Having Your Pet Spayed or Neutered Can Help Them Live a Longer Life

At Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians provide many surgical services, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Our priority is ensuring that our patients receive the best possible outcome. That’s why we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform certain complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team always takes precautions to ensure that your pet receives a safe anesthetic. We perform a physical exam and pre-anesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery and provide pain medication during recovery.

Spaying

There are many benefits to having your pet spayed. This procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant, can help your dog or cat live a longer and healthier life. It’s also important to note that spaying your pet will not change their personality.

When you spay your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, several types of cancers, and reproductive tract disease. Another benefit is you won’t have to worry about your pet going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that can often accompany the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. Also, your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Spaying involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus and is a surgical procedure that does require your pet to be anesthetized. At our animal hospital, we follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or you would like more information about this procedure, please give us a call or stop by our clinic. We will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Neutering

There are many benefits to having your pet neutered. This procedure will prevent your male pet from reproducing and can help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

By having your pet neutered, you’ll reduce or eliminate his risk of prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering also reduces or eliminates undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help to control the dog and cat overpopulation, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Neutering involves the removal of cat or dogs testicles and requires that your pet is put under anesthesia. At our hospital, we follow very strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety.

To set up an appointment, or if you have further questions about this procedure, please give us a call or stop by our clinic today.

Soft Tissue Surgery

At our Red Deer veterinary hospital, we offer many different types of soft tissue surgeries. These types of surgeries are not associated with an animal’s bones. These types of surgeries can provide a number of benefits for pets.

The removal of masses or lumps is the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets. Most of the time, these masses or lumps, once tested, are found to be benign; however, they can occasionally be a more serious health concern. If the mass is cancerous, it’s vital to accurate diagnoses and early removal to improve the outcome of your pet’s health.

Does your dog suffer from frequent ear infections? Surgical intervention can reduce the occurrence of these infections by improving airflow into the ear canal.

Soft tissue surgery can also help to resolve 3 problems related to eyesight. Tears in your pet’s eyes can be an indication of an infection or that the cornea (outer layer of the eye) has been damaged. Surgery can help the cornea heal quicker, with less scarring, and improve your pet’s ability to see. For certain pets, the eyelashes can actually cause damage to the cornea. Surgery can improve the comfort of your pets, reduces the chances of corneal scarring, and enhance the vision of your pet in the long term.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.

Orthopaedic Surgery

At Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital in Red Deer, we offer many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries. To ensure our patients receive the best possible outcome from our surgical services, we have a board-certified surgeon on staff, Dr. Keys, to perform very complex surgeries. Dr. Hubbard also has extensive experience with orthopaedic surgeries.

The most common type of orthopaedic problem that we deal with at our clinic is leg fractures, usually as a result of a mishap with an automobile. These types of injuries can be treated in a number of ways depending on the type and location of the fracture. For certain types of fractures, we can apply a cast; however, many fractures do require surgical intervention.

Three Common Types of Surgeries for Fractures:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area

  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat, stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.

  • “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

If you have any questions about these procedures, or if you think your pet may benefit from them, please give us a call.

Here are a few websites for slings, which you may want to purchase before your pet has surgery:

Gingerlead - read support slings with lead. To order within Canada, click here.

K-9 Carts - slings, carts, etc. designed by a veterinary orthopaedic surgeon

Medical Services

We offer ultrasound, radiology, endocrinology, dentistry services and so much more

Endoscopy

This minimally invasive procedure allows us to see inside an animal’s body and take biopsies without surgical intervention

Dermatology

If you notice your pet has bare patches, lumps or bumps, or is scratching excessively, give us a call right away

Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital

#1 7644 Gaetz Avenue

Red Deer, AB T4P 2A8

Hours

Monday & Wednesday:
7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

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