Sick Pet Care
When your pet is sick, we know it can be a frightening time. You see your best friend exhibiting strange symptoms that are not typical for them, you can tell that they don’t feel well, and they can’t tell you what they’re feeling! At our animal hospital, we want to help relieve that worry and confusion that comes with pet illness.
When your pet is ill or showing signs of illness, bring them to us for immediate care. We will evaluate them from nose-to-tail and prescribe any diagnostics we deem necessary for determining your pet’s condition. The quicker your pet’s health status is determined, the quicker we can provide treatment. Treatment that is administered early is most effective for restoring health.
If your pet is sick, please contact our team immediately for assistance. Care should not be delayed!
Common Conditions We Treat at our Animal Hospital
- Eye infections
- Corneal ulcers
- Prolapsed third eyelid gland
- Immune-mediated disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Infectious disease
- Protein-losing nephropathies
- Cushing’s disease
- Addison’s disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Urinary tract stones or crystals
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative joint disease
- Food allergy
- Environmental allergy
- Hair loss/alopecia
- Staging of disease
- Surgical removal
- Chemotherapy treatment
- Separation anxiety
Is your pet misbehaving or behaving strangely out of character?
Is your new pet not yet trained and socialized?
The team at All-Star Veterinary Clinic can help with addressing pet behavior issues. Veterinary research has shown that socializing young pets is an incredibly important part of forming the desirable behaviors of adult pets. Puppies and kittens, especially before they reach the age of 4 months, need to be exposed to people, animals, different environments, and training opportunities to ensure that their personalities are developing appropriately. When behaviors go uncorrected for too long, the results can be problematic.
Behavioral Changes in Adult Pets
When your adult pet’s behaviors begin to change, there may be other underlying issues that need to be addressed. Often, changes in adult behavior are the result of changes in the physical condition of the pet. Some examples of behavior changes we have seen include:
- A dog with an unidentified injury may appear to exhibit sudden aggression when someone touches the painful area
- A cat with crystals in her urine feels pain when using the litter box and begins urinating elsewhere because she associates the pain with the litter box itself
Because of the way a health condition can influence what appears to be misbehaving, our veterinarians will conduct a physical examination before entering into any form of re-training. Examinations and diagnostics will help our veterinarians determine if training is necessary or if a medical condition may be the cause of the pet’s misbehavior.
Training Opportunities Available
To ensure that we are meeting the needs of every pet and owner, we are happy to recommend a local trainer to help you and your pet with their behavior issues:
We are a fully equipped animal hospital, prepared to perform a wide range of veterinary surgeries for our patients. Our veterinarians and technicians are trained to perform surgeries and use state-of-the-art veterinary tools to provide your pet with the best care possible. Safety is also one of our greatest concerns at our animal hospital.
Your Pet’s Surgical Safety
In order to ensure your pet’s safety, we have a number of safety protocols in place. We administer pre-anesthetic blood testing to check for underlying health conditions and ensure that your pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized. During the surgery, we utilize the most advanced monitoring equipment to help our team track your pet’s vitals during their procedure, ensuring their safety.
Monitoring used during our pet surgeries include:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Oxygen saturation
- Respiratory rate
- …and more
If you have questions about what this monitoring means for your pet or how it benefits them during surgery, please ask our team during your surgery consultation. We would love to tell you more about the safety precautions that we take for your best friend.
Post-Surgical Pain Management
Depending on the type of surgery performed on your pet, post-surgical pain management may be necessary to aid in their recovery. During the procedure, we use only the best and most trusted anesthesia protocols, ensuring that your pet goes to sleep quickly and easily while maintaining their vitals in a safe, effective manner. After surgery, our team will assess your pet’s condition and determine a customized pain-management plan just for them, if necessary.
Questions About Your Pet’s Surgery
Before each pet surgery, our team will meet with you to discuss the procedure and recommendations for your pet’s care. Each pet is an individual and some may be recommended for overnight care while others may be able to come home on the same day as the surgery.
Surgeries We Provide at All-Star Veterinary Clinic
- Anal Sac removal
- Aural Hematoma
- Bladder stone removal
- Cherry eye
- Cruciate repair
- Cysts/wart removals
- Dental prophylactic
- Exploratory surgery
- Eye enucleation
- Hernia Repair
- Mammary Tumor Removal
- Mass removals
- Medial patella luxation repair
- Urinary Obstruction
- Wound debridement
Our in-house laboratory capabilities at our animal hospital in Westfield allows us to perform a number of important lab tests quickly and efficiently. We are equipped to perform complete blood counts, blood chemistries, pre-anesthetic blood work, wellness checks, and more at our animal hospital.
What is a Complete Blood Count?
