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Thank you - Open House and Fundraiser Fun

Thank you - Open House and Fundraiser Fun

We want to thank everyone who came out for our Open House and Fundraiser! We had over 30 people come out, including area vets and vet techs, to support K9 Paw Print Rescue and learn more about Veterinary Healing and Advanced Imaging. We really hope this helped people learn what we are about, see how powerful our Vimago CT imaging can be, and get to know us a little better.

We raised $1200.00 for K9 Paw Print Rescue in our Silent Auction. Thank you to the amazing local businesses and volunteers for donating the wonderful auction items.

Here are a few pictures of the event! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Open House Benefiting K9 Paw Print Rescue - Wednesday, November 8!

Open House Benefiting K9 Paw Print Rescue - Wednesday, November 8!

We are excited to be partnering with a great rescue, K9 Paw Print Rescue, to raise funds that will help them do their work. Nicole and I hope you can join us for this fun evening. We will have a silent auction (Wine, locally roasted coffee, spa packages, and more!) to support the rescue, free hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

We will also be on hand to answer any questions about Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging's services. Clinics who send a representative will receive a $500 gift card (to the first 50 in attendance) good towards services at VH&AI that can be used for their own pet or one of their clients.

Drop in anytime between 7 pm and 9 pm and say, "Hi", meet some of the dogs from K9 Paw Print Rescue, and support this great local Bay Area rescue. 

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Roark Freeman, DVM and Nicole Freedman

You can RSVP on Evite at - http://evite.me/NYA4zjvbHV

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Harnessing the Healing Power of Platelets

Harnessing the Healing Power of Platelets

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is a non-surgical treatment option that promotes long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. The acronym "PRP" has been all over the news with the rising popularity of the treatment among professional athletes and recreational athletes. However, what is not mentioned in the news is this revolutionary treatment is available to animals too.

Everyone knows about the role of platelets in blood clotting, but platelets also have a role in healing. When they are recruited to the site of a wound or bleed, they combine with other clotting factors to make a scab, but they also trigger healing of the damaged tissue.

Platelets contain Platelet Derived Growth Factor ab, Transforming Growth Factors α and β, Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Connective Tissue Growth Factor (CTGF) , and Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which initiate wound healing processes.1 They also contain more than 30 different proteins that have roles in tissue healing and hemostasis.1 Platelet Rich Plasma preparations also contain 3 blood proteins involved in cell adhesion, fibrin, fibronectin, and vitronectin.1

Platelet Rich Plasma thus, can be used to promote tissue healing in tendinopathy, muscle injury, osteoarthritis, and even long bone healing.1,2 All in a non-operative manner, giving the patient the maximum comfort and mitigating the increased risk for infection that comes along with surgery.

The timeframe for experiencing results is dependent upon the area of injury and the extent of the injury. On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within four to six weeks. A similar, if not shorter recovery time compared to surgeries that repair the same injuries.

We are excited to be bringing PRP treatment to the bay area pets. Contact us today for more information about the procedure and appointments.   

  1. Dhurat, R & Sukesh, MS. (2014). Principles and Methods of Preparation of Platelet-Rich Plasma: A Review and Author's Perspective. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery. 7(4):189-107. doi 10.4103/0974-2077.150734
  2. Gianakos, A; Zambrana, L; Savage-Elliott, I; Lane, JM & Kennedy, JG. (2015). Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Animal Long-Bone Model: An Analysis of Basic Science Evidence. Orthopedics. 38(12):e1079-e1090. doi 10.3928/01477447-20151120-04
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When Would a CAT (CT) Scan Help My Pet (or Patient)?

Veterinarians and pet owners in the San Francisco Bay Area now have Cat Scan (CT) available for routine use in diagnosis of pet health issues. New Technology has made CAT Scans accessible, affordable and more advanced than normal. Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging, a East Bay resource, has the EPICA Vimago Computed Tomography device. The Vimago renders CT images at superior resolution compared to more expensive devices yet at affordable cost to the client.

                     Vacuum phenomenon at T13-L1 in a dog

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SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF SEVERE BURN ON A DOG WITH HIGH INTENSITY LASER THERAPY

                                                           

Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging, a San Francisco Bay Area Veterinary resource, has recently treated Kelly, a 12 year old miniature dachshund whose owner had inadvertently spilled hot soup straight off the stove and onto her head and neck causing 2nd and 3rd degree burns. After two weeks her Veterinarian was seeing no improvement treating the blistered ear and neck that resulted from the accident and referred Kelly for a High Intensity Laser Therapy Kelly showed marked improvement after just two High Intensity Laser treatments and healed in just two weeks! See photos below!

