Spaying/Neutering — Neutering for boy pets; speying for girl pets.
Both are performed to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. There are other health benefits too:
Males are much less likely to wander, fight and acquire diseases (all in the name of love!). Older male dogs that are neutered are less likely to develop prostate and anal gland disease. Neutered male cats fight and spray less; no longer will your best cream sofa reek of Eau de Tom!
Speyed Females seek love no longer as they won't show outward signs (oestrus) to set the boys' hearts racing. Bitches that are speyed at 12 months or less are less likely to develop breast cancer in later life. Additionally, some unspeyed (entire) bitches get womb infections at 8-9+ years of age that can only be treated successfully by speying anyway.
There are thousands and thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens born in Ireland annually. Do the decent thing!
Other Soft Tissue Surgeries — If in doubt take it out
I perform both routine and non routine soft tissue surgeries. Having worked in a very busy hospital setting for 8 years, I have the skill, expertise and experience to perform many of the more complicated veterinary surgical procedures. Does Fido have a penchance for corn on the cob, Duracell batteries or marbles for example? If so, a procedure called an exploratory laparotomy will probably be required. The offending foreign body is removed through an incision in the abdominal wall. Success rates are very good when the diagnosis is made early.
As our pets are living longer in the 21st century, we are now seeing more cases of cancers than ever before. Certain types may present suddenly although they may be lingering beneath the surface for quite a while. Fido or Felix just hasn't been himself in the last while is a frequent complaint. Some cancers are readily treated and new technologies and treatments are being developed all the time. For example, a relatively common cancer of the Springer Spaniel breed is a splenic haemangiosarcoma. Imagine the spleen as a large balloon of blood cells or indeed as a reserve of blood cells which is attached to the stomach. It allows extra red cells (oxygen carrying capacity) into the blood stream when needed; Fido will then find that extra reserve for chasing the ball or playing fetch!. If the vessels of the spleen become cancerous as with a haemangiosarcoma, the balloon can burst or rupture and Fido begins to bleed into his abdomen. The bleed could be small to begin with; after time he may begin to show signs of anaemia (blood loss). I have performed the procedure of splenectomy (removal of the spleen). With time and care of the tender loving variety, most cases respond very well after this procedure.
Does little cuddly Felix let his temper get the better of him and get into altercations with the neighbourhood hard man of the cat world?. Usually, when insults are traded in the feline world, bites and nasty scratches follow. Cats' teeth (and claws) are sharp; when used in anger, ugly and painful abscesses can ensue. Such infections may need to be drained and cleaned up (debrided) to ensure a speedy recovery.
If your Rover is indeed a rover, he may encounter the underside of a motor car or worse and appreciably, the injuries can be very variable. I have much experience in the emergency triage (assessment and initial treatment) of your pet so that we can decide the best course of action for your fallen hero.
Orthopaedics — To straighten the child
This is the literal meaning of the word; it means the branch of surgery which deals with the conditions, ailments and diseases of bones and joints. It is a specialiality in it's own right. The initial assessment of orthopaedic injuries is PARAMOUNT. There is but one opportunity to achieve optimum healing and return to function following an orthopaedic injury. I have 12 years' experience in the triage (initial assessment and treatment) of many and varied types of orthopaedic conditions. Some congenital orthpaedic conditions warrant intervention or surgery at an early stage to give your pet the very best chance at a long and happy life.
Anesthesia monitoring — What goes down must come up
Every animal that undergoes anesthesia is monitored extensively. We are able to evaluate respiratory rate, heart rate and body temperature to ensure a safe anesthetic episode for your pet.
Gas anaesthesia — I feel sleepy
Like human medicine, I use inhalation anesthesia (Isofluorane) for rapid induction (count from 10 back; 10, 9, 8, 7.....zzzz) and recovery during your pet’s surgery. Because of this, I am often able to send pets home just hours after undergoing routine procedures.