This is a fancy way of saying “using medical techniques to help treat sick pets”, but we think you get the idea. We would much prefer to avoid or prevent illnesses, but real life sometimes rears its ugly head and our pets get sick.
The best way to help discover illnesses as early as possible is to have a close relationship with your pets so that you know how they act when they are well. Just like us, most pets get into a routine of normal behaviors which are easily recognized. Normal appetite, activity, and elimination habits are what we hope to always see in our pets, and any change in those habits may be a clue that something is wrong. It’s not hard to recognize those outward “signs” of illness… poor appetite, lethargic behavior, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, limping, crying…all of the things we do when we are sick. What is more difficult, though, is to interpret those signs and discover the underlying cause of the problems. A cough, for instance, may be caused by something as simple as a “cold”, or a serious as heart disease.
That’s where we come in. You are the eyes and ears of the diagnostic process; you know your pet and know when something’s not right, while we help understand what those symptoms mean. We start our part of the diagnostic process by taking a thorough history form you about what’s going on, and then completing an equally-thorough physical examination. Based on the results of that exam, we may have enough information to make assessments of the health problem, or may need to perform some of the in-depth testing discussed previously.
Once a diagnosis of the problem is made we can recommend the appropriate treatment.
Thankfully, much of that treatment can often be done at home: pets would rather be at home than in the hospital, and home care can be much less expensive than hospitalization. There are many options for home administration of medicines, and sometimes very simple management of diet or rest can provide just what the pet needs to get through the health issue.
Often the necessary therapy requires initial in-hospital care or surgery, and then followup care at home. Coordinating this kind of therapy provides the pet the best combination of high-tech and high-touch, and provides the family with a high level of value for that care.
Many conditions, though, do require more intensive therapy, and we can also provide that care. When a pet needs IV fluids, injectable medications, temporary oxygen therapy, or intensive monitoring, in-hospital care is the best way to help them.
It is fortunately uncommon for a pet to need 24/7 monitoring, but when a critical illness requires that level of care we do coordinate with the emergency service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, where critical care specialists provide intensive therapies and continuous monitoring.