Healthcare and General Informational Sites
Professional organization offering certification status to companion animal hospitals dedicated to providing the best care possible to their patients. In addition, the site offers resources for many valuable pet care topics.
An association of veterinarians dedicated to improving the health of cats.
Also known as the ASPCA, this national organization is devoted to preventing animal abuse. This site also contains links to the animal poison control center.
Affiliated with the ASPCA, this organization is open 24/7 to assist you in an emergency if you think your pet has ingested a toxin. The direct number is (888)426-4435. (A $65 fee as of May 2017 may apply.)
The Ohio State University Veterinary College offers wellness information for indoor cats & dogs. The site is especially useful in helping to identify sources of feline behavior problems.
This site has helpful videos showing how to do such things as give your cat medication, trim nails, etc.
Lots of information on this serious disease in cats & dogs.
Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, this site has lots of useful information on caring for dogs & cats.
Lists all of the pet food recalls since 2007 by brand name & allows you to search for a specific product as well.
Staffed by veterinary professionals, this center is open 24/7 365 days a year to assist you if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic. The direct number is: (855) 764-7661. (Please know that a $59 consultation fee as of May 2017 may apply.)
Information to prevent parasite infection in pets & people.
General news relating to pets, nutrition & healthcare info.
Website discussing the benefits of laser therapy.
Excellent information on pet behavior and training.
Pet Health Insurance
Information on the microchip we use at Best Friends, as well as general information on microchipping and chip registration.
A site sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association that consolidates several microchip company databases & allows you to look up any pet with their microchip number.
Breed Related Information
Information on all AKC recognized dog breeds.
Cat Fanciers Association information on cat breeds.
A national database of adoptable dogs, cats and other pets.
Local animal shelter with adoptable pets.
Local area pet finding database.
Another local organization with adoptable pets.
Run by Best Friends Animal Society, the largest sanctuary for homeless animals in the country.
The Humane Society of the United States, an international organization and largest animal protection organization in the nation.
Exotics & Wildlife
Information on all kinds of reptile breeds
Located in Black Jack, MO this group has an EXCELLENT website with LOTS of information on what to do if you find wildlife - also a 24/7 phone number (1-855-945-3435) for individualized help. This is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED resource.
Local (Carterville, IL) facility that rehabilitates wildlife.
A local reptile store that offers not only reptiles, but also supplies & a vast amount of reptile knowledge.
Local facility caring for injured wildlife.
A non-profit organization in St. Louis that treats injured birds. Lots of good information on this site too!
General information on rehabilitating wildlife & links to area rehabbers.
An extensive nationwide database allowing you to search for local wildlife rehabilitators by state.
Pet Loss Information
Grief support hotline & articles from Tufts University.
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources & support to owners that have lost their pet.
A support line sponsored by Cornell University.
A site offering message boards, chat rooms, local support group information, book recommendations, & other information related to losing a pet.
Local Specialty Clinics
*Please note that for specialty services (not emergency), many facilities require a referral from a primary care veterinarian.
Located in Collinsville, IL this facility only see emergencies and is open only in the evenings during the week, all day on weekends and all day on holidays.
Located in Kirkwood, MO, Dr. Ben Johnson is a veterinary ophthalmologist.
Animal Skin & Allergy Clinic
Located at 11148 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO, a board certified dermatologist treats animal skin conditions. The phone number is (314) 997-0920.
Located in Bridgeton, MO this referral facility has a surgical and internal medicine team, as well as dentistry.
Veterinary facility in Chesterfield, MO that treats birds.
Located in Chesterfield, this facility has specialists in internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology & critical care medicine in addition to an emergency service that sees pets 24/7.
Located in Eureka, Dr. Frick specializes in pet rehabilitation via many modalities including PT, acupuncture & chiropractic care.
Located in Wentzville, this clinic is a subsidiary of the University of Missouri College of Vet Med in Colombia. This satellite clinic has a veterinary dermatologist, oncologist & behaviorist.
Located in Manchester, MO this local referral facility has a cardiology, internal medicine, surgical, oncology and pet rehabilitation department. They also have an emergency department that sees pets 24/7.