317.588.3763
9673 Olio Road McCordsville, IN 46055

About Us

Serving Fishers, McCordsville, Northeast Indianapolis, and Fortville, we are a full-service hospital located at 9673 Olio Road, at 96th Street, in the Geist Corner Shoppes. The new clinic offers modern equipment for:

  • Small Animal Surgery 
  • Medicine
  • Anesthesia 
  • X-rays
  • Wellness (including vaccinations, spay and neuter, and laboratory services)
  • Grooming and bathing

Dr. Jerry Risser and his staff are passionate about caring for you and your pet. Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center was started because we felt we could offer a new way to achieve this vision, and this is how we plan to spend our time and efforts. We encourage you to speak with anyone on staff. You will find these individuals were selected specifically for their dedication to these ideals. We invite you to come visit our office. Please call 317.588.3763 or fill out the form to the right to request a tour of our facility. We look forward to the opportunity to care for your pet.


About Dr. Risser

Jerry L. Risser began laying the groundwork for Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center in 2006, after fourteen years in small animal practice. He began practice after completing his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University (1992). Born in northern Indiana, Dr. Risser grew up in the Midwest before his move to Texas, where he attended high school and completed his Bachelors degree in Veterinary Science (1989), also at Texas A&M, prior to veterinary school. He returned to Indiana after graduation, practicing in group practices in Bloomington and Fishers before launching Fall Creek Veterinary.

Dr. Risser loves the opportunity he has for extended, "one-on-one" time with his clients and patients, and especially the role he can play in teaching the most up-to-date and helpful information available to help people best care for their pets. Though Dr. Risser is excited by advancements in all areas of veterinary medicine, special interests include dermatology, behavior medicine, endocrinology, and surgery, including soft-tissue procedures and stifle (knee) surgery. His professional memberships include the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. 

In May of 2011, Dr. Risser completed a Master of Arts in Bioethics degree from Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois. Among his research papers are "Obligations in Veterinary Medical Ethics.. Theory & Application", "Veterinary Bioethics: A Proposed Approach from a Christian Thought Perspective," and "End-of-Life Issues in Pets and People: Parallels, Distinctions, and Implications."  He has delivered a lecture on animal welfare at the American Scientific Affiliation, where he is a member.


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Services

Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center has a long name, but it captures the full-service, "one-stop shop" nature of the practice. With all the services you see listed below, please know that we strive to provide the excellence in care and "warm professionalism" that you should expect for your pet. Please contact us today.

Anesthesia

Anesthesia

Anesthesia is the issue that creates the greatest fear in people about their pets. We take it seriously, and have worked very hard to create anesthetic and pain-control protocols that offer the greatest safety and comfort for your pet. Surgical patients are given complete physical examinations prior to anesthesia, have in-house blood screening of major organ function performed, receive preventative pain medication, have intravenous catheters placed, and balanced electrolyte fluids given throughout anesthesia. Patients have monitors placed for respirations, oxygenization, and heart rate and rhythm, with trained surgical nursing caregivers under the doctor's direct supervision. Gas anesthesia and a heated surgical table to help maintain patient warmth contribute to quick recoveries. Every effort is made to ensure that your pet receives an exquisitely safe and pain-free anesthetic experience that reflects the highest standards within veterinary medicine.

Boarding

Boarding Care

We are happy to provide comfortable boarding care for dogs cats and other small animals in a clean and attentive environment. Dogs are generally walked outside three times a day, and cats have warm blankets in a separate boarding area. While we do not board large numbers of animals, we have found this allows us to offer more personal attention. Trained staff looks after our boarded patients 365 days a year, and the advantages of a doctor's ready availability makes leaving your pet in our care more worry-free. The kennel staff is happy to e-mail or text updates or photos at your request. Special-needs boarders, including diabetic animals that require insulin, are no problem for our experienced team. If you want your pet to be bathed or have more extensive grooming, we can easily provide that service during your pet's boarding stay. We are happy to give a tour of your pet's accomodations at your request. Please note that holidays and school breaks are times that fill up early, so be sure to contact us as your travel plans are known.

 
Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral disorders in pets are very common and can be challenging and upsetting for many people. Dr. Risser has taken a special interest in diagnosing, counseling owners, and treating pets suffering from issues ranging from housesoiling (inappropriate urination/ defecation) to anxieties and aggression issues. Many behavioral cases can be managed with behavioral modification and, sometimes, additional prescription drug therapy.

Cancer & Chemotherapy

Cancer and Chemotherapy

Diagnosis and therapy for many tumors and cancers is available. Chemotherapeutic drugs can be administered in-house for cancers such as lymphoma/ lymphosarcoma and mast cell tumors. We can work with you in decisions such as referral to a board-certified oncologist, surgery, and other treatment options. While care of cancer patients may involve surgical and medical options, sometimes it may be just appropriate efforts to provide comfort and the best quality-of-life for as long as possible. Hospice care may be a good choice for some patients as well. We will work with you to accurately diagnose cancers, determine a prognosis, and provide clear options, while also helping you navigate the emotional aspects of your pet’s illness.

