Surgery

Our staff rigorously monitors anesthesia and cardiovascular functioning throughout each stage of surgery- from pre-surgical procedure to recovery. An exam and pre-surgical bloodwork is conducted to determine what is best for your pet. For instance, we consider factors such as the type of procedure, pre-existing conditions, blood test values, breed, and prior anesthetic experience.

Spay-Neuter

Spay-neuter is a minor procedure that will benefit you as well as your pet. Over time, the procedure has become much safer as veterinarians are no longer generalizing and instead are treating each animal as an individual who deserves a unique, clinical decision in terms of breed, age, size, and lifestyle.

This procedure allows your pet to live a longer and healthier life. Meanwhile, you will experience less troubles associated with natural sexual instinct, pregnancy, and heat periods. At Lakewood Animal Hospital, we are highly experienced to perform spay- neuter procedure and ensure your pet is safe and comfortable from beginning to end.

Spaying: a surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus 

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates messy, problematic bleeding and heat cycles
  • Decreases the urge to roam
  • Eliminates mammary problems and uterine complications such as cancer, pyometra, and infection.
  • Decreases aggressive behaviors
  • Spaying lessens mood changes
  • Better companion for you and your family

Neutering: surgical removal of the testicles

  • Decreases aggressive behaviors
  • Avoids issues such as testicular cancer and an enlarged prostate, which can be fatal and uncomfortable
  • Decreases the urge to roam
  • Encourages longevity
  • Better companion for you and your family

Dentistry & Oral Surgery

If your pet has been diagnosed with dental disease and other therapies have proven ineffective, we are able to provide relief by performing oral surgery. Our team is experienced in common procedures from broken teeth and extractions, to major oral surgery such as oral tumors.

Soft-Tissue Surgery

For the most part, soft-tissue surgery involves any procedure that does not involve bones or joints. Like any procedure performed at Lakewood Animal Hospital, our skilled team will closely monitor your companion before, during, and after surgery to make sure they are as safe and comfortable as possible.

We commonly perform:

  • Mass Removal: removal of growths, tumors, and hernias
  • Urinary Tract Surgery: removal of bladder stones and infections
  • Wound Reconstruction: reconstruction and treatment of trauma and lacerations
  • Basic Abdominal: Spay and Neuter

If you notice the following symptoms, call us or come in right away!

  • Abnormal lumps and bumps
  • Vomiting – Weight loss
  • Trouble urinating

Tumor & Growth Removal

Tumors and lumps are especially common in geriatric pets, but can appear at any age. Depending upon the location of the tumor/growth, motion may be inhibited. If it continues to grow, it will become increasingly more difficult to remove, particularly in areas such as the throat or limbs. If you notice a lump or bump on your pet that is quickly growing or changing, notify your veterinarian immediately.

Growths can be malignant, or likely to spread, or benign. Even if the growth is benign, we recommend surgical removal to ensure your pet’s safety. If the growth is diagnosed as malignant, surgical removal is performed and additional treatment may be needed.

Common forms of diagnosis:

  • Physical Exam
  • Cytology
  • Biopsy
  • Radiography
  • Blood & Urine Tests

Hernia Repair

Hernia repair can be a minor procedure and especially easy to treat when addressed early. Once hernias are identified, we strongly encourage surgical correction to prevent enlargement, which is common with weight gain, exercise, pregnancy, and trauma. If you discover an enlarged hernia, urgent medical attention is required to inhibit infection, resection of dead tissues, strangulation, and even death.

Foreign Body Removal

Common objects often times end up in your pet’s stomach and GI tract—socks, balls, chew toys, bones, hair ties, rocks, pantyhose, underwear, and sticks. Some objects easily pass through the GI tract, but some get stuck which can lead to detrimental medical concerns. The size of your pet and the object largely determines its chances of safely passing through. Signs of a GI tract obstruction include: loss of appetite, dehydration, vomiting, inactivity, painful abdomen, weakness, abnormal stools (diarrhea, constipation, blood, odd color), and pale gums.

String is the most threatening foreign body and it can become twisted and entangled in the small intestine which ultimately stops blood flow and leads to tissue death. In extreme cases, if the string tightens too much, it may possibly cut the wall of the intestines leading to very dangerous situations.

Call us immediately if you think your pet has ingested a foreign body. When you come to the hospital, we will take radiographs to locate the foreign body and determine treatment. In most cases, surgery is required however we can also attempt to induce vomiting.