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Cat Friendly Practice
We're proud to announce our certification as a cat-friendly practice, one of the only in our area! This means we provide the highest quality medical care while minimizing the discomfort and anxiety of our feline friends. For more information about what makes cat-friendly practices the best for your pet, please visit CatVets.com or view this PDF brochure.
We understand that bringing your cat to the veterinarian can be a stressful experience for both you and your cat. We are devoted to providing the best care for your cat and creating a positive experience for you and your cat.
Our Promise to You and Your Cat: Our premises are of a good clinical standard. Our staff are knowledgeable about and understand cats. Our staff have a gentle, caring and empathetic approach to handling cats. Our practice has a cat friendly waiting room and examination rooms. Our practice has the ability to hospitalize cats in a comfortable setting to meet their unique needs.
Read about Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian, a brochure with tips for reducing the stress of veterinary visits for you and your cat.
Going away for the weekend or an extended trip? Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital offers on-site cat boarding in our cat condos. We maintain a quiet, relaxing atmosphere for your cat while providing the highest quality of care. We provide bedding, toys, catnip, litter boxes & litter, and a high quality balanced dry food. If your cat has any belongings he/she is particularly fond of, you're welcome to bring that along as well (blanket, toys, special diet, etc.). If you have more than one cat, our condos can be opened up to each other to allow access to each other's rooms.
At Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, we believe that prevention is the best medicine. We strive to prevent disease when possible and to detect treatable conditions early on, when treatment can be most effective and least costly. Annual exams are the foundation of a complete health care program. This is the time when we can review the medical history, discuss any ongoing concerns, and investigate any new developments. During the examination visit, we consult on routine care practices and provide owners with feeding, grooming and training advice, where appropriate. Additionally, annual exam visits are an excellent time to discuss the recent advances in vaccination practices and to develop a protocol appropriate for your pet.
For younger animals, yearly exams are indicated to monitor the overall health of the animal and to ensure that we maintain a healthy standard of living for your pets.
With older animals (Cats over 10 years, dogs over 8 years), more frequent exams may be indicated. In addition to the examination, blood tests and a urinalysis can help us to find subtle problems before they become a significant threat to your pet's well being.
Annual well-pet examinations are one of the most important things you can do to maintain your pet's health.
Metropolitan Veterinary hospital works with a variety of traveling specialists to provide the finest care available for patients in the convenient setting our clients appreciate.
- Ultrasound by Dr. Cynthia Nordberg
- Specialty Surgery by Dr. Michael Everett
- Cardiology Consultations by Dr. Jerry Woodfield
If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our office.
We provide comprehensive laboratory services. We enlist the services of a regional veterinary laboratory and other specialty laboratories to provide the majority of our evaluations, including complete blood chemistries, urinalysis, parasite identification, cytology, histopathology (biopsies), and other testing. When immediate results are required, we can perform most chemistries and cytologies in house.
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital provides extensive dental services for our patients. These services include both preventive and therapeutic dental work. Dental services provided are prophylaxis (thorough teeth cleaning), examination of teeth and gums post-cleaning, polish and fluoride, subgingival curettage and root planning, therapeutic periodontal treatments, and dental extractions. Good oral health is one of the cornerstones of preventive health care for our patients. Read about pet dental health care here.
We provide scheduled and emergency surgical services Monday through Friday. Our services include spays and neuters, biopsies and tumor removals, abdominal surgery, and other specialized surgical procedures. Veterinary surgical specialists are available for more complicated procedures such as total hip replacement, TPLO (tibial plane leveling osteotomy – one technique for the surgical correction of stifle (knee) problems), ear ablation, spinal and other neurosurgery, and procedures requiring specialized instrumentation.
We provide a full range of anesthetic services, and we develop an individualized anesthetic plan based on breed, age and medical status for each patient. Balanced anesthesia provides the best selection of sedatives, pain medications, local, regional, and both injectable and inhaled general anesthetics. Only veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians administer anesthetic agents. Aggressive monitoring of all patients begins with the administration of pre-anesthetic agents and continues throughout the anesthesia until recovery. Our highly trained staff utilizes a number of different monitor modalities, and patient comfort is enhanced with circulating warm water pads in order to keep the patients warm during their anesthetic procedures.
We believe that complete pain management is a cornerstone of progressive veterinary care, and we take measures to address both acute and chronic pain management for our patients. Preventive pain management for surgical and procedural pain is tailored to the patient, the degree of pain expected and the individual’s medical status. A chronic pain management program, for conditions like osteoarthritis, involves periodic revaluations and monitoring of the condition and organ systems.
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital's radiology services include skeletal and soft tissue studies as well as specialized contrast studies. Most of our radiographic studies are sent to a board certified veterinary radiologist for review.
Come visit with the adoptable cats we house at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, P.S. We partner with the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County to help find homes for healthy, adoptable cats by housing several in our cat condos. If you see a cat you like, adoption is as simple as one visit to the Humane Society to submit the necessary paperwork. In the meantime, we will ensure that these cats stay comfy in our condos.
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital offers microchipping as a pet identification service. To microchip your pet, we inject a tiny chip about the size of a grain of rice just under your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The number on the chip is then entered into the HomeAgain database. When a lost pet is found, any animal hospital, shelter, or humane society can use a special handheld microchip scanner to read the microchip's unique ID number. The database matches the number to a name and phone number, reuniting the lost pet with its owner. Visit this page to read more about microchipping your pet!