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General Pet Care Information for Dogs

Common Surgical Procedures

Included in our surgical services are:

  • individualized pain management protocols

  • general anesthesia 

  • safe drugs administered according to body weight

  • heat bags

  • intubation

  • intravenous catheterization with CRI (Continuous rate infused of pain medication)

  • monitoring via a registered veterinary technician and equipment (pulse oximeter, ECG, blood pressure, esophogeal probe)

  • laser therapy

  • pain medication to go home after surgery 

Spay (Ovariohysterectomy) 

Purpose: Prevents ovarian cancer, mammory tumors (if the cat is spayed before its first heat), unwanted pregnancies, heat cycles, pyometra (uterus pus), metritis, uterine inflammation, and congenital abnormalities.

Best Age: 6-18 months. You cannot spay during the heat cycle or 6-8 weeks after giving birth (until puppies are weaned).

Complications: Hemorrhage, shock from blood loss. Futher complications are possible if the dog is older, pregnant, obese, or in the estrus stage.

Discharge Instructions: Discharge Instructions: Check incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge or odor. Dogs should be least active during the first 7-10 days after surgery. Increased activity can cause complications.

Neuter (Orchiectomy)

Purpose: Prevents aggression, unwanted bleeding, wandering, prostatisis, testicular tumors, brucellosis (sexually transmitted diseases passed between breeding dogs).

Best Age: 6-18 Months

Discharge Instructions: Check incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge or odor. Dogs should be least active during the first 7-10 days after surgery. Increased activity can cause complications.

Dewclaw Onychectomy

Purpose: Prevents the claws from catching and tearing. Most veterinary hospitals will only remove the hind claws unless the front are loose and troublesome.

Best Age: 3-5 days, or when spayed or neutered.

Discharge Instructions: Check incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge or odor. Dogs should be least active during the first 7-10 days after surgery. Increased activity can cause complications.

Dentistry (Dental Prophylaxis) 

Purpose: A dentistry is not only to clean the teeth, but to also evaluate the entire mouth for any other problems that may be present. The cleaning not only includes what you can see of the teeth but also what you cannot see below the gumline. Because of this, "Non-anesthetic" cleaning is not a viable option. We will scale and polish all of the teeth and complete a dental chart, this includes periodontal probing which allows detection of unwanted pockets and note any abnormalities of the teeth or in the mouth. Next we will move onto dental radiology, dental radiographs are an essential tool in making accurate diagnosis'. Dental X-Rays aid in how will we treat any abnormalities of your pets teeth. 

Best Age: A dentistry may be recommended for your dog every 18 months, this varies from patient to patient.