From dogs and cats to snakes and pigs, Metairie Small Animal Hospital (101 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-835-4266; www.msah.com) treats creatures great and small. The facility has the resources to treat an ark-load of animals: 14 doctors, 60 employees and a boarding facility that can house 150 pets, as well as three other clinics citywide.
In 1946, Dr. Tom Melius opened the hospital at 805 Metairie Road, and he moved it to its present location in 1952. At that time, his brother Dr. Henry Melius joined the practice. A second location opened in 1981 on West Esplanade Avenue (5040 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-455-2345), and within three years, the Kenner location (4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-443-4400) followed. The Lakeview location (734 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-830-4080) opened in 2009.
In addition to the health care facility, there is the Silver Collar Pet Boutique inside the Metairie Road location, where customers can find pet accessories ranging from essentials to luxury items inclduing food and water dishes and "Muttallica" T-shirts.
The main hospital on Metairie Road is open 24 hours a day for emergencies. "There are two ER veterinarians who come in at 5 p.m. to accommodate emergency situations," Kennedy says. "Our other three locations act as normal outpatient facilities, offering grooming, examinations and surgeries."
Advances in technology have allowed the facility to adopt two new procedures: laser therapy and stem cell therapy.
"Laser therapy is used mostly for joint and back pain," Kennedy says."It relieves pain, helping the animals with their performance in life. The stem cell therapy has only been used by our facility for a little over a month. This would be used once a treatment such as laser therapy is no longer working. We take fat from one area of the pet, process it, harvest the stem cells and reinject the stem cells into the area that is bothersome."
With the clinic's history spanning more than half a century, Metairie Small Animal Hospital customers are mostly regulars, says location manager Amy Kennedy. "We have several generations of people whose parents and grandparents started coming when Dr. Tom opened the hospital," Kennedy says. "Now their children and grandchildren bring their animals in to see us."