Advanced Care

Advanced care services are services that go above and beyond what a general hospital visit may be for your pets. Advanced services may be items such as specialized surgeries, eye treatment, diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, or therapies. Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about our services in advanced care.

Available Services
  • Avondale Dental Care

    Our hospital offers advanced dental care techniques, including services such as root canals, root planing, crown placement, gum (gingival) surgery, and orthodontics

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  • Avondale Animal Rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from rehabilitation ... Read more

  • Avondale Bone and Joint Surgery

    Orthopedic surgery involves surgery of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments Fractured bones and torn ligaments are some of the most common injuries seen by the veterinary surgeon In many cases... Read more

  • Ultrasound

    Our hospital offers a variety of cardiology services Cardiology is the branch of veterinary medicine that treats diseases of the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and blood vessels This encompasses... Read more

  • Chemotherapy, also known as chemo, is the treatment of cancer with one or more drugs Chemotherapy may be used to try to cure a pet of cancer, prolong his or her life, or simply make his or her symptoms ... Read more

  • Cold Laser Therapy

    Cold laser therapy uses beams of light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation ... Read more

  • Our hospital offers dermatology services Our veterinarians will perform a detailed history, physical examination and basic medical ... Read more

  • Avondale Digital Radiology

    Our hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art digital radiology services. Digital x-rays are essentially film-less x-rays. Traditional x-rays use photographic film to capture images whereas digital x-rays use a digital image capture device (computer) to record the x-ray image.... Read more

  • Ultrasound

    An echocardiogram is an ultrasound (sonogram) exam of the heart. Many times both radiographs (X-rays) and ultrasound of the heart are recommended for best evaluation of heart disease. X-rays show the size, shape and position of the heart and the ultrasound allows your veterinarian to see the internal structure and function of the heart.... Read more

  • Our hospital routinely performs electrocardiograms as part of our cardiology services. An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a readout of the electrical activity of the heart. If your veterinarian hears a heart rhythm abnormality (called an arrhythmia) in your pet's heart beat, they will recommend an ECG.... Read more

  • Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure that is used to assess the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a tube into the body. It is an essential diagnostic tool for pets with disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The endoscope instrument has a built-in camera at the end of either a rigid or flexible tube, allowing for both visual inspection and photography.... Read more

  • Avondale Cat Hospital offer Feline I-131 Treatment for cats suffering from hyperthyroidism. I-131 treatment has advantages over medical and surgical treatments for feline hyperthyroidism.

    • No anesthesia is required
    • No daily medication
    • Does not destroy healthy tissue
    • Does not have harmful side effects
    • Returns thyroid function to normal usually within one month
    • Iodine therapy is cost effective
    • Does not damage other tissue or organs, including parathyroid glands

    The I-131 treatment includes a consultation with the doctor, the radioactive iodine injection, a urinalysis, blood pressure, hospitalization and a waste disposal container for home use.... Read more

  • Avondale Laparoscopy

    Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a camera (laparoscope) is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a tiny incision. It allows a veterinarian to see inside the abdomen without having to make a large incision. Surgical instruments may also be introduced in this manner.... Read more

  • Laser surgery is surgery performed using a laser instead of a scalpel to cut tissue. Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light that is precisely focused to cut tissue. The energy contained in the laser beam vaporizes the water found in body tissues, allowing a precise "cut" that seals blood vessels and nerve endings, resulting in less bleeding and pain.... Read more

  • OFA x-rays are used to identify hip dysplasia in dogs. OFA stands for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and is an organization that was created to aid breeders in helping reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia. Dogs must be over 2 years of age and the x-rays must be taken using general anesthesia for accurate diagnosis.... Read more

  • Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets.... Read more

  • Ophthalmology deals with diseases and problems of the eye. Pet eye diseases that you may be familiar with include cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and corneal ulcers.

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  • Our hospital offers a wide range of Orthopedic Surgery services to cope with a wide range of injuries and conditions. In the case of a broken leg, for example, our surgeons may perform such procedures as bone plating, pinning and/or wiring to successfully mend the fractured bones. On the other hand, if your pet experiences a knee ligament injury, procedures such as a TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement) or extracapsular repair may be recommended.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers PennHIP X-Rays, a diagnostic method developed by the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP) that uses unique x-ray views of a dog's hips to accurately identify and quantify joint laxity, or “loose” hips, often a predictor of hip dysplasia.

    Reputable breeders and our veterinarians both use PennHIP X-rays as a screening tool for hip dysplasia. The use of PennHIP X-rays has proven to be one of the best techniques available to screen dogs for this condition.... Read more

  • Soft tissue surgery refers to surgery on any body part excluding: bones/joints (orthopedic surgery), heart (cardiac surgery), or nervous system (neurologic surgery). Examples of common soft tissue surgeries include gastrointestinal surgery (to remove foreign objects or removed diseased sections of intestine), bladder surgery (to remove stones or polyps), liver surgery (to remove masses or diseased lobes), and spleen surgery (often to remove diseased spleens or masses).

    There are many other soft tissue procedures performed and your veterinarian will discuss what your pet requires.... Read more

  • Our hospital now offers stem cell therapy, a revolutionary treatment for a range of arthritic conditions that afflict both cats and dogs, and that also shows promise in other areas, as well.

    Stem cell therapy is currently being successfully used in the treatment of conditions that receive limited benefit from traditional therapies, such as osteoarthritis and other orthopedic problems. This type of regenerative medicine involves using adult stem cells obtained from the pet's own fat tissue, and so eliminates any concerns both about embryo use and rejection by the patient.... Read more

  • Tonopen

    When an eye problem develops and a detailed exam is needed, the doctor will often use a device called a tonopen ... Read more

  • Ultrasound

    Our hospital offers ultrasound (sonogram) examinations as a non-invasive diagnostic procedure ... Read more