Mountain Lake Family Vet is proud to be able to provide a wide range of services for your pets. Learn more about what we offer below.
Services We Offer
State of the art in-house laboratory and diagnostics.
We provide the most up-to-date diagnostics available and will obtain most results within an hour. We can evaluate your pet for parasites, ear infections, skin infections, cancerous tumors, urinary issues, and systemic disease, all while you wait. We will take the time to go over all results and make sure you understand them.
Often we need some help finding out what is making your pet ill. That is why we have low-dose digital radiography as well as ultrasonography available in-house. From echocardiograms, complete abdominal ultrasound, pregnancy checks, and puppy counts to orthopedic imaging and OFA certification, we can find the solution that is right for your pet. We provide you with copies of your pets’ images at no extra charge.
Dental Surgery and Prophylaxis
Oral health is important to your pet’s overall wellbeing. Dental disease can lead to heart disease as well as liver and kidney disease. When poor dental health progresses too far, our pets experience pain and tooth loss. That is why we provide a Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) at a reasonable cost. Our COHAT includes full mouth radiographs to ensure we do not miss any disease that is not visible from the outside. We scale and polish your pet’s teeth just like they do at your dentist’s office. We also provide oral surgery if any teeth need to be extracted and bonding and sealing of teeth that have been damaged but still saveable. We also offer a 6-month prophylactic cleaning at a steep discount for those animals that build up dental calculus quickly.
Behavior and Training Services
Dr. Amy Kranz has dedicated a lot of time and continuing education to the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems. She has 17 years of experience treating anxiety, aggression, noise phobias, chewing, digging, and inappropriate elimination. We start with free puppy socialization and prevention of unwanted behaviors at a young age. We also work closely with Cristina Hell of Fusion Dog Training Co. They offer training classes as well as one on one behavior interventions for tough cases.
Wide Range of Surgical Options
We offer many surgical services that are not widely available from general practice veterinarians. We, of course, offer your standard spay and neuter surgeries, mass removals, and wound repairs. We also offer the following special surgical services and more:
Lip Tuck Surgery
This surgery was invented by Dr. Daniel Smeak, a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and chief of surgery for the Dental and Oral Surgery Sections at Colorado State University. This surgery helps with dogs that have low-hanging lips and are prone to drooling outside their mouths. This excessive drool leaves not only unpleasant stains all over your house and clothes but also causes severe dermatitis of their chin. This surgery keeps the drool inside the mouth and does not interfere with their normal eating and drinking!
Entropion and Ectropion Surgery
Many breeds of dogs are built with extra skin. This usually results in adorable wrinkles and folds but can also cause the eyelids to either roll inward (entropion) or outward (ectropion), causing discomfort of the eyes. We can repair both of these problems, avoid costly referrals to a specialist, and provide your pet with quick relief. The top picture is before the surgery, and the second is after.
Cherry Eye Repair
Dogs and Cats have a third eyelid that comes out from the corner of their eye and cleans the eye underneath their other eyelids. This eyelid has its own special tear duct and gland. Some dogs may develop a “Cherry Eye,” where the gland of the third eyelid prolapses and becomes a red bulge in the corner of the eye. This is irritating and painful in many cases, and if left untreated, can lead to a dry eye. We can repair this eyelid and restore its ability to produce and secrete tears.
Brachycephalic Syndrome Related Surgeries
Dog breeds with short snouts like Pugs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and English Bulldogs often have or develop problems with breathing. This is because these breeds have long, wide tongues, small or stenotic nostrils, and have excess tissue in their upper airway that tends to obstruct normal breathing. We often recommend that these dogs have surgery when they are young to prevent this condition from becoming worse as they age. We can enlarge their nostrils and trim the soft palate, as well as removing everted saccules if present to provide your dog with a more open airway through which to breathe. This can prevent future problems like a collapsing trachea which can develop due to increased upper airway pressure. Your smushy-faced little friend can live a longer, more active life!
Does your dog get chronic urinary tract infections? Are you fed up with having to clean up accidents in your house? Perhaps your dog needs an Episioplasty! Some girls have a recessed vulva that can trap urine which often leads to infections. Episioplasty can bring that vulva out into the open, where it can breathe. This can put an end to you bringing in urine samples every few months.
Complications arising from Declawing Cats
Do you have a declawed cat that seems uncomfortable? Does your cat bite at or lick its toes all the time? Does your cat hold up a paw sometimes when sitting? Declawing involves removing the last bone from each toe and can often result in uncomfortable complications. We offer surgical repair of tendon contractions that cause pain and arthritis to form in your cat’s paws.
Have a Great Dane or another deep-chested dog like a Boxer or Doberman? You may want to consider prophylactic Gastropexy. This is a surgical procedure where we attach the stomach to the body wall to prevent it from flipping (Gastric Dilation Volvulus). 40% of Great Danes will suffer from a flipped stomach at some point in their life. Surgical repair of a GDV is an emergency and can be very expensive. Not to mention that even with treatment, many animals do not survive the procedure or have lasting consequences. We recommend a Gastropexy to prevent GDVs from occurring. This can be done at the same time as a spay or neuter surgery or by itself.
Orthopedic and Arthroscopic Surgeries
We utilize Dr. Dustin Devine of Devine Orthopedics to provide you with excellent Orthopedic and Arthroscopic surgeries. Dr. Devine is a board-certified orthopedist who will do your pet’s surgery at our office. This allows us to provide you with the best orthopedic care, close to home and at a more affordable cost than referring you to a specialist.