Stanley Veterinary Clinic has invested in the newest digital radiology technology. Our doctors are able to review the x-rays immediately and email them to other veterinarians for a consult. X-rays can be used to diagnose many conditions, including bladder stones, locating foreign bodies, tumors, broken bones, enlarged organs and hip dysplasia. If we suspect any type of obstruction in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract we do offer a special procedure, barium series, which will help evaluate if there truly is obstruction.
During spays and neuters we offer to do complementary radiographs of your pet’s hips to check for hip dysplasia. This will also provide us with a baseline for any future reference.
HDVI and Fluoroscopy
Stanley Veterinary Clinic is now able to offer even better and more advanced imaging services with the addition of our new Vimago imaging system which includes both CT capabilities and fluoroscopy. The technology in this CT scanner is a new and improved method of performing CT scans which allows for higher definition and better quality images than what has ever been seen before. Not only does it provide better imaging than any other CT machine (even including what is available in human medicine), but it can do so with a fraction of the radiation used by standard CT scanners, meaning your pet is exposed to as little radiation as possible. These images are then gathered by the computer and put into files that allow them to be viewed in grey scale, color, 3D modeling, and viewed in any orientation which, simply put, means better ability to diagnose more accurately. Also, we can electronically send these emails to board certified radiologists, as needed, to get reports from the absolute experts in the field. These scans can even be 3D printed into a physical model to allow for surgical planning and other uses.
The Vimago imaging system also has fluoroscopy capabilities. Fluoroscopy is basically a live feed, video x-ray that makes it possible to actually watch internal parts of the body move rather than just capturing a still frame picture like with standard radiographs. This makes it possible to diagnose certain conditions that might otherwise be difficult or even impossible to see with standard x-ray technology. This also improves our treatment capabilities as we can now use this technology to guide needles or other equipment during procedures.
So, what does this all mean for you? We at Stanley Veterinary Clinic now have the most up to date radiography technology to more accurately and quickly diagnose your furry family members!
Rhinoscopy is the ability to pass a small camera into and thru the nasal passage. This allows us to search for objects that may be stuck/lodged in the nasal passage, look for abnormal tissues, obtain deep nasal cultures, and obtain biopsy samples to help make a diagnosis. The nasal passage is typically very difficult to work with otherwise since it has such a small opening and is such a long, skinny, and complicated area. Coupled with our Vimago CT scanner we can get a much better understanding of the inside of the nose when disease is present and this small camera opens up new possibilities for us to better treat and diagnose your pet.
If there is ever an emergency, your pet needs to be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. Our advanced laboratory is able to run bloodwork such as complete blood counts (CBC) and blood chemistry profiles while you are waiting in the room and the doctors are able to interpret the results immediately.
Ultrasound and Endoscopy
There are many conditions that need specialized equipment such as ultrasound or endoscopy for a true diagnosis to be reached. Here at Stanley Veterinary Clinic we are able to offer such services. We have a state of the art Oncura ultrasound system. The easy to use touch screen of this system allows us to perform complete, quick, high quality ultrasounds. With the digital link of this machine, we can then send all the images and videos needed to a board certified radiologist or internal medicine specialist to make sure we have the absolute experts in the field reading the ultrasounds and providing full reports along with any further diagnostic or treatment recommendations. We also commonly use the ultrasound to check for bladder stones, fluid in the chest or abdomen, look for fetal heart beats and check for many other conditions that may only require a very brief scan.
Along the same lines, we also offer endoscopy as one of our many diagnostic tools at our disposal. This long, flexible camera is able to be guided thru the esophagus, into the stomach, and then into the intestine to visually examine each of these areas. It also can used to obtain biopsies while there or remove small foreign objects from the GI tract.
Our veterinarians are experienced in many different areas of veterinary medicine. We see a variety of medical cases at our practice including:
If our clinic does not possess the necessary equipment for the case, we will refer our patients to Blue Pearl Specialty Hospital or Mission Veterinary Emergency and Specialty.
