At Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, we provide state of the art professional services to our clients and referring veterinary surgeons. Ultrasonography is used regularly as part of our diagnostics services and endoscopy allows a visual examination of internal organs and body parts without invasive exploratory surgery.
We are fortunate to have a mobile MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Unit which visits the Hospital every month. We provide a comprehensive soft tissue referral service for dogs and cats and we also have a laboratory which is used in the diagnosis of diseases.
We are a centre of excellence for orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. The most common spinal surgery performed in the dog is for intervertebral disc disease and it is increasingly recognised in cats. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique which permits a thoughtful and detailed inspection of all the major joints in dogs. Heart and lung disease is a complex area of veterinary medicine, one which may require specialist knowledge and experience for successful diagnosis and treatment.
Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital has offered a referral ophthalmology service for several years. We now routinely see patients from all over the South of Ireland. We offer a complete neurology service headed by Shane Guerin and we are happy to see cats and dogs with any neurological problems, including those referred for neuromuscular, spinal or brain diseases. Cardiology is a recent addition to our services and is fully supported by our other disciplines such as Diagnostic Imaging and internal medicine.
The difference between veterinary and human oncology lies in the philosophy of treatment. At Gilabbey, we place the ultimate emphasis on quality of life with a very strong secondary emphasis on trying to “cure’ your pet of his or her disease. Tom Conway is happy to see all types of dermatology cases and has particular interests in allergic skin diseases, bacterial skin diseases and otitis. Tom also performs keyhole surgery. This includes laparoscopic spays (often referred to as lap spays), which is neutering performed using small incisions and a camera inside the abdomen to remove the reproductive tissues. Lap spays have been shown to be less painful compared to the traditional procedure and the return to normal activity is faster.
Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy is a non-invasive approach to improving function and is provided in a safe and controlled environment. It applies human physical therapy principles and techniques to the canine patient. The goal of physical rehabilitation is to maximize function by promoting a rapid recovery after injury or surgery and slowing down the progression of chronic diseases.
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