Surgical Services

Point Grey Veterinary Hospital Dr. Mark Smith Surgery, Spay, neuter, orthopedic

We provide numerous surgical services at our clinic including routine spay and neuter, soft-tissue surgery and orthopedic surgeries.

 

Occasionally, we also refer our patients to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform more complex procedures.

  • Spaying

  • Neutering

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Spaying

Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile.

There are many benefits to spaying your female companion.

  • You will contribute to the prevention of dog and cat overpopulation.

  • Spaying will eliminate the sometimes ‘messy’ heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away.

  • You will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer.

Spaying involves surgical removal of the ovaries and the uterus. It is performed under general anesthesia and is usually a day procedure, meaning that your pet will be able to go home the same day of surgery.

 

If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthesia used, the monitoring equipment, procedures followed, and pain control. At our hospital, all patients undergoing general anesthesia will have an IV catheter placed, receive IV fluids throughout the procedure. Your pet’s vital signs will be continuously monitored by a Registered Veterinary Technician during the procedure and receive appropriate pain relief. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives.

Please call or visit us to learn more about our spaying procedures.

Neutering

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile.

There are many benefits to neutering your male pet.

  • You will contribute to the prevention of dog and cat overpopulation.

  • Neutering will eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior of some male pets.

  • You will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles. It is performed under general anesthesia and is usually a day procedure, meaning that your pet will be able to go home the same day of surgery. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. At our hospital, all patients undergoing general anesthesia will have an IV catheter placed, receive IV fluids throughout the procedure. Your pet’s vital signs will be continuously monitored by a Registered Veterinary Technician during the procedure and receive appropriate pain relief. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives.

Please call or visit us to learn more about our neutering procedures.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery is a big part of our daily routine. Some surgery is minor and is performed with special “reversible” anesthetics, while more involved procedures are done under a full general anesthetic. Many surgeries can be performed right here at our hospital by our veterinarians.

Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or ‘lumps’ on animals. Most of these masses or ‘lumps’, once removed and tested, are benign (non-harmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a ‘lump’ are necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.

 

Lacerations or wounds are also common in pets and suturing will reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring. Abscess surgery is also very common, especially with cats. An abscess is when a puncture or bite wound becomes infected and collects pus under the skin. This “pus pocket” needs to be opened, flushed, and drained. 

 

Several eye problems require soft tissue surgery. Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or it may be a sign the cornea (outer layer of the eye itself) has been damaged. A damaged cornea may require soft tissue surgery to allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring. Less scarring will improve the ability of your pet to see. In some animals, the cornea (outer layer of the eye) may be damaged by the eyelid hairs or eyelid tumors surrounding the eye. Surgical intervention involving the eyelid improves the comfort in these animals. It also reduces the chances of corneal scarring and enhances the animal’s vision in the long term. 

 

Many breeds of dogs are susceptible to ear infections. Sometimes a blood vessel ruptured in the ear flap causing painful swelling (aural hematoma). We can fix that problem by carefully draining the ear flap and suturing it in a way that allows the ear flap to heal in a normal position. In serious, ongoing (chronic) ear infections, surgical treatment on the ear canal improves airflow into the ear canal and can reduce the occurrence of ear infections.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including bone fractures, hip dislocation, knee surgery, etc.

 

All orthopedic surgeries at our hospital are performed by a Board Certified Specialist Surgeon. Common orthopedic procedures performed include repair of the luxating patella (knee caps), cranial cruciate ligament repair (TPLO), and fracture repair. We are also proud to offer arthroscopy for patients requiring joint exploration (eg. elbow dysplasia).

 

While we can perform most orthopedic surgeries at our hospital, occasionally we have to refer our patients to a 24-hour care hospital for more complex procedures such as back surgery, total hip replacements, bone grafting, or reconstruction.

We hope you do not ever have to use our orthopedic services. In the unfortunate event that you do, you can be assured that we can proceed with a treatment that will enhance your pet’s healing time and reduce the long-term potential problems associated with a fracture or other orthopedic surgery.