The process of neutering (in males) and spaying (in females) involves removing your pet’s reproductive organs so that they can not impregnate other animals or become pregnant themselves. These procedures are not only beneficial to your pet’s health in other ways, such as reducing the odds of certain cancers and infections, they also help avoid unwanted pregnancies, litters of puppies or kittens without owners that are ultimately euthanized, and other issues that affect the pet community.
Spaying or neutering your pet does not affect their personality, physical health, fitness, or any other traits other than whether they can reproduce.
During the procedure, which is routine and straightforward, we’ll sedate your pet throughout with a safe dose of general anesthesia. For a couple of weeks after the procedure they may be a bit uncomfortable, but after this brief recovery period they’ll be back to their old selves again.
Soft-tissue surgery is any surgery not involving your pet’s joints or bones. From spaying and neutering to operations designed to correct major health issues within your pet’s abdominal area, we use only the most advanced techniques and bring decades of expertise to every procedure.
Whether your pet has experienced a bone fracture or tendon injury, or other specialized procedure, we have the expertise and equipment to get the job done safely, effectively, and with minimal stress for you and your pet.
Surgical oncology is the practice of surgically treating cancer in a specific location on your pet’s body. For example, if your pet has a cyst or tumor but the cancer has not yet spread to other parts of the body, the best course of action in some cases may be to remove the tumor without the need for radiation or chemotherapy. In some cases, surgical oncology may be combined with radiation or chemotherapy.
Mass removal is a soft-tissue surgery to remove a cyst or tumor from your pet, often also removing some of the tissue surrounding the mass to ensure that nothing is left behind. Often, we’ll have these masses biopsied to determine whether they’re benign (unlikely to spread to other areas of the body) or cancerous (likely to spread to other areas).
A splenectomy is the removal of all or part of your the spleen. This surgery may be necessary in cases of trauma, cancer, or benign masses that are affecting the spleen’s function.
Our pets use their mouths to explore the world, and this sometimes means they ingest objects that can make them ill and can cause serious risks to their health.
If an ingested object is keeping your pet from breathing properly, then emergency removal must happen immediately. In other cases, such as when the object won’t be able to safely pass through their gastrointestinal tract without causing damage, or if the object becomes lodged and creates a blockage, emergency surgery isn’t as must still happen as soon as possible.
Objects located in the stomach can often be removed with an endoscope. Those lodged in your pet’s esophagus, near the heart or diaphragm, may require surgery to safely remove.
If your pet has ingested something and you’re not sure whether they’re at risk, please contact us. It’s so much better to err on the side of caution, and our team will be able to tell you whether you should be concerned and whether your pet needs to come in to be examined. Making the first call could prove to be lifesaving.
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