Osteoarthritis in Pets

Osteoarthritis in Pets: How to Look For It, Find It & Treat It

By Laser Therapy

With almost no exception, you see cases of Osteoarthritis (OA) – the most common type of, if not virtually synonymous with, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) — every week in your clinic. Depending on the source, OA is reported to affect between 6-25% of animals in the general population, with that number growing at alarming rates.

As a degenerative disease, i.e. one that gets irreversibly worse with time, it is critical to catch the condition early and act quickly. This article outlines the three fundamental steps to keep your patients on all-fours:

• Look: Your pet owners can help with awareness at home
• Find: Digital Radiography can help to see inside that inflamed joint
• Treat: Laser Therapy can help to Stop Inflammation, Reduce Pain, and Increase Mobility.

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What Are Laser Users Saying About Laser?

By Laser Therapy

SOUND recently surveyed its entire laser install base to get feedback on their implementation. We asked questions about clinical efficacy, workflow integration, and financial viability. An encouraging percentage (over half) of our installs responded with answers to our questions as well as open-ended feedback.
Our customers reported exciting levels of success across the board, especially with respect to:
• Clinical efficacy
• Decrease in concurrent medication
• Ease of implementation
• Immediate & Sustainable Profitability
• Growth opportunities

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What are the Benefits of Data Integration in Therapy lasers?

By Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is one of the fastest growing modalities in veterinary medicine. This trend started about a decade ago, and now about one in every three clinics employs therapy laser, with hundreds of new clinics implementing lasers every month.
Despite this solid install base, virtually none of the laser manufacturers have built a laser that can integrate into a working veterinary clinic from a data-connectivity perspective. But that landscape is changing, leading to some serious benefits in technician workflow and clinic financials.
Some of these integration points are:
• Practice Management Systems via Modality Work List (MWL)
• PACS Archiving
• Direct to the Pet-Owner Communication

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How Much Does a Veterinary Ultrasound System Cost?

By Ultrasound

If you’re shopping for a veterinary ultrasound machine, you certainly don’t want to overpay or buy features that you will not use. In the same vein, you don’t want to spend good money on an ultrasound of lower quality, one that may be unreliable and need to be replaced in two-to-three years with little-to-no resale or trade-in value.

The cost of your ultrasound will ultimately depend on how you intend to use it:
• If you are looking for a basic ultrasound to get started, what are the must haves?
• Do you need a more capable system for performing cardiology exams?
• Do you need a portable system or is a console system a better solution?
• Regardless of what I am getting, what are my training requirements?

What are the most important factors that go into the upfront cost of an ultrasound system?
• Caseload and the Needs of Your Practice: Species Diversity, Types of Exams
• Portability Requirements: System Size and Functions
• Number and Type of Transducers
• What’s Included in the Standard Package including education options

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4 Things Veterinary Ultrasound Can Detect and Diagnose That Digital Radiography Cannot

By Ultrasound

Ultrasonography and radiography are the two most popular imaging modalities in veterinary medicine, and each has its pros and cons. In some cases, both ultrasound and radiography are used to evaluate a patient; they should be considered complimentary imaging modalities.

Radiographs provide a snapshot of large areas of an animal’s body. Digital Radiography (DR) offers superior images of bones, the lungs, and gas-filled organs such as the gastrointestinal tract.

Ultrasound enables veterinarians to evaluate the detailed internal architecture of organs. When diagnosing conditions related to the heart, soft tissues, fluid build-up, and parenchymal disease of organs, ultrasonography is far more useful and accurate than radiography.

So what are the four conditions that are more accurately diagnosed using ultrasound vs. DR?
• Detection of Abnormal Fluid Accumulation
• Abnormal Abdominal Organs
• Heart Disease
• Soft Tissues of the Musculoskeletal System

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What Are the Most Common Problems with Veterinary Ultrasound and How to Solve Them?

By Ultrasound

If you’re in the market for a veterinary ultrasound machine, the last thing you want to do is buy a system that is prone to malfunctions or that offers low image quality. These are two of the most common problems associated with ultrasound systems, but they’re certainly not the only ones.

Some veterinarians do not appreciate the value of creating a plan to implement ultrasound in their practice before they make the purchase. This can greatly reduce the use of ultrasound in your clinic and cut into your return on investment. Other veterinarians overlook the importance of having a good service contract and making their ultrasound purchase from a reliable vendor.

In this article, we’ll explain how to avoid the following three common problems with ultrasound so you maximize the value of your new modality:

• Not having enough confidence in your abilities to recommend ultrasound to clients
• Purchasing a machine with low image quality
• Grappling with hardware and software issues

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Top 6 Reasons to Bring Ultrasound in House

By Ultrasound

Ultrasonography is becoming the new standard in veterinary imaging. As a diagnostic tool, ultrasound is faster and more accurate in diagnosing certain conditions than radiography. It’s also becoming more and more affordable. The University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine anticipates that ultrasound equipment could become as prevalent as radiography machines in veterinary practices. (1)

The principal reasons for in-house veterinary ultrasound are:

• Versatility in anatomy and pathology that can be imaged
• Shortening the Time to Diagnosis
• Better Clinical Results
• Expanding to New Niches
• Increased Referrals
• A Way to Stop Losing Revenue

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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Veterinary Ultrasound – Including an Analysis of AAHA and University of Illinois Data

By Ultrasound

In recent years, ultrasound has become mainstream in the veterinary industry. But why? What are the top reasons people are investing in veterinary ultrasound?

• Advancements in the technology
• Affordable pricing to veterinarians as well as to pet-owners
• Reduced Diagnostic Costs
• Discovery of new diagnostic applications and specialty niches
• Increase referral network

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Portable vs. Console Ultrasound Systems: Which Is Best for My Veterinary Practice?

By Ultrasound

Now that you’ve made the decision to invest in an ultrasound system, there are several factors to consider before making the purchase. One of the most important is whether to buy a console or portable ultrasound

Each design has its own advantages. Most console systems have more room for processors due to their larger size, which increases processing power and ultimately improves image quality. But today, portable systems tend to offer high image quality that is on par with smaller console systems.

Portable systems are also easier to carry from location to location within your hospital and they allow you to diagnose patients offsite, which opens your practice to specialty niches such as equine, farm, zoo, and marine animal care.

Let’s take a look at a few important factors to consider when choosing between a console and portable ultrasound system:

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How to Incorporate Ultrasound Into the Veterinary Practice – a Step-by-Step Guide

By Ultrasound

Ultrasound has become a standard imaging modality in veterinary clinics across the United States. A powerful diagnostic tool, ultrasound can detect intra-organ growths, fluid build-up, and other maladies that are difficult or impossible to observe on X-rays. When used adjunct to radiography, ultrasound can greatly enhance your diagnostic capabilities, leading to increased prognostic confidence and improved patient outcomes.

In his recent webinar, Dr. Marc Seitz, DVM, DABVP offered crucial insight to veterinarians who are thinking about purchasing an ultrasound system. Dr. Seitz is a board-certified canine and feline specialist with a background in both general and emergency medicine. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on veterinary ultrasound.

You can watch the entire 45-minute webinar below, or read on to learn Dr. Seitz’s answers to six frequently asked questions about veterinary ultrasound.

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