Our Mission

"I like to get to know my clients and their pets."
- Dr. Doug Hardy

James River Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary practice and specialty animal hospital located in Nixa, MO. Our goal is to keep your pets at their healthiest so they are protected against illness and disease. We're dedicated to providing compassionate care for your beloved pets from thorough exams and complete physicals to dentistry, x-rays, and cold laser therapy.

We work closely with our clients every step of the way so that we can formulate the best possible treatment plan for your pet. We make it a priority to get to know you and your pets.

We treat small animals including dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, rodents and other exotics.
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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe in educating and empowering our customers to become the best pet owners they can be. Here are just a few of the most commonly asked questions we receive. 

1 - Does my pet have a fever?
A normal temperature for cats and dogs is 101.5 °F. Fever is typically present at 102.5 °F. As with humans, however, "normal" temperatures can differ from pet to pet. 

2 - What are some signs that my pet is in pain or feeling ill?
Unusual behaviors such as hiding, biting, crying, lethargy and not eating could be indications that something may not be right with your pet's health. It's best to make an appointment for a wellness visit as soon as possible.

3 - Can I feed my dog human food?
Perhaps. Some foods that humans eat are very healthy for dogs, however other examples (such as grapes, onions and chocolate) can be poisonous. To be safe, it's best to stick with foods that are made and sold specifically as pet food. 

4 - How often should I schedule a wellness exam?
It's best that your pet receives a physical wellness examination at least once a year to identify any potential problems your pet may be developing. Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment.

5 - Do you care for exotic pets?
Out vets are qualified and experienced in a wide range of animal and pet species including some exotic pets. To be certain we care for your particular pet, please call our office and ask.

6 - Do you offer after hours emergency care?
James River Animal Hospital clinic hours are Monday - Wednesday & Friday 8am - 5:30pm and Thursday & Saturday 8am - 12pm. Outside of those clinic hours, we will refer you to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Southwest Missouri located in Springfield. You may reach them directly after hours at 417-890-1600.

7 - Do you offer DNA testing for birds?
Yes. We we offer Avian DNA testing for genetic disorders, diseases, gender, etc.