Loss is a difficult thing to come to terms with. Whether it’s losing a loved one, a treasured possession, or a pet, the element of losing something or someone that we value is a painful event in life. Losing a pet is often the first sense of loss that we all feel and one that can prove to be immensely traumatic to an individual.
We’ve always put a lot of effort into developing technology to help improve the quality of our lives as well as save the lives that are at risk. And true to our nature, we’ve also put significant efforts into not only saving the lives of our pets that are at risk, but we’ve also developed technology that helps improve their way of life.
The importance of staying up to date with these life-saving veterinary medicine innovations is that we are able to more accurately determine whether we have a chance of saving a dying pet’s life or not. So, before you decide to say your goodbyes to your pet, you might want to check out these technologies that could potentially save your pet’s life.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy has been around for several years but it has only been recently developed for use for animals. The most prolific use of this development can be found in the many applications of stem cell therapy for dogs. The therapy helps with the healing process for pets and this is especially important for treating grievous wounds. The value in this technology also lies in the fact that it also eliminates the need for transplant organs in animals.
Traditionally, if there was a disease that a veterinarian could not diagnose definitely, diagnostic surgery would have to be performed. This is not only time-consuming, it is also dangerous to the patient. Laparoscopy is a diagnostic procedure wherein a fiber optic cable is inserted through the abdominal walls in order to assess the patient from inside, thereby eliminating the need for invasive diagnostic surgery.
Surprisingly, veterinary medicine has developed past that of human medicine in this regard. Scientists have developed a vaccine for melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can develop anywhere on the skin and if left untreated, can spread to distant lymph nodes or organs, such as the brain, lungs, or the liver.
Besides a vaccine for cancer, scientists have also been able to develop a drug that is able to treat tumors. This is done by blocking the receptors that develop the blood vessels that supply the tumors. This also effectively disrupts the vessels responsible for the survival of tumors. This can also be used in conjunction with laser treatment for cancer.
Snakebites are a constant danger for pets that live in snake-infested areas. The scariest part about snakebites is the fact that they can happen anywhere and at any time. While the bites themselves don’t pose much danger, the venom that rattlesnakes carry is very potent and will often mean death for your pet. The smaller the pet, the quicker the venom will spread.
Thanks to these veterinary medicine advancements, our pets have a better chance of surviving injuries and diseases. But even so, this should not be a reason for us to be complacent about their health. It’s still supremely important to take good care of your pets. The only thing more important than taking care of your pets is to enjoy your life with them.