Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine is a comprehensive form of medical care merging both Eastern and Western medicines, thereby creating entirely new possibilities for maintaining health, treating illness and preventing diseases from progressing. Potential referrals for acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs are cancer patients, chronic urinary tract infections/crystals, chronic gastrointestinal disease, chronic kidney and liver disease, general weakness and debilitation, chronic lung and bronchial disease, recurring skin infections and allergies, back or neck pain, anxiety issues, chronic respiratory infections, rhinitis, epilepsy, chronic joint disease, post trauma and post-surgical support. For more information on acupuncture and Chinese herbs, please proceed to the the Library section.
Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is now available at PVS. Laser therapy is a surgery free, drug free, noninvasive treatment to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and increase speed of healing by inducing a biological response in the cells called "photo-bio-modulation". Laser therapy uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth. Most treatments take a matter of minutes. Laser therapy can be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by your veterinarian. Laser therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions, such as wounds, allergies, infections, cuts/bites, inflammation, sprains, strains and fractures, post-surgical healing & pain relief, degenerative joint disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lick granulomas, geriatric care, hip dysplasia, feline acne, tendonitis, arthritis and otitis to name a few.
Cardiologists have extensive training in all aspects of heart disease. Cardiologists employ sophisticated diagnostic techniques in the detection and management of heart diseases including arrhythmias, congenital heart defects and acquired diseases of the heart. The cardiologist will work closely with your referring veterinarian to provide comprehensive care for your pet.
Dermatologists have extensive training and specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various disorders of skin, ears, hair, and nails. Dermatologists also specialize in treatment of allergies, including air borne and contact allergies (atopic dermatitis or atopy), allergies to food and flea allergies. Our dermatologist will work closely with your veterinarian in managing your pet's problems and establishing a specific diagnosis, especially in cases where the signs are complicated or perplexing.
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PVS offers advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities for a variety of diseases including orthopedic, intra-abdominal, cardiac, and a number of other disorders. These capabilities include digital diagnostic radiology (x-rays) and ultrasound and CT scanning. Ultrasound allows diagnostic tests to be performed with the aid of safe sound waves. The waves bounce off the animal's internal organs (or a mass) and are decoded into an image on the monitor. This is a powerful and versatile technique in which a skilled ultrasonographer can see, measure, and assess the health of many internal organs. In many cases, it can preclude the need for major surgery .(For more information about ultrasound, please refer to ultrasound details in the Library section.) CT scans are best for seeing diseases of the head and nasal cavity, and lung diseases (although CT scans can be used to create images of any part of the body). CT scans use the same basic principle as x-rays, and are, in fact, very similar to x-rays. The difference is that they use more advanced technology to get a three-dimensional view rather that a flat, two-dimensional view like an x-ray. An x-ray can show you an image from the top, side, and bottom. Computed tomography (CT) goes beyond an x-ray to show a 3-D view. The CT will scan a body organ, for example, with x-rays, and a computer is used to construct a series of cross-sectional scans that actually build a full image or the organ.
Emergency and Critical Care
Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) veterinarians specialize in any pet emergency situation. They provide care for seriously ill or injured pets, and pets with life threatening disease and trauma.
A fiber optic instrument is used to visualize and take small tissue samples of the stomach, small & large intestine, bladder, nasal cavity and respiratory system. The word "endoscopy" denotes the use of fiberoptic instruments to investigate and possibly biopsy certain body cavities. It is a "noninvasive" procedure which means no surgical incisions are required. For the patient, this means a short anesthetic period with a rapid recovery. All endoscopies in small animals require full anesthesia, and therefore may require pre-anesthetic evaluations such as blood tests, radiographs (xrays), and/or ultrasound. Endoscopies are usually considered among the low-risk procedures in veterinary medicine. For more detailed information about gastroscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, colonoscopy, cystoscopy, and patient preparation, please go to the Library section.
Hyperthyroidism is a common medical condition affecting cats generally over six years of age. The condition results in most cases from a benign tumor of the thyroid gland, which results in excess thyroid hormone secretion. Hyperthyroidism is a progressive but highly treatable illness. Read more information about Hyperthyroidism and Radioiodine Treatment in our online library.
Moxie - a cat treated for hyperthyroidism at Portland Veterinary Specialists.
Internists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complex problems of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatic (liver), renal (kidney), endocrine, hematologic, cardiac and neurologic systems. Our internal medicine team works closely with your veterinarian in managing your pet's problems and establishing a specific diagnosis, especially in cases where the signs are vague or perplexing. Internists deal with a variety of clinical signs including loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and seizures. Specialized diagnostic tools such as endoscopy allows noninvasive diagnostic capabilities.
Oncology is the study of cancer. Ten common signs of cancer in animals are abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow, sores that do not heal, weight loss, loss of appetite, bleeding or discharge from any body opening, offensive odor, difficulty eating or swallowing, hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina, persistent lameness or stiffness, difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, many cancers which were considered untreatable just a few years ago are now treated with better, more predictable outcomes. Oncology patients at PVS have available the most current and effective forms of therapy that focus on providing the best quality of life for your pet. For more detailed information about cancer treatment see our Cancer articles in the Library section.
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A veterinary ophthalmologist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and surgery of conditions involving the eyes. Advances in veterinary medicine have increased the ability to diagnose and treat eye diseases, and veterinary ophthalmologists have highly specialized equipment for this. Services include ophthalmic evaluation for all companion animals (including dogs, cats, birds and exotics), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and surgery, laser retinal surgery, all forms of corneal reconstruction, eyelid correction and ophthalmic disease management.
PVS is equipped with the latest in specialized surgical equipment. Our state of-the-art surgery suite is equipped with modern anesthesia machines, heated surgery tables, and patient monitoring devices. Our surgeons specialize in soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Many Maine veterinarians refer more complicated procedures to our surgeons. A wide variety of orthopedic, oncologic (cancer), thoracic, intra-abdominal, and reconstructive problems can be treated effectively through expert surgical intervention. The safest anesthetic agents are used and patients are continuously monitored throughout surgery. The latest pain relief medications are utilized to assure the highest degree of comfort possible. Comprehensive pre-, intra-, and post-operative care is provided at PVS. For more details please refer to Surgery in the Library section.