How Technology Plays a Role in Veterinary Care
Guest Writer: Lizzie Weakley
Veterinary medicine has changed drastically over the past century, both in response to the changing roles of pets in our society, and the development of new and improved technologies. Pets are often viewed as a member of the family and, as such, greater care of their needs is demanded. Gone are the days when teeth were allowed to rot out when general anesthesia consisted of a simple injection of pentobarbital. Now regular maintenance is given, teeth are extracted, and pets are given a combination of sedatives and anesthetics not unlike a human might experience when anesthetized. Diagnostic procedures have likewise advanced considerably.
Ultrasounds and MRIs
Ultrasounds and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are one such area that has seen improvement. Previously, diagnostics were limited to crude, time-consuming X-Rays, which were developed in dark rooms. Now, equipment has diversified and become far more convenient. Equipment such as ultrasounds from companies like Keebovet has become portable. They may use rechargeable batteries, allowing for simplified use— especially with large animals. MRIs, formerly used only in neurological scans, are now seeing use in orthopedics, cardiology, and soft tissue treatment. However, unlike ultrasounds, MRIs require sedation and are considerably more costly.
3D Printing is a relatively new technology, which has seen use in everything from artistic fields to medicine– and veterinary medicine is no exception. Bones and tissues can be 3D printed following a CT scan, allowing veterinarians to view an animal’s internal structures and practice surgery before operating on the patient. They can likewise be used simply as models.
Laparoscopy is a very useful surgical tool: a camera is inserted into the animal via a small incision. Other instruments can be placed in similarly small incision sites. Compared to traditional surgeries, laparoscopy is much less invasive, expensive, and painful. This method of operation is typically used for organ biopsies, but can also be utilized for a non-invasive form of spaying (Ovariectomy, in which only the ovaries are removed, or Ovariohysterectomy, in which the uterus is also removed).
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to veterinary medicine and new or newly adapted technologies. Many other tools are being used, such as pulse oximeters, cutting lasers (in place of scalpels), CO2 monitors, and many others. And new technologies are continually being researched, ensuring that your beloved pet gets the best care possible.
“How Technology Plays a Role in Veterinary Care – Pet Health”
Guest Writer: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky, Snowball.
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Have your pets had the need to use any of these technologies?
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