Critical Care / Emergencies

Critical Care / Emergencies

Emergencies are given first priority at our office. If your pet is seriously ill or injured, and it is during normal business hours, please contact our office if at all possible as you bring your pet in. We may have special instructions for the safe transport of your pet. Critical care services include IV fluid therapy support with automatic fluid pumps, blood transfusions, management of shock, oxygen therapy, incubation, and advanced monitoring in our intensive care hospitalization area. For after-hours emergencies, please contact 317.336.8900 for instructions. The following emergency clinics are available if your pet is seriously ill or injured after hours or on holidays:

Indiana Veterinary Specialists
& Emergency Center

8250 Bash Street
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: 317-841-3606 (8.3 miles)
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Circle City Veterinary Specialty
& Emergency Center

9650 Mayflower Park Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-872-8387 (19.3 miles)
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Northwood Animal Hospital
3255 North State Road 9
Anderson, IN 46012
Phone: 800.341.6111
or 765.649.5218 (27.8 miles)
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Noah’s Animal Hospital
5510 Millersville Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46226
Phone: 317-253-1327 (13.3 miles)
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While none require appointments, it helps them to know when you will be coming so they can prepare, so phone ahead if possible. If you have concerns about your pet going into an evening, weekend, or holiday, please phone or e-mail the office while we are still open, and we can very often offer options to contact or be contacted by the doctor after-hours. Dr. Risser sometimes covers holiday and weekend Emergency / Critical Care shifts at VCA’s West 86th Street Animal Hospital and is readily available to see your pet or answer questions.

Dentistry

Dentistry

We take dental health seriously, so we offer preventative services, such as ultrasonic dental scaling and polishing, to keep teeth and gums healthy. We also have capabilities for minimally-traumatic oral surgery and extractions. Oral surgery and periodontal procedures like gingival flaps, root planning, and curettage are available. Some dogs may benefit from a vaccine for a common bacterial cause of periodontal disease called "Porphyromonas," that, combined with other dental care strategies, can cut down on plaque-causing bacteria. Please feel free to discuss this with the doctor or one of the technical staff.

Dermatology / Allergic Skin Disease

Dermatology / Allergic Skin Disease

Appropriate care of skin disease in pets involves effective therapy to alleviate symptoms and provide relief, and reaching a diagnosis to provide long-term solutions for often-frustrating skin and ear infections and disease. We have extensive experience and interest in management of many skin conditions. Especially with allergic skin disease, reaching a definitive diagnosis is extremely important in controlling itching and discomfort. With serum allergy testing and appropriate diets to diagnose and treat food allergies, we often can get to the “root cause” of a problem without repeated visits that treat only symptoms. Also, many patients have skin infections that are also itchy, and contribute to chronic problems that don’t seem to resolve. Diagnosing and treating these infections effectively, including ear infections, can make an immense difference in the success with dermatologic cases.

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine

As our pets live longer, they become an even greater presence in the lives of their human companions. Advances in veterinary medicine allow us to deal with the unique challenges of growing older. We take a strong interest in the early recognition and treatment of diseases that impact senior and geriatric pets. From options in screening bloodwork, dietary considerations, and behavioral challenges, to pain management and difficult end of life choices, we put a special focus on outstanding care of the geriatric pet. Because organ systems age more rapidly in our senior pets than they do in ourselves, we recommend complete physical examinations at least every six months when pets become seniors. This allows us to pick up on disease earlier, before it becomes more difficult to treat or creates discomfort in your pet. We also offer hospice care, where nursing staff or the doctor can make visits to your home for comfort care or evaluations of pets facing serious or terminal diseases. The difficulty of transporting pets, and the stress they may experience in the face of illness, can often add to the burden for the patient and family members alike. Please contact the office for more details about hospice care options.

Have you been noticing changes in your pet's behavior? This checklist will help you decide if one of our Senior Wellness packages is for your pet. Click here for a printable version of this checklist to bring to your appointment with you.

Grooming / Bathing

Grooming / Bathing

We are fortunate to have the talents of excellent pet groomers/ stylists at Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center! Anne Roscoe has been grooming professionally for many years, with everything from routine clips to show grooms. Amanda Cosman, a certified stylist originally from Connecticut, is available for grooming services on Wednesdays, with the rest of the week filled with grooming at her own salon on the westside. We encourage you to choose the groomer that you prefer, but know you will be happy with the finished product.

All grooms include a bath, haircut if desired, nail trim, expression of the anal sacs, ear pluck and clean, a “potty patch”, and a seasonal accessory. Medicated shampoo is available upon request. There are distinct advantages to grooming your pet under the same roof as a full-service veterinary hospital. The doctor is available to address any medical concerns your pet may have while here being groomed, and each groomed pet receives a complementary doctor check of skin, eyes, ears, anal sacs and teeth. We offer early drop-off and late pick-up options, please call us for availability!

