“My dog was diagnosed with diabetes a couple of weeks ago and was not feeling well at all. The special care that Dr. Obernesser and Dr. Sullivan gave him really went above and beyond. He is feeling better than he has in weeks and is acting like a puppy again. I am so grateful to the doctores and staff for the tender care that they continue to give him throughout this process.”
While prevention is our goal, the reality is that pets get sick, and when they do, we’re here to find the source of the problem and help create a plan to make them feel better.
- Diagnostics are a key part of determining what’s wrong with your sick companion and we’ve invested in the best tools possible.
- In house laboratory
- Our in-house laboratory allows us to run on-the-spot blood profiles when we need answers quickly. We also keep specific tests on hand to check for infectious diseases and systemic illnesses, such as pancreatitis.
- Out of house laboratory
- When more extensive diagnostics are necessary, we submit samples to a nearby laboratory most results return in one business day, and we’ll call you with results as soon as they are in.
- Diagnostic imaging - At Uptown Vets we are proud of our doctors’ training and ability to find out a lot about what’s going on during a physical exam. Sometimes they need more information, though, and imaging can help find out what’s going on inside your pet.
- We have a state of the art digital veterinary radiology suite used to take xrays when indicated. They can help us find out why your pet is losing weight, or what is causing the recent cough.
- Ultrasounds, echocardiograms, and endoscopy
- For stable patients, we are able to schedule these in advance with a board certified specialist in the comfort (and convenience!) of our facility. For critical patients, we partner with local referral centers to make sure your pet receives immediate attention.
- CT and MRI
- In some cases, advanced imaging techniques offer the best information to reach a diagnosis. For these patients, we partner with local referral centers to ensure your pets have access to the very best.
- Treatment - Drs. Sullivan and Obernesser will recommend a treatment plan for your pet some treatments may be done in the hospital and some may need to be continued at home. Our staff will dispense appropriate medications from our in-house pharmacy so you are ready to start treatment immediately.
- For chronic conditions or diseases, treatment may include long term medications and periodic monitoring. Our doctors will work with you to create a plan to stabilize, treat, and monitor your pet to make sure he/she feels as good as possible. As a part of that plan, we’ll call to check in on whether things are progressing well at home, and to remind you of when recheck visits are needed. If your pet is on long term medications, please call ahead or use our online prescription refill request form ahead of time to ensure you can continue needed medications without disruptions. As long as your pet is up to date on rechecks and monitoring lab work, we should have your prescription ready within 1 business day of receiving the request.
- Hospitalization - Ill pets sometimes need to be hospitalized for more aggressive treatment our doctors may recommend this if your pet is very sick, or if a chronic condition needs to be stabilized before athome care can be resumed. We have three wards (critical care, quiet ward, and isolation) fully equipped for hospitalized pets to receive care while staying comfortable in a kennel, with close monitoring by staff and doctors. Drs. Sullivan and Obernesser willl discuss a plan with you at the beginning of treatment and update you everyday with your pet’s progress if the treatment plan needs to change at any point, you’ll be included in the decision making process.
- Overnight and ICU care - Drs. Obernesser and Sullivan strive to provide ‘gold standard’ care to all of our patients. If your pet is so sick that emergency surgery, constant monitoring, or resuscitation may be needed, they will recommend transfer to a dedicated ICU unit with immediate access to internal medicine and surgical specialists
- Overnight Care
- For overnight care, we feel strongly that your pet deserves the best. For patients who are stable and need to stay in a quiet, secure space to receive continuous IV fluids, we may recommend remaining in our facility overnight. For patients who are in need of constant monitoring or overnight treatments, we will recommend transfer to a specialty 24 hour facility which can offer a full staff of veterinarians and technicians round the clock. We believe strongly that if patients require overnight monitoring or treatments, they should be someplace with a doctor present at all times, not just on call. We’ll discuss all of the appropriate options with you, so that you can select care that works for your pet and family.