If your dog, cat or other small animal needs pet surgery in Greenbrae and Marin County, Redwood Pet Clinic is ready to help. Our skilled team offers a variety of pet surgery options, from routine prevention to pet emergency treatment, and we use state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques such as digital radiography to pinpoint the problem so we can resolve it quickly and effectively.
Common Pet Surgery Scenarios
Some surgical procedures are a matter of routine, but important nonetheless. Spay and neuter surgery should be provided to all dogs and cats once they are at least eight weeks old. Neutering of male dogs involves removal of the testicles, while a spay surgery removes a female’s ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.
Why must we spay and neuter our pets?
• New litters of puppies and kittens add to the problem of pet overpopulation. Many owners find the costs and logistics of raising and caring for a half-dozen new pets every year prohibitive, so those puppies and kittens end up in Greenbrae and Marin County animal shelters.
• Spay and neuter surgeries also help ensure health, both by eliminating the risk of certain cancers and by reducing aggressive or roaming behaviors. The result is a healthier, happier, safer animal.
Other pet surgeries seek to address musculoskeletal injuries or chronic pain. For instance, certain breeds of dog have a higher risk of a luxating patella, a kneecap that shifts painfully out of position. If your pet develops a luxating patella, we may advise surgery to rectify the problem before more serious damage can occur. If your pet suffers a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, the joint in the affected leg may exhibit too much forward-backward play, a problem known as “drawer movement.” Once we have viewed the problem close-up through digital radiography, we can then perform the correct surgical procedure to reattach or reinforce the ligament.
Pet Surgery Saves Lives
Internal surgeries can save a pet’s life. For example, a pet suffering from gastric dilation volvulus, or GDV, cannot eat or digest properly due to a twisted stomach. Food becomes trapped in the stomach until the abdomen swells and the dog collapses. This condition can lead to permanent organ damage or even kill the animal unless we perform the necessary surgery to un-twist the stomach. A similar condition called bloating can occur when a twisted stomach traps dangerous amounts of gas inside the pet. Again, pet surgery can relieve this potentially deadly condition. Animals may also develop tumors, either benign or malignant in nature. We can diagnose the presence of a tumor and remove it surgically, in many cases preventing the spread of cancer.
In addition to treating dogs and cats, we also provide surgical intervention for exotic or “pocket pets” such as reptiles and small mammals. From mending fractures to stopping cancer in its tracks, we want to help your pet live the healthiest and most enjoyable life possible. If you have been searching for a reliable, skilled veterinarian to perform pet surgery in Greenbrae and Marin County, call us today at (415) 924-3493 to learn more or schedule an appointment.