Advanced Veterinary Care
Briarcrest Veterinary Care Center is proud to offer advanced diagnostics and treatments to our clients who are committed to providing the best possible care for their pets. Of course we also provide all of the routine care necessary to keep our patients as healthy as possible. What sets us apart from many veterinary facilities is the advanced level of care we provide. We do this by utilizing the latest technology.
Here are some of the advanced diagnostics we provide.
In Hospital Laboratory
Our laboratory produces rapid results to provide for early treatment. We utilize our state-of-the-art equipment to do this.
Tests we can run in our laboratory include:
- Complete Automated Blood Counts Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells, Platelets, etc.
- Chemistries For Kidney, Liver, Pancreas, Adrenal and Thyroid Function
- Glucose and Electrolyte Levels
- Automated Urine Chemistries and Microscopic Urinalysis
- Blood Coagulation
- Blood Parasite Detection Including Heartworm, Tick Fever, Anaplasmosis, and Lyme Disease
- Intestinal Parasite Detection
Advantages of our state-of-art laboratory
- Better emergency and critical care – In-house testing takes the guesswork out of emergencies, so we can begin treatment right away.
- More information on sick patients’ conditions –Our in-house lab aids in providing an immediate diagnosis. With testing, we can decide if hospitalization or outpatient treatment is indicated. We can prescribe medication and monitor treatment based on scientific conclusions, not speculation. And we can do all this within minutes.
- Improved safety with preanesthetic testing – Testing helps us avoid anesthetic or surgical complications and lets us establish baseline laboratory values for comparison as pets’ age.
- Improved patient care with drug monitoring – Many patients, routinely take long term medications. Monitoring lets us check more closely for side effects and watch for coexisting diseases. Another issue: Internet pharmacies. Patients of clients who purchase from Internet pharmacies need more frequent monitoring because you don’t know the source of these medications or how they’ve been stored.
- Clients save time – Repeat trips for more testing are often avoided.
- Less client anxiety – The sooner we diagnose the problem, the sooner we can treat the patient and avoid the stress of waiting for test results.
An ultrasound exam is a way of looking inside your pet’s body (liver, kidneys, and intestines, heart, etc.) without having to perform surgery. Ultrasound is a safe, repeatable way to look inside the body. It has become a very useful tool for many situations. Ultrasound allows us to examine internal organs for location, size, shape, texture and blood supply. Unfortunately, ultrasound does not always give us a clear picture of how well the specific organ is working, this may be determined by other tests such as blood work or additional imaging. Ultrasound guided biopsy can often lead to a diagnosis of organ disease.
Ultrasound does not require anesthesia. Sedation is rarely necessary. Ultrasound is completely safe!
A specific ultrasound technique is used to image the heart. This type of ultrasound is called an echocardiogram. We can determine if there is any structural disease problem of the heart including cardiomyopathy, pericarditis, congestive heart disease and valve disease.
Digital Radiology and Digital Dental Radiology
Digital radiography refers to obtaining X-rays without using film. This technology offers several advantages over traditional film-based radiography, including improved imaging, fewer retakes, and improved patient care through better image quality. Our separate dental digital radiology system allows us to obtain high quality dental images to detect disease of the teeth, gums, and surrounding bone. Digital radiology allows us to obtain images quickly with decrease exposure times. Since they are displayed on a computer monitor they can be manipulated and easily transmitted to a specialist. Radiology in general aids us in providing a diagnosis for many conditions involving most organ systems.
Telemedicine and Specialist Consultation
Our state-of-art equipment allows us to consult with specialists at any location. We do this with the electronic transmission of data to the appropriate specialist. Following are the diagnostic data we can submit electronically to a specialist.
- Abdominal ultrasound – we collect images with our ultrasound machine of the patients abdomen and submit them for analysis by a radiologist.
- Echocardiology – we collect images and video clips with our ultrasound machine of the patient’s heart and submit them for analysis by a radiologist/cardiologist.
- Radiographs – we take the X-rays and if we determine a radiologist’s opinion is needed we submit them.
- E.C.G. – we obtain an electrocardiogram and transmit the data via phone connection to a cardiologist.
- Laboratory results – we can consult with an internal medicine specialist when there is complex lab data and receive an opinion in relationship with the symptoms present.
Telephone consultation – when necessary we consult with specialists via phone to obtain their opinion and treatment recommendations.When the specialists receive the electronically submitted data they analyze it and report back to us with a written report and sometimes a phone call. This process sometimes can be accomplished in just a few hours and sometimes in minutes. Telemedicine helps us provide a rapid, accurate, diagnosis, allowing us to provide treatment options as soon as possible.
Endoscopy is the use of specialized instruments to evaluate areas within the body in a minimally invasive manner. In most instances, endoscopy is performed for diagnostic purposes allowing visualization and sampling of abnormalities. Our scopes are used to evaluate the respiratory system and the G.I. tract. Endoscopy can be used for therapeutic purposes as well.
Here are some of the endoscopic procedures performed at Briarcrest Veterinary Care Center.
- Upper G.I. – to evaluate and biopsy the esophagus, stomach, and upper small bowel
- Lower G.I. – to evaluate and biopsy the colon
- Bronchoscopy – to evaluate and collect specimens from the tracheal and bronchi
- Rhinoscopy – to evaluate and collect specimens from the nasal cavity
- Foreign body retrieval – many foreign bodies can be removed from the G.I. tract utilizing endoscopy instead of surgery
- Feeding tube placement – a special feeding tube can be placed with endoscopy.
Endoscopy does require anesthesia, but there are no incisions and recovery time is very short. It is a safe and effective diagnostic and therapeutic tool.