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Pet Exams and Consultations

Wellness exams afford us an opportunity to evaluate your pet’s overall health condition. These exams are critical to the health and wellbeing of your pet. As a result, it is important that they are conducted regularly. With every wellness exam, we are kept up-to-date with your pet’s health, and we can detect potential health problems before they become serious. A qualified veterinarian will examine your pet in order to obtain vital information to keep them healthy. Typically, a physical exam for your pet will involve a number of different observational procedures. Simple observations can reveal a lot about your pet. Special tests and equipment may also be used to gain information which cannot be revealed by simply looking at or feeling your pet. Through a series of thorough physical examinations, potential pet health problems are avoided early on. It is recommended that your pet is examined every year, whether you notice any symptoms or not. This vigilance as a pet owner will ensure that your pet remains healthy and safe. A qualified veterinarian, using specialized equipment when needed, may be able to detect health concerns that would be easily overlooked at home. In addition to your pet’s regular check-up exams, it is important to bring your pet in for an exam and consultation when you notice any abnormal symptoms or behavioral patterns. Take down notes of any behavioral changes and, as soon as possible, make an appointment to bring your pet in and meet with one of our experienced veterinarians for an examination. At the time of the examination, your veterinarian can diagnose and recommend treatments for any illness or physical condition that may be affecting your pet. If your pet is determined to be at risk for any particular condition, your veterinarian will also advise you on specific symptoms and behaviors to look out for. In making these recommendations, your veterinarian will take into account the pet species and breed, as well as characteristics unique to your pet. Therefore, our veterinarians value open communication with pet owners as they look to determine what constitutes normalcy for your pet. Like humans, every pet is unique. Knowing your pet’s unique behaviors and patterns will help our veterinarians determine appropriate areas of concern to give more attention to during physical examinations. As we regularly examine your pet, we become more familiar with the unique signals they send out. Just as we familiarize ourselves with your pet, your pet, too, will have an opportunity to become familiar with our hospital and veterinarians, making future visits much easier for them. Following each exam, we will provide you with further information on how best to restore your pet’s health or to keep them healthy. Please contact us today if you have any questions or wish to book an exam or consultation.

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Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinating your pet against potential diseases is one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. Our furry friends can be affected by a variety of diseases, many of which are highly infectious. Keeping your pet up-to-date on vaccinations can significantly reduce the chances of your pet contracting a dangerous illness. As with human illnesses, disease risks vary by geography. We can provide you with information on the unique risks facing pets in Little Rock and the surrounding areas. During a consultation, one of our veterinarians will discuss with you the benefits of protecting your pet from these risks through vaccination, and inform you of required vaccines for your pet. Our experienced veterinarians will take into consideration such important variables as the age of your pet, health history and status, recent outbreaks in the area, and how often your pet comes into contact with other animals. This will inform your veterinarian about your pet’s risk factors so they can recommend the most important vaccines your pet will need to remain healthy. While you might worry about the sting your animal will feel from an injection, the vaccination procedure is generally fast and simple. Regardless of how healthy your pet might seem, it is recommended that your pet is vaccinated at least once a year. This can also be done during your pet’s regular check-up exam and consultation. As we get to know you and your pet, your veterinarian will work with you to identify your pet’s unique needs and circumstances. This personal relationship will also allow us to easily notice changes in behavior and identify health concerns as they occur.  Early response to potential health issues can make a significant difference to the outcome of treatment. Bringing your pet in regularly for an examination and vaccine update improves the chances of an early response and a healthier pet. In fact, vaccination is considered the single most important form of preventive care we can provide our pets with. Vaccines protect your pet and help prevent the spread of illness to other animals your pet comes into contact with. We know your furry friend is important to you, so we treat them highly well. Our desire is to provide your pet with the highest possible care, and we recognize vaccinations as an integral part of that process. To learn more about vaccinations for your pet, contact us today. We will be happy to answer all your questions and book your annual appointment when you and your pet are ready.

