Below is a list of common surgical procedures performed at The Pets I Love Veterinary Hospital. This is not a complete list and there are other procedures which are not listed here.
This is where the testicles of male dogs or cats are removed surgically under anesthesia. The surgical procedure is performed sterilely and these patients are discharged the same day. Sometimes, males will have only one testicle descend into the scrotum and would need to have a special procedure where either that testicle is removed from within the abdomen or along it’s descent path under the soft tissue. The recommended age for neutering cats and dogs is about 8 months and greater.
This procedure is where the uterus and ovaries of female dogs or cats are removed surgically under anesthesia. This is also referred to as ‘Spaying’. It is performed while the patient is under anesthesia and discharge is usually the following day. The recommended age of spaying cats and dogs is about 8 months of age and greater.
Declawing is where the nails and the attached bone at the tips of cats digits is removed surgically under anesthesia. If this procedure is elected to be performed by an owner, it is recommended only being performed in young cats and only the front paws. The older a cat becomes the more developed these attachments are and can be very painful when removed. Typically, this procedure is performed at time of neutering or spaying. These patients are usually hospitalized and monitored for two days to ensure proper recovery.
This procedure is where mineralized stones are removed from the urinary bladder surgically under anesthesia. This is a major surgical procedure and the patient may have to be hospitalized for a number of days. There are different causes of mineralization within the bladder, from diet to infection; therefore it is important inquire with the veterinarian as to proper preventative methods or signs to look for that would indicate a problem.
Mass or Tumor Removals:
There are many different masses that a pet could have. They range from skin tags, warts, to cancer. It is important to remove fast growing masses early before they become very large and more challenging to remove. Typically, masses are removed surgically under anesthesia, but there are some that could be removed with local anesthesia. It is important to discuss with the veterinarian the different options of removal and also risk of anesthesia. It is also highly recommended with most masses to have the laboratory pathologist analyze the biopsy in order to determine if it is cancerous or not.