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Black Dog Veterinary Services is proud to serve the Gallatin valley's dogs, cats, and horses. We offer high quality, compassionate care at a reasonable price. We offer both traditional medicine and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, medical massage, essential oil consultations and laser therapy, as we find a well-rounded, holistic approach to medicine to best serve your pets needs and strive to provide individualized care to your pet.
Black Dog Veterinary Services is proud to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, meaning we are part of the top 15% of hospitals in the United States and Canada that are held to a higher standard, and that your pet is receiving care at a hospital that has passed the highest standards in veterinary care.
Why Call Us?What means more to you than your family?
Not much right? We think so too.
Everyone here at Black Dog Veterinary Services knows how hard it can be when your loved ones need some medical attention.
You want to your animal to get state of the art medical care from people who love animals too and treat them like their own.
Of course you want to make sure your pet stays in peak health so make sure you come in for wellness visits for preventative care and teeth cleanings too…
Come join our family and live life to the fullest!
We are also dedicated to keeping your pets healthy by offering the very best preventive medicine. Anyone on our staff is able to discuss any concerns about your pets you may have, including their diet, behavior, or anything else.
Dental care is an extremely important area of your pet’s health. Dental disease means more than just bad breath – it can also mean kidney and heart disease. We are available to demonstrate proper brushing technique and provide dental exams at any time. We can perform a dental prophylaxis procedure to promote your pet’s dental health and can also perform more complicated procedures as necessary, such as tooth extractions and bonding enamel. Our dental prophylaxis includes a thorough oral exam, tooth cleaning and polishing, and full mouth dental radiographs. When needed, oral surgery will be performed to remove painful and infected teeth. Pets with routine dental care typically live longer, healthier lives. For equine dental care, we are available to float teeth at your home. A full oral assessment is provided to identify any other issues that may affect your horse's performance.
Imaging (x-rays) are utilized to assess injuries. We have digital radiography and ultrasound available at our practice to diagnose, and therefore treat, many types of injuries and illnesses. We also have a full in-house lab to run routine bloodwork. Having this capability in-house allows faster diagnosis and treatment, allowing your pet to return to normal as quickly as possible.
We are very proud to be able to offer chiropractic treatments, including spinal manipulation, for your pets so that they can have a happy and healthy life.
We also realize that it can be stressful to have your pet undergo surgery. We want to assure you that your pet is in good hands, and that we will do everything to provide the best care possible.
Meet the Team
Dr. Amy Kafer grew up in Iowa, where she attended Iowa State University for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. As a youngster, she was busy on the family farm, raising horses, cattle and all kinds of small animals.
Dr. Laurie Ann Lyon grew up in North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University where she received an undergraduate degree in Animal Science, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Kari Swenson grew up in Bozeman, Montana. She had an outdoor family where being active wasn’t a choice it was a lifestyle. She grew up hiking, camping, canoeing, nordic and alpine skiing.
Kim loves being part of the Black Dog family. Kim, and her other family members are originally from the Chicago area but are thrilled to call Bozeman home for the past 12 years. While living in the Chicago area, Kim taught middle school science and started her journey in small animal medicine in 1995 as a veterinary assistant.
Julie was born and raised in Bozeman and feels truly lucky to call this place "home sweet home". After graduating from MSU as a Registered Nurse, she decided to trade bed pans for litter pans about 15 years ago and hasn't looked back!
"This Clinic is by far the BEST vet I have ever taken my dogs to! My dogs actually love to go see him. He cares about your animals as much as you, do but also cares about you and your family as well." -Jessica D.