This is a highly technical area of veterinary medicine, especially when you consider the wide variety of species we treat. For an accurate assessment you need a person with an extensive amount of training and experience coupled with the latest equipment. At our hospital a radiologist named Ann Reed who specializes in ultrasound comes to our practice and performs the procedure right in our office. Our clients get the advantage of a specialist without having to drive to a university or specialty center. Our mobile cardiologist Fred Brewer does the same thing. A little perspective is in order before we
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ULTRASOUND This is a highly technical area of veterinary medicine. For an accurate assessment you need a person with an extensive amount of training and experience coupled with the latest equipment. Whenever we perform an ultrasound it is done by a specialist in the field called a radiologist. This means this person is a veterinarian that only does radiology and ultrasound. After regular veterinary school a person that wants to be certified as a specialist in radiology (called Board Certified) has to spend an additional 4-5 years of study. Our radiologist comes to our practice and performs the procedure
This is a highly technical area of veterinary medicine. For an accurate assessment you need a person with an extensive amount of training and experience coupled with the latest equipment. Whenever we perform an ultrasound it is done by a specialist in the field called a radiologist. This means this person is a veterinarian that only does radiology and ultrasound. After regular veterinary school a person that wants to be certified as a specialist in radiology (called Board Certified) has to spend an additional 4-5 years of study. Our radiologist comes to our practice and performs the procedure in our
Up to 20% of dogs will get a malignant Mast Cell Tumor (MCT) in their lifetime, making it the most common tumor we encounter in dogs. Other names for MCT are mast cell sarcoma, histiocytic mastocytoma, and mastocytosis. This disease has a cutaneous form (skin) and a systemic form (internal organs). The cutaneous form is more prevalent, and is sometimes referred to as the “great pretender” because the skin growth appearance is so variable. What might seem like just a minor swelling or inflamed area can be a highly malignant cancer. It might also be called the “great fooler” because most people
The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system. They have several important functions regarding the immune system, and are good indicators of disease. The mammalian body has many internal lymph nodes. These can only be visualized by exploratory surgery, a CT scan, an MRI, a radiograph, or an ultrasound. During a physical exam the external ones can be palpated to determine if they are enlarged. The medical term for enlarged external lymph nodes is lymphadenopathy. The lymph nodes are always examined as part of our routine head to tail (if they have one!) exam on all pets presented to
One of the more common conditions encountered in pets, especially as they age, is kidney (renal) disease. This disease is particularly prevalent in cats, and is called chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is also known as chronic renal failure (CRF). Once a pet has CKD the changes in the kidney are irreversible, so it is important to catch this disease early to mitigate its progression. This page describing kidney disease is very thorough, with pictures and information on anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, in addition to symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. How the kidneys regulate water consumption and urine production are controlled
The largest organ in the body is the liver, an indication of its importance in health. It is involved with almost all of the biochemical pathways that allow growth, fight disease, supply nutrients, provide energy, and aid reproduction. Liver cells, which are called hepatocytes, go through thousands of chemical reactions every second in order to perform these myriad functions. Since the liver is involved with almost all biochemical processes it is no wonder that there are many different diseases that will affect it. This page will cover some of the more important ones we see in animals. Even though it
After my Botswana trip I met up with a different assistant photographer and went to Namibia. My overall observations of Namibia are very positive; great guide, friendly people, interesting desert, and great wildlife viewing. If you like landscape photography, in addition to great wildlife viewing and photography, Namibia is for you. Namibia is a desert country, with beautiful sand dunes that go right up to the ocean. There is more to Namibia than desert, but the desert is unique, and is what I will emphasize on this page. The people that work in the tourism industry want you to have a nice time, and
Dr. P took Dr. K and two assistant photographers to tour the Falkland Islands (they should be renamed the Breezy Islands) on a three-week personal tour in January of 2018. Our tour guide was Georgina Strange, a Falklands native. She was trained by her father Ian, the man who wrote the book (actually ten books) on the Falkland Islands 40 years ago. She knows her stuff, and was our personal tour guide par excellence! We encountered warm and competent Falklanders that took us around and gave us front row seats to all of the wildlife that you will meet on this page.
This section contains extensive information on the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases for pets and exotic animals. It is intended to give you a basic understanding of some animal diseases, and to augment the information you receive from one of our veterinarians. You will learn about anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, cause, diagnosis, and treatment. You will also see videos and many high quality photos including radiographs (x-rays) and ultrasound pictures, and get to see actual surgery performed. You will even get a chance to see a C-section performed by Dr. Wood and Dr. Ridgeway In the last decade, there have