Referrals and Second Opinions

Referral Form


Metzger Animal Hospital is the leader in referrals from veterinarians in the Central Pennsylvania region. We help over 100 veterinarians in a 12 county area with their difficult cases. Clients also use Metzger Animal Hospital for second opinions when more advanced diagnostics and treatments are needed.

Surgical cases commonly referred include:

Orthopedic surgery

  • Anterior cruciate repair including TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy), Tightrope, TTA and extra capsular repair.
  • Fracture repair-bone plating, interlocking nail, external fixation
  • Hemilaminectomy or Dorsal Laminectomy for intervertebral disk disease
  • Patella Luxation for dislocating knee caps
  • Oral Fracture Repair
  • Mandibulectomy or Maxillectomy
  • Hip Luxation for dislocating hips
  • Arthroscopic surgery (surgery of joints using an arthroscope)
  • Stem cell therapy for orthopedic and other conditions

Soft tissue surgery

  • Laparoscopic abdominal surgery-including spay, liver and kidney biopsy, exploarory
  • Laparoscopic thoracic surgery-pericardectomy, thoracic duct ligation
  • Oncology-Cancer surgery
  • Arytenoid Lateralization (Laryngeal Tie-Back) for laryngeal paralysis
  • Colectomy/Subtotal Colectomy for chronic constipation
  • Perineal Herniorrhaphy for perineal hernia
  • Perineal Urethrostomy for urethral obstruction
  • Porto systemic Shunt Legation-for extrahepatic portosystemic shunts
  • Thoracotomy-for lung lobectomy
  • Total Ear Canal Ablation/Lateral Bulla Osteotomy-for chronic ear infections

Medical cases commonly referred

  • Endocrine Disorders –diabetes, hypo and hyperthyroidism, Addison’s and Cushing’s disease
  • Emergency Exams- 24 hours 365 days/year by one of OUR doctors
  • Blood and Plasma Transfusions
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases-regurgitation, vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis
  • Genitourinary Disorders-kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterine/vaginal
  • Hepatic (Liver) Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases-bacterial. Viral. Parasitic, fungal
  • Immune-mediated Diseases- immune mediated hemolytic anemia, immune mediated thrombocytopenia, Lupus
  • Nutrition Consultations
  • Oxygen Therapy and Critical Care Treatments
  • Renal (Kidney) Disease
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Ultrasonography-for advanced abdominal imaging
  • Endoscopy/Bronchoscopy/Colonoscopy/Nasal Rhinoscopy
  • Cardiac Diseases-EKG, Echocardiogram, Blood Pressure Management, Pericardiocentesis, Holter Monitoring