Veterinary Surgery for Dogs & Cats
Maine Coast Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians are trained in surgery for our canine and feline patients. All surgeries are performed with skill, kindness, and a focus on safety and excellence in patient care.
Complex orthopedic repairs and minimally invasive surgical procedures are referred to our affiliate, Lucerne Veterinary Hospital. Our colleagues at LVH perform advanced surgical procedures such as cruciate ligament surgery. Dr. Miles is one of the few veterinarians in Maine, and the only one in the region, who performs tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) surgery to treat cruciate ligament rupture in dogs.
Surgery Services for Dogs & Cats
Our veterinarians perform general surgeries on a regular basis. Soft tissue surgery includes procedures performed on the head and neck, abdomen, chest, and skin. These surgeries are performed for a variety of diseases and conditions including:
- Mass or tumor removals
- Laceration repairs
- Foreign body removal
Our veterinarians also perform exploratory surgery and emergency procedures.
Spay & Neuter Surgery
We strongly recommend spaying and neutering all dogs and cats, to avoid health risks and enhance the human-animal bond. Our veterinarians perform these elective procedures on a regular basis.
- Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and other testicular diseases in your male pets, as well as markedly reduces the risk of prostate disease. Urine marking is often greatly reduced or eliminated in neutered males, as is the urge to wander..
- Spaying before the first heat cycle protects your female pet against mammary cancer, and prevents uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine infections.
Recommending an appropriate age to spay or neuter your pet varies. The best course of action depends upon breed, temperament, owner preference, and most recent research findings. Spaying and neutering prevents accidental pregnancies and reduces the need to euthanize unwanted animals.
Safe Anesthesia for Your Pets
We make every effort to provide each patient with a safe, comfortable, and successful surgical experience. We use only the safest anesthesia drugs available. For safety in administering anesthesia, we follow strict protocols.
A pre-operative examination and laboratory evaluation are critical to the surgical experience at MCVH. Prior to surgery, we review patient history, perform a physical exam, and develop a customized anesthesia plan tailored to the needs of your pet. Laboratory testing provides valuable information about the patient, to reduce risk and maximize safety.
For any patient requiring a procedure with anesthesia, pedicures are an added service provided as a courtesy to our clients.
Pain management in veterinary surgery may include oral medications, IV medications, and nerve blocks to stop pain at the incision site. We administer pain medication to all patients prior to surgery, to prevent pain before it starts.
In addition, patients are discharged with appropriate pain medication for a comfortable recovery. Our in-house veterinary pharmacy allows us to send you home with medications to give as needed after surgery.
To discuss your pet’s surgical needs, call our hospital.