Surgical Services

The South Windsor Animal Hospital has a simple philosophy when it comes to surgery. We perform all surgeries on our patients as if the animal being operated on was our own pet. It is also very important to us that no animal goes home after surgery without pain control medication. Most people have had to have operations themselves at some point in their lives, and we all know surgery can be painful. Animals feel pain the same way we do, so using appropriate pain control measures provides the best care possible for your cherished pet. We perform all routine reproductive procedures (spaying and neutering) as well as most of the non-routine surgical procedures that arise throughout an animals life. In some instances, an animal may require a complicated surgical procedure that is beyond the ability of our veterinary surgeons. In these cases, we refer our clients to a veterinary surgical specialist facility to continue allowing your pet to receive the highest standard of care.

Spaying

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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

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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 pets personality or make them fat or lazy.

By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, perineal hernias, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behaviour, 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 general anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pets vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the description under PATIENT MONITORING & ANESTHETIC SAFETY MEASURES for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

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

Soft Tissue Surgery

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We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone.

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 (non-harmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal or accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.

Another common type of soft tissue is the removal of foreign objects eaten by cats or dogs. This surgery may involve repairing severely compromised pieces of the gastrointestinal tract.

The urinary system is an area where we commonly have to perform surgery. Stones can develop in the bladder of dogs and cats and surgical removal is extremely important in these cases.

There are many indications for soft tissue surgery. The veterinarians at the South Windsor Animal Hospital will be happy to discuss the benefits of any surgery recommended by our hospital. Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss how we may be able to help your pet.

Orthopedic Surgery

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Orthopedic surgeries refer to any surgical procedure done regarding bones.  The most commonly performed orthopedic surgery at the South Windsor Animal Hospital is to repair the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) of the knee of a dog. Dogs who have sustained this injury are painful, unable to walk well on the injured leg and at high risk for early development of crippling arthritis.

Surgical repair involves creating stability in the knee. This is achieved by placing bands of nylon strands into the knee, mimicking the job of the torn ligament.

Pain control after this type of surgery is very important and the South Windsor Animal Hospital is continuously striving to have all our surgical patients as comfortable as possible in the post surgical period.

If your pet is limping, please give us a call as soon as possible so we can determine the underlying cause.