Surgical Services

We provide many surgical services at our clinic including routine spay and neuters, soft-tissue surgeries and orthopedic surgeries. Occasionally, we refer our patients to specialists (board certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations.

Dental Care

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Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. By age three 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease. The good news is it is completely preventable! By providing home dental for your pet as well as regular veterinary oral exams and teeth cleaning by your veterinarian you can help prevent the progression of dental disease. Here at Callbeck Animal Hospital we are fully equipped and qualified to provide a superb level of dental care.

Dental Cleanings Include:

  • Physical exam morning of surgery
  • Pre-operative blood panel
  • IV fluids during surgery and post-op
  • Digital dental radiographs
  • Pain management (injections, local blocks, medication to go home if needed)
  • Antibiotics if needed
  • Nail trim
  • Dental Cleaning (ultrasonic scaling, hand scaling and polishing)
  • Oral charting and probing
  • Anesthesia monitoring
  • Hospitalization
  • Dental Report to go home
  • Post-operative oral exam 2 weeks later with a dental diet sample, free toothbrush/sample toothpaste and dental home care plan that works for you and your pet

Signs of oral or dental disease in pets:

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Broken tooth/teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Reluctance to eat, especially dry food, or to play with chew toys
  • Chewing with or favouring one side of the mouth
  • Pawing at or rubbing the muzzle/mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of symmetry of the muzzle and/or lower jaw
  • Swollen/draining tracts under (or in front of) the eye
  • Sudden change in behaviour (aggressive or withdrawn)
  • Chronic eye infections or drainage with no exact cause or cure
  • Inability to open or close the mouth
  • Chronic sneezing
  • Discolored tooth/teeth
  • Abnormal discharge from nose
  • A mass/growth in the mouth

We have a dental payment plan available! Please contact the clinic for details.

Please call us at (905)438-1144 if you have any questions or to schedule your pets oral examine today!

Spaying

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Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile.

There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes ‘messy’ heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer.

Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A registered veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives.

Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our spaying procedures.

Neutering

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Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile.

There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering will eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A registered veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives.

Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our neutering procedures.

Soft Tissue Surgery

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Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. Examples of soft tissue surgeries and their benefits are listed below.

Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or ‘lumps’ on animals. Most of these masses or ‘lumps’, once removed and tested, are benign (non-harmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a ‘lump’ is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous. Lacerations are also common in pets and suturing will reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring.

Many breeds of dogs are susceptible to ear infections. Surgical treatment on ears improves air flow into the ear canal and can reduce the occurrence of ear infections.

Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or it may be a sign the cornea (outer layer of the eye itself) has been damaged. A damaged cornea may require soft tissue surgery to allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring. Less scarring will improve the ability of your pet to see. In some animals, the cornea (outer layer of the eye) may be damaged by the eyelid hairs surrounding the eye. Surgical intervention involving the eyelid improves the comfort in these animals. It also reduces the chances of corneal scarring and enhances the animal’s vision in the long term.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.

Orthopaedic Surgery

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Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including leg fractures, hip dysplasia, disc disease, etc. Most orthopedic surgeries can be performed at our clinic. Occasionally we refer our patients to a Board Certified surgeon to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.

Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture.

A cast can be applied to the leg to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention.

“Pinning” is a surgical technique whereby a long stainless steal rod is inserted into the middle of the bone. The rod traverses the fractured area.

“Plating” is a surgical technique whereby a flat stainless steal ‘plate’ is attached to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.

“External fixation” is a technique used to stabilize fractures with a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

The method of repair will depend on the location and type of fracture present. We hope you do not have to use our orthopedic services for this purpose. In the unfortunate event that you do, you can be assured that we are able to proceed with a treatment that will enhance your pet’s healing time and reduce the long term potential problems associated with a fracture or other orthopedic surgery.

Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.