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As true in humans, prevention will always be better than cure in animals too however much advancement is made in medicine. A dog or a cat 1 year of age is approximately 15 years old in human age, 24 at 2 years of age, and then every 4 for each year they pass. A regular health check might be said to be more important for our animals than us due to this quadruple speed of aging, and our shortness of common language.
It is said that 70 % of all diseases can be diagnosed by careful physical examination consisting of history taking, visual inspection, palpation, auscultation, olfactory examination, and percussion. These physical examination results guide the subsequent clinical testing, leading us to the correct diagnosis.
A variety of full day health check plans that include physical examinations and clinical testing are available to match for each of our patient’s health condition.
The pet population is also aging, and cancer is now the number one cause of death. At the age of 7, dogs and cats are equivalent to approximately 44 in human age; the “cancer at risk” age.
With the progress of modern medicine, cancer is no longer an incurable despairing disease. To minimize deaths and pain caused by cancer and for a better quality of life, early diagnosis and treatment is vital.
A cancer screening is not just aimed to find cancers, but to find them early and treat them before they are showing any symptoms. Having a screening done to confirm a suspected cancer can be too late.
We have screening plans for each animal species, ages, and organs. We recommend a cancer screening twice yearly (this is equivalent to once every 2 years in people) until they are 7, and there onwards once every 3 months (equivalent to once a year in people).
A second opinion refers to the act of asking for other assessments by the attending doctor to another veterinarian or hospital for the benefit of the client and patient. Additionally, clients may sometimes need more explanation to fully understand and consent or make a decision about their loved ones. All the more can be said if the matter concerns an illness or condition that may be life threatening. This is where veterinary specialists can aid you, so please do not hesitate to ask. We will be happy to refer you to these people or specialized hospital.
The Happy Dog Program is a “vaccination for the mind”. It is to prevent behavioral problems of puppies (house breaking, biting, destruction, barking, etc), just like preventing physical disease with vaccinations. It is most effective between 3 to 12 weeks of age which is known to be the “socialization period”. How the dogs spend this short period of their early life may alter their future completely.
To teach the puppies what appropriate manners are is the responsibility of the owners, their new family. We offer behavioral consultations to assist effective training, and formation of a trusting relationship between you and your new furry family.
Animals do not have IDs or passports. In place, microchips which are small capsules with ID numbers etched on them and inserted underneath the skin by injection can serve their purpose throughout the pet’s life. If your dog unfortunately gets lost, he can be tracked down to you by matching the chip number to the information registered to the microchip company. Additionally, more and more countries including Japan mandate microchips for oversea travels. We advocate microchip placement for the safety of your precious pet.
The 4-multi-slice CT used in Hiroo Central Hospital has been replaced by a fifth generation 16 slice CT that has the power to generate high resolution 0.625 mm image slices in a shorter time span. We are proud to be the first in Japan to install this CT instrument. The 3D image construction workstation is also newly acquired, and together will facilitate better diagnostics and analysis.
As with the radiographic and ultrasonographic images, these images will also be stored in the image server (PACS), accessible from all hospital areas including exam rooms. 3D images are introduced in the exam rooms via Macintosh-compatible image viewing software; Osirix.
Our CT center is also open for use to other veterinary practices.