Michigan City, IN Veterinarians

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Animal Wellness Clinic

2. Animal Wellness Clinic

BBB Rating: A+

4401 E Us Highway 12Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 872-0661

From Business: Animal Wellness Clinic, in Michigan City, IN, is the area's leading veterinarian serving Michigan City and surrounding areas since 2001. We offer microchipping, v…

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5. REX A Bailey DVM

2525 E Michigan BlvdMichigan City, IN 46360

(219) 872-4191
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7. North Central Veterinary Emergency Center

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BBB Rating: A+

1645 S Us Highway 421Westville, IN 46391

(219) 785-7300

Thanks does not say enough for what Dr. Ross did for our kitty. We were told that she would lose her leg and in a matter of 3 weeks was completely …

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8. Ark Of The Dunes Animal Hospital

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BBB Rating: A+

135 E 1100 NChesterton, IN 46304

(219) 926-9797

They are good kind caring and very understanding about your pet.. Sammy loves them.. I can now afford to get the care my dog needs.. And always can …

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11. La Porte Animal Hospital

BBB Rating: A

2303 Sr 2La Porte, IN 46350

(219) 362-2612
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13. New Prairie Veterinary Service

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1353 E State Road 2La Porte, IN 46350

(219) 326-0888

Wonderful man. Kind and gentle to my horses. Always willing to talk about a problem/situation. I Highly recommended him to everyone who asks who my …

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14. Harry Sorensen DVM

600 W Buffalo StNew Buffalo, MI 49117

(269) 469-5400
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15. Pine Lake Animal Hospital Inc

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330 Pine Lake AveLa Porte, IN 46350

(219) 362-2183

The staff here is so nice and helpful. I will be bringing my dog jojo here and any other future pets here also. Thanks for all the help.

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16. Janet S Weiss DVM

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353 N Fail RdLa Porte, IN 46350

(219) 324-0055

Our experience with Dr. Weiss was very upsetting. She reported to us that our dog was normal weight and had good dentition, among other positive re…

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17. Tracy R Hubbard DVM

55 E Us Highway 20Chesterton, IN 46304

(219) 926-1194
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18. Laurence W Reed DVM

55 E Us Highway 20Chesterton, IN 46304

(219) 926-1194
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19. R E Houin DVM

2303 W State Road 2La Porte, IN 46350

(219) 362-2612
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20. Kristin Fausset DVM

353 N Fail RdLa Porte, IN 46350

(219) 324-0055
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21. Judith Brown DVM

353 N Fail RdLa Porte, IN 46350

(219) 324-0055
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22. La Porte Animal Hospital

2303 W Elm St Apt 2La Porte, IN 46350

(219) 362-2612

From Business: La Porte Animal Hospital, in La Porte, IN, is a leading veterinary clinic serving LaPorte, Porter, Starke and surrounding counties. We offer animal care, pet boar…

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23. Aminal Hospital of Chesterton

117 N 15th StChesterton, IN 46304

(219) 728-6590
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24. Larry W Smith DVM

1353 E State Road 2La Porte, IN 46350

(219) 326-0888
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25. Bloom Animal Hospital

722 N 625 EWestville, IN 46391

(219) 462-5328
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26. Arbor View Animal Hospital

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BBB Rating: A+

244 W US Highway 6Valparaiso, IN 46385

(219) 762-7267

I came from out of county and was very nervous about switching vets. I've now been a client for over 10 years and couldn't be happier. The doctors, …

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Valparaiso Animal Hospital

28. Valparaiso Animal Hospital

BBB Rating: A+

1906 Calumet AveValparaiso, IN 46383

(219) 462-1862

From Business: Valparaiso Animal Hospital is a well-established, full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care. We fe…

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29. New Prairie Veterinary Service

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BBB Rating: A+

5424 E Us Highway 20Rolling Prairie, IN 46371

(219) 778-4458

These ladies do an outstanding job of treating my plethora of rescue cats! I realize they rarely hear a heartfelt " thank you" for a job well one. …

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30. All Creature Features Animal Hospital

BBB Rating: A+

4034 S Us Highway 35La Porte, IN 46350

(219) 393-3558
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How to Find the Right Vet or Clinic for Your Animal

Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.

Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.

If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.

  • Look for a vet who's close to your house, as many animals don't like being in the car for a long time. If there's an emergency, you want to make sure you can get your pet to the vet as quickly as possible. 
  • Though all veterinary clinics must be able to make arrangements to see their clients' pets outside of office hours if there's an emergency, these arrangements may not always be at the facility you're used to. Double check with the office to see where the emergency facility is.
  • Some clinics have longer hours than others. If you work a 9-5 schedule, make sure the office is open on nights and weekends.
  • Whether you have pet health insurance or not, it's still worth checking what the regular costs for typical procedures are at the vet's office. There isn't a set standard when it comes to price, so it's good to know that you're not looking into a clinic that's beyond your means.

The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.

Types of Vets

Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.

Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.

Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:

  • Private practice veterinarians: This is the most popular type of veterinarian, and many of these professionals work at clinics. They may also go to farms to care for livestock that can't be transported to the clinic.
  • Teaching and research: These vets work at veterinary schools, training students who are planning on joining the veterinary field. They may also work in college labs conducting research pertaining to animal health.
  • Regulatory medicine: These vets work closely with diseases rather than animals themselves. Their responsibilities include controlling or eliminating illnesses, and protecting the public from diseases in animals. They may also work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services.
  • Public health: These vets are also known as epidemiologists. They work for cities, counties, states or federal agencies to help control and prevent animal and human disease. Public health vets may work for the FDA to determine the safety of medicines and food additives.
  • Uniformed services: The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps employ these vets. They're responsible for biomedical research and development.
  • Private industry: These vets go to school solely for positions in pharmaceutical and biomedical research. They work in labs that produce chemicals, drugs and vaccines for both humans and animals.

What Do Veterinary Assistants Do?

A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.

What to Expect at the Vet's Office

It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits. 

The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.

When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.  

Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots. 

Cost and Insurance

Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck. 

There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.

Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments. 

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