Surgical Practice

Bear Creek Animal Clinic offers a wide array of surgical services.

You can put your mind at ease knowing a skilled surgeon is performing the surgery while a Registered Veterinary Technician is monitoring your patient during anesthesia with modern equipment that allows us to track even minor changes in vital signs. Our staff is also trained to prevent and recognize the signs of pain. By preventing pain before it starts, we keep your pet comfortable throughout their stay with us. All animals undergoing major surgery receive IV fluids during and after their procedure. This helps them replace fluid losses from pre-surgical fasting as well as helps them to recuperate faster during their recovery.

Some of the Most Common Surgeries Offered:

Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile. It involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus.
The procedure is performed under anesthetic while your animal is carefully monitored by trained staff.

There are many benefits to spaying your female companion:

  • Preventing overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats
  • Will eliminate the sometimes untidy heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house
  • Help prevent illness in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer

We recommend spaying at 6 months of age.

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile. It involves surgical removal of both testicles.

The procedure is performed under anesthetic while your animal is carefully monitored by trained staff.

There are many benefits to neutering your male companion:

  • Preventing overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats
  • Neutering will eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behaviour in your male companion.
  • Help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

We recommend neutering at 6 months of age

Tumor Removal

Many factors come to the table when deciding on a course of action to remove any kind of mass. Size, location, type of tumor as well as age and health of patient are all factors. Most patients must be sedated or fully anesthetized to remove a mass, but occasionally small tumors, limited to the skin, can be removed with local anesthetic. If you notice a lump on your pet, make sure to have it evaluated by a veterinarian so that you can make the best decision regarding removal.

Foreign Body Removal

Occasionally dogs and cats eat items that they should not – some of which will surprise you…string, toys, bones, socks, mittens, rocks… the list goes on. Often these are puppies and kittens (which is a great reason to consider pet insurance when they are young!). Surgery to remove foreign material (we term this foreign bodies) is necessary when the pet has eaten something and it cannot be vomited up nor passed through the guts. Material can get lodged in the esophagus, or retained in the stomach or stick anywhere along the intestines.

Orthopedic Surgeries

Orthopedic surgery corrects problems that arise in the skeleton and its attachments, the ligaments and tendons. Occasionally, we refer our patients to specialists (board certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations. Some of the orthopedic surgeries offered at Bear Creek Animal Clinic are:

Cruciate Ligament Repair

Just as athletes frequently suffer knee injuries, the dog also has knee injuries.  The most common injury of the knee is a rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL – in humans it is called an anterior cruciate ligament or ACL). When the CCL is torn, instability occurs that allows the bones to move in an abnormal fashion in relation to one another, causing damage to the joint cartilage. Surgery to repair the knee involves removing the damaged ligament and then the surgeon can insert a replacement ligament and stabilize the joint so it functions normally or near normally.  This synthetic ligament or suture is placed outside the joint capsule.

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)

A femoral head ostectomy (FHO) is a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck from the femur. After the head and neck of the femur are removed, the ligament around the hip is then stitched up. During healing, which usually takes two months, scar tissue will form in the joint to prevent rubbing of bone on bone. A “false joint” is then formed, which is pain free. The surrounding muscles also hold the hip in place.

Fracture Repair

Surgical repair of fractures is the most effective way to deal with broken bones in animals. Humans can often make do with a simple splint and cast (because of our ability to understand the necessity of restricting movement of the offending body part), animals are far more likely to require a solution that can withstand a degree of force. Plates and screws are often required to hold fractured bones in place so they can heal.

Post Surgery Care

Patients recover in a specialized room where the sound and light can be controlled, allowing them to rest comfortably until they are ready to go home.

All animals receive IV fluids during and after their procedure. This helps them replace fluid losses from surgery and recuperate faster during their recovery.

The best time to treat pain is before it occurs. We make pain control part of our pre-surgical medication so that your pet is covered before the procedure occurs. Patients are carefully monitored after surgery for signs of pain and treated accordingly.

 

We treat your pets as we would want ours to be treated – as members of the family.

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