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.
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 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.
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.
Even the most responsible pet owner could leave the garage door open or forget to close the gate, resulting in a lost pet. Microchipping your beloved pet could be the difference between having your pet returned and not being able to find them. While it is estimated that nearly 3 million pets in shelters are euthanized annually, some of those animals are pets whose owners were unable to find them. AVID, one of the major microchip manufacturers, states that approximately 1,400 pets with microchips are reunified with their owners per year, saving them from euthanasia.
The pet microchip technology continues to evolve. Currently, microchip implants are designed to last the extent of your pet’s life and are also composed of biocompatible elements that can coexist with your pet’s body tissues without causing harm. Currently, microchips can be placed in a variety of pets, including reptiles, dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, and birds. You also do not need to worry about someone stealing your information from the microchip or reprogramming it – only a veterinarian, animal shelter, or animal control center can scan the microchip.
Reasons for microchipping a pet:
- It can help return a lost animal to their proper owner.
- Microchips help animal shelters avoid the unnecessary expense of boarding an animal that belongs to a loving home.
- Microchips provide a permanent method of identifying your pet. If your pet is lost/stolen and its collar is removed, a vet/shelter can still return your pet home.
- Some countries require a microchip that must also be cross-referenced with an up-to-date vaccination record before an animal is allowed to enter the country.
- They can help distinguish the legal owner of a pet when the ownership of the animal is in dispute.
What does microchipping involve?
Implanting the microchip is a quick and easy process that is relatively painless for your pet. We prefer to implant the chip during a vaccination series because the sensation is very similar to getting a shot. The microchip is about the size of a single granule of long-grained rice and is injected under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe. The standard injection site is between the shoulder blades, and there is no anesthetic involved when implanting the microchip. While the chip can migrate from the initial injection site, trained technicians know to scan a pet’s entire body before determining whether your pet does or does not have microchip identification.
How are pets found?
More often than not, pets are recovered at animal shelters. Whether your pet was brought into a veterinarian’s office, an animal shelter, or was recovered by animal control, all agencies are trained to scan all pets upon receiving them. After scanning the implant site with a radio frequency identification (RFID) scanner, the technician will be able to see a unique identification number that coordinates with your contact information, your pet’s name, your pet’s veterinarian, and the animal shelter they were adopted from, if any. You will then be contacted and informed of where you can pick up your pet.
If you have further questions about pet microchips or would like to schedule an appointment for microchipping, 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
- Nose surgeries
- 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.
Orthopedic problems can inhibit a pet's ability to happily walk, play, and stand up. We are proud to offer orthopedic surgery options while concentrating on enabling our patients to live comfortably. Orthopedic surgery is a corrective skeletal surgery intended to alleviate problems with tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, and muscles.
If your pet has been involved in an accident or has experienced trauma, prompt X-rays can determine whether bone fracture or further injury has occurred. Pets don't always exhibit external indications of pain and may need to undergo orthopedic surgery to fix or prevent complications.
Common orthopedic surgical procedures:
- ACL rupture
- Bone fractures
- Hip dysplasia
- Joint dislocations
- Patellar luxation
How are bone fractures repaired?
The most common orthopedic procedure is dealing with fractured bones. Simple fractures can be reset using a cast or splint and typically do not require surgery. If a fracture is displaced, surgery is usually necessary to give bones stability. A surgical procedure for bone fracture caters to each individual case, but the following methods are most commonly used:
Surgical plating - A metal plate is aligned next to the fracture and holes are drilled into the bone so pins can be inserted to permanently fixate the plate to support the bone.
Pin fixation - A metal pin is surgically inserted into the fractured bone.
External fixation - Pins are surgically connected to the fractured bones and are then attached outside of the skin with rods and clamps.
Regardless of whether your pet has a cast or surgery, fractures can take several weeks to heal. The care process also requires owner involvement; after your pet's fracture is treated, we will give you proper care instructions relative to the procedure performed. In some cases, orthopedic devices such as walkers or braces can be custom made to support the fracture in addition to the cast or surgery performed. If either of these is required for mobility, the veterinarian will inform you during the treatment planning phase.
Please contact our office today to determine if your pet is a good candidate for skeletal corrective surgery.
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 corrective procedures: Declawing - Declawing can be medically necessary if tumors exist or the claw is injured and not repairable, but it is primarily an elective procedure. 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. Remember what corrective surgery involves? Corrective 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. We do perform a complete physical examination before allowing your pet to undergo any surgical procedure. 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:
- Abdominal exploratoty surgery
- Gastrointestinal (digestive) surgery
- Urogenital (bladder and/or kidney) surgery