Laboratory

Laboratory

We offer in-house laboratory services, such as fecal, heartworm, feline infectious disease, urine, and cytologic analysis, and contract with excellent outside laboratories for the full array of clinical pathology services. Rapid Complete Blood Count (CBC) results are available from our IDEXX Lasercyte analyzer, offering accurate red cell, white cell, and platelet counts. Our Abaxis VetScan II rounds out the in-house laboratory, with complete blood evaluations for presurgical patients, and rapid monitoring for patients with liver or thyroid disease, or those on anticonvulsant or pain management medications. Fecal examinations are performed by centrifugation analysis, providing the most sensitive and accurate results for your pet. All laboratory results are kept in your pet’s electronic records, for easy and permanent access. We constantly update our capabilities to use laboratory testing to diagnose and manage illness and monitor response to therapy.

Nutritional / Dietary Care

Nutritional / Dietary Care

In addition to offering a wide range of regular and prescription diets, we offer nutritional advice on diets appropriate for various life stages and specific medical conditions. Several options are available for pets suffering from food allergies and other adverse reactions to food. Also, information, guidelines, and recommendations for weight management in pets are available. Among the brands of food routinely stocked are Hill’s Prescription Diets, Purina ProPlan, Royal Canin/ IVD Limited Antigen Diets, and Purina Prescription Diets.

Opthalmology

Opthalmology

We offer diagnostic testing, medical and surgical therapy for common disorders of the eye, including corneal ulcers, glaucoma, and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS, or “dry eye”). A “panopthalmoscope” and TonoVet (for painless, highly accurate ocular pressure readings) help in diagnosing and monitoring ophthalmic disease.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

We have a complete in-house pharmacy stocked with nearly all common and many less common veterinary drugs, dietary supplements, eye and ear medications, therapeutic shampoos, and dermatologics. This offers the convenience of “one-stop” shopping for your pet’s prescriptions and more affordable prices for many drugs that might not be stocked in a human pharmacy. When available and appropriate for your pet, less expensive generic drugs are provided. We also have a full line of safe and effective heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives, including Interceptor, Heartgard, Revolution, Sentinel, Frontline, and Advantage. We are always glad to advise you on the product or products that are the best match for your pet’s needs.

Preventative Medicine

Preventative Medicine

Preventing disease is the most important thing we do. With comprehensive wellness examinations, heartworm and other parasite preventatives, and specific recommendations appropriate to each stage of your pet’s life, we work with you to catch illness early or, preferably, prevent it altogether. We give vaccines appropriate to the exact needs of your pet. Whenever possible, we give vaccines that provide immunity for 3 years and avoid the common tendency to "over-vaccinate." Our veterinary team is dedicated to educating you on practical, common-sense preventative care for your pet, from the pediatric to geriatric stage.

The increased affordability of blood screening has made annual wellness testing more popular. You can choose the appropriate profiles from a menu of options. These early-detection tools provide excellent baseline values for comparisons if pets become ill in the future, and can catch illnesses that may still be undetectable otherwise. Some options include:

Wellness Profile - This panel includes a "spot-check mini-chemistry panel that evaluates kidney and liver function, blood sugar, electrolyte, and thyroid levels, as well as a "Complete Blood Count" (CBC), which counts red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Comprehensive Profile - This panel includes a comprehensive blood chemistry panel that measures kidney and liver function, blood sugar levels, electrolytes and protein levels. Also included is a CBC, tests evaluating thyroid function, and for cats, a Feline Leukemia test.

Early Detection Profile - This panel includes everything in the Comprehensive Profile (with the exception of the Feline Leukemia test in cats), plus a complete urinalysis, including a "microalbuminuria assay", the most sensitive early indicator of kidney disease.

Radiology

Radiology & Ultrasound

Our Hudson HDS digital radiology unit is among the few of its kind in Indiana, with unique computer technology once found only at referral facilities. It offers numerous advantages over traditional x-ray units. Chief among them is the quality of the images produced. Digital technology allows sharper clarity and better detail, plus the ability to magnify selected parts of the image, and so diagnosis of problems becomes more accurate. X-ray images are permanently saved electronically, without the risks of damage or decay of radiographic images on film. Additionally, images can be sent as an e-mail or message to your computer or other device if you would like a disc of your pet's images.

Ultrasound is fast becoming a standard of care in veterinary medicine. It serves as an additional diagnostic tool, along with radiology, to look at specific organs and whole sections of the body. Masses or tumors, or areas of inflammation, can be identified with this non-invasive technology. Added in 2017, our ultrasound unit provides excellent images and the ability to permanently save them.

Second Opinion

Second Opinion

The complexity of many cases, and the frustration that can accompany the diagnosis and treatment of such cases, may cause many people to seek a second opinion. While we are not a specialty center, we will gladly examine your pet, discuss with you any previously-done tests, and offer our assessment. If referral to a specialist is warranted, we have the ability to help you with your referral. We are also happy, at your request, to contact your veterinarian to discuss our thoughts on your pet’s case.

Surgery

Surgery

Our doctors have extensive experience in a wide range of surgical procedures, including elective surgeries such as ovariohysterectomy (spay), and neutering, as well as abdominal, upper respiratory, and ophthalmic soft tissue procedures. Additionally, orthopedic procedures, such as cranial (anterior) cruciate ligament and patellar luxation repairs are done in the practice. Sterile surgical technique is practiced to the level required by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in the surgical suite.

