Whether your pet is in for a routine spay or neuter procedure or requires a more complicated surgical procedure, he or she will be treated with the utmost care at Family Veterinary Hospital. Our doctors have experience performing a wide range of surgical procedures, including:
- Spay and neuter surgeries
- Mass (tumor) removals
- Laceration / bite-wound repairs
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairs
- Advanced soft-tissue surgeries
- Orthopedic surgeries
Dr. Lawrence has extensive experience in routine and emergency situations. As an associate at Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital in Denver for four years, she routinely performed as many as 20 spays and neuters daily. Her tenure at this low-cost hospital gave her a unique opportunity most veterinarians never have: to perform many difficult and specialized orthopedic and soft-tissue procedures for pets whose families were often unable to afford a surgical specialist.
If your pet requires a procedure that Dr. Lawrence feels are best performed by a more accomplished surgeon, she will either refer you to a specialty hospital or request that a surgeon come to our hospital to perform the procedure. We have good relationships with some extremely gifted surgeons that can repair very complicated fractures, utilize different techniques to stabilize knees with anterior cruciate ligament tears, perform reconstructive surgeries, remove large internal tumors and many other types of complex procedures. Should your pet require 24-hour post operative care, Family Veterinary Hospital will refer you to a specialty hospital for the surgery. Your pet’s best interests are our foremost goal and we will do whatever we can to make sure that your pet receives the best care possible.
We know that surgery can be a stressful experience for you and your pet. The staff at Family Veterinary Hospital strive to keep your pet as relaxed as possible during all procedures. All patients requiring surgery will receive a pre-surgical physical exam and a pre-surgical blood screening, including a complete blood count (CBC) and chemistries. Pain management medication is provided to all patients before surgery, and pain is also managed during recovery so that your pet is as comfortable as can be. A nurse monitors your pet’s recovery closely until he or she is released to your care.
When performing surgical procedures, Family Veterinary Hospital administers sevoflurane gas to maintain a safe level of anesthesia because we believe it is the safest type of anesthesia for our patients. It is used in humans for the same reason. It is odorless and non-irritating to the airways, decreasing stress to your pet. Sevoflurane gas also affords a much shorter recovery period than other forms of anethesia, allowing your pet to leave the hospital feeling more like him or herself.
In addition to sevoflurane gas, we also use a number of different injectable agents to help anethetize patients, which allow us to tailor anesthesia to each individual. These drugs, often used as a cocktail, provide a smooth and minimally stressful induction phase into a safe level of anesthesia. They also provide significant pain relief before any painful procedure begins. This makes it far easier to control pain after the anesthesia has worn off.
Advanced monitoring equipment is used on all pets receiving anesthesia. We take your pet’s safety very seriously, and therefore monitor the following in all patients:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Capnography (Blood CO2 Levels)
- Pulse Oxymetry (Blood O2 Levels)
- Blood Pressure
Stem Cell Therapy
What is MediVet Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are asleep. MediVet’s stem cell therapy allows your vet to isolate stem cells from an animal’s own fat tissue, wake them up, and re-introduce the healing cells into the areas of need.
What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells treat the source of the problem by offering the ability to become new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells. It offers an all-natural alternative to drugs and steroids. In a recent randomized sampling of 155 canines sufferings from osteoarthritis > 95% showed improvements as reported by the treating Veterinarians.
How long has this been available?
Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004. MediVet was the pioneer in offering to the Veterinarian industry same day, onsite treatments and has to date completed over 10,000 treatments globally.
Why Ask for MediVet Stem Cell therapy?
For pet owners, there are two main advantages to MediVet. First, the processing is all done in your vet’s office. This eliminates variability in outside shipping of the sample as well as offers a fresh is best approach to isolating, activating and re-administering your animals living cells back to the areas of need. The MediVet process has been independently validated in a blinded university medical setting.
What is Activation, and why is it important?
MediVet has a patented technology in which your animal’s stem cells will be activated with Platelet Rich Plasma (from a blood sample) and photobiostimulation (light). This dual activation process provides an increase in metabolic rate thus giving the cells the highest potential to survive once placed in the environment (your animal) and potential repair.
Is it safe?
Yes, this procedure is very safe. On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your vet. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained MediVet representative (or by a lab tech carefully trained by that representative). In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any negative side-effects from MediVet’s stem cell therapy.
What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?
First, your vet will put your pet under general anesthetic. Then, he/she will make a small incision and collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades). Then a trained technician will process the sample, right in the clinic, using MediVet equipment. The sample is activated then introduced to the patient. The patient can then go home, same day.
What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?
We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn’t injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles. Swimming and walking in water is great therapy. We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.
What conditions do you treat?
Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, Inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. If your animal is suffering from something different such as Atopic Dermatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease etc. your Vet will consult a team in order to consider stem cell as a treatment option compassionately.
How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?
We typically see about 1-4 years of relief after the initial treatment. Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy. MediVet has a banking facility in Kentucky. If symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and re-introduces the cells. No surgery is necessary.
Are there any animals that you don’t treat?
It is MediVet’s policy to bring its customers the latest data and provide recommendations for the safety of all patients. Currently, MediVet recommends that no animals with malignant cancer be treated with ADSCs
What current Universities are MediVet partnering with?
MediVet currently has partnerships with the following Universities; University of Kentucky College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Veterinary College, Kansas State University Veterinary College, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine among other international university institutions.
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma that contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. PRP is a non-surgical and advanced means of providing high doses of the body’s own healing factors directly to the area where they are needed.
How does it work?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a trending topic in human sports orthopedic medicine. Used for sports injuries as many wear and tear issues. MediVet’s Platelet Rich Plasma Kit, or PRP, is a breakthrough product for pets utilizing blood plasma with concentrated platelets that once activated accelerate the healing properties of the isolated growth factors at a fraction of the cost of traditional human treatments. Platelets that are found in whole blood contain many healing growth factors and bioactive proteins. These bioactive proteins can initiate tissue healing, and assist with inflammation. The treatment offers an affordable all natural alternative to drugs and steroids.
How does it benefit your pet?
Medivet’s PRP Kit can be introduced topically in or around an injured joint, tendon, or used in its gel form to treat large burns or wounds. MediVet’s PRP is not limited to acute injuries, it can also be used for chronic conditions.
• Complimentary to your Pet’s next surgery
• Wound Care
• General Inflammation
• Post Surgical Healing