About Our Clinic
The foundation of our practice is our people, and the relationships we are able to forge with you and your pets.
I love what I do.
That being said, there are physical aspects of our facility designed to enhance you and your pet’s experience, and to offer superlative patient care:
Pets are often stressed coming to a clinic – cats in particular do not like being uprooted from their comfortable home territory. This is the reason we offer separated cat and dog exam rooms, and waiting areas. Few kitties are pleased about an inquisitive dog nose snuffling at their carrier!
This type of x-ray equipment offers so much more detail than conventional x-rays do; and diagnostic images are achieved in less takes, because a too dark or too light image can be tweaked digitally. This means less x-ray shots for your pet.
You just can not assess below the gum line without X-rays. Just as your dentist takes dental X-rays as part of your exam, pets need a good assessment of the roots and sockets of the teeth too.
With a good look at the tooth roots, we can make better decisions about whether a tooth has to come out.
Laser surgery can improve surgical outcomes compared to surgery with a scalpel blade, because the laser seals off vessel ends to minimize swelling, and cauterizes nerve endings to minimize pain. Plus, the surgical laser can do things a scalpel can’t such as ablation of unhealthy tissue (essentially, vapourizing it!); this means some lesions can be removed with just local anaesthesia.
This is a different type of laser than the surgical laser – it does not heat or cut tissue. What it does is turn on the metabolic machinery of the cell to put healing on fast forward. The laser treatment has:
- An immediate effect, decreasing pain at the site (for example, when my husband was passing kidney stones – the laser could tone down an attack way before meds had a chance to kick in!)
- A quick effect, of decreasing swelling and inflammation. It causes the vessels that drain swelling away (lymphatics) to open up and remove excess fluid from a site; and it causes cells to produce chemical signals that work to reverse the inflammatory process.
- A long term effect – healing! Cells that need to divide to repair a defect, divide faster. Cells that need to make proteins, do it faster. Cells that need to perform clean-up duties, do them faster.