Surgical Procedures for Cats, Dogs & Horses
We offer a wide range of surgical procedures for cats, dogs, and horses at Argyle Veterinary Hospital, using surgical techniques and stringent surgical protocols.
During each surgery, a dedicated veterinary nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your animal using state-of-the-art electronic monitoring equipment. Pain management will also be provided.
Post-operative monitoring and pain management are our priorities following surgery. Your vet will also provide you with detailed instructions for your animal's at-home recovery care.
What to Expect from Vet Surgery
We always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure and regarding any post-operative care your pet will need at home. If your pet needs a surgical procedure that requires specialized skills or equipment, our vets will refer your animal to a veterinary surgeon in the Argyle area. We take pride in working closely with veterinary specialists in our area to provide your animal with the best possible care.
Our vets at Argyle Veterinary Hospital routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
For pets suffering from ear, nose and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal and skin disorders.
During Caesarean sections, we remove puppies or kittens from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed with the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
If your pet is experiencing pain, redness or other symptoms in or around their eyes, they may require ocular surgery to help preserve their vision.
Ocular procedures for cats, dogs and horses include eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, exenteration of the orbit and cherry eye surgery.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. They can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn or otherwise damaged.
It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
During a urethrectomy, our vets remove all or part of a cat's or dog's ureter.
During a cystectomy, our vets remove a cat's or dog's urinary bladder.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons and other skeletal structures in your animal.
Whether you own a cat, dog or horse, orthopedic surgeries can help your animal to regain pain-free mobility.
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy.
These surgeries not only prevent unwanted litters but can prevent certain forms of cancer and may help to curb undesirable behaviors such as animal aggression, howling, roaming and territory marking (spraying).
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs, cats and horses. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
The Surgery Process
Our team of veterinary professionals only recommends surgery when it is in the best interests of your animal. Our Argyle vets will ensure that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are comfortable moving ahead.
Surgical protocols at our hospital include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, examine the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wear disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.