Note: Not all services listed are available at both our South and West locations.  Please contact the location for questions.

Internal Medicine

Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care is proud to offer internal medicine as part of our specialty services. Internal medicine focuses on complex health issues like diabetes, endocrine conditions (like hyperthyroidism and Cushing’s disease) and many other diseases where advanced diagnostic tests and treatments are needed. CT, endoscopy in-house lab tests and ultrasound are readily available.

Conditions like weight loss, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiac disease, coughing, kidney and liver disease, urinary tract infections and incontinence, immune-mediated diseases and anemia can all benefit from the thorough workup and up-to-date treatment options that an internist can provide. If you think your pet might need an internal medicine appointment, please talk to your veterinarian about a referral, or call our front desk.

Intensive Care

VSEC gives your injured or ill pet a better chance by working with your veterinarian and by having a vigilant ER team led by a veterinarian who is specialty trained in emergency and critical care.

No loving pet lover ever wants to imagine their animal companion experiencing a critical illness or injury. Unfortunately, accidents happen and sudden, unexpected illnesses occur. In these instances, it’s important to know who you can turn to in order for your pet to receive the best possible care in a timely manner. The team at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care is here to provide the highest quality medical, diagnostic and surgical care available. With us, you’re never alone!

A specialist in emergency and critical care is a specially trained veterinarian who’s dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions. They receive years of intense training in emergency, surgery and critical care through completion of an American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)-approved training program. This program focuses on the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening disease processes in an emergency, and for the critical time while the animal is recovering.

We give your injured or ill pet a better chance by working with your veterinarian and by having a vigilant ER team led by a veterinarian who is specialty trained in emergency and critical care.

Our staff is experienced in managing all manner of acute and life-threatening illness or injury with swiftness, precision and efficiency. We are prepared to step in at a moment’s notice to manage even the most critical of situations, improving the chances of a positive outcome for your four-legged family member.

Depending on your pet’s condition, continued monitoring and ongoing care may be necessary following the initial incident. Our hospital is equipped with an ICU area where intensive care cases can be transferred for ongoing treatment and monitoring. During the time that your pet is with us, we will remain in close contact with your regular family veterinarian and with you, keeping you both abreast of your companion’s condition and working as a team for all important health care decisions.

Highly skilled, experienced specialists, including board certified veterinary surgeons and internal medicine experts, are available to manage your pet’s care with the highest level of attention. Rest assured that in the event that intensive care is needed, there is no better place to receive that care than in our state of the art hospital facility with our dedicated team.

Some of the types of critical illness and injury we provide assistance with include, but are not limited to:

  • Respiratory failure

  • Sepsis

  • Acute renal failure

  • Trauma

  • Toxicity

  • Congestive heart failure

 

If your pet seems to be experiencing a severe medical emergency, give us a call or bring them directly to our hospital for immediate attention. We’ll be here to get the situation under control and deliver the most effective and timely care available for the best possible outcome.

While we sincerely hope you’ll never need to seek emergency care for your pet, it’s good to know that should your loved one ever become critically ill, you can count on the team at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care to be there for you in your time of need.

24/7 Emergency Services - South ONLY

Our WEST location currently offers extended night and weekend hours.

Emergencies can happen at any time, day or night, and they don’t always occur during your veterinarian’s normal business hours. In instances when your pet requires urgent veterinary care and your regular clinic isn’t available, you can count on the team at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care to be there for you in your time of need.

 

We are proud to be one of the few hospitals in Indianapolis to have our ER and ICU headed by a board-certified specialist. 

A specialist in emergency and critical care is a specially trained veterinarian who’s dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions. They receive years of intense training in emergency, surgery and critical care through completion of an American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)-approved training program. This program focuses on the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening disease processes in an emergency, and for the critical time while the animal is recovering.  

We give your injured or ill pet a better chance by working with your veterinarian and by having a vigilant ER team led by a veterinarian who is specialty trained in emergency and critical care.

We have experienced doctors, technicians and support staff available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to manage all of your pet’s emergency health care needs.

Whether it’s the middle of the night, during the weekend or right

in the midst of a holiday celebration, we’ll be here to help. You and your pet will never be alone!

Some of the signs of a pet emergency can include:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Choking

  • Swollen abdomen

  • Ingestion of a toxic substance or foreign object

  • Cuts, lacerations or puncture wounds

  • Trauma, such as from a fall or being struck by a vehicle

  • Broken bones

  • Diarrhea or vomiting that contains blood or persists for more than 24 hours

  • Inability to urinate

  • Disorientation

  • Seizures or convulsions

  • Swollen face or eye

  • Pale or blue mucous membranes

  • Uncontrolled bleeding

  • Unconsciousness

 

Should you notice your pet exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, give us a call or bring them directly in to our hospital for immediate care. Our facility is outfitted with cutting edge diagnostic equipment and a state of the art surgical suite. Our dedicated team of experienced emergency medical personnel is prepared to step in and manage the situation, delivering the most precise and effective care and improving the chances of a positive outcome.

