Certain surgical procedures require specific expertise or equipment. Doctor Maynard has, for over 30 years, been consulting and carrying out surgical procedures for a number of colleagues – referring veterinaries. Post-op care can be entrusted to our clinic or to the treating veterinary.
The bulk of these cases consists of orthepedic surgeries following fractures, sprains or luxations. Thus, the most common procedure performed in the clinic is ruptured cranial cruciate ligament repair.
80% of dogs over 3 years old present dental problems. As soon as the adult teeth are in place, day after day, dental plaque starts covering the enamel of our animals’ teeth just as it does our own.
Plaque is formed from food debris and dangerous bacteria. These multiply and start destroying the gum and bone in which the tooth sits. The gums and teeth will then be painful, the animal will start salivating more and will develop bad breath.
Skin diseases are common in cats and dogs. There are many causes, including parasites, bacterial infections, allergies… Symptoms are often unspecific. Often, the animal will be itchy, it may suffer from hair loss, or even present with wounds or scabs.
Diagnosis requires a number of simple complementary examinations (hair plucks, skin scrapes, direct impression smears, blood tests) or slightly more invasive ones (biopsies) in order to identify the aetiology and determine the most appropriate treatment. The clinic is equipped with a binocular microscope allowing us to do most of the examinations on site. Biopsies are sent to a specialized laboratory.
Pain Managment and Physiotherapie
In the surgical field, all the anaesthetic protocols include an analgesia component. Pain Managment is carried out preventatively (the concept of Pre-emptive Analgesia) by adminstrating pain-killing substances well before the beginning of the actual procedure.
These substances are generally derived from morphine. This management is then continued during the anesthesia itself and ends with the post-op administration of anti-inflammatories and analgesics for several days or even weeks after the procedure.
Just like humans, dogs and cats suffer from cardio-vascular diseases, some of which are breed-specific. Veterinary cardiology therefore includes screening for congenital diseases in high risk breeds and our clinic has at your disposal all the means to diagnose and follow up on the most common cardiac problems
We listen to the heart and check the heart rate which will vary if there is a problem and look out for murmurs which sometimes point to a suspected pulmonary oedema.
Preventative medecine / Nutrition
Human medecine endeavours more and more to screen for diseases in order to give the best chance of total recovery, lighter treatment and thus fewer associated side effects and an optimization of life span.
This preventative medecine also applies to our pets, in any stage of their life and especially when they become older.