From Testing to Treatment: Helping Your Pet Get Healthy With Surgery
As far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as “routine” surgery. There are common surgeries and there are advanced surgeries, and the veterinarians at Great Northwest Animal Hospital are skilled at both. From spaying and neutering to tumor and lump removal, our equipment and staff perform at the highest level of proficiency.
Our veterinarians are also a trusted resource for cosmetic surgery. “Cosmetic surgery” may sound extreme, but it may be performed when there is a medical necessity. Here are some reasons cosmetic pet surgery may be required:
- Cherry Eye Surgery
Also known as “third eyelid” surgery, we work on the gland of the eyelid to prevent it from protruding.
- Entropion Surgery
This entails face lifts for pets with wrinkly skin that’s prone to bacterial infections or eye lifts for pets whose lashes are scratching their cornea.
We are proud to offer laser therapy as an effective, noninvasive treatment that’s proven to ease your pet’s pain, reduce inflammation, and increase the rate of healing.
Laser therapy is the transfer of light—an increase in energy—that increases blood flow. This speeds up the transport of nutrients to the body’s cells and carries waste away. This is called photobiomodulation, and it has many benefits.
Laser therapy reduces pain by reducing inflammation. The increase in energy to the cells of the affected area also speed up tissue regrowth, which allows healing to occur at a faster rate.
Here is a list of the proven, biological effects of laser therapy:
- Pain reduction and/or mitigation
- Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth
- Faster wound healing
- Improved vascular activity
- Increased metabolic activity
- Reduced fibrous tissue formation
- Improved nerve function
- Improved regulation of the immune system
Your pet should never be in chronic pain. From laser therapy to medication from our on-site pharmacy, Great Northwest Animal Hospital is equipped to manage pain in your pet. We also use advanced diagnostic equipment, such as digital x-rays, and an in-house lab to quickly determine what may be causing your pet’s pain.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintain the dental health of your pet. Your pet’s teeth and gums need to stay healthy to avoid bacterial infection, which could enter the bloodstream and impact organs.
At Great Northwest Animal Hospital, we use ultrasound technology to thoroughly clean each tooth above and below the gum line. Our technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous surface that’s more resistant to plaque buildup. Ultrasonic Handscaling Digital dental radiographs (x-rays) are also taken of your pet’s entire mouth to examine each tooth and determine if any extractions are needed. Fluoride treatments are used to help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. OraVet sealant is then applied to help your pet’s teeth stay clean longer.
Laser therapy is also used after every dental cleaning when an extraction is performed as a postoperative pain reliever and to promote faster wound healing.
Eye problems are common in dogs and cats. Cataracts, glaucoma, and conjunctivitis can affect your pets just as they do humans. In addition to these issues, your pet is also vulnerable to the following conditions:
- Cherry Eye
An enlarged tear gland forms a mass along the eye
Excessive tear production
Upper eyelid is turned outward and causes the lower lid to droop
Excessive discharge and tear production due to a rolled eyelid
- Dry eye
Insufficient tear production or excessive tear evaporation (also known as KCS)
- Corneal scratches
Ulcers or abrasions of the cornea
Internal Medicine: Cardiology and Endocrinology
Your pet’s heart needs the same advanced care as yours. This begins with monitoring to determine if your dog or cat has a heart abnormality. Specifically, we use chest radiographs (x-rays) and electrocardiograms to help us evaluate:
- Heart chamber size and wall thickness
- Heart valve function
- Cardiac performance
The endocrine system is comprised of the organs and glands that secrete hormones throughout the body. Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and tumors are some of the health issues that can develop when this system is threatened.
At Great Northwest Animal Hospital, we are skilled at diagnosing and treating these matters using medications, regular monitoring and testing, and sometimes dietary or nutritional changes.
At some point, you will have to say goodbye to your beloved pet. During this rough time, you don’t need a “veterinary staff.” You need pet lovers, pet owners, and pet care providers, and we promise to be that for you.
Euthanasia is done with compassion and patience at Great Northwest Animal Hospital. We provide you and your loved ones with ample time to say goodbye, and upon request, we will sedate your pet before administering euthanasia. There is no reason your pet should experience pain or fear at this time.
Our staff will consult with you about memorialization options. We have cremation services, urns, keepsakes, a grief library, and a pet memorial wall, all of which will help you mourn and ultimately heal.