Cat & Dog Veterinary Surgery
At our Natick clinic, we use stringent surgical protocols to provide a wide range of surgical procedures for cats and dogs.
A dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment during each surgery. In addition, pain management will be provided.
Following surgery, our top priorities are post-operative monitoring and pain management. Your veterinarian will also give you detailed instructions for at-home care.
What to Expect from Veterinary Surgery
We always keep you up to date on why we are recommending a surgical procedure and any post-operative care your pet will require at home. At our clinic, we follow strict surgical protocols.
The Veterinary Surgery Process
We understand that bringing your pet in for surgery can be nerve-racking. Please be assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your pet.
We will make certain that you fully understand why we are recommending surgery and that you are confident in your decision to proceed.
If your pet requires advanced care, our veterinarians will refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Natick and will collaborate with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible.
We perform medical and emergency surgeries at Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital to help treat disease and conditions in pets, as well as to repair injuries caused by trauma.
Our Natick veterinarians perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries regularly:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We provide soft tissue surgical procedures for pets with ear, nose, and throat disorders.
These procedures can also be used to treat hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin problems.
- Spaying & Neutering
When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and extend their life expectancy.
A gastropexy is a surgical procedure used in large breed dogs to prevent gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), also known as bloat. It can be performed prophylactically (as a preventative measure in a healthy dog predisposed to this condition) or as part of the surgical management of GDV.
During Cesarean sections, puppies or kittens are surgically removed from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
If your pet is experiencing pain, redness, or other symptoms in or around their eyes, ocular surgery may be required.
Eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, orbit exenteration, and cherry eye surgery are all common ocular procedures for cats and dogs.
If your cat or dog requires surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Natick and will work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Mass Removal
Masses associated with the skin can develop in cats and dogs. Masses can also form inside a body cavity and can be dangerous or even fatal.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
- Foreign Body
Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.
Whether your pet ate an object they shouldn't have or was injured in an accident, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
Pet surgery may necessitate the use of specialized skills or equipment in some cases. If this is the case with your animal, your veterinarian will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Natick and will collaborate with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the best possible care.
Wounds are formed when living tissue is cut, broken, burned, torn, or otherwise damaged.
These wounds must be cleaned, disinfected, and properly cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgery treats injuries and diseases of your pet's bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures. If your dog or cat has a condition or injury that necessitates advanced specialized care, your vet will refer your pet to a veterinarian near Natick.
- Dental Surgery
Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the procedure details, perform a physical examination of the patient, and ensure that blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the veterinarian to determine if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are carried out in a separate surgical suite. To prevent infection and cross-contamination, this room is kept completely sterile.
Surgical attire. When in the surgical suite, our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times. Those involved in the procedure will also be outfitted in sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. Before each surgery, we meticulously clean, sterilize, and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive abdominal surgery. A small camera inserted through a small incision in the abdomen magnifies internal abdominal structures on a TV monitor. Smaller incisions are made to help use surgical instruments.
Laparoscopy allows for shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery time, and less post-operative discomfort.
Laparoscopic surgery has numerous applications and is effective in a variety of procedures, including liver and other organ biopsies, gastropexies, removal of retained testicles, bladder stone removal, spays, and others.
Laparoscopic spays, specifically, greatly reduce pain and recovery time for female dogs. The incisions are much smaller than those used in traditional open surgical spays and there is less tissue trauma.
If your pet is scheduled for surgery, ask us if laparoscopy is a viable option to get your pet on the mend and home sooner.