It is always our objective to make all surgical patients comfortable and pain free. We encourage all clients to consider pre-surgical bloodwork to rule out any unforeseen problems and determine which anesthetic and pain medication best serves the patient. Spaying a female is still abdominal surgery to perform an ovariohysterectomy. Neutering a male is to remove the testicles and in some of the large breed dogs, bleeding into the scrotum may occur. Declawing in cats is reserved for owners who have experienced destructive behavior to the enviroment or because they physically cannot be scratched due to health or thin skin. Unless there are complications or the patient was declawed, patients usually go home at the end of the day.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Outside of spays/neuters/declaws/orthopedic surgeries, soft tissue surgery encompasses other types of surgeries including biopsies, growth removal, exploratory and wound repairs. To ensure the best outcome, each surgical protocal is fitted to the patient and their needs. An estimate is made for the pet’s family and communication is encouraged to meet both the client’s expectations and for the safety of the pet.
Often, due to traumatic injury, we are faced with broken bones that need to be realigned, pinned or just splinted. First and foremost at Tender Paws, we strive to make the patient more comfortable and refer any cases that are more complicated and require special instrumentation. We also perform orthopedic surgeries for smaller patients with anterior cruciate tears or luxating knee caps. We are fortunate to have board certified orthopedic surgeons in our area to consult with and refer to if needed.