Our Services

Opthalmology Grand RapidsWe focus exclusively on emergency treatment and advanced specialty veterinary care.  (For annual vaccines and wellness care, please see your primary care veterinarian.)

Types of Specialties & Services

Each BluePearl pet hospital is unique. Our Grand Rapids hospital offers these specialties and services provided by skilled, compassionate and dedicated professionals.

Emergency Medicine

If you believe your pet is sick, hurt or in distress, we’re here to provide expert care. Our trained emergency clinicians are prepared to diagnose and treat urgent cases, including severely injured or critically ill pets. Common emergency cases we see include:

  • Animal attacks
  • Bleeding
  • Collapse episodes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Hit-by-car accidents
  • Ingestion of medications, poisons or objects
  • Seizure
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Vomiting

Through every step of your pet’s emergency care experience, we keep you and your pet’s primary veterinarian informed and involved.

Acupuncture

We provide safe, comforting acupuncture treatments for patients with chronic pain as well as several other chronic conditions. Our acupuncturists will consult with your pet’s primary care veterinarian for the best results and the fastest healing.

In general, acupuncture is most beneficial for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation and pain. Regular acupuncture treatments can restore mobility for older pets, improve minor injuries as they occur and be administered preventatively to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. The following are some of the conditions that can be improved through veterinary acupuncture:

  • The muscular and skeletal systems: back pain, muscle soreness, disc problems, arthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Neurological disorders: chronic disc disease, radial nerve or facial paralysis and seizure
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, constipation, vomiting and poor appetite
  • Chemotherapy: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and inflammation
  • Skin conditions: inflammation and skin problems such as allergic dermatitis and lick granulomas
  • Other chronic conditions: asthma, geriatric weakness, immune system disorders and more
  • Diagnostic Imaging

Our radiology service performs many non-invasive and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures. These services allow the specialty clinicians unique, non-invasive opportunities for evaluating various diseases.

Internal Medicine

Veterinary internists are trained to take care of patients who can’t tell them what’s wrong. By using the pet’s history, clinical signs, lab results, imaging studies and other testing, our internal medicine specialists can diagnose severe, chronic illnesses or symptoms that appear suddenly.

Neurology

Our neurology team uses advanced imaging technologies, cutting-edge medical therapies and surgical procedures to diagnose and treat patients with neurological disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Some of the most common neurological disorders we see include: 

  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders 
  • Brain and spinal cord trauma 
  • Disc herniation and other lumbosacral disorders 
  • Brain tumors 
  • Neuromuscular disease 
  • Encephalitis

Oncology

Our compassionate oncology team offers a variety of treatment options for pets with cancer. From initial diagnosis to ongoing care, we are focused on promoting your pet’s quality of life.

We take an integrative approach to treating cancer that includes:

  • Taking time to listen to and answer all questions and concerns about cancer treatment
  • Creating a treatment plan tailored to each patient and client’s individual needs
  • Working within client’s schedules for therapy delivery
  • Maintaining regular updates with referring family veterinarians

By helping every pet owner understand their pet’s disease and by providing appropriate educational tools, we all work together to improve and extend each pet’s quality of life.

Ophthalmology

For pets experiencing eye problems, our ophthalmology team is trained to diagnose and treat a variety of ocular conditions using surgical and non-invasive techniques. Your primary veterinarian may refer you to our ophthalmology service if your pet is experiencing problems like:

  • Cataracts
  • Cornea injuries
  • Retinal disease
  • Dry eye
  • Eyelid and eyelash injuries or abnormalities
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammation and conjunctivitis
  • Third eyelid, or cherry eye

Surgery

When your pet needs surgery, our veterinary surgery team is ready to provide the best possible care. Our hospital is equipped with advanced tools, technology and monitoring capabilities to provide sophisticated medical care and compassionate service during your pet’s time of need.

Surgery may be the best option for pets with:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic diseases like ear or respiratory tract infections
  • Congenital conditions like dysplasia or heart defects
  • Hernias
  • Trauma or injuries, including fractures, ligament and tendon injuries

Veterinary Blood Blank

Veterinary blood donor programs collect and store blood to better support pets in need. It’s our goal to provide access to life-saving blood products for pets, and your pet may be able to help. Contact us to learn more about requirements and whether your pet is eligible to help save lives.


Spotlight on Oncology

When a pet owner noticed that her Plott Hound, Penny, was limping, she consulted her family veterinarian and learned that Penny had a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. She sought the expertise of board-certified veterinary oncologist, Dr. Christine Swanson, who worked closely with the family vet to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for Penny. Watch this video to see how Penny gained a new lease on life – even with three legs.

Compassionate Treatment

Our team respects the close bond between pets and their owners and treats each with dignity, compassion and kindness.