River Oaks Animal Hospital (407) 774-1515
Pet Care Center of Apopka (407) 884-8924
East Lake Animal Clinic (352) 735-2882

Veterinary Services From Central Florida Vets

The Central Florida Vets animal hospitals, including River Oaks Animal Hospital, Pet Care Center of Apopka, and East Lake Animal Clinic, provide a wide range of veterinary services for the pets of our communities. We invite you to click on each of the services below to learn more about the exceptional care provided by our dedicated team.

  • Cardiac Monitoring
  • Chemotherapy and Cancer Care
  • Immunotherapy
  • Dental Services and Advanced Dental Care
  • Diagnostics
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Surgical Laser
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Ultrasound
  • Wellness Medicine
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Cardiac Monitoring

We are pleased to offer teletransphonic EKG that links us to the Veterinary Heart Institute in Gainesville. In addition we can arrange cardiac ultrasound with the Board Certified Cardiologists from The Heart Institute within our facility.

Chemotherapy and Cancer Care

We understand that finding out your pet has cancer can be a trying time, but we are here to assure you that our veterinarians can help. We are equipped to provide chemotherapy, immunotherapy, cancer care, and supplementary alternative medicine, including dietary counseling, for cancer patients.

 

Immunotherapy

My dog has been diagnosed with cancer. What are my options?

Sadly, cancer is the leading cause of deaths in dogs, with 75 % of dogs over 10 suffering from it. However, there have been great strides made in this field of medicine.

In the last few years, a new and exciting regime has emerged in this battle, called Immunotherapy. Based on successes with human therapies, canine immunotherapy for certain types of cancer is now available. A sample of the carcinoma is sent to Medivet Biological and a vaccine is made from that tumor which is then injected intradermally once a month, for 3 months. Unlike chemotherapy, there are very little side effects and costs are reasonable. The goal is to encourage the body’s OWN immune system to recognize and fight the invasion of cancer cells.

Dental Services and Advanced Dental Care

Did you know that one in four pets over the age of three has some form of dental disease? Apart from the cosmetic aspects, such as bad breath and an unpleasant appearance, dental disease can be a leading cause of kidney, heart, and liver failure due to bacteria entering the bloodstream from the mouth. Pets who have dental disease are also likely to suffer from pain and have difficulty eating.

At all of our facilities, we provide dental procedures that include cleaning, descaling, polishing, and if necessary, tooth extractions. These procedures are performed under carefully-monitored anesthesia. Most patients return home within hours of their procedure, and pets who have been diagnosed with dental disease will be sent home with any necessary preventative products at that time.

Radiology (X-Rays)

Radiology is an important part of veterinary medicine. While it is often associated with the diagnosis of broken bones, radiology, or x-rays, actually have much more important uses as well. We utilize this exceptional tool when testing for a variety of serious conditions. Some of these may be accompanied by such symptoms as:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Vomitting
  • Urinary problems

We often perform an x-ray before any orthopedic procedures as well.

We have a portable radiography machine that allows us to x-ray patients undergoing surgery without moving them. This is extremely important for orthopedic surgeries. We are also able to use x-rays to identify foreign bodies that need to be removed.

In order to ensure that we have as much information as possible for your pet’s treatment, both x-rays and ultrasound images are reviewed by a Board Certified Radiologist.

Surgical Laser

Our surgical laser uses intense heat to cauterize and seal nerve endings and blood vessels during surgery, helping to reduce post-surgical pain, swelling, and bleeding. We do not use this surgical technique for cat declaws at this time, even though many veterinary hospitals recommend it. Research has shown that it is not the best technique for this purpose as it actually increases the healing time for feline patients. For other surgeries, however, the surgical laser has proven invaluable! We often use this state-of-the-art tool for tumor treatment and removal, ear ablations, and oral and aural (mouth and ear) surgeries where bleeding can be problematic. We highly recommend this tool for use in entropian (eyelid) surgeries for bulldogs.

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Surgical Procedures

Our veterinary facilities are equipped to handle a wide range of surgeries. Our senior veterinarian and hospital owner, Dr. Greer, reviews and oversees all major surgery. He banks on over 30 years’ experience in a variety of surgical situation, ranging from major orthopedic trauma to soft tissue surgeries and tumor removals. Every surgery that is performed at our facilities is carefully monitored and preceded by blood work. Our post-surgical patients are administered recovery nursing, special warming blankets, and pain management options, as needed.

Our River Oaks Animal Hospital location handles the majority of our critical cases and more complicated surgical procedures. This facility is one of only a couple animal hospitals in our area that has an oxygen chamber for recovery.

Ultrasound

Our veterinarians utilize ultrasound as a complement to radiographs to provide a crisper, cleaner view of internal organs such as kidneys, the spleen, the liver, and other parts of the abdominal cavity. The ultrasound also allows us to better direct our instruments for biopsies and other internal procedures, and for cardiac monitoring. One of our favorite uses for this tool is checking for pregnancies and viewing animal babies before their births. Did you know that puppies’ hearts beat as soon as 25 days of gestation? Now that’s something you want to see!

In order to ensure that we have as much information as possible for your pet’s treatment, both x-rays and ultrasound images are reviewed by a Board Certified Radiologist.

In particular, our veterinary team has a special interest in senior pet medicine and we tailor programs to suit each pets’ individual needs. On the other end of the scale, we also enjoy helping new puppies and kittens get started on the right paw in their lifetime of health, with our puppy and kitten packages. Client education is so important to us, no matter what the age of your pet, and we are always here to answer your questions.

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