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Every Patient that undergoes surgery will have an Intravenous Catheter (IV) and fluids, Pain medications, and full vital (heart rate, respiratory rate, etc) monitor as part of our safety protocol for pets under anesthesia.
Spay (female)/Neuter (male):
A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer.
Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for peri-anal tumors.
If owners decide on declawing we recommend declawing be done with our electrosurgical unit to decrease pain and speed healing.
This is a surgical unit that has 4 basic electrical currents of radio frequency (also called radiosurgery). Mostly it is used for simultaneous coagulation and cutting for close to bloodless surgery. It is particularly indicated for declawing cats. It allows bloodless declawing of cats without the use of tourniquets, fine cutting control to avoid pad injuries with minimal collateral tissue damage (like CO2 Laser )and good bridging by granulation tissue (better than CO2 Laser) (from JAVMA 2010 Nov-Dec:46(6)375-384). This should lead to better/ faster healing and less pain compared to conventional methods.
Declawing of domestic cats should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively, when declawing presents a zoonotic risk for its owner(s) – disease transmission through scratches to immunocompromised patients, or to prevent scratches in geriatric or disabled patients.
One of the most important causes of heart and kidney disease of dogs and cats is dental tartar and periodontal disease. By the age of 3 yrs old 75% of dogs and cats have some periodontal disease. Millions of bacteria live in the dental calculi(tartar) and enter the blood stream from the unhealthy gums and spread to the major organs of the body. Annual dental cleaning cannot be over-emphasized to minimize the chance of these potential diseases and prolong the life span of the dogs and cats. After annual cleaning, regular brushing with dog or cat toothpaste is essential to prevent periodontal disease and improve the quality of your pet's life. Prescription and over the counter products we recommend to be used a home are listed on www.vohc.org. We recommend that owners use at least one (or multiple) teeth care product on a continued bases to help decrease the build up of tartar.
Other types of surgeries:
We also perform surgeries for urinary bladder or urethral stone removal (cystotomies), gastric/intestinal foreign body removal, tumor/mass removal, eyelid surgeries, and many other major surgeries. We have a new, well-equipped surgery suite with a vital monitor that includes blood oxygen monitor, ECG monitor, Co2, Temperature, Heart rate and Respiratory rate, and a blood pressure monitor to ensure the safety of our patients and relieve the anxiety of our clients. After Surgery, we'll strive to minimize the pain of our patients by the best pain management protocol.