A complete blood count measures the number of cells of different types circulating in the bloodstream.
- The red blood cells are a good indication of how well oxygenated the pet is prior to surgery and can indicate whether they are anemic or in good blood health
- The white blood cells are associated with infections and other inflammatory conditions, indicating whether the pet is healthy or ill
- Platelets tell us if there is an underlying bleeding condition.
What is a Blood Chemistry?
A blood chemistry performed in-house is often used to screen for the following:
- Intestinal diseases of certain kinds
- Kidney conditions
- Liver abnormalities
- Monitoring of chronic health conditions
- Pancreatic disease
- Information About Wellness Bloodwork
When your pet receives wellness care, we offer the option of sending bloodwork to an off-site lab. Results are often received in 24 hours and these tests can be more affordable. If abnormalities are discovered, we will discuss diagnostics and treatment with you.
Radiology is a tool used by our veterinarians to help diagnose diseases and determine underlying causes. We have in-house radiology at our animal hospital, giving our veterinarians the opportunity to make important decisions quickly and accurately. For the benefit of our clients, we also have the ability to share pet x-rays with a board certified radiologist for a second opinion, if needed.
How Radiology Works for Your Pet
One of the many benefits of using radiology at our animal hospital is that the technology used is very similar to the technology used in human medicine. When your pet comes in for x-rays, they need to remain still in order for us to get a good picture, as with human medicine. Sedation is an option for pets that are resistant to restraint or unable to position themselves in certain ways because of pain or injury.
Radiology can be used for many diagnostic purposes including:
- Bone injuries
- Checking on the formation of kidney and bladder stones
- Finding foreign bodies, especially indigestible objects your pet may have swallowed
- Identifying tumors, growths, and masses
- Monitoring ongoing conditions such as degenerative joint disease
- Monitoring the progression or remission of certain types of cancers
- Organ injuries
- …and more
At All-Star Veterinary Clinic, we utilize exceptional veterinary diagnostic technology to ensure that we are always providing your pet with the very best care in the industry.
Convenient veterinary care is important to the team at All-Star Veterinary Clinic. To ensure that our patients can be treated quickly and efficiently after their diagnosis, our animal hospital in Westfield is equipped with a fully-stocked in-house pharmacy. This makes filling your pet prescriptions simple and fast! In most cases, you’ll be able to leave with your pet’s prescription right after your visit to our animal hospital.
Online Pharmacy for Pet Prescriptions
As an added convenience, we also have an online pet pharmacy through Vets First Choice available for you to request prescription refills. We guarantee affordable prices that compete with other online pharmacies. One of the benefits of our online pharmacy, as opposed to mainstream pharmacies that are not associated with animal hospitals, is that all of the products purchased are guaranteed by the manufacturers.
We invite you to visit our online pharmacy to place your pet prescription refill today. If you have any questions or are in urgent need of a pet prescription refill, please contact our animal hospital directly for assistance.
Spay and Neuter
When bringing a new puppy or kitten home, there are many decisions you’ll need to make to keep them healthy. Feeding the right diet, training them, having them vaccinated—the list goes on and on. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is the decision to spay/neuter. At All-Star Veterinary Clinic in Westfield, we strongly recommend that you spay/neuter your puppy/kitten, due to the many benefits that are involved with these procedures. If you’ve never had a pet spayed or neutered before, consider the following list of frequently asked questions to learn more:
Why Should I Have My Pet Spayed/Neutered?
- Spaying eliminates the heat cycle and related behaviors (crying, pacing, etc.) in females.
- When performed before the first heat cycle, spaying can eliminate the risk of breast cancer. It can also prevent uterine cancer and uterine infections.
- Neutering can eliminate aggression, marking, and other undesirable behaviors in males.
- Neutering reduces the risk for perianal tumors while preventing testicular cancer.
- Because spaying/neutering makes your pet unable to reproduce, these procedures can help reduce the pet overpopulation.
- With all things considered, you can help your pet live a healthier, longer, and happier life.
When Should My Pet Be Spayed/Neutered?
The answer to this question is dependent on your pet’s breed/size, but these procedures are typically performed within the first six months of a pet’s life. For some pets, we may recommend spaying/neutering at three months. Other pets can be safely spayed/neutered at up to 6 months of age.
What If I Want My Pet to Have a Litter?
Many pet owners want their pet to have puppies or kittens because of the “cuteness factor” or because they wish to sell them or give them away. Of course, what you choose to do with YOUR pet is entirely up to you, but it’s important to keep something in mind: Every pet that’s sold or given to someone takes the place of a pet awaiting a loving home at an animal shelter. Therefore, by spaying/neutering your pet, you could actually end up helping with the adoption efforts of shelters in your area.
