This is news that never gets old! In a rapidly changing world of people moving, changing cell phone providers, etc. we often find ourselves with outdated contact information! OUCH! Each time you visit or speak with us take a moment to make sure we are up to date to reach out to you. We promise we won't get annoyed!!
The Assonet Animal Hospital is proud to announce we have just acquired and delivered to the Freetown Fire and Rescue, three complete sets of animal rescue masks. This will fully equip all the first response vehicles with the capacity to administer supplemental oxygen to companion animals of any size in an emergency situation. We as a veterinary team are extremely pleased to be able to support the excellent and dedicated care our first responders provide. Thank you for your service, FFD!
We may be facing an emerging issue with H3N2 asian-strain canine flu...Sit tight, experts at several veterinary schools are investigating whether the present H3N8 vaccine provides partial or hopefully protective immunity against this strain. We should all know shortly!!
1/1/2015 "A pictures worth...a better diagnosis!"
The New Year brings great news for Assonet Animal Hospital's clients and patients in the form of digital radiology (X-ray) capability! With this advancement, our goal is to provide better images faster, more easily, helping to better care for our patients. So whats the big deal?... Do you have a print-film camera? Hopefully safely stored away on a shelf? What do you use to take your pictures now? Cell Phone, Tablet, digital camera? See the trend? Just as for other image uses, digital technology provides more depth of information, more refinability, more economically (on that, more later). And you can send those images (radiographs) anywhere! For the technically minded: What did we change? We still use an X-ray machine to generate an image of your pet. But instead of using a holder (cassette) containing a large $heet of film, our cassettes have a reuseable screen have a reuseable screen. When we've exposed an image, we load the cassette into the image scanner which slides out the screen, scans the image and sends it to the image computer, erases the screen, and slides it back into the cassette—all in about 30 seconds (compared to up to 10 minutes for film). Now we can examine the image, change contrast, brighten/darken, magnify, crop (try that with film!)—all the things you can do with those family pics on your computer! and then...we can send those images:
By email to your account With you on a CD-ROM disc To an emergency hospital, if that becomes indicated- they're in our address book! To a telemedicine service if its a perplexing case- this is where a board-certified radiologist sits next to us electronically and critically assesses the study. You get a specialist at your fingertip!
So, all this is gonna cost alot more (groan!) right? Actually no! throughout general practice veterinary hospitals (including my prior employ) it has been found that the cost of digital technology is significantly offset by the 'costs lost': film (have you priced a roll lately?), staff time to develop the film, and getting those potentially nasty photographic chemicals disposed of in a proper manner. Bottom line: you should not see the price of "x-rays" or radiographs rise significantly. Instead we should be able to get you a more defining image, at comparable cost, with easy 'transportability'!
we hope if your pet needs radiographs, that you are pleased with our advancement!