In order to provide high-quality medical care for your pet, we have assembled a top-notch staff and provided them with the tools they need to diagnose and treat your pet's illness or trauma.
Our in-hospital laboratory is equipped to provide almost immediate information about the physical state of your pet. This is particularly important in an emergency situation. We can analyze blood chemistries, counts and electrolytes within minutes. Within 10-30 minutes, we can test for feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, canine parvovirus, feline and canine heartworm disease, canine Brucellosis, antifreeze toxicity, clotting deficiencies, early renal failure (through detection of microalbuminuria) and evidence of allergy (through detection of immunoglobulin E). Our doctors and other team members are trained to efficiently perform urinalyses, intestinal parasite checks, and cytological analyses. When time is not a pressing factor, or specialized tests and/or the opinion of veterinary pathologists are required, we send samples to an external veterinary laboratory. These samples are picked-up by our courier in the evening. Depending on the test, the results are often waiting on our fax machine by the next morning.
Our hospital is equipped with two digital X-ray machines. One machine is permanently housed in our Radiology Room, the other is portable and used principally in the Surgery Suite to visualize bone placement during orthopedic surgeries. Our main X-ray table is human-sized, so even the largest dog can be completely supported and does not have to be pushed or pulled across the table. The Radiology Room is equipped with oxygen and inhalational anesthesia, if needed. Our team members are trained to shoot diagnostic X-rays with a minimum of re-takes and discomfort for your pet. We use an automatic processor to develop consistent X-rays within three minutes. In addition to routine radiography, we have the supplies and expertise necessary to perform specialized radiographic procedures including Barium studies (examination of the movement of fluid through the gut), myelograms (examination of the movement of fluid along the spinal cord), and pyelograms (examination of the movement of fluid through the kidneys).
SURGERY AND ANESTHESIA SERVICES
We have the instrumentation and expertise to perform a wide variety of routine and specialized surgeries including enterotomy, gastrotomy, hemilaminectomy, femoral head ostectomy, anterior cruciate ligament repair, and fracture repair by intramedullary pin placement. Depending on the procedure, we use injectable and/or inhalational anesthetics. We offer propofol and sevoflurane, the newest and safest of the veterinary anesthetics, for geriatric or high-risk surgeries. During anesthesia, we have pulse oximetry and EKG available for monitoring vital signs. Additionally, we use the monitoring skills of our three well-trained and vigilant veterinary assistants. We use sonication and either steam or chemical sterilization to ensure the cleanliness and sterility of our instruments.
Dental procedures, including extractions and cleanings, are performed under general anesthesia with the same safety precautions used for invasive surgery. During routine dentistries, the doctor examines the teeth for signs of abscess, decay, structural damage or instability. He/she then decides if any need to be removed and what further treatment needs to be performed. We use an ultrasonic scaler and a high-speed veterinary polisher to remove the plaque and tartar.