Medical & Additional Services

If your pet needs medical assistance, you can feel confident turning to us at South Branch Veterinary Services. Our knowledgeable staff and modern facilities are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the some of the medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your individual pet’s needs.

Microchipping

Having a microchip implanted in your pet allows your pet to be returned to you in case they are ever lost.  This is a quick and low cost procedure that can be a lifesaving event for some pets.  

The process to microchip your pet takes less than a minute; we will implant a small microchip under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades.  Your pet won’t feel the microchip once it is in place and can provide you with peace of mind for the lifetime of your pet.  Call us today to come in to get your pet microchipped!

Laser Therapy 

Cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that helps increase healing times at surgical sites and decrease pain related to surgery, arthritis, inflammation and many other painful conditions.  It is a quick and relaxing process performed on a regular basis to increase blood flow to a particular area and stimulate cell regeneration.  

House Calls 

Our veterinary team will gladly bring the exam to you if that is more convenient or more comfortable for you and your pet.  For many patients this can be a less stressful way to get the care they need.  Call the office today to schedule your house call.  

International Health Certificates

Did you know that there are specific rules for bringing your pet to any foreign country including what vaccines and preventatives they need and when?  This is a way to keep diseases from entering foreign countries.  Dr. Gordon is certified by the USDA to perform these examinations and get you and your pet ready for international travel. 

Socialization

Socializing your pet is an important tool to keep them comfortable with their veterinary visits going forward and we recommend socialization visits for all of our new patients and any patient that is anxious about their visit.  During a socialization trip we will provide a positive experience full of toys, treats, attention and will not perform any medical or diagnostic services to help make it a beneficial visit.  

Radiology (X-rays)

When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.

X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.

We offer digital radiology which allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet and uses less radiation than traditional x-rays.

To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to administer a short acting sedative to your pet.  

Ultrasound

Ultrasound (also called ultrasonography or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.

We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis. 

The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image.

The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.

Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain a good result.