Of the 15 veterinarians in McPherson County, Dr. Misti May's clinic, Southview Veterinary Hospital, 1423 S. 81 Bypass in McPherson, is the only one working with only small animals.
It's a matter of mission.
Of the 15 veterinarians in McPherson County, Dr. Misti May’s clinic, Southview Veterinary Hospital, 1423 S. 81 Bypass in McPherson, is the only one working with only small animals.
It’s a matter of mission.
“I want to be the other ‘family doctor’,” May said of her practice. “Pets are family members. If they’re treated as such, then we become the clinic for those members of the family.”
A typical day starts about 7 a.m. with hospital patients cared for first: surgeries, dentistry and diagnostics, including lab work, x-rays, and her new tool, the ultrasound.
“Ultrasound is noninvasive,” May said. “It fits with our goal to have stress-free handling, for all pets and especially for cats. We want the clinic to be a place animals are excited to come to, not afraid of.”
May follows the trends in her field, citing the work of Sophia Yin in her book, “Say Please by Sitting.”
“It’s a technique and a thought process wherein not only the client but the patient enjoys coming here,” May said.
Something else new to the hospital is laser therapy, a pain-free way to help with chronic and acute healing of inflammation and pain, without systemic drugs.
They typically do a fair amount of critical care along with wellness visits. Seeing patients usually takes up the afternoon. Days may end as late as 7 p.m. Emergency calls may happen at any time, day or night.
May also provides hospice-type care, managing care for older or ill patients in their homes, including home euthanasia.
“There are people I see in their residences,” May said. “I have elderly clients who need help with administering medications for their pets. I do that as part of my practice. It’s about the whole family. For some clients, the pet is their entire family.”
May said she felt called to family pet medicine from an early age.
“My first word was ‘gog’. Not Mama or Dada, but dog. It’s the tail wag, the puppy breath, the purring cat. By the age of 5, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. That never wavered.”
May spoke of whole-life care.
“We want to be there when the family brings in that new puppy with the enormous eyes, and later see it as it grows and is part of the family, through whatever issues it may have, as well as wellness checks. And then we want to be there at the end of life to help the family through that grief process, especially if there are tough decisions to be made. And for children, this is perhaps the first experience with mortality. Animals are often the introduction to that part of life, and we help the family deal with that too. We truly are the other family doctor.”
Southview’s clients afford plenty of excitement right here at home. May has listed the types of foreign bodies she has surgically removed from animals who swallowed before they thought it through: a Kush ball, rock, dental floss, pink panties, golf balls, corn cobs, razor blades, and baby bottle nipples.
For more information, contact Southview Veterinary Hospital at 620-241-4114, on Facebook at Southview Veterinary Hospital, or visit the website at www.southviewvet