Healthy Pet Veterinary Hospital Equipment Information
A good pet hospital also needs modern medical equipment. Here is a short list of some the important equipment that we use every day to take the best care possible of our furry patients.
Heated Water Pad
Heated circulating water pads are used to maintain body temperature for pets under anesthesia. These pads prevent a pet from getting too cold which can result in longer recovery times and are safer than traditional heating pads.
IV Fluid Pump
Intravenous (IV) fluids are used to treat dehydration, help maintain normal fluid balance, support internal organ function and stabilize blood pressure in pets under anesthesia. The fluid pump is a machine that allows us to set the rate and amount of fluid to give a patient. It can deliver fluids at a steady rate and warn us when there is a problem.
Blood Pressure Monitor/Pulse Oximeter
These monitors are usually used during anesthesia or surgery, but may also be used in an emergency. Blood pressure is important to monitor because changes can indicate the presence of disease. Monitoring during anesthesia and surgery allows us to adjust anesthetic depth and fluid administration. The pulse oximeter lets us know a patient’s heart rate and the oxygen level in their blood. Both machines help us make surgery and anesthesia safer for pets.
Our laboratory allows us to perform many tests within a short amount of time so we get your pet’s results the same day. We can perform a complete blood count, serum chemistry, urinalysis, heartworm testing and feline viral testing. Blood testing helps us assess the health of your pet’s internal organs, which we can not do by physical exam alone. We also work with a large referral laboratory if your pet needs specialized testing.
We are happy to offer the option of LASER surgery. The advantages of surgery with a LASER include less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, and a faster recovery. A LASER does not crush, tear or bruise tissue like traditional instruments. We highly recommend laser surgery for declawing in cats. Healing is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort.
The microscope lets us see particles and organisms that we would not normally see with the naked eye. We use the microscope to see bacteria, yeast, eggs and parasites of the ears, skin and stool.
Anesthesia and Dental Machines
We use isoflurane gas anesthesia for sedation and surgical procedures. It is one of safest products available and has fewer side effects than other commonly used anesthetics. Isoflurane works through a pet’s respiratory system, making it ideal for use in patients with liver or kidney disease. Recovery is usually quick and pets are typically not “sleepy” afterward.
We perform dental cleanings with the same instruments that a human dentist uses. First we remove plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaler above and below the gum-line, then we polish the teeth with a power polisher. A thorough oral exam is performed and then fluoride is applied. Providing good dental care is essential to your pet’s long term health.