Since 1991 we have provided skilled veterinary medicine and compassionate care to dogs and cats in Columbia, IL and surrounding areas. Whether your pet is in for an annual wellness examination or needs advanced surgical care, we meet your pet's unique needs and deliver high-quality veterinary care.
We are the smallest, most personal boarding facility in the area. We limit our boarding facility to clients of Bellson Animal Hospital so we can provide pets with the best care possible. Erica, Lisa, Stephanie, and Tana know each pet and give them lots of love and attention. We also offer a boarding bath for your pet before going home.
All dogs require a stool check and vaccination against Rabies, DAP, Leptospirosis, Bordatella (kennel cough). All cats require a stool check and vaccination against Rabies, FVR, and Feline Leukemia. Treatment for fleas is also required if necessary. Please call with any questions and to make an appointment.
Bellson Animal Hospital has partnered with VetSource to offer home delivery of medications for your pets. Take advantage of the convenient Auto Ship program to receive affordable, quality medications shipped directly to your home.
Regular dental cleanings keep your pet healthy! Along with preventing bad breath, teeth cleanings and veterinary dental care prevents periodontal disease. Dental problems, if ignored, can lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart, and liver.
Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to Bellson Animal Hospital for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. We provide a full array of veterinary dental services, including complete cleanings, dental radiographs, surgical extractions, and more.
Does your pet have periodontal disease or other dental problems? Some symptoms of dental problems include:
Cleaning a pet's teeth requires general anesthesia, and consequently a day of hospitalization. The skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians, are required for each dental procedure. The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. A scaler is used to clean above the gum line while a curette cleans and smooths the teeth beneath. Your pet's teeth are then polished and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay future tartar build-up. Dental radiographs (x-rays) are also performed to evaluate the health of the tooth root and structures underneath the gum line.
Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. Any member of the Bellson Animal Hospital team can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth.
Dr. Jessica Carr graduated from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She joined Bellson Animal Hospital part time in 2007 and became full time in 2011. Dr. Carr’s special interests include soft tissue surgery, preventative care and feline medicine. In her spare time Dr. Carr enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her husband and young daughter. Dr. Carr has two diabetic cats and a geriatric beagle mix at home.
Dr Ryerson is a co owner of BAH since it opened in June 1991. She grew up in rural Chesterfield Missouri riding her horse in open fields. She received her dual Bachelor degree's in Geology and Animal science and her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of AVMA, MVMA, ISVMA, AHS, AAFP and attends many continuing education programs through out the year. She respects all aspects of veterinary medicine and prides herself in diagnosing and treating complex health issues. She has endless compassion for her patients and loves forming lasting friendships with her clients. Dr Ryerson excels in educating pet owners about their individual animal's health.
In her spare time she prefers to spend it with her family but also enjoys horseback riding and driving, snow skiing, hiking, walking, yoga, traveling, cooking and listening to good music. Her family includes her husband Bill, their three childern, a few horses, dogs, cats, hens, and exotics pets. She spends a lot of time cleaning her barn and tending to the flock and herds.
Bellson Animal Hospital has experience in equine medicine and providing general and emergency care. Please contact us to learn more information about speciality care and services offered for horses.
Bellson Animal Hospital provides care for more than just cats and dogs. Please contact us to learn more about the services we can offer for your pet.
It's a fact: your pet needs proper identification. Microchipping your pet is an effective pet identification measure that has reunited thousands of pets and their owners. A microchip is implanted in your pet in a procedure similar to a vaccination. Every microchip contains unique information about your pet - information that is used to contact you when your pet is found. At Bellson Animal Hospital, we use the Avid microchip system.
Your pet cannot tell us what is wrong, and sometimes, a physical examination does not provide a full picture. In these cases, blood tests and other laboratory tests are used to diagnose your pet's condition. Bellson Animal Hospital's advanced on-site laboratory is equipped with the latest laboratory testing equipment. We are able to process blood, urine, fecal and cytology samples within minutes. Just a few of the in-house tests that can be performed on your pet include: blood chemistry tests, complete blood counts, urinalysis (with culture) and fecal analysis. With fast and accurate results, your pet's treatment can be initiated quickly.
Regular wellness exams keep your pet healthy! Bellson Animal Hospital recommends that all pets undergo a complete wellness examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged, especially for senior pets. A thorough wellness exam detects diseases and health problems before they become more challenging to treat.
During an exam, we listen to your pet's heart and lungs, evaluate his or her vision, check for abnormal lumps, look at your pet's teeth and check your pet's joints for swelling or stiffness. We also discuss with you any recommended procedures, such as dental cleanings or diagnostic testing that may be necessary for keeping your pet healthy.
