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NEW! Class IV Therapy Laser

Continuing to be a leader in the use of new technology, in early 2006 Stonehaven Park Veterinary Hospital was one of the first veterinary practices in the country to begin using the new FDA approved Class IV Therapy "K Laser." 

Widely used in human rehabilitation programs and by professional sports trainers, the K-Laser alleviates chronic pain, reduces swelling and accelerates healing.  Deep penetrating photons of light from the laser influence cell chemistry and metabolism in a variety of beneficial ways.  Treatment with the K-Laser is painless.

K-Laser therapy has become a part of pain control protocols and wound care (both from surgery and trauma).  Arthritic patients are also benefiting from this noninvasive approach that offers an alternative to drug regimens!

Dr. Godbold continues to be committed to investing in advanced technology for your pet's care!

In-Office Hormonal Assays

In November 2005, Stonehaven Park Veterinary Hospital acquired new laboratory equipment that allows rapid in-office analysis of thyroid hormone, cortisol and bile acid assays.  This new technology expands our ability to offer quick and reliable diagnostics for your pet. 

Prior to this addition of technology, patient samples had to be sent to a regional diagnostic laboratory for testing, with a 3-4 day delay in getting results.  Now results are available within one hour!

Dr. Godbold Shares Laser Surgery Skills

Having extensive experience with CO2 laser surgery,  Dr. Godbold has published numerous articles on laser surgery and in 2002 published a reference text, the Atlas of  CO2 Laser Surgery Procedures, now in its 5th edition..  A valuable tool for veterinarians learning about laser surgery, the atlas has been distributed throughout the world, and has been translated into several foreign languages.

Dr. Godbold is in high demand as a teacher of laser surgery techniques.  During the past several years he has traveled throughout the country and internationally to lecture, teach, and conduct laser surgery seminars.

Dr. Godbold has taught laser surgery courses at:

  • Mississippi State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Vet ecole veterinarie de Lyon France, Lyon France
  • University of Guelph School of Veterinary Medicine

He has lectured at:

  • The Southeastern Veterinary Conference
  • The Mid-America Veterinary Conference
  • The Mid-South Regional Veterinary Conference
  • The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Convention
  • The North American Veterinary Conference
  • The TN Veterinary Med Association Conference
  • The Wild West Veterinary Conference
  • The Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference
  • The American Association of Feline Practitioners Conference 
  • The Colonial Veterinary Conference
  • The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Conference
  • The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Conference
  • The Western Veterinary Conference
  • The Alabama Veterinary Med Association Conference
  • The Southern Veterinary Conference
  • The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Conference
  • Can-West Veterinary Conference
  • American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting
  • Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

He has conducted laser surgery workshops in:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Salem, OR
  • Detroit, MI
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Seattle, WA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Joliet, IL
  • Williamsburg, VA.
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Los Angles, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Quebec, Canada
  • Columbia, TN
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Memphis, TN
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL  
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Point Clear, AL
  • Lyon, France
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Mobile, AL
  • Guelph, Canada
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Covington, KY

Fortunately, Dr. Godbold’s travels for teaching are usually quick trips in which he flies out Saturday afternoon and is back in the office Monday morning. “We have tried, and will continue to try very hard, to schedule teaching opportunities which do not interfere with the care of my patients,” Dr.Godbold recently said. “My staff have been wonderful in helping us be sure that my travel doesn?t conflict with patient care, and they have been very helpful in assisting clients when I’ve been out of town. The travel and teaching is challenging and fulfilling, and my staff ‘s help and support has made it possible.”

Video Diagnostics and Improved Ear Care 

In late 2004 Stonehaven Park Veterinary Hospital invested in new diagnostic equipment!  We now have the capability to look at high magnification images from the ear, eye, mouth, larynx (voice box), upper trachea (wind pipe), nose, rectum and uro-genital tracts.

This imaging capability has significantly improved Dr. Godbold's ability to diagnose and treat a large number of problems in dogs and cats.  Many owners have already seen this equipment in use and immediately realized its value.

Dr. Godbold also recently completed intensive training on the most up-to-date techniques in diagnosing and treating ear diseases.  With new equpiment, new knowledge, and new medications we are now much better equipped to help your pet!

Applanation Tonometry - Glaucoma Screening

Recent advancements in equipment technology now allow   painless and easy measurement of intraocular pressure with the use of a sophisticated portable applanation tonometer.  This small computerized tonometer gives a much more accurate measurement of eye pressure than older mechanical devices.

With this new technology, Dr. Godbold is now able to measure your pet's eye pressure as part of our regular preventive health care.  All patients have an initial measurement to establish their baseline normal.  Some breeds have a high risk for developing glaucoma and their pressures are measured every year during their annual exam.  Annual measurements are also part of the annual exam of all pets over 6 years of age.

