Our staff at Indian River Animal Clinic is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion every time they walk in the door!
We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:
LASER THERAPY is an advanced therapy for the treatment of Inflammatory or Painful conditions in dogs and cats.
When can we use LASER THERAPY?
- Arthritis & Hip Dysplasia
- Acute & Chronic Pain
- Back Injuries
- Ear Infections
- Mouth Pain
- Sprains & Strains
- Wound Healing & Trauma
What are the BENEFITS of LASER THERAPY?
- No drugs or surgery
- No sedation or anesthesia needed
- Can be combined with other medications and treatment
- Immediate results: most treated pets feel better in 12-24 hours after treatment
- Speeds the healing process
“Doggy Breath” is not normal! It is the sign of dental disease! Oral health is one of the biggest keys to overall health in our pets. Every cat or dog over the age of 1 year has some level of periodontal disease. However, many owners are unaware of the problems lurking in their pet’s mouths, and how detrimental they can be to their health and wellbeing.
Untreated dental disease can lead to pain, gum loss, tooth loss, bone infection, and seeding the body with bacteria which can lead to systemic infections, heart problems, kidney problems, and liver problems. Serious oral problems can stop a pet from eating. To prevent these unfortunate outcomes, we have a very strong focus on dental health at Indian River Animal Clinic. We evaluate, recommend and provide these services when needed for each pet:
- Basic oral health exams
- Preventive at-home pet dental care instruction
- Full mouth dental x-ray to evaluate for trouble beneath the gum line
- Professional cleaning
- Extractions of damaged or unhealthy teeth
Indian River Animal Clinic is equipped to handle both routine and more complex surgical procedures. Every patient is thoroughly evaluated and their surgery protocol selected based on their individual needs. Exceptional skill, dedication, and solid pre- and post-operative protocols ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
Pre-surgical evaluation — We thoroughly examine your pet and verify that he or she is healthy enough for surgery. We require all pets over 8 years of age to have blood work; and highly recommend it for all pets. Bloodwork can be run in our lab the morning before a procedure.
Pain management—We provide pain relief before, during, and after surgery.
COMMONLY PERFORMED ANIMAL SURGERIES INCLUDE:
- Spay and neuter procedures
- Mass and tumor removal
- Dental cleanings and procedures
- Eye surgery
- Wound and laceration care
- Foreign body removal
- Emergency care (during office hours)
Surgical check-in is between 8 to 8:30 a.m. Pick-up is generally between 4 and 5 p.m. If your pet is showing clear signs of illness (runny nose, fever, etc.) or the blood work reveals problems, we will reschedule or re- evaluate your pet for surgery.
Digital Imaging & X-RAY
At Indian River Animal Clinic, we use a variety of diagnostic techniques and procedures to treat sick pets. In combination with our in-house veterinary laboratory and diagnostic skills, we employ digital x-ray and ultrasound to see the inside of your pets body. These diagnostics allow immediate diagnosis for rapid treatment.
Digital x-ray provides clearer images over film x-rays. The images produced can be enlarged, manipulated, and measured to provide detailed information. Our veterinary team can view the images in ways that are not possible with film x-ray. Greater information leads to faster diagnosis and more immediate treatment—speeding relief to your pet.
Digital x-ray is quicker, which means less time on the table and less stress for your pet. Our digital x-ray system exposes your pet to much less radiation than older units. An added benefit of digital x-ray is the ease of sharing them, they can be emailed and sent electronically, if second opinions or referrals are in order.
DIGITAL IMAGING IS IDEAL FOR DIAGNOSING A WIDE VARIETY OF CONDITIONS, INCLUDING:
- Bone fractures
- Orthopedic diseases
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Heart and lung issues
- Reproductive issues
In-House Lab and Pharmacy
We have a full pharmacy to provide the medications your pet’s need conveniently and efficiently. We also offer the ability to special order medications or foods that your pet may require. Our lab is fully functioning and can provide CBC and full Chemistry bloodwork and urinalysis within 15 minutes, as well as specialized tests such as Cortisol Assays and Thyroid testing.
We run intestinal parasite screens and heartworm tests in-house to make sure your pet gets treated as soon as possible. Our vets are also trained in cytology and can quickly diagnose skin, ear, urine issues, as well as evaluate aspirates from growths for malignancy. We also offer in-house bacterial and ring worm cultures.
OTHER EMERGENCY CONTACTS
Veterinary Emergency Center of East Volusia
Phone: (386) 761-1911
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 6:00 pm - 7:30 am
Sat - Sun: Open 24 Hours
Fax: (386) 492-6656
Address: 2410 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona FL 32119
Emergency Triage - by Phone
Please Read Carefully:
We ARE NOT an Emergency Hospital but we can help you decide if your pet is having an emergency and needs to go to the ER. Call us during normal business hours and we will do our best to help you decide if your pet needs to go to an emergency hospital.
