All Pets Veterinary Clinic
Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics
Flexible endoscopy allows us to see inside of the body without
making any surgical incisions. A long, flexible tube with a camera
at one end is inserted into the area of interest. Images are then
projected to a TV monitor. A biopsy channel in the scope allows us
to insert instruments for a variety of procedures including cytology,
culture, biopsy, and foreign body retrieval. With endoscopy, we can
often obtain a diagnosis without the need for more invasive surgery.
Animals are often released the same day and need little or no pain
medication. We are able to utilize our scope in the nose, esophagus,
trachea and bronchi, stomach, small intestine, and colon.
NEW!! We are excited to announce that we now offer laparoscopy.
This technology is commonly used in human medicine but is rarely found in
veterinary medicine. With laparoscopy a small camera and instruments are
passed into the abdomen or chest through two or three small, 1 cm incisions.
This allows us to biopsy certain organs, such as liver, pancreas, and intestine
without a more traditional, larger incision. Some surgical procedures, such as
gastropexy, enterotomy, pericardial windows, etc. can also be done with the
laparoscope. The main advantages are a faster recovery time for the patient
and more accurate diagnostic ability. Minor surgical procedures can also be
completed via the laparoscope.
Ultrasound, like radiology, can be used to view many of the body's organs.
The difference is that ultrasound allows us to see the internal structure
of the organs in question whereas traditional radiology may not show such
details. For example, bladder tumors are rarely visualized on regular
radiographs (x-rays). With ultrasound, we can easily see masses within
the bladder. This allows for a more rapid diagnosis and treatment plan.
Some of the other organs that can be readily imaged include heart, liver,
kidney, and spleen. Our new ultrasound has doppler capabilities also.
Liquid nitrogen can be used to freeze warts and small skin masses
in humans and in animals. As an alternative to traditional surgical
removal, cryosurgery allows for the quick and painless removal of
many small skin lesions without the use of general anesthesia. Freezings
take only a few minutes to complete and can be done for multiple
masses at the same time. If you are interested in learning more
about cryotherapy or think that your pet may be a candidate, please
don't hesitate to contact our office.
Clotting Time Analyzer
We have a machine to measure clotting times in the clinic. Clotting
ability can be measured by determining the pro-time (PT) and pro-thrombin
time (PTT). These variables help determine how well the body is able to
stop bleeding. This allows us to diagnose, monitor, and treat conditions
such as shock, DIC, rat bait toxicity, autoimmune disease, hemophilia, etc.
PT and PTT are also valuable parameters to measure prior to surgery.
Our dental x-ray machine allows us to take x-rays of
individual teeth, small animal sinus cavities, and some small exotic
pets. This machine allows us to see smaller things with much greater
detail than our regular x-ray machine.
EKGs are commonly used for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. Our EKG
unit is used to monitor cardiac function for all patients undergoing
general anesthesia. In addition, we use our EKG as a part of cardiac workups.
Pets with arrythmias, heart murmurs, congestive heart failure, etc. will
often have an EKG analysis as part of their diagnostic work-up. This monitor
also measures pulse oxygenation, blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and
Full in house lab
We have a full in house lab that includes the Idexx Procyte (CBC), Catalyst (Chemistry),
Vet Lyte (electrolytes), UA Analyzer (urinalysis), and Clotting Times Machines.
With this technology we can run a wide variety of blood and urine tests rapidly and
in house. This allows us to dianose disease and illness faster than many clinics
that have to send routine laboratory tests to an outside lab.
We are proud to be able to offer these diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for additional information.
Karen Blakeley, DVM, MPH
23 June 2013