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Specialized Pet Care is a Growing Trend

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--When you need surgery on your heart, lungs, or other organs and body parts, you can usually find a specialist to help you.

Those same services are also offered to your pets.

Vet specialists are increasing all over the U.S and they're helping animals here in Cedar Rapids.

"Marshall" miller is getting an ultra sound.

The 12-week old golden retriever puppy has kidney issues and now, just like a human with kidney problems, it looks like he might need dialysis to fix the problem.

"It's a relief to know that you have some place like this close by if you have something this wrong with an animal you can have 24 hour care,” said Tara Spencer whose brother owns Marshall.

That’s because the Eastern Iowa Veterinary Center, offers specialized pet care like chemotherapy, eye care and even dermatology.

"The specialty medicine is very helpful for pets because it's very similar to what we get when we go to the doctor,” said Elizabeth Streeter, who’s a critical care veterinarian at the center.

The center has been open since 2005, but before that, Eastern Iowans had to drive to another part of the state for things like specialty care or complicated surgeries.

Just like medical services for humans. The center also has an ICU, where patients are brought to, for recovery right after surgery.

That specialization is why Tara brought "Marshall" here.

"Animals are part of the family now and people want to give them everything they can,” she said.

This specialty care is also a bit more expensive because the vets spend an additional one to two years training, just as people doctors do.

 
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