Stem Cell Therapy
Same-day Stem Cell Therapy for Pets in Kansas City
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a new treatment to improve quality of life when a cat or dog is suffering with chronic pain from osteoarthritic conditions such as arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and immune mediate arthritis as well as other conditions. Stem cells are the body’s repair cells. They have the ability to divide and differentiate into many different types of cells based on where they are needed throughout the body. Stem cells can divide and turn into tissues such as skin, fat, muscle, bone, cartilage, and nerve to name a few. They even possess the ability to replicate into organs such as the heart, liver, intestines, pancreas, etc. (Medi-Vet America)
How does the procedure work?
The day of the procedure, the veterinarian will anesthetize your pet. He will surgically remove a couple tablespoons of fat. This is a relatively simple procedure that is quicker and easier than performing a spay. They will then process the fat to remove the stem cells. Processing generally takes a couple of hours. After the stem cells have been collected, your pet will be sedated and the stem cells will be administered into the affected joints and/or into the bloodstream. It is important that you do not feed your pet the night before the procedure. (Medi-Vet America)
We may suggest that your pet stay overnight, so that he/she may remain quiet in their kennel and a veterinarian may check on them first thing in the morning. Results will gradually improve as your pet returns to a life of mobility.
For more information, please visit Medi-Vet America’s website: http://www.medivet-america.com/
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
The benefit of adding PRP while doing stem cell treatment for your pet is that PRP will give immediate relief as the stem cells take little time to show their benefit.
Juvenile Hip Dysplasia Screening
What is it?
This screening process is the most accurate way of predicting a pet’s likelihood of developing hip dysplasia and subsequent arthritis as they age, which allows us to begin management of this condition as young as 16 weeks of age. A set of 3 radiographs, with the pet placed in specific positions, is taken while the pet is under sedation. These radiographs give a measurement of the laxity (amount of abnormal movement) within the hip joint. This measurement is strongly correlated with the likelihood of developing arthritis as a result of hip dysplasia later in life. Stanley Veterinary Clinic is one of 4 clinics within a 100 mile radius with PennHip certified veterinarians.
Who should be screened?
Any patient over 16 weeks of age can be screened. Patients we strongly recommend screening are large breed dogs which tend to be more predisposed to hip dysplasia than smaller breed dogs. This is also recommended as a great way to assess genetics for breeding purposes in order to ensure breeders are doing all they can to pass on good genetics and decrease the incidence of hip dysplasia in overall populations. This can be done for any dog, large or small, to get an overall picture of the pet’s hip health.
Why perform this screening?
If a pet is found to have “loose” hips, and therefore be predisposed to hip dysplasia, there is a procedure that can be performed to help decrease the severity of arthritis and/or completely prevent arthritis from developing. This procedure, called a Juvenile Pelvic Symphysiodesis (JPS), creates an alteration in the growth of the pelvis, forming a stronger, or “tighter” hip joint as the pet grows. Because this procedure relies on changes in the way the pelvis grows, it must be done before 20 weeks of age to gain the maximum benefit from the procedure. This procedure is both less invasive and less expensive than any surgery that can be done later in life to help with arthritis. The JPS procedure can also prevent arthritis development, rather than waiting for the pain and permanent changes of arthritis to develop before dealing with it.
When should my pet be screened?
Any age pet that is at least 16 weeks old can be screened with PennHip radiographs. However, the ideal time for x-rays is as close to, but no younger than, 16 weeks of age as possible. By screening at or around 16 weeks of age, this allows us to achieve the maximum benefit of treatment for any dog that is found to be at risk for hip dysplasia. Also, if a pet could benefit from having the JPS procedure performed, this gives several weeks to get that procedure planned and performed before they become too old to benefit from the procedure.
How to get started:
If you are interested in having PennHip radiographs performed to screen a young pet, for breeding purposes, or just to know whether or not hip dysplasia will likely be a problem down the road, please contact us at any time at (913)533-7451. You can also see more information on this at the official PennHip website: http://info.antechimagingservices.com/pennhip/.