By far the most common surgery that pets undergo both at our clinic and throughout the country is the spay/neuter procedure. We recommend this procedure for all pets. Pets that have undergone the procedure tend to live longer and have better behavior than those that have not. They are easier to take care of as they are not constantly seeking out a mate. It also helps reduce the population of unwanted pets and keeps animals out of shelters.
Our team is highly trained to perform spay/neuter procedures and will ensure that comfort is our top priority before, during, and after the procedure. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus in female animals and is typically performed around five to 12 months of age. Spaying prevents uterine infections, and tumors on the ovaries and uterus, and decreases the risk of breast cancer by 90%. Neutering, on the other hand, is the removal of the testicles in male pets. It can decrease the chances of prostate cancer and helps significantly with behavioral issues.
Before the procedure, we will conduct an examination and blood work to make sure your pet is strong enough to undergo the procedure and to make sure anesthesia will be safe.
Soft tissue surgery is any surgery that is unrelated to the bones of your pet. A spay/neuter procedure is one type of soft tissue surgery, but also includes mass removal, trauma/laceration repair, hernia repair, and bladder stone removal.
Orthopedic surgery is any surgery on your pet's bones. The most common orthopedic surgeries in pets are for hip dysplasia, ligament repairs, luxating patellas, and disc disease.
Mass removals are performed to remove tumors, cysts, or hernias. Even if tumors are benign and not cancerous, they can be important to remove because they can potentially become cancerous over time or can impact the surrounding tissues.
Pets can be unpredictable, and they can eat things that they should not eat. If they eat something that cannot safely pass through their digestive system, this could result in an intestinal blockage, which can ultimately be fatal. We might decide to remove the foreign object surgically to prevent any serious issues. Please call our hospital right away if you think that your pet might have ingested a foreign body or visit one of our emergency partners if it is after hours.