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Our Hospital
We are prepared for virtually any pet emergency.
Our hospital utilizes the latest
medical technology and diagnostic equipment.

   What are some signs that my pet needs Emergency Care?


 
  • Snake bite
  • Insect sting
  • Heatstroke
  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness  
  • Hit by car
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Falling from heights
  • Physical trauma
  • Foaming from the mouth
  • Blue, pale, or purple gums
  • Cat exhibiting open-mouth breathing
  • Straining to urinate
  • Profuse vomiting or diarrhea
  • Difficulty giving birth (dystocia)
  • Ingestion of toxins,
  • Ingestion of medications
  • Ingestion of any suspect substance

Advanced Technology
State-of-the-art equipment & supplies

Ultrasound
Digital Radiology

Blood Transfusions
Complete on-site Laboratory
Digital Infusion Pumps   
Endoscope
Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  
Antivenin (anti venom)
     
Dental Radiography 
Digital Ocular Tonometry
Canine packed red blood cells
Canine fresh frozen plasma
Feline frozen plasma
On-site feline blood donors
Blood typing for feline & canine
Bair Hugger

  

Pain Management 

Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances that people do.  We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.  We use the latest in pain management, including preoperative and postoperative analgesia, as well as helping to manage acute pain from emergenices.  Our patients' comfort is our highest priority.

Endoscopy 

An endoscopy involves examining the inside of a pet's body using an endoscope. An endoscope is a medical device consisting of a long, thin, flexible (or rigid) tube which has a light and a video camera. Images of the inside of the patient's body can be seen on a screen. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure. It is used to examine the interior surfaces of an organ or tissue. The endoscope can also be used for enabling biopsies and retrieving foreign objects.

Most often this diagnostic tool is used to determine if there is a foreign body, tumor, obstruction, inflammation, infection or other disease process in the lining of the small intestine, stomach and esophagus (throat).



     

  
Snake Bites
A snake encounter is a real possibility in the State of Florida. If you think your pet has been bitten by a venomous snake, it is critical to get to our hospital quickly. Time is of the essence. We have anti-venom (antivenin) on site. A venomous snake bite can be fatal if not treated immediately, and even a bite from a nonvenomous snake can be dangerous for your pets.

Recognize snake bite symptoms:

  • Local or generalized swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising 
  • Lethargy 
  • Excessive drooling 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
 

What to do if you think your pet has been bitten:

  • Remember to stay calm.
  • Keep your pet calm, too, by limiting his activity.
  • If your pet was bitten on the neck, remove his collar.
  • If possible, keep the location of the bite below heart level.
  • Seek veterinary care for your pet immediately.
  • Treatment options such as cold packs, ice, tourniquets, alcohol, bleeding the wound and trying to suck out venom should not be attempted in place of getting your pet to the vet—they may just waste precious time and some of these can do MORE HARM than good.
  • Always keep your personal safety in mind and do not try to catch or kill a snake yourself.
  • Even if you think a snake is dead, never handle it. Some dead snakes are capable of inflicting a bite by muscle contractions.

Avoid chance encounters with snakes

  • Keep your yard tidy by clearing away undergrowth, toys and tools that make great hiding places for snakes.
  • Keep walkways clear of brush, flowers and shrubs.
  • Clean up any spilled food, fruit or bird seed, which can attract rodents—and therefore snakes—to your yard.
  • When walking your pet, keep him on a leash.
  • Steer your pet clear of long grasses, bushes and rocks.
  • Snakes can strike across a distance equal to about half their body length. If you see a snake, head back the way you came.
  • Familiarize yourself with snakes which are common in your area. In the event of a bite, identifying the type of snake may help with your pet’s treatment.

 

   

  

         

 

       

Ultrasonography
           
An ultrasound (also called a sonogram) is a non-invasive procedure used to evaluate the internal organs. An X-ray shows the size, shape and position of the abdominal contents, and the ultrasound allows the veterinarian to see inside the organs. Our veterinarians have had specialty training in Ultrasonography and use the system routinely.
          

Ultrasound is an excellent diagnostic test and is non-invasive and painless. However, as with all tests, it is neither 100 percent sensitive or specific. Our doctors regularly diagnose hidden problems using our ultrasound system. In many instances, an ultrasound is the final diagnostic test before performing an exploratory surgery.

