Surgical Services

Surgical Services

Laparoscopy

Bush Animal Clinic is always on the cutting edge when it comes to diagnostic equipment. Although laparoscopy is not a new discipline in human medicine, it is relatively new in the veterinary field. With laparoscopy we can spay your pet through a 5mm incision. We call this our minimally invasive surgery.

We can perform a prophylactic gastropexy in large breed dogs to prevent stomach rotation in the event of bloat. When your pet is spayed using laparoscopy, patients experience less pain, less bleeding, and faster recovery. Other procedures we use laparoscopy for are organ biopsy, bladder stone removal, retained testicles, and many others. Bush Animal Clinic is always striving to provide newer and better ways to diagnose and treat their patients.

Our Surgical Suite

Bush Animal Clinic's state-of-the-art surgical suite is designed to accommodate complex soft-tissue, orthopedic and emergency surgeries.

Some of the surgeries that our veterinarians perform include:

  • Lateral ear canal resection: The shape of your dog or cat's ear canal may make it more prone to ear infections. A lateral ear canal resection creates an ear opening that is more easily cleaned and ventilated and less susceptible to bacteria.
  • Bone plating: Treating a broken limb in a dog or cat is vastly different from treating a broken limb in a human. Placing and maintaining casts on a dog or cat is very difficult and presents many challenges to both veterinarians and pet owners. To better heal a broken bone, we may perform plating surgery. This involves the application of various metal surgical implants, such as pins, wires, plates and screws, to the broken limb. This procedure will help restore broken bones and fix them in place while healing occurs.
  • Perineal urethrostomy: This soft-tissue procedure creates an opening in the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. Most often performed on male cats, a urethrostomy corrects obstructions to urine flow, a potentially life-threatening condition. A urethrostomy creates a permanent opening, almost always done in the perineum, to relive obstructions caused by protein plugs, stones, trauma and scarring.
  • Cruciate repair: The cruciate ligaments connect the thigh bone (distal femur) to the shin bone (proximal tibia). The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are found in the knee joint of dogs and cats. Ruptures of these ligaments most commonly occur in overweight, middle- and older-aged dogs. If left untreated, a torn anterior cruciate ligament can lead to degenerative joint disease or meniscal injuries. Cruciate repair surgery often involves replacing the ligament with artificial material designed to take over function of the anterior cruciate ligament.
  • Intervetebral disc disease surgery: This condition occurs when the intevetebral disc slips and applies pressure directly to the spinal cord or the nerve roots. This pressure causes pain and/or some degree of paralysis. The symptoms of the disease usually correspond to the location of the injury. Because the injury often occurs in the mid or lower back, partial or total paralysis of the rear legs often is a result. Surgery can relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and restore mobility.
Surgical Services

Prior to surgery, each patient receives a thorough physical examination to identify any existing medical conditions that might endanger your pet's health. Because not all problems can be detected on examination, all patients undergo pre-anesthetic blood and urine testing. These tests not only give us a more complete picture of your pet's health, but also allow us to tailor an anesthetic regimen that is specific for your pet. During surgery, we use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, such as blood pressure monitors and EKG machines, to monitor your pet's vital signs. IV fluids are also recommended for surgical procedures in order to support the vascular system and provide an open port for rapid medication administration. All surgical patients, including those undergoing routine procedures such as spay/neuter surgeries, receive pain control medications. We urge you to discuss operative pain management options with our staff.

Hours

Mon-Fri: 7:30am–6:00pm

Sat: 8:00am–12:00pm

Sunday (drop off & pick up only) 4:00pm–5:00pm

Bush Animal Clinic • 2419 Dawson Road • Albany • Georgia • 31707 • (229) 439-7073