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.
VCA Desert Inn Animal Hospital’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art technology motivated us to provide laser therapy options for our clients. Our K-Laser is used to accelerate healing in pets that have been injured, are fighting infection, or are recovering from surgery.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy works by using specific wavelengths of light on the affected tissue, which then encourages the body’s cells to divide quicker.... Read more
Digital X-ray imaging is superior to the film imaging technology. The digital nature of the images allows our veterinarians to manipulate these images, zoom in on specific areas of interest, and detect even the smallest of fractures in a completely non-invasive fashion.
We routinely send the images through email to consult with specialists, and we can provide CD copies of the images for client records.... Read more
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
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
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
VCA Desert Inn Animal Hospital’s veterinarians recognized the need for providing reproductive support options to Nevada’s dog breeders. As part of our commitment to excellence, we have worked with top breeders and extended our own training and capabilities to develop a strong foundation of reproductive services.
In addition to our state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic and treatment care options, VCA Desert Inn Animal Hospital provides numerous services specific to the support of canine breeders.... 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
VCA Desert Inn Animal Hospital provides a number of different advanced veterinary diagnostic and treatment options for the pets of Las Vegas. Stem cell therapy is one example of a pet treatment that can lead to faster and more complete recovery from injury and disease.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are cells that have not "decided" what specific kind of cells they will be yet.... Read more
This advanced technology allows our veterinarians to non-invasively scan the internal organs of a pet in real time. Ultrasound machines use the echoes from sound waves to generate digital images.
Since the images are being generated immediately, we can view the functioning of the organs and watch for things like the action of the heart valves as blood is being pumped.... Read more