Pricing for elective surgeries are inclusive of things we consider important, and not “extra-cost add-ons,” like medication to alleviate pain before and after surgery and intravenous fluids during surgery, that improve blood pressure and help ensure kidney function. Information about anesthesia is available under that heading.

We are happy to provide a complete treatment plan for surgical procedures with estimated fees. Please contact the office for a full list of surgical procedures offered. We are happy to do a quick consultation at no charge to discuss surgical options, or you may want to schedule a fuller evaluation to determine the best specific approach to take.

For some surgeries requiring a specialist, we have excellent working relationships with several local and university board-certified surgeons.



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It's no secret that we live in challenging economic times. Even if many pets' families are able to continue providing the best care for our pets, a lot of uncertainty about personal finances persists. We all, it seems, want to be cautious with how we spend our resources. At Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center, we will strive to keep fees affordable, and work diligently and ethically to make services a good value. When we can offer special promotions, we will do so, especially on preventative care. This can help you avoid more difficult - and costly - medical or surgical procedures later.

Several pharmaceutical and food companies are also offering incentives, coupons, and other "deals." This page will provide information about these, and will be posted and updated as we get information from the respective companies. Hopefully, it will be a quick resource for you to provide your furry companions with great care at the best possible value.

We wish all of you well in these days of economic challenge, and thank you for letting us provide care to your pets in the midst of them.

Sentinel

This mail-in rebate is for the monthly broad-spectrum anti-parasitic for the prevention of heartworm disease and also prevents and eliminates hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms, and also serves as a "birth control" for fleas to prevent infestations. The current rebate gives you $10 back for a purchase of a 6-pack of tablets or $25 back for the purchase of a 12-pack of tablets. Expires 3-31-15.

Advantage Closeout Offer

We are offering a 25% discount on in-stock sizes of Advantage! We will be phasing out our inventory of Advantage, so take this opportunity to stock up on a great flea control product while the supply lasts. Unfortunately, we cannot make special orders on any sizes that are already out of stock.

Comfortis/Trifexis Offer

This mail-in rebate on these popular flea control and heartworm/ gastrointestinal parasite/ flea control combination product (Trifexis)is $10 off a 6-month supply or $25 off a 12-month supply. Expires 10-31-14.

Frontline Offer & Rebate

This offer gives you 1 FREE monthly dose of Frontline Plus flea & tick prevention when you buy 6 applications. Expires 12-31-14.

Heartgard Rebate

This mail-in rebate will give you $12 when you purchase a full year (12 doses) of the heartworm preventative, Heartgard Plus. Expires 12-31-14.

A second option for a mail-in rebate gives you $50 when you buy 12 doses of Heartgard and 6 doses of a Merial brand flea and tick control (Frontline Tritak or Nexgard). Expires 3-1-15.

Revolution Offer

This offer gives you two free months of Revolution, the broad-spectrum flea, tick, ear mite and heartworm preventative topical medication, when you buy a 6-dose pack. Expires 12-31-14.

Atopica

This offer comes with the purchase of two boxes (15 tablets per pack). Savings are $7 on 2 boxes of 10 mg, $10 on 2 boxes of 25 mg, $15 on 2 boxes of 50 mg, and $100 on 2 boxes of 100 mg. For Feline Atopica, save $7 on 2 boxes of the 5 mL or $10 off 1 box of the 17 mL liquid. Expires 3-31-15.

Deramaxx

If your pet is on the antiinflammatory medication Deramaxx, you can get a $15 rebate on 30-count bottles, $30 on 60-count bottles, or $45 on 90-count bottles. Expires 3-31-15.

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Testimonials

"I've been taking both of my dogs to Dr. Risser for the past 2 years. He has been the most hands on, helpful veterinarian I have been to. I can't thank him enough for taking additional time to listen to my pets issues and give a detailed explanation of the treatment options. I have never felt rushed during any examination and he makes sure I understand what my options are. I am grateful I found Dr. Risser and will continue to take my pets to him."

-Braden J.

Fishers, IN


"Dr. Risser and his staff are fantastic. They have provided very kind and professional care for my dogs. Our current dog, Duke, is young and pretty healthy, but suffers from allergies.  We get Duke bathed and his skin checked once and month and they are always very helpful with taking care of him.  A few years back we lost two dogs with a 6 month window, essentially to old age. The care and attention Dr Risser and his staff gave us and our dogs was amazing.  They were as much concerned with us and the loss of our family member, as they were in caring for our dogs. Getting cards and flowers sent to your home from our vet is not something we expected, and we thought it showed how much he cares about his patients and their owners."

-Ryan M.

