Many pet parents feel worried when their sweet dog or cat requires a surgery. At Stevenson Village Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians are highly trained and experienced in performing a wide variety of surgeries ranging from the complex to the routine. Our practice is equipped with a technologically leading-edge surgical suite, and we want you to know that your pet’s health is safe in our hands when undergoing a surgical procedure.
Every pet who we treat surgically receives the best anesthesiology care available, attentive monitoring by our experienced team during the procedure, and fitting postoperative pain management.
For complex procedures that require a specialist, we enlist the expertise of Dr. Marilyn Kostlich, who is a board-certified veterinary surgeon with a specialty in orthopedic surgery and complex soft tissue surgery.
A few of the surgeries we commonly perform for our pet patients include,
Spay/Neuter Procedure – across the board, this is one of the most common surgeries performed at veterinary clinics because a large percentage of companion animals receive it. For female animals, our surgeon will remove the uterus and ovaries. For male animals, the testes are removed. Our veterinarians have performed countless successful spay/neuter procedures.
Surgical Oncology – the purpose of this surgery is to combat the spread of cancer by removing cancerous flesh. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the more smoothly this surgery tends to go. When devising a cancer treatment plan, our veterinarians will thoroughly discuss with you the different options available.
C-sections – are performed to assist the healthy birth of offspring in a pregnant female. Some breeds such as French bulldogs almost always give birth via c-section for anatomical reasons. Emergencies can also cause a c-section to occur.
Orthopedic Surgery – is surgery that is performed on the musculoskeletal system or joints. One of the most common of these surgeries is ACL repair. The ACL is one of the most frequently injured ligaments of the knee. Other examples of common orthopedic surgeries include dislocation, fractures, and luxating patella surgery.
Soft Tissue Surgery – these procedures are surgeries not related to the bones or joints. Some common soft tissue surgeries include spay/neuter procedure, hernia repair, or bladder stone removal.
The primary goal of the spay/neuter procedure is to prevent reproduction, but many additional benefits concerning the individual pet’s health and behaviour are also achieved.
Spayed female pets tend to have longer lifespans on average for many reasons, including reduced risk of infections, breast cancer, and cancers of the reproductive system.
An unplanned litter requires a copious amount of time, money, and energy to care for properly. The responsibility of finding permanent loving homes for the offspring can also hang heavy on pet owners’ shoulders. If you do not plan an making the funds and time available for yourself to properly care for a litter, spaying your female dog will be in your best interest.
Neutered male pets also enjoy a decreased risk of cancers such as testicular or prostate cancer. Their lessened desire to roam also helps keep them safe. Neutered male dogs are also more trainable and calm than intact males.
Spaying or neutering your dog or cat also helps to control the pet population, and therefore the number of homeless pets on the streets and in animal shelters.
If you do not plan on responsibly and purposefully breeding your pet, having them spayed or neutered is the right decision for most pet owners.
Our doctors are highly experienced at performing these routine surgeries. Usually, after the procedure the pet can return home later the same day. For a few days they may seem a little more fatigued or sore than usual. This is normal. If these symptoms persist for more than two weeks without noticeable improvement, please call us and let us know. The vast majority of pets recover from the spay/neuter procedure seamlessly, but as with any surgery, there is some risk of infection or other complications.
When your pet is in pain, it affects the whole family. Seeing a pet suffer is one of the hardest burdens to bear as a pet owner.
Our veterinarians provide the most medically advanced pain management services available to our clients. The methods we will pursue to treat the pain will depend on its cause, and whether the pain is chronic or acute.
Methods that we can use to help alleviate pain in our patients include: