Surgical Services

We provide many surgical services at our clinic including spay and neuters, soft-tissue surgeries, cruciate ligament repairs, and orthopedic surgeries.

Surgery-Orthopedics

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Orthopedic surgery may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including fracture repair, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture repair, degenerative conditions (e.g. hip/elbow dysplasia), infections and tumours.

Our most common orthopedic surgery involves tearing or rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, a very common soft tissue injury in large breed dogs.  There are many procedures available for ACL/CCL repair, including TPLO and lateral fabella technique.  Based on the size and conformation of your pet, we will recommend the most appropriate procedure.

Surgery-Soft Tissue

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Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. Examples of soft tissue surgeries and their benefits are listed below. Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or ‘lumps’ on animals. Most of these masses or ‘lumps’, once removed and tested, are benign (non-harmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a ‘lump’ is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous. Lacerations are also common in pets and suturing will reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring. Many breeds of dogs are susceptible to ear infections. Surgical treatment on ears improves air flow into the ear canal and can reduce the occurrence of ear infections. Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or it may be a sign the cornea (outer layer of the eye itself) has been damaged. A damaged cornea may require soft tissue surgery to allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring. Less scarring will improve the ability of your pet to see. In some animals, the cornea (outer layer of the eye) may be damaged by the eyelid hairs surrounding the eye. Surgical intervention involving the eyelid improves the comfort in these animals. It also reduces the chances of corneal scarring and enhances the animal’s vision in the long term.

Spaying

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Spaying, also known as ovariohysterectomy, refers to the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus, rendering a dog or cat infertile. All spays are performed under general anesthetic. Precautions such as pre-anethetic blood work and diligent intra-operative monitoring are taken to minimize anesthetic risks to our patients. We recommend spaying your puppy or kitten at 6 months of age.

Many benefits to spaying your dog or cat exist:

  • By not allowing your companion to mate and produce offspring, you are contributing to the elimination of the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Avoidance of the ‘heat cycle’, during which female dogs experience bleeding, and female cats exhibit excessive vocalization and ‘screeching’
  • Elimination of the risk of pyometra, a bacterial infection of the uterus which can be life threatening
  • Elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer, and decreased risk of mammary cancer

Neutering

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Neutering, also known as orchiectomy, refers to the surgical removal of both testicles, rendering a dog or cat infertile. All neuters are performed under general anesthetic. Precautions such as pre-anethetic blood work and diligent intra-operative monitoring are taken to minimize anesthetic risks to our patients. We recommend neutering your puppy or kitten at 6 months of age.

Many benefits to neutering your dog exist:

  • By not allowing your companion to mate and produce offspring, you are contributing to the elimination of the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Decrease in aggression and roaming behaviour
  • Elimination of the risk of testicular cancer
  • Reduction in the incidence of prostate infection and enlargement