Nobody ever wants to imagine their pet experiencing an emergency, but it’s important to know that if and when the need for urgent medical care arises, you can count on the team at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care to be there for you, anytime day or night!

Rehabilitation

Recovering from surgery or injury can be a long, difficult road – even for our pets. Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care offers comprehensive companion animal rehabilitation services to help get your loved one back on his or her feet again. Our staff is trained in utilizing a wide range of proven techniques that are designed to reduce pain, restore full range of motion and speed the recovery process.

 

The goal of physical rehabilitation is not only to restore the natural function to your pet, but to attempt to bring them back to the condition they were in prior to the surgery or injury. Our rehabilitation services utilize a wide variety of methods and technologies to help our patients feel more like themselves again.

In many cases, the pet needs to rebuild strength in muscles that have become weakened from lack of use. In situations like this, carefully controlled exercises under the guidance of a trained professional can help the animal make great strides. Pets can learn to use a treadmill or even use balance balls and wobble boards to help strengthen those de-conditioned muscles.

Other common therapies we use to assist our patients in their physical rehabilitation needs include coordination exercises, such as weaving through cones or walking over hurdles; strength building routines, like uphill or downhill walking (often on a treadmill); as well as medical massage, trigger point release and passive range of motion exercises. Therapeutic ultrasound and low-level lasers are both used to deliver heat deep into the tissues. Finally, along with medications, electrical nerve stimulation can also be used to block or ease pain.

It’s important to note that rehabilitation in animals is very specialized. There are required certifications for both dogs and cats, and any therapies applied should always be performed or overseen by a licensed veterinarian. Physical rehabilitation done by someone who does not understand the subtle signs of animal pain or have a global view of veterinary medicine can actually do much more harm than good.

We will work with you and your pet to develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your companion’s unique needs so that we can achieve optimum results. Additionally, we will also provide advice and guidance for certain therapies and techniques that you can apply at home to further improve your pet’s progress.

 

If your four legged family member has recently undergone surgery or suffered an injury, call us today to find out if he or she would benefit from our professional rehabilitation services.

Diagnostics

Determining what’s ailing a companion animal can be a challenge – especially when the problem isn’t easily detected on the surface of the skin. In these cases, veterinarians must don their detective hats and set out to crack the case through technology. Veterinary diagnostics are tools that allow our doctors to get a clear picture of what’s happening inside your pet’s body, which provides for a more timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

At Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, we utilize a broad range of diagnostic tools, from routine blood work to advanced imaging, to help us quickly and accurately identify what’s bothering your pet so we can take the appropriate measures to get them back on the path to good health again as soon as possible.

Whether your pet was referred to us for the insight and advanced care of a diagnostic specialist or you’ve come directly to us for the care and management of your companion’s good health, we’re prepared to assist with all of your veterinary diagnostic needs. Our state of the art hospital is outfitted with cutting edge diagnostic equipment for routine, advanced and intensive care needs. Our in-house laboratory allows for the fast and accurate retrieval of test results, improving the chances of a positive outcome for your pet.

Some of the diagnostic services available at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care include:

  • Blood work

  • Urinalysis

  • Fecal testing

  • Digital radiology (x-ray)

  • Ultrasound imaging

  • CT scan

  • And more...

Pet Reproduction (Theriogenolgy)

 

We are pleased to offer reproductive services at Veterinary Specialty

& Emergency Care West.  Dr. Wynne Collins has over 20 years

in animal reproduction.

Our reproductive services include:

  • Semen Freezing & Storage

  • Breeding Soundness Exams

  • Breeding Management - Female

  • Breeding Management - Male

  • Pregnancy Management

  • Fertility Assessment

  • Artificial Insemination

To learn more about these services and Dr. Collins, visit our Indy Pet Repro website here.

Do you have a trusted resource to which you can turn when your beloved pet needs urgent medical care or specialized surgical attention? At Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care, we would be honored to be the one you rely on in your time of need. Our team is highly skilled and prepared to step in at a moment’s notice to assist with all your animal health care needs.

We will work with you and your primary care veterinarian to deliver the care needed. Most importantly, each and every service performed at our facility is handled with the utmost care and compassion. With our dedicated professionals, you can rest assured that your loved one will always be in caring, capable hands.

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