dvm (81)Hunter PetCare takes special pride in our surgical expertise. We perform a wide variety of surgeries ranging from routine spay and neuter operations to more complicated orthopedic and soft tissue procedures. Surgeries are performed Monday – Friday in our state-of-the-art surgical suite, using the safest anesthetics available, as well as cardiac and respiration monitoring equipment. Proper lighting, aseptic procedures, and easy access to drugs and equipment all help to ensure your pet receives the best possible surgical care.

Anesthesia for surgery is tailored to the individual pet’s needs, taking special note of your pet’s age or condition, which may dictate a special protocol for safety. We have a dedicated surgery room and practice strict sterile techniques to minimize infection, which aids in a more rapid return to normal function and avoids serious complications. Scheduling follow-up care or rechecks, if needed, complete a proper and successful surgical procedure and ensure optimal recovery.

Benefits of Laser Surgery

When surgery is necessary, we want to provide the highest standard of veterinary care for your pet. As a pet owner, you want to ensure that your companion experiences minimal discomfort during and after a surgical procedure.

To better serve you and the needs of your pet, we are now pleased to offer laser surgery as a safe and beneficial alternative to conventional surgical methods.

Laser procedures allow us to reduce the bleeding and swelling of surgery, making it both safer and less invasive. Laser therapy also reduces pain and recovery time, helping your pet get back to their normal self more quickly.

We pride ourselves on offering our clients state of the art veterinary medical services. Laser surgery helps us to achieve those standards. For this reason, all of our feline declawing surgeries are performed using laser surgery.

The increased fee for laser surgery is minimal, typically ranging from $19-$50 varying by the procedure. For specific pricing information, please contact our office at (937) 743-2600.

Cruciate (ACL) Repair Surgery

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a common injury in humans, and in dogs. In dogs the same ligament is called the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL). CCL Disease is multifactorial and many times a chronic condition. It is most commonly seen in active dogs, can be hereditary, can occur as a result of trauma, and can be related to an individual’s tibial plateau anatomy. Dogs with steep tibial plateaus are more likely to rupture their CCL.

Clinical signs – You may notice your dog becomes lame on a rear limb acutely, possibly after a slip, fall, or athletic activity. It may be very painful. If it is a partial CCL tear, your pet may partially weight bearing and potentially less painful.

Diagnosis – Your pet’s veterinarian can diagnose a CCL tear during a physical exam. Depending on the stress and pain level, the veterinarian may recommend a sedative and/or pain medication for relaxation in order to complete the physical exam.

Radiographs – X-rays are important to ensure no additional bony abnormalities are present. Many times arthritis is associated with chronic cruciate disease and may be visible on radiographs. If trauma caused CCL rupture, it is good to know there is not any fractures or other bony trauma present.

Treatment – Some small, inactive dogs may heal on their own and be functional; although they may have a bit of a limp. Large or active dogs almost always require surgery. There are multiple surgeries available and you should talk with your pet’s veterinarian about which one is right for your pet. Regardless of the surgery performed, you will need to keep your pet quiet (no running, jumping, playing, etc) for anywhere between 2-8 or more weeks. Dogs that rupture one cruciate ligament have a 60% chance of rupturing their opposite cruciate ligament within two years.

How long will my pet stay at Hunter PetCare?
We like to keep our cruciate patients overnight in our hospital for a one night stay post-surgery. This will allow our Doctor and team to closely monitor the recovery and comfort of your pet. In addition, a hospital stay will ensure a quiet, safe place for your dog to convalesce to further promote recovery.

How do I schedule surgery?
If your pet is not a patient of Dr. Heller and is being referred by another practice, please call to schedule a pre-surgical consult at our office. At this appointment, please be sure to bring any veterinary records, including radiographs and blood work, that your veterinarian may have performed.
This appointment will allow for Dr. Heller to evaluate your pet’s condition, make pre-surgical recommendations (including possible blood work and radiographs) and answer any questions that you may have.

If your pet has been diagnosed with a torn cruciate by a Doctor at Hunter PetCare within the last month, you may call to schedule the surgery. Typically, surgery can be scheduled within 2-3 weeks.

Is your pet scheduled for surgery?

Please find pre-surgical instructions here.