We are committed to caring for your pet – while maintaining the highest level of safety for our Associates and pet owners. We thank you for your continued patience and support. Learn more about our COVID-19 response and guidelines.
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Veterinary hospitals continue to see an unprecedented level of emergency cases. While our emergency service is currently open and operating, we may need to change to “diversion status” at any time. We ask that you call us at 561-434-5700 prior to coming to our hospital to ensure that we will be able to offer you the high standards of service that you have come to expect. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
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Arthrocentesis, also known as joint aspiration, is removal of fluid from a joint utilizing a hollow needle and syringe. Arthrocentesis is performed for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Used as a diagnostic tool, fluid is drawn and analyzed to determine the underlying cause of excess fluid. A small amount of fluid in joints is normal, but when fluid builds up (joint effusion), it is usually the result of arthritis or related condition, and pain and swelling will develop. Arthrocentesis will then be used therapeutically to remove the excess fluid thereby reducing pain and swelling in the affected joint. As an example, Arthrocentesis (diagnostic and therapeutic) is performed on humans for a condition commonly known as water on the knee, usually resulting from arthritis.

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Internal Medicine

Certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in internal medicine.

Our Internal Medicine Services

Abdominocentesis
Arthrocentesis
Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Bronchoscopy

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