Human healthcare has gained a lot throughout the decades from the technological advancements. The same did the healthcare for our pets and animals – the veterinary care.
Technological progress has improved the quality of the pets’ lives, and veterinary medicine benefits today from some techniques and treatments similar to those of the humans. More animal lives have been saved with new methods of diagnosis and then with accurate medical intervention.
Thus, veterinary care has gained a lot from these advancements when it comes to drug prescription and therapies. Diseases have been prevented or cured, which just few years before would have been a real problem for the pets. Basically, many of the methods used for humans are today available for animals also.
Just imagine that nowadays you can have MRI, digital dental X-rays, stem cells, ultrasound scans and much more options for the pets.
This way, the veterinary job is certainly one for the future, and there are a lot of people who will do everything for their loved animals. You would wonder there are many who take a loan for vet bills. There are different financing options and even a possibility for pet insurance.
The veterinary care has evolved so much that there are so many innovations, advancements and breakthroughs in the last years:
- Human cancer treatment available for pets, and biopsy testing
- Cancer vaccine for melanoma
- Wearable fitness trackers
- Perioperative monitoring – the period regarding a surgical procedure
- 3D printing and prosthetics
- Microchip fracture detection
- Minimally invasive surgical procedures
- Laser surgery for a wide range of affections, and laser therapy
- Stem cell therapies for osteoarthritis cases in dogs
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for over 15 years now
- Digital dental X-ray and other X-rays
- Oral pill camera which is swallowed – it obtains 360-degree internal images
- Ultrasound scans
- Surgical monitoring devices
- Corrective laser eye surgeries
- Hi-tech monitoring in the clinics
Many of these procedures and types of intervention, detection or treatment are very common in human healthcare, and many of us have heard of them.
But technological advances are not limited to all the above. The veterinarians can now prescribe a lot of medicine which previously was available just for humans. Some examples are: Palladia, Benadryl, ketoprofen, nutraceuticals, probiotics, supplements, or a wider variety of vaccines.
All these have led to longer, healthier and more comfortable lives for the pets. And that makes us not only happier, but with less stress and worries, and we also get to enjoy more quality time.
It is true though that, while our pets and other animals can benefit from these technological advancements, we must acknowledge that not all the healthcare options which are available for humans can work for animals also. Furthermore, as much as we do love our animal companions and sometimes treat them like a family member, we must not forget that technology will first serve humans so that we can later better know how to help them.