Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses small ‘keyhole’ incisions to allow a camera and small tools into the abdomen. This allows the surgeon to get improved visualization of the internal organs and perform surgery though much smaller and less invasive openings. This technique reduces post-surgical discomfort, causes minimal bleeding and improves recovery time. Below are some of the many procedures that can be performed laparoscopically:

  • Ovarectomy (Spay)

  • Cryptorchid Castration (Retained Testicle Neuters)

  • Gastropexy (Stomach Tacking)

  • Splenectomy (Spleen Removal or Biopsy)

  • Biopsies of the liver or other abdominal organs

  • Cystotomy (Bladder Surgery)

  • Exploratory Surgery

Spaying

Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.

By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Neutering

Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet’s personality.

By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us or stop by so we can discuss your concerns.

Soft Tissue

We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets.

Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.

We perform a wide variety of soft tissue procedures, including: cesarean section, Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus(bloat) procedures, Preventative Gastropexy (stomach tacking for dogs at risk of bloat), Anal Saculectomy, Cystotomy (bladder surgery) as well as laceration and abscess repairs.

Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes. Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or may be a sign that the cornea (outer layer of the eye) has been damaged. Surgery may allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring, improving your pet’s ability to see. In some pets, the eyelashes may actually damage the cornea. Surgical intervention improves comfort in these pets, reduces the chances of corneal scarring, and enhances the pet’s vision in the long term.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.

Animal Care of Gloucester

4614 George Washington Memorial Hwy
Hayes, VA 23072

 

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

804-642-5740

Hours

 

Monday          8:00am -  5:30pm

Tuesday         8:00am -  5:30pm

Wednesday  8:00am -  5:30pm

Thursday       8:00am -  5:30pm

Friday              8:00am -  5:30pm

Saturday        8:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday           Closed

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