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According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease? Don’t let your pets become part of this statistic! The PAWS Veterinary Center team is here to help your pets keep their teeth clean and healthy.
Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for dogs and cats as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, loose, broken or missing teeth, yellow or brown teeth, red, inflamed or bleeding gums, difficulty or pain when chewing, pawing at the mouth, and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.
It is difficult to see your pet in pain or suffering and not know what’s wrong. Our team provides state of the art in house diagnostics to help us learn what’s wrong and provide an accurate diagnosis. A quicker diagnosis leads to quicker treatment! We do diagnostic testing both in-house and with an outside lab so we can provide results quickly and accurately.
PAWS Veterinary Center is able to process a wide array of diagnostic laboratory tests with our in-house laboratory. Some of these tests include:
Routine Bloodwork—Analyzing blood chemistry can give us indications of the functioning of the internal organs. The bloodwork can indicate the presence of an infection, anemia, possible bone marrow issues, malignancies, or blood clotting issues.
Vaccinations—Many of the diseases that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations. Let the knowledgeable staff at PAWS Veterinary Center guide you through setting up a vaccination schedule for your dog or cat to keep him or her protected. Puppies and kittens have different vaccination needs—be sure to consult with our doctors for their recommendations.
Pain Management Consultation
It’s difficult to see your pet in pain. It’s not always fast and easy to diagnose where their pain is coming from, and sometimes the pain may be chronic. The PAWS Veterinary Center team is here to help! We’ll provide a consultation to discuss pain management solutions and treatment plans specific to your pet’s needs. Our goal is to help your pet find comfort from the pain and live a healthy, happy life.
Pain management is one of the most important aspects of veterinary medicine to improve our patient’s quality of life. Whether dealing with acute pain related to trauma or surgery versus more chronic pain associated with arthritis, animals experience pain and need appropriate intervention. We provide an integrative approach to managing pain that includes varying modalities as well as pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals to provide a plan that is specific to our patient as well as our client.
- Diagnose and treat the source of pain.
- Offer multimodal interventional treatment options.
- Improve function and sustain the quality of life.
- Promote healthy activities and preventative care.
- Return patients to the most functional and productive lifestyle possible.
- Treat noninvasively as much as possible.
We utilize a combination of multimodal medical management in addition to the modalities listed below to achieve our pain management goals. Prescription medications may be necessary such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), steroidal anti-inflammatories, opioids, and neuromodulators. There are also numerous beneficial nutraceuticals such as diet/nutrition, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils), glucosamine/chondroitin joint supplements, and antioxidants such as vitamin E to name a few. A specific cartilage protectant that improves joint fluid health, called Adequan, is instrumental in many of our cases.
PHYSICAL REHABILITATION MODALITIES:
- Class IV Laser Therapy
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Transcutaneous E-Stim. (TENS)
- Controlled exercises including land, hydrotherapy, and weight loss programs
- Stretching and passive range of motion
- Cryotherapy and Thermotherapy
The PAWS Veterinary Center team is highly skilled and experienced in performing a wide variety of pet surgeries using modern techniques, cutting edge equipment and always adhering to the strictest standards of safety and care. You can feel confident that when it comes to surgery, your loved one will be in excellent hands with our team!
Sometimes, hospitalization may be required to treat and monitor certain patients. PAWS Veterinary Center is fully-equipped for both monitoring and hospitalization. When more serious illnesses arise, we’re prepared to care for your companion around the clock. With state-of-the-art equipment and a skilled, compassionate team, you can trust that your loved one is well-cared for with us.
Digital Radiography – PAWS Veterinary Center is equipped with the latest in imaging technology to provide our patients with accurate and speedy diagnosis and treatment for a variety of medical issues. With the advances in digital X-ray technology, we can now manipulate the digital images that we take off a pet’s systems. This has allowed us to detect hairline fractures and orthopedic conditions that were previously not visible. Because the X-rays are digital, we can also almost immediately share the images with specialists who consult with us on difficult cases. Digital X-rays are routinely used to diagnose and examine broken bones, obstructions, arthritis, masses, and tumors.
Ultrasound – Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. This means that when we perform ultrasonography, we can see internal images of the patient’s body. Ultrasonography is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases. Ultrasounds also allow us to look at the architecture of internal organs and examine location, size, shape, texture and blood supply.
Endoscopy – Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that lets us look inside an organ or body cavity for diagnostic purposes. This diagnostic procedure is minimally invasive, meaning there are no large incisions made. We use a long, flexible instrument with a camera on the end to allow our team to look inside the body.
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Chinese Herbal Therapy
Herbal therapies can be incorporated with conventional treatments to decrease any negative side effects of conventional treatments and enhance the body’s ability to heal and to detoxify. While herbal medicine is generally very safe, knowledge of possible herbal interactions and side effects is necessary to ensure the best possible outcome and therapeutic effect.
Chinese Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis
Tongue diagnosis is a Chinese practice that has been practiced on humans for thousands of years. We look at the appearance of the tongue in order to aid in making a diagnosis.
Pulse diagnosis involves monitoring the heart rate to learn more about an illness that your pet may be suffering from. We can learn a lot from the information we gather from the pulse, which helps lead to a diagnosis.
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Ozone and other oxygen therapies have been used for over 100 years around the world for human and animal healing. These therapies continue to gain acceptance as the medical community learns about the health benefits of increased oxygen in the body.
