- Therapeutic Laser Treatment
- Laboratory Services
- Breed Test for Dogs
- Parasite Prevention and Treatment
- In-House Pharmacy
- Microchip Implantation
- Exotic Animal / Pocket Pet Care
- Radiography (X-Rays)
- OFA and PennHIP Radiographs
Therapeutic Laser Treatment
In addition to our other available pain management options, the Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic now has a Class IV therapy laser. This innovative treatment is not surgery, nor is it a medication. A beam of light carrying photons is sent into the area being treated. These photons are absorbed by injured cells, which then become stimulated, resulting in an increase in metabolism. This produces a natural anti-inflammatory response. When circulation is increased in injured areas, the patient heals faster and feels less pain. Therapy laser sessions are painless and safe, and some patients will relax completely during treatment. Therapy lasers can be used to treat a variety of conditions: arthritis, ear and skin conditions, trauma injuries, gingivitis/periodontal disease and any inflammatory condition. Basically, this therapeutic laser is used to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and improve quality of life. For more information, consult with one of our veterinarians.
In-House Laboratory Services
Our extensive laboratory allows our doctors access to same-day results, which means treatment for your pet can begin sooner. We offer a variety of testing such as urinalysis, intestinal parasite detection, external parasite detection, cytology, and more. We can process blood tests such as feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, canine and feline heartworm disease, tick born diseases, and organ function screens (including preanesthetic bloodwork).
Outside Laboratory Services
Even though we have the ability to perform many diagnostic tests right in the clinic, some laboratory samples need to be analyzed by clinical pathology specialists. The Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic has the opportunity to work with multiple outside laboratories in the United States, and we have great trust in these laboratories to provide fast and accurate results. Some examples of tests that can be sent to these laboratories include histopathology on tissue biopsies and mass removals, full blood panels, dog breed testing, rabies testing, and more.
Breed Test for Dogs - Genetic Health Analysis
There is a special test available that analyzes dog DNA to determine a dog’s heritage. By running a genetic health analysis on your mixed breed dog, we are not only able to tell what breeds make your dog’s unique appearance, but can give additional genetic information in regards to disease and behavior. The genetic health test is a blood based test that currently can detect more than 250 breeds and over 1800 genetic markers. Upon receiving results, you will also receive a breakdown of breed traits and behaviors.
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Parasite Prevention and Treatment
Internal and external parasites can be a big annoyance for pets and their owners. With the help of the Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic, your pet can receive diagnosis, treatment and prevention for many parasites.
If your pet has been diagnosed with an ailment needing prescription medication, we have an on-site pharmacy that supplies most pharmaceuticals necessary for treatment.
Sometimes pets wander away from home, but fortunately microchips can help them return to their family. A microchip is a very small device that is placed under the pet’s skin above their shoulder blades, a non-surgical procedure that can be performed right in the exam room at an appointment. For more information on the microchips we use, please call the clinic or visit http://www.petlink.net or http://www.datamars.com.
Exotic Animal / Pocket Pet Care
The Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic not only works with cats and dogs but also does routine and some sick care for exotic animals. Pets like hamsters, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, ferrets, lizards, turtles and hedgehogs are a few of the species that Dr. Brewer likes to work with. Routine care can include physical exams, nail trims, and teeth trims. We also have informational handouts on general care for these little critters.
During an x-ray, a picture of the internal organs is taken on film using a form of radiation. Typically radiographs are taken when an animal is sick or injured, but for older patients baseline radiographs are beneficial for detecting changes in the organs when follow up radiographs are taken at a later date. Dense objects show up white, while gas and air show up black on the film. Taking a radiograph of an animal is low stress for most animals. Pets are gently restrained, usually on their sides and then on their backs, while the radiographs are taken. Some animals will need to be sedated or anesthetized for radiographs. Orthopedic radiographs (such as hips, elbows or knees and specifically PennHIP and OFA radiographs) are taken under sedation so the animal is completely relaxed, allowing better view of the joints.
OFA and PennHIP Radiographs
What is OFA/Penn HIP?
OFA - Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
PennHIP - The University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program
Both organizations are not for profit groups dedicated to reducing the occurrence of Canine Hip Dysplasia- CHD (Excessive wear and tear of the joint, eventually leading to the development of arthritis).
What is the difference between OFA and Penn HIP?
OFA radiographs are taken to evaluate how well the hip joint conforms. This radiograph is taken of the pelvis, from abdomen (belly) down to the back.
Penn HIP- The radiographs that are taken are used to measure how much laxity (how much movement or play) is in the hip joint. In the first view, the femoral heads are pushed into the joint socket. The second view the hips are pushed down and out with a special device. Neither position causes damage or discomfort.
What happens during a radiograph taken for hip evaluation?
For both OFA and Penn HIP evaluations, dogs must be completely relaxed and for the comfort and safety of everyone involved dogs must be sedated or anesthetized. Both evaluate an extended view, with the legs pulled out straight to evaluate for any existing arthritis. OFA measurements are made from this radiograph, where Penn HIP measures off the procedure described above.
What are the benefits for me to evaluate my dog’s hips?
By evaluating your dog’s hips at an early age (2 years old for OFA, as young as 16 weeks for Penn HIP) we can predict susceptibility to developing hip dysplasia and the development of arthritis at a later age. It is especially important to evaluate dogs that will potentially be bred to help decrease the occurrence of hip dysplasia in future generations.