The services we provide at Indy’s Place Pet Hospital are:
- Preventive Care
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency and Critical Care
- Travel Certificates and Rabies Titers
We accept all patients for the treatment of all medical conditions, routine surgeries, and preventive care. However, if medical management of a case is complicated by too many antagonistic factors, is refractory to treatment, or requires equipment, procedures, or skills that we do not have, we will recommend and encourage referral to a capable specialist in order to improve the prognosis for a successful outcome.
Preventive care consists of all recommendations, treatments, and procedures that lower the incidence of disease and injury. These include:
- Physical exams
- Parasite tests and treatments
- Nutritional recommendations
- Dental care
- Behavioral recommendations
These five categories address the five most common causes of preventable morbidity and mortality in domesticated dogs and cats: Infectious disease, Parasitic disease, Nutritional deficiency and Obesity, Periodontal disease, and Behavioral mal adjustment.
We encourage pet owners to enter into conversations with us regarding the risks to their pets from these common causes of illness and morbidity and how to prevent and mitigate them. We never get tired of doing our best to keep our patients healthy!
Internal medicine consists of the investigation and treatment of illness and disease. Disease categories that are commonly seen and addressed in veterinary general practice include: Dermatologic, Gastro-intestinal, Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Ophthalmic, Neurologic, Metabolic, Oncologic, and Endocrine disease.
Many diseases affect multiple body systems and are often defined by both an original cause as well as secondary run-away effects that become disease processes in their own right.
The investigation of disease aims to gather as much available information as possible regarding physical and physiological abnormalities, and then attempts to differentiate those findings into primary (relating to the original cause) and secondary (relating to run-away processes) disease processes and into a list of probable causes. This is called the differential list. Once a working list of probable or known causes is established, treatment can begin. The more that we can narrow and refine the list of probable causes, the better able we are to provide effective and targeted treatment.
The gathering of information is performed through the process of a physical exam, tests of physiologic markers, tests for infectious agents and toxins, and imaging of the internal anatomy.
When you present to us with your loved one with a complaint, we will first perform a thorough physical exam and will then recommend tests that we hope will provide us with more information so that we can establish a workable list of differentials narrow enough to enable accurate treatment to be provided.
It is important for pet owners to understand that a physical exam provides only a limited subset of information and is used as a guide for a more targeted investigation utilizing tests and internal imaging. And that while some tests may provide a definitive diagnosis of the original cause of disease, they often only help to further narrow and refine our list of probable causes based on the aggregate of coexisting abnormalities and to make educated guesses about the most likely cause of disease affecting your pet. Possessing a more accurate understanding of this process of disease investigation and treatment will hopefully reduce pet owners’ frustration through what is already a stressful period.
We will do our best to explain the reasoning for every recommendation along the way and will spend as much time as it takes in order to make you feel comfortable with your decisions, including your decision to decline a recommendation.
Surgical treatments are employed to fix injuries, provide preventive care and control animal population growth, and remove disease processes that are not amenable to medical treatment.
We offer those surgical procedures that we can predictably perform often enough in order to maintain a high and proficient level of skill to perform them effectively and with a low incidence of morbidity.
If your pet needs a surgical procedure which we do not commonly perform, we will first recommend and encourage you to transfer your pet to a board-certified veterinary surgeon for treatment. If you are unable or unwilling to transfer to a specialist, we will consider performing the surgery based on our level of comfort and only after a thorough and documented conversation where we weigh the risks and benefits. You will be required to sign an Against Medical Advice acknowledgment form to proceed.
We will spend as much time as is needed to make certain you understand all potential consequences of your decisions and that you are comfortable with them. We will never rush you to make a decision unless we feel that time is imperative to the outcome and prognosis for your pet’s health.
We will NOT perform surgeries for convenience and preference such as tail docking, ear cropping, and de-clawing, and we will be glad to discuss our reasons.
Emergency and Critical Care
We will never turn away an emergency that shows up at our front door. But we request that if you think your pet is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, you take them to your nearest 24-hour emergency hospital. We will not always have the equipment or staff to provide the best care for your loved one when they need it most because critical care is not the focus of our practice. Our promise is that we will always do our best to stabilize your pet before requesting that you transfer them to the nearest emergency hospital for further treatment.
If you haven’t yet left your house and are uncertain of what to do, please call us first so that we can help you make the best possible decision.
We are certified by the United States Department of Agriculture to examine pets and provide inter-state and international health certificates prior to travel. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the veterinary entry requirements at your destination and to begin preparations sufficiently ahead of time. If you do not know the entry requirements for pets at your country of destination, you may find this information on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Pet Travel web site at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
We will be glad to help you clarify and navigate your way through this information and prepare for a successful departure.