Fishers, IN


Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center is, in all aspects, a 1st rate operation! The staff is very friendly and attentive. The clinic is very clean and and up to date. Dr. Risser is an excellent diagnostician and communicator. The first time I brought my cat in for medical issues, Dr. Risser discussed all of my options to care for my cat and explained everything very well. All of  his recommendations were spot on, and I will bring my cat to Fall Creek Veterinary for future care. I am so happy that I found such a great place for my pet. I will refer anyone I know to Dr. Risser, since he runs a truly outstanding clinic. Tess and I are very happy with Dr. Risser and his staff. Why not give it a chance to serve you?

-John C.

Indianapolis, IN

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Frequent Questions from Pet Owners 

  • What are the best methods to control fleas on my pet and in my house?
  • My pet is vomiting. What should I do at home; when should he/she be seen by a veterinarian?
  • My pet is itchy and scratches or chews his skin. What could be causing this and how do I treat it?
  • My pet is having diarrhea. What should I do at home, or when should she be seen by a veterinarian?
  • My pet has an ear infection. What are the causes and how do I treat it? What about chronic or recurring ear infections?
  • It seems like there are so many options on vaccinations for my pet. What does he/she need, and when should the vaccinations be given?
  • I think my pet has gotten into something toxic. What should I do?
  • I just added a new puppy to my life. Now what?
  • I have just added a new kitten to my life. Now what?
  • I have been told that my pet is overweight. How do I get him to lose weight?
  • I am considering having my cat declawed; should I? What do you recommend? If I do decide to have my cat declawed, what do I need to know about the procedure and aftercare?
  • How should I care for my pet's teeth?
  • My Dog's Teeth Are Worn Down. Should I Be Concerned?
  • Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
  • My senior dog is drinking lots of water. Is it just old age?
  • How often should my dog be groomed?
  • At what age will my pet need grooming?


What are the best methods to control fleas on my pet and in my house?

We offer several good options for flea and tick control. Most are topical, though there are some oral options as well.

Advantage – topically kills fleas, larvae, and flea eggs on dogs and cats.

Frontline - topically kills fleas, larvae, flea eggs, and ticks on dogs and cats.

Revolution - topically kills fleas, ticks, as well as preventing heartworm disease.

Sentinel - is an oral heartworm preventative that also sterilizes fleas.

Capstar - is an oral tablet usually given to pets in-hospital with live fleas on them. It only lasts a few hours, but will kill every flea on the pet during that time.


My pet is vomiting. What should I do at home; when should he/she be seen by a veterinarian?
Vomiting is a common sign of illness in dogs and cats. Although we associate vomiting with disease of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, many non-GI diseases can result in vomiting. For an acute onset of vomiting in an otherwise healthy, young dog, simple at home therapy can be tried for 24 hours. This would include 

  • Withholding food 
  • Restricting water so the pet cannot swallow a large amount of fluids at once
  • Administering some protectant like Pepto-Bismol®.
Due to a cat's sensitive digestive system, food should not be withheld and over the counter medications should not be given without specific direction from the doctor.

If vomiting lasts longer than 24 hours, or if your pet loses interest in food, or acts sick in any other way, then he or she should be seen by a veterinarian. 

My pet is itchy and scratches or chews his skin. What could be causing this and how do I treat it?
One of the most common causes of itching in dogs and cats is FLEAS! To treat fleas, there are a variety of veterinary-prescribed medications that are both safe and effective. Beyond fleas, your pet may be itchy due to mites buried beneath his skin, a fungal or bacterial infection, or an allergic reaction to either his food or environment. Mites may be treated with a topical or oral medication prescribed by the doctor. If your pet has a bacterial infection, antibiotics will likely be prescribed and an antiseptic medicated shampoo may offer additional benefits. Similarly, if a fungal infection is determined to be the cause of itchy skin, the doctor may recommend a topical ointment for a small lesion, a medicated shampoo for a large infection, or oral medication if the topical medications are impractical.

Allergic dermatitis is an extremely common cause of itchy skin in both dogs and cats. Major allergies that we see in pets include:

  • Flea allergic dermatitis (FAD): An often severe allergic reaction to the saliva of fleas caused by flea bites.
  • Atopy: An environmental-allergy to airborne substances, including pollens, molds, housedust, housedust mites, or fabrics. Diagnosis may require allergy testing.
  • Food allergy: An adverse reaction (itchy skin, gastrointestinal symptoms, or both) to one or more proteins in food. Some preservatives may cause symptoms as well. 
  • Contact allergies are rare, but sometimes occur from skin contact with an irritating substance. 

My pet is having diarrhea. What should I do at home, or when should she be seen by a veterinarian?
If your dog has diarrhea without any other signs of illness:

Withhold food for 12 to 24 hours. Then feed small amounts of a bland diet (A commercial prescription bland diet or 2 to 3 parts boiled white rice to one part low fat cottage cheese, boiled lean hamburger, or boiled chicken breast.) In some cases, an over the counter protectant such as Pepto Bismol® or Pepcid® AC may be appropriate to help settle your dog's gastrointestinal tract.

*For dogs and puppies 10 pounds and under.

