Veterinary Services at Deer Run Animal Hospital
Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we begin by stressing the importance of an annual physical examination. At each annual exam, vaccination need and other preventative health care such as parasite prevention, wellness blood testing, and behavioral counseling may be discussed. We try to tailor our vaccination recommendations to fit the individual patient's needs and risks.
We follow the vaccine guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Based on these guidelines, some vaccines such as the DHPP or "Distemper" vaccine and the Rabies vaccine may only need to be given every 3 yrs in adult animals, while other vaccines such a the Feline Leukemia (FeLV) vaccine or canine Leptospirosis vaccine may need to be administered annually based on the pet's lifestyle and risk factors. Recommendations will be based on each pet's individual need. Here are links to our recommendations on Canine Vaccination and Feline Vaccination.
For middle aged and senior pets we may recommend more frequent exams. Learn more about some of the special needs of older pets on our Aging & Senior Pets web page. We may also suggest periodic blood testing to screen for early detection of diseases. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help prevent serious health problems.
We have a special interest in the health and welfare of our feline patients. Please visit our FELINE FRIENDLY! webpage for more details as well as view some of the other special sections on our website devoted to feline care.
TOUR DEER RUN ANIMAL HOSPITAL
We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best:
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services: Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets' health care needs.
Surgical Services: Our surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of routine and elective surgical procedures. For more critical or advanced surgical procedures, such as orthopedics, we recommend referral to ACVS Board Certified Surgical Specialists. Our surgical suite is isolated from the rest of our hospital so that our surgeries have the lowest possible risk of infection complications. Special surgical attire and precautions are required to enter the surgical suite to prevent contamination. For more information visit our Surgical FAQs page.
Anesthesia: All general anesthesia patients are maintained with Isoflurane gas anesthesia. This gas anesthetic is administered along with oxygen. Isoflurane gas anesthesia is one of the safest available anesthetics. It allows the ability to adjust anesthetic depth rapidly to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Our dedicated staff monitor the patient's vital signs continuously during all anesthetic procedures, We utilize pulse oximetry to monitor heart rate and how well oxygen is reaching the body tissues. We also monitor blood pressure. Blood pressure monitoring has been routine in human health care for decades, but it has only recently become available for veterinary patients via Doppler technology. Since most anesthetic agents can lower blood pressure, blood pressure monitoring is important for our surgical patients.
For more information on anesthesia, read So Your Pet Is Going To Be Anesthetized... an educational handout from Washington State University's Veterinary School. Also read Is Anesthesia Safe? another informative handout from VIN's Veterinary Partner, and 5 Common Veterinary Anesthesia Myths.
Specialty Consults: Our doctors work closely with many Board Certified Internal Medicine and Surgical Specialists within Indiana, as well as in the Chicago metropolitan area. If advanced diagnostics or treatment are needed such as emergency ultrasound, CT or MRI imaging, endoscopy, or advanced orthopedic surgery, we will refer to the best, state of the art, referral facilities and specialists. Referral offers a unique team approach between your pet's family doctor and specialists with advanced training to provide the best possible care for your pet's most serious illnesses.
Please see our link for Specialist/Referral Centers to find specialists in our area.
Radiology Services: Our on-site, modern digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. We also provide telemedicine service with board certified veterinary radiologists. This means that your pet's x-rays can be reviewed by a radiolgoist specialist to aid your veterinarian in making an accurate diagnosis. Ultrasound service is also available in our hospital through a highly regarded veterinary ultrasound technician service. Abdominal and cardiac ultrasound images provided by this service are then reviewed and interpreted by board certified veterinary radiologists and cardiologists.
Electrocardiography Services: We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Dentistry: Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, minor tooth extractions and minor oral surgery. For more advanced dental services such as root canals, difficult surgical extractions, or advanced oral surgery we offer referral to board certified veterinary dentists and oral surgeons. See our Dental Care and Home Teeth Brushing web pages for more information.
Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for blood chemistry analysis, serum electrolytes, urinalysis, feline retroviral (FeLV/FIV) serology, and cytology screening. We also utilize commercial and university veterinary laboratories for comprehensive blood profiles, specialized diagnostics, and consultations. Our main reference laboratory is Antech Diagnostics, a national lab with an outstanding reputation for quality and service.
Most veterinary hospitals offer routine fecal exams for intestinal parasites. At Deer Run Animal Hospital we use a more advanced technology called zinc sulfate centrifugation to catch many intestinal parasites that standard fecal exams often miss. This technology helps us not only protect your pet, but helps prevent other family members (including the humans) from contagious or zoonotic parasite infections.
Permanent Identification: We offer Home Again Microchips. Microchipping can reunite your pet to you even if the collar and ID tags are missing.
Pharmacy: We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, and also utilize compounding pharmacies for preparing special formulations for pets needing flavored or more easily administered medications. Medicated shampoos and topical skin treatments are fully stocked. We carefully select the safest and most effective and heartworm and intestinal parasite preventatives. We help you understand how to use these medications properly.
We also have an online pharmacy to provide our clients the value of internet shopping and the convenience of home delivery or many of our most popular medications. Please go to our online pharmacy page to learn more about this service.
Individualized Flea and Tick Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, in your yard, and on your pet. We carefully select the products that we use and will teach you how to use them most effectively. We also have special offers to help you purchase these products at a savings, ask our front desk staff for details! See our Flea and Tick web page for more information.
Dietary Counseling: We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance. We offer services to help your pet maintain a healthy weight. See our Weight Loss Help web page and our How to Feed Cats Handout. We carry a full line of prescription veterinary diets specially fromulated to help treat a variety of medical conditions.
Boarding: We provide pet boarding as a service to our clients. All boarders receive personal attention from our caring staff. Food intake and bathroom habits are carefully monitored and documented for our boarders. We look out for the well-being of your pet while it is in our care. Medication administration services are available. Make your reservation today! For more Boarding Information click here.
Bathing: Routine and therapeutic bathing services are available. We do not offer grooming but please ask us for recommendations for quality area grooming services.
Emergency Care: See our Emergencies Facilities page for a list of after hours emergency care options. Or call our main telephone number (219-864-7180) for a recorded message with instructions for after-hour emergencies
Cremation Services: We work together with Metro Animal Services to offer cremation services for pets. Log onto www.petrestinc.com for special urns offered. Our Grief Support site has links to poetry and support groups to share feelings on the loss of a beloved pet.