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Our Services

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.

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A Compassionate Cat Care Clinic

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: )

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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).

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Behavior Services

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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.

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Cancer In Dogs - Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Dog CancerAt Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we understand that your canine companion is not just a pet—but that he or she is a beloved, cherished family member. The mutual bond of love and loyalty between you can make a diagnosis of any form of dog cancer very difficult to hear. Our veterinarians and support staff are empathetic, compassionate and trained to focus on both the emotional and medical aspects of dog cancer.
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Cancer Treatment

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.

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Canine Laboratory Tests For Veterinary Care

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.

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Canine Laparoscopic Surgery

What is laparoscopy surgery for dogs?

As a veterinary practice that is prepared to meet any veterinary need your dog may have, Broad Ripple Animal Clinic is equipped with a laparoscopy unit. We take pride in the fact that our patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery experience less pain and a significantly reduced recovery time versus many types of classical, open abdominal veterinary surgeries.
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Canine Medical Imaging, Ultrasound, MRI, Radiographs

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.

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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.

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Cardiology For Cats

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:

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Caring For Mature, Senior and Geriatric Cats

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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Cat CTAs

The purpose of this page is so that we can see all cat call-to-action banners in one location.

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Cat Declawing Options and Alternatives

Declawing CatsA part of normal cat behavior is their instinctive need to scratch on surfaces to remove excess claw material and keep the nails clean and in good shape. Cats obviously enjoy this behavior and certainly are not aware that their behavior may be seen as destructive to their owners.
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Cat Emergency? We Are Here For You

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. 

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Cat Microchips

What are microchips and why does my cat need one?

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we understand that the bond you and your beloved feline friend share is invaluable and irreplaceable. We also understand that by nature, cats are roaming creatures and therefore run the risk of wandering too far from home, or just accidentally losing their way. In fact, a staggering number of cats are lost in the shelter system each year because they lack any means to identify them with. This is why we are happy to offer cat microchip identification services. 
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Cat Vaccinations

Everything You Should Know

The importance of vaccinations to the overall health and longevity of your cat cannot be understated. Cat vaccines are medically and scientifically proven to combat the incubation and transmission of crippling and fatal feline diseases. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to educating people about the importance of cat vaccinations, including what cat vaccines are necessary, and when they should be scheduled. 
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Dental Care

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All pets are at risk for developing dental problems. As a matter of fact, the number one health problem diagnosed in 8 out of 10 cats and dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease.
And just as it's true for people, it's a fact that periodontal disease can cause serious health problems for your pet.  At the very least, it causes bad breath, pain, and tooth loss.  If allowed to continue and progress, it can lead to heart, liver and kidney diseases.  Just like you, your pet needs regular home and professional dental care.
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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.

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Diagnosing and Treating Cancer in Cats

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we understand that feline cancer is a devastating diagnosis. It is natural to feel highly emotional. However, a cat cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a hopeless one. Depending upon how early it is identified and the type of cancer involved, there are certainly options that can lead to very positive outcomes. 
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Dog Dental Care

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). 

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Dog Pregnancy - Everything You Absolutely Must Know

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:

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Dog Preventive Care

What goes into a dog health preventive care regimen

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we believe that a sound preventive health care regimen is the easiest and most effective way to keep your dog healthy and happy. Many canine diseases are easily preventable and most can be effectively treated and cured if detected early enough. However, if allowed to develop and progress unchecked, many diseases can quickly become difficult and expensive to treat, and in some cases incurable. Therefore, we strongly encourage every dog owner to take a proactive approach to preventive care.
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Dog vaccinations - Everything you must know

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.

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Dog Veterinarians Who Really Care

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, our approach to canine veterinary medicine revolves around a comprehensive, competent and compassionate care program, aimed at ensuring the highest quality of life for your dog. Perhaps the greatest measure of our success is found in our many happy patients and kind words from our clients.  We value the long term relationship we have with many of our clients.  Through good communication and trust we have built so many great relationships with our clients which allow us to partner with our clients to provide the best care for their dog.
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Educational services

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.

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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.

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Emergency Dog Clinic - What To Do In A Dog Emergency

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.

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Emergency Vet - 24 Hour Animal Hospital

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:

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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.

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Endoscopy: Gastrointestinal Exams For Dogs

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we utilize the most up to date equipment which allows us to offer a very high level of care to all of our patients. Canine endoscopy uses a tiny video camera at the end of a very narrow scope, called an endoscope that is inserted either into the stomach through the mouth or the colon via the rectum. This allows a veterinarian to view a dog’s gastrointestinal tract, or other areas of concern throughout his or her body. Because a gastrointestinal examination for dogs is minimally invasive, it requires relatively little recovery time.
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Eye Care

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.

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Feline Diagnostic Imaging Ultrasound, MRI, Radiographs

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.

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Feline Laser Therapy

What is laser therapy for cats?

