Our Services
Our Services

Our Services

Fairway Animal Hospital is a full-service hospital for dogs and cats.  Our clinic is equipped with the very latest technology that enables us to offer exceptional veterinary care for our patients and service to our clients. 

Our services include:

            Wellness exams and vaccines
            Sick-patient exams
            Dental care
            General surgery
            In-patient care
            Cat boarding

In addition to these basic services, we also use these advanced technologies to aid in diagnosing and treating your pet:

            Digital radiography
            Ultrasound (sonogram)
            Electrocardiography (EKG)
            In-house laboratory
            Chemotherapy
            Laparoscopic surgery
 

Digital Radiography:

Fairway Animal Hospital uses digital technology for all radiographs (x-rays), including those taken for dentistry.  Just like your home digital camera, this technology has many benefits over traditional film.  The images are clearer and easier to evaluate, they can be stored in a computer database, emailed, and saved to a disk.  This makes it easy to share the images with referral clinics.  The digital technology also makes it more likely that a great image will be captured the first time, so it decreases the amount of time it takes to get a quality image and decreases patient and employee exposure to radiation.

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Ultrasound:

An ultrasound machine (sonogram) generates and receives high frequency sound waves to create an image.  This non-invasive diagnostic tool is used to examine the abdominal and chest cavities and assist in fluid collection.

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Electrocardiography:

Electorcardiography (EKG) measures the pattern of electrical impulses generated in the heart.  It is used to detect and define abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias), so they can be treated appropriately.

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In-house laboratory:

We utilize modern laboratory equipment to perform a comprehensive range of blood chemistries and blood counts.  Having this equipment in-house allows us to get results back within minutes so we can start treating your pet’s specific problems immediately.

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Chemotherapy:

Chemotherapeutic drugs are used to treat cancer and certain other diseases.  The doses we use in veterinary medicine are not as large as those used in human medicine, so our patients do not feel as bad while being treated.  Most pets don’t even lose their hair!

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Laparoscopic surgery:

A laparoscope allows the surgeon to view and manipulate internal organs through a tiny incision.  It can be used for a variety of procedures, most commonly canine spays, stomach tacking, and liver biopsies.

            Laparoscopic spay
            Laparoscopic gastropexy (stomach tack to prevent twisting)
            Laparoscopic liver biopsy

 

Canine Ovariohysterectomy

The medical word for spay is ovariohysterectomy (OH).  Our clinic now offers our clients a choice between a traditional and a laparoscopic spay.  The laparoscope allows the surgeon to make a very tiny incision (about ½ inch) and visualize the ovaries and uterus.  Using a cautery device, all vessels are sealed and cut.  This minimizes any bleeding, and studies have shown that it is 65% less painful than the traditional spay. 

Why is a laparoscopic spay less painful?
In traditional spays, a ligament called the suspensory ligament must be torn in order to remove the ovaries from the abdomen.  This results in bleeding under the muscle that it attaches to and creates more discomfort.  With laparoscopic surgery, the ovary is elevated, and the blood vessels and ligaments are visualized, cauterized, and cut.  No tissues are torn.

What is the recovery time?
The first few days after surgery, dogs that have had laparoscopic surgery tend to be much more comfortable and active.  We still send home a few days of anti-inflammatory pain control to make sure that all post-op patients are as comfortable as possible.

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Prophylactic gastropexy

A prophylactic gastropexy is an elective surgery used to prevent gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV).  GDV is an emergency situation where the stomach twists inside the abdomen.  A dog with an untreated torsion can die within hours.

This minimally invasive elective surgery (gastropexy) tacks the outer lining of the stomach to the abdominal wall.  When healed, this strong bond prevents the stomach from twisting.  Large breed dogs with deep chest cavities are most susceptible to GDVs.  These breeds include, but are not limited to: German Shepherds, Great Danes, Rottweilers, Weimaraners, Saint Bernards, Standard Poodles, and Labrador Retrievers.

We can perform this surgery by itself or at the same time as a spay or neuter.

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Liver Biopsy

Laparoscopic surgery allows us to obtain high-quality liver samples in patients with liver disease without having to make a large abdominal incision.

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