Specialized Diagnostic Tools

Extensive In House Laboratory

Our well equipped in house laboratory, allows our team to run a wide variety of diagnostic tests right in house while you wait. By performing lab work in house, the time associated with sending samples to an outside lab is cut out. These available diagnostics test for diseases such as: Pancreatitis, FPL (feline pancreatic lipase), CPL (canine pancreatic lipase), Parvo Virus (parvo antigen), Canine tick born disease ( Borellia Burgorfer (Lyme), Ehrlichia canis, Anaplasma), Feline associated virus (FIV, FeLV), Giardia (giardia antigen), Heartworm Antigen. Our in house Lab can also perform: Blood clotting times, Pt/aPTT (Prothrombin time, Activated partial thromboplastin time), Complete Blood Chemistries, CBC (complete blood count), T-4 (thyroid), CCrP (C-Reactive Protien), SAA (Serum Amyloid A), Fructosamine, Blood Gas (PH,pCO2,pO2,Hct,Na+,K+,Ca+,Cl-,Glu,Lac,Crea), Dermatophyte test medium (fungal medium- ringworm), PCV(packed cell volume), TP(total Protein), Blood films with RBC morphology and WBC differential, Ear Cytologies, Skin Scrapes, Urinalysis with microscopic evaluation, and Fecal exams.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Our 8 slice, 25cm field of view CT Scanner allows our doctors to see much more detail than any x-ray would allow. This imaging level allows doctors to see specific disc herniations, brain hemorrhage, trauma to the head, chest, or abdomen. A CT Scan is also an excellent planning tool for assisting the surgeon in removing masses and performing fracture repairs.

Endoscopy

A tiny camera is threaded throughout the body for a non- surgical approach to remove foreign bodies, foxtails or to obtain a biopsy sample.

Laparoscopy

Using the endoscope with special attachments, allows for minimally invasive surgeries. Some of these surgeries include: gallbladder removal, stone removal, or spay. Benefits of this procedure include: decreased risk of bleeding, decreased time of healing and decreased time on pain medications.

Rhinoscopy

Using the endoscope with a special rigid rhinoscope attachment, allows the doctor to feed a camera into the nasal passages. This can aid in detection of growths or foreign bodies that may be present. Rhinoscopy also aids in obtaining biopsies from these difficult to visualize areas.

Ultrasound

This tool helps our doctors see abnormalities such as masses, cardiac dysfunction, and abnormal fluid accumulation. Ultrasound can also assist doctors in visualizing complicated procedures such as biopsies, fluid removal or obtaining urine from the bladder.

Digital Radiography

Every radiograph we take can instantly be viewed and shared throughout our network. We also have the ability to send out these radiographs for further analysis with radiology specialists at Antech. Our Facility is also able to perform Myelograms and other contrast media assisted radiography.

Specialty Surgeries Offered at AV Veterinary Center

Orthopedic Surgeries

TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) CBLO (Cora Based Leveling Osteotomy) Tightrope (Extracapsular Repair) TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy) Fracture Repairs with internal and external fixators Spinal Surgeries including Hemilaminectomy

Soft Tissue Surgeries

Entropion Cherry Eye Gastropexy Cystotomy/Urethrotomy

Emergency Surgeries

GDV (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus) Foreign Body removals Laparotomy/Gastrotomy/Enterotomy/Anastomosis Splenectomy Reproductive: C-Section and Pyometra

Therapeutic Procedures

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT)

AV Veterinary Center is the only veterinary hospital in Southern California with this treatment option. By treating your pet with 100% oxygen under atmospheric pressure. Healing time is reduced with issues such as wounds, lacerations, degloving injuries, and snake bites. HBOT also aids in the recovery of patients with medical conditions such as Pancreatitis, Arthritis, and patients having to undergo surgical procedures.

Under water treadmill (UWTM)

The UWTM aids in the rehabilitation process, allowing patients to increase strength and muscle mass, while reducing strain on the bones and joints. This is helpful to patients with arthritis, paralysis, or recent orthopedic surgery or injury. The UWTM is also used as a tool for endurance training and weight loss.

Class IV Laser

This treatment aids in cell regeneration and repair. The Laser assists with blocked cats, post surgery, wounds, and after Platelet Rich Plasma to aid in healing.

Stem Cell Therapy

This procedure is helpful for geriatric patients with issues such as arthritis, joint pain, and unwillingness to walk.

PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to aid in surgical healing by promoting cell regeneration and regrowth.

Acupuncture

Dr. Gill uses acupuncture to aid in anything from post surgical pain management, pain management for cancer patients, and pre surgical pain management.

Chiropractic

Dr. Olsen visits several times a week to treat her chiropractic patients. If you have questions about chiropractic care or a consult give us a call.

Blood/Plasma Transfusion

These transfusions can aid patients to recovery after trauma or surgery.

Canine Rehabilitation

AV Veterinary Center provides our patients a variety of rehabilitation plans tailored to meet your pets specific needs. Our qualified rehabilitation doctors and technicians have undergone additional specialized training by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. They use a variety of techniques to help your pet recover from surgery or trauma, ease the pain of aging and arthritis, promote normal musculoskeletal movement, strengthen and build musculature, and even aid in weight loss. These techniques include Manual Therapies and Exercises, UWTM (Underwater treadmill), Laser Therapy, and EMS (Electrical stimulation). Our rehabilitation staff can also tailor conditioning, weight loss, and nutritional plans based on your pets’ individual needs.