Sterilization surgeries remove certain reproductive organs of your cat or dog and are done under general anesthesia.
“Ovariohysterectomy” or “spay” removes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus of female cats and dogs. Spayed pets no longer have heat cycles or breeding instinct-related behavior, and are unable to reproduce. Early spaying can help protect pets from some very serious health problems such as mammary gland cancers and uterine infections.
“Orchiectomy” or “neuter” removes the testes of male cats and dogs. Neutered pets are unable to reproduce and have fewer or no breeding instinct-related behaviors. Neutering your pet can decrease the chances of him developing an enlarged prostate and testicular cancer.
Sterilization surgery absolutely has no effect on who your pet is as an individual. Neither does it affect any previous ability or trait, except to reproduce.
Millions of dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are humanely euthanized every year in this country, simply because they exist and are without a home. By spaying and neutering your furry friend, you will help to not add more lives to this tragic statistic.
Soft tissue surgery is any surgery that does not involve bones or joints. It includes spay/neuter procedures, as well as more complicated intra-abdominal operations.
Orthopedic surgeries range from fracture and tendon repairs to complete joint replacements and a plethora of specialized procedures.
Surgical oncology focuses on localized cancer removal. A successful oncology surgery can provide patients with less pain and an improved quality of life. A surgery may incorporate other treatment modalities such as chemotherapy, radiation, or other interventional modalities.
Our peer, Dr. Mark Epstein at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Forestbrook, is experienced in the treatment of many common types of cancer including lymphoma, mast cell tumor, and osteosarcoma.
A mass removal is a soft tissue surgery where the surgeon will excise an entire mass plus some of its surrounding tissue to help ensure all affected areas are removed. Masses are generally sent out for biopsy to determine if they are benign or cancerous.
Gastrointestinal procedures include upper and lower endoscopies.
Splenectomies may be either partial or entire. For emergencies, a full open abdominal surgery may be performed to quickly stop the hemorrhaging from the spleen. Splenectomies are recommended for splenic trauma, torsion, cancer, as well as benign masses.
Laparoscopies may be conducted for non-emergent situations.
Serious problems can result when a pet ingests inappropriate or non-food items. The urgency varies with how long the foreign object has been present, where it is lodged, the degree of obstruction, and the material of the object.
When pets ingest something that will not pass through their gastrointestinal tract safely, or if doing so will cause damage, such as perforation and spillage of the intestinal contents into the abdomen, immediate intervention is required.
Foreign bodies located in the stomach might be removed with the use of an endoscope. Items lodged in the esophagus near the base of the heart or diaphragm might require cardiac surgery.
Surgery with a laparoscope device involves a small incision and the insertion of a telescoping rod-and-lens system connected to a light source and video camera. Filling the abdomen with carbon dioxide increases the work space and allows additional devices to be used to complete the surgery. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are smaller incisions, shorter recovery time, and significantly less pain.
Laparoscopic gastropexy surgery is performed to prevent gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), also known as torsion or bloat. GDV is a life-threatening condition where gasses and air are trapped in a stomach that has twisted or flipped within the body. It cuts circulation to the spleen and stomach, causing the pet to go into shock. If not treated with extreme urgency, GDV is highly fatal.
A preventative gastropexy attaches the stomach to the abdominal wall, preventing it from twisting when it is inevitably filled with gas and air. Using a laparoscope, the procedure is minimally invasive and the patient may go home the same day.
We recommend this procedure for at-risk breeds, including Great Danes, Weimaraners, Saint Bernards, golden retrievers, and other large breed dogs.
An endoscopy allows the veterinarian to view your pet’s esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. It is helpful in identifying and diagnosing issues such as abnormal narrowing, scarring, or inflammation. Your pet may need an endoscopy if it swallows a foreign object or has an internal obstruction. If abnormal lesions are suspected, the veterinarian will take a biopsy a tissue sample and analyze it at our convenient, in-house diagnostic laboratory.