Small Animal Medicine refers to the treatment and diagnosis of smaller animals, such as dogs and cats but also many other species of animals.
Our staff is highly trained and experienced in how to care for small animals like dogs and cats, as well as exotic and pocket pets. Working with animals is our passion and we strive to provide the highest level of care possible for your pets.
We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pets’ health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems.
We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets’ life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets’ health, it’s also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
We are pleased to offer our clients the highest quality veterinary care. We want nothing but the best for our clients, especially during surgery. It is our goal to make sure that our surgical team is prepared to offer our clients the latest medical procedures. We look forward to learning about the newest medical advances in surgery and actively partake in continued surgical education.
ACL Surgical Repair Including the TTA-2
Due to the high incidence of the problem and the clinical success of surgical techniques, surgical repair of the cranial cruciate ligament is one of the most common small animal orthopedic proced
The lateral suture method involves placing a nylon material on the outside of the knee in a similar orientation to the injured cranial cruciate ligament. This stabilizes the joint and allows fibrous tissue to develop which provides long term stabilization after the nylon degrades. The majority of dogs recover back to 80-85% of normal within 6 months and may improve further by 1 year. However, smaller dogs are better candidates for this procedure compared to larger dogs, active dogs, or working dogs.
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA/TTA-2)
The Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) technique was developed in 2004 in efforts to improve the outcome of surgically repaired cruciate injuries and reduce the severity of osteoarthritis (arthritis) that follows. The procedure is designed to surgically change the biomechanics of the knee joint to compensate for the deficient cruciate, and therefore help return the pet to full function. The TTA is accomplished through an osteotomy (cutting off a section of the bone) of the tibia and by moving the attachment of the straight patella tendon forward using cages, screws and bone plates. Compared to other repair methods, the TTA offers a lower complication rate and excellent recovery.
Benefits of TTA-2:
- Rapid recovery: full weight bearing within 2 weeks for most cases
- Good prognosis for return to full athletic activity and reduction of lameness
- Protection of articular cartilage through rapid return of normal joint range of motion
- Decreased progression of arthritis over time
- Less invasive than TTA and TPLO
- Lower complication rate
Typical recovery for pets undergoing this procedure is limited activity for 8-10 weeks, but most are full weight bearing within 2 weeks. Pet’s receiving this repair have a good to excellent prognosis for returning to full athletic activity. Additionally, associated osteoarthritis (arthritis) formation within the knee joint is lower with the TTA-2 compared to other repair techniques. Dogs of all sizes, breeds, and ages can benefit from the TTA-2.
Soft Tissue Surgery
- Reproductive Surgeries: Routine Spay and Neuter, Caesarian, Mastectomy
- Gastrointestinal Surgeries: Hernia Repair, Gastric and Intestinal Foreign Bodies and more.
- Urogenital Surgery: Cystotomies
- Miscellaneous Surgeries: Abscess Surgery, Cherry Eye Resection, Aural Hematoma
Ultrasounding is a quick and painless procedure. It uses sound waves to allow us to see inside your pets, without using the harmful radiation produced when we take x-rays.
We are pleased to be able to offer ultrasounds, along with all of our other diagnostic tools, to help your sick pets start to feel better soon. The quicker we can find the problem, the sooner your pets will be back to their normal selves.
We are highly skilled when it comes to c-sections for breeds such as English Bulldogs, Frenchies and Pugs. These breeds have large heads that can become stuck in the mother’s birth canal.
Over 80% of bulldog litters are delivered by c-section, and because of their body type certain breeds will typically need a c-section to give birth, or whelp.
That’s why we are proud to have expert surgeons who are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to performing c-sections on these breeds. As a pet owner you want the best for your pet, and that is what our surgeons provide.