Surgery

In our continuing efforts to offer the highest quality veterinary medicine, we are pleased to provide a wide range of surgical services for our patients. From routine surgical procedures, such as spaying and neutering, to more complex surgeries, we look forward to the opportunity to care for your pet’s surgical needs.

Our staff is highly skilled in performing veterinary surgeries and will make every effort to ensure that your pet receives the very best care. Our focus on patient safety, pain management, and employing the most current surgical practices is designed to exceed your expectations and put your concerns to rest. Surgery options include:


Spay & Neuter

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one for pet owners. It can be the single best decision you make for their long-term welfare.

Pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to a report in USA Today, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than un-spayed female dogs.

Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps.

Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers. Un-spayed female cats and dogs have a far greater chance of developing pyrometra (a fatal uterine infection), uterine cancer, and other cancers of the reproductive system. Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.

Male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well.

Some Agape Wellness Plans include spay or neuter.


Anesthesia

Many pet owners are terrified by the thought of their pet undergoing anesthesia. In some cases, this fear and uncertainty can prevent pets from receiving the medical care they need and deserve. Rest assured that your pet will receive safe, comprehensive, advanced anesthesia care from our staff of caring professionals. From major and minor surgeries to diagnostic procedures, we can meet your pet’s anesthetic needs.

There is nothing more important to us than your pet’s safety, so we perform a variety of pre-anesthetic tests to carefully screen patients and tailor our anesthetic protocol specifically for your pet. Our trained staff and doctors monitor your pet before, during, and after anesthesia to help ensure the best possible outcome. We also take time to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about the medications, monitoring, and care your pet will receive. When you trust our dedicated health care professionals to manage your pet’s anesthetic care, you can rest assured that safety, efficacy, and comfort are always foremost in our minds.


Dental Care

Does your best friend have bad breath? Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you’re using treats and chews to help control tartar, these are frequently not enough to keep dental disease in check. Ask us about the best ways to control plaque and help protect your pet from dental disease.

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.

Even if you think your pet’s teeth and gums are fine, we can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way! Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.

We want your pet to live a long, healthy life, and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Your pet’s health is important to us, so let us help you with this commitment. Call today to discuss your pet’s dental care needs and how we can help!


Cancer

What to do about lumps and bumps when you find them on your pet.

We say “when” you find a lump or bump, because if your furry companion is blessed to live long enough, it’s not a question of whether your dog or cat will develop a skin tag, sebaceous cyst, wart, tumor, or fatty mass called a lipoma – it’s a matter of when. This is because as pets age, just like humans, their skin doesn’t remain beautiful and flawless. Most humans even at midlife are dealing with skin tags, discoloration, and lumps or bumps that are benign in most cases.

It’s important, as the terrain of your pet’s body changes, to have lumps and bumps evaluated by your veterinarian.

Our first recommendation — as you’re doing your routine at-home wellness checks of your pet and you find something that feels different on the skin – is to part the fur and take a closer look with a light source like a flashlight. It’s important to identify things that have been there awhile and things that are new – or things you aren’t sure were there last week but are there now. It could be something as simple as an insect bite or a scab, or it could be something you can’t identify.

Animals can develop sebaceous cysts or pimples very quickly — even overnight or during the day while you’re at work. Occasionally, a mass like an abscess or boil may require urgent care. If your pet is really uncomfortable and you know the mass is growing or changing, you’ll want to make an appointment with your vet, preferably within 24 hours.

The doctor may perform what is called a fine needle aspirate. It involves inserting a needle into the lumps, extracting cells, and typically, sending samples to a pathologist for evaluation and a preliminary diagnosis.

Two rules of thumb:

  • If the fine needle aspirate shows there’s something dangerous brewing, like cancer, then surgically removing the mass will give the pet the best chance to be cancer-free.
  • If the fine needle aspirate shows the lump is benign, which means there are no abnormal cells and nothing to worry about, then leave things alone.


Caring & Compassionate Staff

Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals will monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery and will take exceptional care to ensure a safe and complete recovery for your pet. We will also address any questions or concerns you may have about surgery, including concerns about anesthesia, pain management, or postoperative care.


Post-Op Care

When your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care and medication instructions. If any questions arise after your pet returns home or at any other time during the postoperative period, call us. We welcome your questions and will do all we can to help your pet recover fully. Help is only a phone call away.

Surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many pet owners. Maybe you worry about whether your pet will be well cared for, or perhaps you have concerns about adequate precautions and monitoring. Let us address your concerns. Whether your pet needs minor surgery or a complex procedure, call us. Let’s discuss how our surgical services can benefit your pet.


Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss surgery options please call Agape Pet Hospital at (615) 302-4555 or click below to fill out our online appointment request form.