Traditional medicine includes the diagnosis and treatment of whatever might be ailing your pet. In the world of traditional medicine, one size does not fit all. At Campus Commons Pet Hospital, our goal is to get your pet back to health in a manner that is the least invasive and less stressful for your pet — with you, the owner, and your goals in mind. Life can be hectic and we know that sometimes the problem you are interested in solving with your pet may not be the next person’s. We are here to listen and help you with your concerns, not work by some preordained set of standards set forth in an authoritarian manner. Our philosophy is to provide a treatment plan that truly fits both your and your pets needs.
Diagnosis of any problem starts in the exam room. There, our doctors will examine your pet and determine the best course of action. Often a treatment plan can be worked out right then and there. Options are presented and the expected outcome of each is reviewed.
If further diagnostics are needed to figure out what’s wrong, there are three main testing modalities we use: lab work, digital X-rays and ultrasound.
Lab work typically includes blood sampling and a urinalysis, which provide a glimpse of the chemical and cellular workings of the body. For example, a small sampling may reveal anemia, infection, kidney and liver issues, and trends of diseases often hiding in the otherwise “normal” values. These results are then evaluated in combination with your pet’s medical history, physical exam and other diagnostic data as needed.
Here at Campus Commons Pet Hospital, we have excellent in-house laboratory capabilities, providing results within an hour. As we share in your concerns for your pet, we also want prompt results.
Everyone is familiar with X-rays. These internal pictures let us see much of what is happening in the body. X-rays are especially effective for issues with bones and for detecting changes in the size of internal masses or body structures, as may be seen with cancer. As well, chest images are well accepted as important parts of health screening.
With our digital X-ray system, we can produce and interpret images immediately. When a second opinion or detailed analysis is needed, for an added fee, we can send these digital X-rays electronically to a board-certified radiologist, for example when a diagnosis needs to be confirmed before proceeding with a complicated or lengthy treatment. A major advantage of digital X-rays is that we can tap into experts everywhere, and access a wider network of experts for you without the person having to be on site.
Ultrasound is the third cornerstone of our diagnostic triangle. To explain the value of ultrasound, let us first look at what X-rays can and cannot do.
X-rays measure the contrast between four types of body material: bone, fluid, fat and air. Where there is contact contrast between those things, there is good visibility in X-ray results. That is the reason you can see fluid in the lungs which usually have a lot of air, or a break in a bone which now has fluid density (i.e., blood, muscle, etc.) in the separation. The trouble comes in to play when there is a suspicion of an unusual pattern of fluid in an already fluid-dense subject such as the liver, heart or kidneys. These changes just do not show up well on X-rays. Enter the ultrasound.
Ultrasound is great for detecting differences between fluid pattern types, and therefore it is the diagnostic of choice when looking for answers in those types of areas. While ultrasound is not effective on detecting something like break patterns in bone, as the sound waves bounce off these substances and give unreadable patterns, ultrasound is highly effective when dealing with a fluid-dense subject, such as the liver, heart or kidneys.
We are very excited that we have a new ultrasound service available to offer to you. Our new, state-of-the-art ultrasound machine here at Campus Commons means that if an issue arises with your pet where an ultrasound can provide more information, we perform that testing right here on the spot. Our team has been trained and certified to record precision ultrasounds that our doctors read. We can also send your ultrasound to a board-certified radiologist and/or cardiologist and get the results back the same day, if we need to get a second opinion or further analysis. This means faster results, more informed decision making, and no wait in putting your pet on the road to recovery.
Because these three types of testing detect different types of problems in traditional medicine, we have put together a package for you to do all three services with a 15% savings over doing each of these tests separately. We are pleased to offer this comprehensive testing package because we, like you, do not want to wonder if anything has been missed. Of course, if only one type of testing is needed, we will communicate that to you and only do the test that is appropriate.
Here at Campus Commons Pet Hospital, we adhere to honesty as the best policy. There is never a time that we want to guilt you into treatment or mislead you about your options. That said, sometimes there are cases that are so complicated that a more invasive treatment plan or more diagnostics are really needed. We will be honest and ask the same of our clients. It is our policy that when there is any confusion, it is always better to communicate more and not less.