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May 2016

Microchipping in dogs?

Since April 2016 it is law to have all dogs microchipped before they are 8 wks old.

Call us to book a 10 minute appointment on 01788 575300/0196 494923 for only £16.50 inc VAT

Our staff are trained to implant small microchips for pet I.D. that are immediately registered on a national database.

We will also issue a certificate that you can keep.

It is quick, it is simple and not only is a legal requirement but also is the best chance of a safe return home for a lost pet.


January 2015

Laser Treatments

January 2015 sees The Animal House launch our latest new technology as we have Laser treatments available.

What is it?

This is a portable hand held laser device, the size of a mobile phone which enables us to do beneficial laser treatments on any animal in a very short time frame. It rapidly improves healing for surgical patients and can be compared with acupuncture for chronic cases such as arthritis but without needles and in a very short treatment time. It is used in the surgery by RVNs and our MRCVs vets who have been specifically trained in its usage. It is a pain free, surgery free, medication free treatment.

How does it work?

Infrared laser photons penetrate deeply into the body and are absorbed at the cellular level. ATP production is enhanced and cell membrane permeability is improved, which increases metabolic activity in the cell. Localized release of nitric oxide causes vasodilation of circulatory vessels, leading to a cascade of beneficial effects for cellular and tissue health.

Why did we get it?

We saw the information at a veterinary congress around a year ago and spent time looking at the research and having demonstrations to see that it was as good as it said. We were convinced of its benefits that for us are impractical to achieve with other techniques or not possible to achieve with other methods. We could also see the quick recovery times meaning that our patients would feel better quicker with the laser than without it. This has not been possible before the development of this technology being available to the veterinary sector. Our volunteer cases gave us rave reviews and all asked that we have this equipment as they really liked it and saw great results. We even used it on the clinical director’s dog who had suffered a spinal stroke leaving her with compromised mobility in her hind legs. After one short treatment her mobility dramatically improved. We spent time planning to buy the laser, planning the training and how we make sure people know of its benefits so that we know we can use it best and the animals can benefit.

 

How we are offering the treatments

We are offering 10 minute appointments with a trained RVN who will assess the specific laser treatment needed. Most treatments last from 1 minute to 3 minutes, there are exceptions depending on what we are using it for but no treatment lasts a long time. We are also offering it immediately before surgery and immediately after surgery, again depending on which type of surgery we are performing and this is advised by out vets or RVNs who admit your pet in for the surgery.

All treatments must first be authorised by one of our vets who know the benefits of the treatments and can assess the overall health of the pet to advise the trained RVN nurse so that they can in turn assess the laser treatment needed.

What does it feel like?

We have experienced what it feels like ourselves as it comes from human medicine and was demonstrated not just on our pets but on some of us too. The best description is that it feels like holding a soft hot water bottle, it feels relaxing and comforting. This is why pets like this treatment as it feels nice to have it done. Most pets want to have a nap during the treatment.

How long after the treatment before results are seen?

Lame dogs have already been seen to walk soundly immediately after one treatment. For chronic conditions it is recommended that a course of treatments are taken starting with two weekly, falling to one weekly over a period of 6 treatments. These are then maintained by a single ongoing monthly treatment. It does depend on the specific animal and the specific area being treated. For routine surgical cases one to two treatments are all that is needed, if we are utilising it for speedy recovery only and more if that surgical case involves significant wound recovery. i.e. the difference between a routine cat spay and a pre-booked reconstruction surgery.

Does the laser treatment mean medication should be stopped?

There are no contraindications so all prescribed medication should be continued. In some chronic cases we expect that some medications can be reduced on the vets advice as we see the improvement that has developed after the laser treatment and alongside laser maintenance treatments. For surgical healing we expect to see medications used for a shorter period of time around a surgical case where the laser is used as part of the treatment.

Can it be used to improve any condition or illness?

This has to be assessed by one of our vets. It has over 120 treatment possibilities but there are areas i.e. invasive cancerous growths, that it would not make a positive difference to. We are happy to give an assessment to explain where it could be beneficial for your pet as there a multiple areas where it makes a big improvement.

Will my insurance pay for this treatment?

You need to check your policy details but this is a vet treatment and not a complimentary therapy so most insurers will pay for this.

How do I book in?

Email any questions to info@vetanimalhouse.net.

Please call 01788 575300 or 01926 494923