Pet Surgical Services

Our team is here for routine to advanced surgical care for a variety of species of pets.
 

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic has a modern surgical suite available to meet most of our patients’ surgical needs. We routinely perform spay and neuter procedures on cats, dogs, and several exotic companion animal species. Our surgical services include but are not limited to growth removals, ocular (eye) surgeries, foreign body removal, wound repair, hematoma surgery and orthopedic procedures.

Our Doctors can also utilize Radiosurgery, which allows the doctors to make incisions without a scalpel blade! This can minimize bleeding and trauma to skin and body tissue during surgical procedures. We recommend pre-surgical blood work for all of our surgical patients. This information allows your veterinarian to minimize your pet’s risks during surgery and anesthesia.

Spay/Neuter

Spaying and Neutering your companion animals will help to alleviate the epidemic of unwanted, homeless animals in our areas shelters, pounds, and SPCAs. Not to mention the health benefits your precious pet will receive. The incidence of mammary tumors in female cats and dogs can be practically eliminated if they are spayed before they go into heat for the first time. Each heat cycle that a female dog or cat experiences increase the chances of her developing a tumor at some point in her life. Males dogs and cats can benefit too! Intact males have a greater chance of developing enlarged prostate glands and testicular cancer. Behaviorally, your male dog or cat will be less likely to engage in urine marking, become aggressive towards other males, roam in search of available intact females, and display mounting behavior. Spaying and Neutering are standard surgical procedures that are routinely performed at CEDARCREST Animal Clinic!

As with any surgery, your pet is monitored by our team throughout the entire procedure. Our veterinarians can spay or neuter select exotic pets as well. We have experience performing these procedures on birds and reptiles as well as small exotic mammals.

Growth Removal

Many companion animals are seen in vets offices because an owner has noticed an abnormal growth on their furry friend. Some growths are concerning and others are insignificant. Some growths, usually on the skin surface, are checked and the owner is instructed to monitor the growth for sudden changes, or rapid growth. Unless this type of growth is irritating to the pet or hinders the pet in any way, we may not recommend removing it. However, when the growth is under the skin and we can not see exactly what it looks like, your veterinarian may recommend removing it and having the growth tested. Surgical removal of abnormal growths on pets is commonly performed at CEDARCREST Animal Clinic. In most cases, we recommend sending a sample of the growth to a referral laboratory for complete identification. This gives our veterinarians information about the cause of the growth and the likelihood of it spreading or returning.

Hematoma

A hematoma is a localized collection of blood outside of blood vessels. In cats and dogs, it is typically in the visible part of the ear that resides outside of the head, the pinna. Trauma, excessive scratching, and shaking of the head are common causes of hematomas in companion animals. We recommend surgery to open and drain the hematoma and remove clots. Sutures are then used to tack the skin layers to eliminate any space for more blood to accumulate. The cause of the initial irritation needs to be determined and treated to reduce the chances of recurrence. Diligent aftercare is required to ensure proper healing and reduce scarring.

Ocular (eye)

Squinting can be a sign of a minor irritation or a severe problem that needs immediate medical attention. A full ophthalmic exam should be performed any time your pet is having problems with its eyes. Our clinic is equipped to perform such an evaluation on many different species of companion pets. Our veterinarians are experienced in many ocular surgeries and procedures. Some procedures commonly performed are:

  • Entropion – a condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward, potentially causing irritation or trauma to the cornea.
  • Ectropion – a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outwards, usually a genetic condition common in several hound breeds, St. Bernard dogs and Cocker Spaniels, but can also be the result of trauma or nerve damage.
  • Cherry eye – the term used to refer to canine nictitans gland prolapse, or third eyelid prolapse. It is common in the following breeds: Bulldog, Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Pekingese, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Basset Hound, but can occur in any breed.
  • Enucleation – As a last resort, removal of the eye may be needed due to trauma, tumors, or ocular pain associated with the disease.

Orthopedic

Orthopedic problems are quite common in companion animals; they can be caused by trauma, cancer, or genetics. The veterinarians at CEDARCREST can perform orthopedic procedures to improve the quality of life of your pets. From amputation, to fracture repair, to cruciate ligament repair, our DVMs are here to meet most of your pets orthopedic needs.

Radiosurgery

Radiosurgery is a state-of-the-art surgical method which allows our surgeons to make incisions through the skin and into other tissues without the use of a scalpel blade! By utilizing the energy produced by very specific radio wave frequencies and focusing that energy with controlled precision, a very specific incision can be made without causing significant damage to surrounding tissue. Radiosurgery does not burn the tissue as can occur with laser or high-temperature electrosurgery. At the same time, radiosurgery helps control hemostasis (bleeding) of small vessels in order to minimize any blood loss. The Benefits to your pet can include:

  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Decreased post-surgical edema
  • Better hemostatic control (less bleeding)
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Quicker recovery

With shorter anesthesia and post-surgical healing times, ask if your pet’s surgery can be done with radio waves!

Anesthesia

Having your pet undergo a procedure requiring anesthesia can be very stressful. There are risks associated with any anesthetic episode. Therefore we highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood testing to minimize those risks. We use the safest available anesthetic agents and each patient is thoroughly monitored during the entire process. We use multiple monitoring devices for heart rate, O2 saturation, pulse, temperature, and blood pressure which aid our Doctors and Licensed Veterinary Technicians in providing a high standard of quality care for each patient. There are many types of anesthetic regimes including the use of drugs that are injected into a vein or muscle or inhalant drugs that are breathed in and out of the body. Our veterinarians will select the anesthetic regime based on the health of your pet, and on the information obtained from the blood screening, and on the type of surgical procedure to be performed.

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