Our top priority for your pet’s surgical care is to keep them
SAFE & HAPPY
We prioritize educating our clients, so you know the appropriate aftercare for your pet. We use state-of-the-art surgical equipment including laparoscopy, so your pet can heal faster with less pain.
Spaying & Neutering
Cruciate Ligament Repairs
Laparoscopy is a method that allows us to see into the abdominal cavity via a camera and we can therefore do some surgical procedures through a very small abdominal incision. Using this method, our patients heal faster with less bleeding and less pain. AVH has invested in this cutting edge technology in an effort to offer a minimally invasive procedure. The following are common surgeries performed by laparoscopy – Laparoscopic Spay and Gastropexy.
A prophylactic gastropexy could save your dog’s life. There are several breeds such as Great Danes, Mastiffs, Akitas, Shepherds, Wolfhounds, Dobermans, Setters, Basset Hounds, and Weimaraners that are predisposed to Gastric Dilatation with Volvulus (GDV). This condition occurs when the stomach twists on itself, which in effect, strangles the blood supply to the stomach and spleen. Many owners prefer to prevent rather than to cure (when their pet is in critical condition) and choose to do a gastropexy at the time of their dog’s spay or neuter. Done laparoscopically, this can be a minimally invasive way to tack the stomach to the body wall and hopefully prevent the potential threat of a torsion.
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.
– Dr. Don Kerrihard is a mobile surgeon that is available to perform advanced orthopedic procedures, including cruciate ligament repairs.
– Dr. Christina Copple is a radiologist that we partner with. She travels to AVH to perform specialist ultrasounds and to do bimonthly radiology reviews of all of our x-rays.