Full-Service Veterinary Care Provided For The Complete Health of Your Pet
Veterinary medicine has long recognized the importance of preventive care. Regular examinations are important to identify problems before they become serious and to discuss ways to keep your pet healthy.
Today you can do much more than protect your animal friend from Rabies and Distemper. There are many more vaccines to prevent a wide variety of illnesses including Lyme disease.
Animal care shares an important feature with human care: the physical exam. Combined with the medical history that you provide us, we can learn so much about how your pet is doing through important information like weight, temperature, pulse, breathing, the sound of an animals heart and lungs, and the way their internal organs feel on exam. We also check the teeth and gums to assess dental health.
Dental care is about more than teeth. Infected gums and teeth can affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, intestines and joints. The goal, just like in human medicine, is to prevent problems. We can teach you how to care for your pet’s mouth.
You’ll find the same standards found in a human operating room in our full surgical suite. Our veterinary staff is trained to perform a wide range of surgical procedures. Before an operation is performed, we do a physical examination and blood tests. We have an excellent anesthesia record because of continuing training and the dedication of our surgical staff. We also have a board certified surgeon, Dr. O'Brien, who can do certain specialized surgeries at our facility.
Our commitment to excellence includes offering the first animal ultrasound in the area. Our technology also includes digital radiographs, pulse oximeter, Doppler blood pressure, full Idexx in-house laboratory diagnostics suite, and an EKG service with a direct link to a cardiologist.
Complete diagnostic capabilities
We want to know what ails your animal friend as much as you do. Our in-house laboratory allows us to quickly and efficiently perform blood, urine and parasite tests that are vital to your pet’s health.
Ultrasound helps us “see” inside the body to better diagnose heart and abdominal diseases, including cancer without surgery. It also can be used to identify and date pregnancies.
The decision to remove your cat's claws is a personal decision. It may be needed to protect your home or even family members from a scratching cat. This procedure can be life saving for a destructive cat, as many cats are turned over to a shelter because of that behavior.
Removing a cat’s claws can be done as early as 12 weeks if the kitten weighs at least 2 pounds; or this can be performed with spaying or neutering at 6 months of age. Because we are amputating part of a cat's digits, multi-modal pain management is used for this procedure.
Generally, it is better for a cat if done when young due to bearing less weight on the paws during the recovery period. Declawing can be done for older cats, though they will recover much slower.
If you choose to have your cat declawed, it is important that he or she remain indoors. While declawing will not change your cat’s personality, he or she will not have a natural defense if they go outside.
Thompson Animal Medical Center - Veterinary Clinic in La Crosse, WI
It’s hard to think of a 7 year old as being old, but at that age your friend is the equivalent of 45 human years. Thompson Animal Medical Center’s Senior Care begins with a complete physical examination and tests to serve as a baseline for future changes and to pick up current problems. We’ll make recommendations about diet, exercise and other preventive care. Why do all this? So your friend has a long, healthy life with you.
Pet Food and Supplies
Your friend’s diet is as important as yours. We offer prescription diets, flea & tick products, prescription shampoos, and limited general pet supplies.
With the specialization in veterinary medicine, we sometimes consult with other specialists as needed at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Specialized testing also can be done at Idexx Laboratory and Marshfield Laboratory.
We work with you to help you understand how you can keep your pet healthy. Continuing education is important for us, too. We keep up with advances in veterinary medicine through accredited veterinary seminars.
Contact with a doctor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our clientele.