Rather than a scalpel blade, the laser uses a beam of light to cut and cauterize vessels and nerves. With the laser, there is less pain, less bleeding, and less swelling to the surgery site. Laser procedures reduce irritation to tissue, improve healing and reduce the time spent in the veterinary hospital.
Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within the body. The images provide valuable information which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. Ultrasound is also an important diagnostic tool to help determine pregnancy.
Endoscopy is the process used to evaluate parts of the body via video. Utilizing a fiber-optic camera, we can view your pet’s organs such as the esophagus, stomach, and trachea. Endoscopy is an excellent diagnostic tool to visualize and possibly remove foreign bodies without the invasiveness of surgery.
With both rigid and flexible endoscopes, we utilize this technology for a variety of diagnostic possibilities.
Complete In House Labs
Our in-house lab equipment allows us the capability to run diagnostic blood work, including CBC, Electrolytes and blood chemistry in house for early detection and diagnosis of your pet.
We are involved in every aspect of dental care for your pet. You will be taught how to properly take care of your puppy or kitten’s teeth through brushing and proper nutrition. As your pet continues to grow, we will monitor and educate you on any changes that may be needed to ensure proper dental hygiene. When indicated, your pet may need to have a full dental prophylaxis. Under anesthesia, your pet will have teeth scaling, polishing Sn rinsing with an ultrasonic dental scaling unit. We will then instruct you on proper after care for your pet.
Routine dental care can dramatically improve your pet’s overall health.
Canine Ovulation and Timing: Through routine blood test and screening, we will help to time your pet for breeding purposes.
Semen Freezing and Storage: We have the capability to ship and store semen for future breeding.
Breed related reproductive medicine: Different breeds may require special surgeries or diagnostic tests when it comes to breeding. We will instruct you if your pet will need additional testing to evaluate fertility or help facilitate conception.
Neonatal Care: Often times after-care of post partum canines can be involved and high maintenance. We will help prepare for potential complications of whelping and neo-natal care; i.e. poor milk production, inattentive mothers
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy is a noninvasive, nonsurgical, type of therapy that utilizes light energy to increase perfusion to problem areas to accelerate tissue repair, reduce pain, and decrease inflammation.
When used with acupuncture, low level laser technology enhances the acupuncture benefits.
For older pets with joint and arthritic problems, low level laser therapy has been effective in reducing both pain and inflammation in those problem areas.
- Hip dysplasia
- Muscle, tendon, ligament injuries
- Acral lick dermatitis
- Post surgical trauma
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)
Chiropractic is a health care system dealing with the relationship between the nervous system and the spinal column and its symbiotic role in restoring and maintaining health.
Signals are sent out on nerves along the spinal cord. When the spine is misaligned, the nervous system does not function properly and can result in an impaired nervous function called subluxation. A subluxation left untreated, can result in bone and joint displacement, spondylosis, or joint fusion.
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulative technique employs the use of an Activator™ that acts as a graduated spinal accelerometer. The Activator, firing at a rapid rate of 2-4 milliseconds completes its adjustive thrust before the muscle reflex has time to resist. As such, your pet can be adjusted while standing, sitting, resisting, in muscle spasm and without sedation.
The average number of adjustments for young to middle aged dogs is six (6), while cats of the same age tend to complete their cycle in five (5) adjustments.
VOM is performed at our hospital by Dr. Karen Scottie, Certified Chiropractioner & Licensed Acupuncturist.
Our Idexx-DR™ 1417 system delivers unprecedented image clarity and depth in just seconds, taking less time and less radiation exposure than conventional film x-ray.
The ability to view fine bone detail and soft tissue on the same x-ray enables the use of fewer x-rays resulting in less exposure for your pet.
With our fully computerized hospital, we can access your pet’s x-rays immediately after they’re taken, anywhere in the hospital.
Stem Cell Therapy
We are one of only a few hospitals in south Florida to offer Stem Cell Therapy. With an in-house Stem Cell Lab, we can process the stem cells and treat your pet’s affected joint at our hospital in a single visit.
If your pet has…
- Joint Pain
- Cartilage Damage
- Tendon or Ligament Damage
- Hip Dysplasia
… then Stem Cell Therapy may be the answer.
