Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary. The more common types of surgeries are fracture repairs, cruciate ligament rupture repair (knee joint), dislocating patella’s (knee caps) and cruciate repair with patella mechanism alignment surgery.The method of repair will depend on the location, the nature of the of fracture and all factors such as age, weight, blood results etc…….that will optimize the results. We are proud to have the very best in advanced orthopedic equipment from Depuy Synthes Canada. These orthopedic procedures are performed at both our hospitals.
Cruciate injuries in dogs is a common orthopedic problem. The surgeries performed for cruciate deficient stifle joints at our hospitals are one of the following: 1) Extra-Articular Technique or 2) Tibial Plateau Leveling Technique (TPLO).
At present 2016, there is still no surgical technique for management of the cruciate-deficient stifle (knee) that has been shown to be unequivocally superior.The TPLO technique is the preferred technique for the mid to larger dogs with an expected early return to favourable functional gait.
Digital X rays, the I-vision DR1417 system at both our locations in Oakville and Mississauga (installed in March 2013) has definitely been an advancement in diagnostics.. The quality of the imaging at the very minimum is amazing and a step above better!
Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about bones, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract (lungs), heart, genitourinary system (bladder, prostate) and various abdominal organs (liver, kidneys, spleen etc….. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools including ultrasound in providing helpful information and developing a more accurate treatment plan.
Images are available immediately for viewing by our veterinarians.
Today with our newer digital system all images are excellent and far superior than even the best conventional film. It is so exciting to be part of these kind of advances in medicine and to experience the ultimate benefit in accuracy and results for the patient.
We are equal proud with our dental radiographs (CR Dental Digital X Ray machine) providing us with exceptional images for dentistry and smaller pocket Pets.
-Spinal cord surgery for disc disease and spinal cord compression has been performed on many cases at our hospital over the past few years with rewarding outcomes.
-Conservative approach with the combination of pain management, laser therapy and absolute restricted activity for 4 to 6 weeks has been very successful for the patients that maintained an acceptable level of mobility.
Note: The compressive lesion in the photo on the right was in the neck of a young beagle who we had done a ventral slot surgery over 14 years ago here at our Mississauga Veterinary Hospital. Kacie at the time was an acute quadriplegic not able to stand, move legs or walk. As of July 2015 she is our oldest living canine patient and with full mobility ever since surgery until recently due to age.
The goal of surgery is to adequately decompress the spinal cord, remove the extruded disc material from the vertebral column and fenestration of the ruptured disc so further extrusion of the remaining nucleus pulposus will be prevented
The degree of neurologic dysfunction is related to the force of the impact of extruded disc material, the volume of disk ruptured and the length of time it has been in the vertebral column.
The success rate for return to normal neurologic function is high even with a Grade 1V paraplegic (deep still pain present) and surgery is done earlier than later and no major myelomalacia visible to the spinal cord at the time of surgery.
Please call us for a detailed health check and/or any concerns with appetite, weight loss, quieter than normal, has discharge from the eyes or nose, develops a lump or for any reason that you feel is not just right.
According to the Veterinary Dental Societies , 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include bad breath, tartar buildup, red and/or swollen gums, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression. Our smaller friends, like rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, can also develop serious dental disease for a variety of reasons. Symptoms such as abnormal facial swelling, decreased appetite or energy, weight loss, and drooling or bad breath maybe a sign of dental disease. Our veterinary staff are very experienced with a wide variety of pets and dental disease that is specific to them.
Our veterinarian will conduct a thorough evaluation of your pet’s dental health at least once a year during the annual health examination. We recommend this because bacteria, food debris may accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. In rodents, overgrown or unevenly worn teeth can lead to ulcerations of the tongue or cheek tissue and tooth root infections.
Dental disease can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease… no different than humans. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body.
At your pet’s annual health exam and wellness testing, we can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home such as tooth brushing, wiping along the gumline with special dental wipes,or applying a special gel that helps reduce plaque accumulation. We also have a wide variety of dental diets and treats which can be integrated into your pet’s oral health routine to help keep them healthy.
Should your pet require more advanced dental care, we have a specialized digital dental x-ray unit that can assist us in identifying the degree of periodontal disease. This allows us to visualize dental pathology below the gumline such as resorbing tooth roots, fractured tooth roots, diseased jaw bones, and infections among other things. Dental x-rays are an important part of a comprehensive oral assessment, and will be recommended with any pet that has dentistry with any suspicion of tooth pathology and/or disease below the gum line.
We provide diagnostic, wellness programs and a customized vaccination program for dogs, cats and ferrets. All adult pets of any companion animal species are encourage to have at a minimum an annual health check. This includes a detailed examination, fecal testing and further steps such as blood and urine testing. The goal is to help identify and address any problems in the early stages when symptoms are absent. A variance of normal may just need more frequent tracking. A simple dietary change, supplements and/or medication maybe all that is required to slow down. stop or even reverse pathology. An early diagnosis and appropriate treatments can extend lives, assure wellness and result in your pet living a longer healthier life.
We always do our best to make this a low stress fun health experience.
Comprehensive health care from our Veterinary hospital in Mississauga.
Our Mississauga-based veterinary team is proud to offer comprehensive health care for dogs, cat, rabbits, ferrets, guines pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, rats, reptiles and birds and other exotics pets in a compassionate, caring and understanding environment.
A complete medical assessment begins with a thorough physical examination whereby your pet’s eyes,ears, mouth-teeth, skin, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, skeletal system, lymph nodes etc…… are examined for any abnormalities. Blood tests can be performed as necessary to assess the proper functioning of your pet’s heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system including the thyroid gland and adrenal glands. Urine tests are frequently performed to achieve more vital/critical information. We may recommend any number of diagnostic tests, this depends on your pet’s clinical signs on presentation or while under our teams hospital care. This may include radiography (X-rays), ultrasound, endoscopy(internal scoping), dentistry or surgery.
Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. A few 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.