Exotic Pet Care
Though the bulk of our clientele are primarily dogs and cats, we treat a large number of non traditional pets.
We welcome these "exotic pets" and hope we can share some of our extensive knowledge and training with your scaly, furred, or feathered friends. Our goal is to EDUCATE our clients about their exotic pets, as the majority (over 80%) of medical issues we treat have primary underlying husbandry issues. Some of the exotic patients we treat include the following:
- Guinea pigs
- Pocket pets (hamsters, gerbils,mice)
- Sugar Gliders
Breeding & Reproduction Services for Dogs
- Pre-breeding consultation and evaluation
- Brucellosis testing
- Progesterone testing
- Vaginal cytology
- Breeding management
- Artificial insemination
- Surgical insemination
- Pregnancy diagnosis by ultrasound
- Puppy count? X-rays
- Dystocia management
- Caesarian section
- Neonatal care
- Semen collection and evaluation
- Semen collection and shipment
- Semen collection, freezing, and storage
Pets are family members, too. With special care from their families and advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer, healthier lives. With increased activity and longevity, there is a need for physical rehabilitation. Our pets, just like us, should have the same opportunity to speed recovery, reduce pain and achieve optimum quality of life.
Physical rehabilitation has become an increasingly important tool as an adjunct to veterinary medicine following surgical intervention, injury, chronic pain, and neuromuscular ailments. Physical rehabilitation aids in the prevention of injury and recovery from trauma, expanding the physical potential and quality of life of our canine companions.
Our goal at the Citi Animal Hospital is to help your pet achieve a fast, safe recovery from surgery or injury. Our rehabilitation staff will also teach you home-care techniques you can use to supplement our treatments. Your pet must be examined by our veterinary staff to assure that it is safe to begin physical rehabilitation.
Indications for Rehabilitation
- Pre and Post Operative
- Neurological Conditions
- Pain Management
- Geriatric Support
- Faster recovery
- Prevent muscle atrophy
- Reduce pain
- Improve range of motion
- Increase strength and endurance
- Non- invasive
- Improve overall health
- Recreation and mental stimulation (It?s FUN!)
- Therapeutic Exercises
- Laser Therapy
- Massage Therapy
Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
For many of us, the term stem cell brings to mind associations with hotly debated moral and ethical issues. There is, however, another side of stem cells and stem cell therapy. I am very excited to report that stem cell therapy has arrived in the veterinary arena without controversy or contest. The process uses stem cells collected from an adult body's own fat.
So how is it that an adult body still has stem cells Stem cells are simply undifferentiated cells that can be found in most tissues in the body. These cells remain primitive or undifferentiated, waiting for the body to need them. Many people think of their bodies and cells working in a very quiet and orderly fashion. This is, however, far from reality. Our bodies are like a war zone. Inside- there is chaos and destruction everywhere. On a microscopic level, the body is constantly rebuilding just to maintain itself. Our body calls on these undifferentiated cells every day to maintain health in our organs, in bones and on the skin. Without stem cells, we could not survive.
A single stem cell is able to differentiate or turn into many different tissues such as tendon, cartilage, bone or organ depending where it goes. The controversy on the human side is over using embryonic stem cells. These cells, taken from embryos, have the ability to form whole beings- to create an entire new person, dog or sheep. Adult stem cells on the other hand, have the ability to differentiate into many different types of tissues but work to repair. This makes these cells very useful for healing tissues or potentially organs.
In animals, we now have a way to harvest adult stem cells, collect and process them and then replace them in the body where they are needed. The amazing part is that the cells take care of the rest. Stem cell therapy is also known as regenerative medicine. The cells will regenerate the tissue in its close environment.
Currently the process is open for treatment of osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and poorly healing fractures. Once a patient has been deemed a candidate for treatment, he or she undergoes a short surgical procedure to collect fat. The fat is most often harvested from around their shoulders or pelvic area. Fat, especially from these areas, is a rich source of stem cells. In fact a small amount, less than 1/2 a cup, can potentially provide enough cells for multiple treatments for your animal. The number of cells harvested varies from patient to patient depending on the quality of their fat so to speak.
The entire process is generally completed in three days. The costs will vary, depending on the number of joints treated, but $800.00 to $1900.00 for the entire process would be a good estimate. For the patient, the procedure involves a surgery for fat collection and then usually sedation to inject the harvested and processed cells back into joints, tendons or ligaments two days later.
Studies are presently ongoing for use of this therapy in treatment of liver failure, feline kidney disease, irritable bowel syndrome and various autoimmune conditions. Thus far the procedure is most commonly used to arthritis and the results have been impressive. Decreased pain with improved mobility, a win-win combination. It is exciting to think where this therapy could lead us. What it has to offer presently and what it could offer to our animal friends in the future.
Current Uses for Stem Cells in Dogs and Cats
- Canine osteoarthritis hip, elbow, knee, shoulder
- Canine immune mediated polyarthritis
- Tendon and Ligament injuries
- Integrated with surgical repair of joints or ligaments
Are you wondering if stem cell therapy is right for your pet?
Veterinarians have identified their perfect case as a pet with arthritis who meets at least one of the following conditions:
- Is not responding well or cannot tolerate pain medication
- Is not a good surgical candidate due to age or health
- Has arthritis identified in one or more joints
- Is likely to need long term pain medications
- Pet owner prefers a natural therapy
Once in the joint the stem cells:
- Are anti-inflammatory.
- Change into the specific cell type needed to repair a given area, like cartilage.
- Provide growth factors to support healing tissue.
- Home to the injured area for quick repair including revitalizing weakened cells.
SurgeryIn addition to soft tissue surgery (ear cropping, cystotomy, splenectomy ) we also offer many advanced orthopedic surgeries (fracture repair, patella luxation repair, cranial cruciate repair, osteotomies, hip surgery, etc) and exotic animal procedures. Our experience and advanced training in this area helps enable us to get the best possible surgical results in the safest possible manner.
- Increased blood flow to area
this is of benefit to aid healing. All healing requires adequate blood flow to the site of injury and laser light has been clinically proven to increase blood flow into laser treated areas.
- Increases ATP production at the cellular level
ATP, the power source used by cells to function, is increased in affected tissues, by increasing mitochondrial function. This essentially speeds up metabolism at the treated site, resulting in faster tissue healing.
- Reduces pain
Current studies show that desensitization of nerve endings by the laser light is the predominant biological reason we see many of our patients show improved pain scores in a little as 1-2 treatments. Laser light also is a powerful cue for the body to release endorphins, the body's natural occurring pain hormones.
We have used laser for many medical conditions, including arthritis pain, degenerative joint and disc diseases, hip dysplasia, wound healing, non-res
Laser light is highly absorbed by skin and subcutaneous tissues, allowing deep penetration of the light to the level of injury. The power of the Class IV laser allows deeper penetration (to deep back muscles for instance) and shorter duration of the time to treat the affected area. Most treatments take anywherefrom 2-10 minutes per site and the treatment requires no anesthesia or sedation for your pet. In most cases, your pet will actually enjoy the treatment, as the laser produces a warm sensation as the rolling ball is moved over the treated area.
We have used laser for many medical conditions, including arthritis pain, degenerative joint and disc diseases, hip dysplasia, wound healing, non-resolving ear infections, and burns to name a few. If you feel that your pet may benefit from our therapy laser, give us a call for a consultation.