Lewis & Clark Animal Hospital takes pride, in the care, we give your loved ones.
We pride ourselves for taking the time to answer your questions regarding your pet.
What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that can help with many conditions, ranging from arthritis and degenerative disc disease to internal diseases such as kidney & liver disease; as well as aiding in the treatment of allergies, behavioral issues, eye issues, and digestive issues.
Acupuncture is defined as, “the insertion of needles into specific points of the body to produce a healing response.” according to International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s web page. While acupuncture is a treatment for ailments, chronic or acute conditions; it has also been used as preventive medicine by the ancient Chinese, more than a thousand years ago, acupuncture sessions take approximately 45-60 minutes.
3 varieties of acupuncture:
Acupuncture needles are placed in their respective places for 15-30 minutes.
Small amount of B12 is put into the acupuncture point and can have a longer response time
Acupuncture needles are placed then a small electric current is run through the needles for 10-20 minutes.
The number of sessions depends on the condition. Acute conditions may require fewer sessions than chronic or long-term ailments – whereas 4-10 sessions are required.
Digital Radiograph & Ultrasound
Digital radiographs create instant images and have become commonplace in a clear majority of health care facilities.
This test is recommended for pets believed to have an obstruction in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines from a foreign body. It entails your pet staying at the veterinary clinic for 8 – 12 hours for radiographs to be taken every 15 – 60 minutes (usually every 15 minutes) depending on the patient. The radiographs then show flow through the system as we monitor for obstructions, obvious foreign bodies, and irregularities to filling/flow of the barium. The filling and flowing of the barium helps to determine the best course of action for your pet. The optimal course of action is monitoring the animal if it appears the foreign body will pass through the tract without needing exploratory surgery. The barium tends to soothe the gastrointestinal tract as it coats the intestines.
Ultrasound helps the veterinarian to diagnose organ diseases; using a noninvasive technology. Ultrasound is excellent in showing tumors, enlarged organs, and cystitis. This procedure differs from radiographs as radiographs only show an outline, at best, of the organ while the ultrasound shows the organ’s architecture.
Lewis & Clark Animal Hospital operates a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser for all surgeries:
• Creating less pain than conventual scalpel
• Reducing inflammation
• Improving healing times
• Improving the appearance of scarring
• There are risks to anesthesia.
Anesthesia has risks for all pets, the same risks for humans. Our staff reduces the risks of anesthesia by following a proactive protocol pre-anesthetic testing, inhalant gas, electronic monitoring, and intravenous fluids as well assessing our patients and monitoring their care throughout all surgical procedures including dental procedures.
Pets can suffer from food allergies, also known as food sensitivities. Allergy panels are excellent diagnostics in determining if they have an environmental allergen or food sensitivity.
Preventive veterinary dentistry incorporates ultrasonic cleaning of teeth.
Digital dental radiographs evaluate the health of the upper and lower jaw and the health roots of the teeth.
The majority of dental diseases’ originates below the gum line. It is estimated that 75% - 80% of all pets over the age of 2 have some form of dental disease.
Signs your pet may have a form of dental disease:
• Bad breath
• Doesn’t play with chew toys as often
• Loose teeth
• Pain when eating
• Red, inflamed gums
• Swollen mouth, jaws, or gums
• Yellow, brown, or discolored teeth
• Blood noted on toys
Dental disease can have major impacts on your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys.
Refer to Laser Surgery for anesthetic risks and the measures our team takes to reduce those risks.
Wellness & Rx Foods
Natural Balance, Royal Canin, & Hills brand pet foods.
Give us a call today to see if we have your pet’s food.
There are tremendous amounts of pet supplements on the market today. It is as important to find a good quality supplement for your pet as it is for you. Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to go over which supplement would be right for your dog or cat.
You and your pet’s safety is our number one concern. It is also advisable to discuss any health problems such as epilepsy, nursing or pregnant or planning to become pregnant with your veterinarian as certain oils are strongly ill-advised for any of the above conditions.
It is recommended to discuss the health of your pet before any use of essential oils. Essential oils can be used in conjunction with modern western medicine or by themselves; it is up to you and your veterinarian to discuss the benefits and risks.
As with everything not cleared through the Food & Drug Administration, essential oils, herbal supplements, or alternative medicines are not a form of medical care, thus not intended to treat or cure any disease.