OnkolVet Clinic serves specialist service for small animals in the following fields: oncology, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, imaging, clinical pathology, cardiology, ophthalmology, prevention. In the cases that might need a specialist opinion in a certain field of veterinary medicine, it is possible to arrange a consultation with a specialists in that particular field. In our clinic, it is of most importance to us and we take an extreme care to ascertain that each and every single patient undergoes consultation and investigations in such a way that the visit is as least stressful as possible for both the patient and his/ her parent.
Services offered at OnkolVet Clinic:
It is always better to prevent than treat. Preventive medicine is a series of activities aimed at preventing the developement of diseases, their early detection and treatment.
We are able to prevent our canine and feline companions from most of dangerous and life-threatening infectious diseases and endo-/ectoparasites simply by vaccinating and de-worming them.
In OnkolVet Clinic we offer:
- full vaccination course for puppies, kittens, rabbits as well as yearly boosters for adult dogs, cats and rabbits
- ectoparasite prevention (i.e.: fleas and ticks). We offer various products protecting our small furry babies against these insects which can prevent them from catching many diseases transmitted by them, such as: babesiosis,
- endoparasite prevention (i.e.: tapeworms, hookworms)
- preventive and routine blood, urine, faecal examinations
- peventive dental examinations.
This is the broadest and most comprehensive field in veterinary medicine. It is associated with investigations and identifications of a medical problem in order to obtain a final diagnosis of the symptoms the animals are presented to us with. The key elements in establishing the correct diagnosis are the thorough anamnesis regarding the full clinical history, clinical examination of the patient and suggestions of adequate and most suited diagnostic tests (i.e.: blood/ urine/ feacal analysis, ultrasound examination, X-rays, etc).
In our clinic we try our best to diagnose your pet as accurately and promptly as possible. However, please bear in mind that sometimes some animals will present in a very unusual way and/ or with very unusual symptoms. In such cases, the length of time spent trying to obtain the diagnosis and implement the treatment may be much longer, and the number of the tests required to confirm the final diagnosis will be higher than in a „simple presentation” case. Also, on very rare occasions, it will not be possible to obtain the final diagnosis despite all the hard work we put in getting it for you and your pet.
In cases where we think your pet might benefit from a specialist opinion (i.e.: cardiologist, neurologist, opthalmologist, etc) , this will be discussed with you and can be arranged by us when/if required.
This field of veterinary medicine specialises in diseases affecting the skin (ear canal diseases are also part of it). Our main aim during dermatologic investigations is to establish the primary cause of the symptoms which will enable the implementation of an appropriate treatment.
Amongst the most frequent skin diseases are:
- food allergy
- contact allergy
- endocrinologic skin diseases
- hormone-dependent skin diseases
In OnkolVet Clinic we offer:
- skin scrapes
- swabs (i.e.: external ear canals)
- tape test
- fine needle/ punch/ incisional/excisional biopsies
- cytologic and histopathologic examination
- bacteriological examination
- mycological/ fungal tests
- serologic testing
This field of veterinary medicine deals with a neoplastic disease, colloquially called „cancer”. Cancer can affect all of our small fury babies. Most commonly it affects the older animals however young animals can also be affected by it, too. The characteristic thing about the neoplastic disease is its unpredictability and that it is considered a „chronic disease”.
There are various well known carcinogenic factors, such as: UV radiation, viral, hormonal, genetic factors, parasites, age-related factors, etc.
Amongst the most common cancer types seen in pet animals are:
- mast cell tumour
- soft tissue sarcoma
- skin and oral melanoma
- nasal tumours
- tumours affecting the anal sacs
In OnkolVet Clinic the oncology service is managed by Ola
Each animal suspected to have cancer is thoroughly examined, i.e.:
- blood work: haematology, biochemistry
- cytological and histological assessment of the tumour
- diagnostic imaging: X-rays, ultrasound, computed tomography [please ask]
These investigations allow identification of the type and grade of the tumour affecting your pet as well as the extent (local vs distant) be process.
