Surgical Procedures

Clinique vétérinaire Cowansville provides a wide range of surgical procedures. We offer the highest quality in routine and specialized surgical procedures, orthopedic surgery and dental care.

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What is the difference between general and local anaesthesia?

We perform most operations with the animal under general anaesthesia. This type of anaesthesia enables the animal to sleep soundly throughout the procedure and prevents them from feeling any pain. Pets are also given a dose of a sedative and a painkiller to reduce the pain they feel after waking up from general anaesthesia. An animal health technician monitors the anaesthesia throughout the entire procedure. This includes monitoring your pet’s body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

Local anaesthesia can be used as an alternative during certain minor surgical procedures, e.g. removing small benign masses. Your pet must be very calm and docile to receive this type of anaesthesia, since they are required to stay almost motionless during the surgical procedure. Local anaesthesia usually lasts between four and six hours. This type of anaesthesia can also be used in conjunction with general anaesthesia to reduce pain in the operated area as much as possible.

What specialized surgical procedures does the clinic perform?

Our clinic performs a number of specialized surgical procedures, including:

  • Laparotomy: exploratory abdominal surgery
  • Gastrostomy and enterotomy: surgical procedures to remove foreign bodies in the intestine and stomach
  • C-section
  • Cystotomy: removal of urinary stones in the bladder or kidneys
  • Mass excision
  • Eye surgery: cherry eye, ectropion, entropion, enucleation
  • Thyroidectomy: removal of the thyroid gland
  • Caudectomy: tail amputation for medical reasons
  • Anal gland removal
  • Urinary blockage treatment

What is laser surgery?

Laser surgery uses a laser beam instead of a scalpel. It is therefore possible to perform almost any surgical procedure with this technique. There are many advantages to this technology. The laser beam directly cauterizes the blood vessels, which greatly reduces bleeding during the operation.

Your pet will also feel much less pain after surgery because the laser beam doesn’t just cut the nerves, it seals them too. This method cuts and blocks the lymphatic vessels, greatly reducing post-surgery swelling and speeding up the wound healing process.

Last but not least, the heat emitted by the laser beam sterilizes the surgical incision site and lowers the risk of infection. Since laser procedures are still surgical operations, they will require stitches, which can generally be removed 10 to 14 days after the procedure.

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