Surgery

Surgical Procedures 

As pet care specialists, we are proud to extend surgical services to our patients. Our skilled physicians and technicians are proficient in a variety of surgical procedures, allowing your pet to obtain precise care. Prior to scheduling surgery, we will discuss all treatment options available to you and your pet. Our goal is to allow you to fully understand the benefits and potential risks of surgery and make an informed decision about your pet’s care. Patients will also need to complete a full physical evaluation and blood work panel to ensure there are no preexisting conditions that could negatively affect pet health when anesthesia is used. Once your pet has cleared their physical exam, surgery can be scheduled.

Common reasons for pet surgery: 

  • Declawing felines.
  • Foreign body removal.
  • Spay and neuter.
  • Trauma repair.
  • Tumor or skin biopsy.

What does surgery involve?

Surgery for pets is very similar to surgery for humans. During the pre-operative appointment, the necessary preparations for surgery will be discussed. If your pet is having anesthesia, fasting will be required, and we request that you inform us of any medications your pet is taking. With some surgeries, an overnight stay at our facility is necessary so we can continue to monitor your pet’s recovery. If this is required with your surgery, you will be notified during your pre-operative appointment.

We believe that pain management is a critical aspect of recovery. We make an added effort to provide your pet with superior comfort. If we feel that post-operative pain management would be beneficial to your pet, we will prescribe additional medication.

Upon the completion of surgery, you will be informed of all care instructions for recovery. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s surgery, or would like to schedule a surgery, please contact our office.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our facility is equipped to handle routine and advanced soft tissue surgeries. Soft tissue surgeries are typically performed in conjunction with another service such as oncology, but they can also be performed singularly. Soft tissue refers to anything not involving bones; biopsies, spay and neuter, and foreign body removal are all various types of soft tissue surgery.

It is standard procedure to intensively monitor your pet’s levels during anesthesia and throughout the entire surgery. If you have any questions about your scheduled surgery, or would like to inquire about a soft tissue surgery, please contact our office.

Types of soft tissue surgery:

  • Cardiovascular (heart) surgery
  • Gastrointestinal (digestive) surgery
  • Neurosurgery (brain surgery)
  • Pulmonary (lung) surgery
  • Urogenital (bladder and/or kidney) surgery

Spay & Neuter

In an effort to help your pet live a healthy life, we provide spay and neuter services. Choosing to spay or neuter your new pet is one of the most responsible decisions you can make as a pet owner. Spaying and neutering pets is estimated to add years to your pet’s life in decreasing or eliminating their chances of getting certain cancers; it also helps decrease the amount of animals in shelters and the number of euthanized pets each year.

With statistics indicating that nearly 4 million pets in the United States are put down annually, we believe spaying and neutering animals is a productive initiative. In providing these services, we hope to prolong pets’ lives and help the community in preventing pet overpopulation.

Reasons to spay or neuter your pet:

  • Decrease aggressive behaviors in male pets.
  • Decrease desire for pets to roam and find mates.
  • Decrease pet overpopulation and pet euthanasia.
  • Decrease risk of mammary gland tumors.
  • Eliminate heat cycles, bleeding, and yelling for a mate.
  • Eliminate or reduce marking and spraying.
  • Reduce risk of ovarian and uterine cancers.
  • Reduce risk of prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

What does spaying or neutering involve?

Both spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevent an animal from reproducing. Spaying and neutering are typically recommended for pets that are at least 6 months old and are not going to be used for breeding. Spaying is performed on female animals and involves surgically removing the uterus and ovaries to prevent pregnancy. Neutering is implemented on male animals and encompasses removing the testicles to eliminate fertility. While each of these surgeries sound involved, they can usually be completed within a few hours and do not require an overnight hospital stay.

Your pet may experience increased discomfort in the days following surgery. Depending on your pet’s surgery, pain medication can be prescribed. These tips should be followed to ease your pet’s recovery:

  1. Do not allow your pet to run or jump for the next few days.
  2. Examine the incision daily to ensure proper healing.
  3. Keep your pet confined from others, and allow them to have a quiet resting place.
  4. Prevent your pet from licking the surgical site by keeping close watch or by using an Elizabethan collar.
  5. Wait at least 10 days after surgery to bathe your pet. If your pet’s incision has opened or if you notice excessive swelling, redness, or discharge, contact our office immediately.

