Spay-neuter is a minor procedure that will benefit you as well as your pet. Over time, the procedure has become much safer as veterinarians are no longer generalizing and instead are treating each animal as an individual who deserves a unique, clinical decision in terms of breed, age, size, and lifestyle.
This procedure allows your pet to live a longer and healthier life. Meanwhile, you will experience less troubles associated with natural sexual instinct, pregnancy, and heat periods. At Lakewood Animal Hospital, we are highly experienced to perform spay- neuter procedure and ensure your pet is safe and comfortable from beginning to end.
If your pet has been diagnosed with dental disease and other therapies have proven ineffective, we are able to provide relief by performing oral surgery. Our team is experienced in common procedures from broken teeth and extractions, to major oral surgery such as oral tumors.
For the most part, soft-tissue surgery involves any procedure that does not involve bones or joints. Like any procedure performed at Lakewood Animal Hospital, our skilled team will closely monitor your companion before, during, and after surgery to make sure they are as safe and comfortable as possible.
Tumors and lumps are especially common in geriatric pets, but can appear at any age. Depending upon the location of the tumor/growth, motion may be inhibited. If it continues to grow, it will become increasingly more difficult to remove, particularly in areas such as the throat or limbs. If you notice a lump or bump on your pet that is quickly growing or changing, notify your veterinarian immediately.
Growths can be malignant, or likely to spread, or benign. Even if the growth is benign, we recommend surgical removal to ensure your pet’s safety. If the growth is diagnosed as malignant, surgical removal is performed and additional treatment may be needed.
Hernia repair can be a minor procedure and especially easy to treat when addressed early. Once hernias are identified, we strongly encourage surgical correction to prevent enlargement, which is common with weight gain, exercise, pregnancy, and trauma. If you discover an enlarged hernia, urgent medical attention is required to inhibit infection, resection of dead tissues, strangulation, and even death.
Common objects often times end up in your pet’s stomach and GI tract—socks, balls, chew toys, bones, hair ties, rocks, pantyhose, underwear, and sticks. Some objects easily pass through the GI tract, but some get stuck which can lead to detrimental medical concerns. The size of your pet and the object largely determines its chances of safely passing through. Signs of a GI tract obstruction include: loss of appetite, dehydration, vomiting, inactivity, painful abdomen, weakness, abnormal stools (diarrhea, constipation, blood, odd color), and pale gums.
String is the most threatening foreign body and it can become twisted and entangled in the small intestine which ultimately stops blood flow and leads to tissue death. In extreme cases, if the string tightens too much, it may possibly cut the wall of the intestines leading to very dangerous situations.
Call us immediately if you think your pet has ingested a foreign body. When you come to the hospital, we will take radiographs to locate the foreign body and determine treatment. In most cases, surgery is required however we can also attempt to induce vomiting.