Surgery

With our experienced and compassionate veterinarians as well as our associated veterinary specialists, Highway 24 Veterinary Clinic provides your pet with access to comprehensive surgical procedures from spaying and neutering to complicated orthopedic procedures. During any surgical procedure your pet’s safety and comfort is our number one priority. We are fortunate to have a modern surgical suite and state of the art anesthetic and monitoring equipment. This allows us to closely monitor your pets blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, pulse oxygen level, and heart electrocardiogram. Also, your pet will be kept warm with our ‘bear hugger’(a warm air circulating blanket) throughout any procedure. In addition, our highly skilled veterinary technicians provide your pet with one on one attention throughout the anesthetic and surgery so you can be assured that your pet remains comfortable and pain management is a priority.

Pain Management and Control

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At Highway 24 we feel that management of your pets pain is extremely important. We know that your pets well being is important to you and that is why we go to great lengths to help your pet with appropriate pain control during or after a clinical procedure such as surgery or with chronic diseases such as cancer or arthritis.

Arthritis can be present and it can be difficult for owners to know that their pet is in pain. Often pain is not as obvious as vocalizing or pacing around. Sometimes pain manifests as a change in behaviour such as the cat that no longer goes up on the window ledge or chooses to sleep on the floor rather than a favourite chair or the dog who doesn’t come upstairs anymore or is lagging behind on walks.If a pet is found to be in pain there are ways of treating it. Long term use of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) has become safer with the newer ones such as Meloxicam. Even though cats are more sensitive to these drugs and long term use is either off-label or not recommended, there are options to help them as well.For arthritis there are various nutraceuticals such as glucosamine, and injections that can be given under the skin such as Cartrophen which stimulates cartilage healing and the production of joint fluid which helps to keep the joints lubricated. Acupuncture and Chiropractic are also non medicinal ways that can help treat and control pain and inflammation for both acute and chronic pain. Nutrition can also be used to help with chronic pain due to arthritis by not only decreasing your pets weight if his/her body condition score is greater than 3 but also foods such as Hill’s j/d(joint diet) that uses nutregenomic technology to help your pets. We are also pleased to announce that we have therapeutic laser. This non-invasive, non-painful treatment decreases pain, swelling and inflammation around affected joints.

Spay

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Spaying is an abdominal surgery in which the ovaries and the uterus are removed (ovariohysterectomy). At the Highway 24 we recommend that all female cats be spayed at around 6 months of age and dogs generally at 6 months however there may be different recommendations given based on breed and other related issues. We recommend spaying your pet for the following reasons:

  1. Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies.
  2. Spaying at around 6 months of age allows your puppy or kitten to be spayed before her first heat cycle. This greatly decreases the chances of developing breast cancer and decreased the incidence of uterine infection. Both these conditions are serious and can be fatal.
  3. Spayed puppies and kittens are more likely to stay home so the likelihood of fighting, roaming, or getting hit by a car is decreased.
  4. Because spayed cats or dogs stay home more, their risk of encountering infectious disease is decreased.
  5. Spaying prevents the nuisance of the heat cycle that can occur at least twice a year. Females in heat may bleed or have vaginal discharge, which can be quite messy. Puppies and kittens in heat also display unusual and sometimes annoying behaviors such as vocalizing. These behaviors can last up to several weeks.

Neutering

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Neutering is a surgical procedure done on male pets that involves the removal of the testicles. At our clinic we recommend that all kittens be neutered at 6 months of age, and most puppies as well . Not only does neutering help control the pet overpopulation problem but it also offers your dog several health benefits. Neutering does not change the disposition or personality of your pet but it can help curb some of the annoying male habits like urine marking, mounting and roaming. We recommend that your puppy or kitten be neutered for the following benefits:

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Neutering your puppy or kitten prevents unwanted pregnancies.
  2. Neutering at 6 months of age decreases the risk of developing testicular and prostate cancer.
  3. Neutering decreases aggression problems.
  4. Neutered puppies and kittens are more likely to stay home so the likelihood of fighting, roaming, or getting hit by a car is decreased.
  5. Because neutered cats or dogs stay home more, their risk of encountering infectious disease is decreased.

Soft Tissue Surgery

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Surgery on all parts of the body except for bones is considered soft tissue surgery. One of the most common soft tissue surgeries is lump removal. We know finding a lump can be distressing so we try to get you a diagnosis accurately and quickly either through biopsy or surgical removal and histopathology. The following are a list of some of the soft tissue surgeries performed at our clinic:

  • Gastropexy
  • bladder stone removal (cystotomy)
  • Stenotic Nares Repair
  • splenectomy
  • wound and laceration repair
  • corneal (eye) surgeries
  • -foreign body removal (enerotomy, gastrotomy)

In some instances a boarded surgeon maybe brought into the clinic to perform the surgery or a referral to a specialty practice maybe recommended.

Orthopedic Surgeries

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Orthopedic surgery is the surgery of bones and joints. At highway 24 we are able to diagnose, treat and do surgery on many orthopedic conditions including Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears (ACL injury), dislocations, and fractures. Many of these surgeries can be done at our clinic, some using a board certified surgeon. If necessary such as back surgeries, we will refer to a specialty veterinary practice for surgery.