Frequently Asked Questions

Our hospital hours are:
7am - 8pm Monday through Friday
7am - 6pm Saturday
8am - 6pm Sunday (We will be closed on Sundays, beginning June 17th, 2018)
Closed for all major holidays

In the event of an after-hours emergency, please call us at (757) 566-2224. Our answering service can then direct you to an overnight animal emergency hospital for further assistance.

Cardiology FAQs

Chest X-Rays

These images are obtained to assess your pet's heart and lungs. They also provide information that can help determine whether or not your pet is suffering from congestive heart failure.

6-lead Eledroardiogrem

(ECG or EKG): This test records the electrical activity of the heart and reveals whether heartbeats are normal or abnormal. An ECG charts a recognizable pattern of the heart's activity. Each point on the tracing depicts how well each specific part of the heart is performing. An ECG can provide valuable information about a suspected arrhythmia

Cardiac Ultrasound

(Echocardiogram): Echocardiography allows visual examination of the interior of the heart, its valves and its surrounding structures via ultrasonography. It is a sophisticated diagnostic tool, which, when combined with other components of a complete cardiac workup (history, physical examination, cardiac and pulmonary auscultation, ECG, x-rays and other pertinent tests), can provide a complete diagnostic picture of your pet's illness and help outline a course of treatment

Doppler Echocardiography

An advanced form of ultrasonography, this sophisticated technology can enhance the diagnostic information gained from standard two-dimensional ultrasound. Sound waves are bounced off moving red blood cells to determine the movement and force of blood flow within the heart. There are three types of Doppler ultrasound: continuous wave, pulsed wave and color flow. Each type is helpful in diagnosing or assessing the severity of different types of heart problems.

Holter Monitor(ambulatory ECG monitoring)

A Holter monitor is a portable ECG device worn by a pet which will continuously record heart rate and rhythm (for up to 24 hours). Its extended recording period is useful for detecting heart rhythm disturbances (called arrhythmias), which would be difficult to identify in the shorter period of time measured by a standard ECG. This information is used with other testing to determine the nature and severity of your pet's heart disease and to create the best treatment plan for arrhythmia.


Pericardiocentesis is performed when there is fluid accumulation between the heart and the sac that surrounds the heart (the pericardium). Performance of an echocardiogram prior to pericardiocentesis is often critical in cases of pericardial effusion. Pericardial fluid highlights soft tissue masses facilitating the diagnosis of neoplasia.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Arterial pressure is measured routinely in many patients, especially those with other medical conditions known to be associated with high blood pressure (kidney disease, thyroid or adrenal gland disease, etc.) and in patients where high blood pressure may be suspected from an echocardiogram. The technique involves an inflatable cuff placed around a limb and a monitor to detect flow in the artery within the cuff.

Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen supplementation can be delivered to your pet when indicated via flow by, intranasal, or environmentally controlled oxygen cage. Delivering a higher percentage of oxygen to the lungs can help maximize oxygen delivery to tissue in cases of respiratory or cardiac dysfunction.

Internal Medicine FAQs

What services are offered?

  • Diagnostic Imaging including: digital radiography, ultrasound, echocardiography,
  • Flexible and rigid endoscopy
  • Full in-house laboratory including blood chemistry, hematology, coagulation profile, urinalysis, and cytology
  • Full complement of external laboratories for advanced testing
  • In-house pharmacy with full complement of oral and injectable medications to treat disease or symptoms
  • Oxygen support
  • Advanced Fluid Therapy
  • Continuous patient monitoring including: electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure (indirect and direct arterial),oxygen saturation, temperature, and capnography (CO2 monitoring)

What types of advanced diagnostics and procedures are offered?

Gastroenterology - the study of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Typical conditions include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), food allergies, hiatal hernias, polyps, foreign bodies, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or cancers.

Respiratory Medicine - the study of the upper and the lower respiratory tract. Diseases include nasopharyngeal polyps and cancers, chronic rhinitis (inflammation), nasopharyngeal stenosis, laryngeal paralysis, collapsing trachea, tracheal hypoplasia (congenital disorder), fungal infections of the nasal passages and lungs, feline asthma, chronic bronchitis, and infectious pneumonias.

Endocrinology - the study of multiple glands of the body (parathyroid, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, pituitary and hypothalamus glands). Common endocrine diseases include diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, adrenal tumors, hyper and hypoparathyroidism, hyper and hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, Addison's disease, as well as excessive drinking and urinating.

Nephrology/Urology - the study of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, and urethra. Conditions that are diagnosed and treated include acute and chronic kidney failure, kidney and bladder stones, prostatitis and prostate cysts, bladder polyps, kidney infections, congenital kidney diseases, urinary incontinence and urethral/bladder/prostate cancer.

Hematology - dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the blood (containing red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, proteins, clotting agents) and its precursors. Diseases include hemophilia and congenital/hereditary diseases, bleeding disorders, hemolytic anemias (destruction of red blood cells by the animal's immune system caused by infectious agents), infectious and destructive platelet disorders, and bone marrow disorders.

