Surgical procedures are a cause for concern for many pet owners. We completely understand. At Animal Hospital of Dunedin, we strive to put our clients’ minds at ease by providing their pets with best-in-class veterinary surgical care and open client communication every step of the way – before, during, and after the procedure.
The clinical team at Animal Hospital of Dunedin are highly experienced in a variety of general and advanced surgical procedures.
Spay/Neuter Procedure involves the surgical removal of the reproductive organs to help in the prevention of unwanted litters, and problem behaviors and health risks associated with instincts and breeding. This is a key component of the wellness care we recommend for all of the pets we see.
Soft Tissue Surgery treats a wide variety of medical conditions inflicting the skin, muscles, and internal organs. If the surgery is not neurological or orthopedic, it’s likely soft-tissue. Common soft-tissue surgeries performed at Animal Hospital of Dunedin include the spay/neuter procedure, mass removals, trauma repair, bladder stone removal, and intestinal surgery.
Gastrointestinal Surgery may be recommended to fully alleviate a pet from digestive conditions. The ingestion of foreign objects is the most frequent reason for gastrointestinal surgery. Common signs of abdominal pain include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, weight loss, and loss of appetite.
Surgical Oncology is the preferred treatment for localized cancer, to improve a pet’s quality of life and overall health. This approach aims to completely remove the cancerous mass before it has time to spread to other areas of the body.
Foreign Body Removal is extremely common in pets, especially dogs. Despite this being commonplace, the ingestion of foreign objects can be life-threatening if the object is unable to safely pass through the gastrointestinal tract. If you know or suspect your pet has ingested a foreign object, do not wait to seek medical attention.
C-Section Procedure helps to facilitate the safe delivery of a litter. We’ll take into account several factors when determining if a C-Section is right for your pet, such as her health condition, body mass, and pelvic size.
Splenectomy Surgery refers to the surgical removal of the spleen. This procedure is only recommended when all other treatment approaches have been unsuccessful.
If your pet is in need of specialized care, we can refer you to an expert veterinary surgeon. We’ll remain in contact with the surgeon and receive updates along the way on your pet’s condition and progress. Once your pet is better, routine veterinary care can always continue with the team at Animal Hospital of Dunedin.
There are several preventative wellness services that are recommended for all patients we see. The spay/neuter procedure is one of these services.
Spaying is performed on female pets and neutering is performed on male pets. Both procedures refer to the surgical removal of the reproductive organs.
Our team of experienced doctors and trained veterinary technicians work together to make sure our patients are safe and comfortable with a successful surgical outcomes. We do so by following strict surgical protocols before, during, and after the procedure, including:
In instances of responsible breeding, unique medical cases, or pets seven years of age or older, we understand that the spay/neuter procedure may not be the right choice for that particular pet. We encourage you to discuss your pet’s options and reproductive care with your veterinarian.
If you have any questions at all about the spay/neuter procedure, we encourage you to start a conversation with your veterinarian.
The choice to spay or neuter your pet benefits your pet, you as a pet owner, and the local community as well.
The spay/neuter procedure effectively prevents life-threatening diseases, corrects problem behaviors, and rules out unwanted litters. Ultimately, by ruling out breeding-instinct related behaviors, your pet will be happier at home with a temperament that is more affectionate, obedient, and loyal to your family.
For female pets, the spay procedure will:
For male pets, the neuter procedure will:
The management of acute and chronic pain in patients is at the heart of compassionate veterinary medical care. At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, we partner with you to help prevent, manage, and eliminate pain in your pet, all in an effort to give them the quality of life they deserve.
The two main categories of pain include acute pain and chronic pain. Each category affects pets in different ways, and dictates the pain management approach our experienced clinical team will take.
Pain can take many shapes and forms. Over time, pain can have an effect on not only your pet’s physical functioning, but also their psychological and emotional wellbeing. Physiologically, this can set back healing progress and contribute to worsening symptoms. That’s why it’s critical to address and relieve the source of the pain without delay.
When possible, pain is managed preemptively with pain medication. Typically, these cases involve surgeries, advanced treatments, and certain chronic pain conditions. Medication can be modified throughout the recovery process.
To follow is a list of common signs of pain in pets. If you observe any of the following at home, please schedule a visit with your veterinarian right away.