At Lagos Veterinary Clinic we strive to provide the best health service for your pet that we can. As in human health this encompasses a very wide range of topics ranging from nutrition to fitness from preventative health to bad backs, from arthritis to cardiovascular health, reproduction to radiology.
Outlined below are the facilities we have at the hospital to help you help your pet to the best life it can have.
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We work on an appointment based schedule at LVC. We do this so that our clients (and indeed our patients) don't need to wait unnecessarily long. It also means that the vet can re-evaluate any relevant history on the computer files, and the nurses can prepare treatments or tests that may be expected during the consultation.
We are a cat friendly clinic with a dedicated consult room and waiting area for cats. So less stressed moggies far away from barking dogs!
We see booked consults 9-12pm and 4-6pm Mondays to Fridays and on Saturday mornings.
Emergency cases are seen at any time.
Appointments can be made by phone, email, enquiry form or by popping into the clinic.
Lagos Vet Clinic are stockists of ´Royal Canin' pet foods and ´Specific' pet foods exclusively. This is because we value the nutrition for your pet above all else.
Royal Canin is the best quality pet food available, Specific pet food is the best budget food we have found. We don't sell cheap pet food because it is not good for your dog or cat's health.
Unfortunately many people think that buying dog food from LIDL or Pingo Doce is enough to keep their dog healthy. It will keep them alive, yes, but cheap pet foods do not contain the right micro-nutrients to keep them healthy for a long life. Top quality food is an investment in your pet´s future health.
Dental chews are another great example. Many dogs come to consults with plaque and tartar across their teeth, whilst their owners have been giving supermarket dental chews every week. Much effort and money is wasted by people on inferior nutritional and dental products for their pet.
Lagos Vet Clinic has several diagnostic units in the fields of haematology, biochemistry and microscopy/bacteriology.
We have amassed this technology to allow a rapid assessment needed for internal medicine. We have the equipment needed to stain and examine assess skin samples, lump aspirates urine samples and blood smears.
We have in house tests for infectious diseases such as parvo and feline aids and have incubators to do in-house bacteriology and sensitivity testing for chronic infections.
We also have blood machines which tell us about the status of major internal organs and electrolytes in the blood. There is a separate unit to measure the various different parameters with red and white blood cells and platelets.
These technologies allow us to make rapid diagnoses of sick animals and also for carrying out pre-anaesthetic blood tests to check the safety of an anaesthetic to be carried out on the same day.
Lagos Vet Clinic has two radiology machines. One main one for looking into problems in the chest and abdomen as well as bone problems such as hips and spinal X-rays, including contrast studies.
The other, portable unit, is used for intra-operative X-rays when we do orthopaedic repair surgeries. This is to ensure that metal implants are sitting correctly before finishing the operation.
This portable unit is also taken on horse calls for X-raying skeletal problems in the field.
We have two colour Doppler-wave Ultrasound machines. This not only allows imaging of organ structure within the body but is used to ensure accurate biopsy sampling of internal organs. And of course to confirm pregnancies… occasionally on staff 😉
The in-house unit has very high resolution, as used by the private hospital in Lagos. The portable unit also has good resolution (with Doppler) and gets taken into the field to scan horse’s tendons.
The ECG reader is essential for diagnosis of arrhythmia in the heart. Many lives have been saved thanks to this specific machine.
The clinic has several fibre optic, flexible endoscopes, with video attachment.
Endoscopes are invaluable for retrieving foreign bodies from the stomach without a surgery. We have removed many fish hooks stuck in the oesophagus using these as well!
Endoscopy units are essential for visualisation sampling of the bronchi, lungs, duodenum and colon.
Lars Rahmquist (BVSc) has years of experience in equine practices in Australia and the U.K. The practice 4WD is stocked with the equipment needed to treat a range of equine problems from lameness to colic.
Routine surgeries such as castrations, lacerations and feet surgery are also carried out. We also offer reproduction work and tendon scanning on lame horses.
The surgery has a range of instruments and machines to carry out orthopaedic procedures like bone and ligament repairs, including cruciate ruptures and implant surgeries.
