We are trained, skilled and experienced veterinary surgeons. We approach this aspect of our profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.
We understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. We strive to ensure your pet’s procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a particular surgical procedure is necessary, and what it entails. We also provide information on proper postoperative care, and answer any questions you may have, so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.
We believe it is in the best interests of our clients’ pets for us to offer as wide an array of surgical services from our facility as possible. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility, from people you both have come to know, in order to reduce stress and promote healing.
Soft Tissue Surgery
offer a range of soft tissue surgeries that include, but are not
- Mass (tumor) removals
- Cystotomy (for bladder stones or tumors)
- Gastropexy (Stomach tack to prevent GDV)
- Abdominal exploratory
- Perineal urethostomy
- Hernia repair
- Spays and neuters
- Ear crop
- Wound care
Companion animals, especially those in their later years, can also suffer from a range of joint and ligament injuries and maladies, such as arthritis. Some species of dogs are also particularly prone to these types of injuries and illnesses.
Because orthopedic care is an important component of keeping your pet healthy, we offer
surgery for cruciate repair (knee surgery), fracture repair, mini-bone plating for fractures on small breed dogs, FHO (surgery on the hip joint to alleviate pain), and most joint surgeries.
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement Surgery – TTA Surgery – for Cranial Cruciate Rupture
Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament occurs frequently in overweight, middle-and older-aged dogs. Tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament causes instability of the knee joint and it ceases to function properly.
Symptoms of cranial cruciate ligament rupture usually include a history of acute rear leg lameness. The lameness can be mild, resolve, and then appear again. Some dogs are completely non-weight bearing on the affected leg. Knee joint pain is usually a common symptom. The knee may appear and feel swollen and may sound crunchy when put through a series of flexion-extension manipulations. If left untreated, a torn cranial cruciate ligament can lead to degenerative joint disease (degenerative arthritis) of the knee. Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament is rare in cats.
To date, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement surgery – TTA – is the most effective surgical treatment for correcting anterior cruciate rupture. Results from TTA surgery are consistently good and usage of the leg returns more quickly than with other surgical techniques. Dr. David Landers and the veterinary medical team at Partridge Animal Hospital are experienced in performing TTA surgery.
Anesthesia & Monitoring
Anesthesia protocol is decided at the time of surgery and based on individual patient needs. Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance to us, and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. We utilize a multi-parameter monitoring and anesthesia care.
Your pet will have access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular-monitoring technology overseen by our skilled professionals.
Prior to surgery, your pet receives a complete examination and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet’s past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet. We use isoflurane inhalant anesthetic and offer many safe choices for injectable anesthetics for induction.
While under anesthesia, your pet is cared for by well-trained and experienced certified veterinary technicians using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.
We have numerous pain management options for our surgical and medical patients. We use injectable and oral medication alone, and in combinations, for the safest and most effective pain management protocols. We use local blocks, epidurals, nerve blocks (for dental procedures, declawing), fentanyl patches, CRI (constant rate infusions), IV injections, oral medications, and NSAIDS (non-steroidal pain medications).
Stem Cell Therapy
Our hospital is certified in stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy is used for treatment of pain associated with osteoarthritis in dogs and cats.
Stem cells have the unique ability to mature into cells with specialized functions, which makes them extremely valuable for repairing certain body tissues damaged by injury or disease. We can use these cells as an effective therapy for the treatment of arthritis.
We harvest abdominal fat from patients and send it to a laboratory (VetStem) for processing. We inject the processed stem cells into damaged joints to regenerate damaged tissues. Stem cell therapy is performed by Dr. Landers.
The diagnosis of cancer is stressful for pet owners, and the prospect of chemotherapy treatments can be equally difficult. However, the fear that your beloved pet will spend their final days sick from chemotherapy treatments is unwarranted. Pets respond much differently to chemotherapy than do humans.
Knowing how anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs work and what to expect from the treatments, can help pet owners decide on whether such therapy is appropriate for their pets.
We offer chemotherapy for our cancer patients.
We will help you work through this difficult process.