2012-03-02 / Columnists

The Veterinary Corner

Diagnostic Tools And Therapy For Your Pet
Commentary By Dr. Jay Rogoff And Dr. Susan Whittred, DMV

Your pet means a great deal to you and keeping it healthy is important. Unfortunately, there are times that he or she does not feel well.

A visit to a full service and well equipped animal hospital is needed. The veterinarian has many tools as well as machines to help diagnose and resolve the problem.

We have provided brief explanations to help you better understand what these terms mean and how they are used to help your pet. These are just a few of the tools used to evaluate the health of your animal. In the future we will inform you of other equipment and therapies.

Digital Radiography – Diagnostic tool

There are many brands of digital radiography machines or as commonly referred to, digital x-ray machines. At the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways we use the DR Vet system by EB Medical which is a state-of-the-art veterinary xray system.

This sleek, high-tech system is easy to operate and produces the highest quality images possible. This system can capture images in six seconds. It means that your animal is much more comfortable and that the results are available almost immediately.

The software in a digital radiography machine offers the doctor many functions such as image contrast, enhance, dynamic zoom, magnification, rotation, mirror, text annotations, distance and angle measurements, archive, patient list and CD/DVD burn functions.

Our machine has an image streaming tool panel which contains various icons that provide access to functions used to analyze and annotate the image presented in the main viewing area. The image process parameters are selectable to maximize the preset algorithms for the best and adapted diagnostic image quality. The x-rays are visible on all the computers and the veterinarians can explain and point out the problem areas.

We also have the availability to send the x-rays to a board certified radiologist. If a second opinion is desired to confirm a diagnosis the response can be obtained in a half hour. Having a full service facility that can follow up on the necessary procedures and recommendations is an important part of getting your pet on the road to recovery.

Ultrasound - Diagnostic tool

Ultrasound is a non-invasive tool that allows us to look at your pet’s internal organs. Unlike x-rays there is no radiation involved.

Radiographs are good tools for a general assessment of the abdominal and thoracic cavities but are insensitive for assessing the organs themselves. This is where ultrasound proves valuable in assessing the shape and architecture of the organs, and, in the case of the heart, also the function.

Ultrasound can also image organs that are not visible on radiographs, such as the pancreas and normal lymphnodes.

Some of its most useful functions are, finding abnormal masses, free fluids, lymph nodes and urinary tract stones. Ultrasound is also used as a guide for biopsy retrieval and drainage of an abnormal fluid accumula-tion. We are proud to announce that we have the most modern equipment at the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways.

Dr. Hess is qualified to teach ultrasound and Dr. Rogoff, Dr. Simon and licensed technician Shadeanah Riley have all completed courses in ultrasound. In addition, we have a board certified radiologist read the ultra-sounds so that each animal has a confirmed diagnosis.

Normally this type of service is available only at a specialty practice but the people of the Rockaways do not have to travel off the peninsula or wait for a traveling doctor.

Regenerative Medicine – Stem Cell Therapy for Joint Problems

A new treatment for canine arthritis is now available called Regenerative Medicine. It is an innovative medical therapy that will enable the body to repair, replace, restore and regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, using the body's own stem cells.

These cells are obtained from the body's fat. The stem cells are injected into arthritic and diseased joints.

These stem cells then literally repair and rebuild the damaged joint. In controlled studies the success rate is about 80 percent improvement in the quality of life. In the past, joint replacement was the only treatment for severe joint disease. This is a wonderful alternative. Both Dr. Simon and Dr. Hess are certified in Regenerative Medicine.

These are just a few of the many tools used by the veterinarians at the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways to help care for your beloved pet. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any treatment in detail please feel free to stop in at 114-10 Beach Channel Drive or call us at 718-474-0500. You can also check our website at www.animalhospit aloftherockaways.com

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