acupuncture takes into account that every system in the body is connected and affects every other system in some way. When a system does not function correctly, the whole body is out of balance and needs correction. While acupuncture is felt differently by individuals, there is usually little to no pain associated with the therapy and it is considered a non-invasive treatment.
We also proudly offer laser therapy to our clients. Laser therapy, or “cold” laser therapy, has been used in human medicine and has recently been brought over to the veterinary world. This cutting-edge treatment uses light waves to stimulate the cells of the body in a targeted area to activate the body’s own healing processes. Laser therapy is an effective treatment to speed up healing time after an injury or surgery. It is also great for reducing inflammation, making it effective against arthritis or dysplasia. This is often a lower cost alternative to expensive drug therapies which are also hard on some organ functions.
Therapy Lasers have been scientifically proven and successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions:
- Acute Conditions ( Otitis, Anal
saculitis, Aural hematomas, Trauma, Injury or any issue which causes your pet to have Pain, Inflammation and Needs faster healing.)
- Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Periodontal Disease
- Lick Granulomas
- Hip Dysplasia
Capitol Animal Clinic offers wellness plans built just for your pet.
Planning for your pet’s annual care needs can be difficult, so our wellness plans help fit these costs into most budgets! Make monthly payments to spread the cost out over the course of a year. All plans come with discounts and unlimited nail trims! These plans are customized to each pet’s individual needs, so call or stop by today to see how wellness plans can work for you!
According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life.
Microchipping is an essential part of any pets life, because of the simplicity of the process and the peace of mind it brings to your family. A microchip is a tiny device which contains unique identifying information about a pet, containing an ID number for each pet (we proudly offer AKC reunite chips). It is approximately the size of a grain of rice and allows missing cats and dogs to be returned to their rightful home as quickly as possible.
If a lost pet is found, most veterinary hospitals and shelters are able to scan the pet, finding their owner’s contact information and ensuring they get home quickly and safely.
Capitol Animal Clinic is proud to offer state-of-the-art technology. Radiology allows our veterinary team to look inside the body in an entirely non-invasive way. X-rays allow us to create images of all the body’s organs.
This allows us to see what is previously unseen and gives us quick answers to what’s going on with your pet’s health. This look inside your pet allows us to quickly diagnose and treat your pet. The use of radiology is safe, and our entire staff is highly trained. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of medical care possible, and this is just one of the many ways we achieve that.
Nutritional and Weight Management
Every single day of your pet’s life, nutrition plays a critical role in their overall health and well-being.
Good nutrition starts early in your pet’s life. Finding the right food for your pet’s needs and lifestyle is important, and we’re happy to be there with you every step of the way. Factors like age, breed, and activity levels will be considered during our nutrition discussion. If your pet ends up needing a specialized food to support a medical condition, we can set you up with a prescription diet here at our clinic.
Nutrition and food needs change as your pet’s needs change. Whether they are dealing with weight management issues or they need a change in diet because of a health-related issue, we’ll be there to make sure they’re getting the nutrients they need. Obesity is becoming an epidemic for our pets, and it puts them at risk for a number of problems and diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. We will target their ideal weight range and work with you to create a customized diet and exercise plan for them to follow and get back to a healthy weight and maintain it for life.
Talk to us today about your pet’s nutritional needs.
Quicker diagnosis leads to quicker treatment. We’re able to process a wide array of diagnostic laboratory tests with our in-house laboratory, saving you time and money when your pet is not feeling well. Some of these tests include:
- Complete blood chemistry (CBC)
- Pet thyroid tests
- Coagulation profiles
- Feline leukemia testing
- Lyme disease
- Fecal tests
Basic Behavior Counseling
At Capitol Animal Clinic, we care greatly about the human-animal bond.
Your pet’s behavior affects every part of their daily life, including all interactions with you and other animals in the area. A well-trained, well-behaved pet will problem a lifetime of wonderful companionship to your family. A pet with behavioral issues can cause unwanted stress, causing issues in the bond you’re working to build with them.
