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Surgery / Dentistry

 

Surgery

Surgery is typically divided into three categories.

Soft tissue Surgery consists of spays (ovariohysterectomy) neuters (orchiectomy and lump removals being the most common.

Orthopedic Surgery involves bones, joints and tendons such as fractures or ligament repairs.

Oral Surgery is surgery that involves the mouth such as dental extractions or tumour removals.

We will educate you on the benefits and/or risks of every procedure and prepare a specific plan for pre operative, intra-operative and post operative care during your pet’s hospital stay as well as home care to facilitate a speedy recovery.

Cat with stethoscopePre operative diagnostic testing is performed on every patient prior to any surgical procedure to ensure your pet is a safe candidate for general anesthesia.

By using specific pre operative and post operative analgesia we are able to minimize pain and reduce recovery time.

Respiration monitorThroughout every surgical procedure your pet will be placed on warming pads to reduce the risk of hypothermia and intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure.

Your pet is monitored by a trained veterinary technician throughout every surgical procedure at which time the patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and temperature are recorded.

Vital signs monitorPost surgery your pet is monitored by both doctor and technician throughout the day. We will update you throughout your pet’s recovery.

For certain surgical procedures a board certified surgeon will be brought into our hospital to perform surgery. We will continue to provide care for your pet and work closely with the surgeon to ensure a successful procedure and recovery.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s surgery please contact our office for further information.

 

Dentistry

Dental prophylaxis or cleaning are routinely performed on a patient with an essentially healthy mouth. The intention is to prevent periodontitis (bone and tooth loss) as well as other common ailments of the mouth.

A general anesethic is required to effectively and safely perform a proper dental cleaning.

Dental Prophylaxis at the Davenport Road Animal Hospital

  • Pre procedure antibiotics may be administered prior to the procedure to prevent the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream while the teeth are being cleaned.
  • A thorough physical and oral examination is given and a patient appropriate anesethic plan will be finalized by the veterinarian prior to being anesthetised.
  • All patients will receive i.v. fluids before, during and after the dental cleaning.
  • The patient is anesethetised and placed on a warming pad.
  • Dental radiographs may be performed.
  • Before cleaning begins the mouth is cleansed with a 0.2% Chlorahexadine solution to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth.
  • The gums, teeth and roots are explored and any abnormalities will be charted.
  • The teeth are then scaled to remove visible calculus (tartar) and invisible plaque above and below the gum line.
  • Teeth are then polished using a special polishing paste.
  • Sub gingival irrigation is performed to remove debris and prophy paste.
  • A fluoride treatment is applied.

    Please call our office to address all of your pet’s oral health concerns. A healthy mouth is a happy pet!