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General, orthopedic, neurologic, dermatologic examination, and evaluation for physical rehabilitation

Dr. Edwards examining a dog with a broken leg
Every new patient of Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. will undergo a thorough general examination. The head, mouth, haircoat, chest, belly, and legs are examined, your veterinarian will listen to the heart and lungs, and the temperature will be taken. If indicated, further diagnostic examinations will be performed. If your animal is presented because of lameness, a complete orthopedic examination will be performed. Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. is proud to be the only clinic in the state of Alaska to offer the service of our surgeons, Drs. Edwards and von Pfeil. The surgeon will thoroughly observe the gait of your pet, and palpate, extend and flex your animal’s extremities. Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. is proud to be the only clinic in the state of Alaska to offer the service of two board-certified surgeons, Drs. Edwards, and von Pfeil as well as one residency trained surgeon, Dr. MacDonald. The surgeon will thoroughly observe the gait of your pet, and palpate, extend and flex your animal’s extremities. Animals that present for a neurologic condition undergo a thorough neurological examination, following a specifically designed examination protocol. Several reflexes are tested, the eyes will be evaluated, and the neck, the legs, and the spine (backbone) may be carefully placed through a range of motion or may be carefully palpated. Most patients benefit from physical rehabilitation after surgery. Dr. Chang is the head of our department for physical rehabilitation, and will ensure that your pet will obtain the best post-operative care possible to recover quickly. Animals that visit this department for other conditions such as chronic arthritis or weight loss programs are examined thoroughly prior to starting an individually designed program. Animals presenting for a skin problem are thoroughly evaluated as well. In addition to the general examination our board-certified dermatologist may perform cytology of the skin and ears, skin scrapings or collect hair samples to diagnose or rule out certain problems and recommend other testing if appropriate. A very important part of the first examination of your pet with the dermatologist Dr. Preziosi is to obtain a detailed history. You may help us by filling in our specifically designed questionnaire for dermatologic patients prior to your appointment.
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