What We Do
Lake St. Louis Animal Care is a full-service veterinary clinic offering all your dog or cat's preventative care needs. There are many vaccines, screening tests, as well as medicines that can be used to prevent a wide variety of diseases. Although some diseases present a significant risk to all pets, many others do not. Dr. Pete takes these differences into account when making a preventative care plan for your pet.
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Unfortunately, stuff happens. Whether pets are ill or injured, we're here to help. Dr. Pete can diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. While our in-house laboratory is used for fecals, heartworm tests, urinalysis, and cytology; we have access to to a reference laboratory for a variety of blood panels and tests. We can also do more involved procedures like X-rays and EKG. Technology is nice, but making a diagnosis is also dependent upon procedures that require little or no technology. In fact, reaching a diagnosis is a path of information gathering and analysis that begins with listening to the client's description of the symptoms and examining the patient. Then, if necessary, more advanced tests may be performed. Since every patient is unique, it is important to make a diagnostic plan that fits the patient's situation.
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Dr. Pete can treat most medical maladies: from minor infections like abscesses to major diseases like heart failure. Of course, the goal of treatment is to cure the patient by eliminating the disease. Unfortunately, sometimes with chronic diseases this is impossible. In those cases, the purpose of treatment is to maintain an acceptable quality of life for both the patient and client. Our basic philosophy is to treat patients in a way that is effective, safe, and reasonable.
We perform many elective surgeries, including spays, neuters, and tumor removals, as well as dentistry. With any surgery, there is always a risk. To help reduce the probability of a bad outcome, we determine the type and level of anesthesia that is most appropriate and safe for the procedure. Also, in certain animals, it may be necessary to perform blood work or other tests prior to surgery. We believe that surgery should only be performed when necessary, and be as safe as reasonably possible.