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Surgical Procedures

Veterinary Surgery BandageStandard and emergency surgery procedures are offered by Indian Tree Animal Hospital. Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures.

  • Spaying, neutering, and declawing
  • Dentistry and oral surgery
  • Emergency surgery
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Basic ophthalmology surgery
  • Laser surgery

We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.

Surgical Laser | Veterinary Procedures Benefits of Laser Surgery:
Less Bleeding- As it cuts, the laser seals small blood vessels. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel.

Less Pain and Swelling - The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less edema and pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable post-operative recovery.

Reduced Risk of Infection - This is one of the unique features of the CO2 laser beam. It efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.

Quicker Recovery Time - Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling often allow the patient a far quicker recovery time after surgery.

Elective Surgical Procedures:

DentistrySurgery Suite
Indian Tree Animal Hospital offers a wide array of surgical offerings to treat a variety of conditions that your dog or cat may be suffering from:
Dental calculus (tartar) is composed of various mineral salts, organic material and food particles. In the early stages of accumulation, the material is soft (plaque), but it later hardens and adheres to the teeth. Continual accumulation causes inflammation of the gums and eventual recession of the gums and loose teeth. The breath becomes very odorous, and the mouth becomes a dangerous source of infection.

Untreated tooth and gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the valves of the heart.

Regular professional cleaning is the most effective way to ensure good dental health for your pet. Your veterinarian will exam your pet’s entire oral cavity including teeth, gums, tongue, soft palate, and cheeks. Performing dental radiographs (x-rays) is essential in examining the oral cavity in determining tooth health below the gum line.

Maintain your pet’s professional cleaning by brushing your pet's teeth periodically. Your veterinarian can provide special enzymatic toothpaste developed for the teeth of cats and dogs. Abrasive dental cleaning pads are also helpful in cleaning the teeth. Water and baking soda can be used with a soft toothbrush but are less effective than toothpaste developed for animals.

Neutering (Orchiectomy/Castration)
Neutering is the surgical removal of the male testicles. This surgery is performed to reduce sexual instincts and render your pet sterile. When your pet is neutered, it generally reduces his tendency to roam and reduces his level of aggression. However, neutering is not a replacement for obedience training by the owner.

Your pet will be given a pre-operative physical exam to help ensure its safety during anesthesia and surgery. The operation is performed under general anesthesia with safe anesthetic and surgical protocols strictly followed. Recovery is generally uneventful, the hospital stay is short, and aftercare is minimal.

Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy)
Spaying is the surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus. If the ovaries are not removed, the bothersome heat periods still occur even though pregnancy is impossible. Surgery is usually performed between 4-6 months of age in order to reap the benefits prior to a heat cycle. Though it is routinely performed, an ovariohysterectomy is a major abdominal surgery, requiring general anesthesia and sterile operating techniques.

Prevention of pregnancy and elimination of heat periods are the main reasons for the surgery. However, the procedure is often necessary in treating severe uterine infections, ovarian and/or uterine tumors, and some skin disorders.

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