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CAT scans for Cats in the San Francisco Bay Area

CAT scans for Cats in the San Francisco Bay Area

Now Veterinarians and pet owners in the San Francisco Bay area have access to Accessible, Affordable and Advanced CAT scan imaging for their pets. Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging is a San Francisco Bay Area Veterinary resource located in Pleasant Hill, CA. CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) is a preferred diagnostic tool in human medicine but until recently has not a realistic option for imaging pets. The small number of CAT scan devices out in the field for Veterinary use are in specialty practices and are generally not accessible to most Veterinary practitioners. New technology has introduced superior, yet affordable CAT scan machines that are accessible. Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging employs the Epica Vimago advanced CAT scan machine at its Pleasant Hill, CA location. 

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Shelby Update: High Intensity Laser Therapy Success Story in the Bay Area

Shelby Update: High Intensity Laser Therapy Success Story in the Bay Area

  In a previous blog post we told you about our patient Shelby who after an injury lost the use of her hind legs. You can see for yourself in this video that Shelby is doing well! We are so happy that Shelby is able to romp and play with her family again after only a few sessions of treatment.   

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Alternative Pain Relief Options for San Francisco Bay Area Pets

Alternative Pain Relief Options for San Francisco Bay Area Pets

No pet owner wishes to see their pet suffer pain or reduced mobility and function as the result of conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip or elbow dysplasia, injuries including burns, fractures, recent surgery, traumas such as bite/fight wounds, vehicle mishaps, spinal disc protrusions, or other acute or chronic conditions. Veterinary Healing and Advanced Imaging in Pleasant Hill, CA offers Alternative Pain Management strategies for pets and their owners looking for safe, beneficial and effective non-drug pet pain options.

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Paralyzed East Bay Canine Successfully treated with High Intensity Laser Therapy

Paralyzed East Bay Canine Successfully treated with High Intensity Laser Therapy

An 11 & 1/2 year old San Franscisco East Bay canine became paralyzed recently as she was attempting to squeeze through a closing door. Shelby, a female dachshund became weak and eventually went down, unable to use her rear legs. Her family were heartbroken as Shelby is a beloved pet who has always entertained with her antics and squirrel chasing. Seeing Shelby drag herself around was almost more than the family could take. Shelby's owners immediately took her to their local vet who sent them straight away to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for evaluation.

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Sports Medicine strategy for San Francisco Bay Area Dogs: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Sports Medicine strategy for San Francisco Bay Area Dogs: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

San Francisco Bay Area Dogs have access to many of the key and natural strategies being used for athletic, joint and soft tissue injuries. A key therapeutic option for the injured canine patient (with joint, tendon, ligament or other soft tissue injury) now includes Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP). Dogs with hereditary problems such as elbow dysplasia (a condition in which the elbow does not articulate properly leading to pain and inflammation) or acquired disorders such as crippling osteoarthritis can benefit from PRP. Tendons and injured ligaments, which heal very slowly, can be coaxed into healing much more quickly with Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.

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Computed Tomography (CT) and Laser Therapy for Pets in the San Francisco Bay Area

Computed Tomography (CT) and Laser Therapy for Pets in the San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Veterinarians and their patients can now enjoy direct access to sophisticated Imaging and Healing Technologies at Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging in Pleasant Hill, CA.

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CT for Pets: Accessible, Affordable Advanced Imaging for Bay Area Pets

CT for Pets: Accessible, Affordable Advanced Imaging for Bay Area Pets

Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging, a San Francisco Bay Area Veterinary service, announces the availability of the Epica™ Vimago™ Computed Tomography (CT) machine. The Epica™ Vimago™ brings Accessible, Affordable Advanced Imaging to Veterinarians and pet owners in the Bay Area. CT studies provide much more information and unique ways of viewing anatomical structures from every conceivable angle than standard Imaging with radiographs (x-ray) and ultrasound (U/S). Up until now, Advanced Imaging for pets has been restricted to institutional use, inaccessible to practicing Veterinarians and, for many pet owners, simply not affordable. New Technology has made Advanced Image acquisition for pets part of a Veterinarian's routine diagnostic tool kit and considerably more cost-effective than older Technologies.

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High Intensity Laser Therapy for Bay Area Pets

High Intensity Laser Therapy for Bay Area Pets

Many studies have demonstrated the positive healing effects of High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) for acute and chronic conditions in humans. Laser therapy is an Alternative Medicine non-drug strategy for reduction of pain, inflammation and a stimulus for healing and regeneration of tissues. Up until recently pet patients have not had access to remarkable Laser Healing Technologies. Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging now offers HILT therapy for San Francisco Bay Area dogs and cats at our Pleasant Hill, CA location. www.veterinaryhealingandimaging.com

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High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT)

High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT)

I discovered a California Poppy in bloom on Thanksgiving Day. Unusual for this time of year. That little poppy seed must have received everything it needed to germinate, put down roots, grow stems and leaves and bloom. In fact, Northern California has had the benefit of early and frequent rains this fall while enjoying sunny warm weather.

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