To many individuals, their pets are their family, and high-quality care is essential for the animal’s health and longevity. The emergence of technology within the animal health realm has wholly improved quality of life for animals. Here are a few approaches in which technology has changed the veterinarian world.
How Modern Technology is Improving Veterinary Care
3D Printing is a new process that is used to make a tangible, observable, three-dimensional structure. The layers of this structure are made using computer programming to create the structure. The initial structure is a digital design, and it can be used to make a model of an animal bone. This information can be customized for the pet through the use of tomography scanning. By viewing these digitization’s, veterinarians and those performing the surgery can have a better understanding of the animals’ muscle and bone structure before entering surgery. The models that are created with 3D printing also help those that have pets understand what’s going on inside the body of their pet. Many other technologies, such as Keebovet ultrasounds and color Doppler software, assist in developing 3D prints by providing a clearer, easier to read visuals that are essential for diagnosis.
With rDNA being much more accessible and less expensive, it has opened the door to gene therapy opportunities for animals. These kinds of procedures would enable veterinarians to replace part of the genes that are either damaged or not there, and this type of DNA ‘surgery’ can treat a plethora of issues in a beloved animal. A dog may be prone to a dangerous blood condition called hemophilia, where the body cannot clot blot as fast as it should. In this case, the animal’s gene that is mutated can be treated with gene therapy. It can also manage another DNA called muscle-wasting disease.
Titanium is being used for pets that require prosthetics. The titanium prosthetic is adhered to the bone and grows with it over time. This is used for cases where a limb has to be amputated in the pet. Sometimes an animal might have an extremely hard time breathing due to a medical issue such as a trachea that has experienced a degree of collapse. In this case, since the windpipe would be extremely constricted, a tracheal titanium stent inserted in the windpipe could prove extremely beneficial by creating breathing space for airflow through the trachea.
Technology is constantly changing. From baby animals to senior creatures, our beloved pets require tender, skilled care with the combination of these emerging technologies. As time goes on, these advancements will become more accessible, affordable, and even more widely performed in veterinarian offices everywhere.