Applanation tonometry offers a significant improvement in our ability to monitor eye pressure and diagnose glaucoma during  early stages when treatment may help prevent blindness and eye discomfort.


On September 3, 2004 Fort Dodge Animal Health announced a voluntary recall of ProHeart 6.  Because of the recall Dr. Godbold will immediately discontinue use of ProHeart 6. 

All of the scientific data, controlled studies and verified reports Dr. Godbold has seen indicate ProHeart 6 is a safe and effective product.  However, until Fort Dodge and FDA resolve the issues resulting in the recall, Dr. Godbold recommends that patients receive alternative heartworm and intestinal worm preventives.

Brief information about the recall is included below.  More information is available at: www.proheart6.com/.

As of August 4, 2004, FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine had received 5,552 adverse event reports for ProHeart6.  Over 18 million doses have been administered.

While Fort Dodge Animal Health is cooperating with FDA?s request for a recall, the company has concerns about how the FDA interpreted the complex data.  As such, Fort Dodge supports the review process, and has indicated it will work closely with FDA to provide any necessary information for the panel. Spokespeople for Fort Dodge say the company remains confident in the safety and efficacy of ProHeart6 based on an evaluation of FDA?s data and consultation with independent experts in veterinary medicine and epidemiology.

Fort Dodge wants to point out to consumers that potential adverse events reported to the FDA are ?unfiltered,? meaning all reported potential events are submitted without regard to cause, and cases subsequently determined not to be related to the product are still included in the overall reporting numbers.

Fort Dodge says their data indicates that the incidence of disease and death seen with the use of ProHeart 6 is at or below the baseline (the normal number that would be expected) for the U.S. canine population.


Advanced Technology? Safe and Gentle Care for Your Pet

The carbon dioxide laser has largely replaced the scapel in our office. We take pride in being the first veterinary facility in Jackson to have laser technology. Our laser works safely and effectively, reducing or eliminating bleeding, stitches, swelling and pain. Many procedures can be done as outpatient or same day surgery, without an overnight stay. Your pet will be home sooner, with shorter hospitalization and quicker recovery. You and your pet deserve the most advanced medical, surgical and dental care. We are committed to supplying that care in a gentle and caring way.

Please let Dr. Godbold or a member of our staff tell you about the benefits of laser surgery for your pet.

Read more about laser surgery in our practice at our Laser Surgery Page.


New weight loss program!

We are now using Purina Veterinary Diet OM-FORMULA canine and feline diets which are formulated to provide proper nutrition as part of a safe weight loss program for the adult dog and cat. These high quality foods provide an adequate supply of nutrients but a reduced number of calories.  OM-FORMULA diets contain reduced quantities of fat and increased levels of fiber.  They are formulated for maximum palatability and pet satisfaction while reducing the amount of dietary energy.  Fed appropriately, OM-FORMULA will assist in safe, measured weight loss for your pet.


No more fleas! No more ticks!

FRONTLINE is the only product of its kind that eliminates fleas and kills ticks on dogs and cats. It's highly effective, easy to use and provides superior, guaranteed protection for your pet.

Learn more about FRONTLINE at http://www.frontline.com.


Feline Heartworm Disease.

Heartworms inhabit the heart and lungs of infected cats. Just one worm can cause permanent damage ? or even death. Cats are at risk wherever dogs are at risk. Over one fourth of our patients have tested positive for exposure to this deadly parasite. Even indoor cats can get heartworm disease. Infection is transmitted by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes can get in the house. Protection is easy. Heartworm disease is 100% preventable. Once a month oral or topical prevention can be given at home. 


Newer, more intense protocols have been developed and instituted.

All surgery patients have pain management after surgery.  With reduced pain patients rest comfortably after surgery, recover more quickly, and heal faster.


New feline vaccines have been developed which are kinder and gentler.

Merial PureVax Feline Rabies Vaccine and Feline Leukemia Vaccine are highly purified without chemical additives called adjuvants. Through advanced technology these vaccines introduces only those proteins needed for protection. PureVax vaccines virtually eleminate injection site reactions.

Heska Occulo-nasal Vaccine for Upper Respiratory Disease and Feline Distemper is a topical vaccine applied to the eyes and nose. This new technology means patients don?t receive an injection. This method produces local immunity in the upper respiratory tract as well as systemic immunity.


Antibiotic Pulse Therapy for Periodontal Disease.

More than 80% of dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease. Bad breath, gum infection, tooth loss and oral pain are commonly seen. Advanced methods can help control this disease.

Thorough ultrasonic cleaning and removal of painful loose teeth can significantly improve pets? quality of life. Following initial treatment, monthly administration of antibiotics ("pulse therapy") can reverse or slow down the ill effects of this disease. Owners have been extremely pleased with their pet?s improved oral health!

19 Stonecreek Circle
Jackson, TN  38305-2074