Nearly all surgical procedures that are performed inside your pet’s chest or abdomen can be done laparoscopically. Animals enjoy the same benefit as humans as far as proven reduced postoperative discomfort and hospitalization stays.
When Belle presented for an examination at VETSToronto & Kingston Road Animal Hospital, her owner commented on the state of her breath. “It could clear the room,” she said jokingly “She is bright and happy, eating comfortably, but sometimes I see her pawing at her muzzle”. Then we lifted Belle’s lips and examined her mouth. The tissue inside her cheeks that were touching her canine teeth were ulcerated and very painful, a condition called ulcerative periodontitis syndrome. “I had no idea it was that bad,” she recoiled, “I’ve never lifted her lips to look inside”.
The scene above is a common occurrence in veterinary practice. Pet owners innocently but unknowingly neglect their pets’ oral health because, as many clients explain to me, the structures inside are concealed out of sight, and they don’t think to look inside. The tides are changing thanks to ever increasing owner interest in their pet’s health, improved focus on client education inside the veterinary practice, and of course, resources on the internet.
Three recent cases revealed to us how the veterinary world is changing.
Still a couple of hours from home, owners of an 11-year-old border collie searched Google for the nearest emergency animal hospital when their dog’s nose started to bleed. It was Boxing Day, their home clinic was closed, and they knew immediate medical intervention was necessary.
When her 18-month-old male cat was diagnosed with FUS (feline urologic syndrome), the pet owner wanted to explore all treatment options. She put the word out through her Facebook page and was recommended to us.
A young spaniel’s chronic diarrhea led his owner to do some on-line research. She discovered our clinic on Yelp, a review site, and called us to discuss diagnostics and treatment options.
Would you consider having your dog undergo an elective surgical procedure if you knew it could prevent a life threatening emergency later in its life?
At VETSToronto we recently saw a sad outcome for a large breed dog that presented in the advanced stages of Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV). This is a condition where the stomach expands and subsequently twists on its axis.
We all know someone, maybe even ourselves, who have benefited from having an ultrasound. In human medicine this non-invasive procedure is used as a diagnostic tool for detecting illness within the body. It is also routinely performed as a preventative method for screening against potential conditions and diseases. When it comes to our pets, many [...]
When Diva, a pug, was having trouble breathing, her owners rushed her to VETSToronto. She was suffering an acute allergic reaction and needed emergency treatment.
Cohen, a standard poodle, swallowed a stone. His owner saw him do this and immediately took the dog to their regular clinic. Radiographs revealed the rock’s location and the owner was advised of the treatment options.
The veterinarian referred the case to VETSToronto where the surgeons were able to remove the foreign body via endoscope.
These are the types of cases Dr. Morris Samson had in mind three years ago when he and his partner, Dr. Jonathan Mitelman, opened VETS (Veterinary Emergency Trauma Service), housed within the existing Kingston Road Animal Hospital.
It allows doctors to provide 24-hour veterinary care in one neighbourhood location.