We offer the following treatment methods in our Clinic:
- Chemotherapy. This comprises of the delivery of anti-neoplastic medications. These medications can be in a form of injections (into the vein, in the scruff of the skin) or oral tablets and capsules. The type, as well as the form, of the medication are discussed thoroughly with you and the best suited treatment is recommended by the veterinarian. The anti-cancer drugs kill the cancer cells as majority of these multiply rapidly however these drugs can also kill the quickly multiplying but healthy cells of our pets’ body therefore occasionally your pet may experience some side effects from their use, such as: vomiting, diarrhoea, inappetence, lethargy, fever, reduced number of circulating white blood cells, reduced number of circulating platelets;
- Oncologic surgery. This field of oncology deals with the growth/ tumour itself by surgically removing or debulking it (reducing its size). The surgical procedures are performed by our specialist soft tissue surgeon (please see section Surgery)
- Targeted therapy. This comprises of prescription of the drugs that inhibit certain pathways within the cell but they do not kill the cells which stands in contrast to the chemotherapy (=anti-cancer drugs). There are two veterinary targeted drugs widely available for our pets (and cats, too), namely: Palladia and Masivet. They are both availalable in our clinic. As with all drugs, there are some potential side effects your pet may experience during their therapy, such as: diarrhoea, occasionally vomiting, increased liver and kidney parameters, protein in the urine. A blood test, as well as a urine test, are done prior to and during the treatment with these drugs, to monitor the patient;
- Immunotherapy. It uses anti-cancer vaccines which main role is the stimulation of the immune system to its enhanced response and killing of the cancer cells. So far we have cancer vaccines available to use in the management of oral malignant melanoma in dogs (Oncept Melanoma Vaccine). There is also Oncept IL-2 vaccine available for the adjuvant management of feline injection site sarcomas;
- Radiotherapy. It uses ionizing radiation delivered by means of photons (the same particels that are used in X-rays; this type of radiation is most often used for deep seated tumours, such as brain, nasal tumour, etc) or electrons (used mainly to treat superficial tumours, surgical scars following removal of the tumour , etc). Radiotherapy is a very useful therapeutic tool in the management of some inoperable or difficult to reach surgically tumours, such as: brain, pituitary gland, nasal, some inoperable skin/ subcutaneous tumour, metastatic abdominal lymph nodes, etc. Radiotherapy is also an excellent analgesic commonly used in the management of dogs affected by a bone tumour, called: osteosarcoma.
Radiotherapy is available for our patients in the newly opened, first and only megavoltage radiotherapy centre for animals in Miedniewice, Poland, where Ola will also work as a Principal Oncologist www.radioterapiaweterynaryjna.pl
Cancer diagnosis in our animal patients is oftentimes perceived by their owners with anxiety and fear. In our Clinic we try to minimize this stress by a thorough, detailed and calm explanation of the test results, possible and advisable treatment options and long-term prognosis for your pet. Each patient is discharged home with a discharge letter containing all the necessary information, description of all the tests performed, as well as the date of the future appointments.
This field of veterinary medicine is responsible for prevention and treatment of diseases affecting the cardio-vascular system
The most common diseases the animals are presented to a small animal practice are:
- heart valve insufficiency
- congestive heart failure
- birth defects
- thromboembolisation of arterial vessels
OnkolVet Clinic offers the following procedures in a cardiology work-up:
- echocardiogram [heart scan]
- electrocardiogram [ECG]
- full laboratory testing : blood analysis, urine analysis, feacal analysis
All cardiology cases are seen by appointment and managed at OnkolVet Clinic by our cardiology specialist Dr n med. Maciej Staszczyk.
This field of veterinary medicine deals with eyes and their pathology.
Amongst the most common opthalmic problems are:
- viral/ bacterial conjunctivitis
- „cherry eye”
If your pet needs a specialist opthalmology opinion, Dr Marta Szypczynska, who’s main interest is opthalmology, will be pleased to assist you with this. She sees ophtalmology patients daily by arrangement at her Clinic at 47 Grudzicka Street in Kolonia Goslawicka, Opole.
