IMPORTANT NOTE MARCH 2022
As we all know, the past 2 years have been difficult for everyone, in so many ways. An increase in the number of pets, persistent staff shortages, and pandemic protocols have been challenging for us to manage. To meet these ongoing challenges, we have made some adjustments to our practice.
To ensure we can provide quality care to our current patients, we are not accepting new veterinary clients at this time. For the foreseeable future, we will also not be providing elective veterinary reproductive services.
Services that require a veterinarian include TCI or Surgical Implant, OFA/PennHIP breed certifications and BAER testing.
We will still be offering reverse, same day and standard progesterone blood draws, with the understanding that we cannot perform the procedures listed previously.
Our ICSB technicians are still offering semen collection, storage and shipping as well as vaginal artificial insemination.
Preplanned C-sections are subject to availability of surgery time, we only have one veterinarian available. Emergency surgery will be accommodated if possible otherwise it will be referred.
For breeders, our team works closely with breeders of a variety of purebred dogs and offers many specialized procedures including: pre-breeding health tests, progesterone testing, artificial insemination, surgical implant, trans-cervical insemination (TCI), pregnancy testing, caesarian sections when necessary, litter checkups, first vaccinations and microchip implantation. Our ICSB-Atlantic service provides clients with the collection, shipping and storage of canine semen.
PennHIP stands for the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic technology (x-ray) for hip evaluation. The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip and quantitatively measures canine hip joint laxity. The PennHIP method of evaluation is more accurate than the current standard in its ability to predict the onset of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the hallmark of canine hip dysplasia (CHD).
PennHIP is more than just a radiographic technique. It is also a network of veterinarians trained to perform the PennHIP methodology properly and, perhaps most importantly, it is a large scientific database that houses the PennHIP data. The radiographs are made by certified PennHIP members worldwide and are sent to the PennHIP analysis center for evaluation. The resulting data is stored in the database, which is continually monitored as it expands. As more information becomes available, the PennHIP laboratory is able to obtain more precise answers to questions about the etiology (cause), prediction and genetic basis of CHD.
In addition to PennHIP, we assist breeders with OFA submissions and/or University of Guelph radiographic evaluations. As the occasion arises, we welcome inquiries from breeders who have specific diagnostic or registration needs. We have a BAER testing unit so that we can provide inhouse hearing evaluations, this is for non-certified diagnosis.