FAQ

A Higher Standard of Medicine

+ ANESTHESIA

Safety of your pet during procedures is our top priority. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is performed on all surgical patients in order to minimize risks associated with anesthesia and surgery. Along with the safest injectable agents and gas anesthesia, we continually monitor all pets with an electrocardiogram, capnograph, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, and anesthetic agent monitor, and use a ventilator on each patient to maintain perfect depth and rate of respiration.

+ ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY

Acupuncture for pets is a safe and effective method of treatment that works in conjunction with conventional veterinary medicine to treat many health conditions. Adverse side effects are highly uncommon, and the majority of our patients remain calm and relaxed during the therapy due to the release of endorphins and serotonin that are stimulated by the acupuncture treatment.

How is acupuncture performed?

Acupuncture needles are inserted into various acupuncture points, which are surrounded by nerves and blood vessels. By stimulating these specific points, multiple chemical and endocrinological processes occur and the normal homeostatic processes of the body are maintained. Release of these chemicals enhances blood circulation, nerve stimulation, tissue repair, as well as increased analgesia.

Which pets will benefit from acupuncture?

Many health conditions including chronic and acute pain, neck and back pain, autoimmune diseases, seizures, intervertebral disk disease, weakness or paralysis, inappetence, and behavioral problems can successfully be treated by acupuncture. Please consult with one of our veterinarians to discuss treatment options for your pet’s condition.

How frequently will my pet need to receive the acupuncture therapy?

In general, the more severe and chronic your pet’s health condition is, the longer the treatment duration will be. However, we typically initiate five treatment sessions for most mild to moderate health conditions and then will re-evaluate whether your pet will require additional acupuncture sessions based on the therapeutic outcome. It is important to recognize that acupuncture therapy works in conjunction with conventional therapy to expedite the healing process, and many pets may actually require less than 5 sessions due to the more rapid and effective healing that can occur with use of acupuncture.

+ WELLNESS EXAMS

Wellness exams are one of the cornerstones of preventative medicine for your pet. Just like in human medicine, regular physical exams and assessments will ensure your pet is healthy and thriving and will help detect any problems before they become more advanced and difficult to treat.

Some examples of issues that can be discovered during wellness exams include:

  • Dental disease
  • Skin or ear infections
  • Heart conditions
  • Parasite infections
  • Weight issues
  • Eye disease
  • Joint pain or other mobility issues

Wellness exams are also the perfect opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you might have with the doctor, and to be advised of any additional diagnostic tests or treatments that might be indicated at that time. Many of these further diagnostics can be performed in house with almost immediate results, as we have updated our equipment to the most state-of-the art options that are available, including blood and urine analyzers, digital radiography, and ultrasound.

+ PAIN MANAGEMENT

Assessing pain in your pet can be quite challenging, as animals are generally less expressive of pain than humans due to the survival advantages hiding pain offers against potential predators. Additionally, pet owners must depend on the animal’s behavior to assess the degree of pain due to the lack of verbal communication that is possible. Examples include: ‘Is my cat playful?’; ‘is my cat purring?’; ‘is my dog reluctant to move?’ etc. A change in behavior may be the first indication to the owner that their pet is in discomfort; in fact, owners are often in the best position to notice and relay these changes to the veterinarian.

Cats and dogs may exhibit similar signs when in pain, but they can also differ markedly in their behavioral responses. Cats in general tend to demonstrate less signs of pain compared to dogs, particularly in response to surgical procedures that may cause a similar degree of discomfort such as an ovariohysterectomy. However, this does not necessarily indicate that the cat feels less pain than the dog, but rather indicates a fundamental difference in how each species responds to pain. This is why doctors and staff pay close attention to animal behavior in a species-specific way when treating pain in your pet.

Previous scientific studies indicate veterinarians and technicians tend to underestimate the level of pain in patients and are overly anxious about potential side effects of several analgesics that are commonly available. Mild pain can be successfully managed with non-opioid analgesic drugs such as Rimadyl or Zeniquin, but more severe pain (following abdominal or orthopedic surgeries) is likely to require opioids in order to manage pain in your pets.

Adams Pet Hospital doctors and staff are familiar with the clinical pharmacology of key analgesics used in veterinary medicine to effectively treat pain. In addition, we employ adjunctive therapies such as acupuncture in order to facilitate expedient and effective pain relief for your pet.