SOFT TISSUE SURGERY
Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or ‘lumps’ (or stones - the photo on the right is of a 6cm long bladder stone that we took out of a small dog) on animals. Lumps are removed and tested at a lab for identification of the disease process. 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. We also routinely perform spays and neuters of dogs and cats - we recommend currently that spays be performed at 6 months of age (before the first heat cycle), and neuters be performed anytime between 6 and 12 months of age.
We are also able to perform more complex surgeries like spleen removals with the use of some of our laparoscopic equipment - we can cut and cauterize tissue and vessels quickly and easily, allowing for a shorter anesthetic for your pet and a quicker recovery.All of our surgeries are performed by a veterinarian with 10+ years' experience, and all patients have their vitals monitored by a dedicated technician. We use the latest technology - a Bionet Vitals monitor - to tracks things like your pet's heart rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and body temperature.
Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including leg fractures, hip dysplasia, and knee injuries. Leg fractures are one of the most common orthopedic problems 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. A cast can be applied to the leg to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention.
When bone surgery is required, we feel fortunate to have the services of Dr. Sukh Kahlon and Dr Dave Francis. They are veterinarians who perform orthopedic surgeries, and we have been trusting one or the other of them with ours for the last 10 years. They are mobile practitioners, which means that rather than sending you and your pet to an unfamiliar facility, we can have them bring all their equipment and do the procedure here with us.
Quite often, we also perform routine dental work on our patients. All of our dental procedures get a set of full mouth dental x-rays. These allow us to observe the roots of the teeth and see problems, like bone loss or abscesses, that may not necessarily be visible on the surface of the teeth.
Much like your own dentist, the cleaning and x-rays will be performed by one of our technicians, followed by a thorough examination of both the teeth and the x-rays by one of our doctors. Many of our veterinarians have had additional dental education to be able to perform any needed tooth extractions quickly and skillfully. Every tooth is checked for fractures, bone loss, and abscesses at the roots.
If your pet has foul smelling breath, dirty teeth, or any other oral concerns, give us a call today.