We are proud to extend surgical services to our patients.
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:
- Do not allow your pet to run or jump for the next few days.
- Examine the incision daily to ensure proper healing.
- Keep your pet confined from others, and allow them to have a quiet resting place.
- Prevent your pet from licking the surgical site by keeping close watch or by using an Elizabethan collar.
- 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.
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.
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