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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.
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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.
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.
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.
There are more than dogs and cats for pets. Many pet parents are the owners of fuzzy, pocket pets, as well as reptiles and birds, and Altitude has vets who are enthusiastic to treat them. Consider initial exams when purchasing an exotic pet, along with annual ones. It’s imperative to understand your pet’s environmental and dietary needs, and our team is ready to help.
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:
- 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.
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.