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705, 2019

Hot Spots

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

As the weather warms up, our pets spend more time outside. Unfortunately, that means they have to deal with allergies, humidity, and bugs, which can lead to hot spots which can make your dog or cat miserable! Hot spots are red moist oozing sores that can develop on your pets body. They typically start out very small, maybe the size of a dime or a quarter, and are very itchy. But they can rapidly expand and become very painful. They're more common in dogs that have heavy coats and undercoats - like golden retrievers, labradors, collies or [...]

204, 2019

Cats & Heartworm

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Did you know that cats can get heartworm disease? Cats ARE more resistant to this disease than dogs; for every 100 dogs that get heartworm disease, only 10 cats will get it. And while the disease is less severe in cats, it's still something you want to help your cat avoid. Many people presume that if their cat is an indoor cat, they're safe, but fully 1/3 of all the cases IndyVet sees are strictly indoor cats. The disease is spread by mosquitos so how can you protect your pet? Moreover, how can you recognize the [...]

1503, 2019

IVMA Honors Dr. Tracey Gillespie with their Volunteer of the Year Award

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This award is presented in recognition of an IVMA member who has provided leadership or service to a particular project or program of the association. This award is given at the discretion of the Board of Governors.

Dr. Gillespie completed her veterinary degree at Purdue University in 1997. After a private practice internship and a year of emergency medicine in New Jersey, she completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and became board certified in 2003. She joined a surgical referral hospital and built an internal medicine practice in Memphis, TN where she [...]

502, 2019

Boarding Your Pets

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

With Spring break right around the corner, some people will need to place their pets in the kennel before they hit the road. Before doing so, Dr. Speiser has some important steps that you should consider before boarding your pet. Make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccines that are required by the boarding facility that you intend to use. Be sure to take care of this a couple of weeks before (not days before) you board them to ensure that they're adequately protected. For dogs, The most important are Distemper, Rabies, Bordetella (Kennel [...]

1501, 2019

How Your Dog Or Cat Can Save Lives By Becoming A Blood Donor

Categories: Blog Post, Indy Star Article|

Sarah Bahr - The Indianapolis Star View the original article When a dog is hit by a car, contracts fleas or gets into rat bait, it needs blood just like a human. Unfortunately, there's a national shortage. "Every day we receive calls from hospitals all over the country in need of blood products, but we have no blood to spare," Dr. Kelly Robertson, department head of the IndyVet Blood Donation Center, said. "Hospitals are waiting four to six weeks before we can send them any blood." Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about how [...]

801, 2019

New Year’s Resolutions For Pets

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

It's the time of year where everyone vows to make positive changes in their lives. From losing a few pounds, to going to the gym and working out and eating right, New Year's is the perfect time for positive change - but what about your pets? How about considering a few positive changes that will benefit them? A couple of ideas for great starts for 2019 are: Measure out the exact amount of food that you should be feeding your pet for each meal for their target weight so that you're not overfeeding or underfeeding your pet. [...]

412, 2018

Perfect Presents for Pets

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Perfect Presents for Pets Americans love their fur babies, so indulging them with toys and treats for the holidays is just something that we do! In fact, pet owners are expected to spend about $62 each on their pets this holiday season! To help you find that perfect gift for your fuzzy friend, consider the following: A Kitty Laser. This small device will fire a laser dot onto the floor and automatically move it around in an erratic fashion for your cat to chase - it's even good for multiple cats! Auto Dog Mug. This is [...]

611, 2018

Traveling with your Pets

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Traveling with your Pets With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are planning to travel to visit friends and loved ones. According to the American Pet products Association, 37% of us won't board our pets, or leave them with a neighbor, we'll take them with us! Every dog and cat is different, but below are some tips you can use to make traveling with your pet more stress free: Is your pet healthy enough to travel? If they just had surgery, or are being treated for some chronic or acute malady, it might be [...]

