Digital radiography, ultrasound, full haematology and biochemistry blood testing machines in house, sophisticated anaesthetic monitoring equipment...everything you'd expect from a first class veterinary practice.
Separate dog and cat wards
Imagine you are a cat... it is stressful enough being taken to a strange place with lots of weird smells (a vet practice), without the added stress of dogs barking at you from neighbouring cages. We have purpose built separated dog and cat wards to reduce the stress levels for our in-patients as much as possible.
Our stainless steel cages are thoroughly disinfected each day, and our dedicated ward nurses ensure that all in-patients are checked hourly or more often if needed. We also have CCTV observing our intensive care cages, should we wish to replay an incident or monitor discreetly (some pets won't eat if a stranger is watching them!)
On a different floor of the building, we have our isolation wing. If your pet needs to be hospitalised here, it is because he/she has a contagious disease that could be harmful to our other in-patients. Not only do we need to house them separately, having them in a specially designed and segregated isolation ward means reduced cross-contamination as equipment, bedding, bowls etc. are confined to the isolation ward only. Rest assured pets in isolation ward get constant monitoring and lots of attention from our isolation staff!
The most important features of an operating theatre are that it is spacious, well lit and easy to clean properly. Our theatre was built with this in mind, and is conveniently located adjacent to the Xray room so that we can take Xrays before, during or immediately after a procedure without hassle.
Veterinary anaesthesia has come a long way over the past decade, and pet owners now demand a level of safety comparable with human anaesthesia. In the past, the absence of modern anaesthetic gas machines meant that animals underwent general anaesthesia using intravenously administered drugs, which carry a much greater risk of overdose.
Sunset Vet uses an award winning gas anaesthetic machine called the Humphrey FreeOx System. This allows us to administer inhalational anaesthesia with a much greater degree of control over the depth of the anaesthesia. We also use an oxygen concentrator to suck oxygen from the surrounding room air, which is much more eco-friendly than using oxygen tanks and means the oxygen never runs out - it is safer. In addition, our array of sophisticated monitoring equipment such as pulse oximetry, electrocardiography and blood pressure monitoring, which we use even when doing routine procedures, means we can detect any anaesthetic complications before they become dangerous and take measures to counter them.
Diagnostic capability is seriously handicapped without a good Xray machine. At Sunset Vet we use a computed radiography (CR) digital processor to view Xrays directly on a computer screen, rather than the old fashioned way of printing onto film.
So why is this an advantage?
Firstly, it allows us to adjust the contrast, crop and enlarge the image as necessary, and manipulate the image to accentuate more subtle pathology. This is great as it means less repeat films are taken, which together with the rapid processing speed means your pet is exposed to less radiation and is under sedation/anaesthesia for a shorter period of time.Secondly, by digitalising images we can send the 'DICOM' format images to radiology experts in the USA, UK and Australia for second opinions on a diagnosis if we need to, and get a response within hours – the technology has made practicing telemedicine possible.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time images. Many people are familiar with ultrasound from having had, or witnessed, a pre-natal check.
Common reasons we use ultrasound as vets include:
- Checking whether a dog or cat is pregnant, how far to term is the pregnancy, confirming how many pupppies/kittens, confirming foetal health by visualising heart beat.
- Performing ultrasound guided biopsy of internal organs
- Diagnosis of heart problems
- Diagnosis of abdominal problems such as gastrointestinal obstruction and pyometra
Most owners are unaware of their dogs teeth problem until either a vet checks the dogs mouth, or the mouth becomes so sore and breath so foul that the owners attention is drawn to it.
As your dentist will advise you, preventative dental care is a much better strategy than waiting for a problem to occur and then dealing with it. Dogs do not tend to suffer from cavities as humans do, but often get periodontal (gum) disease, which is painful. Cats can also suffer from painful dental problems, particularly those that do not hunt prey such as mice, and those that are fed a wet (canned) food diet.
At Sunset Vet we have a dedicated dentistry suite, where your dog or cat can have his/her teeth scaled and polished, and go home with a beautifully clean and fragrant mouth. Possibly the greatest gift you could give your pet.
Our on-site laboratory features a fully automatic haematology analyser, automatic biochemistry analyser, electolyte and lactate analyser, faecal analyzer, digital camera microscope... basically everything we need to make fast and accurate diagnoses. Of course some diseases are not easily diagnosed in this way, but being able to do a wider range of blood tests in house, with rapid results, sets us apart.
We have invested heavily in equipment that carries a low incremental cost for the reagents used by the machines, so that we can offer such blood tests at prices suitable for Bali - at a fraction of the cost you would pay in Australia, for example.
Our pharmacy is stocked with almost all of the medicines you would find in a Western vet clinic. Unfortunately, some medicines used in the West are illegal in Indonesia (e.g. opiate painkillers such as morphine) but if it is widely prescribed in the West and not illegal in Indonesia, we generally have it. Furthermore, if we don't have it, your pet needs it and it's not illegal here, we'll find it for you.
Our ambulance is primarily used for responding to emergencies, and picking up or dropping off animals before and after surgery. You may see a distinctive light blue Suzuki APV cruising around, usually being driven by Pak Budi (give him a wave!)
Our ambulance is modified inside to maximise the intensive care we can provide en route to the hospital. For example we have in-built oxygen tanks to provide oxygen to critical patients, this can make the difference between life and death sometimes.
We can also provide routine house calls if necessary, but we prefer to schedule appointments at the clinic where we have all the equipment and laboratory facilities available to us should we need them.