This routine test is an important part of evaluating your pet’s health, especially if they’re exhibiting clinical signs pointing to illness. It’s mainly used to assess the kidneys and urinary system, but it can also reveal problems in other parts of the body.
We recommend yearly bloodwork for all of our patients, especially senior pets. We customize our blood panels depending on your pet’s age, species, and clinical symptoms. A bloodwork analysis is also mandatory prior to anesthetic procedures.
Diagnostic Imaging (Radiography & Ultrasonography)
X-rays and ultrasounds are sometimes the most conclusive form of diagnostic testing we can do to examine bones, the heart, lungs, and other abdominal organs. X-rays are necessary for determining a course of action for a foreign body and can save your pet’s life. An ultrasound is a useful diagnostic tool for examining abdominal disease, completing a sterile urinalysis, and monitoring pregnancies.
Informative and non-invasive, an ultrasound of the heart helps to identify heart murmurs, irregular rhythms, and heart disease. Routine screenings can be scheduled for pets predisposed with heart conditions.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is more common in pets than you may think and it’s usually caused by an underlying medical condition. Measuring your pet’s blood pressure accurately is important to understand the severity of your pet’s condition and prescribing appropriate treatment.
A series of tests are done on a fecal sample to help diagnose certain conditions that may be affecting your pet’s digestive tract. Fecal testing enables veterinarians to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia.
Cold Laser Therapy
This non-invasive procedure uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Cold laser therapy is a great option for pain management or wound healing.
Used in the treatment and prevention of disease, nutraceuticals are compounds found in food or herbs used to benefit your pet’s health. An alternative to pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals fall into the food supplement category and include multiple ingredients in a single product.
At-Home Hospice Care
With pet hospice care, the goal shifts from direct treatment of a disease to treating symptoms in order to promote a better quality of life. Our team can guide you in making your pet as comfortable as possible while at home.
Reproductive Health Services
Our Board Certified Theriogenologist, Dr. Wynne Collins, has over 20 years of experience specializing in reproductive services and neonatal care for dogs and cats. She is dedicated to providing a safe and customized reproductive experience using the latest technology and proven methods.
Now providing services at our Irvington location, give us a call to schedule your pet’s reproductive appointment: 317-785-3260
Reproductive Health Exams
A pre-breeding examination should be performed on both sexes to ensure their optimal health at the time of breeding. At this exam, we review medical and reproductive histories, test for canine brucellosis, exam the female and male reproductive tracts, and we check for the onset of proestrus to determine the onset of estrus. Semen may be collected for initial evaluation.
Progesterone is secreted before ovulation, and we use this characteristic of the estrous cycle to determine when the dog ovulates. Timing the breeding precisely during the period of maximal fertility can result in better pregnancy rates.
The most common and least technical method of artificial insemination. The transvaginal insemination technique is best when using good quality semen (fresh or fresh-chilled) in a dog with good fertility. An insemination pipette is used to deposit semen into the vagina just in front of the cervix.
Transcervical Insemination (TCI)
This insemination technique is popular because it can be used with any form of semen (fresh, fresh-chilled, and frozen). With transcervical insemination, a rigid endoscope is used to visualize the cervix and a catheter is used to deposit semen directly into the uterus. This is a procedure that usually requires no sedation and can be performed multiple times in a cycle, providing higher success than other insemination techniques.
Surgical insemination boasts the highest fertility rates and breeding success, but is more invasive than other insemination techniques. It is a good choice for older females, females with poor fertility, and those with uterine pathology. This insemination technique works well for all forms of semen, including frozen or poor-quality semen. An incision is made into the abdomen, the uterus is located and semen is injected either into the uterine body or at the base of either horn.
In breeding management, it is critical to evaluate pregnancy early to know best how to manage the pregnancy and delivery. It is possible to get an estimate of puppy numbers, their estimated gestational age, and assessment of fetal development with regular pregnancy checks.
A Cesarean section is major surgery performed to remove puppies from the uterus. C-sections are often an option for any dog breed that is unlikely to deliver its litter naturally, situations where normal delivery is not likely, if the mother is sick or weak, there’s an anatomical abnormality, or the mother had difficulty delivering a previous litter.
In-House Progesterone Testing
In the dog, progesterone rises just prior to ovulation and remains high until just prior to whelping. For maximum fertility, it is critical to time breeding using progesterone as it helps to determine when ovulation has occurred. Progesterone levels can vary from dog to dog, and may even vary from cycle to cycle in an individual dog. Using an in-house progesterone assay, we can determine quickly when a dog has reached the best time for insemination.
Surgical Health Services
These low-risk sterilization procedures are completed under general anesthesia and help prolong your pet’s life. Having your pet spayed or neutered prevents uterine infections, breast tumors, testicular cancer, prostate issues, behavioral problems and more.
Oral Surgery/Dental Extractions
Every now and then, our comprehensive oral health assessments and treatments call for more than a routine dental cleaning. Removing growths and extracting teeth are two of the most common reasons oral surgery may be necessary.
Growth Removal Surgery
Removing growths, like moles, lesions, or tumors, can be a lifesaving procedure or a cosmetic preference. Whether malignant or benign, a large growth can bother your pet or cause secondary health concerns.
Foreign Body Retrieval Surgery
If your pet swallows an object they shouldn’t have, it can get stuck in their digestive tract. When that happens, the “foreign body” blocks important bodily functions, causing a life-threatening emergency, and must be removed.
This corrective surgery fixes entropion, a hereditary eyelid abnormality. This procedure can prevent and treat pain, perforations, ulcers, excessive tearing, and more.
Third Eyelid Tacking Surgery
This corrective surgery takes care of our patients with cherry eye, a prolapse of the third eyelid gland. Although it’s generally considered to be a cosmetic issue, cherry eye can cause tear deficiency, infection, or pain if it becomes irritated.
A full range of Grooming Services are available through Furr: Pet Spa and Wellness Clinic AND at our clinic in Irvington. Everything from brush outs and nail trims, to blueberry facials and nail color. Check out our full list of services to get started!