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Elective Surgical Procedures

Elective Surgical Procedures

Here at University Veterinary Care Center all surgery patients, regardless of species, receive a thorough physical exam before surgery, are continuously monitored by a Registered Veterinary Technician while under anesthesia, and kept for several hours of post-surgical observation. We never decrease this level of care for the safety of our patients.

Surgeries are performed Monday through Friday, with a drop off time between 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM to meet your scheduling needs.

Spay & Neuter

What is the difference between spaying and neutering?

A “spay,” or ovariohysterectomy,is a veterinary surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. Itinvolves the removal of the female's uterus and both ovaries through anincision made in the abdomen. 

Neutering, orcastration, is the surgical removal of a male’s testes. Also performed undergeneral anesthesia, it is a simpler surgery than a spay. An incision is madenear the front of the scrotum, then the testicles are removed through thatincision.

Source: akc.org

Why is it medically important to spay or neuter your dog?

  1. The simplest and most obvious reason is to prevent an unplanned litter of puppies. 
  2. Reduction of certain health risks such as testicular or mammary cancer and pyometra (infection within the uterus).
  3. I can help eliminate inappropriate behaviors by reducing circulating hormones. 

What is the best ageto spay or neuter my dog? 

 Here at University Veterinary Care Center, we follow the American Animal HospitalAssociation (AAHA) recommendations:

Cats: Female kittens can enter their first heat cycle as young as four months, but usually not untilthey are five or six months old. AAHA has endorsed the “Fix Felines by Five”initiative, which recommends sterilization of cats by five months of age. Thisrecommendation prevents unwanted litters and greatly decreases mammary cancerrisks in female cats as well as spraying/marking in male cats, but still allowskittens time to grow. Kittens sterilized at this age quickly bounce back fromsurgery.

Dogs: According to the AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines, small-breed dogs (under 45 pounds projectedadult body weight) should be neutered at six months of age or spayed prior tothe first heat (five to six months). Large-breed dogs (over 45 pounds projectedadult body weight) should be neutered after growth stops, which usually isbetween 9 and 15 months of age. The decision on when to spay a large-breedfemale dog is based on many factors—your veterinarian can help narrow down therecommended window of 5 to 15 months depending on your dog’s disease risk andlifestyle.

Other Elective Surgeries:

  • Mass removal
  • Entropion repair
  • Ear crop
  • Declaw
  • Cystotomy
  • Gastropexy
  • C-Section
  • Surgical AI
  • Anal Gland Removal
  • Total ear canal ablation
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Routine Wellness Care

Routine wellness and preventative care are provided on an annual basis for all patients of University Veterinary Care Center to maintain the patient's health as a whole. This can include; yearly physical examinations, vaccine boosters or titers, bloodwork, parasite checks, and dispensing of parasite preventative medication.

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Rehabilitation and regenerative medicine is a passion of ours here at University Veterinary Care Center. We believe by offering physical therapy, animal chiropractic, and cold laser as additional integrative treatment options, a pet's health outcomes improve.

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Critical Care

We offer several critical care and emergency related services for current patients regardless of species. Our doctors remain on-call for current patients seen within the past 12 months experiencing after-hours emergencies.

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