Examinations give us a chance to ask questions about your pet's diet, lifestyle and behavior at home and also are an excellent time for you to ask us any questions you may have about your pet's health.
Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's preventive health care plan. Many diseases once common to pets can now be prevented through the use of vaccinations. Bellson Animal Hospital provides many common pet vaccinations including bordetella, canine distemper, feline leukemia, hepatitis, influenza, leptospirosis, parvo virus, and rabies. We administer vaccinations based on your pet's lifestyle and other risk factors.
Radiographs (x-rays) are quite useful for diagnosing injuries and medical problems in your pet. X-rays are used to diagnose a number of conditions including: the location and severity of fractures; symptoms of heart disease; foreign bodies inside your pet's stomach; bladder stones; abscessed teeth and much more. To better diagnose your pet's health problems, Bellson Animal Hospital has invested in the latest state-of-the-art x-ray technology including dental x-rays.
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! Most pets enter their senior years between the ages of seven and ten. Senior pets have health care needs that are very unique compared to puppies and kittens and adult cats and dogs. Bellson Animal Hospital offers senior wellness care designed to meet the needs of your older pet. Senior wellness exams, laboratory tests, and other senior pet-focused services are important aspects of senior wellness care. The veterinarians and staff at Bellson Animal Hospital are committed to helping you and your senior pet enjoy many happy years together.
At Bellson Animal Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our highest priorities during all surgical procedures. The veterinarians at Bellson Animal Hospital have many years experience performing a wide range of both soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures including, but not limited to: routine spays and neuters, Cesarean sections, biopsies and removal of tumors and cysts, abdominal exploratory surgery, gastric, intestinal, splenic, and bladder procedures, fracture repair, cruciate repair, surgeries of the ears and eyes, treatment for traumatic injuries (lacerations, etc.) and other emergency surgeries.
We strive to make surgery as stress-free and comfortable as possible for you and your pet. Prior to surgery, your pet receives a complete physical exam and blood work up; this exam and laboratory tests help us create an anesthesia protocol that's unique to your pet.
Bellson Animal Hospital uses modern anesthetic technology to keep your pet comfortable and pain-free during all surgical procedures. Advanced veterinary medical technology is used to monitor anesthesia and your pet's blood pressure, temperature, respiration, heart rate, and other vital signs. A skilled veterinary technician is present throughout the surgery to monitor your pet's condition.
Pain management is an important part of your pet's surgical protocol. The less pain your pet experiences before, during and after surgery, the faster he or she recovers. Your pet receives pain management medication before, during and following surgery. Additional pain medication may be sent home. Whatever the situation, we want to provide your beloved pet with a painless and stress-free experience.
Meet Amanda! She has been working at Bellson for 7 years. Amanda graduated from the University of Illinois. She has a dog named Brody, a cat named Kitty and 3 barn cats. In her spare time she likes showing her Mini Rex rabbits and working with her chickens & goats!
Meet Erin! She attended Kaskaskia College, She has been working at Bellson for a year. Erin has a cat named Moo, and she enjoys hanging out with her friends in her spare time!
Meet Lisa! She attended Pen Foster and has been working at Bellson for 3 years. Lisa has 1 dog, Harris, and 4 cats, Cassie, Jewels, Shyzie & Luna. In her spare time Lisa enjoys traveling, watching sports and spending time with her family!
Meet Nichole! She attended Sanford-Brown in Fenton, and has been working at Bellson for 2 years. Nichole has 2 dogs named Zukah & Tycho. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her fiancé Mike and her son Mason!
Meet Stephanie! She attended Jefferson College and has worked at Bellson for about 2 years. Steph has 3 cats, Rabbit, The Dude & Artemis. In her spare time she enjoys baking and trying new recipes!
Meet Tana! She has been at Bellson for 7 years! Right now she is fostering a cat, Charlie and in her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and her grandbaby!
Bellson Animal Hospital has partnered with Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers to provide the highest quality behavioral training services for our canine friends.
Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers has over a decade of experience and a list of achievements a mile long. Casey and his trainers use veternarian recommended obedience training, behavioral modification, dog psychology, and overall owner awareness to achieve success. A variety of services are offered to ensure training success, including one-on-one private lessons, lifetime group training, stay & learns, and day trains. Visit our website to learn more.
9AM - 7PM Mon-Thu
9AM - 5PM Friday
9AM - 1PM Saturday
One of our doctors can be reached after hours to answer emergency questions by calling our primary number and following the provided instructions. However, if your pet requires immediate after-hours medical attention, it is best to contact one of the listed 24 hour clinics which is open and operating in order to receive the highest quality care.