Surgical Services

Our experienced veterinarians provide many surgical services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery, and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: Surgical ProceduresSurgical Procedures and Behind the Scenes Video

At Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital, we are very proud of the advanced level of surgical and anesthetic services we provide for our patients.

Our doctors are highly trained in the latest surgical and anesthetic techniques, which are on par with those used in human hospitals.

Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally bring in a specialist (board-certified veterinary surgeon) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial.

Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery, and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.

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Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: SpayingSpaying

Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.

By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.

Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: NeuteringNeutering

Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet’s personality.

By neutering your pet, you’re eliminating his risk for testicular cancer and sexually transmitted diseases and reducing his risk of prostatic diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us or stop by so we can discuss your concerns.

Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: SurgeryAdditional Surgical Services

We perform many types of surgeries at our clinic. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets.

The most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful); 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.

Here is a short list of other common soft tissue surgeries performed in our hospital:

  • cystotomy – surgery of the urinary bladder to remove stones and/or masses
  • gastrotomy – surgery of the stomach to remove foreign bodies. These items often get stuck in the stomach causing pets to vomit and become very ill.
    enterotomy – surgery of the intestines to remove items that are causing obstruction, including foreign material and masses.
  • gastropexy – surgery of the stomach, often recommended for large breed dogs to prevent gastric dialation volvulous commonly referred to as GDV or bloat. Please see additional page for more info if gastropexy is right for your pet.
  • enucleation – removal of diseased, blind and/or painful eyes.

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

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: GastropexyGastropexy

A gastropexy is a surgical procedure that is preformed to reduce the risk of bloat in large breed dogs.

Bloat, also called GDV or gastric dilation volvulus, is a serious and potentially life threatening condition that occurs most commonly in large breed, deep-chested dogs. The stomach fills with gas and/or food, stretches to many times its normal size, and twists.

One in four Great Danes will develop GDV at some point in their lives. This condition can also seen in many other large breed dogs, including but not limited to Saint Bernards, Weimaraners, Greyhounds, Setters, Boxers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers and Mastiffs.

The most common symptom is a dog that appears painful and nauseated and is retching but nothing comes up. If GDV is suspected, your dog needs to be evaluated by a doctor immediately and emergency surgery may be necessary. Even when treated quickly and aggressively some dogs may die from this condition.

Due to the high mortality rate we often advise that high risk breeds undergo a preventative surgery, called a prophylactic gastropexy, that prevents GDV from developing. This surgery is most commonly done during a spay or neuter procedure, although it can be performed at any age with or without other surgical procedures. If you are concerned about the risk of GDV in your pet please give us a call so we can discuss your concerns and evaluate your pet’s risk.

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: Patient MonitoringPatient Monitoring

We monitor our patients closely to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia.

A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help prevent any anesthetic risk. State of the art equipment including pulse oximetry, capnography, and electrocardiography are used to ensure that each of our patients are safe and stable during their anesthetic procedures.

Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure. We’d be happy to discuss these matters in more detail.

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: General AnesthesiaGeneral Anesthesia

Making sure our patients remain safe during surgery and other medical procedures is extremely important to us.

Our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians is skilled in using anesthesia and monitoring patients to ensure their safety and provide the most comfortable experience. You can be confident that we use the most effective and up-to-date protocols.

For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain. Many pet owners worry about their pets being administered general anesthesia. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally quite safe; to further lower any risk, we perform a physical examination and run blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues. Chest radiographs are commonly performed on senior pets prior to anesthesia. In addition, each pet’s anesthesia protocol is precisely developed with their individual needs in mind, including monitoring vital signs during the procedure, to ensure the safety of our patients. For more on patient monitoring please see the patient monitoring page.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving general anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: Local AnesthesiaLocal Anesthesia

If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain.

For example, when we perform a biopsy (in which a small portion of tissue is surgically removed so it can be examined), we often use a local anesthetic. Local anesthetics cause a loss of sensation in the area where the procedure is being performed. We sometimes use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during a procedure.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving local anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.