Dedicated to the compassionate and competent care of your pet, we, at the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, strive to provide the highest standards of veterinary medicine by quality client relations, preventative health-care and continuing education of our staff.
Through your pet, we are able to form friendships that last a lifetime. This is the realization of our ultimate goal.
Broad Ripple Animal Clinic is a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. We offer preventive health care services as well as advanced diagnostic and surgical services. Take a look below at a sampling of the services we can provide for your special friend.
Since 1982 the Veterinarians and support staff at Broad Ripple Animal Clinic have sought to achieve the highest standards of veterinary medicine. We feel that cats are part of the family, yours and ours. Our clients response to the care we provide is the strongest testament to the quality of care we provide for their cats. (Recent client feedback can be found here: http://www.bracpet.com/testimonials )
We use only the highest quality anesthetics available to provide that extra margin of safety. All anesthetized patients are monitored by a Registered Veterinary Technician from the moment of induction until they are fully recovered. We also monitor each surgery patient's heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, EKG (heart rhythm), body temperature and arterial oxygen levels (using pulse oximeters).
Illness doesn't always have a physical cause and the sad truth is that more dogs and cats are put to sleep because of behavioral problems than are put to sleep because of disease and injury. Good behavior can help make your pet safer and more enjoyable, but it takes an effort on your part -- and we can help. Our doctors can help determine the cause of disorders such as separation anxiety and obsessive behavior, and then develop a treatment regimen.
Veterinary oncology is a specialty field that deals with cancer in your pet. The highly trained Veterinarians at our practice focus on both the emotional and medical aspects of cancer. We are there to hold your hand and skillfully guide you through the process of diagnosis, choosing the right treatment option for your pet and the treatment process.
Understanding Dog Blood Tests
A blood test or lab test allows us to learn information about your dog's health which can only be found from collecting a sample of blood and having it analyzed. This includes a CBC (complete blood count) and blood chemistries that analyze chemical components in the blood.
What is laparoscopy surgery for dogs?
What is Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging?
Veterinary diagnostic imaging includes radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, MRIs and CT scans, all of which are used as diagnostic tools to collect information on your dog's health. The vast majority of imaging is non-invasive and completely painless. However, some imaging may require sedation or even anesthesia because the dog must be kept still to allow for adequate images to be produced. Veterinarians use these images to collect information on your dog to help them to make a medical and sometimes surgical plan.
Cardiology refers to the study of the heart, including the diagnosis of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and electrophysiology, or electrical properties of the heart. Cardiac conditions often present with specific symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and exercise intolerance and in severe cases, syncope or fainting. If one of your beloved furry family members is experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our practice as soon as possible.
How A Cat's Heart Works
A cat's heart has four chambers. The two upper chambers are called the atrium (plural atria), and the lower chambers are called the ventricles. Additionally, the heart has a right and left side, each containing one atrium and one ventricle. A cat's heart works as follows:
Understanding The Changing Health Needs Of Mature, Senior And Geriatric Cats
If you have lived with your cat since it was young then you have a good understanding of what is normal for your cat in the way of behavior and habits. Any changes in their behavior or habits can be a sign of illness. Because signs of illness in cats can be so subtle, even the most astute owner may miss some of these changes especially when the onset is so gradual. For this reason, it is extremely important to bring your cat to your veterinarian semi-annually.
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If your cat has suffered a sudden trauma or is experiencing any life threatening symptoms, please call us immediately at: (317) 257-5334
In an emergency, time is of the essence, please call and bring your cat to our clinic as soon as possible. The address is:
6225 Broadway St.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
What To Do If Your Cat May Be Having A Veterinary Emergency
In case of a cat emergency, waiting until "normal business hours" is not an option.
When Is In Home Cat Care Called For
What are microchips and why does my cat need one?
Everything You Should Know
When your dog or cat continually engages in excessive scratching, licking, or chewing a particular area of his or her body, it is more than likely an indication that something is wrong and a visit to your veterinarian is in order. While these activities can be an indication of a more serious health problem, the diagnosis in most cases will likely be a problem with your pet’s skin.
What Is Veterinary Acupuncture For Dogs?
