Incontinence Investigation Package
Highcroft are currently offering an incontinence package which include consultation, diagnostic testing and imaging and a follow-up to discuss the best options for your patients for £1,400. To reach an accurate diagnosis, our experts will include any/all of : cystoscopy, CT intravenous urography, ultrasonography, fluoroscopic contrast urethrography and urethral pressure profilometry.
Accurate diagnosis is essential for successful treatment. Medications such as phenylpropanolamine (Propalin, Urilin) are usually the first-line therapy for urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI), one of the common causes of incontinence in the spayed female dog. One third of patients with USMI, however, will not respond completely to this treatment, and so surgical interventions are indicated in those patients. New and exciting surgical advances have been recently developed for the treatment of USMI, such as urethral hydraulic occluders.
Dr Ivan Doran, Dr Dan Ogden, Dr Ed Friend and Dr Nicolas Granger are specialists in soft tissue and neurology and are leading the way on treatment for incontinence at Highcroft. In addition to a wealth of experience, we are the only Specialist team to offer urethral pressure profilometry in our investigations, making our approach the most detailed available for your client. If you have any questions or queries or would like to know more about this offer then please call us on 01275 838473.
Spinal Decompression Package
Highcroft Veterinary Referrals is currently offering a spinal package for dogs presented with acute disc herniation and neurological signs, such as paralysis. The package includes an initial consultation, advance imaging diagnosis including general anesthesia, decompressive surgery and two days of post-operative care, for £4,000 inc. VAT. (note that the package does not cover medication and cost of hospitalisation after two days).
Disc herniation can be managed effectively with conservative management and / or a surgical intervention. Cases are assessed neurologically and a decision to operate is based on the progression of signs, pain scoring of the animal and severity of the neurological deficits. Therefore, in dogs with severe neurological signs, significant spinal pain and rapidly progressing signs, we tend to recommend surgery. The diagnosis is established using advanced imaging such as MRI or CT, which is non-invasive and crucial to exactly locate the origin of the problem.
Dr Nicolas Granger and Dr Hélène Vandenberghe are specialists in neurology and neurosurgery and are leading the way in surgical treatment for spinal cord injury. They are always happy to discuss cases in the first instance with vets, so if you do have any questions or queries or would like to know more about this offer then please call us on 01275 838473.
Highcroft Veterinary Referrals is currently offering an epilepsy package for dogs presented with chronic seizures but no neurological signs in between their seizures, and therefore likely to have idiopathic (genetic) epilepsy. The package includes an initial consultation, a routine blood hematology and biochemistry, advance brain imaging with MRI including general anesthesia and spinal fluid sampling and analysis, for £2,500 inc. VAT. (note that the package does not cover medication and cost of hospitalization if the dog needs to stay overnight).
Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs, affecting between 3% and 18% of dogs, depending on the country and breed. It can be managed effectively with medication. This requires adequate diagnosis, treatment plan and monitoring, which is largely depending on a close collaboration between the owner, the referring vet and the neurologist. We can also advise on recent adjunctive / advanced treatments described for animals.
Dr Nicolas Granger and Dr Hélène Vandenberghe are specialists in neurology and neurosurgery. They are always happy to discuss cases in the first instance with vets, so if you do have any questions or queries or would like to know more about this offer then please call us on 01275 838473.