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Digital Xrays are here!
We are proud to say that digital xray technology is now available for pets on the North Shore. We are extremely pleased with our version of this technology. The resolution and detail provided by the Agfa software is truly awesome. We thought our radiographs were good before but now we have a whole new level of diagnostic capability at our fingertips.
Xrays can now be easily copied for you to have at home or sent for specialist review if required. Now all our diagnostic imaging is digital including dental xrays, ultrasound and endoscopy.
Further advances in our xray capabilities are also planned --watch this space
The lovely Nicole has recently joined our team. She has just completed and graduated with her nursing qualification through Vet Nurse Plus. She is learning fast and enjoying meeting our wonderful patients and their pet parents. Evana has also returned temporarily from Spain though will be heading back soon before her tan fades too much!
With the increased complexity of surgeries being performed at some clinics, Veterinarians now really need human standard instrument and drape sterilisation procedures.
With this in mind we have invested in what we believe is the best bench top Autoclave available. The Elara 11 by Tuttnauer. The numerous high end features of this B class autoclave such as digital cycle monitoring will help ensure the highest sterlisation standards are possible at our Clinic.
In addition to this we will be adding an ultrasonic instrument cleaning step into our surgical instrument cleaning processes. The ultrasonic cleaner will remove upto 16 times more debri from the hard to reach places in instruments than manual cleaning alone.
TTA ( Tibial Tuberosity Advancement ) surgery
Knee ligament ( anterior cruciate ligament ) rupture is a very common and serious injury that occurs with our canine friends. The resulting unstable knee joint develops arthritis and often both knees become affected over time. Surgery is usually recommended to stabilise the knee and minimise the damage. The traditional extracapsular repair technique performed in general practice has a higher failure rate with larger breed dogs. For this reason more complex techniques such as TPLO or TTA were developed and are frequently recommended as the preferred option for this group of dogs.
After receiving training in the TTA procedure in Australia last year Steve has been offering this surgery at East Coast Bays Veterinary Clinic. After numerous cases we are now pleased to say we are very happy with the procedure. Dogs are weight bearing much sooner than traditional surgery and a higher percentage of cases are doing not just well but extremely well after surgery.
New Veterinary tools
Being able to accurately measure the concentration of urine doesn't sound particularly appealing but it is a crucial tool for vets. It is the earliest way of detecting early kidney failure allowing life extending preventative measures to be put in place in time to make a difference.
Vets typically use human manual refractometers which are particularly inaccurate for cat urine and require some estimation of the exact number. In humans very accurate digital systems with exact read outs are avaialble. Now a digital system has been released that is calibrated specifically for both dogs and cats rather than humans!
We have snapped this up as it is a critical veterinary tool
We have awesome surgical lighting but there are still times when more is needed to allow the best outcome possible. For example, being able to see the structures inside a knee joint, that may be in different positions, requires a targeted focal light source. This is why human surgeons very frequently wear hands free powerful head mounted lighting during surgery.
We now have a very powerful 10 watt LED surgical head light which can be focussed onto large or small areas of interest. It will also provide a valuable back up in case of power failure.
Thanks to all our wonderful clients for your great support and being the biggest part of why we love coming to work each day
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