Preventative Medicine

We strongly believe that preventative care is the best way to ensure that your pet remains healthy. By acting ahead of time, we can prevent problems from arising, giving your pet the required care necessary for him or her to live a long, happy, and healthy life. As an essential part of our preventative care, regular checkups and lab work allows us to understand your pet’s health baseline and quickly identify changes that could hint at future problems. Health problems are much easier to treat when detected early on, rather than after the disease advances. As a pet owner, you do not have to wait until your pet falls ill with a serious, painful condition before visiting the vet. Our preventive philosophy is centered on performing “routine maintenance practices” to keep everything working well – kind of like your car’s annual oil change, but much more important. To keep your pet in top shape, we employ a preventative procedure which involves screening your pet for illness and physical ailments and protecting them from diseases. Preventive medical care for your pets includes the administration of the appropriate vaccines to prevent your pet from contracting uncomfortable and potentially fatal diseases. It also involves parasite prevention, yearly exams and consultations, nail trimmings, bloodwork and professional dental care. At times, our preventive medical care includes such surgical procedures as neutering and spaying to help keep medical issues and behavioral changes at bay. This intelligent medical practice is geared towards keeping your pet healthy and safe, while also helping to reduce the overpopulation of pets. We encourage you to bring your pet in for regular checkups, regardless of whether your pet appears healthy or not. When health problems are identified early, they have much less chance of advancing into critical issues. Preventive health care for your pets is also good for your budget. Rather than paying for often-costly medications and procedures when your pet unexpectedly falls ill, you can make a series of small, planned payments to keep these illnesses away through early disease prevention and diagnosis. Our highly dedicated and qualified staff work to maintain a friendly environment, offering helpful guidance as you seek to keep your pet healthy and safe. As we constantly keep ourselves ahead of advancements in the veterinary field, we provide the most up-to-date information to empower you to do what’s best for your pet. We know that preventative care also includes a healthy lifestyle at home, and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have about exercise, socialization, nutrition, or any other aspect of your pet’s care. Call us today to learn about proper preventive medical practice for your pet, and learn how we keep your pet happy and healthy.

Here are 4 signs your cat may need some preventative medicine. 


The oral health of your of your pet is an integral part of his or her overall health. Poor dental care could lead to diseases that affect such vital organs as the liver, heart, kidneys, and bloodstream of your pet. It has been documented that 80% of dogs aged three years and over suffer from some type of dental disease. The same rings true for 70% of cats within that age range. Indeed, dental diseases rank as some of the most prevalent health issue affecting pets. Despite these troubling facts, improving your pet’s dental hygiene is not as difficult as it may seem. Brushing, use of dental chews, and professional teeth cleaning will help ensure optimal dental health for your pet. Brushing your pet’s teeth prevents the buildup of plaque, which will otherwise harden over time to form tartar or calculus in your pet’s mouth. If calculus has already formed, though, professional dental cleaning will be needed to remove it from your pet’s teeth – thus improving his or her dental health. Gingivitis, periodontitis (advanced development of gingivitis) and tooth loss are among the problems that could arise from the buildup of plaque in your pet’s mouth. Bad breath and stained teeth are not just unappealing; they are also tell-tale signs of the presence of serious gum disease. To properly maintain your pet’s oral health and prevent dental diseases, it is important that you bring your pet in periodically for professional teeth cleanings. Using specialized tools and experience, our veterinary technicians perform thorough cleanings that reach even the area beneath the gums – something that cannot be done at home. Our team of qualified and experienced dental hygienists will carry out a series of dental examinations to identify any abnormalities. We will note any concerns we might have concerning the oral health of your pet, and discuss the most appropriate care method with you. While we are always on hand to take care of any dental emergencies your pet might have, we are strong advocates of preventative dental health care for your pets. Our goal is to limit the possibility of diseases and health complications before they arise. Brown teeth, yellow teeth, bad breath or painful eating are potential signs that your pet might have a dental disease. To learn more about our dental care and schedule a dental cleaning session for your pet, please call us at 501-223-3737 today.