Call (386) 427-8339 - Option #3
Signs Your Pet Could be Having a Medical Emergency
Some conditions like diarrhea, itchy skin, even urinary tract infections, etc... can wait to see your regular veterinarian the following morning. If you are worried, to be safe it is best to take your pet to the veterinarian or ER veterinarian. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but the vet can make sure nothing more significant is going on with your pet!
- Lethargy or collapse
- Anxiety or restlessness
- Difficulty breathing (e.g., noisy breathing, stretching the head and neck out while breathing, seeing the abdominal body wall moving a lot while breathing)
- Constant coughing and inability to rest through the night
- Coughing up pink, frothy, foamy liquid (or blood)
- Panting constantly
- A respiratory rate > 60 breaths per minute at home while resting (TIP: count the number of breaths taken over 15 seconds and multiple by 4)
- Abnormal gum color (e.g., pale gums, blue gums, etc.)
- A distended, “bloated” abdomen
- Non-productive retching (which is classic for gastric-dilitation volvulus or “GDV”)
- Pale gums (which is often seen with internal bleeding or anemia)
- An elevated heart rate (> 160 beats per minute at home)
- Crying out in pain
- Any wound on the body
- Jaundiced (yellow gums)
- Not being able to move or walk or dragging of the back legs
- Any significant amount of bleeding
- Any trauma (regardless of how minor it may appear)
- Bite wounds or attacks by another animal
- Any poisoning or toxin ingestion
- Vomiting more than 2-3X in a row
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Abnormal odor from the body
- Feeling very hot or cold to the touch (NOTE: You can always try to check your pet’s temperature with a pet thermometer; if the temperature is < 99 or > 103.5, please contact a veterinarian immediately!)
- Squinting, bulging, discolored or painful eyeballs
- Straining to urinate, making multiple trips to urinate, squatting to urinate without producing any urine
- Tremors or seizures
- Seizures lasting for more than 2-3 minutes or having more than 2-3 seizures in a 24-hour period
- Has gone 3-4 hours between kitten/puppy delivery
Your pet’s skin is the largest organ and it plays numerous roles in keeping them healthy. Not to mention it’s what we feel when we hug and pet them! Skin can be plagued by numerous issues
- Fleas, Ticks, Mange, and other parasites
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Signs of systemic problems
Unfortunately many of these conditions can look similar. Our veterinarians are very focused on your pets skin, and with a combination of a thorough exam and more in depth diagnostics such as skin scrapings, cytology, bacterial culture, allergy testing, and biopsies, we can get to the bottom of what is itchy or bothering your pet.
It’s been said that the eyes are windows to the soul, and they can tell us so much about your pet’s health. Our veterinarians utilize physical exam, evaluation of the inside of the eye using an ophthalmoscope, corneal stain testing, tear production testing, and Tonometry to measure the pressure within the eye to evaluate the health of your pet’s eyes. We also can conduct vision screening.
Our veterinarians can also perform many surgical procedures for the eyes, including eyelid growth removal, permanent removal of hairs growing the wrong way out of the eyelid, correction of eyelids that roll in or skin folds that scrape the eye, “Cherry Eye” surgeries, and some emergency corneal procedures for ulcers or lacerations. We can also help with referral to an ophthalmologist for cataract surgery.
Our pets really capture our hearts, but what about their hearts? Heart problems are best managed when diagnosed and treated early. Our veterinarians listen closely at every exam to screen for any murmurs, abnormal rhythms, or abnormal respiratory sounds.
If detected, further diagnostics such as bloodwork, blood pressure readings, ECG, chest x-rays, and/or heart ultrasound (Echocardiography) may be recommended to fully understand the nature of your pet’s heart problem and what needs to be done to give them the best heart function so they can live a happy full life. Using our ultrasound we can also perform some emergency procedures such as drawing fluid off the chest or from around the heart.
Is your pet highly anxious around other animals? Are you simply unable to travel to our hospital in Edgewater? No need to worry–your pet can still receive the essential care they need. At Indian River Animal Clinic, we believe that all pets deserve the best treatment available, regardless of their circumstances. That’s why we’re excited to offer mobile vet services to our clients and patients who cannot make the drive. It has always been our mission to do whatever is needed to provide exceptional service and veterinary care to keep owners happy and pets healthy.
SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE IN YOUR HOME
All of our veterinarians can make house calls to treat patients in the comfort of their own homes.
Our house call services include:
- Private euthanasia
- Wellness exams
- Weight checks (for smaller pets)
- Ear cleanings
- Nail trims
- Anal gland expression
- Heartworm testing
- Blood draws (for lab testing)
- Parasite prevention
Indian River Animal Clinic offers nutritional counseling for pet owners of Edgewater, FL and surrounding communities. If you have any questions about your pet's diet or would like more information about your pet's nutritional needs, please contact us today. We can set up a nutrition plan for your pet.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.