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IndyVet Holiday Pet Drive

December 10, 2016

IndyVet Safe Holiday Pet Travels ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but a lot of animal shelters struggle daily with having enough supplies to take care of all of the animals they take in. This holiday season, IndyVet is continuing their tradition of a holiday drive to benefit local shelters. Donations received this year will benefit Bartholomew County Humane Society and Waldo's Muttley Crew.

Many of these organizations don’t have regular funding, they only survive through donations, and so we like to support their efforts.

This year, you can help...

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Travel Safely With Pets
This Holiday Season!

December 5, 2016

IndyVet Safe Holiday Pet Travels According to the American Pet Products Association there are 78 million dogs in the U.S. and each year, more and more pets are traveling with their owners to pet parks, restaurants and pet-friendly destinations, especially during the holidays and winter months. The problem is, the vast majority of owners are traveling with their pets unrestrained. Many people just don’t realize that an unrestrained dog or cat riding in a vehicle can be a serious distraction.

The Dangers Of Unrestrained Pets When Traveling
A dog sitting in the front seat can risk fatal injury from an airbag, even in a minor collision. Just as bad, a dog is also at risk of flying through the windshield when sitting co-pilot...

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Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
June 14, 2016

Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus What if your large dog started salivating and retching, seemed uncomfortable or restless, and appeared to have a distended abdomen? What would you do?
  1. Take to the veterinarian immediately
  2. Take outside for a walk until feeling better
  3. Give some Pepto-Bismol and massage the abdomen until belching occurs
  4. Roll the pet on to their back and rub their belly until the condition resolves
Bloat in dogs is a very severe emergency that occurs in large, deep chest dogs such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Mastiffs, although any dog can bloat. The condition comes about from the stomach filling with gas and then twisting so that it is malpositioned kinking the entrance and the exit of the stomach preventing...

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New Pet Ordinances In Marion County

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
June 10, 2016

New Pet Ordinances In Marion County Are you familiar with the new legal requirements that Indianapolis Marion County residents need to know about their pets? When it gets hot in Indianapolis there is a new law that became effective in September 2015 that pet owners will need to take notice of regarding their furry friends. New rules regarding tethering, enclosure sizes, shelter requirements, and special requirements for extreme weather are now in effect for this summer. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is responsible for enforcing the ordinances, and can fine violators, or impound the pet.

Here are the pertinent factors that the law addresses:...

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Veterinary Phone Consultation: How Can Your Vet Advise You Over The Phone?

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
February 3, 2016

Veterinary Phone Consultation: How Can Your Vet Advise You Over The Phone? “Dr. Smith, thank you for taking my phone call. Fido has vomited three times today and I want to know if I can give him Pepto Bismol?”

“Well Mrs. Jones, let me ask you some questions about Fido. Is this vomiting or regurgitation? Has there been any vomiting prior to today? What was in the vomit? Has he been eating? Has he been drinking an adequate volume? Is he dehydrated? Has he gotten... read more...

7 Secrets To Assure Your Pet
Lives A Long Life

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
January 20, 2016

7 Secrets to Assure Your Pet Lives a Long Life Many of us are very attached to our pets. They give us unconditional love and are part of the family. So naturally we want them to be around for as long as they can! But in order to do that, what can you do to better enhance and prolong your pet’s life? We’ll tell you:
  1. Feed your pet the correct volume of a good premium commercial food. A homemade diet of meat and grains will not be superior to a premium commercial diet. Feed an amount that maintains an ideal weight for your pet, which may be more or less than the recommended amount of food on the can or box. Each pet is an individual and will require a different caloric intake based on their lifestyle.
  2. Don’t let your pet play outside unsupervised. The common denominator that we see in the emergency...
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Hypothermia In Pets

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
January 14, 2016

Hypothermia In Pets How are arctic animals able to sleep outside in frigid temperatures, and our pets can’t? Animals in the arctic adapt to the frigid temperatures by increasing their metabolism to “turn up their furnace,” by growing a very thick and unique hair coat that retains heat, and by altering blood flow to exposed tissue to prevent frostbite.

Most of our pets don’t have, and cannot accomplish these special adaptive mechanisms, which causes them to be much more at risk for injury due to excessive cold.

So what should one do if a pet gets outside during frigid temperatures, or in some way...

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