Canine Castration (Neuter) Neutering is a surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed through a skin incision. Health benefits of neutering include optimal prostate health, prevention of certain types of hernias and tumors of the testicles and anus, and reduced preputial discharge. Statistics show interest in roaming is decreased in the majority of dogs as well as a decrease of aggressive behavior against other male dogs. It has also been known to decrease urine marking and inappropriate mounting. T.A.H. recommends neutering your dog at six months of age.
Canine Ovariohysterectomy (Spay) A spay is the removal of both ovaries and the uterus in a pet. Spaying is one of the most important preventive health measures that can be provided for a female dog of any age. It can nearly eliminate the risk of mammary (breast) cancer and pyometra in your female dog and save her life. It also eliminates heat cycles and the symptoms involved (bloody vaginal discharge, attraction of male dogs, offensive odors). T.A.H. recommends spaying your dog at six months of age.
Feline Castration (Neuter) Neutering is a surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed through a skin incision. Neutering a male cat is an excellent step in helping him to become a loving and well adapted member of your household. A male cat’s interest in roaming, fighting and urine spraying is reduced in more than 90% of neutered cats. In addition, the extreme odor of tom cat urine is greatly reduced after neutering. T.A.H. recommends neutering your cat at six months of age.
Feline Ovariohysterectomy (Spay) A spay is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and the uterus are removed. Spaying your cat is an important part of basic cat healthcare, as it will prevent unwanted kittens, noisy heat cycles, pyometra, and will minimize urine spraying in the house. T.A.H. recommends spaying your cat at six months of age.
Feline Onychectomy (Declaw) Declawing is a surgical procedure in which the third digit of each toe is removed to prevent nail growth. The incision is either sutured closed or closed with surgical glue. Declaw patients stay in the hospital two nights after the procedure for monitoring and assessment of pain control. Once home they will require two weeks of restricted activity and pain management. Declaws are most commonly performed at the same time as a spay or neuter procedure. At this time T.A.H. performs declaw surgeries without the aid of a Laser Unit as our doctors do not feel that the perceived benefits of this surgical approach justify the increased cost that would be incurred.
Canine Dewclaw Removal This is a surgical procedure in which the dewclaw digit is removed to prevent accidental ripping or breaking. Dewclaws are vestigial toes found up the inside of a dog's leg. Most dogs are born with dewclaws. Those that are require special care to keep the nails on dewclaws trimmed because they don't touch the ground so do not get ground down naturally at all. Dewclaws are typically removed from newborns between three to five days of age, or in older puppies at the time of spay or neuter.
Oral Surgery Standard oral procedures are known as Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatments (COHAT) which include anesthesia and patient monitoring, IV catheter placement and fluid support, full-mouth radiographs on most procedures, tartar scaling, sub-gingival cleaning, enamel polishing, complete post-anesthetic oral examination, recovery and nursing care. Pre-surgical blood work may be recommended and/or required by your pet’s doctor. Oral surgeries may also include tooth extraction or mass removal. Surgeries may be performed as prevention or treatment of your pet’s oral health.
Hernia Repair A hernia is a condition where an opening develops in a body cavity wall. Repairing it requires a surgical procedure to close the hole to prevent organ or fluid displacement.
Mass Removal This is the surgical removal of tumors, cysts, warts or other growths. Patients are placed under sedation or general anesthesia for the procedure. Hospitalization and aftercare is based on the extent of the mass and its location. After removal, most masses will be submitted to a Pathologist for confirmation of the specific type of mass (benign or malignant) as well as ensuring that the mass was removed in its entirety.
Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic (bone) surgeries include, but are not limited to: Cruciate Ligament Repair (Extra-capsular), Femoral Head and Neck Osteoectomies (F.H.O.), and Fracture Repairs.
Ophthalmic Surgery Opthalmic procedures include: Entropion and other Eyelid Surgeries, Cherry Eye Surgical Repair ("Tucking" procedures), Enucleations (Eye Removals) and Corneal Ulcer Treatments.
Oncologic Surgery Oncologic surgeries involve the treatment of cancer through tumor removal. This may be a curative process or may be the starting point for developing a comprehensive Cancer Therapy Plan for your pet.