In-House Laboratory

At Bowman Road Animal Clinic, we know that early action can make a big difference when treating a pet’s illness or injury. Our staff is ready to care for your pet’s health emergencies as soon as they occur. When time is of the essence, our in-house laboratory makes fast diagnosis and response possible, without the delays associated with sending samples to an external testing facility. Right from our in-house laboratory, we can perform a wide range of diagnostic tests to determine what ails your pet and decide how to properly care for them. These tests include both simple laboratory tests and more complex ones. Some of the more common laboratory tests we carry out include urinalysis, fecal exams, blood chemistry, complete blood count (CBC), and cytology. Our experienced lab technicians ensure accurate, timely test results that will aid in the care of your pet. In addition to our in-house laboratory, we partner with a large reference laboratory with advanced diagnostics capabilities and highly trained individuals who specialize in pathology, cytology, clinical pathology, endocrinology, etc. These tests help us diagnose your pet’s health problems quickly, helping us identify the presence of diseases even when visible symptoms are inconclusive or yet to be fully established. With the problem diagnosed, adequate treatment can immediately be administered.


At times, your pet might require more than just medication to restore his or her health. For this reason, we provide state-of-the-art veterinary surgical facilities and procedures. Using the highest level of medical technology, and experienced surgeons, we go to every length to help ensure an optimal surgery outcome and a full post-operation recovery. Having your pet go through surgery can be tasking and stressful. We assure you that you will be leaving your pet in the best possible hands and that we will give your pet the attentive care that he or she deserves. As a diagnostically-driven clinic, we are careful to identify the ailment of your pet through careful examination before recommending surgery. Following an examination of your pet’s condition on the day of the surgery, your pet will be prepped for surgery using the proper type and dosage of anesthetic. Our professional veterinary surgeon will treat your pet with the utmost care, supported by our team of dedicated staff. After the surgery, follow-up care, monitoring, and overnight boarding are available to help ensure your pet makes a full recovery. We will communicate with you everything you should know before, during and after the surgery. Your veterinarian will be available to answer any questions you have pre- or post-operation. We will ensure you’re fully prepared with the knowledge and support to help your beloved animal recover at home. Our utmost desire is to ensure that your pet’s surgery is smooth and seamless, thus eliminating the stress and worry associated with surgical procedures. Call us today to learn about our facilities and how we provide quality care for your pet.


Medical technology continues to advance, and we are proud to be a part of it. One such advancement in medical technology is radiology, a diagnostic tool and technique that gives us an inside view of the body in a completely non-invasive way. Using X-rays, we are able to create images of all the organs of your pet’s body. As a diagnostic tool, radiology helps our veterinarians detect illnesses and treat them more effectively. Providing your pet with quality medical care of the highest caliber is our most important aim, and our entire staff is trained to do just that. Radiology is a safe medical procedure through which we can achieve that aim.  Our non-invasive X-ray system allows us to obtain immediate results, for accurate and timely diagnostic imaging of your pets, while limiting the exposure of your pet to radiation. The use of radiography is far-reaching, although it is best used for viewing solid tissues. Bone problems, for instance, that are otherwise hidden from the naked eyes can easily be detected using this tool. Our highly-trained veterinarians then interpret the radiographs for proper diagnosis and treatment. Another state-of-the-art tool we use regularly at the clinic is the ultrasound. This diagnostic tool creates images of the internal workings of your pet’s body. Ultrasounds harness the power of sound waves to provide radiation-free, non-invasive and painless imaging of your pet’s inner organs.  


Ultrasound is used when we need to observe the softer internal tissues of your pet’s anatomy. Movements such as blood flow, gastrointestinal movements and heartbeats can be observed using ultrasound. An abdominal ultrasound can observe such tissues as the gallbladder, kidneys, liver, adrenal glands, ovaries, stomach, intestines, prostate, and spleen. Ultrasounds can be used to identify abnormalities of the heart and lungs, as well as the presence of tumors. Depending on the symptoms observed in your pet, or the results of preliminary testing, you might be advised to have an ultrasound performed. Ultrasound provides us with yet another tool with which we can detect illnesses in your pet and prevent them from escalating. This is an important part of our commitment to providing your pet with the best possible care. Although this equipment is invaluable if your pets are to receive proper medical care, nothing beats a thorough physical exam by one of our qualified veterinarians. Our dedicated and passionate staff are courteous, compassionate and professional, keeping your pets at ease from diagnosis to treatment. Contact us today if you have any questions concerning your pet’s health or the safety of our radiography and ultrasound procedures for your pets. We’re here to serve you and to help your pet live a happy and healthy life.

