Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored, and pain is relieved. There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments [3 to 8] for greatest benefit. For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
Laser Therapy can help with:
- Joint Pain
- Edema and Congestion
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Puncture Wounds
- Post-Traumatic Injury
- Post-Surgical Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- Hip Dysplasia
- Chronic Wounds
- Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery
The use of digital radiograph technology is a critical tool in modern diagnostic procedures. Radiographs are used to evaluate injuries and conditions which require more than external examination. Radiology equipment gives us a non-evasive way to observe your pet’s internal physiology so that we can provide a more thorough and accurate diagnosis. We use radiographs to detect bone fractures, bladder stones, and tumors, soft tissue problems (those related to the heart, stomach, intestines, reproductive, and urinary systems) as well as to locate swallowed foreign objects such as toys or rocks.
The imaging procedure is completely painless and can be performed on calm and cooperative pets without sedation. Dr Daniels may administer a sedative or general anesthesia in cases where a dog or cat has trouble becoming fully relaxed naturally. Your pet may have to be dropped off for the day if X-rays are necessary. However, we can often have X-rays taken immediately and have the information we need in urgent situations.
Additionally, digital imaging allows our X-rays to be evaluated by board-certified radiologists who can give us their expert advice and reports within a few hours.
Dental disease can affect the entire body. Bacteria from dental infections can enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other organs such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, or nervous system. Such infections can be very severe and even life threatening.
What can be done to prevent severe dental disease? Your pet should have a physical examination performed at twice a year. During the physical examination, Dr. Daniels will examine your pet’s teeth and gums. If your pet has evidence of dental disease, a professional dental cleaning may be recommended.
A professional dental cleaning includes a thorough examination of the teeth and gums, ultrasonic scaling of the tartar and plaque above the gum line, sub gingival hand scaling (cleaning below the gum line) and polishing of the teeth. If necessary, radiographs may be performed. For diseased teeth, Dr. Daniels may recommend surgical extractions, gingivectomy, or periodontal treatment.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental radiography is a painless and safe way to obtain images of your pet's mouth, teeth, and jaw bones. During a routine dental exam, your veterinarian may recommend digital dental x-rays to assess the health of your pet's teeth and gums. Digital dental x-rays can also expose bone tumors, tooth impactions and fractures, and painful lesions or erosions on the surface of your pet's teeth that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Other diseases and critical health issues digital dental x-rays can reveal:
•Broken and Discolored Teeth
•Nasal Cavity Disease
Although only taking a few minutes to complete, sedation or anesthetization is required during a dental radiograph to ensure your pet maintains the proper position for each x-ray.
Through neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female dog or cat in heat. Spaying a female dog or cat also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.
Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are neutered.
A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.
CO2 lasers are ideal surgical tools because of the nature of the incisions they form. The laser seals nerve endings as they are cut, significantly reducing pain following the operation. Blood vessels within the soft tissue are similarly sealed, instantly stopping blood loss, which effectively eliminates trauma to the patient and provides us with an uninhibited view during the operation.
Senior Workup Testing is recommended for all senior pets as well as any pet who is exhibiting one or more symptoms: weight loss or gain, increased thirst or urination, lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea, poor haircoat, coughing, seizures, unusual behavior (i.e., a pet that's "just not himself).
Just like people, as your pet ages, his or her organs will gradually begin to deteriorate and lose their ability to function. The purpose of Senior Workup Testing is to maintain health and prevent illness during your pet's senior years by promoting early detection and treatment of illness.
We can determine what your pet's normal baseline health values are by running a Health Profile: Complete Chemistry and Electrolyte Panel, Complete Blood Count, Thyroid Panel, Urinalysis, EKG, Glaucoma Check, Chest X-ray, and Blood Pressure. These baseline results will help to interpret abnormal results later on by providing a point of comparison.
After establishing a baseline, we will continue to monitor your pet every 6 months (perhaps more often depending on your pet's overall health). When health problems do arise, this program will help to identify them early. Early detection often provides you with more effective and less costly treatment options.
Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedure. This non-surgical test can rule out or confirm a diagnosis and aid in determining an abnormality. Ultrasound equipment can be a tremendous help when obtaining a biopsy or aspirate of an organ so the diagnoses can be made with minimal invasiveness and much less stress on your pet.
Abdominal ultrasound simplifies the diagnoses of internal disease by providing us with a clear view inside the patient’s stomach, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a diagnostic test that records the electrical activity of the heart. The electrocardiogram is a noninvasive test. The heart's electrical activity is recorded by attaching small contact electrodes to the limbs and chest wall.
The EKG is the test of choice for diagnosis of abnormal heart rhythms and also can be useful for identification of heart enlargement or drug effects on the heart. An EKG is indicated whenever a heart rhythm problem is suspected.
The MedRx Video Vetscope is a very useful instrument to use for cleaning, drying, and examining the ear canal since its video capability gives the examiner a clear real time image on a video monitor. The Vetscope has a channel through which catheter can be inserted.
With the Vetscope positioned in the ear canal, the catheter can be advanced to suction the canal using warm water under video visualization. Small pieces of epithelium, wax, hairs and pus can be vacuumed out of the canal while the examiner views the procedure on a video monitor. In this manner, even the smallest pieces of detritus can be removed. Large pieces of debris and concretions can be extracted from the ear canal under visualization with the video Vetscope by using a grasping type of endoscopic forcep inserted through the channel.
Anesthetization is required during a flushing procedure to ensure your pet maintains the proper position.
Permanent identification. One more way to help reunite a lost pet with a worried family. Most dogs and cats that are taken to a shelter do not have a collar on, or do not have identification on their collar.
Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately.
If your pet having a bad hair day, we would love to fluff them up for you. We offer medicated baths as well. All baths include a nail trim and ear cleaning.
Emergency & Urgent Care
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 6 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually, an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such a snail bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible, it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
Largo Veterinary Hospital accepts payment via Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. So that we can continue to provide you high quality service utilizing the best medical technologies, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered.
We also accept Care Credit and Scratch Pay.
We provide estimates for all appointments, surgeries and hospitalizations. If you have not received an estimate, you are welcome to request one at any time for your expected charges.