Dr. DeLandtsheer… aka Dr. De, is a Big Bear native! Born and raised in Big Bear, Dr. De graduated from Big Bear High School in 1996. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis. Dr. De specializes in emergency medicine, orthopedics, and soft tissue surgery. He has been the go-to veterinarian in Big Bear for the last 10 years. After a decade of seeing the need for a comprehensive, state-of-the-art hospital, he decided to take the plunge into ownership and create his own hospital. Mountain View has been his dream for the last few years, and now it’s really happening! He couldn’t be happier.
Dr. Sobotka was born and raised in Southern California and always dreamed of working in medicine. Dr. Sobotka received his Bachelor’s from Loyola Marymount University and his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Midwestern University. Dr. Sobotka’s medical interests are in soft tissue surgery and preventive medicine. He believes strongly that healthy animals are vital to a healthy community. When Dr. Sobotka learned of the opportunity to come to Big Bear, he and his family jumped at the chance as his wife is from Lake Arrowhead! Dr. Sobotka and his family are so excited to return home to the San Bernardino mountains to make Big Bear their home!
Here at Mountain View Animal Hospital, we have an in-house laboratory, pharmacy, operating room, ultrasound room, digital x-ray room, and dental suite with digital dental x-ray. We use the latest in technology and equipment to provide comprehensive monitoring of vital signs during anesthetic procedures. For surgery patients, we also provide post-operative convalescent care, and this service is available no matter where the surgery was performed.
At your dog’s or cat’s semi-annual or annual exam, our doctors will examine their teeth, eyes, ears, coat, weight and other parameters. At this time, we can also discuss any health concerns or subtle changes that you have noticed in your pet. This allows us to have a flowing dialogue about your dog’s or cat’s health and any recommended diagnostic tests or therapies.
Dogs and cats should have a comprehensive physical exam at least once a year. For our older patients, we recommend exams every 6 months. These help our doctor to detect problems early, which is vital in helping our patients to live the longest, healthiest, and most comfortable lives. Also, for our geriatric patients, we recommend blood work and blood pressure measurement every 6 months. These provide glimpses into our patients’ internal function, which combined with our physical exam findings, helps us to provide gold standard care for you and your pet.
As dog and cat owners ourselves, we recognize that your dogs and cats are members of your family, and we approach every aspect of their care with that in mind. We will openly discuss all of your options, address all of your concerns, and keep you well informed every step of the way.
How does an in-house laboratory benefit you and your pet? It means rapid results.
By incorporating an in-house laboratory, we can immediately provide instant testing while here at Mountain View Animal Hospital. This can provide early disease detection, with real-time results during consultations. Allowing us to be able to implement immediate treatment and provide the fastest relief to our patients.”
As a full service Veterinary Hospital we offer a wide range of surgical procedures. We are committed to providing the gold standard of care for your dog or cat during procedures ranging from mass removals, to spays and neuters, to more advanced soft tissue and orthopedic procedures.
When your pet is having a surgical procedure done at Mountain View Animal Hospital, we monitor major vital parameters to help minimize the risk associated with such procedures. During anesthetic procedures, we monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure, pulse oximetry (blood oxygenation), exhaled CO2 and EKG. We also administer intravenous fluids under anesthesia to help maintain blood pressure and the perfusion of vital organs.
Mountain View Animal Hospital offers the latest digital x-ray, dental x-ray, and ultrasound technologies!
Mountain View Animal Hospital offers a range of dentistry services, including professional teeth cleaning. Your dog or cat’s dental hygiene is vital to their health. The health of your pet’s teeth can greatly affect their quality of life. We can provide relief from discomfort due to gingivitis, improve your pet’s breath, and help improve your pet’s quality of life.
Professional teeth cleaning procedures at Mountain View Animal Hospital always include scaling of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar accumulation above and below the gum line, followed by a polishing of the teeth to smooth out any surface irregularities.
