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Welcome to Big Bend Veterinary Clinic

Your Veterinarian in St. Louis MO
Call us at 314-781-6121

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at 314-781-6121!

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If you live in St. Louis or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Gavin Hooks is a licensed MO veterinarian, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Big Bend Veterinary Clinic is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. Gavin Hooks has years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our St. Louis veterinarian.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 314-781-6121 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our St. Louis veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for St. Louis pet owners.

At Big Bend Veterinary Clinic, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Big Bend Veterinary Clinic has been serving the Richmond Heights-Maplewood-Clayton Communities since 1976. Dr. Hooks specializes in small animal medicine and surgery. Diagnostic Medicine is an area of special interest and importance. On-site diagnostics mean less time waiting for answers, and less time before proper care and treatments can begin.

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Dr. Gavin Hooks
St. Louis Veterinarian | Big Bend Veterinary Clinic | 314-781-6121

2224 South Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117

Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday:

8:00 AM-7:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Thursday:

8:00 AM-7:00 PM

Friday:

8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Saturday:

8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed

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Testimonials

  • "Doc is great! Pups and us all love it here. On a more serious note: I've never had a vet as thorough and caring. He caught my border collie's thyroid problem and probably saved his life. Love this place!"
    Chris M.

Featured Articles

  • Caring for Your Pet Before and After Surgery

    Is a surgery in your pet's future? If it is, you probably have a few questions about pre- and post-surgery care. Paying close attention to care recommendations will help you ensure that the surgery is just a minor disruption to your pet's normal routine. Before Surgery Stop Food Your pet will need ...

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  • Does Your Cat Need Vaccines?

    In a word, yes. “No other medical development has been as successful as vaccination in controlling deadly diseases in companion animals,” says feline veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick. However, Dr. Plotnick and other veterinarians acknowledge that, rarely, vaccinations in cats have been linked to ...

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  • Diabetes in Cats: Prevention and Treatment

    Diabetes in cats, also known as feline diabetes mellitus, is an increasingly common disease affecting 1 out of every 400 cats. Obesity is the leading risk factor for diabetes. "Overweight or obese cats are two to four times more likely to develop diabetes than cats with a healthy body weight," says ...

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  • Do Cats Really Love Milk?

    Cats, unlike dogs, are true carnivores which means they thrive on meat only diets and require no vegetable, grain, or dairy supplementation. Cows milk is not recommended for cats because it can be too rich for their digestive systems. This is because most cats can't digest milk properly because it contains ...

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  • Stress Relief for Pets

    Stress isn't just a problem for humans; your pet can experience the negative effects too. Illness, changes in the usual routine or the death of another pet can lead to an increase in your pet's anxiety level. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your furry friend relax. Signs of Stress Your ...

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  • Assisting Anxious Pets

    Managing Pet Anxiety Pet anxiety can be a huge problem for pets and their families. Being home alone for several hours a day while their humans are at school or work can cause separation anxiety. Thunderstorms and fireworks can also really panic pets. Some pets are so anxious that any new situation ...

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  • All About Hairballs

    Does your favorite feline leave you hairballs as gifts? If so, you’re not alone. Although we love cats for being meticulous groomers, it’s safe to say we don’t like finding hairy presents around the house. Let’s explore what causes hairballs and how to prevent them. What Causes a Hairball? Hairballs ...

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  • 6 Rules to Improve Your Cat's Diet

    Do Not Overfeed "Obesity is the most common nutritional disease seen in cats," says Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. It is a common bad habit for cat owners to feed their cats too much. Cats only need 24 to 35 calories per pound of body weight each ...

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  • Does Your Cat Need Vaccines?

    In a word, yes. “No other medical development has been as successful as vaccination in controlling deadly diseases in companion animals,” says feline veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick. The Exception Dr. Plotnick and other veterinarians acknowledge that, rarely, vaccinations in cats have been linked ...

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  • Declawing Alternatives for Cats

    Cat declawing is possibly one of the most controversial of all animal surgeries. Cats scratch to mark territory and to keep their claws in top condition, but the scratching behavior can challenge the bond between a cat and his owner. Felines, especially young cats, often play rough and scratch their ...

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