We are committed to educating our clients in how to keep their pets healthy year-round, with good nutrition and exercise. Dr. Bailey enjoys staying current on the latest in veterinary medicine and technology. He will be happy to discuss with you all options available to your pet. This includes everything from annual vaccinations, routine spay/neuter, and pesky allergies to pain management, surgical procedures, and emergency situations.
Exam and Consultation
Your pet's annual check-up will include a total physical exam, with a thorough investigation of your pet's head, body, and tail, and all his assorted cavities. The doctor will want to know how your pet has been since their last visit. This is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have about your pet. It can be helpful to keep a notebook of questions and observations. Some seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests.
Don't forget your pet's protection from internal and external parasites. Discuss with the doctor which products to use in your fight against heartworms, fleas, ticks, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and ear mites.
If at any time Dr. Bailey should need to refer you to a specialist, we are truly fortunate in Tulsa to have an array of experts in many areas of veterinary medicine close at hand.
All puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated appropriately to protect both them and their family from the possibility of various diseases. We can dock puppy tails and remove dewclaws at 3 to 5 days of age. We do not crop ears. We recommend that puppies and kittens be spayed at 5 to 6 months of age and neutered at 7 to 8 months of age. Kittens can be declawed at this time, also.
Adult dogs and cats need to be examined and vaccinated each year. We will also look for any potential problems. Our goal is to catch any problems before they become major ones. The sooner we catch a problem, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely that your pet will make a full recovery.
Microchips can bring peace of mind. Dogs and cats can both be microchipped. Pets run away for a number of reasons; thunderstorms, confusion after a move, gates/doors left open, the list goes on. They are frequently taken to veterinary hospitals, rescues, and shelters where a universal chip reader is available to locate and read every chip presently used. Collars and tags can fall off or be removed. Tattooing can become illegible over time. Microchipping is a permanent method of identification for your pet. It's as easy as a vaccination.
In-house laboratory equipment allows us faster access to vital information about your pet. We can diagnose and treat the problem faster than when we had to send every sample to outside sources.
Our laboratory allows us to test the levels of a number of important enzymes and elements which can give us an indication of the health of several important body systems, including liver, kidney, pancreas and others. This is helpful in narrowing the focus to an organ system, as well as, testing for the safety of anesthesia and surgery and for drug monitoring.
With digital radiology, after an image is taken, it is sent to the computer, within seconds, in a very high-density image. This image may be manipulated in a myriad of ways to better visualize the details for greater ease of diagnosis. Multiple images may be viewed in mere minutes, while the patient is still on the table.
To aid in our diagnosis we also have digital thermal imaging. With this tool we can have a photograph of the thermal (or heat) gradients rather than light. This shows which areas are "hot" or inflamed, helping us to better localize the problem.
In addition to digital radiology and thermal imaging, we use a rigid endoscope to send a video image of the inside of tubular structures (especially the ear) onto a television monitor. With this we can show and explain the condition as we are examining the patient. It is valuable in the case of ear infections, ear mites, foreign bodies or masses. Some surgical procedures, such as laser removal of tumors, can be performed through this scope.
Medical Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for nearly all our cases in the treatment of painful or debilitating conditions. We are so excited about the relief we are seeing in our patients who have been suffering with arthritis, hip dysplasia, ear infections, wounds, and many other inflammatory condition (that do not involve the eyes). We would like to introduce as many people as possible to this treatment for their pets. We have seen results within a week or two. This ranges from being able to rise easier and even being more playful, to jumping in or out of the car, for the first time in months, without help. Most have been weaned entirely off long-term pain medications.
Laser surgery is less painful than standard blade surgery because it seals nerve endings as it moves through the tissue. There is much less bleeding because it seals smaller blood vessels as it “cuts”. This makes some procedures faster since we don’t spend as much time trying to control bleeding. Finally, there is much less swelling since it doesn’t crush, tear or bruise (less trauma), and it seals lymphatics.
The risk of infections lessens as the laser beam sterilizes as diseased tissues are removed. The precision is very great and the beam can “see” through tissue planes. Return to normal is hastened because there is less post-operative discomfort.
Probably the most dramatic improvement we have seen is the recovery time on feline declaws. We have had a few cases that were operated and sent home within three hours of being admitted, showing no signs of pain or discomfort and no bleeding, no wraps, and no tourniquets. Routine neuters and spays also benefit from this modality.
Tumors, lumps and bumps are much easier to remove and healing is uneventful. Malignancies are better dealt with, as there is less risk of “seeding” the area with cancer cells, because they are destroyed with the laser beam.
The “snoring” problem seen with brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs is another area easily amenable to the laser. Snoring and snorting are caused by an elongated soft palate in the roof of the mouth. This condition can lead to heart problems and shorten the life span of the animal. Before the laser, these dogs were seldom operated because it was a difficult, bloody and risky procedure. Now the surgery is a very short and easy procedure and these animals can go home the same day. If the nostrils are stenotic (closed), they can be operated at the same time.
Stem Cell Therapy
There has been a lot of research into stem cells. We often hear of the controversial topic of embryonic stem cells, but the area with the most promise to our patients involves the use of our pet’s own cells derived from their own fat. As of now, this technology is used for arthritis, dysplasia, bone and tendon and ligament injuries. It is showing promise in actually reversing some of the damage of arthritis and hip dysplasia, often returning the animal to a prior state of activity. Many have been able to completely discontinue pain medication.
Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning by your veterinarian may be in order. Like you, your pet can lose his teeth due to decay and neglect.
Tartar, or calculus, buildup cannot be removed adequately without a thorough cleaning under anesthesia. Look at your pet's teeth and see if there is a tan rough appearance. If they are not white they should be examined by a veterinarian. On occasion, there may be problems with the gums while the teeth still look good, so a dental examination is a good idea. Tartar extends below the gum line so cleaning is an invasive surgical procedure done under general anesthesia.
Daily brushing is preferred, however, this is not always practical. One should make an attempt to brush the animal's teeth at least once or twice a week. This is made easier if started very early in life. There are also drinking water additives to help fight plaque and freshen the breath.