910, 2018

Keeping Pets Safe During Halloween

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Keeping Pets Safe During Halloween Halloween is almost here, and while it can be a lot of fun for us, and our pets, we need to be mindful of some potential threats. Candy. We all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs (especially dark chocolate), but there are other aspects to be aware of. If you're slipping your pet a piece of candy, make sure it does not have any Xylitol in it, Xylitol is sugar substitute that can cause liver failure. Also be careful of candy wrappers. IndyVet has removed many candy wrappers that have [...]

409, 2018

Protecting Against Canine Flu

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Protecting Against Canine Flu Protecting yourself and your family against the flu isn't just something you should think about for yourself, it's also something you should do for your dogs! Canine flu was first discovered in the southern United States, and it started as a respiratory disease, but then mutated into a very contagious version that is very easily spread from dog to dog. Even dogs that don't appear sick, can be carrying the disease and can spread it to other dogs, So be careful if your dog is in doggie daycare, or a boarding facility, [...]

708, 2018

Blastomycosis

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Blastomycosis Blastomycosis is a potentially deadly fungal infection which is fairly common in our area. This organism likes to grow in the woodlands and soil where it's moist. Since dogs like to dig and sniff the ground, if they inhale the spores of this organism, then they can contract the infection. Exposure starts as a respiratory condition, moving to the lymph nodes where it will spread throughout the body. Eventually, an infected animal can display an open sore which doesn't heal. By testing the wound, or doing a bronchoscopy (if the symptoms are respiratory only) and [...]

108, 2018

IndyVet offers FREE eye exams to service dogs; registration ends April 30

Categories: Blog Post, Press Release|

Owners and handlers of certified active working dogs can register for free eye exams at IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, on Indy’s southeast side, April 1-30 as part of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event taking place during the month of May. IndyVet’s ophthalmologist Dr. Heidi Klein is joining hundreds of board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists spanning the U.S. and Canada in a volunteer effort to provide complimentary ocular screenings to thousands of service animals. Dogs eligible for sight-saving screenings include guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and registered therapy canines that [...]

3007, 2018

Pet Dangers

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Pet Dangers Many common items around your home can be dangerous to your pet. Even though they may not seem that bad, you need to be very careful. For example, things as innocent as dental floss, empty peanut butter jars or even a garden hose can pose a significant threat to your pet. Garden Hose. When a hose sits outside in the sun all day, the PVC or vinyl they are typically made from can become exceedingly hot and the hose can pose a scalding hazard if it touches your pets skin. Dental Floss. If floss [...]

2007, 2018

Emergency Veterinary Medicine To The Rescue!

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Emergency Veterinary Medicine To The Rescue! Mocha presented to our ER for evaluation of lethargy, anorexia, fever, and developing edema (swelling) in her hind limbs. Bloodwork was done which revealed a low white cell count and a low blood sugar which is suggestive of a septic process. Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response to a bacterial infection. Mocha was transferred over to our internal medicine department where Dr. Gillespie took on her case. Mocha's blood glucose continued to drop so she was supplemented with IV fluids and dextrose. Suspicious of an infection in the bloodstream causing the [...]

506, 2018

Pets and Eye Health

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Pets and Eye Health It's clear we love our pets – and they love us! But to ensure that they can always see their best, it's important to pay close attention to their eyes. Eye problems can be caused by a variety of things including viruses, bacteria, disease, injuries or just simply dust and debris. Many of these issues can not only influence how well your pet can see, but they can also be painful, below are some signs to look for if you think your pet may be suffering from eye problems: Redness Redness can [...]

206, 2018

Little Bea Undergoes Cataract Surgery

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Little Bea Undergoes Cataract Surgery Everyone meet Little Bea! She is diabetic and developed cataracts secondary to her diabetes. She had cataract surgery performed at IndyVet in November of last year and has done spectacular ever since! See below for a picture of Little Bea before and after her surgery! She loves Dr. Klein and Dr. Douglas! Let's give our ophthalmology department and Little Bea a hand! Does your pet have trouble with their vision? See how our ophthalmology department can help your pet! Bea- Before Cataract Surgery Bea- After Cataract Surgery [...]

