Advanced care services go above and beyond a general hospital visit for 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.
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 heartbeat, they will recommend an ECG. Several clips (called leads) are placed onto your pet's skin at various body points in order to accurately record the information your veterinarian requires.... Read more
Our hospital offers OFA x-rays for identification of hip dysplasia in dogs. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) 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
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
Our hospital offers many soft tissue surgery services. 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).... Read more