If you have further questions about the spay and neuter procedures or would like to schedule the surgery for your pet, contact our office at your convenience.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic problems can inhibit a pet’s ability to happily walk, play, and stand up. We are proud to offer orthopedic surgery options while concentrating on enabling our patients to live comfortably. Orthopedic surgery is a corrective skeletal surgery intended to alleviate problems with tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, and muscles.

If your pet has been involved in an accident or has experienced trauma, prompt X-rays can determine whether bone fracture or further injury has occurred. Pets don’t always exhibit external indications of pain and may need to undergo orthopedic surgery to fix or prevent complications.

Common orthopedic surgical procedures: 

  • ACL rupture
  • Arthritis
  • Bone fractures
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Joint dislocations
  • Osteochondrosis (typically only occurs in large breeds)
  • Patellar luxation

How are bone fractures repaired?

The most common orthopedic procedure is dealing with fractured bones. Simple fractures can be reset using a cast or splint and typically do not require surgery. If a fracture is displaced, surgery is usually necessary to give bones stability. A surgical procedure for bone fracture caters to each individual case, but the following methods are most commonly used:

Surgical plating – A metal plate is aligned next to the fracture and holes are drilled into the bone so pins can be inserted to permanently fixate the plate to support the bone.

Pin fixation – A metal pin is surgically inserted into the fractured bone.

External fixation – Pins are surgically connected to the fractured bones and are then attached outside of the skin with rods and clamps.

Regardless of whether your pet has a cast or surgery, fractures can take up to four months to heal. The care process also requires owner involvement; after your pet’s fracture is treated, we will give you proper care instructions relative to the procedure performed. In some cases, orthotic devices such as walkers or braces can be custom made to support the fracture in addition to the cast or surgery performed. If either of these is required for mobility, the veterinarian will inform you during the treatment planning phase.

Please contact our office today to determine if your pet is a good candidate for skeletal corrective surgery.

Cesarean Section (C-Section)

Whether you are a breeder or have an accidental litter, you might be faced with the need for a Cesarean section (C-section). There are many reasons that female pets require a C-section, ranging from a narrow birth canal to an awkward positioning of the litter. In some cases, a C-section can save the mother and litter’s lives. Our skilled surgeons are proud to offer our patients scheduled and emergency Cesarean section services.

Reason for a Cesarean section: 

  • Fetal distress.
  • Irregularity of a particular breed, namely size or shape of newborn.
  • Litter consists of a single offspring.
  • Litter is in awkward position and cesarean section might be necessary to save litter.
  • Mother is having difficulty with natural birthing, and C-section becomes necessary.
  • Mother’s pelvic shape or size.
  • Mothers that have previously had litters via cesarean will likely have future litters similarly.

What does a Cesarean section involve?

A Cesarean section is usually straightforward. In cases where the lives of the mother and her offspring are in danger, emphasis is placed on extracting the newborns hastily. In all cases, great precision and care are taken to ensure the safety and health of all patients. Initially, the mother’s abdomen is cleaned and shaved to reveal the surgical site. The mother then receives an injection of local anesthesia around the proposed incision site to numb the area and lessen the total amount of general anesthesia necessary for the surgery. An IV sedative is then introduced to allow the mother to completely relax. For their safety, we only implement mild sedative medications to protect the lives of the mother and her offspring. The midline incision is then made, exposing the uterus. Each newborn is gently extracted from the uterus and placed in neonatal care where breathing is stimulated, the amniotic sac is removed, fluid is taken out of their lungs, and their umbilical cords are tied. The mother’s incision is then sutured closed.

The mother and her litter remain under neonatal care for the next few days. Because the mother did not undergo the natural whelping process, she is more likely to reject her newborns and must be introduced to the process of nurturing her offspring. With the help of our trained staff, the mother will be guided in nurturing her litter and will be taught typical mothering techniques. After she begins to take motherly initiatives, the mother and newborns can be released to their owner.

If you have any questions about Cesarean section surgeries or would like to schedule a surgery, please contact our office.