Our veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures
We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets.
Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.
If your dog suffers from frequent ear infections, surgical intervention can reduce their occurrence by improving airflow into the ear canal.
Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes. Tearing in your pet's eyes can mean an infection is present or may be a sign that the cornea (outer layer of the eye) has been damaged. Surgery may allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring, improving your pet's ability to see. In some pets, the eyelashes may actually damage the cornea. Surgical intervention improves comfort in these pets, reduces the chances of corneal scarring, and enhances the pet's vision in the long term.
We perform many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopaedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.Leg fractures are the most common orthopaedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:
?Pinning" stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
?Plating" involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
?External fixation" stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.
We also perform a lot of orthopaedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.
We strive to provide our patients with the most current surgical procedures and techniques. With accelerated technology and its use in the medical field, we are now pleased to incorporate laser surgery along with our advanced pet care services. While lasers have been used for decades in aiding human surgeries, they have recently been introduced to the veterinary field with outstanding success. Laser surgery can aide in all soft tissue surgeries, as well as most orthopedic surgeries.
Procedures that can be performed utilizing laser surgery:
- Biopsies or tumor removals
- Cosmetic surgeries
- Dental surgery
- Ear, nose, and throat surgeries
- Ocular surgery
- Spay and neuter
What are the benefits of laser surgery?
Improvements in medical technology and techniques are beneficial to patients, and the implementation of laser surgery in pet medicine is no different. The following are some of the major advantages of laser surgery:
Completely sterile - Any bacteria or virus is instantly vaporized with the laser.
Decreased pain - As a laser cuts, it seals nerve endings, lessening the amount of pain a patient experiences.
Less bleeding - Lasers cauterize the skin as they cut, sealing blood vessels and allowing the patient to experience less bleeding.
Less trauma to tissue - Because the laser never touches the surface, there is almost no trauma caused compared to using a surgical blade.
Little or no need for sutures - In most cases, the reduction of pain allowed by laser surgery limits the amount of pets that lick at the wound. Healing also tends to be accelerated, and circulation in the area is better preserved. These improvements greatly reduce the need for sutures. Ultimately the veterinarian will decide if stiches are necessary for your pet's particular case.
Minimal swelling - The laser does not touch the skin surface as it cuts, which prevents swelling from trauma caused by a surgical blade. It also seals lymph nodes, thwarting most post-operative swelling.
More efficient surgery - With laser surgery, the vet can easily manage cuts and efficiently complete the operation.
Precision in surgery - Because the laser doesn't bother surrounding tissue and keeps the surgical site free from excess bleeding, the vet can better pinpoint the operation area and can maintain more clarity throughout the surgery.
Faster recovery - Patients experience less pain and are able to return to normal activity much sooner than patients with sutures or trauma caused by surgery.
If you would like to learn more about our laser technology and understand how it can aide in your pet's surgery, feel free to contact our office.
There are a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries available to pets and most can improve a pet's quality of life. In offering reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries, our goals are to improve pet health and strengthen the bond between pet and owner. Our skilled surgeons offer the following procedures to enable your pets to live life comfortably.
Common cosmetic and restorative procedures:
Cleft Lip - This surgery is an elective surgery that can help pets who suffer from cleft lip. As a reconstructive surgery, this can help restore a pet's ability to eat and drink.
Declawing - Declawing can be medically necessary if tumors exist or the claw is injured and not repairable, but it is primarily an elective procedure. Usually pet owners opt to have their feline declawed to prevent scratching, or elderly pet owners decide on the surgery because their health status could not support exposure to the bacteria in the claws.
Devocalization or Debarking - Debarking pets is an elective surgery that is usually performed after a pet's habit becomes a serious issue and causes neighborly disputes or legal problems.
Ear cropping - Ear cropping is a cosmetic procedure performed on certain breeds whose owners want them to meet the breed standard. Surgery is performed on puppies between 7 and 16 weeks old.
Liposuction - A surgery used to remove fatty deposits and tissue growth that poses a cancer or major health risk.
Neuticles (testicle implants) - An entirely elective surgery meant to lessen the emasculating feeling associated with neutering. This surgery is very straightforward and is performed while neutering. Once the testicles are removed, the veterinarian quickly inserts the silicone replacements before closing the incision.
Nose surgery - There are several nose surgeries that can be performed on dogs whose noses aren't fully functional. Breathing issues are common in flat-nosed breeds including Pugs, Boston Terriers, and Bulldogs. Nose surgery is intended to open the restricted airways and help the dog breathe better.
Oral Surgery - Occasionally a pet's breathing difficulties are a combination of airway restriction in the nostrils, mouth, and throat. In these instances, surgery can be performed on the soft palate and larynx, restoring the pet's ability to breathe well. Other oral surgeries are performed on pets suffering from severe dental problems that may affect the pet's health and cause pain, including tooth decay, exposed dentin, severe periodontal disease, and cracked or chipped teeth.
Orthodontics - Pet orthodontics is an entirely elective procedure that helps realign crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Some pets do not have the ?scissor bite? (lower canines that intersect upper canines and lateral incisors), which can lead to serious periodontal disease and can cause excruciating pain. As a result, traditional metal braces can be affixed to the teeth to properly align the bite. If caught prior to losing baby teeth, the adult teeth can be surgically straightened to prevent orthodontic problems.
Tail docking - Like ear cropping, tail docking is a cosmetic surgery applied when a pet owner wants their pet to meet the breed standard. It is usually performed when the puppy is 2 to 5 days old.
Skin fold reduction - Used to lessen the amount of skin folds on the face, tail, back, and vulva to prevent skin infections. Most breeds that have an excess of wrinkles such as Bloodhounds, Pugs, and Shar Peis are more prone to skin infections and parasites that breed in warm, moist places. Skin folds are the perfect climate for these infections to breed. Utilizing surgery or Botox, a pet's skin folds can be reduced, making them less susceptible to infection.
Remember what cosmetic surgery involves?
Reconstructive surgeries are often medically necessary when they are determined by the veterinarian to be the best option in restoring a pet's health and well-being. Comparatively, a cosmetic surgery is elective and entirely up to a pet owner. We do perform a complete physical before allowing your pet to undergo any surgical procedure. If you desire a cosmetic surgery for your pet, please take into account the risks of anesthesia before deciding that the surgery is right for you both.
If you have any questions regarding reconstructive or cosmetic surgeries, please contact our office.
Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet's personality.
By spaying your female pet, you're protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won't have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet's vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.Description
Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet's personality.
By neutering your pet, you're reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behaviour, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet's vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.