With our goal to offer you and your best the best possible medicine, we are proud to offer a number of specialty services. Ranging from advanced diagnostics tools to surgeries and treatments, Glendale Animal Hospital‘s veterinarians and staff are trained in a number of advanced services.
Abdominal ultrasound simplifies the diagnoses of internal disease by providing veterinarians with a clear view inside the patient’s stomach, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs. The real-time capabilities of ultrasound technology allow our veterinarians to diagnose and assess a variety of veterinary conditions including:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary bladder disease or kidney stones
- Enlarged lymph nodes and cancer
- Abdominal masses, fluid, and foreign material
- Pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease
Should a mass be discovered during an ultrasound, the board-certified specialist will enlist the help of our veterinarians and certified staff to use anesthesia during the remainder of the ultrasound. This ensures our patient is comfortably asleep while we pass an ultrasound-guided needle directly into the mass. This is done to collect (or aspirate) a small tissue sample, which will be used to properly identify the mass. This option is infinitely less invasive than a surgical procedure that would otherwise be required to collect this kind of diagnostic tissue sample.
CO2 Surgical Laser
For nearly a decade, Glendale Animal Hospital has offered laser surgery. The benefits of laser surgery include less post-operative pain, less bleeding, less bruising, and a more cosmetic healing. We feel it is imperative that all declaws are performed with a laser. Cats no longer have to be bandaged, they recover much faster, and they experience much less pain than performing the traditional declaw. Oral and rectal surgeries are simpler, more bloodless, and virtually free from pain. The laser also makes available some treatment options available for chronic problems that were previously hopeless, such as treatment of lick granulomas and stomatitis. Small skin growths can be removed with a local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
Pet Laser Therapy: The (Non) Cutting-Edge Of Veterinary Science
Laser therapy is an innovative new technology used to treat acute and chronic injuries. The non-invasive treatment stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the targeted area. Pet laser therapy is used to accelerate the healing process following surgery, alleviate joint pain and treat degenerative diseases.
Low-level, also known as cold, pet laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cellular mass, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue the healing process by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation releases the bodies own pain-relieving hormones, generating mild pain management properties.
The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with the majority of patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.
Conditions improved with laser therapy:
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
- Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
Laser therapy is normally combined with other types of veterinary medicine including pharmaceutical regimens and alternative treatments. The broad biochemical benefits and lack of adverse side effects have made laser therapy the preferred post-operative rehab method in veterinary medicine.
Video otoscope not only allows for complete ear evaluation, but enables us to biopsy, curette, culture, retrieve foreign material, and flush more thoroughly.