106, 2018

Cooper Loses Weight with IndyVet Feline Rehab

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Cooper Loses Weight with IndyVet Feline Rehab Everyone meet Cooper! Cooper is a rescue with Indy Humane. When they received Cooper into their care he was a 36 pound cat! They are trying to get Cooper in shape and ready for adoption to be sure he can live life to his fullest potential. To help achieve his weight loss goals he is coming to see our rehab department and doing some work in the underwater treadmill! Let's give Cooper some encouragement in his weight loss journey! Learn more on how rehab can help your pet! [...]

3105, 2018

Pets & Allergies

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Pets & Allergies It's that time of year again, allergy season is upon us and unfortunately it doesn't just plague us, our pet's can be affected too. There are 4 different categories of allergies we see in pets, and all of their effects manifest in the skin: Inhalant allergies, like pollens, molds, dust etc. Contact allergies, like poison ivy or chemicals that may come into contact with skin Flea allergies, which are caused by an intense reaction to flea saliva Food allergies: In cats, this is typically in beef, dairy and fish In dogs, we see [...]

2804, 2018

Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet April 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet April 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As a pet owner, your animal’s health and safety is of top priority and that’s why IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) provides a bi-annual Pet First Aid & CPR training class. This course focuses on preparing pet owners for animal-related emergencies. The training class will be held at IndyVet’s facility on the city’s southeast side and provide participants with plenty of hands-on experience with ResusciDog – the life-sized canine mannequin. The Pet First Aid & CPR class [...]

1004, 2018

Neurology And Oncology Services Coming To IndyVet

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IndyVet Neurology Services Coming September 2018 IndyVet Neurology Services Coming September 2018 IndyVet Oncology Services Coming January 2019 The addition of Dr. Carrissa Wood to our talented team of specialists will further refine our approach to cancer treatment at IndyVet! Carrissa is motivated, compassionate, and driven by the desire to help referring veterinarians and pet owners confronting cancer in their pets.

2003, 2018

Stu – A Blood Donor Success Story

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Stu - A Blood Donor Success Story Meet Stu, Hulk, Leela, Brooklyn, Samson, Nala and Jamie! Stu presented to his referring veterinarian because he was acting lethargic and was not wanting to eat or drink water. After running some blood work, Stu's veterinarian referred Stu over to us because his hematocrit (ration in volume of red blood cells to total volume of blood) was very low and he wanted a more extensive workup done and knew Stu was going to need some intensive care and monitoring to recover. Stu was admitted to our internal medicine [...]

1903, 2018

Indy Emergency Vet Looks To Increase Dog Blood Donors

Categories: Blog Post, WTHR|

Indy Emergency Vet Looks To Increase Dog Blood Donors Ben Hill - WTHR Channel 13 INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — We hear a lot about the importance of blood donations for people, but did you know man's best friend can donate too?Canine blood donation is a big need that many may not have ever known about. Hippo and her owner Sarah Bigelow visit IndyVet once a month to donate blood. IndyVet is an emergency and specialty veterinary hospital that serves animals who need emergency blood transfusions. The donated blood comes from the Pet [...]

803, 2018

Dental Care For Your Pet

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Dental Care For Your Pet James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT, RSO March 8, 2018 Dental care is a daily ritual for us, and it should be for your pet too. Brushing and flossing your pet's teeth is not only good for them, but can also extend their life. Poor dental health can be associated with valvular heart disease, kidney disease, joint disease, nasal conditions and many other health issues, so it's important to make sure to take care of your pet's teeth every day! There are many ways that you can help care for your [...]

702, 2018

New Year, New Healthy Pet

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

New Year, New Healthy Pet James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT, RSO February 8, 2018 The new year is a time of new beginnings for many of us, a time of reflection and resolutions for a better year, but what about our furry friends? Do you have any resolutions to help them lead longer, happier, healthier lives? Consider the following: The number one resolution for people is to lose weight. There are many things you can do to help your pets achieve this goal, like cutting out table food, or changing their diet. Next on the [...]

