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It may sound cliché but, we LOVE what we do!

Being a Veterinary Hospital in a smaller, more isolated area, allows us a lot of opportunities not afforded to practices in larger, urban areas. We see a wide variety of cases each day, and we strive to provide the best possible, research-based care for each of the illnesses, injuries, diseases, and general cases that come our way. When we see a specific need that arises among our clientele, we are able to ask ourselves, “What can we do to best help this situation?” Many times, this equates to new equipment, training, or specialists, to help us fulfill the needs of our clients in the best and most up-to-date way possible. Our doctors and team are continuously trained and educated to bring you the best care possible, and we are excited about the wide and expanding array of services that we offer our valued customers. We are proud to provide wellness care, medical, preventive care and more for your pets.

 

Medical Services

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In-House Pharmacy

Our well-stocked pharmacy carries what we feel are the best drugs available to treat a wide variety of ailments. It allows us to get your pet’s health on track in the most convenient and cost-saving way possible. We make every effort to provide competitive pricing.

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Lab Services

Our in-house lab allows us to run a variety of tests that are best suited to your pet’s individual needs. This allows us to get quicker diagnostic results, improving our care and treatment for your pets.
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Radiology/Ultrasound

We are fortunate to have an amazing digital radiography system that allows for easy, efficient, high-quality radiographs (x-rays), that help the doctor better understand and treat your pet’s medical issues. Our Team has received additional training in ultrasound, a non-invasive tool that helps us diagnose internal concerns not detected during physical exam or radiographs. These tools are important in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. From time to time results may be unclear or inconclusive. We are able to share these results with board-certified veterinary specialists. Their assistance can detect or confirm our veterinarian’s assessment quickly and conveniently.

Surgical Services

Surgeries are performed in our spacious surgery suite, which is equipped with state-of-the-art anesthetic machines, monitoring equipment, and patient care equipment (warming beds and IV fluid pumps). Every procedure includes a dedicated anesthesia technician to provide constant monitoring and supportive care from start to finish. Our laser and radiosurgical capabilities ensure less bleeding and pain, easing the recovery process. When it comes to the health, safety, and well-being of your loved ones, we simply don’t believe in shortcuts. A higher level of care is our goal in all that we do, including some of our most common surgical procedures.

Spays/Neuters

Spaying/Neutering your pet is one of the most important decisions you can make for your pet’s overall health. Even though it is considered to be one of our common or “routine” procedures, our patients receive all the same care as with other, more major procedures. This includes a presurgical exam, premedication, an IV catheter, anesthesia monitoring, and pain relief medication.

Declaw

Whether or not to declaw your cat is truly a personal choice between you and your couch. But honestly, if it IS right for you, we want to make sure your cat is taken care of properly during and after the declaw procedure. We use a CO2 laser which helps reduce bleeding and pain and eases recovery. When it’s time for your cat to return home, we provide two different types of pain relief, to help make them comfortable.

Gastropexy

This is an optional procedure for canine breed types with a deep or “barreled” chest and abdomen, who are predisposed to Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), or “twisted gut.” GDV is a life-threatening emergency when it does occur. Once a GDV occurs, the chest and abdomen become swollen or bloated, and blood supply to the stomach is cut off, resulting in potential tissue death. Gastropexy is a preventative surgical procedure where part of the stomach is attached to the body wall (rib), which keeps the stomach from being able to twist within the abdomen. When recommended, this procedure can easily be added on to a routine spay/neuter or can be scheduled separately.

Soft Palate

This is an optional procedure that is helpful for our beloved brachycephalic breeds — those with a short nose/flat face. While not all in this breed type require surgery, some have it worse than others, and normal breathing is difficult. The purpose of the procedure is to open the airway, both in the nasal area (nares) and at the soft palate. Our CO2 laser is a very useful tool in this procedure. It reduces bleeding and inflammation and aids in recovery. Oftentimes breathing is significantly improved, and snoring is greatly reduced. This procedure is best done early in life, as a pup, when breathing difficulty is first noticed.

