Surgical Services

Spaying
 Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them sterile.  There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes messy heat cycles that may occur in dogs, as well as the "flirty" behaviours of cats that are in heat. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and reduce the risk of mammary cancers.

Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It is performed under a general anesthetic, so your pet will stay with us for the entire day. She will be examined by a veterinarian prior to under the anesthetic, and if there are any concerns, they will be addressed before surgery.  Each anesthetic protocol is tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient.  Our patients are also monitored very closely for pain to ensure that they remain as comfortable as possible.  Surgery time is variable, and in part depends on the size and age of the individual dog or cat being spayed.   In general, recovery time is very short, but we do recommend a reduction in regular exercise for about 7-10 days after surgery.  Some patients will have sutures or staples that will need to be removed, and that is scheduled for 10-14 days after the surgery.  This also gives a staff member a chance to look at the incision and ensure everything has healed properly.  We do send our canine patients home with an elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking their incisions and we have found that this reduces post-operative complications greatly.  

We use several monitoring devices during your pet's anesthetic. A veterinary technician continually assesses your pet's vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our spaying procedures.


Neutering
 Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them sterile. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering will reduce undesirable and at times, embarrassing behaviors in your male companion (excessive urine marking or spraying, wandering). Third, you will help reduce the occurrence of certain conditions in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles.  It is performed under a general anesthetic, so your pet will stay with us for the entire day. He will be examined by a veterinarian prior to the anesthetic, and if there are any concerns, they will be addressed before surgery.  Each anesthetic protocol is tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient.  Our patients are also monitored very closely for pain to ensure that they remain as comfortable as possible.  Surgery time is variable, and in part depends on the size and age of the individual dog or cat being neutered.   In general, recovery time is very short, but we do recommend a reduction in regular exercise for about 7-10 days after surgery.    For the males, there are no sutures visible from the outside that will need to be removed (all sutures are buried under the skin).  We do send our canine patients home with an elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking their incisions and we have found that this reduces post-operative complications greatly.  

 We use several monitoring devices during your pet's anesthetic. A veterinary technician continually assesses your pet's vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster and faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our clinic to learn more about our neutering procedures.


Soft Tissue Surgery
 Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or 'lumps' on animals. Many of these masses or 'lumps', once removed and tested, are benign (non-harmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a 'lump' is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.  In some cases, we may choose to perform a surgical biopsy to diagnose a lump prior to removal in order to know how aggressive we need to be with our surgical removal.  Lacerations or cuts are also common in pets and suturing these injuries will reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring.

Occasionally, our pets can develop bladder stones that cause irritation and, in some cases, urinary obstruction.  These stones can be removed directly from the bladder in a procedure called a cystotomy.  Speaking of removing things, some critters like to eat things that they shouldn't (socks, underwear, thread etc...).  In some cases, a surgical exploration of the abdomen in required and it is sometimes necessary to remove these items, either from the stomach ("gastrotomy"), or the intestines ("enterotomy").    During other "exploratory" procedures, we need to collect biopsy samples of various organs as a diagnostic tool in patients that are ill.

Certain conditions of the eye also require surgical intervention. A damaged cornea (outer layer of the eye) may require surgery to allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring. Less scarring will improve the ability of your pet to see.  Lumps on the eyelid require special techniques to remove them in a cosmetic way.  In addition, we occasionally need to perform surgery on the eyelids to improve their conformation, prevent damage to the cornea, and improve tear drainage.

The above descriptions outline just a few areas in which surgery may be necessary.  There are obviously many other surgical procedures that may be performed here or elsewhere, by veterinary surgeons.  If your are concerned about the health of your pet and believe it may have a condition necessitating surgery, please contact us with your questions.

 

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Testimonial

  • "It gives us immense pleasure in recommending Dr. Ramin Behdjani as a Veterinarian. We have known him since he opened his Pet Hospital in Woodbridge. He and his staff were willing to provide care to a feral kitten, found sick in our back yard. Other facilities refused. Since that time, we have transferred the health monitoring of all of our cats to him. He brings an exceedingly high level of knowledge, competency and professionalism. But, most importantly, genuine compassion to his practice. Patty and Victoria are truly caring with our pets. Always remembering their individual personalities. Our family has absolutely no hesitation in recommending the services provided by Dr. Behdjani and his staff of Patty and Victoria."
    Alan and Suzanne Brown / Woodbridge, ON

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