Ozone contains 3 oxygen atoms, rather than the 2 that we normally breathe. When added to tissue in the body, ozone breaks down chemically into normal oxygen (O2), which is a vital nutrient that cells use to generate energy for all of their functions and a singlet oxygen atom. The addition of this singlet oxygen atom helps the body to undergo the process of oxidation, which eliminates toxins.
Whenever there is inflammation or infection in the body, there is a higher amount of CO2 in the tissue. When ozone is added to the body, it brings oxygen into the tissue to displace the CO2, which causes inflammation and infection to decrease.
Ozone is the second most powerful sterilizer in the world and is being proven effective for inactivating viruses, fungi, and bacteria, and can reduce inflammation and help repair damaged tissue. Ozone therapy has also been shown to activate the immune system and enhance circulation. At PAWS, we use ozone therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as cancer, skin infections, ear infections, arthritis, and pain relief. We even offer ozone-based dental products to promote healthy oral hygiene and to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar.
Ozone therapy is a very safe treatment for both animals and humans. When administered properly, there are no side effects.
Our patients here at PAWS Veterinary Center enjoy having three doctors on staff offering acupuncture as a treatment modality for various conditions and not just for our rehabilitation patients! This complementary modality is a safe, non-invasive, and successful way to treat pain as well as many other illnesses and conditions such as those listed below. We use Acupuncture as a sole treatment or in conjunction with traditional medicine. This helps us to treat a large variety of illnesses or conditions your pet may have.
Veterinary medical acupuncture is science-based and is the application of very slender, sterile needles to specific points on the body near nerves and vessels leading to improved comfort and function of specific muscles, organs and nerves through neuromodulation and enhancing blood flow.
Acupuncture is an important component of many of our rehabilitation patients’ treatment plans for injuries such as:
- Orthopedic injury including arthritis in joints, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, knee injury, shoulder pain, tendonitis and much more.
- Neurologic disease including neck and/or back pain, unsteady walking, and limb weakness.
- Soft tissue injury including muscular spasm, knots or pain.
- Fecal and/or urinary incontinence.
- Post-operative recovery for pain management (decrease oral medications needed).
- Limb swelling or edema.
- Local pain and anti-inflammation.
We can also target many other disease processes through acupuncture and improve comfort and recovery such as:
- Gastrointestinal disease causing nausea, decreased appetite, diarrhea, and constipation.
- Emotional anxiety/stress.
- Reproductive problems.
- Eye illnesses including glaucoma, dry eye, and others.
- Kidney and/or liver disease.
- Auto-immune diseases.
Acupuncture is well tolerated by nearly all patients, and once they realize that they are more relaxed and comfortable afterwards patients begin to get excited to come in for more treatments!
Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy (SCT)
Platelet-rich plasma and Stem Cell Therapy are forms of regenerative medicine that aid in tissue healing and are becoming increasingly popular in the veterinary field as a minimally invasive option. There are numerous applications for PRP/SCT and your pet, most notably with orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains, and even wound healing. PRP/SCT mediates healing by stimulating and supplying growth factors and other bioactive compounds in the body.
How does it work?
A blood sample is drawn from your pet and using a specialized centrifuge the sample is processed to yield a fluid concentrate of primarily platelets and growth factors while minimizing red and white blood cells that can cause pain and inflammation. The fluid compound is injected directly into joint spaces as well as soft tissue and wounds. Therapy is often performed as a series ranging from 1-3 injections per site with 2 weeks between injections, and approximately 50% of dogs do not require more than one injection for significant improvement. Recent studies have shown combining PRP and stem cells may be beneficial as the stem cells are recruited and activated by PRP.
For the 8-12 weeks following PRP/SCT therapy, a dedicated rehabilitation program is recommended. Our rehabilitation department at PAWS will oversee your pet’s recovery with a certified canine rehabilitation doctor as well as our certified canine rehabilitation technician.
Nutritional & Supplement Counseling
An estimated 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Good nutrition and weight management are key to your pet’s overall health. These healthy habits are created at a young age for your pet and it’s up to you to help them maintain these habits. Through a good diet and proper exercise, you greatly increase your pet’s chance at a long, healthy life.
Physical Rehabilitation Therapy
Rehabilitation is rapidly becoming recognized for the prevention and treatment of many conditions. When humans have soft tissue injuries, fractures, trauma or surgery, physiotherapy is used to accelerate the healing process and restore function. This therapy is now available to aid in the recovery of these conditions in animals as well.
Weight Loss & Conditioning Programs
A 2014 study found that an estimated 52.7% of US dogs are overweight or obese, and an estimated 57.9% of US cats are overweight or obese. These pets are at risk for joint pain and arthritis as well as other medical conditions such as diabetes.
For pets struggling with losing weight, the Rehabilitation Department at PAWS can create a weight loss program including appropriate nutrition while dieting, underwater treadmill exercise, and a home exercise program to help achieve weight loss goals.
The underwater treadmill is instrumental in facilitating weight loss through cardio while simultaneously alleviating pressure on the joints and spine thus allowing exercise safely and confidently for our companions. Additionally, the dedicated physical therapy staff at PAWS excels at challenging our canine athletes through individualized strengthening and core conditioning programs to help athletes perform at their peak.
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