We happily offer basic obedience training and will work with you on other minor behavioral issues. If we do encounter a pet that is beyond our capacity to counsel, we will refer you to a local trainer.
Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to digital radiography (X-rays) and is usually used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostic measures. It allows visualization of the deep structures of the body so that we can quickly diagnose your pet if they’re having a health issue.
Ultrasound can be used for a variety of purposes including examination of the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, etc. It can also be used to determine pregnancy and to monitor an ongoing pregnancy. Ultrasound can detect fluid, cysts, tumors or abscesses.
At Capitol Animal Clinic, we focus on keeping your pet as safe and pain-free as possible. All surgeries are a package price, so there aren’t any surprise fees when you come to pick up your pet. All of our surgeries are performed with a surgical laser, which is great because it cauterizes the incision as it cuts, leading to a cleaner incision that heals faster!
We’ll have you bring your pet in early the morning of the procedure. In order to make sure that your pet is healthy both inside and out, we first start out with a pre-surgical exam. During this, we run pre-anesthetic blood work. If any abnormalities show up during this examination, we will consult with you to discuss options. We give your pet a sedative before the actual surgery begins, but during the surgery, we use a gas anesthetic. This allows us to adjust to what their body is telling us. While they are under anesthesia, we have your we’ll be closely monitoring their vitals. We monitor heart rate, respiration, and temperature, among other things. They also are connected to a machine called a respirator, which keeps them breathing at a regular rate. They are given a pre-surgical pain medication as well as an antibiotic injection. These medications ensure their comfort as they are waking up. We also send your pet home with pain medication, so they’ll be comfortable as they heal from this procedure. For spays/neuters/dental/most small mass removals, your pet will be ready to go home about mid-afternoon the same day! Our technician will give you a call with a report of how the surgery went and let you know when your pet will be ready to go home, as well as any final costs of the procedure. We are open un7 pm 7pm, so don’t worry if you can’t get here by mid-afternoon.
For declaws, we do want to keep your kitty here an extra night to allow them to heal up from the surgery. If your cat is a little older or heftier, the technician will let you know if we want them to stay an additional night. Older cats can still be declawed, but the healing process can take longer.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease.
Not sure what to look for? Exceptionally bad breath, a brown plaque at the base of the teeth, excessive drooling, sore or bleeding gums when eating or chewing, and decreased appetite can all be signs that a pet’s teeth require attention. Maintaining strong dental health and a regular cleaning program not only assures that your pet’s mouth and teeth will remain in excellent condition, but will also help to prevent infections that can spread through the bloodstream to affect major organs such as your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart.
We have a wide range of other dental care products that can be fun and easy to use for you and your pet!
It’s important to be proactive instead of reactive.
From their first visit, and throughout their entire life, we want to make sure your pet’s health is in order, and that they’re on the right track for continued health. Seeing your pet at least once a year (or twice a year if they are over seven years old) is the key to that longevity of life. Pets age much more quickly than we do so getting them checked regularly by a veterinarian is the foundation of good health. The earlier we can detect problems, the easier it is to diagnose and manage in the long run.
At your pet’s annual wellness exam, the doctor will give your pet a thorough nose to tail inspection to note any changes or abnormalities. You and your pet’s lifestyle will be discussed so we can get to know the both of you and create a tailored vaccination recommendation just for them. Parasite prevention and nutritional or weight management recommendations will be made as well.
Learn more about our recommendations for both cats and dogs here.
When you’re away, it’s good to know that your pet is in good hands. We proudly offer boarding with a veterinarian available on call if your pet has any medical issues. Even better, we also offer boarding for exotics!
Add-ons for boarding include a bath package (nail trim, bath, ear cleaning) and a frozen tasty treat given daily!
Your preferred Lincoln veterinarian!
Capitol Animal Clinic is proud to serve the Lincoln, NE area for everything pet-related.
Contact our Capitol Animal Clinic today!
Sat: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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