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we are always looking to new ways to care for your cat.  Medicine and technology are constantly advancing and we embrace staying at the forefront of the best medical and surgical care. We are proud to offer laser therapy for cats at our veterinary clinic.
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Feline Preventive Care

What is involved in a cat preventive care program?

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we understand that prevention is truly the best medicine where the health and wellness of your cat is concerned. This is why we offer our feline patients and their human counterparts a comprehensive array of cat preventive care services that promote cat health, wellness and longevity of life. 
A cat preventive care program consists of:
  • Semi-Annual Physical Examinations 
  • Blood and urine analysis 
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Fleas And Ticks For Dogs

Fleas and Ticks for DogsFleas and ticks are a source of annoyance and potential health threat in every part of the United States. While the seasons will affect the activity of these insects, it is possible to pick up fleas or ticks during most of the year. This is especially true because these insects can thrive in our homes.
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Heartworms In Dogs

For over 35 years the veterinary staff at Broad Ripple Animal Clinic has made heartworm prevention for dogs an important part of our approach to preventive care. A heartworm infection can lead to numerous health problems up to and including early death Therefore, heartworm prevention cannot be ignored. Our team is here to educate you and protect your dog from this terrible disease.
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How to take care of a puppy

Puppy Care VeterinarianOne of the greatest joys in life is having a cuddly, cute puppy to have and hold. This is a memorable time for the entire family and everyone can participate in loving and caring for your new puppy.

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In-house Laboratory

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:

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Information and Services to Spay and Neuter Cats

Since 1981, the dedicated and compassionate veterinary team at Broad Ripple Animal Clinic have successfully performed spay and neuter procedures on many male and female cats of all breeds and ages. We have also helped educate cat owners throughout Indiana about spay and neuter procedures. These include when to spay or neuter a cat, what to expect during and after surgery, and why cat spaying and cat neutering is essential to helping control the pet population problem in the state of Indiana.
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Internal Medicine

Disease, injury, and even hereditary factors can affect the health of your dog or cat’s internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, intestines, kidneys, pancreas, and so on. Being located inside a dog or cat’s body, problems occurring in these internal organs often don’t become visible until they reach advanced stages.
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Kitten Care

Kitten CareGetting a new kitten is a very special experience with lots of joy, warmth and laughter.  There is a reason why the internet is so full of kitten and cat pictures and videos.  Kittens are super fun, loving and entertaining.
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Laparoscopic Surgery

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.

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Microchip ID

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.

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Optimum Feline Nutrition - What Should You Feed Your Cat?

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.

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Pain Management

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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.

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Preventative Care

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.

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Preventing And Treating Heartworms In Cats

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, our highly experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary support staff have been helping educate our clients and win the fight against heartworms in cats for over 35 years. The importance of heartworm prevention for cats cannot be overstated. Once a cat has contracted heartworms, it cannot be cured. Therefore, preventive measures are absolutely necessary.
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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.

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Semi-Annual Wellness Exams

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.

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Senior Care

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Just like people, pets need more frequent attention as they get older to prevent and treat illnesses associated with old age.  We will recommend the best protocols to help your friend enjoy his golden years with you.  

Aging and Your Pet 

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Senior Dog Care: What you need to know

Taking The Physiological Changes Of Aging Dogs Into Consideration

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we love providing senior dogs with the care and support they need to age gracefully and comfortably. We understand that the experience of caring for older dogs can be a tremendously rewarding one that enhances and enriches the lives of dogs themselves, as well as their human caretakers. We truly are dog people at heart. We love to lend insight and guidance into caring for older dogs.
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Spaying and Neutering Dogs

Dog Spay and NeuterIf you have owned an animal, or if you know anyone who has, chances are you have heard of the terms spay and neuter. Spaying is a term that describes the ovariohysterectomy, or the removal of portions of the reproductive system of a female dog.

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Stem Cell Therapy

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.

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Stem Cell Therapy For Dogs

Stem cell technology is a new and exciting branch of veterinary medicine. 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. 
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The Dangers of Fleas and Ticks for Cats

Of all the pesky nuisances out there your cat might face, fleas and ticks are two of the most troublesome. For cats, fleas and ticks pose a variety of potential health issues, including:
  • Skin irritation
  • Itching
  • Rashes & Skin Infections
  • Transmission of disease and illness
  • Suffering 
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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.

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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.

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Veterinary ICU - An Intensive Care Unit For Your Pet

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.

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What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your Cat's Health

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:

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What Every Cat Owner Should Know About Dental Care For Cats

Dental disease is a reality for most cats. By age four, many cats have significant gingivitis and many also have periodontal disease. It is a slow progressing but serious disease that causes pain and affects the overall health and wellbeing. Cats will not show signs of oral discomfort. Because the pain associated with dental problems comes on slowly over time, they simply learn to live with it. That is why it is important that all cats see a veterinarian semi-annually to assess their oral health
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What To Know About Your Cat's Pre and Post-Op Surgical Care

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.

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What To Know When Your Cat Needs Anesthesia

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.

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