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Surgery And Surgical Procedures

We understand that surgery is a stressful time for your pet as well as for you. We attempt to do everything we can to make this event as comfortable, safe, and convenient for everyone. We perform scheduled surgeries Monday thru Friday and when emergencies arise we fit them into the schedule whenever necessary.

We recommend the use of the surgical laser when performing surgery on your pet. The surgical laser seals blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatic vessels so your pet experiences decreased pain, decreased bleeding, and decreased swelling.

If your pet needs to spend the night after a procedure we make every attempt to keep him as comfortable as possible. Occasionally owners like to visit their pets. If it will only be one day sometimes your visit can actually make it more stressful for your pet. We ask that you call ahead so we can get the okay from your pet's doctor. You can be assured that your pet receives much attention and TLC while under our care.

AAHA Standards

When your pet needs surgery, be assured that it will be performed under the strict guidelines set up byAAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) which are the highest in the veterinary industry. You can be reassured that your pet's surgery is being performed under the most sterile conditions and in the safest way possible. A pre-anesthetic blood screen is done in order to detect any hidden problems that could threaten your pet's well-being while under anesthesia. An electrocardiogram to evaluate heart function is often recommended. Each patient's body temperature is maintained by using a warm water circulating heating pad.

General anesthesia is administered as an intravenous induction and as an inhaled gas. Gas anesthesia and oxygen are delivered to the patient through an endotracheal tube which is placed in the pet's airway. An electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, and respiratory monitor are methods used to monitor the anesthetized pet and help to ensure his or her safety. All anesthetic protocols are tailored to your pet to ensure safety, especially in our older and high risk patients.

A registered veterinary technician is present to assist the doctor during the surgery. The technician monitors the pet's rate and depth of respiration, heart rate, temperature and the color of the pet's gums and mucous membranes. Following the surgery, your pet is put in heated recovery and carefully monitored until awake enough for the endotracheal tube to be removed.

Surgery may be performed with a scapel blade or with the surgical laser. Some surgeries are only done using the surgical laser due to less bleeding, less pain, and less swelling.

Pre and post operative pain management is provided.

Pets released after surgery will need to have their activities restricted for a few days. They need this in order to allow for the fastest healing with as little pain and complications as possible. Your pet should be kept indoors and running or jumping should not be allowed. Leash walks are recommended. In some cases your pet may be discharged with a collar to prevent your pet from self-traumatizing and/or infecting their surgical site. These collars are bulky and some pets may actually pout with them on. Although strongly discouraged, you may remove for short periods of time IF you can provide 100% supervision. If your pet opens up the incision this will require additional surgery, trauma, and cost to you to repair.

Types of surgeries

We perform most soft tissue surgeries. These include spays, neuters, declaws, as well as lump and tumor removals, removal of the spleen, and gall bladder as indicated to name a few. At times we may need to do an exploratory surgery to assist with the diagnosis. Male cats can also develop an emergency situation where they can not urinate due to the development of urinary calculi. If this happens on a reoccuring basis, this may require a procedure called a perineal urethrostomy which allows the cat to urinate. Cats having this procedure can live a long and happy life. Dr. Bob McClung has been doing this surgery since 1976 and has good success.

We also perform orthopedic procedures to repair fractures as well as procedures to correct subluxating patella or "trick knee" and ACL injuries. We are one of the few hospitals in the area that performs the surgery for the "trick knee".

Opthalmicsurgeries (eye)

Laser ear crops are also done by Dr. Bob McClung. This needs to be done at 12 weeks of age. Dr. McClung has received referrals from Pennsylvania, Michigan, and all over the state of Ohio.

Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy)


Spaying involves the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus in the female animal so that they can not have puppies or kittens. This is major abdominal surgery for your pet. Spaying stops messy heats, pesky males hanging around, and unwanted or surprise litters. It also prevents certain medical conditions such as uterine infections or tumors and/or mammary tumors. The surgery needs to be done prior to the first heat in order to realize these benefits. This generally occurs around 6 months of age but it does depend upon the breed.The high estrogen spike with a heat or pregnancy is what sets up the female for health problems down the road. The surgery does not cause a personality change and the slight tendency toward weight gain can easily be controlled by diet.

Female dogs will generally go through a heat cycle or estrus every 6 months. The heat cycle may last several days or up to three or four weeks. She may become short-tempered or anxious during this time.

On the other hand, female cats come into heat cycles every three to four weeks during certain times of the year. They may show signs of nervousness, and exhibit unusual behaviors such as rolling on the floor, furtively hiding, or wanting constant attention. They can also become quite vocal.

Castration (Neutering)

Most male dogs and cats are ready and willing to reproduce by the time they are 6 to 12 months old. They are able to breed consistently throughout the year or whenever they are exposed to a receptive female. Both male dogs and cats are prone to wander in search of romance and may find themselves exposed to fighting with other animals or even greater dangers such as cars.

In addition, male cats are well-known to mark their territories by spraying odorous urine on furniture, walls, shrubs, etc. Male dogs will also mark their territories. Surgical neutering of male dogs and cats eliminates reproductive behavior and reduces urine odor and the desire to spray. Your dog or cat will continue to have his own unique personality. He will be less likely to roam and will enjoy staying around home more. The surgery removes the testicles. Deciding when is the best time to neuter or castrate your pet is a decision you should discuss with your veterinarian.