Spay and neuter

Spaying and neutering ensures your pet doesn’t contribute to the growing pet homelessness crisis. These procedures also have many health benefits for your pet and prevent some undesirable behaviors. Benefits include:
  • Decreasing your female pet’s risk for mammary cancer
  • Preventing your female pet from developing pyometra, a potentially life-threatening uterine infection
  • Preventing heat cycles in your female pet
  • Decreasing your male pet’s risk for prostate issues
  • Preventing testicular problems in your male pet
  • Decreasing behavior problems, such as aggression, urine marking, and roaming, in your male pet
We perform these procedures routinely, and we can help you determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

Mass removal

If your pet develops a mass, we can remove the lesion and provide the necessary after care. Common masses that may affect your pet include:
  • Lipomas — Lipomas are a benign mass composed of fatty tissue. While these masses don’t metastasize (i.e. spread to other organs), they can interfere with your pet’s normal movement. Depending on the lipoma’s location we may recommend removal to improve your pet’s quality of life.
  • Mast cell tumors — These tumors are the most common cancerous skin tumor in dogs, and they can also be found in cats. They are composed of mast cells, which release histamine, causing an allergic-type response. These tumors can also metastasize to other organs. In addition to surgical removal, your pet may require additional treatment, such as chemotherapy, if they have a mast cell tumor.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) — SCC is the most common skin carcinoma in dogs, and the most common oral tumor in cats. Surgical removal is the initial treatment of choice for all SCC tumors, and radiation or chemotherapy may also be needed if metastasis has occurred. 

Soft tissue procedures

When trauma or disease affect your pet’s soft tissues, we can perform surgery to address the issue. Potential procedures include:
  • Exploratory surgery — When a pet is hit by a car, exploratory surgery is sometimes needed to identify and control internal bleeding.
  • Foreign object removal — If a pet ingests a foreign object, such as a sock or a small toy, surgery may be required to remove the object and prevent a gastrointestinal obstruction.
  • Hernia repair — A hernia occurs when the abdominal contents protrude through a weak area in the muscle wall. These defects must be surgically repaired to prevent the abdominal organs from becoming compromised.

Orthopedic procedures

Our veterinarians are skilled at many surgical procedures to address your pet’s orthopedic problems. If your pet has a fractured bone or joint abnormality, orthopedic surgery may be the best approach to return their limb to a normal state. Orthopedic procedures typically require an extensive recovery and rehabilitation period following surgery, and our veterinary professionals will formulate an appropriate plan for your pet to ensure they recover as soon as possible.  +