This field of veterinary medicine looks into and diagnoses neurological disorders (central and peripheral) in our pets. Should your pet need a specialist consult in that field, we will be happy to assist you with this. There are two centers near Opole (Gliwice and Wrocław) where your pet can be referred to for a specialist neurology consultation and treatment.
We offer a wide range of surgical procedures in our clinic. We have a dedicated operating theater equipped in an inhalation anaesthetic machine and cardiomonitor to monitor the depth of general anaesthesia during the procedures. Operations are performed by our veterinary surgery specialist whose excellent practical skills, many years of clinical experience as well as her passion for surgery allow for the smooth and prompt completion of the procedures, therefore minimizing the overall anaesthetic and surgical time and allowing the patients quick recoveries and home discharges. An important part of the surgical procedure is an appropriate pain control prior, during and after the operation. All OnkolVet clinicians take great care to make sure each patient is assessed before, during and after the procedure and pain relief is adjusted accordingly
Before the operation, in particular in our geriatric patients, we may advise some additional tests, such as: blood test, urinalysis, ultrasound, X-rays, etc. The reason for doing these is to rule in or out some hidden problems (=comorbidities) which may have a negative impact on the patient during the general anaesthesia and surgical procedure.
In our clinic we perform the following procedures:
- Neutering of dogs, cats, rabbits
- Surgeries on the uro-genital tract
- Surgeries on the gastrointestial tract
- Opthalmic (eye) surgeries
- Oncological surgeries
- Orthopaedic surgeries
As in oncological patients, surgical procedures in our small furries can be a source of stress and anxiety for their owners. Therefore in order to minimize this, all the steps proceding the surgical procedure, as well as the aftercare, are discussed with you in detail before the operation. At the time of discharge, each patient is sent home with a „discharge note” containing all the necessary information, description of the procedures performed as well as recommendations for the future appointments.
The main aspect of this field of veterinary medicine is the control and relief of pain. All of our patients undergoing any form of surgical procedure are anaesthetised, intubated and the anaesthesia is maintained with an inhalation gas (isoflurane) and oxygen. On some occasions, patients undergoing imaging (i.e.: X-rays) will also require general anaesthetic. This form of anaesthesia is the safest method for our animal patients (as it is in humans) during which we are able to monitor the patient’s depth of anaesthesia precisely and act promptly in case we need to. Very important thing which we pay particular attention to is an adequate patient preparation before general anaesthetic; all the anaesthetic and analgesic drugs are individually selected and prepared for each patient. In some instances, we also inject some analgesics locally (=local anaesthesia) which is complementary to the general (=inhalation) anaesthetic.
During the general anaesthesia, one of our members of staff monitors the anaesthesia by checking the heart, respiration rate, oxygen saturation and carbon oxide concentration, as well as checking the patient’s temperature, blood pressure and peripheral pulses
Diagnostic imaging (Ultrasound, X-rays, CT)
This field of veterinary medicine is auxillary and complementary to all the other ones previously mentioned. In our Clinic we offer a very specialised digital, direct radiography X-ray unit which minimizes the exposure time both for our patients as well as the members of staff. Ultrasonographic examination of your pet can be caried out by any member of our staff however on some occasion we may discuss with you an ultrasound examination of your pet performed by an imaging specialist.
Ultrasonographic examination is very useful in the following:
- assessment of pretty much all internal (abdominal) organs, such as: the liver, spleen, kidneys, etc
- sampling of any of the aforementioned organs
- assessment of the cutaneous as well as subcutaneous structures
- assessment of the structures in the neck (i.e.: thyroid gland)
- assessment of the cryptorchid testicles
- assessment of the muscles, ligaments and even bones
Radiography (X-ray) is a very useful imaging method in:
- the assessment of the thorax (i.e.: heart shape, size; lung fields, pathology within the lung fields, etc)
- assessment of the abdominal cavity (i.e.: gastric dilation volvulus, gastro-intestinal foreign bodies, kidney and/or bladder stones)
- assessment of appendicular and auxillary