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Phone: (812) 275-7501 | Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm | Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Phone: (812) 275-7501 | Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm | Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Our Services

Just a few of our wellness and preventive care services are listed below. For more information on these or other services, please call (812) 275-7501.

Dental Care

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental disease can be very uncomfortable for pets and the longer it is left untreated, the more complicated and expensive it becomes to treat. Furthermore, improper care of your pet’s teeth can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment immediately:
• Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
• Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
• Bad breath
• Excessive drooling
• Changes in eating or chewing habits
• Pawing at the face
• Loose teeth
• Depression

Proper dental care is one of the easiest ways to protect your pet’s health and keep them pain free. Schedule an oral exam to prevent irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning
At Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre, your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This examination is important for evaluating your pet’s general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during his or her dental cleaning.

The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar using a hand scaler. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gum line while a curette cleans and smooths the teeth under the gum line in the crevice between the teeth and gums. Then your pet’s teeth are polished, and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up.

Cleaning Your Pet’s Teeth At Home
There are easy steps you can take at home to keep your pet’s teeth clean including regularly brushing their teeth! Our knowledgeable team can show you the safest, most effective method of brushing your pet’s teeth.

Emergency Care

At Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, pets occasionally experience an illness or injury that requires urgent care. Our clinic is fully equipped to handle emergencies during hospital hours. We can assess your pet on the spot and give them the care they need quickly.

If your pet has an emergency outside of our hours, we encourage you to contact our local emergency clinic:

Indy Vet 5425 Victory Dr.
Indianapolis, IN
317-782-4418
indyvet.com

Laboratory

At Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre, we have state-of-the art laboratory and diagnostic equipment that allows us to do many lab tests onsite. Labs are essential to detect disease and underlying causes of illness in your pet. We may recommend lab work for a variety of reasons, some common tests include complete blood counts, urinalysis and chemistry panels. Our laboratory is staffed by experienced veterinary technicians that will ensure your pet’s tests are interpreted quickly and accurately, allowing us to begin your pet’s treatment immediately.

Microchipping

Microchipping is the most effective means of identification for your pet. Similar to vaccinations, microchipping is safe, quick and causes little pain. We always recommend an ID tag be attached to your pet’s collar, but the microchip will serve as an extra layer of protection if an accident does occur. Most veterinary hospitals and shelters are equipped with a handheld microchip scanner that can be used to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. From there, they can retrieve the pet owner’s contact information from the manufacturer and call the owner.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways to keep your pet healthy. Feeding your pet the correct diet has an impact on the length and quality of their life. At Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre, we offer individualized nutrition counseling and customize a recommendation for your unique pet.

Radiography

Digital radiology allows us to examine your pet’s internal systems to screen for fractures and sprains, foreign objects, abnormalities within the organs, and even certain types of cancer. Digital radiographs also are useful for diagnosing heart and lung problems and can be used to evaluate cats and dogs for hip and elbow dysplasia. Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre uses the latest digital radiography technology as part of your pet’s care, but in more complicated cases, we can also consult with local veterinary radiography specialists. Digital X-ray provides quick results so we can treat your pet as soon as possible and speed up their recovery.

Surgical Services

Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre offers a wide range of surgical services, from spays and neuters to soft tissue procedures. Your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority at all times, especially during surgery. We will carefully evaluate your pet before surgery, using a physical exam and blood tests. Additionally, we will develop a safe and effective anesthetic protocol for your pet. Our state-of-the-art hospital is equipped with the latest anesthetic and monitoring technology to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable during and after surgery.

Our knowledgeable team is here to answer any questions regarding your pet’s surgery and will provide you with information on pre and postoperative care to ensure your pet is recovers quickly!

Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention

Vaccinations are an essential part of your pet’s health care plan starting from the time they are very young. Pets should be vaccinated between 6 and 12 weeks of age and require boosters throughout their life.

Many pet parasites can infect people in addition to animals, which means parasite prevention is important for the health of your pet and your family. Animals are susceptible to a variety of parasites that can be easily avoided with parasite preventative.

Vaccinations and preventative care give your pets the best chance to avoid sickness and disease. At Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre, we create a personalized plan to meet the exact needs of your pet.

Wellness Care

At Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre we recommend regular comprehensive wellness exams from the time pets are young. Wellness exams are a critical part of your pets healthcare routine no matter what their size, breed or age. Routine wellness exams are important to maintain your pet’s wellbeing and detect any medical issues before they progress. We recommend annual physicals for mature pets and semi-annual physicals for senior pets (pets 7 years or older).

During your pet’s wellness exam, we will conduct an in-depth examination and advise you on all aspect of your pet’s care, from nutrition to behavior. We will also discuss with you any other recommended services, such as dental cleanings or diagnostic testing. If any areas of concern are identified during your pet’s exam, we will develop a treatment plan together.

