Surgical Services

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Our veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. We want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome and we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team will take precautions to ensure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic. We perform a physical exam and pre-anesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery and provide pain medication during recovery. In addition to common surgeries, we also perform:

  • Patellar Luxation Repair
  • Femoral Head and Neck Osteotomy
  • Extracapsular Cruciate Repair
  • Surgical insemination
  • Caesarian Section
  • Adipose Derived Stem Cell Collection

Click below to learn more about the surgical precautions that we take, and the more complicated surgeries that we offer.

Spaying
Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes ‘messy’ heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are looking for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used, the monitoring equipment, and procedures followed, and ask about fluid therapy and protocols that are included to keep your pet comfortable. There are several monitoring devices that can be used during your pet’s anesthetic. A technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, monitoring devices and procedures allow a response to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our spaying procedures.
Neutering
Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering will eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are looking for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used, the monitoring equipment, and procedures followed, and ask about fluid therapy and protocols that are included to keep your pet comfortable. There are several monitoring devices that can be used during your pet’s anesthetic. A technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, monitoring devices and procedures allow a response to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our neutering procedures.

Orthopaedic Surgery
We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. We want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome and we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform other specialized surgeries.  We do not perform a lot of orthopedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease. Instead, we can say we have the option of bringing in an orthopedic surgeon when the procedure is elective and not time sensitive or something to that effect.

Leg fractures are the most common orthopaedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
  • “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

We also perform a lot of orthopaedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.

Patient Monitoring
During general anesthesia, our patients are monitored closely by a registered animal health technician for heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time and blood pressure. A change in blood pressure is an early indicator that a pet may be running into trouble. Monitoring blood pressure allows us to intervene earlier and prevent any anesthetic risk to your pet. We chart your pet’s statistics every 10 minutes from the moment he or she is anesthetized to the time when he or she wakes up. Please feel free to request a copy of your pet’s anesthetic chart.
General Anesthesia
A general anesthetic results in a loss of consciousness in the animal and a loss of sensation throughout the body. Most general anesthetic procedures involve several steps beginning with the administration of a sedative. An intravenous injection of an anesthetic renders the animal unconscious while a breathing tube is placed into the animal’s trachea. A gas anesthetic is delivered in combination with oxygen to the animal via the breathing tube to maintain the state of unconsciousness.

Although general anesthetics are significantly safer than they have been in the past, there is still the remote chance of an anesthetic accident. There are many ways to reduce the risk associated with anesthesia including a physical examination and blood work prior to anesthesia. Anesthetic monitoring equipment and protocol can also contribute to a safer anesthesia.

Local Anesthesia
A local anesthetic causes a loss of sensation to a ‘local’ area. Small surgical or diagnostic procedures may require a local anesthetic to perform. A biopsy is a common diagnostic procedure where local anesthetic can be used to control pain. A biopsy involves surgical removal of a small portion of tissue. We frequently recommend sedation to reduce anxiety during these minor procedures.
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Locations

Main Hospital
905 7th Street East
Owen Sound
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Fax: 519-376-7126

Bradbury House
1104 8th Street East
Owen Sound
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Fax: 519-376-7236

Hours

Main Hospital Hours

Mon: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Tues: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Wed: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thurs: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Fri: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sun: Closed

Bradbury House Hours

M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Weekends

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Our team will get back to you as quickly as possible! If you need immediate assistance, please call us at 519-376-7387.
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