Island Animal Hospital uses state of the art digital radiography or x-ray as part of the diagnostic process and preventive medical care. We conduct routine radiography to identify injury or disease quickly and accurately. Additionally, the speed of digital radiography in critical situations is extremely valuable. Dental radiography is used to effectively evaluate pet oral health. These radiographs, as with human dental x-rays, help the veterinarian find abnormalities not visible by physical examination.
Electrocardiograms are a procedure which provides a way to measure the electrical activity of an animal’s heart. The most valuable information obtained from an electrocardiogram is a means to determine abnormal heart rhythms which may be dangerous or life-threatening. We usually combine these findings with chest x-rays and cardiac ultrasound to reach a diagnosis. The procedure is easy and painless. Your pet is placed on a table and attached to 3 electrodes. The electrodes create a signal sent to a transmitter that sends the ECG information by telephone to Cardiopet, a specialty service. There, a veterinary cardiologist will interpret the ECG along with the other information we sent, and give us an expert opinion about your pet’s cardiac condition, as well as make treatment recommendations.
Reduces pain and speeds healing. Island Animal Hospital is excited to offer our clients Cold Laser Therapy. Affordable laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s unique health status. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Applications for laser therapy include:
- Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
- General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
- Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
- Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
- Dental procedures
- Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns, and lesions)
- Ear infections
How does it work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?
Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.
Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again”. Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your pet.
What are the signs that my pet can benefit from Cold Laser Therapy?
Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
- Abnormal sitting or lying posture
- Circling multiple times before lying down
- Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
- Limping, unable to get up or lie down
- Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
- Lack of grooming
- Won’t wag tail
- Licking or biting area
- Lack of appetite
Contact our hospital today to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.
An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that enables an in-depth view of your pet's organs. Many times x-rays, which reveal the size, dimensions and position of the organ, will be utilized in combination with an ultrasound. The ultrasound allows for the evaluation of internal organs and is a highly useful tool in evaluating heart conditions (referred to as echocardiogram), detecting alterations in abdominal organs and assisting in the recognition of cysts and tumors. With the ability for real-time monitoring, ultrasounds are also utilized for pregnancy diagnosis and development monitoring.
Anesthesia or sedation is not usually necessary to perform an ultrasound on the heart or abdomen. With the ability to obtain real time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.