We also do specialised respiratory surgeries such as on French bulldogs and older retrievers with laryngeal paralysis. These techniques prove hugely beneficial in the breathing ability of these dogs.
Spinal surgery can also be undertaken at Lagos Vet Clinic using specialised spinal surgery instrumentation. We work in conjunction with a CT scan clinic to localise lesions prior to surgery.
We use only the safest anaesthetic drugs and protocols. All anaesthetics are monitored and recorded throughout. We recommend I/V fluid support for our anaesthetics and are equipped with fluid pumps to ensure accurate fluid (and drug) delivery.
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All animals staying in the clinic are regularly checked and treated as appropriate. We have two kennel rooms as well as a separate isolation room for infectious animals such as cats with cat flu and dogs with parvo.
We have ample enclosed outdoor facilities and our canine patients are exercised safely throughout the day, including weekends.
We understand that owners who have their pets in the clinic for surgery or hospitalise for an illness are often concerned. The Lagos Vet Clinic maintains regular contact with owners through phone calls, texts and emails including photos to follow their progress.
We also have boarding facilities for cats at the hospital. You can phone or email reception to check for availability if you need to head overseas for a period.
All vaccinations for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and horses are available at LVC. All animals are examined thoroughly prior to vaccinating to ensure the animal is fit for the injection and to check for any (unnoticed) diseases.
Microchipping your pet gives you more chance of finding it should it run (or be chased) away. Many dogs are sitting waiting for their owners in holding facilities in Portugal. If they were microchipped, they could be home the same day. We get a tremendous amount of joy (and relief) when we are brought a stray and we find that it has a registered microchip.
A microchip costs just 25€ which includes life-long registration with a national database in Lisbon.
A chip is the size of a grain of rice and is simply injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. If you move countries, chips are easily registered in your new country of residence. And you will need one if you intend on taking your pet across borders.
A chip is also a legal requirement of dog and cat ownership in Portugal (along with an annual rabies vaccination).
We issue EU pet passports on the same day as consults. These are needed (along with a rabies vaccination and a microchip) to cross any EU borders (including Spain).
Animal patients develop cancers, just like people. Treatment of these cancers has come a long way in veterinary medicine.
Unlike people, animals do not understand that ‘chemo' is making them feel ill in order to try and save their lives. Therefore we use much smaller doses of these drugs. The aim of veterinary oncology is to extend a good quality of life, whilst not having the ill side-effects of these medications.
Know also that there are certain cancers such a skin tumours (amongst others) that can be completely cured with the right understanding and the right approach from the start. The vets at LVC understand oncology and correspond with oncologists in Portugal, the UK and Australia and America.
We can discuss these options with you should this unfortunate event arise.
Animal Health Screening is a simple and effective way of monitoring your older pet's health. Early detection of disease means early intervention and in many cases this will mean successful treatment and prevention of medical problems.
Pre-emptive pet care helps to ensure your pet will be healthy and active for as long as possible. We think it is a wonderful way of ensuring that your companion and family member does not leave you prematurely.
We don't want you to find yourself in a situation that could have been prevented just by taking a simple test.
Pets age around 7 times faster, meaning that we consider a 7 year old dog as a 50 year old person. As we know it is advisable to get regular checks on many indices at this age e.g. cholesterol, blood pressure, PSA, thyroid checks.
Pets over 7 years of age have a greater chance of harbouring underlying disease in the ageing process.
As we all know pets cannot tell us how they are feeling and additionally disease processes can start well before symptoms arise. This may mean your pet is unwell without you even knowing it.
Health screening is the key to early detection of disease in these animals and means we can take steps to manage and even reverse the problem before irreparable damage is done.
For example, did you know that over 66% of kidney function is lost before there are any external signs of renal failure? We cannot reverse damage to kidney cells as they do not regenerate, however the good news is that if we identify the problem early we can save many of those cells that would otherwise have been lost. As the old adage tells u: prevention is better than cure.
These checks can be done on an annual basis when your pet comes for it's yearly vaccination. It is simple, fast and important.
The Lagos Vet Clinic also has two geriatric programs.