** Only withhold food for 6-8 hours, then try a bland diet.

Cats should not have food withheld, and due to their sensitive digestive systems, most over the counter protectants cannot be given to cats. If your cat maintains a normal appetite and shows no other signs of illness, you should wait 24 hours for diarrhea to resolve before scheduling an exam. Please bring a fresh stool sample to the appointment, if possible. If the diarrhea is frequent (every few hours), or persists for more than 24 hours we recommend having your pet examined. If your pet seems sick, we recommend seeing your pet that same day. As with any concerns about your pet’s health, err on the side of caution. Our trained staff would be happy to assist you with any further questions regarding your pet's individual issues.

My pet has an ear infection. What are the causes and how do I treat it? What about chronic or recurring ear infections?
Ear infections may be due to a variety of causes. The problem may be heavy floppy ears which decrease air flow, hair in the ear canal, wet ears, or allergies. Yeast or bacteria, which are naturally within the ear canal, begin to multiply when the ear becomes inflamed (for the above reasons). The yeast and/or bacteria cause more inflammation and the cycle continues until we intervene. At the physical exam, the doctor may take a sample of the material in the ears and look at it under the microscope to determine whether yeast, bacteria, or both are involved.

For yeast, a topical ointment if often sent home to apply daily anywhere from 7 to 14 days, depending on exam findings. For bacteria, a topical or oral medication may be prescribed. In addition, a sample may be sent to the lab for a bacterial culture to determine what kinds of bacteria are involved, and the proper antibiotic may be prescribed. If the infection is chronic or recurring, then either a food allergy or environmental allergy may be the cause. A food trial may be recommended to determine which type of allergy with which we are dealing. Food allergies are discussed above.

To help prevent ear infections, an ear cleaner may be recommended to use after every bath, every swim, or 1-2 times weekly based on your pet's history. There are veterinary ear wash solutions available or homemade solutions are also an option. Any ear treatment should be managed by the veterinarian.

It seems like there are so many options on vaccinations for my pet. What does he/she need, and when should the vaccinations be given?
The goal when vaccinating a pet is to stimulate the pet's own immune system with the vaccine, in order to protect against a specific disease. Traditionally, in the dog and cat, vaccinations have been given annually. Over the past 5 years, we have begun to re-evaluate how often vaccines need to be given in order to maintain adequate levels of protection against serious infectious disease.

Rabies is unique in that the revaccination interval is set by state government. In Indiana, the law states that the 1st rabies vaccine given is only good for 1 year; the subsequent boosters need only be given every 3 years. This holds true for dogs and cats.

The other vaccines given to dogs and cats are undergoing changes as far as who receives what and how often. A pet's overall health, age and lifestyle most likely will determine which vaccines are appropriate and when they should be administered. Currently, the best recommendation as to which vaccines are appropriate for your pet will come from a discussion with your veterinarian.

I think my pet has gotten into something toxic. What should I do?
Call immediately if you think your pet ate something toxic for further instruction. Time is very important! It only takes 30-60 minutes for ingested products to become absorbed into the blood stream. Many toxins can be fatal, but with immediate action the outcome can be favorable.

The most common toxins include:

  • Chocolate (particularly dark (semi sweet) or bakers' varieties)
  • Advil
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Onions
  • Grapes/raisins (in large quantities)
  • D-Con® /other rodent poisons
  • Antifreeze (only takes a few licks to be fatal)
  • Lead

Cats are particularly sensitive to acetaminophen (Tylenol®), Daylilies, and Philodendrons as well as the items listed above.

In order to successfully treat the toxicity, time is crucial. Animals are examined, then vomiting is typically induced to empty the stomach contents, and activated charcoal is administered to absorb the toxins. Depending on the toxin, IV fluids, lab work, and specific antidotes may be necessary as well.

I just added a new puppy to my life. Now what?
Congratulations on adding a new puppy to your life! Nothing compares to the joys of watching a pup discovering the world around him or herself. This may also involve the less enjoyable issues of chewing, housetraining, and other possibly destructive behaviors. Fortunately, there is much known about normal development and behavior that can make adjustments easier. While we usually try to schedule your new pet for an examination and to cover these areas very soon after your little one comes home, a few tips presented here may help get you started. Puppies, ideally, should be brought into their new homes at about 7 to 9 weeks old. While pups brought home at other ages will likely be just fine, this recommended age range will provide time with its mother to be socialized as a dog before the human socialization period begins.  Housetraining is an additional challenge. Remember that puppies have basic requirements for chewing, play, exercise, exploration, feeding, social contact, and elimination. Appropriate outlets for all these needs exist.

The first visit entails vital information for the new pup owner. Because most puppies have intestinal parasites, and some can become debilitated from them, fecal examinations and deworming are part of the first visit. Additionally, some inborn problems (called "congenital defects") can be detected on the physical exam. 

We thoroughly enjoy the visits we get from new puppies and their excited, often sleepy, and occasionally worried new human families. We are delighted to be of help during your process of adding this special new pet to your family.

