Hand held ECG unit puts Advanced Heart Diagnosis at our fingertips!
Pets can not tell us what is wrong or how they feel.
When your pet is sick, time is of the essence.
Advanced Care in-house diagnostics provide results now when other places would send tests to an outside lab.
Rapid results allows Dr. Gerds to rapidly and correctly diagnose what needs attention.
Dr. Gerds always takes the time to discuss your pets results with you and helps you evaluate treatment options.
• Our diagnostic services provide quick results with greater accuracy. Frequently accurate test results are available in 20 minutes instead of 24 hours.
• Accurate diagnosis allows us to correctly we treat your pet sooner so they can recover faster.
• We combine advanced digital telemedicine with traditional in-house fecals, urinalysis and blood lab work, to develop a more complete picture of your pet's condition.
• Results within minutes is especially valuable for pre-anesthetic surgery testing as well as for emergency evaluation.
• Pre-anesthetic testing provides you with peace of mind and gives us important physiological information on your pet before we give anesthesia.
Radiology Suite features Digital X-Ray and Phillips Human Grade HD-7 Ultrasound
Our electronic practice management system integrates results from blood analyzers, the digital x-ray and the ultrasound. Critical patient data and test results are instantly become integrated into the patients medical history.
Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical pet health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to advanced medical services not consistently available in small communities.
We can immediately email digital X-Rays and ultrasounds to Board Certified Radiologists for review.
Historically, area vets sent pet owners down to the University of Minnesota for this kind of work. We do that right here, right now.
Results are typically received in 2 to 4 hours, less than it takes to drive to the University. We do it at a fraction of the cost. We provide this service to area vets on a referral basis.
When complicated or extensive blood work is necessary like allergy testing or Lyme levels,
we overnight and receive web site results the next day.
Dr. Gerds has 17 years experience diagnosing and treating pets just like yours. This experience enables Advanced Care Pet Hospital to quickly and professionally identify causes without unnecessary testing.find a sound solution to your Pet's condition.
Dr. Gerds opened Advanced Care Pet Hospital, to provide you and your pets with the most up-to-date diagnostic tools and experience available for your pet's care. This allows her to quickly develop the appropriate treatment plan based on facts, not hunches.
Advanced Care was the first vet in the St. Cloud region to introduce digital computed radiography. Digital X-Ray images are processed within seconds and can be further enhanced after capture. Read More About Our Digital X-Ray Here
Advanced Care Pet Hospital is the 1st veterinary clinic in the St Cloud region to use the Phillips HD 7 series Color Doppler ultrasound unit for pets.
This unit typically found in human medical facilities, has been tailored with special probes and software to cater to pet ultrasounds.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create medical images inside the pet allowing Dr. Gerds to visualize internal organs, their size, structure and any lesions without surgery. Read More About Our Ultrasound Here
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Advanced Care Pet Hospital provides accurate Blood Gluclose results. The Abbott Animal Health AlphaTRAK Meter is calibrated specifically for the unique properties of animal blood and provides convenient, accurate blood glucose results with a very small blood sample size.
Previously, testing outside of the laboratory was done with a hand-held blood glucose meter designed for humans, which can result in measurements that are off by as much as 39 percent.
By using the AlphaTRAK® Blood Glucose Monitoring System, Advanced Care Pet Hospital can conveniently obtain accurate blood glucose results in-clinic and reduce the overall time and stress required to maintain a healthy diabetic pet.
A study was conducted to compare the accuracy of AlphaTRAK Meter and two human portable blood glucose meters against the reference method used by Antech Laboratories. This study concluded that:
The AlphaTRAK Meter results were statistically equivalent to the Antech results. The human portable glucose meters tested provided statistically different results.
We also use an outside Reference Laboratory for specialized blood or fluid tests. Tissues and biopsy samples are sent to our reference lab for further analysis.
Same day pick up for all tests and fast turn-around times are a matter of course for most specialty tests.
Tonometry measures intraocular pressure to diagnose glaucoma.
Glaucoma is caused by the buildup of fluid within the eye that does not drain properly out of the eye.
Abnormally high pressure can damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss.
Tonometry is the rapid and precise measurement of fluid pressure within the eye (called intraocular pressure). IntraOcular Pressure (IOP) is the pressure exerted against the outer layers by the eyeball.
Tonometry is performed using an instrument called the tonometer seen below.
The tonometer allows us to quickly and accurately diagnose potentially severe eye diseases in dogs.
Tonometry is also useful for identifying low IOP, which may occur with anterior uveitis (inflammation within the eye) or following intraocular surgery. Low IOP is also associated with dehydration.
Tonometry measures IOP by recording the resistance of your cornea to pressure (indentation). Eyedrops are used to numb the surface of your pet’s eyes are used with most of the following methods.
Electronic indentation tonometry is very accurate. Dr Gerds uses eyedrops to numb the surface of your pet’s eyes, then the device is gently placed against the cornea. An outer ring flattens the cornea adjacent to the area of measurement allowing a free floating transducer to detect the transmitted pressure. The IOP reading shows on a small computer panel.
Depending on the diagnosis several treatment options are available.
In the past, your pet had to go to a specialist for this special diagnostic service. Advanced Care is very happy to provide cutting edge technology locally for you and your pet.
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Open weekends, expanded week day hours, experienced people and great service add up to real value. We treat you like we like to be treated ourselves.
Dr. Pamela Gerds has been caring for pets like yours for over 17 years in Minnesota. She is really kind to your pets and very nice to you people who care about their pets.
Our pet hospital may be new, yet we provide a wealth of experience. Find out more about our veterinary pet health care practice here.
Like you, we are all pet people here and care about our pets. Our health care recommendations for your pet are made from the heart, not the pocketbook. We don't recommend anything more than what we would do for our own pets.
The veterinary team serving you make all the difference when it comes to your pet's care. Your pet's will like our people because they can sense that they really like pets themselves. We put our team together with you and your pet in mind. We are fast, friendly, flexible and professional. You will find no better group of people devoted to the well being of your pet.
Our goal is to be the vet you recommend to friends with pets. We are Central Minnesota's newest veterinary practice. We put together a great staff, current technology and a doctor with 17 years experience. Discover why so many already recommend Advanced Care Pet Hospital!
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