Surgical Services

Surgical Laser

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We are proud to offer laser surgery as a progressive new option for our clients who want the safest and least painful treatment for their pets. A laser is an intense beam of light. Using an instrument that allows it to be precisely controlled, the laser beam replaces the traditional scalpel. The benefits of Laser Surgery include less pain, bleeding, and swelling, as well as a reduced risk of infection and a quicker recovery. In many cases, laser surgery can be extremely beneficial over traditional surgery. Our veterinarians will discuss whether laser surgery is the best option for your pet.

Dental Cleanings & Extractions

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Proper dental care helps prevent many health problems as your pet ages. When early tartar buildup is diagnosed, we can offer preventative care such as a dental diet to prevent tartar buildup, a liquid wash that can be added to your dog’s drinking water that has an enzymatic action to help slow down tartar buildup, toothbrush, and toothpaste kits, and other products we carry or that can be found on our online store.

Tri-County Veterinary Service offers dental cleanings. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia to remove tartar and gingivitis. We also can remove any teeth that may be causing issues, such as not eating, bad breath, or painful swelling. Your dog will spend the day with us and go home with a better breath and a healthier mouth.

Most dental cleanings are performed on older dogs which can cause concern for many dog owners. We have the capability of running pre-operative blood work to ensure healthy liver and kidneys before your dog goes under general anesthetic. Our doctors and technicians follow strict protocols and monitor your pet’s vital signs constantly during and after surgery.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental cleanings or dental care, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Spaying

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Spay

Spaying your female pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents females from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality. By spaying your pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the overpopulation problem of our local animal shelters.

Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, feel free to call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Neutering

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Neutering

Neutering your male pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents males from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet’s personality. By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying.

In addition, neutering your pet will help control the overpopulation problem of our local animal shelters. Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, feel free to call us or stop by so we can discuss your concerns.

Soft Tissue Surgery

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We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful). Occasionally, they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a mass are necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if it is cancerous.

If your dog suffers from frequent ear infections, surgical intervention can reduce their occurrence by improving airflow into the ear canal. Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes. Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or maybe a sign that the cornea (outer layer of the eye) has been damaged. Surgery may allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring, improving your pet’s ability to see. In some pets, the eyelashes may actually damage the cornea. Surgical intervention improves comfort in these pets, reduces the chances of corneal scarring, and enhances the pet’s vision in the long term.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.

Orthopedic Surgery

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We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other more complex surgeries.

Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention. “Pinning” stabilized the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area. “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture. “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

We also perform a lot of orthopedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.