Services we offer at Amity Vets

We offer all the services you would expect from a first opinion small animal veterinary practice including preventative care, modern diagnostics and treatment.

In addition, we also offer unique services including Minimally Invasive Surgery (Keyhole Surgery), Acupuncture and Visiting Consultants in certain disciplines.

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Routine

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Diagnostic

  • Blood testing
  • Urine/Faecal testing
  • Digital X-rays
  • Ultrasonography
  • More than a decade of experience!
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Therapeutic

  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Holistic approach
  • Complementary medicine

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Additional services

 

  • Acupuncture
  • Laparoscopy
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Visiting consultants in ophthalmology, cardiology and orthopaedic surgery

Laparoscopy, also known as ‘keyhole’ or minimally invasive surgery, involves inserting a tiny rod attached to a camera into the abdomen (tummy) for exploration and surgical procedures. Traditional exploratory laparotomy (opening up the abdomen) has been the choice of most veterinary surgeons to visualise and gain access into the abdomen. This commonly involves a large incision along the midline of the abdomen. Some incisions can be as long as 20-40cm long in larger dogs!

Over the last 40 years there have been huge advances in techniques and equipment for laparoscopic procedures in the human field and now this technology is being adopted for veterinary applications by a few progressive practices. The benefits of this minimally invasive surgery include less tissue trauma which result in less pain and quicker recovery times.

The patient will receive a general anaesthetic just as for routine procedures. A special needle (Veress needle) is placed through the abdomen wall to inflate the abdomen with medical grade carbon dioxide. This increases the space within the abdomen allowing better visualisation and manoeuvrability of the instruments and internal tissues. A 1cm incision is then made at a suitable site to place the camera rod through. Depending on the procedure, there may be two or three small 1-2 cm incisions made in the patient’s abdomen. All visualisation, exploration and procedures will be done via these small incisions. After the procedure is completed, all instruments are removed, the abdomen is deflated and the small incisions are closed usually with one stitch or just skin glue.

For the Veterinary Surgeon, superior visualisation of the internal organs can be achieved as the scope magnifies everything and allows better visualisation of all areas of the abdomen from the diaphragm cranially to the pelvic inlet caudally. This enables a much more thorough examination of the abdominal organs. Bleeding is reduced and easily controlled using special diathermy (electrically heated) forceps and probes

For the animal, much smaller operating incisions, minimal tissue handling, means less trauma and therefore faster recovery times and less pain overall.

  • Exploratory laparotomy – visualising the abdominal organs to try and find abnormalities
  • Sampling of organs – Biopsies of the Liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen and lymph nodes
  • Biopsy of tumours and abnormal tissues.
  • Ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy – Spaying
  • Cryptorchid testis removal (testicles retained in the abdomen)
  • Many other procedures, requiring access to the abdomen

Acupuncture is the ancient art of placing needles into specific locations on the body to alleviate pain and increase the animal’s resistance to disease, hence normalising the body system.
It has been practiced by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for over thousands of years. It has been increasingly integrated and incorporated into Western medical fields and veterinary medicine in recent decades.

Acupuncture may be especially useful in treating chronic states of disease, either to complement orthodox treatments, or when conventional medicine fails.

Patients seen for acupuncture are preferably referred by your own vets.

Acupuncture is now known to affect all major physiological systems. It does more than just relieve pain. How it works depends on the condition being treated and the selection of points utilized.

Its effects are largely segmental, working at the level of the spinal cord where the affected area originated from. Segmental acupuncture involves needling relevant acupuncture points on the same spinal segment of the diseased/ affected areas.

Acupuncture also stimulates the release of many pain relieving substances from the brain and spinal cord, providing more generalised (extrasegmental) analgesia. Combined with needling “trigger points” where painful taut bands of muscle exist, exceptional pain relief may be achieved.

Traditional Chinese Medicine:
The Chinese view health to be a state of harmony that exists between the body and its internal and external environments. Disease arises when an imbalance between the environments present. Acupuncture is used to ‘normalise’ the internal body environment, thus resuming equilibrium, resuming health. The approach is holistic and may incorporate changes in lifestyle as well.

Western Medical Approach:
The Western scientific approach to acupuncture is predominantly used for musculoskeletal disorders and alleviation of chronic pain.

  • 10% of patients are hypersensitive such that very light acupuncture is required
  • 80% very predictable results where the desired effect is achieved
  • 10% of patients can be non-responsive
  • Usually need at least 3-4 sessions before the animal can be deemed non-responsive

  • Single-use, sterilised, fine needles are placed into the animal at the relevant points.
  • The number of needles placed will depend on the condition.
  • Treatments may last for 10 seconds to 20 minutes depending upon the condition and the method used.
  • Usually, an average of 4-6 treatments is required.
  • These are performed initially once or twice weekly, depending on the condition until the maximum desired effect is achieved.
  • The frequency of treatment then depends on each individual animal. Some conditions may be resolved entirely but others may require regular “top-ups” to maintain the therapeutic effect.

  • There is occasionally a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin in certain sensitive areas.
  • Animals generally accept needling well and become quite relaxed during treatment.

  • Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized if practiced by a competent acupuncturist.
  • Occasionally, an animal’s condition may deteriorate temporarily before improving.
  • Because acupuncture balances the body’s own system of healing and no chemicals are administered, complications rarely, if ever, develop.

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain e.g. spondylysis, intervertebrae disc disease
  • Elbow and hip dysplasia
  • Muscle pain
  • Paralysis/ Paresis
  • Chronic lameness

  • Chronic Gastrointestinal tract disease
  • Lick granuloma and chronic skin conditions
  • Urinary and faecal incontinence
  • Stress related disorders in cats