Many pet owners do not realize just how important dental care is for their pet’s overall health. The American Dental Society estimates that about 80% of all dogs and cats exhibit signs of dental disease by the age of three years. This is dangerous because dental disease can often lead to more serious health problems beyond the mouth.
During your pet’s oral examination, our veterinarians will examine for signs of dental disease, which may include:
- Accumulation of calculus on teeth surfaces
- Bad breath
- Inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
If your pet’s mouth is determined to be in need of help, we may prescribe a professional pet dental cleaning.
The Negative Effects of Dental Disease
When tartar and plaque buildup on the surfaces of your pet’s teeth, the damage to the rest of their body is already beginning. The toxins in this buildup can seep below the gum line and into the bloodstream. As they enter the organs that filter the blood, they can cause heart, liver, and kidney issues.
The Steps of a Professional Dental Cleaning
Once it has been determined that a professional dental is needed for your pet, you can expect the following:
- Your pet will be placed under general anesthesia for their dental cleaning. For some pets, we may recommend pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that they are healthy enough for anesthesia. This is often recommended for older pets or those with a chronic health condition.
- While under anesthesia, your pet’s vitals will be monitored to ensure that they are maintaining throughout the procedure.
- During this procedure, your pet will get a complete oral health assessment. This assessment includes the dental cleaning, probing of each tooth, polishing, full mouth digital radiographs, and a complete oral exam by one of our doctors.
- Instruments like those used in human dentistry are used to remove plaque and calculus from the teeth, as well as polish and smooth surfaces of the teeth to prevent future buildup.
- Loose or infected teeth are diagnosed and extracted, if necessary.
- Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease discovered, pre- or post-procedure antibiotic therapy may be recommended.
Ongoing, At-Home Pet Dental Care
After your pet’s mouth has been cleaned professionally, or after a professional dental cleaning has been deemed unnecessary if your pet’s mouth is already clean, we recommend ongoing, at-home dental care to maintain oral health. We can suggest specific dental products such as treats, chews, water additives, and more to help prevent or reverse dental issues.
At All-Star Veterinary Clinic, we’re dedicated to delivering the exemplary, compassionate medical care that your pet deserves. Our goal is to improve your pet’s health and well-being so you can enjoy many more happy years together. A vital step in reaching that goal is with pet vaccinations, a fundamental component of preventative veterinary medicine.
Vaccines work to protect pets against a variety of serious illnesses including rabies, hepatitis, Lyme disease, Bordetella, and parvovirus, to name a few. In study after study, pet vaccinations have proven to be effective at boosting immunity which keeps pets healthier in the long run.
Why Pet Vaccines Are Important
Here’s how vaccines work to improve your pet’s immune function:
The vaccination that your pet receives contains antigens. An antigen is something that is structurally similar to a disease-causing organism but it doesn’t cause your pet any harm. The antigens in pet vaccinations will stimulate your companion’s immune system, prompting a minor immune response. This initial immune response helps your pet’s body recognize and fight off the full illness if they encounter it later in life. With this additional layer of immunity in place, your pet should either have a reduced response to the disease or be able to ward it off completely.
To provide the most thorough protection to your pet, they should start receiving pet vaccinations at an early age, when they’re still puppies/kittens. Pets should continue to be vaccinated annually throughout their lives, even into their senior years. Keeping your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations will help them to enjoy a longer, healthier life.
Our ULTRA Vaccines
We’re pleased to offer 0.5 mL ULTRA vaccines to provide our patients with a quicker, more comfortable vaccination experience with half the volume of regular vaccines. Despite the difference in volume, ULTRA vaccines provide just as much protection as their 1 mL counterparts. Since 0.5 mL vaccines can be injected faster, they can help reduce your pet’s stress and discomfort, creating a more pleasant vet visit for them and for you.
To learn more about our ULTRA vaccines, please contact us or schedule a vaccine appointment for your animal companion.
We Carry the Bivalent Influenza Vaccine
Dogs are at an increased risk of infection from canine flu when they stay at a boarding facility. When dogs are in close quarters, illness can spread quickly. To prevent this problem, many boarding centers are now requiring that all canine guests receive flu vaccinations prior to their boarding date. Our hospital carries the bivalent influenza vaccine, which provides additional immunity against the H3N2 and H3N8 strains of the flu virus.
Canine influenza, or CIV, is very contagious and causes symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose and eyes, fever, and lethargy. Some dogs may not show any symptoms at all, which makes keeping your pet protected all the more important.
