Advanced Care, Speciality Care, & Rehabilitation Services

Providing Advanced Care to the Donner-Truckee and Tahoe Regions

aaha logoSometimes a pet requires more than preventive and routine care, so we provide a range of advanced care services in a compassionate, friendly environment. Whether your pet needs surgery, rehabilitation services, or ultrasounds and X-rays, we have them covered. We also have direct access to specialists who are board-certified in radiology, so we can get quick results when those services are needed.

Diagnostics: Radiology, Ultrasounds, and Laboratory

Radiology

X-rays are an important and cost-effective veterinary diagnostic tool for your cat or dog. They are extremely helpful at identifying and diagnosing a number of medical conditions affecting your pet’s lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, bladder, and kidneys. For example, a diagnostic radiograph of your pet can detect cancerous tumors, stage heartworm disease, detect bladder and kidney stones, and identify the presence of foreign objects that may have lodged in your pet’s body. X-rays are also very important for helping diagnose and treat injuries such as broken bones, joint injuries, illnesses and many other orthopedic conditions. With a high-speed internet line, digital radiographs and, as mentioned, direct access to specialists who are board-certified in radiology, we can have results back in as little as an hour, rather than the typical five or six hours. When an animal is under anesthesia for any reason, time is always of the essence. This allows us to provide the proper advanced care your pet requires. Also, because these images are digital, they are of a higher quality than standard X-rays and can be sent to your regular veterinarian via email or CD.

Ultrasound: An Important Veterinary Diagnostic Tool

Ultrasounds provide a very precise look at your pet’s internal organs, chest and abdomen without surgery or sedation.  This is an incredibly important diagnostic tool for your pet’s health.  For example, veterinary ultrasounds are invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease, assessing the function and health of internal organs, and identifying lesions, determining their origin, and if they have spread.  During surgery, ultrasounds are a very powerful surgical aid to guide our veterinarians while obtaining a biopsy.

The Diagnostic Lab

We offer a wide range of veterinary diagnostic laboratory tests with an in-house as well as an outsource lab. Diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional diseases and conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early pet blood testing can show evidence of diseases such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. We use diagnostic testing for pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.

Surgery

We offer a wide range of orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. From elective care to emergency procedures, our extensive surgical capabilities include:

  • Fracture repair
  • Cruciate ligament repair (TPLO) by a certified surgeon
  • Laminectomies
  • Oncologic surgery
  • Thoracic, hepatobiliary, endocrine and urogenital procedures
  • Head, neck and upper airway
  • Hernia repair
  • Joint surgery and arthrodesis
  • Corrective osteotomies

Other advanced care diagnostics and treatments (in-house or by referral) include:

  • Laboratory
  • Radiology
  • CT/MRI/Scan
  • Laparoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology (cateract, corneal, glaucoma and eyelid surgery; cryosurgery; electroretinography; Cerf (breed) examinations)
  • Dermatology and allergy (biopsy interpretation; allergy testing; chronic case; rhinitis; asthma)
  • Dentistry (routine care; periodontics; dental radiology; oral surgery and medicine)
  • Chemotherapy

If your animal has an emergency:

  • Get help as quickly as possible
  • Do not try home remedies
  • Be careful – animals in pain can bite or scratch
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Advanced Care

In most cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes and to be sent on to specialists for secondary evaluation.
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