Surgical Services

We provide a wide variety of surgical services at our hospital including, but not limited to elective spay and neuter, skin lump removals, foreign object retrieval from the digestive tract, bladder stone removal and orthopedic surgeries. We want the best for our patients and so every surgery includes considerations for appropriate sedation, anesthesia and pain management as well as patient monitoring before, during and after the surgery. Every patient undergoing surgery has continual monitoring of vital signs including heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen saturation by a veterinary technician in order to reduce risk of anesthetic complications. On occasion, our patients may require an advanced or complex surgery. If that's the case, we can often arrange for a board certified veterinary surgeon to perform that surgery at our hospital. We are now pleased to offer laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery techniques for a variety of procedures including dog spays, liver biopsies and cryptorchid (one testicle descended) dogs and cat neuters.

Spay

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The spay surgery is the procedure for female cats and dogs where we remove specific parts of the reproductive system in order to prevent the fertile period known as the heat or estrus cycle.  The advantages of having your female dog or cat spayed include: 

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancy
  • Prevents undesirable effects associated with the heat cycle including loud and persistent vocalizing in cats and blood-tinged vaginal discharge and false pregnancy in dogs
  • Prevents pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus
  • Significantly lowers the rest of mammary cancer in pets spayed prior to their first heat cycle
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian cancer

There are several techniques for performing the spay surgery. In addition to the traditional spay technique, we are now pleased to be able to offer laparoscopic (minimally invasive) spay surgery for dogs.  By using the same techniques seen in human minimally invasive surgery, the laparoscopic spay allows you to provide your pet with the same care you would expect for yourself.      

 

Neuter

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The neuter surgery refers to the procedure for male dogs and cats where both testicles are removed so that the pet is no longer fertile.  The benefits of having your male dog or cat neutered include:

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancy and reduces pet overpopulation
  • Reduces the risk of infection and inflammation of the prostate
  • Reduces the risk of hormone-related skin growths called peri-anal adenomas
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
  • Reduces hormonal behaviours including some types of aggression and roaming activity

Soft Tissue Surgery

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Soft tissue surgery includes any surgeries that is not associated with bone. There are many different types of surgeries that fall into this category. Some examples include:

Skin Surgery

Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed is the removal of skin masses or lumps on animals. Once removed, these lumps can be analyzed by a pathologist to determine whether they are non-harmful benign or more serious cancerous lumps.  Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet.

Cuts and lacerations to the skin are also common injuries among pets.  Many times we will stitch the wounds closed in order to reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring.

Digestive Tract Surgery

Sometimes our pets each foreign objects and then that object causes a blockage in the digestive tract.  Surgery my be needed to remove an item from the stomach or small intestine.  

Bladder Surgery

Bladder stones are common in certain breeds of dogs and cats. Depending on the history of the illness, surgical removal of the stones in the bladder may be recommended.   

Orthopedic Surgery

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Orthopedic surgery refers to surgery of the bone. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be recommended including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture, leg fractures and hip dysplasia.