SURGERY

We do a variety of surgeries here at Kitchener South Animal Hospital, from routine elective procedure such as spays and neuters, to more complicated orthopedic and gastrointestinal surgeries.

All of our surgeries are performed by an experienced veterinarian and constantly monitoring by a veterinary technician. Patients are sedated, an IV catheter placed prior to surgery, and IV fluids given to support blood pressure. Doppler ultrasonic equipment is used to constantly measure heart rate and blood pressure. A water heating blanket is used to keep patients toasty warm without damaging skin. All drugs are carefully selected per patient on an individual basis. 

ELECTIVE SURGERIES 

Ovariohysterectomy:  Commonly referred to as a spay, this involves removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female dog or cat. This is recommended not only to prevent unwanted litters, but also to greatly reduce the chance of mammary cancer, and to prevent life-threatening pyometra (a serious infection of the uterus). The best time to spay is around 6 months of ago. However, if you do have a large breed dog, waiting until after 1 heat cycle can be discussed with your veterinarian. 

Orchiectomy: Commonly referred to as a neuter. This involves removal of the testicles in a dog or cat. A very small incision is used and recovery is usually very quick. This is very important in cats to prevent spraying of urine in the house as well as escaping and fighting behaviour. In dogs it is helpful for reducing unwanted behaviours such as roaming (when many dogs end up getting hit by cars), aggression with other dogs, urine marking, humping, and difficulty training. 

Declawing: While we always recommend first trying other methods to reduce scratching behaviour (please talk to your vet about scratching posts, trimming nails, soft paws, and ways to dissuade cats from scratching the furniture) we do understand that some cats do not respond to these methods. We ensure declawing is done with excellent pain control and minimal trauma to help speed recovery. We will only declaw front paws.

OTHER SURGERIES include but not limited to:

- Gastrointestinal foreign body surgery

- Cystotomy (removal of bladder stones)

- Lumpectomies (removal of both cancerous and benign growths)

- Aural hematoma surgery 

- Enucleations (eye removal, often because of trauma or glaucoma)

- Amputations

- C-section

- Cranial cruciate ligament repair (only the extracapsular repair is done here. Referral is made for TPLOs)

As always, should you have any questions, please call us at 519-696-2120!