It is important to realize that your dog will never tell you when it is experiencing dental pain. All dogs will endure some level of dental disease and dental pain during their lives. The best way to minimize these issues is for your dog is to start out with a great dental health routine at home. This should be supplemented with regular dental cleanings performed by veterinary professionals (a veterinarian and veterinary nurse to aid in the dental cleaning and patient care during the procedure).
Why Should I Microchip My Dog?
At the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, our reproductive team understands the commitment involved in helping facilitate a dog pregnancy for your beloved canine companions. As the host site of the International Canine Semen Bank of Indiana, we have very specific standards for assisted canine reproduction and only work with breeders exhibiting quality breeding practices. Our services include:
What goes into a dog health preventive care regimen
Dog vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your dog from many dangerous and even fatal diseases. While state law requires all dogs are vaccinated for rabies, there are a number of other vaccinations that can protect your dog from serious diseases that are easily preventable.
We think veterinary medicine is very cool and we love to share details about it with others. We offer Hospital Tours, Grade School Educational Speaking Programs, and our charity funding Vet For A Day Program. Please let us know if you're interested in any of these events.
Electrocardiography is the process used to perform an electrocardiogram, or EKG, test on a dog or cat’s heart. An EKG measures the rate and regularity of heartbeats. In addition, an EKG also measures and provides information about the size and position of the animal’s heart chambers.
If your dog has suffered a sudden trauma or is experiencing any life threatening symptoms, please call us immediately at: (317) 257-5334
What To Do In Case Of A Dog Emergency
There are times when you are certain that your dog has an emergency (ie: hit by a car) and there are times when you are very concerned but not convinced that it is an emergency requiring immediate care. Call on your way to let us know the type of emergency and if you will need assistance getting into the building and your E.T.A.
Emergency vet services are a fundamental cornerstone of our commitment to comprehensive pet care. Your pet isn't going to take "normal business hours" into consideration. Accidents do happen, and when disaster strikes, that is when you need a trained veterinary staff ready and able to help. So, we know that we've got to be ready. This is why you can always rely on our emergency vet care team to be here for you and your pet anytime day or night.
Our full service, 24 hour facility is located at:
Endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny video camera at the end of a very narrow scope in order to see inside of the body. Sometimes our practice uses endoscopy for surgical procedures, but most often we use it for diagnostic purposes. Minimally invasive, the procedure requires relatively little recovery.
While generally not a major condition seen by veterinarians, your pet’s eyes are important and can have problems that require treatment. Fortunately, most pet eye problems are minor and treatable. However, when the eyes are involved, it is important to seek treatment from a veterinarian immediately as delays can result in a more serious condition or even blindness.
What Is Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging For Felines?
Veterinary diagnostic imaging includes radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, MRIs and CT scans, all of which are used as diagnostic tools to collect information on your cat's health. The vast majority of imaging is non-invasive and completely painless. However, some imaging may require sedation or even anesthesia because the cat must be kept still to allow for adequate images to be produced. Veterinarians use these images to collect information on your cat to help them to make a medical and sometimes surgical plan.
What is laser therapy for cats?
What is involved in a cat preventive care program?
- Semi-Annual Physical Examinations
- Blood and urine analysis
In addition to having a veterinarian and staff on duty around-the-clock to handle pet health emergencies, Broad Ripple Animal Clinic has its own in-house veterinary laboratory. In emergency situations, when time is of the essence, we don’t have to send samples to outside veterinary laboratories and wait for the results. Instead, we do the necessary analysis in our laboratory and get the results immediately.
Among our most common laboratory tests are:
Among the state-of-the-art tools we employ at Broad Ripple Animal Clinic is a laparoscopic surgical unit. Laparoscopic surgery is increasingly being used in both veterinary and human medicine due to its many health and safety benefits.
As a veterinary practice that truly cares for the welfare of your pet, we like the fact that our laparoscopic unit enables us to significantly reduce both the pain and recovery time of many types of veterinary surgery.
What is laser therapy for dogs and how does it work?
One of the most important things you can do to protect your pet is to assure it's identification. A frightening number of pets enter the animal shelter system each year simply due to the fact that animal control has no means by which to return a pet to it's loving home. Collars and external tags are helpful, and should be used, but can fall off (or be taken off). Microchips are a permanent form of identification. A small chip the size of a grain of rice is implanted under your pets skin in the same manner as giving a vaccine.
The Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Cat Food
Feline nutrition is very important for general health. However, the plethora of dietary options, brands and formulas available to consumers can be confusing, when deciding which kind of cat food is best for your feline friend’s health and wellness.
When it comes to managing your pet’s pain, our practice offers and the highest quality of care utilizing compassion and the most effective medical treatments available. We develop a unique pain management plan to best serve the individual needs of your pet. This plan may include medication, complementary treatment or a combination of both.
Preventive care is the easiest and most effective way to keep your friend healthy and happy. A complete semi-annual physical exam is the cornerstone of great pet care, and immunizations offer important protection against common and sometimes deadly diseases. Our doctors don't follow a 'one size fits all' protocol for preventive health care, but rather treat each patient as an individual and recommend the best possible protocols for that particular pet.
Yearly wellness blood work can help your pet's doctor to see signs of illness earlier than you pet may show symptoms.
Our on-site, modern radiology (X-Ray) equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders. We also are fortunate to have the services of a Board Certified Radiologist on staff to help assure the proper interpretation of this diagnostic tool. Radiology services include myelograms, arthrograms, and ultrasounds.
X-rays can help us identify a fractured bone, or degeneration in a joint as well as sometimes identify foreign objects inside your pet’s body.
Our pets age up to 7 times faster than we do!
It is for this reason that we recommend semi-annual examinations of your pet with one of our doctors so that we are able to watch your pet for signs of aging, and treat them early if any medical concerns are found.
Aging and Your Pet
Taking The Physiological Changes Of Aging Dogs Into Consideration
Stem cells are cells that can be safely harvested from a variety of adult animal tissues. Once harvested, the stem cells can be injected and induced to grow into a large number of different cell types.
Stem cell therapy offers the possibility of using these stem cells to grow into replacements for injured or diseased tissues such as bone, cartilage, muscle, nerves, and so on. These would be real tissue replacements for damaged tissues, rather than artificial replacement implants.
- Skin irritation
- Rashes & Skin Infections
- Transmission of disease and illness
The terms “ultrasound”, “ultrasonography” and “sonogram” may sound familiar to you. Widely used in the last 50 years, doctors first applied ultrasonography in medicine to detect pregnancy. In a frame or scrapbook at home, you may even have your child’s first “sonogram”. A sonogram is the image created on a screen or print out produced by a medical ultrasound. Just like human medicine, veterinarians first used ultrasound in to detect pregnancy in animals, however, they now use it for a wide variety of reasons.
Immunizations (vaccinations) offer important protection against common and sometimes deadly diseases. Our doctors don't follow a 'one size fits all' protocol for immunizations, but rather treat each patient as an individual and recommend the best possible protocols for that particular pet looking at their risk factors, age, and overall health.
Cat acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment modality that allows the veterinarians here at [practice:practice-name] use to address a variety of feline health issues and reduce pain in our feline patients.
A crucial part of our emergency hospital is our Intensive Care Unit. After your pet has been examined and a plan developed for their care, they may need constant care and monitoring for a period of time. These pets are admitted into our ICU for specialized critical care and monitoring by our emergency doctors and critical care nurses. The amount of time spent in ICU depends upon the severity of the illness and amount of care required to get them through a severe illness.
When Will A Veterinarian Order Blood Tests For Cats
Sometimes in the case of an eye or ear infection, your feline friend's medical condition affords a veterinarian the opportunity for a relatively straightforward diagnosis. However, other times the results in the need for further examination. In such a case, your veterinarian will order feline blood tests to aid in his or her investigation. The following situations can result in the need for blood tests for cats:
Understanding Why A Cat Surgery Has Been Recommended
At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, our primary concern is for the health and well being of your cat. Unfortunately, there may arise a circumstance when a surgical procedure is in the best interest of your feline friend, and in these times you will need to make that decision. We understand what that feels like, and our veterinarians and staff are here for you too.
There may be a time when your cat will require a procedure or surgery for his continued health. At the time of surgery your cat will require anesthesia which will be carefully administered and monitored by our veterinary staff. Knowing the basics about how anesthesia will be is used in cat surgery and the recovery basics will help to ease your mind while kitty is under our care.