Should your pet need surgery, it can be a stressful time. The caring, experienced doctors and staff at Shawsheen Animal Hospital will walk you through the process every step of the way. As an AAHA-accredited hospital, we abide by the highest surgical standards in veterinary medicine so your pet can receive the safest and highest quality of care.
We perform the following types of surgery at our hospital using both laser and traditional surgical tools:
- Soft Tissue
- Oral surgery
- Abdominal Surgery
- Lump Removal
- Wound/laceration repair
- Intestinal foreign body removal
For your pet’s safety, we require pre-anesthetic blood work prior to all surgical procedures. These tests enable us to look for signs of a problem, so we can alter our anesthesia protocol accordingly. It can also help us avoid putting your pet at risk if they have an underlying health condition that might make anesthesia inadvisable.
Pet Laser Surgery
We are excited to have the ability to perform surgeries using a laser. Unlike traditional surgery, pet laser surgery involves “cutting” skin tissue using only a beam of light energy. Some of the benefits of pet laser surgery include a reduction in pain, bleeding, and the chance of swelling and infection. This results in a faster recovery, allowing your pet to return to her normal activity sooner. Most of the surgeries listed above can be performed with a laser.
Spay / Neuter Surgery
We take the time to listen to your individual pet’s needs and we offer advice on the best time for spay or neuter surgery. Some breeds and types of pets should receive the procedure after they reach reproductive maturity. In others, the benefits greatly outweigh any drawbacks, and we’ll recommend they get spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity.
In addition to helping reduce the sad epidemic of unwanted pets, spaying and neutering your animal companion has some health and behavior benefits. They include:
- The incidence of breast tumors is reduced in females, which are malignant in most cases.
- The incidence of uterine and ovarian cancer is reduced in females.
- The incidence of prostate disease and testicular cancer is reduced in males.
- Urine spraying and marking behavior is reduced or eliminated in males and females.
- Roaming behavior is reduced or eliminated in males and females.
- Mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated in males.
Pain Management and After Care
Our experienced team at Shawsheen Animal Hospital takes preemptive pain-management measures for pets before any surgery. We’ll stay with your fur-baby as they awake from anesthesia, and we’ll send you home with the appropriate medications. We’ll also send you home with very specific instructions for post-surgical care.
If at any time you have questions or see problems with your pet’s surgical site, please give us a call at (978) 851-5558.