Surgical Services

Surgical Services

Shallowford Animal Hospital is not only a veterinary clinic, but also a full service hospital. An integral part of a hospital is a surgical service. Our doctors are highly skilled surgeons who are not only extremely experienced, but are always improving their techniques and learning new procedures. Tumor removal, foreign object removal, cesarean sections, sterilization procedures are all common surgeries that our doctors perform.

If your pet undergoes surgery at Shallowford Animal Hospital, they will receive constant monitoring while under anesthesia by our staff. Once out of surgery and in intensive care your pet is closely monitored until considered stable. Most of our patients are released to go home within one to three days, where they heal the best.

Orthopedic Surgery

There are a number of reasons pets come to Shallowford Animal Hospital for orthopedic issues, including broken bones, torn ligaments, and degenerative issues such as hip dysplasia. Our doctors at Shallowford Animal Hospital have many years of successful orthopedic procedures, and they will bring that same level of care to your pet. Our doctors also deal with non-surgical orthopedic issues as well, such as osteoarthritis and sprains.

All of our orthopedic surgeries require blood work prior to the procedure, to help insure the dog or cat is healthy enough for the surgery. Prior to the surgical event, pain medications and antibiotics are administered to keep your pet comfortable and reduce the opportunity for infection. During the surgery, our experienced team continually monitors respiratory function, heart rate and blood pressure, as well as body temperature to insure the patient is stable. At the conclusion of the surgery, these vital signs continue to be monitored as your pet begins to regain consciousness. Finally, pain medications will continue to be given as needed as the recovery process begins.

If your pet has a severe injury or begins exhibiting signs of joint debilitation, call the knowledgeable team at Shallowford. Our doctors will conduct a complete exam, and discuss treatment options available for your furry family member.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is considered a minimally-invasive surgery as they are performed through small incisions (approximately .5-1.5 cm) through the skin. A small needle is inserted in the body, and carbon dioxide is blown in to the body to push the skin back, and allow our doctors to see and have space in which to work. At this time, a laparoscope attached to a tiny camera and light source is inserted in the body for our veterinarians to begin the procedure.

There are many advantages associated with the laparoscopic surgery available at Shallowford Animal Hospital. The procedure itself is conducted on a much smaller scale than traditional surgical incisions, and therefore recovery is even less painful for the pet. Recovery times are much faster as well, as there is not as much tissue that must recover.

There a number of procedures in which laparoscopy is often used at Shallowford Animal Hospital. Ovariohysterectomy (spay) surgeries are much less invasive than traditional surgery, and recovery times are much faster. Prophylactic gastropexy is a preventative procedure used especially in large-breed dogs to prevent life-threatening “bloat.” During this procedure, the veterinarians at Shallowford Animal Hospital attach the stomach to the abdominal wall, to prevent the stomach from rotating, or “bloating.” Finally, organs can be biopsied at Shallowford, using our minimally-invasive laparoscope. The liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas can all be biopsied if cancer or disease is suspected, without the need to fully “open up” your furry family member.

The doctors at Shallowford Animal Hospital constantly search for new and more advanced surgical techniques, and laparoscopy is extremely safe and effective. If your pet has a surgical need, and you would like to know if a laparoscopic procedure may be right for them, please call one of our compassionate team members.

Video Otoscopy

Shallowford Animal Hospital is proud to offer our clients the latest in veterinary diagnostic equipment. One of the most advanced tools to combat pet ear infections is the video otoscope The otoscope is a small camera which can be gently inserted into the ear canal of the patient, and allow one of our experienced doctors to observed the infection and inflammation to properly treat the ear. Ear infections should not be a recurring issue with your pet, as there is a cause that should be diagnosed to prevent further problems.

The experience of our veterinarians combined with the advanced diagnostic tools at Shallowford, brings the best possible care available for your pet’s ears. If your pet exhibits signs of ear pain, or if you would like to have your pet screened for an ear infection, please call one of the caring staff members at Shallowford today.


Telemedicine is another advanced veterinary tool employed by Shallowford Animal Hospital. Using telemedicine, our experienced veterinarians can confer with board-certified veterinarians if necessary. For example, our doctors can reach out to board-certified radiologists in the event of a unique case. Ultrasound procedures can also be viewed with specialists in real time, meaning difficult cases can be diagnosed quickly and accurately so treatment can begin right away. Cardiologists are also a source our doctors utilize when a case is particularly rare, or if another opinion may be necessary.

When it comes to your pet, Shallowford Animal Hospital offers the most advanced techniques available in veterinary medicine. When your pet needs veterinary service, you can rest assured when they are in the caring and experienced hands at Shallowford.

Alternatives to Declawing

Scratching is a normal behavior of cats. It conditions the claws, serves as a visual and scent territorial marker, allows the cat to defend itself, and provides healthy muscle engagement through stretching. In many cases, a cat can be trained to scratch only appropriate surfaces. However, a cat’s excessive or inappropriate scratching behavior can become destructive or cause injury to people in the home.

Alternative Options Include

  • Providing appropriate scratching surfaces, such as dedicated posts and boards that are tall enough to encourage full stretching. What constitutes an attractive surface or location varies by cat, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Scenting with catnip may help too.
  • Frequent nail trims - every 1-2 weeks
  • Nail caps - replaced every 4-6 weeks
  • Positive reinforcement training, beginning with kitten kindergarten if available
  • Pheromone sprays and/or plug-ins
  • Discourage use of inappropriate surfaces by attaching sticky tape or tinfoil
  • Punishment is not an effective deterrent

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