Radiology is more commonly known as x-rays. X-rays can tell your veterinarian the integrity of bones and joints and determine if your pet has arthritis. X-rays also can be used to image the heart and lungs, and all of the organs in the abdomen. We also use x-rays to determine how healthy your pets teeth are, and whether or not a tooth needs to be extracted.
Routine dental care is just as important for your pet as it is for you. At Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital, we recommend that daily home care begin when your pet is young. This is crucial for the prevention of periodontal disease caused by the build up of plaque and tartar. Routine dental home care should include daily teeth brushing or the use of oral antiseptic gels, and provision of chews, dental treats and/or dental diets that are both safe and enticing to your pet. Our doctors and staff would be happy to instruct you on tips for brushing your pet’s teeth and can provide you with several suggestions on excellent products to help you keep your pet’s teeth and mouth clean and disease free.
At each physical exam with our veterinarians, your pet’s teeth are examined to determine if professional dental care is needed. If necessary, this procedure includes tartar removal and ultrasonic and hand scaling, probing and cleaning of all pockets under the gum line, dental x-rays, extraction of loose and diseased teeth and polishing to provide a clean and smooth tooth surface. All of this is performed with your pet under general anesthesia.
At Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital, we offer many different surgeries. The doctors at the clinic perform routine spays, neuters, declaws, dentals, lump removals, etc.
Prior to the surgery, a pre-surgery profile is highly recommended. This is a blood test that checks kidney, liver, pancreas values and a platelet count. This pre-anesthetic blood work is necessary to ensure that these organs are healthy to process the anesthetic drugs for the surgery. This blood work is required for pets that are over 7 years old. This blood work would be run at the clinic before the surgery and the owner would be called by the doctor with any level that was high or low.
During the surgery, an IV catheter and fluids are highly recommended. This catheter is placed into the vein and ensures that your pet stays hydrated during the surgery and also gives us immediate access to the vein in case of emergency. The IV is required for any pet that is over 7 years old, in heat, pregnant, or if the doctor deems necessary. There is an additional fee for this service.
Before the surgery, each animal is intubated with an endotracheal tube and then connected to a gas anesthetic machine.
During the surgery, each animal is hooked up to a cardiac monitor that helps to ensure his or her safety. This cardiac monitor monitors the animal’s heart rate, respiration, pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and oxygen level. Along with the monitor, each surgery patient is monitored by a certified veterinary technician. Also during the surgery, the animal is placed on a heating pad to maintain body temperature and once the surgery is completed, the animal is wrapped in a blanket and closely monitored until they have woken up.
If you would like prices on any of these procedures or have additional questions, feel free to contact us.
Our hospital has an in-house lab that can perform a variety of tests to aid our doctors in the prevention and diagnosis of illness. Some of the tests we perform include:
We also have access to outside laboratories to send out samples for other diagnostic purposes if our lab does not have the capabilities to perform a certain test.