Surgery for Cats & Dogs
At our pet clinic in Clackamas, we offer a wide selection of surgical procedures for dogs and cats, always adhering to stringent surgical protocols.
During each surgery, a dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment. Pain management is also provided.
Following surgery, post-operative monitoring and pain management become our main priorities. Your vet will also provide thorough instructions for at-home care.
What to Expect from Surgery
We are committed to keeping you fully informed about why we are recommending a surgical procedure, as well as any post-operative care your pet will need at home. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic.
At Clackamas Pet Clinic, we perform emergency and medical surgeries to help treat conditions and disease in pets, or to repair injuries sustained via trauma.
Our Clackamas vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We perform soft tissue surgical procedures for pets suffering from ear, nose and throat disorders.
These procedures are also available for gastrointestinal, skin, cardiothoracic, oncological hepatic and urogenital disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
When cats or dogs are spayed or neutered, they are surgically sterilized to prevent disease. This procedure may also provide them with an extended life expectancy.
During Caesarean sections, we surgically remove puppies or kittens 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, they may need ocular surgery.
Common ocular procedures for cats and dogs include enucleation (removal of an eye due to glaucoma), eyelid tumor removal, cataract surgery, ectropion surgery, entropion surgery, exenteration of the orbit and cherry eye surgery.
If your cat or dog requires a veterinary surgical specialist to perform the surgery, our veterinarians will refer you to a pet surgeon near Clackamas and work closely with your animal surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Mass Removal
Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
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 has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, your vet will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Clackamas and work closely with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the very best care.
Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.
It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet. If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Clackamas.
- 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.
- Abdominal Exploratory Surgery
During an abdominal exploratory surgery, an incision is made in the abdomen to examine internal organs. This may need to be done to remove foreign objects from the intestine or stomach, remove tumors or to collect biopsies from internal organs.
- Cryogenic Therapy
This minimally invasive, painless procedure is used to treat abnormal or diseased tissues such as infected or itchy lesions, warts, cysts, skin tags and cancerous tumors on pets. Cryogenic surgery is an extremely effective alternative to treatments such as radiation, amputation or conventional surgery.
The Surgery Process
We understand that you may feel overwhelmed or scared at the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery. Please rest assured that we only recommend surgery when it is in the best interests of your furry friend.
We will ensure you fully understand why the surgery is being recommended, and that you are comfortable making the choice to move ahead.
If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will gladly refer you to a veterinary surgeon near Clackamas, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at our clinic include:
Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the specifics of the procedure, complete a physical examination of the patient, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces any risk of anesthesia-related complications.
Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wear disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and clean single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery to ensure your pet's health and safety.