Services

At McGee Street Animal Hospital, we offer a range of services to help with all of your pet's needs. Our office utilizes the most advanced techniques and technology available in order to bring the best care to your pet. We will do whatever it takes to make sure your pet is achieving their highest level of health possible.

Experienced Laser Surgery

Since 2003, we have provided a wide range of laser surgeries. Dr. Emmert's education and experience combined with the benefits of the laser gives your pets many advantages for surgery.

These include less pain and swelling, less bleeding, and a cleaner surgical environment. We are also able to combine our laser with a video scope allowing us to perform surgery in more difficult areas, such as the ear and mouth.


Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

A surgical procedure used to return normal function to knees (stifles) in dogs and cats that have suffered from a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (same as the anterior cruciate ligament in people).

Cranial Cruciate ligament rupture is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs of all breeds and sizes. The TTA procedure is designed to return the cruciate deficient stifle to full function by surgically changing the biomechanics of the knee. This change is accomplished by moving the attachment of the straight patella tendon forward and involves an osteotomy of the tibia. The portion of the tibia that is moved is stabilized by a permanent titanium implant system. The major advantages of the TTA over other cruciate ligament augmentation procedures are:

  1. Rapid (1-2weeks) return to full weight bearing.
  2. Protection of articular cartilage through rapid return of normal joint range of motion.
  3. Decreased progression of arthritis over time.
  4. Good prognosis for return to full athletic activity.

Symptoms:

  • Acute onset of a rear limb non-weight bearing or toe-touching lameness;
  • If left unattended, the lameness cycles in severity over 6-8 weeks;
  • Decreased Range of Motion (stilted gait);
  • Hind leg outstretched while sitting;
  • Weight shift while standing.

Diagnosis:

The diagnosis of a cranial cruciate injury is made by manipulating the stifle into a position of anterior drawer (tibia slides forward). The only injury which allows this type of movement is cranial cruciate ligament injury. In addition, soft tissue thickening on the inside of the stifle is often present, indicating the chronic nature of this disease (medial buttress). If the meniscus is damaged an audible “click” or “pop” may be heard when the dog is walking or when the stifle is put through a normal range of motion.

Procedure:

The TTA procedure involves an osteotomy (cutting bone) of the tibial tuberosity (insertion of the straight patellar ligament). The top portion of the tuberosity is advanced forward and held in place with a titanium basket, plate, bone fork and screws. The stifle joint is inspected, if the medical meniscus is damaged the damaged portion is removed, remnants of the ruptured ligament are removed and the joint is flushed to remove inflammatory debris. A bone graft is collected from the femur and placed in the osteotomy gap.

The diagnosis of a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament can be suggested by your general practice veterinarian, and ultimately determined by consulting with a veterinary orthopedic surgery specialist, who will physically manipulate the joint and if needed evaluate radiographs to decide if your pet is a good candidate for the TTA procedure.

The TTA surgery is minimally invasive, with low complications rates, and can minimize the progression of degenerative joint disease (arthritis) by decreasing patellar-femoral pressure and femoral-tibial pressure. It is the only cranial cruciate ligament repair procedure that uses titanium, which is more biocompatible than stainless steel and reduces the risk of infection and rejection of the implants.


Internal Medicine

Our doctors work hard to diagnose and treat internal medicine problems. With great attention to detail, we can manage all types of diseases and injuries.


On-Site Laboratory

Our on-site laboratory provides rapidly needed information, which enables us to give your pet’s immediate care. We have the latest equipment for a variety of tests with fast, accurate results.


Digital Radiology

Digital radiology is the best method for x-rays on the market. This equipment gives greater detail with less radiation and decreased exposure.


Physical Rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation for pets is like physical therapy for people. We provide this service for post-surgical patients, neurologic injuries, arthritis patients, and weight management. With these therapies, we can improve function and speed healing where medications and surgery may not cure. These give your pets’ increased physical ability and better long term health. The faster your pet can return to normal function, the better their body will heal and have lasting healthy tissue.

If you are not a client of McGee Street Animal Hospital, just ask your regular veterinarian for a referral for physical rehabilitation. We will work with your veterinarian to achieve the best possible outcome for your pets!


Underwater Treadmill

An underwater treadmill allows your pet to exercise in water, which has many benefits. The warm water is adjusted to each patient to decrease the weight they carry and give resistance. It also increases blood flow to tissues and increases the range of motion in their joints over just walking. This is an invaluable tool for pets having difficulty moving or bearing weight. Virtually every dog will quickly adapt to the water and most will begin to enjoy it.


Therapeutic Laser

Our therapeutic laser is becoming very popular with our patients for a variety of treatments. This tool is used to treat arthritis without pain or sedation. It also helps soothe sore muscles and speed wound healing. Treatments are quick and virtually sensation free.


Wellness Care

We advocate an examination for every pet at least once yearly and in most instances a twice yearly examination is more appropriate. Pets age faster than people. A dog or cat will age 7-9 years for every 1 year of our lives. At the time of the comprehensive wellness exam, our team will discuss your pet’s health status and recommend a plan tailored to your pet’s health care needs .


Dental Care

We provide a wide range of dental care to help keep your pet healthy and their teeth clean and pain free. We provide in depth cleaning and evaluations for periodontal disease and can help in many ways to maintain dental health. Healthy teeth and gums can greatly prolong your pet's life.


Pet Foods

We carry only the best diets for your pets. We exclusively offer Natura pet foods including EVO and California Natural, Precise Holistic and Orijen. These foods offer whole food ingredients with no fillers, by products or artificial preservatives. Prescription diets are also available from Royal Canin and Hill’s Science Diet.


Exotic Companion Animals

Did you know that our veterinarians also treat Rabbits, Hamsters, Mice, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, and other Pocket Pets? We also treat turtles, Non-venomous Snakes, Geckos, Lizards, and other reptiles! Make an appointment for the "other" members of your family to be seen.


Boarding

We have a climate controlled boarding facility with regular and large sized runs. Dogs are let outside to play multiple times each day in our privacy fenced-in back yard. All cats that stay with us have a "room with a view" overlooking the outside courtyard! Dogs must be current on their Rabies and Bordatella vaccines and Cats must be current on their Rabies vaccine. (Proof will be required if not administered at our hospital).


Grooming

Our groomer Christon provides full service grooming for both dogs and cats. Each groom includes a haircut, bath, manicure and pedicure, anal glands expressed, and ear clean. Additional services like painting a pets nails or fun things like airbrushing can be provided also!


For more information about any of our services, feel free to contact us today. Our staff is always on hand to help you with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.