It is always worrisome when our furry friends are sick. Since your pet can't tell us where it hurts, the doctor's first step is to conduct a thorough physical examination. Sometimes the doctor can diagnosis your pet's condition with an exam, but other times further diagnostics are needed to find the problem. The most common diagnostic tests including x-rays, blood work, urine analysis, and microscopic study of tissue samples can all be performed in hospital. More specialty blood and tissue samples can be sent across the country as needed.
If surgery is needed to help your sick pet we perform both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. There are some pets that need a specialist, if that is the case, the doctor will refer you to the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, another veterinary specialty hospital of your choice, our sometimes we are able to have a board-certified surgeon provide those surgeries here in our hospital. We want to make your pet get back to their normal, happy, healthy selves.
We have invested in a state of the art ultrasound that enables the doctors to more accurately diagnose conditions that might not be readily observable using radiographs (x-rays). The ultrasound is more effective at looking at the liver, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas, intestines, adrenal glands, and bladder. Ultrasound is noninvasive and non painful diagnostic - making it a great option for all pets, but especially those that are under the weather.
Our ultrasound can also be used to perform echocardiography. This picture of the heart can tell the doctors a lot about the structure and function of the heart. These findings can allow for possible early intervention in various heart diseases.
Surgeries (Soft Tissue and Orthopedic) Services
There are a wide variety of surgeries we perform here at Taylor Vet; including but not limited to, spay, neuter, cystotomy, foreign body removal, umbilical hernia repair, mass removals, amputations, and orthopedic procedures. We have a veterinary surgeon from Des Moines that travels to the clinic for more detailed orthopedic procedures. These surgeries are performed in hospital with modern anesthetic protocols. There is a 1-2% risk with any anesthetic procedure, but we do many things to try to lessen this risk. These include: pre-surgical blood screening, inhalation anesthesia with tracheal intubation, anesthetic monitoring (of heart rate, blood pressure, oxygenation, temperature, respiration) not only with electronic equipment but also with a technician. Each patient has a technician assigned to them through the entire procedure.
Unfortunately, there are times that your pet needs to be hospitalized in order to receive the intensive care that they need in order to recover from an injury or illness. We are able to monitor your pet, and provide continuous IV fluids, IV antibiotic and other medications, feeding tube placement, enemas and other medical services that your pet may need.
Emergency After-Hours Call
We have a doctor on-call 24 hours a day in case your pet becomes critically ill or seriously injured. If you call the office number, (319) 277-1883, the emergency answering service will get you in contact with the on-call doctor.