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, cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture repair, degenerative conditions (e.g. hip/elbow dysplasia), infections and tumours. 

Our most common orthopedic surgery involves tearing or rupture of the CCL of the knee, a very common soft tissue injury in large breed dogs.  There are many procedures available for CCL repair, including tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) and lateral fabella technique.  Based on the size and conformation of your pet, we will recommend the most appropriate procedure. These surgeries are routinely performed by Dr. Warren at our hospital. 

Dr. Warren has undergone extensive continuing education to be able to perform an array of orthopedic procedures including luxating patella repair, fracture repair and femoral head ostectomy. All our patients are monitored by an experienced veterinary technician and advanced equipment tracking their vital signs (including heart rate, respiratory rate, ECG and blood pressure) while under anesthesia 

Surgery-Soft Tissue

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Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. Our doctors are experienced surgeons and perform an array of soft tissue surgeries including:

  • Mass removals and biopsies
  • Cystotomy (i.e. surgery to remove bladder stones) 
  • Gastrointestinal foreign body (i.e. surgery or endoscopy to remove an ingested object that has blocked a pet’s digestive tract)
  • Laceration / Wound repair 
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery (i.e. surgery to allow certain breeds to breathe more easily)

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. Brachycephalic dogs are breeds of dog whose skull bones are shortened, which gives their nose a “pushed in” appearance. Examples of these breeds include Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Chinese Pugs and Boxers. Brachycephalic airway syndrome refers to a set of upper airway abnormalities (narrow nostrils, long soft palate, everted laryngeal saccules and a small diameter trachea) that affect brachycephalic dogs and can make it more difficult for them to breathe. Surgery to resolve these airway abnormalities can improve our patient’s quality of life by allowing them to breathe more easily. All our patients are monitored by an experienced veterinary technician and advanced equipment tracking their vital signs (including heart rate, respiratory rate, ECG and blood pressure) while under anesthesia 

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