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General & Advanced Surgery

Surgical procedures are a cause for concern for many pet owners. We completely understand. At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, we strive to put our clients’ minds at ease by providing their pets with best-in-class veterinary surgical care and open client communication every step of the way – before, during, and after the procedure. 

  • Before surgery, a pre-operative appointment will be scheduled. No food is to be fed after midnight the night before surgery, but water is fine until you drop your pet off. You can expect to go over your options with your veterinarian and discuss the details of the procedure, such as what the recovery process will be like. We will also run a pre-surgical blood panel to ensure your pet is healthy enough for sedation. During the pre-operative appointment, we encourage you to ask any and all questions you may have about your pet’s upcoming procedure. As your veterinarian, we are committed to caring for your pet, as well as putting your mind and concerns at bay.
  • During surgery, a trained veterinary technician will keep a close eye on your pet’s vitals while your veterinarian performs the procedure. You can also count on this staff member having received extensive training in pain management techniques.
  • After surgery, we will give you a call to let you know that your pet is out of surgery and stable in recovery. Our clinical team will continue to keep a close eye on your pet’s vitals and pain. At pick up, we’ll go over detailed post-operative care instructions with you. In some cases, pets can go home the same day, and in other instances it may be in the pet’s best interest to spend a night at the hospital.

The clinical team at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin are highly experienced in a variety of general and advanced surgical procedures. 

Spay/Neuter Procedure involves the surgical removal of the reproductive organs to help in the prevention of unwanted litters, and problem behaviors and health risks associated with instincts and breeding. This is a key component of the wellness care we recommend for all of the pets we see. Click here to learn more. (redirect to spay/neuter page)

Soft Tissue Surgery treats a wide variety of medical conditions inflicting the skin, muscles, and internal organs. If the surgery is not neurological or orthopedic, it’s likely soft-tissue. Common soft-tissue surgeries performed at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin include the spay/neuter procedure, mass removals, trauma repair, bladder stone removal, and intestinal surgery.

Gastrointestinal Surgery may be recommended to fully alleviate a pet from digestive conditions. The ingestion of foreign objects is the most frequent reason for gastrointestinal surgery. Common signs of abdominal pain include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, weight loss, and loss of appetite.

Surgical Oncology is the preferred treatment for localized cancer, to improve a pet’s quality of life and overall health. This approach aims to completely remove the cancerous mass before it has time to spread to other areas of the body. 

Foreign Body Removal is extremely common in pets, especially dogs. Despite this being commonplace, the ingestion of foreign objects can be life-threatening if the object is unable to safely pass through the gastrointestinal tract. If you know or suspect your pet has ingested a foreign object, do not wait to seek medical attention. 

C-Section Procedure helps to facilitate the safe delivery of a litter. We’ll take into account several factors when determining if a C-Section is right for your pet, such as her health condition, body mass, and pelvic size.

Splenectomy Surgery refers to the surgical removal of the spleen. This procedure is only recommended when all other treatment approaches have been unsuccessful. 

If your pet is in need of specialized care, we can refer you to an expert veterinary surgeon. We’ll remain in contact with the surgeon and receive updates along the way on your pet’s condition and progress. Once your pet is better, routine veterinary care can always continue with the team at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin.

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