901, 2018

Keeping Pets Safe This Winter

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Keeping Pets Safe This Winter James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT January 9, 2017 Unfortunately, when temperatures drop, your pets still need to go outside for a number of reasons, and even though they have some natural protection from the cold, it's still very important to make sure that you give them some additional protection. The question is often asked "How cold is too cold?" and unfortunately, that answer varies depending on the size of the animal. Smaller animals will lose heat faster than larger ones, as will shorter haired animals. Since this is a difficult [...]

812, 2017

Pets as Gifts

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Pets as gifts James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT December 8, 2017 Is a new pet something that you or your loved one wants under the tree this year? The idea of giving someone the surprise of a pet sounds like a wonderful holiday gift idea, but giving a pet to someone comes with a serious level of commitment. If you're thinking about giving someone a pet this holiday season (or any other time of year!) there are several things to consider. Ask them if they truly want a pet. Make sure that the person you're [...]

811, 2017

Pocket Pets

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Pocket Pets James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT November 8, 2017 Everyone loves small pets - guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, sugar gliders (if you're into the more exotic pocket pets), but other than their size, what's different about these pets that you need to know about? Today we'll focus the topic to guinea pigs, but your veterinarian should be able to help with any questions you may have about other pocket pets. Housing the pet, nutrition and addressing specific issues that can arise with them are of key importance to ensuring that you and your new [...]

411, 2017

Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet November 4th

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Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet November 4th As a pet owner, your animal’s health and safety is of top priority and that’s why IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) provides a bi-annual Pet First Aid & CPR training class. This course focuses on preparing pet owners for animal-related emergencies. The training class will be held at IndyVet’s facility on the city’s southeast side and provide participants with plenty of hands-on experience with ResusciDog – the life-sized canine mannequin. The Pet First Aid & CPR class will take place Saturday, November 4, [...]

1110, 2017

Halloween & Your Pets

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Halloween & Your Pets James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT October 11, 2017 In a few weeks, Trick-or-treaters will be knocking at your door. It's a great time of year and it can be enjoyable to let our furry friends in on the fun too. But between the costumes, candy and the holiday, it can be a little dangerous for your pet. Below are some tips to help maximize the fun, but make sure your dog or cat stay safe. Most people know that chocolate is bad for your dog (especially dark chocolate), but sweeteners like [...]

609, 2017

Common Illnesses In Cats

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Common Illnesses In Cats James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT September 6, 2017 Last month, we talked about canine influenza and how to recognize it, but cats are just as prone to getting sick as dogs, and the canine flu virus (H3N2) CAN also affect cats, giving them upper respiratory symptoms - runny eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and possible loss of appetite. In most cases, cat illnesses can be treated by your veterinarian with antibiotics or decongestants. Another common illnesses in cats are ear infections, which can be caused by various yeasts, bacterias or ear mites [...]

2408, 2017

Dog Flu Cases In Indiana

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Dog Flu Cases In Indiana James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT August 24, 2017 Dog flu cases have been popping up around Indiana recently, it's a highly contagious virus and unfortunately, not that uncommon. We love our pets and want to do our best to protect and take proper care of them, so that means learning how to recognize when there's something wrong. Below are some suggestions on recognizing flu symptoms in your dog and what to do if you think they may be sick. Canine influenza is a respiratory disease, unlike our flu symptoms, your [...]

408, 2017

Top Mistakes Pet Owners Make

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Top Mistakes Pet Owners Make James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT August 4, 2017 When it comes to our pets, we do our best to give them everything they need. They're a part of our family, and as such, we want what's best for them, but are we really providing our pets the best care possible? Today we'll examine the top 5 mistakes that many pet owners make: Not taking your pet to regular veterinary appointments. It's easy to explain away the need of going to the vet when it looks like your pet is doing [...]

1206, 2017

The 19th Annual Pet Carnival

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

The 19th Annual Pet Carnival James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT July 12, 2017 Humans and human’s best friends are invited to join IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital at their 19th annual free Pet Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15 right outside of the facility near Beech Grove, on Indy’s southeast side. Attendees can browse over 25 central Indiana vendors featuring boarding and grooming salons, food delivery services, pet supplies, homemade fashions and treats, different types of therapeutics and more. Area rescues will have animals on-site for adoption. Other exciting highlights [...]