Fracture Repair

Unfortunately, broken bones happen, most often when you least expect it. We’ve tried to take some of the pain out of this by getting the training and equipment to fix these breaks locally. This saves you time, money, and long road trips to referral hospitals. Our fracture repair kits are suited and stocked for all sizes of pets — ensuring that we have the proper pins, plates, and screws on-hand so we are prepared to handle those unexpected accidents.

TPLO

TPLO is short for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. It is the recommended treatment of choice for cranial cruciate rupture —commonly known in humans as an anterior cruciate tear, or ACL. Other procedures have their place, but for ACL repairs, many board-certified orthopedic surgeons prefer and recommend the TPLO. The most likely signs you will notice when your pet tears its cruciate ligament are pain and limping. When there is long-term instability, arthritis sets in and causes chronic pain. The TPLO surgery stabilizes the knee and, along with pain relief management, enables your pet to get back to a normal life. Our team has pursued the proper training, equipment, and experience to give us the means to treat the dogs #1 rear leg injury, preventing time-consuming and costly trips, and keeping your care local.

Dentistry

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three. Your pet’s teeth are an important indicator of their overall health, and at Altitude we are dedicated to healthy mouths and healthy pets. Our doctors and technicians have received specific training in dental cleaning and care, as well as more in-depth dental procedures and surgeries, including root canals. Your pets should be receiving dental checks once or twice a year, followed up with a cleaning when prescribed. Our thorough teeth cleaning procedure includes cleaning, charting, and full mouth radiographs. Even with all the proper preventive care, sometimes they need a little extra TLC. This TLC may include extractions, due to periodontal disease and tooth fractures, or root canals to save damaged teeth. Our team is fully educated in how to best treat these cases, and we are fully equipped with the tools to help your pets on the road to a healthy mouth and body. In addition to regular check-ups and routine cleanings, home dental care is an important piece of the puzzle to ensure year-round smiles for you and your pet.

Pain Management

Dogs and cats experience pain just like people. The primary cause is aging, but other reasons include trauma, obesity, high activity, and large breed issues. Some of the signals that your pet is experiencing pain may be difficulty getting up, whining, restlessness, panting, and lameness. A single method to treat pain can be quite effective, but research and experience has shown that putting multiple modalities into use can dramatically help in reducing pain, resulting in a more comfortable and active life for your pet. Some of the methods we commonly use include:

  • Medications/supplements/diets
  • Weight loss
  • Cold Laser therapy
  • Acupuncture treatments

Happy pets make happy owners, and our goal is to achieve that through individual and specific treatment plans that both heal and prevent pain.

Emergency and Urgent Care

If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment, do not hesitate to call 307-234-7333 or come in immediately when the hospital is open. We offer urgent care services during regular business hours without additional emergency fees. Should your pet require immediate attention that isn’t an emergency, we may schedule you for an “urgent care” appointment. An urgent care appointment allows the doctor to work sick pets into the schedule, providing care when the need arises, without disrupting the existing schedule. If you feel your pet is an urgent care case, please ask about these special appointments.

Should an emergency occur during non-operating hours, your call will be automatically routed to our emergency line. Leave a brief but detailed message, including your immediate contact information, and wait for the Doctor on duty to return your call. We have a veterinarian on call seven days a week who is trained and equipped to handle your pet’s emergency needs. We value our clients, and we love your pets, so it’s our goal to be here for you when you need us most. Your emergency needs will always be met by one of our doctors that knows you and your pet, and who has access to your medical records and the proper equipment to provide the appropriate treatment. Our ICU unit provides oxygen and climate control, which is critical for animals that may be in respiratory distress as the result of an accident or illness.

Please understand that our hospital offers 24-hour emergency response, not 24-hour care. We will work to resolve emergencies and offer supportive care. If your pet should require more constant care, we may suggest a referral hospital. An emergency is never something to look forward to, but when they happen, we are committed to being here for our clients.

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Animal clinic in Casper, WY | Altitude Veterinary Hospital

Altitude Veterinary Hospital
3155 CY Ave
Casper, WY 82604

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Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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*For your convenience, our boarding facility is open from 3 - 5 PM on Sunday

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