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Veterinary medicine is all about providing the best care for our animal friends. With this goal in mind, vets are constantly improving their knowledge, evolving their craft and investigating the latest techniques and developments in their field.
Technology plays an indispensable role in providing thorough care for beloved pets. From making an initial diagnosis to performing treatment, technological advancements have improved the overall process and allowed us to do things we could’ve only imagined in past decades.
At Rossmore Vet Hospital, our commitment to excellence means incorporating the latest cutting-edge technology into our practice to ensure your pets get the top-tier care they deserve. So, let’s take a closer look at the pivotal role of technology in veterinary care and how it transforms the treatments and care we give your furry friends.
Knowing exactly what is wrong with your pet is crucial to providing effective care. When your pet is unwell and you bring them to the clinic, your vet will ask questions and perform an examination to understand your pet’s symptoms.
While professionals can diagnose many issues from this initial analysis, there are some problems where further examination will be necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis. This is because some symptoms — such as fatigue, lack of appetite and diarrhea, to name a few — can have a variety of potential causes. The wrong diagnosis can lead to not only ineffective treatment, but it also means the actual problem could continue to get worse. This is why we will use technology when necessary to obtain a clear, accurate idea of the issue.
State-of-the-art imaging techniques, such as MRI, CT scans, radiography and ultrasound, can be key to finding or ruling out a wide range of conditions, including tumours, internal problems, issues with muscles, organs and tissues and more. This advanced equipment allows your veterinarian to efficiently and accurately examine the inside of your pet’s body and determine the root cause of your pet’s illness. When it comes to the health of your cat, dog, cattle or any other animal, time is often of the essence, so a precise diagnosis allows your vet to start treatment sooner.
With the latest diagnostic technology, the veterinarians at Rossmore Vet Hospital can personalise your pet’s treatment, resulting in the highest standard of care for your companions.
Just like with people, vets will sometimes need a tissue or fluid sample to help diagnose exactly what is wrong with your pet. Our on-site pathology lab handles a range of samples, including blood, saliva, urine, fecal, biopsies, blood counts, infectious disease testing and more.
Having a pathology lab at the hospital means there’s no need to send samples away, cutting down on wait times and ensuring a fast turnaround of usually 12–24 hours for blood tests and up to 14 days for biopsies. Quicker results mean we can start treatment plans sooner and with an accurate diagnosis.
Technology isn’t just reserved for life-saving surgery or diagnosing your pet; it plays a vital role in your pet’s general well-being. Microchipping is a routine procedure where a chip the size of a grain of rice is placed under your pet’s skin. In NSW, all cats and dogs must be microchipped before they reach 12 weeks of age.
This chip has a unique code, which is stored on a national computer database, that identifies your pet. This is especially helpful for lost pets as anyone can bring your pet to any vet and the microchip will lead your pet back to you.
While we still strongly recommend a good old-fashioned collar and tags in addition to microchipping, this technology ensures that your pet can be identified even if they manage to slip their collar. Whether your pet panicked because of a storm or is a natural escape artist, a microchip is the best way to help your beloved pet get back home.
House Calls and Remote Monitoring
If you live in a rural area or need urgent advice, sometimes you may not be able to reach a vet easily. Telemedicine addresses this problem by enabling remote consultations between veterinarians and pet owners, eliminating potential geographical barriers, and providing immediate access to expert advice.
This is ideal for passing on test results and follow-up questions on appointments (for example, you may want to call to clarify if your pet’s behaviour after surgery is normal). Other equipment, such as wearable devices equipped with sensors and trackers, allows for the continuous monitoring of an animal’s vital signs, which can be crucial in catching an issue early and providing prompt intervention.
While we can provide some guidance remotely, it’s important to note that nothing can replace a vet seeing your pet in the flesh. If you cannot come to us, we have a specialist remote van that can provide house calls and treat your pet. In emergencies, we recommend bringing your pet to the clinic, where we can use our technology and equipment to provide them with the best possible care. Emergencies don’t believe in keeping to office hours, so we provide a 24/7 after-hours service to help your pet whenever needed.
As vets, we understand how stressful the idea of surgery on your fur babies can be, so we’re constantly looking to the latest technology to enhance precision and reduce discomfort. Many technologies that were once exclusively used on humans have become necessities at your local vet. The benefits of technology begin in the diagnosis stage, with X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds providing us with crucial images that help us find the cause of your pet’s illness.
From there, we can provide our patients with the best surgical treatment, from sedation to recovery support. Throughout the procedure, we have a variety of machines to monitor your pet’s vitals to ensure they’re handling the procedure well.
We offer a wide range of surgery services, including more straightforward procedures, such as desexing and dental care to lifesaving surgery, including tumour removal. Whether it is eye care or soft tissue or organ surgery, our team has the latest equipment to provide the best chance of treating your beloved pet.
Our expert team are highly trained, has decades of collective experience and frequently undertakes training to stay on top of the latest innovations and developments. You can rest assured that your pet is in the best hands. Technology improves the accuracy and efficiency of your pet’s surgery and will minimise discomfort and side effects.
Embrace the Future of Veterinary Care with Rossmore Vet Hospital
Like most industries, veterinary care is constantly evolving to find the best ways to treat animals. The integration of technology at Rossmore Vet Hospital has revolutionised how we diagnose, treat, and monitor your pets’ health. From precision diagnostics to minimally invasive surgical procedures, pathology, and innovative approaches to treatment and care, technology ensures that your pet receives the best care available. We are committed to staying at the forefront of technological advancements so that we can provide the best possible care for dogs, cats and other animals in the local area.
Your pets deserve the best care, and Rossmore Vet Hospital is here to provide that. Along with Rossmore, we service the surrounding suburbs, including Bringelly, Camden, Green Valley, Hoxton Park, Kemps Creek, Leppington, Narellan, Oran Park, and Prestons. Contact our dedicated, expert team to ensure that your animal companions receive the high-quality care they deserve.
We are ready to answer your questions, schedule appointments, and partner with you on your pet’s health journey. Your pet’s well-being is our number one priority. Get in touch today or call 02 9606 6984 to book your next appointment!