Surgical Services

Our veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team will take precautions to ensure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery, and provide pain medication during recovery.

Spaying

By |

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.

Neutering

By |

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.

Soft Tissue Surgery

By |

Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. Examples of soft tissue surgeries and their benefits are listed below.

Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or ‘lumps’ on animals. Most of these masses or ‘lumps’, once removed and tested, are benign (non-harmful); 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.

Lacerations are also common in pets and suturing will reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring.

Entropion (turned in eyelids) is painful for the animal because hair is rubbing on the cornea (the clear part of the eye). Damage to the cornea can also occur. Surgery can be done to correct this condition.

Soft tissue surgery is done to remove stones that have formed in dogs urinary bladders. It is also done to remove foreign bodies from dogs or cats intestines.

There are many many types of soft tissue surgeries that are performed.

Orthopaedic Surgery

By |

Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including leg fractures, hip dysplasia, luxating knee caps, torn knee ligaments, disc disease, and many more. Most orthopedic surgeries can be performed at our clinic. Occasionally we refer our patients to a Board Certified surgeon to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.

Torn knee ligaments are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic. Leg fractures 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.

A cast or splint can be applied to the leg to treat certain fractures.

Many fractures will require surgical intervention. In order for bones to heal properly there can be absolutely no movement between the fractured bone ends.

“Pinning” is a surgical technique whereby a long stainless steal rod is inserted into the middle of the bone. The rod traverses the fractured area. This is used in conjunction with cerclage wiring. Cerclage wiring is wire that is put in place to prevent the bone ends from rotating in relation to one another.

“Plating” is a surgical technique whereby a flat stainless steel “plate” is attached to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture. This is the most effective way to stabilize a fracture but is also the most costly.

“External fixation” is a technique used to stabilize fractures with 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.

Sometimes a limb will be fractured so badly that it will need to be amputated. Cats & dogs do very well on three legs. They do equally well if it is a front or rear limb. The Cocker Spaniel below is doing great on three legs. His front limb was amputated at our Clinic by Dr. Clare Leger.

The method of repair will depend on the location and type of fracture present. If your pet does have an unfortunate event that results in a fracture you can be assured that we will recommend the treatment that will enhance your pet’s healing time and reduce the long term potential problems associated with a fracture.