General & Advanced Surgery
At our hospitals, our goal is to not only seek success in every procedure we perform, but ensure that our pet patients are safe and our clients are at ease. We work toward this goal by providing state-of-the-art surgical care with advanced technology and a knowledgeable team. Part of the surgical process at our hospitals is working closely with you and your pet to determine what the right course of action is. We want to keep you informed each step of the way as we work to make sure your pet is living their healthiest life.
- Before the surgery, you and your pet will have a pre-operative appointment with your veterinarian to discuss details and instructions, such as preparation and recovery. We will conduct physical testing and possible blood testing to make sure your pet is cleared to go under anesthesia. We encourage clients to ask questions at these appointments so we can help put your mind at ease.
- During the surgery, a qualified member of our team will constantly monitor your pet’s vitals to make sure they are safe.
- After the surgery, your pet will continue to be monitored to ensure they are recovering well from the procedure. Depending on the operation, pets may be able to go home that day, after you are properly briefed on postoperative instructions and care.
Below are some of the most common surgical procedures that our highly experienced team performs.
- Spay/Neuter Surgery is the removal of the sex organs in female and male animals and is highly recommended for all pets. This procedure is a safeguard against preventable health conditions, most commonly unwanted pregnancies and aggressive sexual behavior.
- Soft Tissue Surgery refers to any surgical procedures that are not performed on bones, joints, or cartilage. Examples of soft tissue surgery include spay/neuter, hernia repair, and bladder stone removal. Soft tissue surgery is often utilized to address a wide variety of medical conditions inflicting the skin, muscles, and internal organs.
- Surgical Oncology involves treating and removing cancerous tissue. We utilize surgical oncology to remove any cancerous masses or tumors and hopefully stop the spread of cancer throughout the body. And improve the quality and longevity of your pet’s life.
- Gastrointestinal Procedures may be recommended by your veterinarian to address an ingested foreign object or any ongoing digestive issues your pet may have. Common signs of digestive distress include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, loss of appetite, and abdominal bloating and painfulness.
While there are several preventative health services we recommend for pets, the procedure we recommend for all household pets that will not be ethically bred is spay/neuter. This procedure involves the removal of reproductive organs in both male and female pets with the main goal of preventing unwanted reproduction, although there are numerous other health benefits.
At our hospitals, we treat each surgical procedure with the utmost safety and care. Our experienced clinical team is dedicated to achieving successful surgical outcomes by following strict, careful protocol throughout the entire surgical process, including:
- Pre-Surgical Blood Panel
- Carefully Dosed Anesthesia
- IV Fluids
- Advanced Surgical Equipment
- Continuous Monitoring of Vitals
- Seamless Pain Management
Our recommendation is that all our pet clients that will not be ethically bred should be spayed or neutered between 5-12 months of age (before they reach sexual maturity). Not only does spaying and neutering help curb any aggressive or harmful sexual behaviors, the procedure has a variety of benefits that can help your pet live a longer, happier, healthier life. Read more below.
- Spayed female pets have longer life expectancies. By removing the female reproductive organs in your pet, they have a huge reduced risk for infections, cancer, and other potentially fatal conditions.
- Prevents testicular cancer in male pets. A neuter procedure completely eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer.
- Prevents females from going into heat. Caring for female pets in heat can be extremely time-consuming and challenging and can even incite problem behaviors such as excessive urination and increased barking or meowing.
- Less frequent roaming in males. Unneutered male pets are much more inclined to run away or roam looking for a female mate while neutered male pets are a much more stable companion for you and your family.
Save time and money. Unplanned pregnancies resulting in litters of animals can be extremely stressful and costly. By taking this proactive step, you can not only help your pet live a healthy life, but save yourself a huge amount of time and money down the road.
Laser surgery is a safe alternative to traditional surgery. As the name implies, this particular type of surgery is performed using a highly focused, handheld laser beam.
Unlike traditional surgery, laser surgery vaporizes soft tissue while simultaneously cauterizing it. This reduces the time it takes to perform the procedure and efficiently kills any bacteria in its path.
When available, laser surgery is often preferable to traditional surgery for these reasons:
- Less pain and bleeding
- Decreased swelling
- Reduced risk of infection
- Increased precision
- Increased speed of procedure/decreased anesthesia time
- Quicker overall recovery
Although laser surgery isn’t right for every surgical procedure, more often than not, it is an available option. Procedures commonly performed with laser surgery include:
- Mass removals (including cysts, polyps, and tumors)