Our top priority for your pet's surgery is to keep them
SAFE & pain free
We use state-of-the-art surgical equipment and prioritize honest open care so you can appropriately care for your post-surgical pet.
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Our veterinarians are extensively trained in routine and specialized surgical areas. We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Please request a consultation appointment for any of the below procedures during our scheduled office hours. Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and pre-anesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during and after recovery.
Common Soft Tissue Surgeries
Soft Tissue Surgery does not involve bone but specializes in treating pets with conditions involving the cardiothoratic, gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems as well as disorders involving the ear, nose & throat.
Spaying & Neutering
Here at Clarion Animal Hospital we are equipped to perform many types of orthopedic (bone + joint) surgeries in our hospital. Services include lameness evaluation, cruciate ligament repair, fracture repair, joint surgery, and laser therapy.
“Cruciate Ligament injuries” are the most common cause of serious lameness in dogs. The cranial cruciate ligament is a small but essential ligament located inside the stifle (knee) joint. Dogs that tear their cruciate ligament show signs of non-weight bearing lameness, either due to extreme physical activity or gradually over time. Once the cruciate ligament has ruptured it cannot heal, leading to an unstable joint, pain when standing or walking and progressive development of arthritis. Veterinarians can perform cruciate repair surgery to stabilize the joint and help the dog return to full mobility. Dr. Mehta offers several different surgical techniques for this type of injury. Techniques are as follows:
“Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy” is a very effective, long-term solution for addressing cruciate ligament injury in dogs. The process involves changing the dynamics of the dog’s knee so that the torn ligament becomes irrelevant to the stability of the knee itself.
“Tightrope Technique” is a new and highly effective approach to correcting cranial cruciate ligament injuries in dogs. The procedure is minimally invasive and replaces the function of the damaged cranial cruciate ligament with a strong synthetic ligament directly anchored to the bones one either side of the joint. This creates a very strong repair which produces positive results with a better safety risk profile compared with other procedures for dogs of all size dogs.
“Lateral Suture Technique”is a new and highly effective approach to correcting cranial cruciate ligament injuries in dogs. The procedure is minimally invasive and replaces the function of the damaged cranial cruciate ligament with a strong synthetic ligament directly anchored to the bones one either side of the joint. This creates a very strong repair which produces positive results with a better safety risk profile compared with other procedures for dogs of a smaller breed.
- Fractures are repaired using one of the following techniques depending on the location and severity of the break.
- “Pinning/Wire Fixation” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area. They are mainly temporary and removed post operation after a definitive time of healing.
- “External Skeletal Fixation” consists of inserting two or more pins each in the proximal and distal bone fracture fragments. The pins are connected by clamps to an external connecting bar. They are useful to treat a wide variety of fractures.
Although many technological advancements have made anesthesia and surgery very safe for pets, some risks still exist. To decrease these risks, we require all patients undergo a physical exam prior to surgery and also conduct a pre-anesthetic blood screening before surgery day. This blood panel will help reduce anesthetic risks by ruling out many internal problems, including clotting disorders, liver and kidney abnormalities and anemia. In addition to the examination and blood screening, we also place an intravenous catheter and administer fluids to help keep your pet hydrated and maintain blood pressure during the procedure.