Companion Therapy Laser. A great tool for treating chronic pain. Best Friends Veterinary Center is one of the few veterinary hospitals in the area now offering class IV laser therapy for dogs and cats. This powerful, pain-free and non-invasive treatment uses modulated infrared rays to help reduce pain and speed the healing of inflamed or damaged tissues.
Laser surgery has a number of advantages over traditional cutting and cauterizing surgical techniques in that there is little or no bleeding, virtually no swelling, minimal pain for pets post-surgically, and such precision that only diseased tissue is removed. Veterinarians are able to control the power of the laser to make it gentle enough to work on the surface of the eye, yet powerful enough to make an incision in a horse.
Anesthesia is one of the most critical aspects of surgery for your pet. We take our commitment to you seriously and offer the following:
Pre-Anesthetic Blood screens are offered to any patient under a year and required for all patients over a year to screen for anesthetic risks.
Ultra safe anesthesia. Isoflurane and Sevoflurane gas anesthesia are available. Sevoflurane is the same anesthetic used in most human hospitals for pediatrics. We routinely use human anesthesia machines to administer anesthesia vapors to your pets.
Intravenous catheters and IV fluids help to keep your pet stabilized during the procedure and allow for immediate access to veins for administration of reversal agents and medication for shock or pain.
Warm water circulating pads and warmed fluid IV pumps help your special friend stay warm during procedures where they otherwise would loose heat. Anesthetized patients can not thermo regulate.
Pulse Oximetry Monitors the heart rate and oxygen rate. It is placed on every patient placed under anesthesia.
Capnography and ECG. This is the instrument that has revolutionized patient monitoring. It monitors the Oxygen levels in the blood stream and the level of CO2 with every breath then graphs them out. The graphing feature allows for early detection of trends that could otherwise lead to death or injury.
Doppler Blood pressure monitoring is also available and most helpful to patients who are undergoing long procedures or are older and may have a weak heart.
Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. In fact, a recent AAHA study showed that approximately two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care that is recommended as essential by veterinarians.
What's more, the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Dental disease doesn't affect just the mouth.
It can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease, which makes it all the more important that you provide your pets with proper dental care from the start.
AAHA's Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats were designed to provide veterinarians and their teams with a working framework for small animal dentistry practice, including dental examinations, cleanings, and surgical procedures.
Your pet's dental health isn't just in the hands of your veterinarian though. Pet owner education regarding treatment options for optimum dental health and the importance of home care are emphasized throughout the guidelines.