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Illness, Surgery 

&

Other Services

Surgery & Anesthesia

As pet care specialists, we are proud to extend surgical services to our patients. Our skilled physicians and technicians are proficient in a variety of surgical procedures, allowing your pet to obtain precise care. Prior to scheduling surgery, we will discuss all treatment options available to you and your pet. Our goal is to allow you to fully understand the benefits and potential risks of surgery and make an informed decision about your pet’s care. Patients will also need to complete a full physical evaluation and blood work panel to ensure there are no preexisting conditions that could negatively affect pet health when anesthesia is used. Once your pet has cleared their physical exam, surgery can be scheduled.

Common reasons for pet surgery: ​

  • Foreign body removal. 

  • Spay and neuter.

  • Trauma repair. 

  • Tumor or skin biopsy.

What does surgery involve?

Surgery for pets is very similar to surgery for humans. During the pre-operative appointment, the necessary preparations for surgery will be discussed. If your pet is having anesthesia, fasting will be required, and we request that you inform us of any medications your pet is taking. With some surgeries, an overnight stay at our facility is necessary so we can continue to monitor your pet’s recovery. If this is required with your surgery, you will be notified during your pre-operative appointment.

We believe that pain management is a critical aspect of recovery. We make an added effort to provide your pet with superior comfort. If we feel that post-operative pain management would be beneficial to your pet, we will prescribe additional medication.

Upon the completion of surgery, you will be informed of all care instructions for recovery. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s surgery, or would like to schedule a surgery, please contact our office.

Breeding and Cesarean Section (C-Section)

Whether you are a breeder or have an accidental litter, you might be faced with the need for a Cesarean section (C-section). There are many reasons that female pets require a C-section, ranging from a narrow birth canal to an awkward positioning of the litter. In some cases, a C-section can save the mother and litter’s lives. Our skilled surgeons are proud to offer our patients scheduled and emergency Cesarean section services.

Reason for a Cesarean section: 

  • Fetal distress. 

  • Irregularity of a particular breed, namely size or shape of newborn. 

  • Litter consists of a single offspring. 

  • Litter is in awkward position and cesarean section might be necessary to save litter. 

  • Mother is having difficulty with natural birthing, and C-section becomes necessary. 

  • Mother’s pelvic shape or size. 

  • Mothers that have previously had litters via cesarean will likely have future litters similarly.

What does a Cesarean section involve?

A Cesarean section is usually straightforward. In cases where the lives of the mother and her offspring are in danger, emphasis is placed on extracting the newborns hastily. In all cases, great precision and care are taken to ensure the safety and health of all patients. Initially, the mother’s abdomen is cleaned and shaved to reveal the surgical site. The mother then receives an injection of local anesthesia around the proposed incision site to numb the area and lessen the total amount of general anesthesia necessary for the surgery. An IV sedative is then introduced to allow the mother to completely relax. For their safety, we only implement mild sedative medications to protect the lives of the mother and her offspring. The midline incision is then made, exposing the uterus. Each newborn is gently extracted from the uterus and placed in neonatal care where breathing is stimulated, the amniotic sac is removed, fluid is taken out of their lungs, and their umbilical cords are tied. The mother’s incision is then sutured closed.

The mother and her litter remain under neonatal care for the next few days. Because the mother did not undergo the natural whelping process, she is more likely to reject her newborns and must be introduced to the process of nurturing her offspring. With the help of our trained staff, the mother will be guided in nurturing her litter and will be taught typical mothering techniques. After she begins to take motherly initiatives, the mother and newborns can be released to their owner.

Radiology & Ultrasound

In an effort to provide your pet with superior medical care, we perform diagnostic imaging services to supplement prognosis. Medical imaging employs the use of machinery to give photographic representation of abnormalities or injuries. In performing diagnostic imaging, our veterinarian can provide safe, accurate diagnosis and promptly treat the problem.

Reasons for diagnostic imaging: 

  • Assess facial swelling and dental problems. 

  • Detect possible bladder infections. 

  • Determine the location of broken bones or bone fractures.

  • Evaluate the status of a pet’s pregnancy. 

  • Help identify if a pet has heart disease. 

  • Help obtain a biopsy sample. 

  • Locate foreign bodies that a pet might have swallowed.

Types of diagnostic imaging

CT Scan - CT scans provide 3D digital images that give the veterinarian a better view of soft tissues. When compared to other forms of imaging, CT scans depict more precise details.

Digital X-rays - Radiographs (X-rays) are usually the first test administered to evaluate your pet. Our office utilizes digital X-rays because they are more accurate and display a higher contrast. Because of their accuracy, technicians are able to take fewer images resulting in less pet discomfort. Digital X-rays also project less radiation than traditional X-rays, which allows your pet to avoid unnecessary exposure.

Ultrasound - Ultrasounds are another form of 3D imaging. This diagnostic is perfect for pets in sensitive situations (e.g. pregnancy), pets that might be suffering immense pain, or pets who are partially immobile. Ultrasounds are very gentle and are typically used to examine the abdominal region.

 

Laser Therapy

"Laser therapy is specific wavelengths of light to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal." - K.Laser 

Laser therapy has been used in speeding up the healing process for post surgery, hip dysplacia, disc disease, fractures and degenerative joint disease. It is a non-invasive, has no chemicals & enviornmental friendly. It reduces swelling, bruising and good for arthritic and joint pain. Laser therapy promotes faster healing in burns, abrasions and other trauma. The best healing option for your pets!

 

Internal Medicine

Whether it is weight loss, vomitting, diarrhea, heart disease, coughing, kidney/liver disease or urinary problems, Dr. TK takes the time to thoroughly evaluate these issues. If it is chronic or sudden signs, we are devoted to your pet's overall health!

 

 

Lab Diagnostics

We provide quality diagnostic services for cats and dogs. During an exam the doctor may want to run a lab test using a sample of your pets blood, urine, fecal, hair or skin. Whether your pet is sick or healthy, these tests are really important to see your pets health status.

Pharmacy

We keep our in-house pharmacy well stocked for all of your pets needs. Click below to refill any of your previous meds.