Infectious Diseases — is the branch that aims to diagnose and treat infectious agents that may afflict cats and dogs. In certain instances, these diseases can be transmitted from one pet to another, from a vector (such as ticks) to animals, and even from pets to humans (zoonosis). Infectious diseases include: Leptospirosis, Influenza, Herpes, Lyme, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and rickettsial agents, among others.

Physical Rehabilitation FAQs

What are some conditions that physical rehabilitation is used for?

  • Orthopedic injuries and repair such as cruciate disease
  • Fractures
  • Spinal card injuries such as intervertebral disc disease
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Wounds such as burns
  • Obesity
  • Increasing strength and maintaining the condition of working, sporting, and agility dogs

What treatment modalities are offered?

Modalities can vary from range-of-motion and stretching, therapeutic exercises such as balance board and proprioceptive training, superficial thermal and cryotherapy.

Pet Loss FAQs

What should I expect the euthanasia process to be like?

The decision to help your pet pass on is incredibly difficult, emotional, and personal. Usually this decision is based on a deteriorating quality of life for your pet, due to disease, injury, or old age. If you are unsure of the decision, Anderson's Corner Animal Hospital is here to offer you guidance during this difficult time.

Once the decision has been made, we will be there to help council you on the options for care of your pet's remains.

It is your decision whether or not you would like to be present for the euthanasia. Often, an intravenous catheter will be placed in the leg of your pet. After this has been done, you may elect to spend some time with your pet in our private room. Once you are ready to proceed, the doctor will administer a sedative so that there can be no pain or discomfort. Once this has taken affect, a final injection will be given that will painlessly and peacefully allow your loved one to pass on. The doctor will examine your pet and confirm that he or she is gone. We will then take care of your pet's remains according to your wishes.

Can you accommodate special requests?

We will always try to accommodate your wishes with any special requests during and after your pet's passing. Hair clippings, paw prints, and cremation with your pet's favorite item are some common requests.

What are the options for final care?

It can be difficult to decide what to do when your loved one has passed and we want you to know what options you have and that Anderson's Corner Animal Hospital will be here to help you through this difficult time.

Some choose to bury their pets at home, where this is permitted. You may also choose a private burial at a local pet cemetery.

Cremations are the most common choice. In this case, there are two options: remains can be returned to you or you may choose not to have the remains returned. We work with professionals who perform this service for our facility and will treat your loved ones with the care and respect they deserve.

Do you offer in home euthanasia?

We offer veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia through Dr. Melanie Cohen of Lap of Love. See her information here:

Lap Of Love 

Our ACAH Veterinarians are also available to perform in-home euthanasia if requested.    

X-Ray – Endoscopy – Ultrasound FAQS


What are the advantages of Digital X-ray vs traditional film X-ray?

  • Superior image quality.
  • Faster study times (Approximately 4 secioonds to acquire each image)
  • More efficient — more X-ray studies can be performed in less time
  • Less anxiety for the animal from reduction in study time
  • Allows for superior image manipulation
  • Instantaneous viewing on all computers in the hospital

How is ultrasound performed?

After being thoroughly examined by one of our doctors, your pet is positioned appropriately on the ultrasound examination table. For most patients, sedation or anesthesia is not required. The area of interest is clipped to allow the probe to make contact with the skin. Ultrasound is painless and noninvasive.

What is ultrasound used for?

Applications for ultrasound include:

  • Evaluation of the abdominal organs, including the stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, lymphatic system, kidneys, urinary tract, and endocrine organs
  • Pregnancy evaluation
  • Imaging of thoracic and abdominal masses
  • Imaging of fluid accumulation in the abdomen or thorax
  • Imaging of the neck, including thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Imaging of blood vessels and flow, in and around the heart, and throughout the body
  • Imaging of the eye (for masses and retinal detachment)
  • Assessment of internal injuries after trauma (called an AFAST/TFAST scan)
  • Minimally invasive techniques to obtain samples of organs for diagnosis of illnesses and cancers (fine needle aspirates, ultrasound-guided biopsies and cystocentesis, gall bladder secretions)

How is endoscopy performed?

After a full physical examination, the patient is sedated or anesthetized. A specialized scope is passed into the area of interest (gastrointestinal, urinary. or respiratory tract), and a camera hooked up to the scope displays live images of these structures. Using special instruments, biopsy samples can be obtained, as well as foreign material removed.

What is endoscopy used for?

Endoscopy is used to visualize the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tract, and to obtain diagnostic tissue samples to diagnose conditions affecting these body systems. Polyps can be removed. Endoscopy can also be used to extract upper gastrointestinal foreign material, and to assist in placement of feeding tubes.

What is echocardiography used for?

  • Pericardial effusions
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Ventricular septal defects
  • AV valve dysplasia
  • Patent ductus arteriousus
  • Developmental defects
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Heartworm disease
  • Heart based masses
  • Advanced feline restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Right to left shunts
  • Atrial septal defects
  • AV valve stenoses
  • Coronary artery defects
  • Occult dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Cot triatriatum
  • Persistent left cranial vena cava
  • Canine hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Feline diastolic dysfunction

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