- Decreases pain and inflammation
- Rapid Recovery Time
- Same Day Procedure
- All Natural
- Improves Your Pet’s Quality of Life
- Increases Range of Motion
- Minimally Invasive
- No Adverse Side Effects
- Minimal Risk
- Potential reduction or removal from Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Frozen Semen Bank
For more than twenty years, we have housed an AKC certified frozen semen bank at our hospital. We can store your stud dog’s semen for future breeding or for shipment throughout the US and to any number of countries that accept frozen semen.
Using the pellet system of freezing, your stud dog’s breeding units are stored at our facility in liquid nitrogen tanks. We have a variety of shipping tanks and can ship your dog’s semen anywhere within the United States and worldwide. Certain foreign countries have strict requirements, so please consult our veterinarians to make sure you will be in compliance.
The origin of acupuncture dates back to ancient China. The Chinese regularly practiced acupuncture on horses then gradually tried it on other farm animals and finally dogs, cats and birds. This form of healing work is based around bio-energy or Qi. Acupuncture serves to unblock Qi energy and in so doing boosts the immune system which aids in self-healing. Acupuncture causes the body to release endorphins and hormones while at the same time decreasing inflammation both internally and externally.
The Chinese discovered that animals have similar meridians and reflex-points to humans. These meridians are the fields in which Qi energy flows. The meridians are connected with internal organs, muscular and joint structures, and the nervous system. Acupuncture points, which lie on the meridians, are areas of the skin at which the flow of Qi can be affected. When an animal is unhealthy, there is an imbalance or interference with Qi flow. The acupuncturist manipulates the animal’s Qi by stimulating specific acupuncture points, which alleviates the blockage or imbalance.
In addition to traditional acupuncture, we utilize our low level laser to enhance the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is performed at our hospital by Dr. Karen Scotti, Certified Chiropractor & Licensed Acupuncturist
Older pets require more frequent monitoring to make sure they continue to live healthy lives. Remember our pets age much faster than we do, so even yearly exams may be too far apart to detect problems. While each pet is different, you should consider more frequent exams, bloodwork and testing after the age of 7 years. Talk to one of our veterinarians about the proper wellness and diagnostic screenings for your geriatric pet.
State law requires that all dogs be vaccinated against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. In addition, some dogs should be vaccinated for leptospirosis, and if involved socially with other dogs, such as at day-care, dog parks or boarding, your dog should be given the Bordetella vaccine. Puppies require a series of vaccines to build up immunity and then annual boosters to maintain that immunity. Talk to one of our veterinarians to determine which vaccines are right for your dog.
Cats also require vaccines. State law requires all cats be vaccinated against rabies, panleukopenia, feline viral rhinotracheitis and calici virus. Kittens require a series of vaccines to build up immunity and then annual boosters to maintain that immunity. Talk to one of our veterinarians to determine which vaccines are right for your cat.
Health certificates are required for interstate air travel, and for all international travel, regardless of the mode of transportation. Health certificates for sale are also required for pets sold in the State of Florida.
For domestic travel, most airlines require that your health certificate be signed by a veterinarian within ten (10) days of travel. The health certificate is valid for only thirty days. Some airlines require that a new health certificate be completed for the return leg of your trip, while others will allow travel on the original signed certificate. Check with your airline carrier for their specific rules.
For international travel, each country has its own set of specific requirements that must be strictly followed to ensure entry into that country for your pet. You can find those regulations for entry for each country at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
For domestic travel, we recommend 24 hour notice prior to your appointment, to have the appropriate documents prepared by your appointment time.
For international travel, we generally recommend 72 hour notice prior to your appointment, to have the appropriate documents prepared by your appointment time.
Hawaii and Australia both require certain vaccines and/or tests to be completed up to 6 months in advance, so we recommend you contacting us prior to that time frame to get the process started.
EU travel requires your pet be microchipped with an ISO chip. If your pet is not microchipped, or chipped with an older style chip, you will need to re-chip with an ISO microchip and re-vaccinate against rabies 21 days prior to travel, unless you travel with a scanner that can read your microchip.
You should check the requirements for whatever country you will be entering at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel to determine the specific requirements and timeline you must follow to ensure a smooth, problem-free entry into that country with your pet.
Complete Surgical Facility
Our hospital has two (2) complete fully equipped surgical suites with the latest equipment. In addition to our surgical laser, each suite is equipped with a Bearhugger warming unit, IV pumps, EKG/Pulse Ox monitor, electrocautery, isoflurane anesthesia machines, and low level laser.
We perform many types of surgery including internal, exploratory, extremity, lump or tumor removal, laceration repair, cherry eye, as well as ovariohysterectomy (spay) and castration (neuter) surgeries.