Welcome to Animal Eye Care!
Animal Eye Care is a referral practice for comprehensive ophthalmic examination, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases in companion animals. Because of rapid advances in the knowledge, techniques, and instrumentation necessary to provide the best eye care for companion animals, your family veterinarian may choose to consult a specialist, placing quality patient care above all else. The referring veterinarian, the pet owner, and Animal Eye Care are all team members in giving the patient the best ophthalmic care possible.
We are conveniently located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. You may find it helpful to view our map and driving directions, read our visitor information, and learn about Bellingham sites of interest. Bellingham is a short, semirural (i.e. less stressful) drive from Vancouver and its neighbors south of the Fraser River, and the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. We take care of many Canadian patients, including patients from Vancouver Island, the BC interior and the Okanogan. We also serve northwest Washington, particularly patients living in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and Snohomish counties. There is no rush hour in Bellingham, and traffic flows easily for many miles north and south of us!
During your pet’s initial comprehensive ophthalmic examination at Animal Eye Care, Dr. Terri McCalla will evaluate your pet and thoroughly discuss with you the diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s eye condition. All of your questions will be answered with the care and attention that you and your pet deserve. Our goal is to not only provide the highest quality medical and surgical services possible, but also educate the owner regarding the pet’s eye disease. If you understand WHAT is wrong with the eye(s), WHY the eye(s) have a problem, and WHAT the treatment options are, you can then make the best informed treatment decision on how to help your beloved pet.
Conditions which might necessitate referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist include:
- Vision Loss
- Congenital Eye Abnormalities (birth defects)
- Lens Luxations
- Uveitis (intraocular inflammation)
- Corneal Disease
- Retinal Disease
- Dry Eye
- Eyelid Abnormalities
- Ocular & Eyelid Neoplasia (cancer)
- Ocular Trauma
- OFA ECR Examinations (OFA Eye Certification Registry, canine genetic eye testing)
Animal Eye Care is a full service ophthalmic practice including:
- Slit Lamp Biomicroscopy, Indirect Ophthalmoscopy, Applanation Tonometry, and Electroretinography
- Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery with replacement artificial Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation
- Comprehensive Blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgeries, for Entropion, Ectropion, Macropalpebral Fissure Syndrome (common in Pugs, Pekingese, and Shih Tzus), Ptosis (drooping upper lids) and Distichiasis
- Corneal Tissue Grafts and Transplants, and Conjunctival Grafts, for severe Corneal Ulcers and Sequestra
- Surgery for Glaucoma, Intraocular Tumors, and Intraocular Cysts
- Doppler Ultrasonic Blood Pressure Measurement in patients with Retinal Disease suspected to be secondary to high blood pressure
- Same Day Surgery
What to Bring to Your Initial Visit:
Please do not feed your pet the morning of your examination, unless the pet is diabetic, has special needs, or is a young puppy or kitten. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled examination time.
All animals MUST be restrained by a leash, or be in a pet carrier. All animals must be current on their vaccination schedules. Please bring the following items to your first appointment, if possible:
- If you are a Canadian citizen crossing the Canada/US border for your pet’s appointment, please bring identifying papers for you, your passengers, AND your pet. Please check with US/Canada Customs to find out what the current documentation requirements are. Click Here for Canadian Border Traffic Reports. The Patient Referral Information Sheet (Referral form) filled out by your family veterinarian. This can also be printed from our website. The completed Patient Registration Form that you obtained from our website. Medications and nutritional supplements your pet is receiving, or has received in the past for eye problems and general medical problems.
- Copies of any information (laboratory results, medical information, etc.) given to you by your veterinarian. It is also VERY helpful if you could double-check with your veterinarian’s office, that they have faxed or mailed us copies of the medical record and the Patient Referral Information Sheet.
- It is very helpful if the primary caregiver prepares a summary statement and list of questions about the pet’s eye problem, for our staff and doctor to review.
We must be informed of your pet’s temperament and whether a muzzle or other special restraint is required for examination. If sedation is required to examine your pet, please obtain sedative oral medication from your family veterinarian and dose your pet prior to the examination. If, in our estimation, your pet may bite during the exam, he/she will be muzzled or otherwise restrained, without hesitation. The staff and ophthalmologist must be very close to your pet’s face in order to examine and treat the eyes. This poses a significant danger, if your pet may bite.
We will not examine vicious, unruly, or aggressive animals.
The eyes are examined using slit lamp biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, and other diagnostic instrumentation as needed for each patient. We employ advanced therapies including cryosurgery, phacoemulsification (cataract surgery), and microsurgery, and we work with you and your veterinarian to provide the best possible ophthalmic care for your pet. We report all of our findings to both you and your veterinarian, in the form of a discharge summary, the same day of the examination.
If Your Pet is an Established Patient of Animal Eye Care — What to Expect if You Call Us With a Question or Concern About Your Pet: The question will be triaged by our staff. If the question requires input from the ophthalmologist, Dr. McCalla will be consulted and the advice relayed to you by our staff. If you are calling outside of office hours, your call will be returned the next business day, if it is not urgent. If it is an emergency, you can page Dr. McCalla by following the voice mail prompts.
Your family veterinarian is a caring practitioner who referred your pet for comprehensive ophthalmic examination and consultation. Animal Eye Care does not provide general veterinary services. We do not vaccinate, or trim nails, or provide the many other important general services that your family veterinarian performs. This protects your time, and the time of our other clients, to be best used for the care of your pet’s eyes ONLY during your visit to Animal Eye Care.