When your pet needs surgery, the team at West Hills Veterinary Centre can provide some of the most advanced and experienced services in the area. Our veterinary team will walk you through the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner, and we’re available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.
In our state-of-the-art surgical suite, our veterinarian can perform a wide range of operations, including:
- Foreign body removal
- Fracture repair
Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. We will provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and with minimum discomfort.
Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Even if you keep a close watch on your pet, accidents happen, and unexpected offspring means more animals that won’t be given the chance at full, happy lives.
Spaying and neutering can help end this cycle, and both procedures can have health benefits for pets.
Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Our medical team recommend spaying your pet at 3-6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat.
Benefits of Spaying Pets:
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
- Remove the possibility of uterine infections
Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 4-6 months old but can be performed on older animals as well.
Benefits of Neutering Pets:
- Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
- Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
- Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors
Dr. Jordan is a skilled, experienced and certified veterinary orthopedic surgeon, providing a wide variety of procedures for patients at West Hills Veterinary Centre as well as those referred from other veterinary facilities. He has performed over 3000 orthopedic surgeries in his career, and we are proud to now be a resource for these services in the community.
Those procedures include the various options for repair of the cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL.
It’s extremely common for dogs—especially older and overweight dogs—to rupture their CCL, which is found in the knee and is the canine equivalent of the human anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.
When a dog ruptures this ligament, their knee joint becomes unstable and they will limp on the affected limb. Because CCL tears cause such significant mobility issues for pets, it’s important to get these injuries treated as quickly as possible.
To treat this condition, we recommend a procedure called a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy or TPLO for dogs weighing more than twenty pounds. For smaller dogs and cats, we repair the torn CCL using a technique called extracapsular repair or lateral suture.
Dr. Jordan has extensive experience in both procedures and will consult with you about the preferred method for your pet. The best surgical option for your dog will generally depend on the size and age of your dog.
Dr. Jordan also has experience with many other orthopedic procedures including:
- Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL)
- Fracture repair
- Meniscal (cartilage) repair
- FHO/TPO/DPO procedures for hip joints
Click here for more information on Dr. Jordan and the orthopedic options available. For more information on any of the surgery options offered at West Hills Veterinary Centre, please contact us at 252-654-9738 today.