An abdominal ultrasound is indicated in evaluating pets with abdominal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, straining to urinate or urinating blood. This test can also be helpful in cases of reproductive abnormalities, unexplained fever, loss of appetite or weight loss. An
abdominal ultrasound is often done if an X-ray, blood tests, or physical examination indicate a problem
with an abdominal organ such as the liver, spleen, or pancreas. If physical examination reveals abdominal pain or enlargement of an abdominal organ, ultrasound examination could be indicated. As with people, the abdominal ultrasound can also be used to detect early pregnancy and determine viability of the fetus later in the pregnancy.

What Does an Abdominal Ultrasound Reveal?
Abdominal ultrasound helps in the evaluation of abdominal organs including the liver, spleen, stomach, intestines, kidneys, bladder, uterus and prostate gland. This test can be extremely useful for detecting changes in the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of organs. The exam also can identify most abdominal masses or tumors, abdominal fluid, and abnormal lymph nodes. Frequently, abnormal tissue or fluid is sampled with a needle or biopsy instrument using the guidance of the ultrasound exam.

        

          


        


Radiology
Radiographs are used to diagnose multiple ailments and issues in both cats and dogs.  Our doctors may take radiographs to determine if an animal has intestinal obstructions, fractures, tumors, bladder stones, and other maladies. Radiographs may also be used to confirm pregnancy.

X-rays are the most common way to diagnose the presence of a fracture. A fracture may be obvious or very subtle on an X-ray. Sometimes our doctors will X-ray the unaffected side as a comparison in order to confirm the diagnosis. 

The following photos are of a sweet pit bull named Stella, a stray from the humane society and one of our patients.  Stella was admitted to our hospital after she had a bad fall from a moving vehicle and fractured her pelvis in three places. The tibia and fibula of her right rear leg were also fractured.  Diagnosis using x-rays was critical to determine the extent of her injuries.  We were able to stablize her leg fracture and give her pain medication until she was ready to have surgery performed. 
           
Fortunately, Stella's story has a happy ending. Following surgery she continues to heal and becomes stronger each day.  And the best part is that Stella found her forever home with her foster parents! 
        
               
     


All too often we fall head over heels in love with our patients!

 

           


Microscopic Diagnosis
Microscopes are used for a number of diagnostic tests in our hospital.  The photograph on the left is a stained sample of urine.  Microscopic examination of this urine sediment shows red and white blood cells, epithelial cells, casts (cells from the kidneys) and crystals. This test is necessary to correctly diagnose a UTI (urinary tract infection).

Many times a microscopic sample is used to determine the type of tumor that is found on your pet.  The doctor will perform an aspirate (a sampling of cells is extracted using a needle and syringe), stain the cells and check the findings using a microscope. The diagnosis of cell type will determine the treatment that is recommended for the best possible prognosis.

                       
                 
       
         


In-House Labwork
We have the latest technology for our in-house blood profiles.  Our equipment is capable of using only a few drops of whole blood and the results are ready within minutes. This means treatment can begin immediately for your pet.

Our labwork system is capable of running a full blood panel with Chemistries, Electrolytes, Thyroid, Complete Blood Count, and Coagulation testing.

Blood work is a very important diagnostic tool that provides a significant amount of information about your pet’s health. A biochemical (chemistry) profile is a blood test that assesses the function of internal organs, measures the electrolytes such as blood potassium, and identifies the levels of circulating enzymes. The chemistry profile can reveal a wealth of information about the overall health of your pet as well as the onset of acute problems. It is critically important that a chemistry profile is performed before any pet goes under anesthesia.  Certain enzymes will help the doctor determine if your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia.

        

           
A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test used to measure and evaluate cells that circulate in the blood. The test includes an actual counting of red and white blood cells as well as an analysis of cells viewed on a blood smear. A CBC may be useful as a screening test for underlying infection, anemia and illness.

Sometimes, the CBC can help determine the underlying cause of an anemia or infection. Drugs that affect the bone marrow can change the CBC.

Certain types of cancers, especially leukemia, may be evident on a blood smear. Blood parasites and some microorganisms are found by careful inspection of the blood cells during the CBC. In some cases, the results of the CBC will prompt our doctors to recommend other diagnostic tests.

 

 


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