Medical Services

We are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Since we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet immediately. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the more detailed descriptions of medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your pet’s needs.

Laser therapy

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Laser therapy is a non-invasive mode of treatment to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, ear infections, hotspots, bladder infections, and many others.  It is non painful (most pets find it relaxing) and only requires a short outpatient visit.  We also use a thermal camera to help diagnose hidden problems such as sore joints.

Feel free to call the clinic for more details.

Blood Pressure Measurements

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With our automated blood pressure machine, we are able to screen pets for high or low blood pressure.  We also use it to monitor diseases, such as heart, thyroid, and kidney diseases.

Dentistry

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Dentistry and Anesthetic Form

Dental Referral Form

According to the statistics, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3.  It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.  Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression.
A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year.  We recommend this because bacteria and food debris accumulates around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth.  This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.

Dr. Condon has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and is available to provide services such as routine dental procedures as well as root canal treatments and periodontal surgery.

Radiology (X-rays)

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Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools, such as ultrasonography, to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems. Two machines are used at the clinic. One is the conventional x-ray machine used to take x-rays of various parts of the body, and the other is a dental x-ray machine used to take x-rays of the teeth and jaws only.
When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. For complicated cases, we have a radiologist examine the radiographs and give an opinion on any abnormalities present.

Flea Control

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A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We will gladly assist you in this process. We can provide you with safe, effective flea prevention and if necessary, flea treatment.

Dermatology (Skin)

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Dermatology Form

Skin problems are frequently encountered in veterinary medicine. Skin diseases can be sudden in onset or be of a chronic, ongoing nature. Chronic skin problems can be very frustrating for you and the veterinarian to deal with, as well as being uncomfortable to the pet.
There are a variety of reasons for skin problems to persist and arriving at a definitive diagnosis with a simply cure is often not possible. Dr. MacDonald is passionate about dermatology and is interested in treating skin diseases. Occasionally we will refer cases to a dermatologist for further diagnostic testing.

Endoscopy

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Endoscopy ,or “scoping”, is a diagnostic procedure that allows our veterinarians to visualize and biopsy (obtaining samples of tissue for testing) your pet’s internal organs without the need for invasive surgery. It can, for example, allow us to retrieve an accidentally swallowed item without the need for surgery. It allows us to actually see inside of the stomach, intestines and airways to help detect any abnormalities.
Endoscopy requires the use of a general anesthetic for the animal to allow us to pass the scope.

Cardiology (Heart)

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Cardiology involves the diagnoses and treatment of heart disease. This can range from congenital heart defects to age related heart failure. Diagnoses of heart problems often involve the use of radiology, ECG’s, or ultrasound in combination with a thorough physical exam.
Due to advances in medical treatments, many types of heart problems can now be treated effectively.

Ultrasonography

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Ultrasonography is a valuable diagnostic tool used to detect several abnormalities in internal organs. It involves sound waves that are passed through tissues to transmit an image onto a monitor. This images helps to detect any abnormality in the structure of an organ.
Ultrasound is also commonly used to diagnose pregnancies at an early stage.

The advantage of using ultrasonography is it is safe for the animal and does not normally require an anesthetic.

It is often used in combination with radiology (x-rays) to give a complete picture of the internal organs.

Dr Murphy has taken advanced training and is available to provide ultrasound services for your pet.