606, 2017

Canine Competitions

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Canine Competitions James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT June 6, 2017 It's important to keep your dog active as part of a healthy lifestyle. You can certainly walk your dog or run with your them, but there are also all kinds of other activities and competitions that you can get your dog into to help them stay active. Everything from agility competitions, disc tournaments (frisbee throwing and rolling), obedience competitions and more! At this year's IndyVet Pet Carnival - Saturday, July 15th from 10am - 2pm, we'll be showcasing all of these activities and competitive [...]

905, 2017

Aging Pets

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Aging Pets James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT May 9, 2017 Thanks to better pet food and better medical attention, our furry friends are living longer lives than ever! But sadly, nothing can stop the aging process, and age is relative depending on the type of pet you have. For example, cats start to slow down at 10 - 12 years, small dogs are entering old age between 8 and 10 years old, and larger breed dogs like Great Danes may show signs of old age as quickly as 5 or 6 years. As your [...]

2204, 2017

IndyVet Pet Blood Drive & Open House

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

IndyVet Pet Blood Drive & Open House Saturday, April 22, 2017 9am - 12pm IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet), central Indiana’s original 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary center, will host a canine blood donor drive for central Indiana dog owners from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 22 at its facility right off I-465 and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis’ southeast side. For many medical conditions and procedures a transfusion is a clinical necessity, without animal blood donors, veterinarians could not undertake important and often life-saving treatments. The IndyVet donor program was created to not only [...]

803, 2017

Medical Alert Dogs – Part 2

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT March 8, 2017 Medical alert dogs are specially trained dogs that can detect medical conditions in people to assist them in controlling or preventing severe consequences that may occur that could be life threatening. Medical alert service dogs have very special talents to be able to detect conditions such as low or high blood sugar (Diabetes alert dogs), impending seizures (Seizure alert dogs), severe drops or elevations in blood pressure (Cardiac alert dogs) and other conditions. This unique talent has to be detected and then further conditioned by intensive training. Many of the [...]

1702, 2017

Medical Alert Dogs – Part 1

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Medical Alert Dogs - Part 1 James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT February 17, 2017 We all know that dogs make fantastic pets and can help to enrich our lives every day, but did you know that many can also be trained to be the difference between life and death? Medical alert dogs have been specially trained to help people identify the onset of a medical condition such as a seizure, or diabetes, and can help their owner safely prevent or handle their condition. Certain dogs can use their keen sense of smell - up [...]

2501, 2017

Take A Veterinary Heart Quiz

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Take A Veterinary Heart Quiz James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT January 25, 2017 Question: Do dogs and cats have “heart attacks" like people? YES       NO    Answer: No. (More precisely, very rarely)  A heart attack in people is a condition where one or more of the blood vessels supplying the heart become occluded so that part of the heart muscle dies leading to sudden and potentially fatal heart failure. This condition very rarely happens in dogs and cats.  In dogs and cats there are three common conditions that can lead to heart [...]

1001, 2017

Common Pet Injuries

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

Common Pet Injuries James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT January 10, 2017 Pets are a unique part of our families and they behave like furry children in more ways than one. Sometimes they get hurt and it’s helpful to know how to spot the difference between something serious and something that is not. Sometimes accidents happen or play gets too rough, but by knowing more about which injuries are more common you should be able to recognize when something is serious and needs attention from your veterinarian. Eye Trauma – dogs and cats often obtain [...]

1012, 2016

IndyVet Holiday Pet Drive

Categories: Blog Post, Fox 59 News Segment|

IndyVet Holiday Pet Drive James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT December 12, 2016 ‘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, [...]

512, 2016

Travel Safely With Pets This Holiday Season!

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Travel Safely With Pets This Holiday Season! James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT December 5, 2016 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 [...]

1406, 2016

Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus

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Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT June 14, 2016 What if your large dog started salivating and retching, seemed uncomfortable or restless, and appeared to have a distended abdomen? What would you do? A. Take to the veterinarian immediately B. Take outside for a walk until feeling better C. Give some Pepto-Bismol and massage the abdomen until belching occurs D. 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, [...]

