General and Specialty Care to Meet All Your Pet’s Health Care Needs
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What We Do
We require that all pets receive an examination before services are performed. This requirement is a legal one that establishes a veterinary-client-patient relationship. Due to the shortened life span of our pets it is important to catch potential problems early.
Digital Radiology and Ultrasound
At Central Animal Hospital we have the ability to perform both radiographs and ultrasound examinations on site. These services help us to diagnose problems and injuries in a quick and non-invasive way.
Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs. We now know that dental disease such as tarter build up and gingivitis causes extreme pain and discomfort along with internal organ problems. Extractions of diseased, broken, loose, or infected teeth are often necessary and cannot be adequately determined before anesthesia and initial cleaning. These extractions are critical for maintaining kidney and heart health. We have recently purchased a digital dental x-ray unit to quickly diagnose dental pathology in a more efficient and accurate way.
It is never fun to be in the hospital. We only hospitalize pets when absolutely necessary to receive treatments that cannot be given at home. Usually hospitalized pets are on intravenous fluids and medications. Fluids are delivered via IV pumps so that the amounts are regulated. There is no supervision after hours so in very critical cases we transfer cases to an overnight critical care facility for observation and treatment.
Referral Orthopedic Surgery
We are proud to be able to provide the surgical services of board certified Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Jitender Bhandal, here at Central Animal Hospital on a referral basis. Surgical services available include Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgeries, fracture repairs and oncological surgeries.
We are pleased to be able to now offer Veterinary Acupuncture to our clients. Dr. Autumn Pulfer, is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a valuable tool to aid in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and intervertebral disk disease, as well as respiratory problems (such as feline asthma), skin problems and gastrointestinal problems.
Some conditions and emergencies require immediate answers. We have a variety of sophisticated lab machines that we can use. We can do a Complete Blood Cell Count using our CBC machine. This can tell us information about the number and types of cells in the blood. Many conditions alter these from normal. We can also do a variety of “chemistry” panels that can tell us if some of the major organs in the body are affected by a condition. We do some cytology (examining cells in the microscope) where we can take small amount of tissue, exudates (pus), discharges (ears), and put them on a slide. After staining we can often isolate the problem. While in-house lab is convenient and quick, it is somewhat limited. Our outside lab partner is much more complete and most of our samples are sent to an outside lab. Many results are returned in 24 hours.
We are the only gold standard cat friendly practice in the Okanagan .
Surgery and Anesthesia
We perform a variety of both elective and non-elective surgeries. Elective surgeries such as spaying and neutering are important not only to control the pet over population but also to make life better. We also do a variety of complex non-elective soft tissue and some orthopedic procedures as needed for our patients. Non-elective procedures include but are not limited to:
- Mass and tumour removal
- Oral surgery
- Abdominal surgery
- Genitourinary procedures
- Ear surgery
- Some orthopedic procedures
All surgeries are done under sterile conditions. We make sure that pain is addressed before, during, and after each procedure. All our patients are monitored very carefully using sophisticated equipment. All our patients are kept warm using heated blankets.
While it is true that there is an inherent risk with any anaesthesia or surgery, here at Central Animal Hospital we take special care to minimize these risks. We do this by making sure that in addition to a thorough pre-anesthetic assessment of the patient we monitor the patient’s vital signs very carefully throughout the surgery, which include respiration rate, heart rate, blood pressure and tissue oxygenation levels. We like to have all of our surgical patients on intravenous fluids, which helps to stabilize blood pressure, hydrate the patient and gives us venous access at a moments notice. A registered animal health technician is assigned to each patient and monitors the patient very closely, taking care to watch both the patient and the electronic monitors throughout the surgical procedure.