We have just got an ethylene oxide steriliser. Most vets use the traditional autoclave which uses water at high temperature and pressure to clean equipment – but a lot of instruments which have electronics or rubber parts cannot be put into autoclaves. The ethylene oxide steriliser can be used on any material which means at Ark Vets we can sterilise all the equipment used in the operating theatre.
We can now record in slow motion any animal using the underwater treadmill. This allows the vet to carefully analyse the walking movement and make adjustments to the rehabilitation /physiotherapy plan.
We have completed the extension which has almost doubled the size of the surgery. Here are some photos of the new rooms and equipment we have in place.
We have just signed a lease on the rear part of 447 Kingston Road – we are going to use the space to add a hydrotherapy / physiotherapy unit and a lot more kennels. We will put up more details as we fit out the building and get the underwater treadmill in place, but for now here is what the building currently looks like from the inside.
We have just purchased a digital dental x-ray unit. Having this unit allows us within a matter of seconds to accurately image any tooth in an anaesthetised animal and identify any teeth which require extraction. It has become normal practice in human dentistry to x-ray teeth before extractions are performed, and we feel we should be doing this also. This is of particular importance in cats where often the damaged and painful part of the tooth can be below the gumline and the only warning may be a redness of the gums (gingivitis).