Pharmacy

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Radiology

Digital radiology allows us to examine your pet’s internal systems to screen for fractures and sprains, foreign objects, abnormalities within the organs, and even certain types of cancer. Digital X-ray provides quick results so we can treat your pet as soon as possible and speed up their recovery.

Surgery

Our hospital offers a wide range of surgical procedures. Once you and your pet’s doctor have determined that your pet needs surgery, please contact our office to schedule a date to perform the procedure. In order to perform certain surgical procedures, your veterinarian will likely utilize some form of anesthesia. Neutering and spaying, for example, are procedures that would require general anesthesia. Other procedures that require the use of general anesthesia might include sedating to groom, dental procedures and some animals might need to be sedated in order to treat them effectively, without causing undo stress to the animal.

Once you have scheduled your surgery, please be prepared to take a few minutes with a Veterinary Technician when you drop off your pet in order to go over our Anesthetic & Surgical Agreement and fill in the requested information.

New clients are requested to please print and complete the New Patient Registration Form and bring it with you when you drop your pet off the morning of the scheduled procedure to minimize your wait time.

PREPARING FOR THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE
The day prior to your pet’s surgery, we request that you hold off all food and water after 10:00pm. This will help avoid gastrointestinal upset that may result from the use of certain drugs at the time of surgery.

Surgery drop offs are requested to arrive between 7:30am-8:30am the morning of the surgery. Please make sure your pet is adequately restrained upon entering the hospital. Leashes are available in the front office for those that need them. A Technician will go over the Anesthesia Release Form with you. Please make sure to let the Technician know of any special medications or needs your pet has at that time. To avoid confusion, be specific as to why your pet is being presented. Hospital staff should be informed if your pet was inadvertently fed or watered beyond the times previously suggested. You may receive additional instructions at the time of your pet’s admission.

Learn more about payment options when planning your procedure.

PRE-ANESTHETIC TESTING
If your pet is going to be placed under anesthesia, we strongly recommend pre-anesthetic bloodwork. Anesthesia is extremely safe for healthy pets, but, if your pet is not healthy (sometimes it’s hard to tell without testing) complications can occur both during and after the anesthetic procedure. We can minimize potential risk when we know the health status of your pet before administering anesthesia.

The top 4 reasons to test your pet before anesthesia:

  1. You deserve peace of mind. Testing can significantly reduce medical risk and ensure your pet’s health and safety.
  2. Pets can’t tell us when they don’t feel well. A healthy-appearing pet may be hiding symptoms of a disease or ailment. For example, a pet can lose up to 75% of kidney function before showing any signs of illness. Testing helps us evaluate the health of your pet’s liver and kidneys, so we can avoid problems related to anesthesia.
  3. Testing can reduce risks. If results of the pre-anesthetic panel are within normal ranges, we can proceed with confidence, knowing the anesthetic risk is minimized. On the other hand, if results are not within the normal ranges, we can alter the anesthetic procedure to safeguard your pet’s health.
  4. Testing can help protect your pet’s future health. These tests provide baseline levels for your pet and become part of his or her medical chart for future reference.

PAIN MEDICATION
Family Pet Center believes that after your pet has surgery post-operative care is critical to ensure your pet’s continued health and comfort. As it is significantly easier to prevent pain, rather than eliminate it. Your pet will receive pain medication in conjunction with surgery. Post-surgery medication will be sent home to ensure your pet’s comfort.

AFTER SURGERY
Most surgical procedures at Family Pet Center allow your pet to return home on the same day of their surgery. A Veterinary Technician will advise you when you drop your pet off as to when they can be picked up after the procedure.

Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention

Vaccinations are an essential part of your pet’s health care plan starting from the time they are very young. Pets should be vaccinated between 6 and 12 weeks of age and require boosters throughout their life.

Many pet parasites can infect people in addition to animals, which means parasite prevention is important for the health of your pet and your family. Animals are susceptible to a variety of parasites that can be easily avoided with parasite preventative.

Vaccinations and preventative care give your pets the best chance to avoid sickness and disease. At Family Pet Center, we create a personalized plan to meet the exact needs of your pet.

Wellness Care

Prevention is key to your pet’s healthcare no matter what their size, breed or age. Routine wellness exams are extremely important to maintain your pet’s wellbeing and detect any medical issues before they progress. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will assess:

  • Overall Body Condition
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Heart and Lungs
  • Abdominal Organs
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Neurologic System
  • Urogenital System
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Skin/Coat

If any areas of concern are identified during your pet’s exam, we will develop a treatment plan together.