1006, 2016

New Pet Ordinances In Marion County

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New Pet Ordinances In Marion County James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT June 10, 2016 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 [...]

2304, 2016

Pet first aid & CPR training offered at IndyVet April 23

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Pet first aid & CPR training offered at IndyVet April 23, 2016 As a pet owner, your animal’s health and safety is of top priority and that’s why IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) provides a bi-annual Pet First Aid & CPR training class. This course focuses on preparing pet owners for animal-related emergencies. The training class will be held at IndyVet’s facility on the city’s southeast side and provide participants with plenty of hands-on experience with ResusciDog – the life-sized canine mannequin. The Pet First Aid & CPR class will take place Saturday, April [...]

302, 2016

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

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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 “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 in [...]

2001, 2016

7 Secrets To Assure Your Pet Lives A Long Life

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7 Secrets To Assure Your Pet Lives A Long Life James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT January 20, 2016 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: Feed your pet the correct volume of a good premium commercial food. A homemade diet of meat and grains will not [...]

1401, 2016

Hypothermia In Pets

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Hypothermia In Pets James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT January 14, 2016 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 [...]

3012, 2015

IndyVet Collects Half Ton of Donations for Bartholomew County Humane Society

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IndyVet Collects Half Ton of Donations for Bartholomew County Humane Society During this past holiday season, IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) joined forces with two veterinary practice partners, Athens Animal Clinic and Best Friends Animal Healthcare & Laser Center, along with Ivy Tech Community College – all in Columbus – in addition to Pet Supplies Plus on Indy’s southside to collect over a half a ton of pet supplies for the Bartholomew County Humane Society. After Thanksgiving, all sites along with IndyVet accumulated bins full of cat and dog food, kitty litter, laundry detergent [...]

1610, 2015

Alarming Symptoms in Aging Cats

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Alarming Symptoms in Aging Cats James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT October 16, 2015 Unfortunately we all experience changes in our body as we age, and for cats, there’s no exception. But cats are notorious for masking symptoms of disease, so it’s important to take action if you suspect something may be a little off, rather than waiting to see if it gets better on its own. Common health issues we see in older cats include kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism. Here are some symptoms to look out for: Kidney disease. You’ll find that [...]

910, 2015

What Are Common Causes Of Anemia In Pets?

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What Are Common Causes Of Anemia In Pets? James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT October 9, 2015 Anemia is the condition of not having enough red blood cells. Red blood cells are basically bags of an oxygen carrier called hemoglobin that distributes oxygen to the body. Anemia is separated into two types. The first type is called regenerative anemia and is a condition where there are less than adequate red blood cells, but the bone marrow is responding by releasing more young red blood cells than normal, so that the anemia is improving. The second [...]

2709, 2015

TPLO Surgery & Post-op Therapy for Dogs

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TPLO Surgery & Post-op Therapy for Dogs Did you know torn ACL’s are one of the most common orthopedic conditions we treat? It can affect all ages of dogs, but is usually a gradual degenerative injury. Whereas with humans, it’s more so due to trauma. If one knee ruptures, there’s around a 30% chance the other might give out as well. Neeva, almost 2 years old, had TPLO surgery on both knees. Months later, we still see her for post-operative physical therapy, which will help her heal faster and gain more strength in her legs. Her full regimen [...]

2609, 2015

IndyVet Hosts Canine Blood Donor Open House September 26

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IndyVet Hosts Canine Blood Donor Open House September 26 IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet), central Indiana’s original 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary center, will host a canine blood donor open house for central Indiana dog owners from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, September 26 at its facility right off I-465 and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis’ southeast side. IndyVet will host two informative presentations on the unique blood donor program for animals, and also highlight moneysaving perks for donors, which includes free annual exams and vaccines, plus discounts on heartworm and flea medications, and more. Guests [...]

