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Diagnostics and Surgery - Burke Forest Veterinary Clinic - Springfield, VA
Drs. Bowles and Vanderson are both adept at surgical treatments. Dr. Bowles, due to her internship and experience as an emergency veterinarian, has a great deal of surgical skill with both general surgery and emergency surgery including foreign body removal, bladder stone surgery, splenectomy, c-section, and other soft tissue surgeries. At Burke Forest, your pet will receive attentive care before, during and after surgery. In most cases, your pet will go home the same day, and you will be sent home with detailed after-care instructions. If your pet requires orthopedic surgery, we can refer you to one of several talented surgeons in our area.
Radiographs can be a critical diagnostic tool. We have recently upgraded to Digital Radiography, so no more waiting for the x-rays to develop! Now we take the x-ray that we want and in seconds it is digitally processed into our state of the art cloud based system. Also now we have the ability to consult radiologists as needed to further diagnose your pets.
Dental care is just as important for our pets as it is humans. Food particles and bacteria on teeth form tartar, which then causes gum infection. Over time, bacteria from infected gums can spread throughout your pet’s body, affecting vital organs such as the heart and kidneys.
We use an ultrasonic scaling machine to remove tartar and then a polisher to remove any fine scratches which may have developed. If teeth are damaged or the peridontal disease is severe, we recommend thorough treatments including extractions. We understand owner's emotional decision when deciding to extract teeth; however, your pet will be more comfortable following the procedure when it is necessary. We will prescribe antibiotics or pain medications when appropriate.
With our in-house blood machines, we can run a reference laboratory quality test on a small blood sample. This takes about 20 minutes, which helps minimize stress on your pet, while greatly speeding up the diagnostic process. When more testing is required, we offer a full service reference laboratory with twice daily pick up to increase the speed with which we get important results.
Pain Management is a top priority at Burke Forest. Dr. Bowles and Dr. Vanderson will advise you about pain relief for your pet, and how to maintain your pet's good quality of life. Pain relief can be in the form of medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments. We work very hard to stay updated with the latest advances in companion animal pain management.
Euthansia, or putting a pet to sleep, is a very personal and difficult decision. Our doctors are here to help guide you through your family's wishes for your pet. We offer in clinic as well as home euthanasia services. If scheduled in advance, a doctor and an assistant can come to your home to offer your pet a peaceful, respectful passing. We work with a cremation service that can return your pet's ashes in a decorative urn. We know the passing of a pet is never easy, and we are here to support you through the entire process.