Pet surgery includes everything from a routine spay or neuter surgery to an advanced procedure such as a laparotomy (exploratory surgery) or an anterior cruciate (ACL) repair, and Firth Veterinary Hospital has the ability and experience to cover a wide scope of treatments. Our London Ontario animal hospital has been serving the London area since 1973, headed by our veterinarian Dr. Peter Firth and our well-qualified staff. We strive to make every patient feel welcome and comfortable with every treatment we provide, and we provide services for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, and other pocket pets.
Among the most common routine pet surgeries our animal hospital provides are spay and neuter procedures, also known as an ovariohysterectomy and orchiectomy. This procedure removes the reproductive organs from the animal and can provide health and behavioral benefits. Our veterinarian also provides a number of dental procedures that can also be performed on a routine basis. Regular dental and oral exams can be an integral part of your pet’s health, as can dental cleaning and polishing. Advanced dental work includes extractions and dental surgery.
Other advanced pet surgery offered by our London Ontario veterinarian includes aural hematoma repair, biopsies, extracapsular cruciate ligament repair, luxating patella repairs, femoral head and neck excision, perineal urethrostomy, fracture repairs, tibial tuberosity advancement, and anal sacculectomy or removal. Additional advanced procedures include cystotomy, bladder stone removal; enucleations, or the removal of an eye; and cruciate repair. Cruciate repair is a fairly common procedure in dogs that aims to restore function and mobility to a damaged cruciate ligament in the knee.
Our veterinary hospital can employ physiotherapy with the use of our MLS laser therapy to treat a number of acute and chronic conditions as well as a method to help expedite healing. MLS laser therapy uses a low-level laser beam to produce various benefits. These include a reduction of pain, swelling, and scar tissue; an increase in cell growth and tissue repair; and an improvement of nerve, vascular and metabolic functioning. Laser therapy treatments can consist of a single session or a series or ongoing schedule sessions, all of which are non-invasive, convenient, and do not require any drugs or medications to perform.
Pets require anesthesia prior to surgeries as part of our animal hospital’s comprehensive surgical care plan. The first portion of our plan involves a preoperative physical exam as well as bloodwork prior to anesthesia to check the state of internal organs. Fluid therapy, often in the form of an intravenous port, is part of the plan the day of the procedure to help ensure you pet remains hydrated. Each pet’s vital statistics are monitored during surgical procedures through the use of a pulse oximetre, ECG and blood pressure monitor. Post-operative pain management and recovery complete our London Ontario veterinarian’s comprehensive care plan.
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