Much like human medicine, veterinary medicine is ever changing. There will always be new treatments, new medicine, and new equipment to ensure that the best possible care is taken of your furry friends. At Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists & 24-Hour Care, our 8 specialty sections and 9 board-certified specialists dedicate their time to researching and discovering the latest and greatest advancements in their respective fields during their time between caring for pets. Check out this list to learn few things they’re excited about:Critical Care: With the addition of our new Critical Care team, led by Board-Certified Criticalist Dr. Katie Rhue, we’re adding several new advanced pieces of equipment to the hospital including: High Flow Oxygen – High-flow oxygen machines deliver heated and humidified oxygen at a faster rate than other traditional oxygen devices, allowing us to treat pets that require more intensive oxygen treatment for longer periods of time. Mechanical Ventilator – When high-flow oxygen and other breathing equipment aren’t doing the trick, we also have a new mechanical ventilator. Much like the machines helping severe COVID human patients, this machine breathes for pets with respiratory failure giving their lungs a chance to heal and restrengthen. Therapeutic Plasma Exchange – Although we don’t currently offer this treatment at SLVS, Dr. Rhue is very excited about TPE. It’s a treatment that uses an apheresis machine to remove plasma from a patient and replace it with a new donor’s plasma, removing harmful antibodies and toxins. This is particularly useful for pets affected by diseases like immune mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA), in which their own immune systems attack their red blood cells. Neurology: On the neurological side, Dr. Emily Davis is excited about the up and coming technological advancements in veterinary medicine such as: 3D Printing – Using 3d printing technology, neurologists have been constructing brain tumors that are difficult to treat and learning new and effective ways to treat them without the risk of harming a patient. They can also print new skull fragments for pets with cancerous skull malformations, giving their brains some carefully designed artificial protection. Stereotactic Brain Biopsy – With the help of MRI and CT imagery, neurologists can construct a 3D map of a patient’s brain, allowing them to obtain very small pieces of brain tissue for testing with the utmost safety and precision. Genetic Disease Research – It’s not just humans that struggle with genetic diseases and disorders, pets struggle with them too. New research and advancements in testing neurological disorders in pets have opened up the floodgates for treatments that may help not only our furry friends, but their human counterparts as well.Internal Medicine: In the world of veterinary internal medicine, Dr. Emily Medici and Dr. Jennifer Garcia are excited about new treatment devices as well new research pointing towards an answer to an age old question regarding grape and raisin toxicity. Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Allows for real time information on your diabetic pets glucose levels without pricking them, and the updates on your pets glucose levels can be sent straight to your smartphone. New Research On Grapes & Raisin Toxicity – New veterinary research from the ASPCA may have finally revealed the toxin found in grapes and raisins responsible for harming pets. They believe the culprit to be a tartaric acid, potassium bitartrate, also known as cream of tartar. Medical Oncology: Chemotherapy is no walk in the park for humans or pets. That’s why our medical oncologist, Dr. Andrew Novosad, is looking forward to a state of the art software that may help oncologists with treatment plan decisions. Artificial Intelligence Treatments – Finding the right chemotherapy drug to fight your pets cancer can be rather difficult, that’s where a new veterinary software called Imprimed comes in. It uses artificial intelligence and the affected patient’s live cancer cells to predict the most effective chemotherapy treatments for their specific needs. Radiation Oncology: Our PetCure Oncology at SLVS Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Cassie Wilcox, brings to the table an advanced treatment that has emerged as a standard of care for many human cancer patients because of its unprecedented level of precision. Stereotactic radiation (SRS/SRT) – Using advanced imagery and 3D software to isolate a pet’s tumor among the various critical organs of the body, Dr. Wilcox uses a linear accelerator to deliver a prescribed dose of radiation directly to a patient’s tumor while sparing the critical organs and surrounding healthy tissue as much as possible. This high-precision treatment is delivered to a patient in just 15-20 minutes. Surgery: It may not be traditionally surgical, but our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Loretta Bubenik and Dr. Matthew Sherwood, are looking forward to implementing a new osteoarthritis treatment for dogs. Synovetin OA – Synovetin is an injection that uses radio-isotopes to target and break down the inflammation-producing cells that cause the joint damage and pain of osteoarthritis. Coming soon to SLVS, just one minimally-invasive injection can relieve pain and inflammation for up to a year and your pet gets to go home the same day!
*The following technologies are not yet available at SLVS: Therapeutic Plasma Exchange, 3D Printing, Stereotactic Brain Biopsy, Continuous Glucose Monitoring, Artificial Intelligence Treatments
By Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists, www.slvetspecialists.com