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Routine Surgery & Dentistry

Outpatient surgery is an important part of veterinary care for your pet.

When surgery is needed your Pet Vet Animal Hospital has the facilities and expertise to help you provide the very best for your dog or cat.  Our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine have years of experience in surgery.  Each of our hospitals has a surgery suite equipped with the necessary anesthetic and monitoring equipment to provide a safe environment for your pet during their surgical procedure.  With our in-house diagnostic lab we are able to conveniently perform recommended preoperative blood work just prior to any anesthetic procedure.   If a radiographic evaluation is in order, your Pet Vet Animal Hospital has an x-ray machine strategically located adjacent to the surgical suite.

Spay and neuter surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed on our pets.   Having your pet neutered not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but major medical conditions can be avoided by having males altered and the female spayed.  Mammary cancer is prevalent in older females that have not been spayed and prostate problems can be avoided in the male.  The percentage of females that develop mammary cancer increases with every heat cycle.   Uterine infections are common and in most cases these patients will require emergency surgery which is costly and places your pet at unnecessary risk.  Many behavioral problems can be avoided when we have male dogs altered and intact male cats will constantly fight until they are neutered.

Other surgical procedures are a common occurrence in veterinary healthcare.  Numerous skin cancers are routinely removed and the tissues sent to pathology to determine if a malignancy exists.  Injury to our pets may require surgical intervention and our professional staff will recommend the best course of action for a speedy recovery.  Pain management during the post operative period is important to the well being of your pet.  Our staff routinely makes follow up phone calls checking on the status of your pet after surgery, and one of our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine is available if you have any questions or concerns.  Post operative discharge instructions for routine surgery are made available during the check in and discharge period.  Most procedures are on an outpatient basis.  Your pet will be admitted into the hospital the morning of the surgery and discharged that afternoon.

Certain surgical procedures should be performed by surgeons outside of the Pet Vet Animal Hospitals system.  These referral surgeons have the expertise and equipment needed to perform sophisticated surgery beyond the scope of a general practice.  Orthopedics is a good example of this type of surgery.  Our doctors routinely diagnose hip, knee, and back injuries that require surgical intervention.  Each region of the city has referral surgeons and our doctors refer cases to these surgeons on a routine basis.  Your Pet Vet staff will make the referral process as smooth and efficient as possible.

Dentistry and the dental prophylaxis, commonly referred to as a prophy, is another procedure routinely performed in veterinary medicine.  Each Pet Vet Animal Hospital is equipped with a dental operatory for this procedure.  Routine dentistry is an anesthetic procedure and common in our older pets.  Plaque on the teeth leads to calculus formation and periodontal disease in the mouth.    Periodontal disease is an infection that destroys the bone that holds the tooth and this infection is detrimental to the overall health of our pets.  When the infection has advanced to the point that the tooth loses viability your pet will benefit from removing the source of the infection by extracting the tooth.  In most cases this can only be determined after the patient is under anesthesia and the tooth has been cleaned.  If you have any questions about the dental prophy, feel free to discuss your concerns with one of our Pet Vet doctors of veterinary medicine.  As with all anesthetic procedures preoperative blood work is recommended and pain management is an important part of the recovery of your pet.

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