109, 2015

Elvis Recovers From A Broken Pelvis And Fractured Hip

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Elvis Recovers From A Broken Pelvis And Fractured Hip We first met Elvis when he was a rescue dog at the Bartholomew County Humane Society. As part of his rehabilitation program to help heal his broken pelvis and fractured hip, we took him through 8 weeks of balance, coordination, and strengthening exercises to help him recover. His strengthening exercises included uphill and downhill walking, which is an effective technique for stretching the hip joint and increasing range of motion. Walking up and down the stairs fully shifts the weight on his hind legs to build [...]

3108, 2015

Backyard BBQ Precautions

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Backyard BBQ Precautions James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT August 31, 2015 Summertime might be winding down, but grilling season still runs through the fall, especially with Labor Day and football around the corner! But when you’re entertaining in the backyard with your pets around, you’ll need to take some precaution so we don’t see you in the emergency room! Check out our quick reference list below: Do not feed pets bones! Splintery poultry bones are the worst, but beef and pork bones break teeth, get stuck in the mouth, esophagus or intestine, and can [...]

2008, 2015

Pippin’s Success Story

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Pippin's Success Story Pippin jumped down wrongly from his mother's lap. Immediately, we noticed impaired mobility. By the next afternoon, he was completely paralyzed in his front limbs. Being a 12-year-old dog, we thought it was over for Pippin. Then, our regular vet referred us to IndyVet. Once there, doctors thought he could walk again. They were transparent with costs and potential outcomes. We opted for surgery. With patience, excellent care, and a superb rehabilitation team at IndyVet, we have our boy back after only 1 1/2 months. We are so thankful for IndyVet and their skilled neurosurgery. [...]

1408, 2015

Pet Proofing Your Backyard

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Pet Proofing Your Backyard James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT August 14, 2015 With a little over a month left of summer, you might still find yourself trying to tackle backyard projects complete with building materials, ladders, paints, stains, or gardening supplies. But when these projects include our pets, there might be some consequences that could result in injury or intoxication if you don’t think of your pet’s safety. Here are a few recommendations to help “pet proof” your backyard: Chemicals. Many common chemicals used in backyard projects such as petroleum distillates (i.e. deck stains [...]

708, 2015

Laser Therapy In Pets

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Laser Therapy In Pets James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT August 7, 2015 Laser therapy in veterinary medicine is being used more commonly as a therapeutic aid to many different maladies. There are two types of lasers used in veterinary medicine. There are surgical lasers, which are used as a scalpel to cut tissue, and then there are therapeutic lasers that are used to help tissue heal. What is a laser? LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Wow! What this means is that a particular type of crystal is bombarded with [...]

2407, 2015

Why Do Cats and Dogs Eat Grass?

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Why Do Cats and Dogs Eat Grass? James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT July 24, 2015 Many people ask why their cat or dog goes out and eats grass, only to later vomit. I too often have wondered and have heard the various theories. Here are some of the common explanations and my thoughts on them: Dogs and cats eat grass because they have a nutritional deficiency. Cats and dogs are carnivores—defined as meat eaters. Wild cats and dogs kill other animals (usually herbivores—defined as vegetable eaters), and eat the meat. Knowing this, millions of [...]

2606, 2015

10 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer In Pets

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10 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer In Pets James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT June 26, 2015 Would you know how to detect cancer in your pet? Early cancer detection is associated with the best outcomes and in many cases a cure. Here are 10 of the most common warnings signs you might want to explore further with your veterinarian: Lumps & bumps. Not all lumps and bumps on or under the skin are cancerous, but it is something to be concerned with. A needle aspirate or biopsy is a routine procedure to help determine [...]

1906, 2015

Bee Stings & Pet First Aid

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Bee Stings & Pet First Aid James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT June 19, 2015 The warmer months bring out stinging insects that our furry friends can have a bad encounter with. Dogs will occasionally chase and snap at bees and wasps, while cats can find these moving objects interesting enough to paw at, catch, or play with. And then this curiosity results in a sting! When our pets get stung, they might need some home remedy or veterinary care depending on the severity of their reaction. Here are some things you can watch for [...]