In order to have fun, all dogs and cats are required to maintain current vaccinations. However, if your dog or cat is not current on his or her vaccines, we can administer them for you when your pet arrives here at Mountain View Animal Hospital.
All Pets checking in at Mountain View Animal Hospital must be free of all intestinal parasites as documented by a “current” fecal examination (within the past 6 months) which includes ova and parasite testing, as well as a Giardia ELISA test, antigen testing for Roundworms, Hookworms and Whipworms; as well as direct microscopic exam for all other GI parasites.
There are many types of internal (or gastrointestinal) parasites; Roundworms, Whipworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Coccidia and Giardia. Coccidia and Giardia, along with all of the various worms’ eggs, are extremely small organisms which cannot be seen without laboratory microscopic magnification. Unfortunately, there is not one perfect fecal examination test that can accurately confirm the presence, or absence, of each one of these parasites.
Years ago, the standard fecal examination test was the “fecal floatation.” This fecal floatation test is plagued with frequent false negative results (i.e. many parasites were missed); consequently, this floatation technique was replaced by most veterinarians with the newer “fecal centrifugation” test as their standard testing protocol. Centrifugation is desirable over floatation techniques because it provides for significant concentration of the microscopic eggs and parasites. This concentration makes the eggs and parasites easier to visualize under the microscope. Easier microscopic identification means more accurate diagnosis and less frequent false negative results.
Fecal Centrifugation has one clear shortcoming when it comes to the identification of gastrointestinal parasites…Giardia. It has been shown that Giardia infections are frequently missed utilizing a single fecal centrifugation test (i.e. more false negatives). Giardia is shed intermittently, so even if your pet has Giardia, a fecal centrifugation may not be able to confirm its presence, despite the most keen eye and best laboratory equipment. This is potentially a big problem. Giardia is one of those “Zoonotic” intestinal infections that can be transmitted not only from pet to pet, but also potentially back and forth between humans and their pets (dogs and cats). In order to control this zoonotic disease, we are utilizing a relatively new, more sensitive test called the Giardia ELISA test. This test is an enzyme-linked assay which looks for a specific antigen (or protein) of the Giardia organism. Giardia ELISA testing is very specific and rarely misses a Giardia carrying animal (i.e. rarely a false negative).
If your veterinarian does not routinely run a Giardia ELISA test, please request this testing to be done prior to your pet’s stay with us. However, if it is more convenient for you, we can submit this testing for you once you pet arrives at our facility.
It may be possible that some veterinary practices do not provide, or are opposed to running this Giardia ELISA test. Please know that if that situation ever occurs, you and your pet will not be turned away. Rather, we would confirm the situation with a phone call to your veterinarian, then offer you two options: either perform a single Giardia ELISA test for you as a courtesy at no charge; or, you can elect to have your pet isolated from the remainder of the pets staying at Mountain View Animal Hospital at no additional charge. After that particular stay, in order for your pet to enjoy all that Mountain View Animal Hospital has to offer, a “negative” Fecal Centrifugation test along with a “negative” Giardia ELISA test would be required every 6 months.
I hope this clarifies our position on internal parasite control measures here at Mountain View Animal Hospital. Please direct any questions you may have to one of our doctors on staff, thank you.
We pride ourselves on maintaining a clean, happy and healthy environment for your dog or cat. If we find fleas on your pet while here at Mountain View Animal Hospital, a dose of “Capstar”, which quickly eliminates all fleas within 20 minutes and continues working for up to 24 hours, will be given immediately. One dose of Capstar is $29.
Mountain View Animal Hospital provides extended nursing recovery care for pets needing special medical attention. At Mountain View Animal Hospital, we recognize that compliance with veterinary instructions is a significant factor affecting both the outcome of a specific treatment plan and the healthy recovery of your pet. Mountain View Animal Hospital provides extended nursing recovery care for pets needing special medical attention. Surgeries can go beautifully, but unless post-operative care instructions are carefully followed, even the best treatment plans can fail