© Cordova Animal Medical Center 2016

2433 East Langley

Pensacola, FL 32504

CordovaAMC7@gmail.com \\ Tel: 850.479.2222 

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Annual Checkup

Vaccinations:  

We use only the best vaccines shipped directly from the manufacturer.  Each vaccine is drawn up individually for each pet and is under refrigeration at all times.  

Puppies/Kittens:    Young animals require vaccines more often than adults.  Vaccines are given in series to build up the immune system and avoid maternal antibody.   Boosters are given in 3 week intervals along with intestinal parasite exams and deworms.   Proper prevention as a puppy/kitten will keep your beloved pet healthy.   Please contact our office for recommended vaccine schedules and age requirements. 

Dogs:      Rabies (1-3 years depending on age, vaccination status),  DHLPP (1-3  for DHPP depending on status),  every 6 months for Lepto),  and Bordatella (every 6 months).   Other vaccinations available include Lyme (pets at risk),  periodontal disease vaccine (risk factors), and corona (puppies)

Diagnostics

We have onsite radiology (x-rays) services.   X-rays are used for problems such as determining the cause of limping dogs  to  coughing cats.    Most pets can be x-rayed w/o sedation in the time frame of an outpatient visit.  More nervous pets, or pets with painful problems may require sedation.   Radiologist review of the x-rays is also available for an additional fee.   **Yes, we do offer OFA certification films.

Cordova Animal Medical Center has ultrasound services available also.   We offer abdominal ultrasounds,  pregancy scans, and echocardiograms.  All scans (except pregnancy)  are sent to a specialist for review and report.  Most ultrasounds require sedation to obtain good images, although we usually will try without it.   We can also perform ultrasound guided biopsy.  Certain echocardiograms, especially for congential conditions, may require referral for a color doppler scan.   Please contact our front desk for more information. 

Surgery

Ovariohysterectomy (spay),  Castration (neuter),  Feline Declaws

Cordova Animal Medical Center believes that all surgeries, elective or not,  deserve to be performed under modern, safe, monitored anesthesia in a sterile environment with supportive care and pain control.   

This means every patient receives an IV catheter and fluids during the surgery.  This ensures that we have an IV access point if there is an emergency while fluid therapy maintains blood pressure.  All patients are induced using balanced drug protocols  (pre medications for pain and to relax,   propofol to induce,  and isoflurane gas  to maintain anesthesia.   We intubate every patient,  and monitor anesthesia using pulse oximetry (measures oxygen saturation),  blood pressure,  heart and respiratory monitors,  ECG monitors, and body temperature.     Each patient has a dedicated veterinary technician who is with your pet from premedicaiton to recovery.   A convection heat warmer and a reciruclating water blanket are used to maintain body temperature during procedures.  We utilize a anesthesia flow sheet and record all parameters every 5 minutes while the patient is anesthetized.   

This protocol is standard for all surgeries and is included in the fee schedule.  All surgery patients receive an antibiotic injection, an antiinflammatory injection, and a  pain injection with  pain medication to go home.  This is also included in the fee schedule.   Declaws also revieve antibiotics to go home (included).   Elizabethan collars are sent home with most surgeries to discourage licking/scratching at the incision.   

We are not a low cost provider.  While our elective surgery fees are comparable with hospitals in the area (and we accomplish this by heavily discounting these procedures to help with pet overpopulation),  certainly there are lower cost alternatives that offer just the basic anesthesia/surgery w/o catheters, fluids, monitors, or pain conrol.  While we do accept vouchers from the Humane Society of Pensacola (Low Cost Spay & Neuter), we do not compromise our services on those pets or make needed services optional.  All pets receive the same treatment- the same as Dr. Peterson or any of our staff would give to our own pets.   When obtaining estimates from other hospitals,  it is important to ask what services are  included in the quoted fee and realize that you often get what you pay for...

Optional Services:   

All surgery patients 7 years and older are required to have preanesthetic  bloodwork  (checks a blood count, kidney, liver function)  performed prior to surgery.  Patients younger than 7 are encouraged (but not required) to have this performed also as it does decrease the potential for complications due to unknown disease processes.  Preanesthetic bloodwork is not included in the surgery package, but is available for an additional fee. 

All patients who have had a history of heartworm disease,  a heart murmur,  or  are a breed risk for heart problems are required to have a preanesthetic ECG performed prior to surgery.   This ECG is performed at our hospital and read by a Veterinary Cardiologist at VHI.  This allows us to screen for heart arrthymias prior to surgery that may indicate an anesthetic risk.  All patients are encouraged ( but not required) to have a preanesthetic ECG prior to any anesthetic procedure.   The preanesthetic ECG is not included in the surgery package, but is available for an additional fee.

Special Considerations:

Declaws:   We believe in aggressive pain management for our declaw patients.  We prefer to perform our declaws using radiosurgery which seals the nerve endings and blood vessels as the claw is removed.    This allows a cleaner surgery,  assures removal of the entire claw, and results in less pain and a quicker healing period for the kitty.  We suture the toes and wrap the paws for the first 12 hours.  Each cat receives not only a pain injection prior to surgery, but also a local ring block on each paw.  Post op patients receive oral antibiotics and pain medication   to go home.   Remember,  the decision to declaw should not be made lightly.  Alternatives are available and we are happy to discuss other options.   Declawing is forever and declawed cats must remain indoors.   

Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgery:  stifle (knee) repair including ACL repair (extracapsular Securos), medial and lateral luxating patella, amputation (limb or tail),  fracture repair (limb and jaw)

 

Dr. Peterson specializes in a procedure called a tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) It is surgical treatment for cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries. The biomechanical rationale of TTA is that a forward shift in the position of the tibial tuberosity counteracts the instability created within the stifle following a CCL tear. The tibial tuberosity is secured with specially designed implants so that the patellar ligament is perpendicular to the tibial plateau.

The long term prognosis for excellent limb use following TTA is comparable to tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, or TPLO. Both TTA and TPLO are generally preferred over previously developed techniques, especially in medium- and large-breed dogs. One advantage of TTA over TPLO is that it is less invasive, as there is less soft tissue dissection during surgery and the bone is cut in a portion that does not bear the body's weight. This results in less swelling and pain following surgery. Additionally, while the total activity restriction following TTA is similar to TPLO, the lameness resolves more rapidly following TTA. Lastly, TTA implants are made from titanium, which offers superior biocompatibility.

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