Our U-shaped alcove is the in-house lab area where we do fecal analyses, check urine samples, evaluate cytology specimens and perform blood testing.
Dr. Lauren Lane has a special interest in cytology and many cytologies can be read in house rather than waiting for results from a referral lab. Our veterinary-specific, leading edge equipment from Heska can perform a complete red and white blood cell count and full chemistry profile, which evaluates multiple organ functions in minutes. By performing blood tests "in house" we can recommend treatment plans immediately for very sick or emergency patients.
"SNAP" tests are available for dogs to check for heartworm disease, Lyme disease, other tick borne diseases and Feline Leukemia, Feline AIDS and Feline heartworm exposure. For additional testing that is not as time sensitive or is more in depth, we have a reference lab that takes samples each evening and typically returns next-day results. We also send tests to Cornell, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, California and Michigan State Veterinary Schools and other clinical pathology labs for other specific tests. All of our biopsies are read by board-certified pathologists at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School.
We offer general surgery including, spaying, neutering, declawing, mass removals, biopsies and abdominal exploratories which may incorporate splenectomies, and gastric and intestinal foreign body removal. For more specialized soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries we will offer you a referral to the appropriate specialist.
We require a pre-operative examination and in some cases pre-operative bloodwork, x-rays and EKG as deemed appropriate. Since pets require general anesthesia, we utilize state of the art anesthetic protocols and monitoring equipment and have a trained assistant solely dedicated to your pet while they are asleep. We will also require intravenous fluid support for most of our patients undergoing a procedure. Pain relief is also stressed with pre-operative pain relief being started when possible before a procedure to prevent pain rather than treat pain.
Dentistry is a very important part of our health and well-being as well as our pets'. We provide a full dental evaluation with scaling, polishing and x-rays as needed. Pre-operative bloodwork, pre-operative antibiotics and pain relief are also vital to appropriate dental care. Our top-of-the-line mobile dental/surgical table is a completely self-contained unit able to accommodate dental and oral surgical procedures without any plumbing connections. The range of adjustability and innovative features improves patient, technician and doctor comfort and safety.
For a proper "dental", now known as a COHAT (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment), general anesthesia with protection of the airway and lungs is required. Our anesthetized patients are monitored continuously by evaluating their temperature (which is maintained with a warm air blanket, a BairHugger), respiration, inspired and expired carbon dioxide, blood pressure, oxygen saturation of red blood cells and a continuous EKG.
Our dental x-ray unit captures images digitally and enables visualization of the roots of the teeth. This provides the ability to see the degree of dental disease that the patient actually has below the gum line that is not otherwise able to be evaluated. Dr. Ron Lane has done additional study in the surgical extraction of teeth - a safer and more thorough way of "pulling" teeth.
Keeping your pet healthy while managing acute and chronic illnesses is important to provide a good quality of life. At White Oaks Veterinary Hospital with our diagnostic imaging, blood tests and other accessible lab tests, we are able to diagnose and manage many diseases affecting the internal organs such as congestive heart failure, acute and chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, liver failure, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, endocrine diseases (such as Diabetes, Cushings, and Addison's), parasitic diseases and infectious diseases such as Lyme disease which is common in pets living in our area. If needed, we will consult with specialists in the area for more in depth testing such as echocardiography with Doppler studies, thoracic and abdominal ultrasound with biopsies, bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, and endoscopy. Many of these chronic conditions can be managed very successfully with routine monitoring and medications.
If you have any questions regarding managing these diseases, please call us and we can schedule you and your pet an appointment.
Radiology & Ultrasound
For immediate on-site diagnostic imaging we have an advanced digital x-ray system which provides images for evaluation in 8 seconds. We then have the ability to give clients a CD of the radiographs for a referral practice or e-mail them to specialists for a second opinion as needed.
We also offer ultrasonography which is a non-invasive way to assess the internal organs as well as performing early pregnancy checks and obtaining hard to get sterile urine samples. In emergency situations, ultrasound is very useful when looking for free fluid in the chest or abdomen.
Dr. Lauren Lane has a strong interest in oncology and as such our practice offers and is comfortable with chemotherapy for more common tumors such as Lymphoma, Hemangiosarcoma, Mast Cell tumors, and Osteosarcoma. Although boarded in the Canine/Feline Specialty of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, she is not a boarded oncologist and will refer and work with a boarded oncologist as the case demands. We also refer for radiation therapy and more in depth protocols.
Although the word "chemotherapy" can bring many unpleasant memories and thoughts to many people, chemotherapy can provide a good quality of life for our pets while maintaining a clinical remission. If you have any questions regarding cancer and its treatment, please call our office and we can schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauren Lane.
End of Life
It is always difficult to say goodbye to our beloved four-footed family members. During this time we will be with you and your family to guide you through all of the treatment options, their risks and benefits, and quality of life discussions. We make every attempt to make the euthanasia process as comfortable as possible for both you and your pet, while accommodating any specific wishes you may have. The euthanasia solution is an overdose of a general anesthetic that is given intravenously. On some occasions, for the ease of your pet, we may pre-place an IV catheter for ease of access for the euthanasia solution which will stop respiration and then the heart beat providing a peaceful end to life.
We have an exam room specifically designed for when it is time to say goodbye. This private room has a more comforting and home-like atmosphere. You may stay with your pet during the procedure and as long as you like afterwards. There is a private entry/exit access nearby to the side porch if there is a need to bypass the reception and main entrance areas. We also have references available for bereavement counseling if you would find the need.
We utilize a private, professional cremation service that offers the option of having your pet's ashes returned to you in a handcrafted box or we can arrange a private urn if you desire.
If you have any questions concerning the euthanasia process for your pet, please call us.