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Surgical intervention is often required on an emergency basis. Our staff of experienced doctors and certified technicians routinely perform animal and pet surgery such as: 

Bloat- A clinically life threatening condition known as gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV). This often occurs in large breed dogs and involves a 'flipped' stomach. The stomach becomes filled with air and creates severe abdominal pain, repeated attempts to vomit, and systemic shock. Emergency surgery is required to 'untwist' the stomach. The stomach is then surgically attached to the interior body wall to prevent recurrence. Often, the spleen suffers vascular compromise and needs to be removed during the surgery as a secondary problem. 











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C-Section- Cases in which a fetus (puppy, kitten, or other baby animal) is 'stuck' in the birth canal often require a caesarian section. X-rays or ultrasound are used to establish the fetal positioning problem, and to determine how many 'babies' are expected. C-sections can be the difference between life and death for both the mother and her 'babies' when the delivery puts both in danger.  CLICK HERE to watch a C-section!  (WARNING: Content is graphic.)


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Intestinal Foreign Body Removal- Animals have been known to eat a variety of interesting objects which can become lodged in the stomach or part of the intestine and require surgical removal. We routinely remove : bottle caps, corn cobs, rocks, tennis balls, golf balls, panty hose, needles , and string. Some of our more interesting cases have involved: A ferret which ate a rubber 'fingerpointer/mouse' from a laptop computer, and a Dalmatian who ate an entire strand of Christmas lights.

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Laceration Repairs - Lacerations can include everything from small cuts on the footpads to large open traumatic wounds. A variety of techniques are used for closure depending on the depth and severity of the wound. Sometimes a local anesthetic is required, and skin staples can be quickly applied. Other more serious wounds require complete general anesthesia and thorough cleansing of wound contaminants, or removal of infection before multiple layers of suture are used to close the wound.

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Bite wounds/abscesses- Bite wounds often seem small and insignificant to a pet owner. These wounds can become infected and lead to serious and very painful abscesses if not treated early. Thorough wound cleansing and disinfections along with immediate antibiotic and anti-inflammatory therapy can make the difference between a routine, minor problem and a serious painful infection. 

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