The first includes blood work, urinalysis, blood pressure analysis and regular health checks; whilst the second adds to these: abdominal ultrasonography and radiology to look for undetected diseases within the body. Many dogs have been saved by detecting splenic masses that were ready to rupture and operated on before disaster struck.
Remember early detection and intervention is the key to successful treatment. Anything we can do to help prolong a healthy happy life of our best friend is time well spent.
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LVC now has Jenny Quigley providing a professional service as Lagos Groomers operating downstairs from the clinic. The separate parlour is fully equipped with a full gamut of grooming equipment. Dogs of all sizes can have their individual needs tended to. Your pet can receive anything from a full groom, clipped and scissored to breed standard to a just a brush, wash and blow dry.
The warmer conditions in the Algarve give rise to many skin problems. Breeds from other countries may be too furry for our hot climes. Dermatitis problems such as Hot Spots need veterinary attention and part of the treatment protocol is to clip away the fur from that area, making it less inviting for partying bacteria.
You can help to stop these infections by keeping your dog's coat and skin healthy. Jenny can give you advice about the most appropriate way to maintain your dog's coat through the hot summer months (and the wet, sticky winter ones, too).
Proper grooming through the parlour will maintain coat (and therefore skin) health. This decreases dermatitis cases in dogs with problem skin. Shampooing with anti-allergy treatments helps decrease the need for steroids in allergic dogs as well.
Dermatitis cases can be found during a groom. Clinic staff are on hand to inspect any suspicious lesions seen in the parlour and cases can be discussed with the owner. If an owner wishes, a skin case can be treated through the clinic on the same day.
In the parlour, animals are groomed in a friendly and stress-free environment. Some owners know that their pet will not stand for being groomed and will become stressed and aggressive. When owners request that their cat or dog receive a little medicated calming before a bath or clip, Veterinary administered sedation can be given and monitored by trained staff. This means it is a safe and fast procedure. This can be a blessing for stressed pets (and their owners!).
We prefer to see our small animal patients in the clinic, as all of the drugs and diagnostic equipment is there as well as the assistance of extra staff.
However we understand that in some circumstances the vet needs to go to people's houses to see their animals.
This can be arranged for a time during the day by phoning our reception.
Dental disease is a very overlooked problem in animal health. Anyone who has suffered through it knows that it is painful, but left unchecked, it will cause very serious problems to whole body health and can cause organ (including heart) failure.
We have a separate area where we undertake dental surgery. Patients are placed under the same anaesthetic protocols and given pre and post operative pain killers and antibiotics. We have X-ray facilities to find if there is decay in the roots of teeth that may not otherwise be apparent.
We can give you an appraisal of your dog or cats mouth for free, if you are unsure if its just bad breath or if your pet has real oral disease.
We use a range of equipment needed for extractions and scaling and polishing of teeth. Prevention of recurrence is discussed during consults with owners.
Dental health in pets is better managed by good hygiene, not just booking in a dental clean every 6 months. We stock a range of oral hygiene products. They all act by reducing the biofilm on the teeth and thus decreasing plaque and tartar adhesion on teeth.
As sad as it is, this is a reality for many animals. Our staff aim for compassion and care at these sad times. We set aside a private consult area and owners can stay with the animal if they wish to, and the one injection provides a very smooth and calm passing.
We also work with a company who provide an individual cremation service for people who wish for their pet's ashes to be returned.
Not just an ancillary treatment, but used first line in the management of a number of musculoskeletal problems.
Just like when a person puts their back out, drugs will help dull the pain, but some form of intervention is needed to relieve the spasm in the muscles and ligaments and get the body moving normally again.
Acupuncture combined with deep tissue massage accomplishes this and improves quality of life in patients suffering back and joint pain. It can be used in conjunction with medications or on its own.
It has also proven to be an integral part in getting our orthopaedic surgery patients back to normality faster. This is better for the owner and pet and it also speeds real-time healing.
Physiotherapy is another arm of rehabilitation either from injury or from surgery. LVC has various physiotherapy protocols for differing problems. We also have specialised animal physio equipment including electrotherapy for the patients to strengthen muscles and tone ligaments.
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