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Tulo Tuesday! He was actually in yesterday because Alyssa was missing him and needed to get some cuddles in. Like his Momma, Tulo dons wonderful costumes, though he doesn't look super impressed in the 2nd photo! ...

Christmas shenanigans with Danielle handing out yummy treats in full festive regalia :) ...

Say hello to some of our recent visitors :) Bella is a 5 yr old lab, the white curly coated cutie is Madison who is a 10 yr old Maltipoo, and Hannah, the 11 yr old Golden Doodle ♥ ...

Have you ever wondered about Laser treatment for your pet? Here at Coastland we offer Laser therapy for a wide variety of health issues - here is a little info on our laser:

Class 3b vs Class IV Lasers

The dose of energy administered to your pet with the Laser is measured in Joules (energy per pulse). Both Class 3b and Class 4 lasers are capable of delivering exactly the same number of Joules, however a Class 3b laser will take a slightly longer time to deliver the required number of Joules. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Studies have shown that low doses of a longer duration is more effective for the reduction of inflammatory processes, whereas high power and short time are inhibitory, helping with acute pain, but the actual healing is slower. Class 3B lasers do not produce heat, so they can be used with contact and pressure to the skin. With contact, more light is forced into the tissue. And by using pressure, blood, being the main absorber of the light, is reduced in the area and the light can more easily penetrate the tissue. The pressure will also lead the laser probe closer to the target. Thus, a Class 3B laser can penetrate deeper into tissue than a Class IV laser. At Coastland we are very happy with the results we see with our Respond 3b laser.
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Tulo is getting into the Christmas spirit! Happy Tulo Tuesday everyone :) ...

Radiology

RADIOLOGY

Diagnostic imaging allows us to gather crucial information about your pets' health without the need for invasive surgery and sometimes even without the need for sedation.

Radiographs, more commonly known as X-rays, are frequently taken to assess bones and other parts of the body including the thorax and abdomen.  We have a digital x-ray machine, and can take high quality, diagnostic images of your pet.  Because the images are digital, we can easily forward them to specialists or other veterinarians for consultation.

the beev 005 2Sedation is not always required to obtain X-rays, but there are some instances in which it is necessary.  For example, some pets are unable to remain still long enough for the radiograph to be taken, whether it's as a result of discomfort or apprehension.  If sedation is necessary, we use safe, reversible sedatives that are often combined with pain medication to make your pet more comfortable for X-rays to be taken.  A trained staff member will be monitoring your pet's vital signs while they are sedated until they are fully awake.  Once your pet is sedated and/or ready to be X-rayed, they are positioned on the table.  The equipment is placed over the target area, and the radiograph is taken.  Repositioning your pet may be necessary to obtain various views of the target area.  The images are produced within seconds and appear on a computer monitor.  This technology allows our veterinarians to diagnose a number of conditions, including fractures, foreigh bodies, and tumors.

The risks of radiation exposure to your pet is minimal, but as staff remain in the radiology suite with the patient, and perform this procedure multiples times in their work week, they are required to wear protective equipment including lead gowns, gloves and thyroid protectors, as well as wearing dosage monitors, with the data collected by Health Canada.  All staff are trained to minimize radiation exposure to both your pet and themselves.