Procedures

We are proud to extend surgical services to our patients.

Spay and neuter

Animal spaying and neutering

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 potential cancerous growths; 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 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:
  1. Do not allow your pet to run or jump for the next few days.
  2. Examine the incision daily to ensure proper healing.
  3. Keep your pet confined from others, and allow them to have a quiet resting place.
  4. Prevent your pet from licking the surgical site by keeping close watch or by using an Elizabethan collar.
  5. 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 or would like to schedule a spay or neuter procedure, contact our clinic at your convenience.

Microchipping

Micro-chipping

Even the most responsible pet owner could leave the garage door open or forget to close the gate, resulting in a pet to run away. 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. 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 dogs, cats, ferrets, and birds. You also do not need to worry about someone stealing your information from the microchip, 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 
  • 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 their spay or neuter to avoid any discomfort. 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. The standard injection site is between the shoulder blades. 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 animal clinic.

Reconstructive surgery

There are a variety of reconstructive surgeries available for pets to improve a pet's quality of life. In offering reconstructive surgeries, our goals are to improve pet health and strengthen the bond between pet and owner. Our skilled veterinarian offers the following procedures to enable your pets to live life comfortably. 
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. 
Mass Removal - A surgery used to remove fatty deposits and tissue growth that poses can be benign or malignant. 
Oral Surgery - 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. 
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 Pei's are more prone to skin infections and parasites that breed in warm, moist places. Skin folds are the perfect climate for these infections to develop. Utilizing this surgery, a pet's skin folds can be reduced, making them less susceptible to infection.
Entropion Surgery -  A medical condition in which the eyelid (upper or lower eye lid) folds inward. It is very uncomfortable, as the eyelashes continuously rub against the cornea causing irritation. Entropion is usually caused by genetic factors.
Ectropion Surgery -  Ectropion is a medical condition in which the eyelid (upper or lower eye lid) folds outward. This leaves the inner eyelid surface exposed and prone to irritation, built up of dirt and bacteria. 
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.  We do perform a complete physical before allowing your pet to undergo any surgical procedure.
If you have any questions regarding reconstructive surgeries, please contact our veterinary clinic.

Soft tissue sugery

Animal surgery

Our veterinary hospital 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 surgeries refers to all internal and external soft tissues excluding bones such as; 
  • Biopsy 
  • Spay
  • Neuter
  • Foreign body removal 
  • Gastrointestinal (digestive) surgery
  • Urogenital (bladder and/or kidney) 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.