Our team of board certified veterinarians specializes in cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, and neurology. In order to become board certified, a veterinarian must complete an internship and residency in a specific field, which is typically 4 to 6 years of additional training. Specializing in a particular area of medicine gives a veterinarian the knowledge they need to treat cases that require special care and allows them to hone their skills in their chosen specialty. That is why at VSC we offer care from veterinarians in over 7 specialties, including a licensed acupuncturist.
Cardiology involves any diseases or abnormalities of the heart and major blood vessels. Because the function of the heart and lungs are interrelated, veterinary cardiologists are also knowledgeable about lung disease as well as diseases of the chest cavity. If cardiac disease is suspected, it is important to diagnose and treat it as soon as possible. There is a wide range of cardiovascular diseases: some animals are born with an abnormality, some naturally develop an abnormality over time, and others acquire heart problems as a result of environmental factors. Age-acquired valvular degeneration, heart muscle disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, pericardial disease, high blood pressure, congenital heart defects and cardiac arrhythmias are just some of the common heart problems cardiologists manage.
Many of these conditions can be treated on an outpatient basis, however some require hospitalization. In either case, we work with your primary care veterinarian to establish a therapeutic plan that is right for you and your pet. We offer a wide range of diagnostic options such as echocardiography, electrocardiography, radiography, blood pressure measurement, Holter monitoring, cardiac catheterization, and treatment options including balloon valvuloplasty, intracardiac device placement and pacemaker implantation.
Our trained professionals use these tools to diagnose and treat your pet with the most up-to-date procedures available in veterinary cardiology.
Internal medicine encompasses a wide range of body systems including gastroenterology, hepatology, urology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, and pulmonology.
If your primary veterinarian suspects a disease that requires treatment from a specialist, we will partner with them to get the problem solved. After performing a thorough exam and reviewing the previous diagnostic results provided by our veterinarian, our internal medicine specialists will team with you and your veterinarian to design a treatment plan. We perform advanced imaging services such as endoscopy, fluoroscopy, radiology, ultrasound, CT scans, and MRI to aid in establishing a diagnosis. In addition, we perform specialized blood and urine tests to further assess and monitor each medical condition. Advanced procedures such as endoscopy to evaluate the intestinal tract and bronchoalveolar lavage to evaluate the lower airways are performed by our internal medicine specialists. These diagnostic tools help determine the best treatment options available for your pet. If needed, progressive treatments such as blood transfusions and dialysis can be performed. Each case is evaluated individually and the treatment options are explained to you so you can make an educated decision about your pet’s health.
A veterinary oncologist is specially trained to diagnose, discuss, and treat all forms of cancer for your pet. At Veterinary Specialty Care, our board-certified oncologists use a variety of treatments to provide your pet with the highest level of care while maintaining your pet’s quality of life during therapy. We want to help you make the best decisions for your family member and will be there to support you through each step.
Common treatment methods used in veterinary oncology include chemotherapy, surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy. Advancements are continuously being made in these fields, and our oncologists make sure to stay updated on the most current and effective treatments. Treatment plans are devised based on the individual cancer and the pet’s needs. No two pets are exactly alike, and their therapy should be tailored to their specific needs.
Veterinary neurologists are trained to to treat diseases related to the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles of an animal. They are able to perform a detailed neurological exam to try and isolate what part of an animal’s nervous system is affected. Some of the most common neurological symptoms our neurologists are presented with are paralysis, seizures, abnormal balance, and spinal pain. These symptoms along with many other neurologically related problems can be caused by head trauma, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, encephalitis, ruptured disks, brain tumors, or a neuromuscular disorder.
To determine the source of your pet’s symptoms, our neurologist can perform a variety of specialized test such as digital radiography, CT scanning, MRI imaging, and muscle or nerve biopsies. Together with your primary veterinarian we can use these diagnostic tools to identify the underlying cause of your pet’s illness and treat it accordingly. If your pet requires surgery, our neurologists are specially trained to operate on the brain and spinal cord, both of which are highly complex and sensitive organs. Certain diseases can require this kind of specialized surgery, such as severe cases of intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) where pressure must be relieved from the spinal cord. Neurological diseases require special care, and our neurologists are dedicated to giving your pet the specific attention their case needs.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical procedures, believed to have originated from theories found in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used to treat a variety of illnesses related to almost every organ system in the body. There is evidence to support it as an effective treatment for neurologic, gastrointestinal, respiratory and reproductive disorders, as well as many other ailments including stress and cancer. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other forms of treatment to provide optimal care.
A veterinary acupuncturist has completed an extensive training course in order to receive their certification and takes regular continuing education courses in order to maintain it. Our acupuncturist completed her training at Colorado State University’s Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians which included education on acupressure and electrostimulation. During an acupuncture treatment, a thin, sterile needle is applied to specific points on the animal’s body in order to trigger the release of chemicals in the body. These chemicals stimulate healing by leading to the release of mediators which play a role in pain perception and organ function.