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General & Advanced Surgery

The clinical team at Dublin Veterinary Hospital is experienced at performing both general and advanced surgical procedures. We know that having your best friend undergo surgery can be a stressful experience, but you can rest assured that at Dublin Veterinary Hospital, we take every precaution to assure your pet will remain safe during the entire procedure.

  • Prior to every procedure, we will conduct a pre-operative exam to ensure that the patient is healthy enough to undergo the anesthesia necessary for the surgery.
  • During the procedure, we will take actions to ensure constant anesthesia monitoring and pain management techniques.
  • After the procedure, we will monitor the patient to ensure that the surgery was successful and they are recuperating appropriately.

Here are a few examples of common surgical procedures we are experienced and equipped to perform:

 

Spay/Neuter Surgery

At Dublin Veterinary Hospital, we strongly recommend spay/neuter procedure for all companion animals. Animals who have been spayed or neutered tend to have longer and healthier lives, and are easier to live with and care for. In addition, this is often a very cost-effective idea as well because the surgery is less expensive than the cost of caring for an unplanned litter. Plus, it can help contribute to the cessation of the pet homelessness crisis.

Spay/neuter procedure is routine and safe. We will schedule a pre-operative appointment to ensure your pet is ready to undergo a surgery, and when the time comes our team is experienced in performing the procedure.

Immediately following the surgery, we will monitor your pet closely to ensure they are recovering as expected. Once you bring them home, they might need a little downtime. It is expected that they might act a little differently than usual, and may want to rest or be alone at first. Keep a close eye on them and let us know if they seem ill or if their recooperation takes more than a few days. Typically, their recovery and rest period is brief and not overly taxing.

 

Benefits of Spaying

Spaying refers to the removal of the ovaries and uterus in female animals. Spayed female animals have longer life expectancies than their intact counterparts.We recommend that spaying is conducted before the puppy or kitten's first heat period. When female animals are spayed before this time, it reduces their chance of contracting malignant breast cancer by 90%!

Spayed dogs and cats will not have heat periods. This means that your home will be mess-free, and they won't yowl, howl, or frequently urinate to attract a mate -- all unwanted and displeasing behaviors!

 

Benefits of Neutering

Neutering refers to the removal of the testes in male animals. Neutering prevents testicular cancers and prostate problems.

Males who have been neutered have a decreased desire to roam away from home in search of a mate. This helps to keep them safe, because they will be less likely to get lost. Behavioral problems such as aggression, mounting behaviors, and frequent urination may also be curbed by neutering.

 

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery is surgery performed on any area that is not a joint or a bone. This can include the cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urogenital systems, as well as disorders involving the ear, nose, and throat.

 

Surgical Oncology

Oncology refers to the science of treating cancer or tumors. Often the goal of surgical oncology is to remove or reduce a tumor, and prevent the spread of cancerous growth to other areas of the body.

 

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedics deals with correcting or treating deformities or pain caused by the musculoskeletal system. Some common forms of orthopedic surgery include treating fractures and dislocations, ACL surgery, and cruciate ligament repair.

 

Foreign Body Removal

This surgery is necessary when pets ingest something that cannot be safely passed through the GI tract. Please call us immediately if you suspect this has happened, as a major blockage of the gastrointestinal system can be life threatening.

 

Pain Management

It is a heartbreaking experience to see your beloved pet in pain. We believe every pet deserves to have the highest quality of life for the greatest amount of time possible. At Dublin Veterinary Hospital, our pain management services are designed to alleviate both acute and/or chronic pain, and have your pet feeling like themselves again.

Acute pain is pain that has a sudden onset. Often, once the issue that has caused the pain is alleviated, the pain itself will also quickly dissipate. In some situations, for example before a surgical procedure, acute pain can be anticipated and therefore managed preemptively. Whenever possible, we try to take a proactive approach during opportunities to treat chronic pain preemptively.

Chronic pain is pain that is constant, and it tends to accrue gradually over time. Senior pets are more likely to contract conditions which cause chronic pain, such as arthritis or cancer. Managing chronic pain can contribute to a better overall quality of life for affected pets.

Do you think your pet may be in pain? Watch out for a cluster of these potential signs:

  • Lethargy
  • Restlessness, or inability to find a comfortable position
  • Increased Vocalization, especially crying or whining
  • Aggression (biting, snarling, etc.) when approached or handled. If aggression is triggered when a certain spot is touched that can be an important indicator of pain.
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Decreased grooming
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Seeking more affection that usual
  • Excessive licking/chewing a certain area of the body
  • Negative body language, such as flattened ears or facial expressions
  • Mobility changes, an animal in pain may not want to move around
  • Changes in defecating-- if their stool is overly runny they might have stomach pain, if they are constipated or not defecating as frequently they could have back pain which is making that body posture uncomfortable