I have just added a new kitten to my life. Now what?
Congratulations on adding a new kitten to your life! Nothing compares to the joys of watching a kitten discovering the world around him or herself. This may also involve the less enjoyable issues of housetraining (which is instinctive for most kittens) and destructive behaviors such as scratching. Fortunately, there is much known about normal development and behavior that can make adjustments easier. While we usually try to schedule your new kitten for an examination and to cover these areas very soon after your little one comes home, a few tips presented here may help get you started. Kittens have periods of socialization with their mothers; many believe this occurs strongly between 6 and 8 weeks of age. Adopting kittens after this time of "learning to be cats" is recommended. Most kittens will use the litter box based on training from their mothers. Finding a good location for the box (for example away from the noisy furnace in the basement), a type of litter that manages odor and is a good texture for the kitten, and a style of box that is comfortable are all important factors.

Along with the physical examination, vaccinations, and discussions regarding diet and behavior, a stool sample should be tested for intestinal parasites. Due to the high percentage of kittens with intestinal parasites, all kittens receive an oral deworming on their first visit and control is then based on the result of the stool test.

We thoroughly enjoy the visits we get from new kittens and their excited, often sleepy, and occasionally worried new human families. We are delighted to be of help in any way during your process of adding this special new pet to your family.

I have been told that my pet is overweight. How do I get him to lose weight?
Ideal body weight is, in a very simple sense, a balance between calories consumed and calories burned. Exercise and activity influence calories burned while visits to the food bowl (combined with treats and any "table food") contribute to calories consumed. By some estimates, greater than 60 % of the pets in the USA are overweight. Although there are a variety of food items designed to help pets lose weight, the simple truth is that no matter what the pet is eating, if the pet is too heavy he or she is eating too much. Exercise helps the body lose weight because exercise prompts the cells to utilize stored fat. Medical conditions can influence an animal weight and ability to lose weight; so it is always advisable to check with the doctor prior to beginning a weight loss program for your pet.

The doctor or technical staff can advise you on good weight loss plans and diets. Because excessive weight on dogs and cats can contribute to or worsen several medical conditions, from diabetes to arthritis, it may be the most challenging “disease” we treat.

I am considering having my cat declawed; should I? What do you recommend? If I do decide to have my cat declawed, what do I need to know about the procedure and aftercare?
Declawing cats is a somewhat controversial subject. While cats are certainly happier with their claws intact, many can be destructive in the normal process of scratching and sharpening. It would be ideal if cats could all be trained to use a scratching post, and many can. Others may do well with frequent nail trimming, or with the application of "press-on" vinyl caps called Soft Paws which are applied every 4 to 8 weeks. But for some cats, having the claws surgically removed is the only option for their owners. Obviously, declawing should be reserved for cats that live exclusively indoors.

Please let us know if you have further questions about declawing or any of the above mentioned alternatives.

How should I care for my pet's teeth?
Approximately 85% of our patients 4 years and older have some form of dental disease. Good oral health has been associated with good overall health in humans as well as in our pets. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends routine dental prophylaxis as frequently for pets as the American Dental Society recommends for people, every 6 months. Thorough at home oral care can significantly increase the length of time between dental prophylaxes for our pets. There are various products available for at home use. Any product you choose should have the acceptance seal of the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Care should be performed on a daily basis for the maximum benefit from most products.

Unfortunately, not every pet will tolerate the use of a toothbrush with paste. Recently, a vaccine has been approved for use in dogs for a bacterial organism called Porphrymonas. This vaccine may also benefit patients by decreasing the number of these bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Other options include oral rinses or sprays, oral diets (such as Hill's Prescription Diet® T/D), or dental treats(or rawhides). Always use caution with rawhides as some dogs have gastrointestinal issues with rawhides. OraVet® Sealant is a product that has been quite effective for some pets. It is a waxy substance that prevents bacteria from attaching to the tooth’s enamel, thus preventing plaque and tartar from building up as quickly. It is applied on a weekly basis and can be started a month after a prophylaxis during which an initial sealant was applied. At home dental care is not an alternative to dental prophylaxis. Pets do require general anesthesia for prophylaxis during which their teeth are scaled and polished much like your dentist cares for your teeth. A detailed examination and assessment of gum health is made, and if your pet already has advanced periodontal disease, our hospital offers dental x-rays to assess damage below the gumline and aid in tooth salvage recommendations, if applicable. Our staff would be happy to assist you with any questions you might have regarding your pets' dental care.

My Dog's Teeth Are Worn Down. Should I Be Concerned?
Worn teeth are usually darker in color, oddly shaped, or worn down to the gum line. The teeth most commonly affected are the incisors and canine teeth. The incisors are the small teeth in the front of the mouth, and the incisors are the "fang" teeth. Teeth wear down by rubbing on each other (a malocclusion or "bad bite") or by the pet chewing on their fur and skin (as in the case of itchy allergies) or by the pet chewing on items (pet toys, bones, sticks, rocks, etc.). This change usually occurs gradually, and the tooth responds by laying down additional dentin to harden the injured area. In these cases, the teeth are normally left alone unless they are painful or the gum is infected. In the case of sudden wear or a fracture of the tooth caused by chewing, this necessitates an examination by your veterinarian. If the teeth are very worn, your veterinarian may want to do dental radiographs even if your pet is not showing signs of infection or discomfort. Radiographs will rule out a "dead" tooth that appears fine on the outside, but not vital on the inside. This could cause problems later on.


Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Whether your pet is a male or female, he or she should be neutered/spayed simply because a responsible owner should make every effort for their pet to not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.

Female dogs benefit from a significantly decreased risk of developing breast cancer or serious uterine infections. Females spayed before the first heat cycle (generally around 6 months) show a drastically reduced tendency to develop any kinds of mammary tumors. Heat cycles cause messy spotting which sends many dogs away to costly kennels or to inconvenient, strict confinement. Complications from breeding can be costly, and ill pups require extra care. 

Male dogs benefit from a significant decrease in testicular and prostate cancers. Behavioral urine marking also decreases and improves housetraining. Studies have shown a reduction in aggression, anxiety, and roaming which also decreases the risks of fighting, becoming lost, or being hit by a car.

Female cats also benefit from a decreased risk of developing breast cancer and uterine infections. Although, female cats do not typically have the messy spotting that is common with female dogs; they do have behavioral changes which include an annoying yowling and crying which resembles severe pain. This can reoccur every two to three weeks during certain times of the year. Spaying will not only stop these behaviors, but it will also decrease urine marking.

Male cats (last but not least) display behaviors that might be normal to the feline world but are not acceptable to humans. These include roaming, fighting, and urine marking. Neutering reduces these unacceptable behaviors by about 90%.

Although your beloved pets can be taught many things, they cannot be taught to control their mating instincts. The final result of a happier, healthier pet is your decision, one that your pet cannot make for themselves. You must choose to make the important "life-time" investment of having your pet spayed/neutered. Our staff would be happy to answer any additional questions you might have regarding care, cost, pain medication, anesthesia, etc.

My senior dog is drinking lots of water. Is it just old age?
Increased water intake can be a sign of many different illnesses, including, but not limited to; kidney failure, Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism), Diabetes Mellitus or Diabetes Insipidus, Hyperthyroidism, kidney or urinary tract infection, and Pyometra (infection of the uterus) to name a few. It can also be seen when taking some medications, such as Prednisone. If you notice a change in your pet's water intake (and subsequent increased urine output or increased urinary accidents) please contact us for an examination.

How often should my dog be groomed?
Dogs that need haircuts (i.e. poodles, schnauzers) should be groomed every 6-8 weeks. With an especially long haircut, your dog may need grooming every 3-5 weeks. Dogs that need a good grooming bath (i.e. Pugs, Labradors, Beagles) also benefit from 6-8 week groomings, but frequency of grooming is really up to the owner. If you have any questions about grooming, please contact our groomer, Pam.

At what age will my pet need grooming?
The sooner the better! Our groomer likes to see your pet as a young puppy or kitten, so that he or she can get used to the sights and sounds of grooming. Three months old is a good time to come in, even if it's just for a facial trim, nail trim or bath. We want your pet to enjoy grooming! Dogs and cats who receive their first grooming at 6 months or older can be very nervous and afraid of the clippers and dryers, and it may be more challenging to get them accustomed them to relax and enjoy themselves. If you have any questions about grooming, please contact our groomer, Pam.


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Map & Directions

Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center is conveniently located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, near the Geist Reservoir. We are (hopefully) easy to find at the corner of 96th Street and Olio Road on the border of Fishers and McCordsville and near where Marion, Hamilton and Hancock Counties meet. Our office is in the Geist Corner Shoppes, near Subway and Goodfellas. Our patients primarily come from Fishers, McCordsville, Fortville and the Geist area of Indianapolis, though a hardy crew of them also come from Carmel, Castleton, and Greenfield. 

Our Hours of Operation are as follows:

Monday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 

Tuesday: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Wednesday: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Thursday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 

Friday: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Saturday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Sunday: CLOSED

Directions from Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Take the ramp onto I-70 East
  • Take exit 89 for I-465
  • Merge onto I-465 N
  • Take exit 42 to merge onto IN-67 N/US-36 E/Pendleton Pike Continue to follow IN-67 N/US-36 E/Pendleton Pike
  • Turn left at N 600 W/(will become Olio Road north of 96th Street/ 1000 N). Continue to follow N 600 W
  • Destination will be on the right

Directions from Geist Reservoir

  • Head northeast toward Fall Creek Road
  • Turn right at Fall Creek Road
  • Take the 1st left onto W 1000 N/E 96th St
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Olio Road
  • Destination is on the right

Directions from Carmel, Indiana

  • Head east on E Main St toward Beechmont Drive
  • Take the 3rd right onto N Keystone Avenue
  • Turn left at E 116th Street
  • Cross I69 and continue on 116th Street past Cumberland, Hoosier, and Brook School Roads, toward Olio Road
  • Turn right at Olio Road
  • Continue approximately 2 miles south; destination will be on the left

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HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday and Thursday: 7AM to 7PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 7AM to 6PM
Saturday: 8AM to 12PM
Sunday: CLOSED

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9667 Geist Crossing Drive McCordsville, IN 46055| Phone 317-588-3763 | Fax 317-336-8902
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