Anytime your precious pet needs surgery it can be terrifying for you. At Richmond Hill Animal Hospital, however, we regularly carry out a range of diagnostic and surgical procedures, including dental cleaning, spaying and neutering, and orthopedic procedures.
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Wherever possible, we sedate your pet rather than anesthetizing him or her. Most dental procedures can be done under sedation, as well as other minor operations. When it is necessary to perform anesthesia, we use the safest, least invasive methods possible to ensure your pet’s comfort and well-being throughout the process.
Some of the most common cat and dog procedures are:
- Cancer removals. Dogs and cats get cancers such as liver, mouth, eyelid, spleen and nasal cavity cancers, and tumour extraction is a common procedure for cancers caught in the early stages.
- Bites and other wound injuries from other animals usually need stitches, and this is done either under sedation or anesthetic.
- Surgeries include internal and external removal of malignant skin masses, bladder stones or swallowed foreign objects. We use ultrasonography to first identify internal items for removal before operating.
- Orthopedic injuries in pets range from minor to relatively significant, and joint conditions such as arthritis occur as your pet gets older. Dr. Kadri is uniquely qualified to perform surgery to correct treatable issues.
Spaying and neutering of family pets is an important responsibility for every pet lover, to reduce the number of unwanted animals.
In spite of good dental care, pets often develop dental problems, which we treat by dental scaling and polishing under sedation or anesthetic. While this is largely routine dental cleaning, we may also need to extact teeth on occasion to benefit your pet’s health.
Experts estimate that two-thirds of pet dogs suffer from periodontal disease, which is a term used to describe the inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. This causes the gums to recede and expose the roots of the teeth, resulting in teeth loss. The build-up of tartar on teeth results from an accumulation of mineralized plaque and can cause tonsillitis, pharyngitis and eventually other, deadlier conditions such as infections affecting the pet’s organs.
In cats, Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions are found on the outside of a cat’s tooth where the gum meets the tooth surface. These can cause your cat to experience dental pain and difficulty eating, as well as leading to chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. A thorough dental cleaning, smoothing of the lesion and polishing of the tooth is the most effective treatment, and this is one of the dental surgeries we offer to our feline patients.
A strong supporter of good dental health for pets, Dr. Kadri performs routine scaling and polishing as well as dental surgery right here in our hospital. Your pet will go home with a clean mouth, sweet-smelling breath and a generally healthier outlook.