1206, 2015

Why Does My Pet Scratch All The Time?

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Why Does My Pet Scratch All The Time? James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT June 12, 2015 Cats and dogs can be very hard to live with when they are itchy! Here are some of the most common reasons why they might be scratching: Allergies Inhalant allergies. Dogs are different than people in that pollens and dusts that are inhaled do not bind to cells in the respiratory tract that release histamine and other inflammatory substances, which causes runny nose, sneezing, and stuffiness. Instead, the substances are absorbed and bind to cells in the skin [...]

2905, 2015

Facts On Fleas

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Facts On Fleas James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT May 29, 2015 How much do you know about fleas? You probably won’t believe how quickly (and how much) they reproduce! Here are some interesting facts that might surprise you: There are 4 stages to the flea life cycle. They include the egg, the larva, the pupa (cocoon), and the adult. Short of fire, or chemicals that would destroy the environment, the only stages that can be assaulted to control fleas are the larva and the adult stages. The egg and the pupa are very resistant [...]

2205, 2015

When Curious Puppies Get Stuck

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When Curious Puppies Get Stuck James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT May 22, 2015 Dogs and cats have a tendency to stick their heads into places they should not. That perilous attribute of our furry friends has been the source of more than a few interesting stories! I often think of an experience that my wife (also a veterinarian) had early in her career that demonstrates this fact. It was late on a Friday afternoon in April. Dr. Barnes was working in the treatment area where she was cleaning a patient's ears. Suddenly, there was [...]

1505, 2015

Tips For Pet Travel

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Tips For Pet Travel James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT May 15, 2015 Some pet owners opt to board their pet when they travel, but others like to take their companions with them! Here are some tips to make travel easier and safe for both you and your pet, particularly dogs: Give a calming aid. If your pet is an anxious traveler, using a tranquilizer to reduce stress on your dog is helpful, and can also reduce the potential for carsickness. You can get a travel tranquilizer from your veterinarian and it’s best to test [...]

805, 2015

Is Fido Guzzling An Excessive Amount Of Water? How To Manage Diabetes In Your Pet – The New Way!

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Is Fido Guzzling An Excessive Amount Of Water? How To Manage Diabetes In Your Pet – The New Way! James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT May 8, 2015 As obesity in our pets continues to rise, so does the prevalence of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease where the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin. Insulin is required for the cells in the body to take in and utilize a sugar called glucose for energy. Without insulin, glucose accumulates in the blood stream and eventually spills out into the urine. Dogs and cats with diabetes often [...]

105, 2015

Your Dog Ate What?

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Your Dog Ate What? James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT May 1, 2015 Over 30 years of veterinary practice has taught me one lesson: the creativity of a dog’s appetite has no boundaries. If a dog can swallow it, they will! Here are some true and unique cases that demonstrate this observation: The $10,000 diamond ring. Two newlyweds went to their mother-in-law’s home for Christmas bringing their dog “Pete” as an unwelcome guest. But Pete did not reciprocate disgust for the mother-in-law, and actually enjoyed her company. Early one morning as the mother-in-law was “sharing [...]

2104, 2015

Should My Dog Get The Canine Influenza Vaccine?

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Should My Dog Get The Canine Influenza Vaccine? Alicia Howser, DVM April 21, 2015 I am not going to give you a definitive “yes” or “no” answer to this question. You have to decide if it is best for your dog, just like you decide if you should get the flu shot every year yourself. What I am going to do is give you some more information to help you make an informed decision. For starters, let’s address these 3 questions: Is your dog going to be around a lot of other dogs or in [...]

2104, 2015

6 Important Facts To Know About Canine Influenza

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6 Important Facts To Know About Canine Influenza James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT April 21, 2015 Recent reports of fatal dog flu in Chicago have created a maelstrom of concern for central Indiana dog owners. Here are some important facts you need to know: The media reported an epidemic of over 1,000 cases of flu in Chicago. There have only been a few (<12) cases of documented flu in the Chicago area, and there were only a handful of fatalities. While some of the non-documented cases may be canine influenza cases, many are not. [...]

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