The term arthroscopy actually means to look within the joint. With this ability our orthopedic veterinary surgeons can visualize, diagnose and treat joint problems. A small incision is made in the dog’s skin and then a thin instrument is inserted containing a small lens and lighting system that illuminates the structure inside the joint. The joint interior is then examined through this non-invasive tiny incision, rather than a larger incision requiring the need for open surgery. Our veterinary surgeons then determine the amount or type of surgery necessary, and then repair or correct the problem.
Some of the most common conditions found during arthroscopic examination of the joints are: inflammation, acute and chronic injury, loose bodies of bone and or cartilage in the knee, shoulder, elbow or ankle.
Oncology is a study of tumors, including their biological behavior and treatment. Compared to people, dogs develop tumors twice as frequently and cats develop tumors only half as frequently. If your pet is thought to have cancer, a consultation with a veterinarian experienced in oncology can provide you with valuable information. Ask your SVAC veterinarian about the extent of treatment options and referral resources.
The good news about chemotherapy for your pet is that many forms of cancer can be successfully managed with chemotherapy often without making your dog feel worse. When considering chemotherapy for your pet, the first step is to have an in-depth talk with your SVAC veterinarian. By doing so, you will better understand your dog’s disease, treatment options and you will receive statistical percentages about the typical outcomes of certain cases. Today, veterinarians and veterinary oncologists see some types of cancer as a manageable chronic disease.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a diagnostic test that records the electrical activity of the heart. The EKG is the test of choice for diagnosis of abnormal heart rhythms and also can be useful for identification of heart enlargement or drug effects on the heart. There is no contraindication to performing an EKG. However, while the EKG can be a “screening test” for severe heart disease, it does not detect all heart problems.
Ear problems are very common among dogs and cats. There are many reasons your pet may develop ear problems, including building up ear wax, hematoma and ear mites. With the aid of an Otoendoscope, these problems can be seen clearly resulting in accurate diagnosis.
Signs and symptoms to watch for:
- Ear wax build-up: it is very important to loosen the wax without damaging the sensitive tissue of the middle ear to avoid more serious problems.
- Swelling that contains blood: a hematoma is caused by shaking of the pet’s head, or scratching the ear.
- Middle ear inflammation: this is caused by an infection of the external ear passage. This also can result from a nasal passage infection that has spread to the ear. An ear that is sensitive and hot to touch will need immediate veterinary attention.
- A sour odor and dark waxy secretion: this indicates an infestation of ear mites, perhaps contracted through other infected animals.
- Veterinary intervention is required to treat an infestation of these parasites.
- Shaking of your pet’s head could indicate a weed seed, foxtail, or some other kind of irritation within the ear canal.
The endoscope has virtually revolutionized examination of the digestive system.
The inside of the esophagus, stomach, colon and almost any part of the intestinal tract can be examined with an endoscope. This equipment provides clear imagery enabling our veterinarians direct examination, the ability to obtain biopsies and remove polyps with minimally invasive procedures.
Rhinoscopy is a relatively simple procedure in dogs and cats. It does require anesthesia and intratracheal intubation. The chief indications for rhinoscopy are nasal discharge, sneezing or reverse sneezing.