Pet hospital never been better
Snowy gets $250,000 attention
Putting her puppy Snow through New Zealand’s newest and most advanced diagnostic technology was an easy decision for Stacy Mankelow.
The Tokoroa vet nurse was the first South Waikato resident to have her pet go through the country’s revolutionary CT scanner for pets.
The Computed Tomography scanner, a unique diagnostic imaging system worth about $ 250,000, arrived and was installed at the Waikato After Hours Veterinary Hospital in Hamilton last month.
The technology will typically service pets in the Waikato area with lung disease, nasal disease, ear disease, abdominal and some orthopaedic conditions and pets with metal implants that cannot be imaged with MRI.
Mankelow, a vet nurse from Tokoroa and Districts Veterinary Services, was stoked to be the first South Waikato resident to put her own dog, Snow through the scanner.
‘‘ My dog had been having middle ear problems off and on for the past six months. She had multiple x-rays, which showed that her left tympanic bulla was inflamed. ‘‘However, a CT scanner is designed to give a more comprehensive and accurate picture than an x-ray,’’ she said.
To Mankelow’s relief, the scan showed no serious complications.
‘‘Snow does not need to go for specialist surgery and can also come off the medication, which I was very pleased about.’’
Director at the Waikato After Hours Veterinary Hospital, Dr Keith Houston, said ultimately, as in Mankelow’s case, the new technology empowers New Zealand pet owners to make choices about their pet’s future with confidence.
‘‘Sound diagnosis can be difficult without the help of the latest technology,’’ he said.
‘‘Basically, the CT scanner has an x-ray tube that rotates 360 degrees around the animal to record the x- rays from many angles, creating ‘‘slices’’. The slices are stacked together via computer technology to create a threedimensional image of your pet.
‘‘[It] captures 480 slices in one rotation, creating high resolution images for diagnostic accuracy and improved customer education for surgical planning and procedures,’’ he said.
Before the scanner’s arrival, veterinarians across the country used human CT scanners in pet diagnosis. However, the level of detail in diagnostic images from the new CT scanner is up to 37 times better resolution than a human scanner.
First in: Stacy Mankelow’s pup Snow was the first South Waikato pet to test out New Zealand’s newest piece of technology for pets.