At Waite Park Vet Hospital, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide top-notch medical care for your pet. We are a trusted veterinary leader in the community and have built our practice on providing our patients, and their owners, honest and upfront medical care. From wellness examinations to surgery, you can be confident that at Waite Park Vet Hospital, your pet will get the best care that they deserve.
Our focus at Waite Park Vet Hospital is integrated, preventative care and wellness examinations. We provide complete, expert medical examinations; focused on what you need to know and what to do to keep your pet as healthy as possible. Additionally, if you need help with ANY medical problem, rest assured that we can — and will — deal with it in a prompt and professional manner. We maintain the highest level of continuing education possible and attend advanced medical and surgical seminars each year, you know you’ll always get the latest and best information on how to resolve your pet’s medical issues!
We are problem solvers! We are expert at resolving even tricky medical dilemmas. Whether your pet needs basic or advanced diagnostics we can help. We can perform many diagnostic procedures right here in our hospital, from identifying that mysterious new lump on your cat to performing x-rays and blood and urine tests. We also utilize the finest local medical laboratories to ensure fast and accurate results. We also work closely with specialists in all areas of veterinary medicine, including cardiologists, dental specialists, dermatologists, imaging specialists (MRIs and CAT scans), orthopedic surgeons, oncologists and ophthalmologists.
Rather than generic, off-the-shelf vaccinations, we individualize our vaccinations for your pet. This means that we tailor vaccine protocols to your pet’s specific needs after careful discussion with you about the risks your pet faces. We’ll explain what your pet needs, and what they don’t need, and why. Because yearly vaccines can pose certain risks to your pet, we’ll also tell you about today’s alternatives to yearly vaccines. These are not only our recommendations, but they represent input from major veterinary groups such as the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. All of these groups have published statements on the potential risks involved with vaccines and we want to make sure that you have the information you need to make the healthiest decision for your pet.
At Waite Park Veterinary Hospital, we believe that an important element of preventative medicine is your pet’s diet. No amount of supplementation or medication will correct a bad diet! If you’re only feeding your pet dry kibble or canned pet food, your pet is NOT getting all of the important nutrients necessary to maintain good health. When we discuss nutrition with you and your pet, we will review any modifications to your pet’s diet and how to gradually incorporate them into your pet’s nutritional regimen. These modifications may include: fresh food, raw food, grain-free diets and treats, digestive enzyme supplementation, probiotic supplementation or vitamin supplementation. We are proud to carry a variety of health foods to meet virtually any nutritional need.
Healthy teeth and gums are key to your pet’s good health. We work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to improve your pet’s health, which starts with good dental hygiene. Regular professional care of your pet’s teeth and gums is necessary for most pets. Many pet owners incorrectly assume that feeding dry kibble to their pet maintains healthy teeth. Unfortunately, this is just not enough. Without proper professional care, your pet runs the risk of developing serious dental issues.
We are excellent soft tissue surgeons and are very skilled in performing any surgery your pet may need, from routine surgeries such as ovarian-hysterectomies (spays) and neutering to the removal of lumps and bumps to emergency abdominal surgery and biopsies. We offer the latest in anesthetic and monitoring techniques to make each surgery as safe as possible for your pet from start to finish. The anesthesia is carefully calculated and based on the patient’s weight, body type and breed. Each surgery patient is under constant supervision by a highly trained nurse. Surgical monitoring includes, but is certainly not limited to, steady monitoring and record-keeping of the patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, pulse, oximetry, EKG statistics and fluid needs.
Some surgical procedures are best left to veterinarians who have received specialty training in certain areas. You would never want your family physician to perform heart, brain bone or eye surgery on you or a family member. You’d prefer to have someone with advanced training in those areas and who does those complicated surgeries every day. Here, at Waite Park Vet Hospital, we believe that your pet deserves the same special level of care. So just as other area vets refer pets to our hospital for complicated medical cases that require complementary and alternative care, we refer to area cardiologists for heart surgery, neurologists for brain and spinal cord surgery, orthopedic surgeons for bone and joint surgery and ophthalmologists for complicated eye surgery. If you have a question about whether your pet should be referred and who we would refer to, just ask! We are glad to refer you to a qualified specialty surgeon.
We take pain management surgery very seriously. We offer a cutting-edge approach to pain management; we can make absolutely sure that your pet remains comfortable before, during and after surgery and dental procedures. We incorporate traditional medications, homeopathy and herbal medications for both in-hospital and at-home management. By treating our patients as the individuals they are, and by paying close attention to their individual pain management needs, we are able to keep your pet stress-free, pain-free and happy!