Soft Tissue Surgery
Surgery is often the solution to many clinical conditions that affect our pets. Elective surgeries such as spays and neuters can also help to prevent serious medical and behavioural issues in many of our pet species.
We offer laser surgery as well as conventional scalpel surgery. The laser cuts the tissue with energy, and cauterizes blood vessels and nerves as it cuts. This leads to a much quicker, more painless, cleaner surgery with less post-operative inflammation.
For any surgery, you will be asked to consider pre-anesthetic bloodwork (a mini-panel to evaluate critical organ function to minimize anesthetic risk) and intravenous (IV) fluids (to help support your pet under anesthesia). Both of these are optional but highly recommended.
Spay = Ovariohysterectomy
- Intra-abdominal surgery removing the ovaries and uterus
- Intact females are more prone to mammary (breast) cancer, pyometra (severe uterine infection) and accidental pregnancies
- For small dogs and cats, usually recommended after first heat
- For large breed dogs, recommended between 12-18 months or between 1st and second heats
- If a heat has just occurred, we recommend spaying 10 weeks afterwards to allow the uterus to return to a normal size
- With every heat a female goes through, the risk of developing mammary (breast) cancer later in life increases significantly
Neuter = Castration
- Surgical removal of testicles
- Intact males are more prone to prostatitis and urine marking behaviour
- For small breed dogs and cats usually recommended around 6 months
- For large breed dogs, usually recommended after 1 year
We also perform a variety of routine and specialized surgeries, such as:
- Mass/tumour removals
- Cystotomy (removal of bladder stones)
- Aural hematoma correction
- Foreign body removal
- Entropion correction
- GDV correction
- Anal sacculectomy
- …and many more!