Radiology & Ultrasounds
Radiographs (X-rays) are used to evaluate and diagnose problems within your pet’s organ system, including the heart, lungs, and in the abdomen, as well as orthopedic problems with the bones and spine. These problems can diagnose many conditions, such as fractured bones, cancerous tumors, enlarged heart, stones within the urinary tract, arthritis, pneumonia, and more.
Ultrasound is an advanced, non-invasive diagnostic imaging technique that is painless. A computer image is displayed using sound waves that help us evaluate the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, lymph nodes, gall bladder, and urinary bladder. Ultrasound can be used to avoid unnecessary surgery as it allows us to detect the spread of cancer.
ECHO-CARDIOGRAMS & EKG Services
Echocardiography is a standard, non-invasive technique for assessing cardiac anatomy, pathology, and function. High-frequency sound waves produced from a hand-held device are directed at the heart. The sound waves are reflected to the machine and an image is produced. This image is transmitted to a video monitor where it can be seen. The image may be still or moving.
Ultrasound uses sound waves, is non-invasive, painless, uses no dies and has no obvious harmful effects. It is perfect for diagnosing many types of heart problems.
The heart is a very complex organ. It has four valves, an electrical conduction system, and four chambers, all of which are crucial to its function. As in people, animals suffer from a wide variety of heart diseases. To correctly diagnose and treat these diseases, it is necessary to see inside the heart, visualize the movement of the chambers, and to look at the valves in motion. This is the area where ultrasound predominates. Using ultrasound, it is possible to watch the heart in motion and to measure each of its' parts. Ultrasound also allows the doctor or technician to measure the actual physical effects of various heart medications and to carefully adjust dosages.
Most heart diseases are treatable, and in most cases, animals can live normal lives once the nature of their condition is under control.
COLD LASER THERAPY TREAMENTS
This technology is an excellent non-invasive therapy option for many conditions from which pets suffer, including arthritis, other forms of inflammation, and wound healing.
WHAT IS A COLD LASER?
The cold laser is simply a beam of special wavelengths of light that is applied to the surface of the skin. It is NOT a thermal or ‘hot’ laser; therefore, it does NOT cut tissue like laser surgery.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
These special light waves interact with cells, creating beneficial changes in them and energizing them, leading to healing and reduction of inflammation. Increased metabolic activity is observed within the cell which leads to faster healing, reduced inflammation, less scar tissue formation, increased oxygen to blood cells, increased production of specific enzymes, nerve stimulation and greater metabolic activity.
HOW IS THIS THERAPY GIVEN?
Depending on the pet’s specific condition, we will give you a recommendation as to how many initial sessions are needed to see a response. The sessions simply consist of a comfortable visit to our clinic, averaging 15 minutes, where a light probe is applied in a particular way by one of our trained and certified staff members to the specific body part that needs treatment. You, the Pet Parent, can choose to keep your pet company throughout the session!
Unfortunately, your pet cannot speak to you about discomfort, sickness, or complex matters. This is why it’s important to get regular exams, do routine blood testing, and diagnostic testing. We are equipped with a sophisticated diagnostic testing laboratory.
Some of the more common tests that we perform are urinalysis, fecal examinations, blood chemistry panels, and heartworm testing. In case of emergency, additional tests may be required. We have the capabilities to evaluate kidney and liver function, blood sugar, and electrolytes in a matter of minutes.
ON-Site Complete Pharmacy
Your pet’s medications can be filled right in our office! We carry an extensive inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical items, supplies, and medications. Save a trip and contact us today for your pet’s medication needs.
MICRO-CHIPPING Permanent Identification for your Pet
To ensure that your pet returns home safely, you should ask us about microchipping. Microchipping is a safe and effective way to be reunited with your pet if they are lost or leave home.
Microchips are implanted into your pet’s skin during a process similar to vaccination. Each microchip is encoded with information about your pet that is tracked in a national database. Veterinary hospitals, clinics, and shelters across the country have special scanners that can detect and read the microchips. If your pet goes missing, their microchip is scanned, and the information is used to return your pet home safely.
USDA INTERSTATE/INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL CERTIFICATION
Traveling with your pet is always an adventure and traveling internationally can be especially stressful.
When planning international travel with your pet, the key is to start planning EARLY! Many countries have requirements (including microchips, blood testing, vaccinations and/or other procedures) that may need to be done months in advance of the actual travel date. Other procedures (physical exam, USDA endorsement, deworming) may need to be done within days of travel.
The first step is to consult the USDA APHIS website for international travel recommendations:
Select the country you will be visiting and verify their specific requirements. Pay close attention to the requirements for microchipping, Rabies vaccination, and any testing that may be required.
**Please note: we recommend you also check with the embassy, as the USDA does not guarantee that their information is the most up-to-date.
A few general guidelines, based on MOST countries:
• Most countries (the EU in particular) require microchipping to positively identify a pet. The microchip must be ISO-compliant to be able to be read by the universal scanners. If unsure if your pet’s microchip is ISO-compliant, check with the chip manufacturer. If you don’t know the manufacturer, visit www.petmicrochiplookup.org and enter the microchip number.
• Most countries require the Rabies vaccination to be current. The vaccine must be given AT LEAST 21-30 days prior to entering the country (so you can’t get a Rabies vaccination the week before you travel) and some may require it to be given within 1 year of travel (even if labeled a 3-year vaccination). Some countries may require documentation of more than one Rabies vaccination.
• To recognize a vaccine (including Rabies) as valid and current, most countries require that the microchip be implanted PRIOR TO or on the same day as the vaccination.
• Most countries require a Health Certificate of some sort. The usual time frame is within 10 days of travel but this varies with the country. These certificates can only be issued at the time of a physical exam of the pet by an ACCREDITED VETERINARIAN on the day the certificate is issued. Please be sure to specify that you need an INTERNATIONAL health certificate (IHC) when you schedule your appointment.
• Most countries require the IHC to be endorsed by the USDA APHIS Field Office Export Desk.
*** Please note: some airlines may have different or additional requirements, so be sure to check with them well in advance of making your airline reservations.