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Just like us, pets feel the pain of illness, injury or surgery. We can recognize the subtle signs indicating a problem and use diagnostic tools (physical exams, blood tests, radiographs, ultrasonography, endoscopic examinations) to help pinpoint causes of discomfort.  Effective pain management is crucial in the care and comfort of your best friend. It can also lessen the chance of serious complications, and even death.

Pets should be given pain medications when:

  • Recovering from trauma from an accident or injury, such as being hit by a car, getting bitten by another animal or a sprain from over-active play.
  • Undergoing any surgical or invasive procedure, from simple lump removal or laceration repair, to more major procedures including spay, neuter, knee surgery, hip replacement or other surgical procedures.
  • Suffering from painful illnesses or conditions such as urinary tract blockage, arthritis, dental disease and certain forms of cancer.

Surgery

At VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art Surgical services.

We have a team of highly skilled doctors and technicians in providing your special pet comprehensive Surgical care with state of the art diagnostic capabilities, operating rooms, anesthetic monitoring and 24 hour intensive care.

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Laryngeal surgery
  • Lung and thoracic surgery
  • Liver and gastrointestinal surgery
  • Kidney and urogenital surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery for wounds
  • Laparoscopy / Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy for examination and biopsies of abdominal problems without open surgery

Neurosurgery

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Wobblers syndrome
  • Spinal fractures and tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Myelography for spinal problems

Cancer Surgery

  • Limb salvage operations
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Abdominal and thoracic mass removals
  • Feline fibrosarcoma

Emergency Surgery

Our surgeons are always on call for emergencies. We routinely perform the following emergency surgeries:

  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Gastric foreign bodies
  • Uterine infection
  • Cesarean section
  • Traumatic abdominal and thoracic wounds
  • Bleeding splenic masses

Handouts

Post-operative care of your special pet after his or her discharge is essential to making a full recovery. The following instructions will give you guidelines on how to care for your pet after surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call a member of our surgical team.

Our Surgery Services

Advanced Anesthetic Monitoring
Bone and Joint Surgery
Bone Biopsy
Brain and Spinal Surgery

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