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With a love for all animals, Dr. Willem-Jan Van Deijck offers the latest in high-tech know-how, plus his personal expertise in diagnosing and treating most any problem our furry (and not so furry) friends may encounter.
The majority of his patients are of course cats and dogs; but he also treats exotic pets, such as iguanas, turtles, hamsters and guinea pigs.
Pet Street Veterinary Care Center is at 299 W. Granada Blvd., and is owned and operated by Dr. Van Deijck, a graduate of the University of Utrecht in Holland.
Dr. Van Deijck (pronounced "Van Dyke") began his veterinary career in 1999. He later came to the United States and joined a veterinary clinic in Palm Coast. Not long after, Dr. Van Deijck moved to Ormond Beach and began his own practice in 2009.
While some veterinarians specialize in a particular field, most are on the "front line" of practice -- conducting wellness exams, and providing a gamut of medical services for our pet-pals. For Dr. Van Deijck, there is a combination.
"I like the hands-on approach and contact with my clients," he said. "I also like dentistry and surgery. They're both of special interest to me."
A tour of Pet Street shows the doctor's commitment and genuine concern for his patients. The facility is virtually spotless, including the back rooms where most veterinary work is performed. From surgery tables to tubules, from lab equipment to monitors, this avant-garde clinic is equipped for almost anything, including emergencies.
The treatment area houses a number of sizable and secure pet kennels, each within view for frequent monitoring of both pre-op and post-op patients. Pet Street also has an isolation unit for pets who may have a contagious disease and need to be separated from other pets in the clinic.
Just off the treatment area is the operating room, where the latest in digital technology keeps track of the patient's vital signs -- heartbeat, blood pressure, respiration and more. The pre-operative process often means besides blood work, X-rays and at Pet Street the procedure is simple. By using a digital X-ray machine, images are processed without the added risk of radiation exposure. Hence, no more films with grayish results; no chemicals to mess with; no more distortions: Just a clean accurate image of the problem.
Also in the treatment area is a shallow "table-tub" covered by a stainless steel grating. This is where pets get their teeth cleaned. Called the VetPro 1000, this modern dental delivery system is used to clean and polish teeth. A special ultrasonic scaler is used to remove tartar without damaging the teeth. On a scale of 1 to 4 (with 4 being the worst) teeth are graded as to condition prior to a professional cleaning, after which recommendations are made for improved dental health.
During the cleaning process, the pet's teeth are also probed for pockets of decay. The pet is of course sedated during the entire procedure. Dr. Van Deijck stated that nearly 85 percent of all dogs and cats over the age of three have the beginnings of periodontal disease. He also stated that even though pets become more active and alert after dental treatment, they should have a recheck within two weeks after extractions are performed.
"There is little difference between humans and pets when it comes to the need for good dentistry," Dr. Van Deijck pointed out.
Laser therapy is another treatment available at Pet Street. "Cold laser therapy" is a proven remedy for pain relief and will decrease inflammation in a patient. This drug-free procedure is especially useful for arthritis but can be used for all kind of problems like hot spots, ear infections, abdominal pain and anal gland problems.
During the laser process, photons are directed to the affected tissue, thereby reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow, which reduces pain. The tiny machine captures the physical features of the patient, and then calculates the correct wattage and length of time for treatment. There is no sedation involved; in fact, the procedure is relaxing for the patient.
At Pet Street, the patient's well-being comes first. After any medical procedure, there is a recheck. "We do a follow-up or call back," Dr. Van Deijck, said to ensure the patient is doing fine and no questions are unanswered for the owner.
In addition, Pet Street has a unique program called "Feline-friendly stress-free Wednesdays." The idea is to reduce the amount of stress to cats when they visit the clinic. As such, Wednesday mornings between 8 and 12 are for felines only, no doggies -- except for emergencies.
Boarding also is available at Pet Street. Accommodations include three inside dog runs, and a "kitty condo" complete with connecting rooms, scratching post, and a plate-glass view of the outdoors. Boarders, however, must have a patient-doctor relationship with the clinic, and be up to date on vaccinations.
Dr. Van Deijck is a member of the American Veterinary Medical, the Florida Veterinary Medical, and the Volusia-Flagler Veterinary Medical Associations.
The clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Phone (386) 265-4444.