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COVID-19 Protocol

Updated June 3rd, 2020
Please know this is subject to change.
Check back often for the latest update.

***New Hours of Operation***

Monday: 8 am–5 pm

Tuesday: 8 am-5 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday:   8 am-5 pm

Friday: 8 am – 5 pm 

Saturday and Sunday:  Closed

24-hour emergency veterinary care:

  • Northwest side of Indy: MedVet (317) 872-8387
  • Northeast side of Indy: VCA AVCC (317) 578-4100                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To keep our staff and our clients as safe as possible, we will be taking the following precautions until further notice.

We will no longer enter client homes. Clients will no longer be allowed on board the mobile clinic. When we arrive we will notify you and a staff member will meet you just outside your house. We will be wearing masks. Please be prepared to bring your pet out to meet us. We ask that you also wear a mask for the safety of our staff. Dogs must be on a leash and cats need to be inside a secure cat carrier. If you need a leash or carrier, you can borrow from us at the time of your pet’s appointment. If you are physically unable to bring your pet to the clinic, please let us know in advance of your appointment. We will devise a solution, so your pet can receive the care she/he needs.

Help us minimize face-to-face contact.  We will take histories over the phone.  Communications will be emailed when possible, and payment will be collected remotely by credit or debit card.  Please be available by phone during your pet’s appointment.

We will no longer enter assisted living or senior care communities. This is primarily to protect the susceptible senior population. We will do our best to help arrange veterinary care for ill pets. Wellness care should be rescheduled for a later date.

If any member of your household is ill with a fever or a cough, we ask that you please cancel your appointment. There will be no fee or other consequence for cancelling. You can reschedule when all members of the household are well.

If any member of our staff is ill with a fever or a cough, the staff member will be staying home to recover and to reduce spread of illness. This may result in the need to reschedule appointments.

Thank you for your understanding during this stressful time. We hope to be back to normal operation very soon! Stay healthy!

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Why does my dog SNORE?

What could possibly ruin a snuggly night in bed with your favorite fuzzy canine?  Snoring!  That incessant snort and wheeze that keeps you tossing and turning all night!

Why is your dog snoring?

Is that a problem?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often when a person snores, they end up with a diagnosis of sleep apnea:  a serious condition that can become life threatening.  Fortunately sleep apnea almost never occurs in our dog friends.

Dogs who snore often have snored their entire lives, due to the conformation of their heads.  Dogs with short noses are classified as brachycephalic.  Common brachycephalic breeds include pugs, boxers, bulldogs, and shih tzus.  These dogs have been bred to have very short muzzles, but they still have normal-length soft palates (the fleshy back aspect of the roof of the mouth).  When the dog rests, the long floppy palate hangs down the throat, causing a snore sound with each breath.  Often these dogs adapt to their short muzzles, but in some cases surgery is needed to reduce the size of the soft palate.

If your dog slept quietly for years and has just recently begun snoring, she may have developed a medical problem that interferes with her breathing during sleep.  Any inflammation of the airway can cause snoring.  Inflammation can result from allergies, trauma, infection, or irritants like perfumes or smoke.  Obstruction of the airway can also cause snoring.  Your veterinarian will check your dog for polyps and other types of tumors that can grow in the throat.  Additionally, your vet may need to ensure that the larynx is opening fully with each breath.

Some dogs snore simply because they are sleeping in an odd position.  Try waking your dog to see if his snoring goes away once he is sleeping in a different position.  Obesity will also contribute to snoring.  Excessive weight, especially around the chest and belly, will put pressure on the airways and cause noisy breathing.  In rare cases, there is a neurological problem resulting in snoring, so it is always important to seek your veterinarian’s advice.

 

 

Here are some additional red flags to look for.

–         Your dog used to be a quiet sleeper, but now he snores.

–         Other symptoms in addition to snoring are present, particularly if your dog is coughing, sneezing, or dropping food out of her mouth.

–         Your dog has trouble swallowing, chokes on his food, or develops a droopy side of his face.

–         Snoring is accompanied by excessive panting or lagging behind on walks.

Usually a snoring dog is just that:  a snoring dog.  But snoring can be a symptom of several types of serious conditions.  Your veterinarian and her staff are there to answer your questions.  If you are concerned about your dog’s snoring, just ask us!

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