At PAVGCC (part of the Peoria Area Veterinary Group), we are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to pets and their families in a caring and healing environment. Our mission is to empower pet families by providing knowledge and education on the behavior, diagnosis and treatment of cancers. Through compassion and service, we help families make the best decision for their pet with cancer while striving to achieve the longest, high quality life possible.
PAVGCC includes a group of highly specialized, trained consulting veterinarians in the field of medical oncology who are able to recommend and provide the best treatment options available for pets in need of cancer therapy, close to home. At PAVGCC, we understand that pets are an important member of our clients’ families. Our focus is on creating an empathetic environment where clients and patients feel safe and comfortable making decisions about the care they receive. Our entire staff is dedicated to providing the utmost care and attention to the needs of you and your pet.
How Do You Know if Your Pet Should See an Oncologist?
Early consultations with oncologists often saves clients’ money and increases their pets’ chances of a good treatment outcome. At PAVGCC, we help you:
- Understand the big picture about your pets’ diagnosis.
- Avoid unnecessary or repeated diagnostic tests.
- Prioritize diagnostic and treatment options so you can use their financial resources wisely.
- Teach you about your pets’ prognosis so you can set realistic goals.
- Develop appropriate treatment plans and coordinate efforts with you and your veterinarian.
- Find clinical trials, if available.
Electrocardiograms or ECG are sometimes recommended when your pet is found to have an irregular heartbeat or other symptoms leading the veterinarian to believe that there may be a concern regarding your pet’s heart. This test does not require sedation and can be done during a regular examination. The results are sent to an outside laboratory and will be read by a board-certified cardiologist in order to obtain a diagnosis and medical plan for your pet.
Radiology is a great way to diagnose fractures, bone deformities, arthritis and other issues your pet may have. These 2-D images also enable the veterinarian to visualize the various organs located in the thorax and abdomen of your pet. The information obtained from these images often confirm or rule out a diagnosis. If further information is required to confirm a foreign body or bladder stone, it may be necessary to use a contrast medium in order to complete this process.
This non-invasive procedure is done by using an electronic device called a Tonovet® and is used to determine the ocular pressure of your pet’s eyes. Abnormal eye pressure can be an indication of diseases such as Glaucoma or Uveitis. Certain breeds are more predisposed to certain eye problems and it may be recommended by the veterinarian that you have your pet’s eye pressures monitored yearly as a precaution or more frequently if needed.
Ultrasound screening has become a vital tool in veterinary medicine. With this diagnostic procedure, we can visualize organs in fine detail, outlining the actual organ or vessel for blood supply, size, shape, and irregularities. The information obtained aids us in determining or confirming a diagnosis without invasive surgery. Biopsies are usually taken but are non-invasive and may only require a mild sedative or can sometimes be done with the patient awake. If a biopsy is going to be taken, then we will draw a small sample of blood from your pet a day or two prior to the ultrasound and send it to an outside laboratory for testing of clotting factors. Your pet will have an area of their body shaved depending on where we are focusing the ultrasound as hair interferes with the ultrasound probe and has to be removed.
Microchipping is a small chip that is implanted at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades of your pet. This identification system is a vital tool in reuniting lost pets with their owners. It is not painful and can be implanted at any age of the pet. Once your pet is registered in the national database it is there for life. All animal shelters and vets have scanners that can read the chip and make it possible to trace the number back to the owner. The microchips that we implant are international and can be read anywhere in the world. It is important that you keep your address and phone number current at all times with the registering. Visit HomeAgain for more details.
When your pet is not feeling well, there may be many different explanations. Further diagnostics enable your veterinarian to determine the nature and circumstances that may be causing your pets symptoms. Often, we have to perform further diagnostics in order to rule out or confirm potential diagnosis since your pet cannot always communicate how they are feeling. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you have any concerns and are considering further diagnostics.
It is highly recommended that at least once a year we perform a fecal flotation examination of your pet’s feces in order to make sure they are free from any intestinal parasites that may cause them harm and are also transmissible to humans, especially children. We ask that you bring a small piece of feces with you at your yearly check-ups. We are able to perform this test in-house for instant results.
Routine yearly blood screening is also recommended in order to make sure your pet is not showing any signs of disease, such as liver or kidney. If we are able to catch certain diseases in their early stages we can begin to take steps to either reverse or prevent them from progressing. We offer a full in-house blood chemistry and hematology service. Occasionally tests require sending to an outside laboratory for testing.
Certain symptoms may require obtaining a urine sample from your pet in order to rule out medical or behavioral problems. This simple test is completed in-house and can be done in about 10 minutes. A freshly collected sample is required for accurate results. If further information is required for a definite diagnosis, we may need to obtain a sterile sample to send to an outside laboratory.