At Animal Emergency Hospital in Red Deer, our veterinarians can provide a range of surgical services, from routine procedures to advanced surgeries. As our primary concern is your pet’s health and well-being and not our bottom line, we will occasionally refer you to a specialist (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform very complex operations that required advanced equipment or training. Our team of veterinarians will take all the appropriate precautions to ensure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic. Before surgery occurs, we will perform a physical examination and pre-anesthetic testing, and your pet will be monitored during the entire surgery. We also provide pain medication for surgery recovery.
At our Red Deer clinic, we can perform many types of soft tissue surgeries. Soft tissue surgeries are surgeries that are not associated with a pet’s bones. There are many benefits provided by these surgical services.
One of the most common soft tissue surgeries performed on pets is lump or mass removal. Often times, once the mass or lump is removed, they’re found to be benign (non-harmful). But, occasionally they are more serious. Accurate diagnosis and early removal of a lump is important to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass turns out to be cancerous.
Does your dog suffer from frequent ear infections? Surgical intervention can reduce the occurrence of these infections by improving airflow in the ear canal.
There are several eye related problems that can be resolved with surgery. If you notice tearing in your pet’s eyes, it can indicate that there is an infection present, or it might signify that the cornea has been damaged. Surgery can improve your vision by allowing the cornea to heal quicker and with less scarring. We have even come across instances where a pet’s eyelashes have caused corneal damage. Surgical intervention can reduce the chance of corneal scarring, enhance your pet’s vision and ultimately improve your pet’s comfort.
Our veterinary practice has the equipment and expertise to perform many types of orthopaedic (bone related) surgeries. But, because we’re committed to providing your pet with the best possible health outcomes, we will on occasion refer you to a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon for back surgeries and other very complex procedures.
The most common orthopaedic issue addressed at our clinic are leg fractures, which are usually the result from a mishap with an automobile. There are a variety of ways to deal with these injuries depending on the location and type of fracture. In some cases, we can apply a cast to treat the fracture but in many cases, surgical intervention may be required.
Some Common Surgical Treatments for Fractures Include:
“Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area
“Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture
“External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.
Our hospital also performs many orthopaedic surgeries to address hip dysplasia and disc disease. If you have any questions about these procedures, please give us a call.