The Safest Possible Surgical Procedures
It’s natural to be apprehensive of a surgical procedure for your beloved pet! We have a number of things in place to ensure safety, but best of all, we’re here for you, and everyone on our team will interact with your pet as if it were our own.
Dog or Cat Spay
Spaying is another word for ovariohysterectomy. It’s also sometimes called getting your dog fixed. A spay procedure is the surgical removal of your female dogs reproductive organs. Typically this is done at 6 months of age and 8 months of age for very small dogs. Rescued pets may already be spayed prior to their adoption. Spaying is essential for the good health of your dog. Spayed dogs are at less risk for cancer and are less likely to roam or suffer from behavioral issues later in life.
Dog or Cat Neuter
Neuter is another word for castration. It’s also sometimes called getting your dog fixed. A neuter procedure is the surgical removal of your male dogs testes. The scrotum remains intact, but will retract with time in the absence. Typically this is done at 6 months of age. Rescued pets may already be castrated prior to their adoption. Castrating male dogs and cats is essential to prevent certain kinds of cancers, and to ward off behavioral issues like inappropriate urination, aggression, and roaming.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Soft tissue surgery is a term that applies to a wide variety fo non-orthopedic surgical procedures. The soft tissue surgeries most frequently performed at Rockland are those to remove growths, surgeries on organs like the liver and spleen, and surgeries to remove foreign bodies from the digestive tract of dogs or cats. In more advanced cases, Rockland uses board certified veterinarians to perform the procedure to ensure the highest level of care and success rates.
Orthopedic Surgery, or surgery on the bones and ligaments of a pet, includes knee surgery, cruciate repair, hip surgery, and the repair of fractures. In more advanced cases, Rockland engages a board certified surgeon for the highest quality and best outcome.
Though we already mentioned this is the soft tissue portion, we do so many of these procedures, that it’s worth giving growth removals their own section. Though they are common, especially on dogs, no pet owner should become complacent when it comes to growths. Of those that we biopsy, roughly 1 in 20 is cancerous, but even if the growth is benign, or non cancerous, it will continue to grow. We have seen lumps on dogs and on some cats that weigh more than a pound before they were removed, at which point the surgery was difficult and the healing process complicated. Additionally growths near the pet’s limbs can grow large enough to impede movement and the recovery process after their removal is difficult because the incision site is close to an active, moving part of the body. If your pet has a growth, allow us to examine it and map out a treatment plan.
Lasers allow for precise cutting with minimal bleeding and faster recovery time. They can be employed in a large array of cases. Rockland vets are experienced laser surgeons and will let you know if your pet’s condition is best treated with laser surgery.