Little Rock Pet Boarding

We are proud to provide personalized pet boarding services to make your pet feel at home while you’re away from home. Overnight and day boarding is also available. Our dedicated veterinarians and vet technicians make sure that pets staying with us for medical reasons are given the complete medical attention and care they require. Whether your pet is staying for medical treatment or just needs a home away from home while you’re out of town, we provide clean, comfortable facilities and individualized care for every pet that stays with us. With our experienced boarding and veterinary staff on hand to monitor, pamper and play with your pet, they’ll be in undeniably good hands.   It is our goal to give you peace of mind as you leave your pet with us, safe in the knowledge that your pet will receive a healthy dose of attention and sincere love from our friendly, compassionate staff. Happy pets make happy pet owners, and we’re determined to make that happen. Our pet boarding areas are fully equipped with heating and air conditioning systems to keep your pet comfortable. With our spacious rooms, you can be sure that your dog or cat will find comfort in its enclave, with both human and furry companions of its kind, if your animal is sociable with other pets. Canine boarders will benefit from multiple exercise times and personalized walks. Your pet will enjoy friendly, professional care around the clock, for the entire length of their stay. Personalized service is important to us at Bowman Road Animal Clinic. We understand that you are likely to have established routines for your pets at home. If your pet has any special requirements, please let us know so we can accommodate them. Learning details such as your pet’s medical history, current medications, healthcare requirements, likes and dislikes, and level of interaction with other animals help us render a personalized service. We feed our pet guests according to your instructions and ensure that there is always clean, fresh water available for them. A major benefit of boarding with your veterinarian is that no one is better at observing and monitoring your pet’s health. During your pet’s stay, any medical issues will be immediately brought to your attention and can be treated right here at our clinic. When it comes to your pet, nothing but the very best quality of care will suffice. We promise to care for your pet as if they were our own and treat them with all the love and respect they need and deserve.   We would love to speak with you about our boarding policies and give you a tour of our pet boarding area. Contact us or drop by to view our pet boarding rooms and learn more about us!

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Pet Grooming

A well-groomed pet feels happier, behaves better, and is generally healthier. Yes, pets know when they are clean, groomed, and looking good. And they feel good, too. Grooming your pet regularly keeps the skin healthy and the coat fresh and shiny. When dander and the dead coat is brushed off, your pet’s glands are stimulated to produce oils that are healthy for their skin. Likewise, shedding is reduced and new coat growth is promoted. Knowing the importance of grooming for your pet’s health and wellbeing, Bowman Road Animal Clinic has partnered with Classy Canine Cuts to provide professional grooming services for your pet. Our highly-trained groomers have experience working with a wide variety of species and breeds. Our grooming service covers everything possible to ensure that your pet leaves our care looking and feeling fresh and clean. A full-service grooming typically involves giving your pet a nice bath, using a shampoo that has been specially formulated for the particular coat of your pet, toweling them up, and drying with a forced-air dryer that has no irritating heating element. Nail clipping, ear cleaning (and hair plucking and removal if needed), hair brush-outs, and haircuts and styling all form a part of our complete grooming service. We also take the time to clean your pet’s paws, removing any debris and shaving off excess hairs. Every item used in the grooming of your pet is thoroughly researched and of the highest quality, so you can rest easy knowing that your pets are safe with us! As pet lovers ourselves, we love bringing out the true beauty of your furry friend. This love for pets translates into our handling of your pet, helping him or her to completely relax while we groom. We have created a warm, friendly environment for your pet, ensuring that they receive the highest possible care. Have a particular hairstyle in mind to give your pet a unique look? Simply want your pet’s hair styled according to their breed? Whichever the case, our professional team of hair stylists are here to make your pet look pretty or handsome, and adorably cute – even more than they were when you first brought your pet through our doors! If your pet is in need of grooming, contact us today. Whether it’s your first pet pampering experience or a regular part of your routine, you will be placing your pet in good hands.

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MON-FRI | 7:30AM-5:30PM
SAT | 8:00AM-12:00PM
SUN | Closed


1308 S Bowman Rd, Suite 7
Little Rock, AR 72211

(501) 223-3737

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