Personalized Pet Vaccinations
We strongly believe in the power of personalized veterinary care, which is why we customize our vaccination recommendations. Our vets know that no two pets are alike, especially when it comes to medical care. We base our pet vaccination schedules on a variety of factors, such as your pet’s:
- Health status
- Risk of exposure to disease
- Frequency of travel
- Other lifestyle factors
When your pet comes in for their first wellness visit, we’ll discuss these factors with you in detail before designing a vaccination protocol to meet your pet’s needs.
At All-Star Veterinary Clinic, we provide complete wellness and preventive care for cats and dogs. Each cat and dog has a different need based on their personal characteristics. That’s why we offer foundational wellness plans that suit the needs of each of our patients. A thorough, nose-to-tail examination is required to determine each pet’s health status and help us prescribe care that goes beyond the basics. After all, every pet we treat is an individual with their own health care needs, and we are determined to meet them all!
About Our Pet Wellness Plans
Our pet wellness plans in Westfield have been designed with your pet in mind. We’ve taken the detailed recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association and Companion Animal Parasite Council and worked them into a thorough but easy-to-follow wellness plan. By following these plans, you can help ensure that your pet stays healthier over the course of their life. Wellness care at our animal hospital is all-encompassing to make sure that every one of our patients has their health care needs met.
Our wellness plans include:
- Routine physical examinations
- Pet vaccination schedules
- Medication to prevent internal and external parasites
- Testing for parasites
- …and more
Pet Wellness Exams: The First Step to Long-Term Health
Bringing your pet in for their first wellness exam is the first step to a long and healthy life. During your pet’s initial wellness exam, we’ll conduct a thorough assessment and note their baseline of health. Later, when your pet comes in for their regular annual exams, we can evaluate the condition of their health and compare it to the baseline to see if any changes have occurred.
Routinely evaluating your pet is vital because it allows us to detect and identify potential health problems before they have a chance to develop into something more serious. Pets age much faster than humans do, which means that disease can spread at an alarming rate. Early detection and treatment can help to stop disease in its tracks, keeping your pet healthier in the long run.
If you have any questions about our pet wellness services, please feel free to contact us. We firmly believe in the importance of owner education so we’d be happy to talk to you about your pet’s health and medical needs. Just give us a call at 317-896-9993 to talk to a member of our staff.
The team at All-Star Veterinary Clinic strives to maintain exceptional veterinary tools to ensure that our patients can receive the best care available in the industry. We utilize imaging tools including video endoscopy and ultrasound to help us visualize your pet internally and diagnose potential health conditions.
Just as with our radiograph technology, we work closely with a board certified specialist who can analyze images and provide a second opinion if needed.
Video endoscopy is an imaging tool that allows us to visualize your pet internally through a minimally-invasive procedure. The endoscopic camera is a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end. This tube can be inserted into the body to allow for the visualization of internal organs and structures. We often use this tool to diagnose the following:
- Esophageal lining tears
- Foreign bodies
- Gastric ulcers
- Stomach lining tears
- …and more
In order for an endoscopy to be used, the patient needs to be anesthetized. This means we will often need to process pre-anesthetic blood work for the patient to make sure anesthesia is safe. Pets need to be fasted for at least 12 hours before the procedure as well.
One of the benefits of endoscopy is that internal biopsies can be taken. Results are usually available in about 5 business days, during which time your pet will be free to wait at home where they are comfortable.
Ultrasound is a quick and painless way to visualize your pet internally. We often use this technology to check for issues and conditions relating to the following organs of the abdominal and chest regions:
- Gall bladder
- Urinary bladder
- Adrenal glands
An ultrasound requires minimal preparation beforehand, but because pets must lie still for this, sometimes mild restraints and sedatives are required. Depending on what part of the body must be targeted with the ultrasound, some shaving of the abdomen or chest may be required. Very much like an ultrasound performed on a human, a conductive gel will be applied to the surface skin and a probe will be gently guided along the area. Because the procedure is painless, it can often be relaxing for pets. The entire procedure takes about 30-45 minutes and often pets fall asleep!
Are you experiencing a pet emergency? Pet emergencies may come in all different types and the All-Star Veterinary Clinic is prepared to help in your time of need. During our normal business hours, we can handle emergency pet care right at our Westfield animal hospital, ensuring that your pet is stabilized and cared for.
What To Do in Case of a Pet Emergency
We do prefer phone calls before emergency cases are brought in so that we can prepare for your arrival, but we do understand that some emergency situations do not allow for that. In those cases, walk-in appointments are welcome.
After-Hours Pet Emergencies
If your pet emergency takes place after our animal hospital has already closed for the day, we can recommend nearby pet emergency hospitals that can provide treatment to your best friend. We will work closely with the emergency hospital of your choice, making sure that we have all the information we need in case your pet needs to have continued care from us after his or her emergency.
The 24-hour north Indy pet emergency hospitals we recommend include: