Assisting animal diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation
Canine Thermology Scanning
Thermology is 100% safe and completely non invasive test of the body's physiology.
It has been widely used in the medical world for over 30 years for its ability to identify subtle changes in the body before structural changes can be seen by more conventional methods such as MRI and X-ray.
This means that thermology is regularly used to detect changes in breast tissue and for the evaluation of pain and inflammation levels in soft tissue injuries.
Over the past 10 years, thermology has been widely and successfully used in the equine world and has proved invaluable in rehabilitation monitoring, lameness screening and pain assessments.
It is used regularly by competitive horse owners to evaluate performance levels, predict exercise routines for effective return to work and to identify subtle soft tissue injuries, which if left untreated, could result in a more debilitating injury.
More recently, thermology has started to become more accessible in small animal veterinary practice and especially in the dog world.
Whether the dog is a top agility competitor or the faithful family pet, thermology has a place in the on-going veterinary care of man and woman's best friend.
Lameness is common in dogs but it is not always easy to diagnose as dogs tend to hide their pain and discomfort well, especially if there is a cat to chase or some interesting smells in the park.
Thermology can help to determine where the problem is stemming from before more invasive techniques are used and can allow treatment, or exercise routines, to be altered to prevent further injury and pain. By working alongside your dog's vet and after following their advice regarding medication and with the use of other diagnostic tools, an accurate diagnosis can be made.
Thermology can help to detect and assess DJD, hip and elbow dysplasia, tendon and ligament injury, loss of function and your dogs objective levels of pain and discomfort.
The camera which is used to scan the dogs is the same make and model used for medical screening so the image quality is excellent.
The scanning process is 100% safe and is usually carried out in about 30-45 minutes.
The dogs owner ,or a technician, will assist in holding the dog either on the floor or if your dog is happy enough, on a table.
The highly trained technician will then move the camera around the dog and start to take the images. The camera will never come into contact with your dog and is silent to operate.
Around 30-40 images are taken from all angles before your dog is stress tested to mimic their usual level of exercise. This is to show if the injury site will become more evident through exercise. Depending on your dogs ability, this could be a 5minute walk or 15-20 minutes on the treadmill.
Your dog is then scanned again to provide another full set of images.
The images are then sent off to a team of specialised vets who will examine the results and provide information on the injury, where it is, and the best source of action to follow. The results will be passed to the owner, technician and the dog's own vet.
This information can be then used by your dog's own vet to help in providing an effective plan of action for his or her treatment and rehabilitation.
If your vet refers your dog for thermology scanning through SyncThermology or SyncCanine, your pet insurance should cover this. However, as with all veterinary treatment, always check with your insurer before commencing.
The main uses for canine thermology include:
# assisting in diagnosis of intermittent and occasional lameness
# monitoring your dogs objective levels of pain and discomfort
# helping to identify reasons for dogs who have become down or despondent
# monitoring the effectiveness of rehabilitation treatment in pet dogs to ensure a successful recovery
# assessing and updating rehabilitation routines in working and sporting dogs to allow a full and fast recovery back to work
# regular monitoring and evaluation of performance levels in sporting dogs to help prevent future injury
# peace of mind for owners who feel their pet may be hiding pain
Kate is the SyncCanine technician for the Yorkshire area and provides scanning clinics at her own clinic in Sheffield and at veterinary surgeries around the county.
Kate also arranges talks and demonstration days regarding thermology both in Sheffield and at agility shows through the country.
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