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Surgery Day Procedures

Your pet is scheduled for surgery soon, and we wanted to give you information on how your pet's surgery day will proceed. We will call you the night before to remind you of the surgery, as well as answer any questions that you may have.

What is an ovariohysterectomy (spay)?

A "spay" is the surgical procedure that involves the removal of the female animal's ovaries and uterus under general anesthesia. After the procedure is complete, these animals are no longer able to produce offspring, which assists in aiding the fight against animal over‐population.

What does neutering your pet mean?

Considered a major operation, neutering, or castrating, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the male animal's testicles under general anesthesia. Once altered, the male will no longer be able to produce offspring. During the surgery, a small incision is made and the testicles are removed. Sutures are then placed, and your pet is able to wake up from anesthesia.

Your pet is scheduled for a dental cleaning! Congratulations on making a great choice to keep your pet healthy and happy. We wanted to give you some information on the disease process in general, as well as the procedure at Kingsland Blvd Animal Clinic.

Your veterinarian has already discussed with you the details of your pet's growth and has recommended surgical removal, and we may have already recommended the need for the biopsy to be sent off for analysis. Some surgical sites will require a drain (a tube used to remove pus, blood, or other fluids from a wound). Your veterinarian will determine whether a drain is necessary.

What is a CCL Ligament and its Function?

The CCL ligament connects the dog's femur to the tibia to make up the dog's knee joint, or stifle. It is composed of a very tough band of fibrous connective tissue. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of these bands that make up the entire CCL in dogs. This is why dogs will often only partially tear the ligament as opposed to fully tearing it. The CCL ligament's chief functions are to prevent the forward movement of the tibia, prevent any internal rotation of the tibia, and prevent any excessive hyperextension of the knee joint.

What is a Patella and its Function?

The patella, or knee cap, is a small bone buried in the muscles of the thigh. The patella normally sits in the femoral groove within the knee joint. When a dog is diagnosed with a luxating patella, the patella does not sit correctly in the femoral groove when the leg is flexed. It can luxate medially (inward) or laterally (outward) on the groove.

A thyroidectomy is the surgical removal of one or both lobes of the thyroid gland in cats who have been diagnosed hyperthyroid. The procedure does not require an over-night stay.

Why are Cats Hyperthyroid?

No specific mechanism has been found as to why cats become hyperthyroid. The disease typically affects cats of middle or advanced age; 12 years and older. Symptoms include increased appetite, weight loss, increased thirst, increased urination, periodic vomiting or diarrhea, and unkempt hair coat.

What is Entropion?

Entropion is a common hereditary disorder whereby the eyelids roll inward. Thus, the eyelashes rub and irritate the surface of the eye, or "the cornea". Rubbing of the eyelid skin and lashes against the eye can result in excess tearing, crusting of the eyelid, mucous discharge, and/or severe irritation. If not corrected, corneal scarring can occur, which can be painful and lead to vision impairment. The upper and/or lower lashes may be involved, and entropion can occur in one or both eyes.

What is an Umbilical Hernia?

Seen more commonly in the dog than the cat, an umbilical hernia is a condition whereby the abdominal contents protrude through the abdominal wall at the area of the umbilicus, or the "belly button". It is commonly seen as a small, soft swelling where the umbilical cord was attached. A hernia occurs when the muscles of the body wall fail to close.